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April 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Three U.S. soldiers were killed and six wounded Saturday in attacks in Baghdad and southwest of the Iraqi capital, the military said. A roadside bomb killed a soldier and wounded two while they were on a foot patrol southwest of Baghdad. Another died and three were wounded when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb and small-arms fire in southwest Baghdad. A combat security patrol in east Baghdad came under small-arms fire, killing a soldier and wounding one. At least 3,319 U.S.
December 26, 2007 | Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
Two suicide bombings killed at least 24 people and injured up to 100 others north of Baghdad on Tuesday, the latest attacks to take aim at Iraqi security forces and local volunteers credited with helping to bring about a major drop in violence in former insurgent strongholds. The attacks in Baiji and Baqubah shattered a period of relative calm as Muslims marked the four-day Eid al-Adha festival, which began last Wednesday for Sunnis and Friday for Shiites.
March 2, 2007 | Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
At a time of epic displacement, Fuad Khamis has done something extraordinary: He has moved back home. "When I arrived, I was overwhelmed and frightened at the same time," says Khamis, a Sunni Arab taxi driver from Baghdad's religiously mixed Sadiya neighborhood. His house was damaged and there wasn't a piece of furniture left. But the father of five says his Shiite neighbors have welcomed him back with hugs and kisses. Encouraged by a major security clampdown that began Feb.
March 30, 2007 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
A devastating series of bombings in a crowded market in a Shiite Muslim neighborhood of Baghdad and in a predominantly Shiite town north of the capital killed more than 130 Iraqis on Thursday, the same day a new U.S. envoy asserted at his swearing-in that the American mission in Iraq was not an "impossible" one. The bombings, part of a pattern of attacks in predominantly Shiite areas, threatened to further inflame sectarian tensions that are at the boiling point across much of Iraq. U.S.
March 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Flanked by guards armed with submachine guns, Iraq's prime minister on Friday ventured out of the Green Zone to tour parts of Baghdad, chatting with bystanders and police to demonstrate that a U.S.-led security crackdown is making progress. But north of the capital, insurgents attacked a police station, killing one officer, wounding three and leaving 10 missing, a police source said.
January 7, 2007 | Solomon Moore, Times Staff Writer
Iraqi soldiers killed 30 suspected insurgents in a furious gun battle Saturday in downtown Baghdad, authorities said, in what appeared to be the opening salvo of a new plan by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki to secure the capital. Maliki announced the new effort to end bloodshed in Baghdad on Saturday, five months after the U.S. military launched a plan to quell sectarian fighting that is widely regarded as a failure.
August 19, 2006 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
The Iraqi government on Friday imposed a two-day vehicle ban in the capital in an effort to avert bloodshed during a major Shiite festival this weekend. During the festival last year, pilgrims crossing a bridge over the Tigris River stampeded after rumors spread that a suicide bomber was among them. About 1,000 people, many of them women and children, drowned or were trampled to death in what remains the bloodiest day since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
August 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
U.S. soldiers sent to beef up security in Iraq's capital were seen for the first time on the city's streets Saturday as Iraqi police used loudspeakers to reassure people that the Americans were there to protect them. But at least 21 people were killed or found dead, most of them in Baghdad, which is being racked by bombings and sectarian slayings. The dead included a Shiite couple and their two daughters abducted earlier in the day in Baghdad's mostly Sunni area of Dora, police said.
August 4, 2006 | Matea Gold
CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier, who was seriously wounded during a car bombing in Baghdad in May that killed two of her colleagues, has been released from a Baltimore rehabilitation hospital. Dozier, who has undergone more than a dozen surgeries since the attack and was released Wednesday, is now walking with crutches.
August 28, 2006 | Solomon Moore, Times Staff Writer
An ambitious military sweep appears to be dramatically reducing Baghdad's homicide rate, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Sunday -- even as violence nationwide killed at least 80 people, including six U.S. soldiers in and around the capital. Last month, the Baghdad morgue received more than 1,800 bodies, a record high. This month, the morgue is on track to receive less than a quarter of that. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki seized on the drop in slayings during a CNN interview.
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