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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.
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.
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.
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
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