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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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June 7, 2006 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
When they saw the boxes in the street, villagers feared the worst: bombs or props for an ambush. The boxes' content, however, was grisly, not explosive. Inside, officers found the decomposing heads of nine men, each inside a black plastic bag. The discovery Tuesday was the second of its kind near the city of Baqubah in recent days, according to police.
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December 2, 2006 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
Violence flared in the Iraqi capital Friday, adding to sectarian tensions as raids and shootings erupted in the streets and bombs exploded in crowded marketplaces. Throughout the day, Iraqi and U.S. troops conducted raids and traded gunfire with insurgents, including a daylong raid in Baghdad's Fadhil neighborhood, a Sunni Muslim area. Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has attempted to reassert his authority in recent weeks, confronting U.S.
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December 27, 2006 | Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
Three car bombs exploded within minutes of one another at a west Baghdad intersection jammed with holiday shoppers, one of a series of attacks reported Tuesday that killed at least 97 Iraqis and injured dozens. Three U.S. soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb detonated as they were removing explosive devices from a route northwest of the capital, the military said. At least 2,980 U.S. troops have been killed since the Iraq war began in March 2003, according to icasualties.org.
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December 3, 2006 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
Car bombs and mortar attacks killed at least 51 people in Baghdad on Saturday as Prime Minister Nouri Maliki met with tribal leaders from a Shiite stronghold in an attempt to mend his fractured government. "The enemies are trying to disperse us, but they will not be able to," Maliki said, appearing on state-run Al Iraqiya television with 65 representatives of the Sadr City slum who reportedly asked Maliki for more police to patrol the neighborhood. Sadr City is the stronghold of anti-U.S.
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March 16, 2006 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
An American raid on a suspected militant hide-out in a rural region north of Baghdad resulted Wednesday in the deaths of two women and a child as well as one insurgent, U.S. military officials said. Neighbors in the Balad area near Samarra disputed the American account, saying 11 members of a schoolteacher's family were killed. The military statement said troops conducting an operation to capture an Al Qaeda organizer "were engaged by enemy fire" as they approached the suspected hide-out.
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October 24, 2006 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
A militia chief's brother, kidnapped last week in an apparent act of vengeance that sparked a two-day battle over control of a southern Iraqi city, was found dead Monday amid signs of simmering unrest between rival Shiite Muslim groups that is undermining security in the relatively stable south. At least 50 other Iraqis were killed or found dead around the country during the day as part of relentless political violence that has marked the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is just ending.
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October 17, 2006 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
Waves of killing engulfed this capital city and surrounding areas Monday as bombings, shootings and sectarian executions left more than 100 Iraqis dead. The death toll was high even by the Iraqi capital's standards. It included 20 killed by two synchronized car bombs in east Baghdad, and 64 men whose mutilated bodies were found on roadsides and in empty lots and drainage ditches in and around the capital. The U.S. military also reported that seven of its troops had died in combat Sunday.
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October 3, 2006 | Solomon Moore, Times Staff Writer
Leaders of Iraq's major political blocs announced a plan Monday to create local committees of clerics, tribal leaders and military officers to help quell violence in the capital. The committees would have no police powers but would work with Iraqi authorities to set up checkpoints and identify dangers in the community, and advise police officers on other security issues.
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October 1, 2006 | Doug Smith and Saif Rasheed, Times Staff Writers
The government clamped a 24-hour curfew on the capital Saturday shortly after U.S. forces arrested the bodyguard of a prominent Sunni leader on suspicion of plotting a suicide attack inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone. A statement from the U.S. Army said the man was part of an Al Qaeda cell "in the final stages of launching a series of ... attacks" that would have used several vehicles and possibly suicide vests.
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