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March 7, 2010 | By Saad Fakhrildeen and Ned Parker
A car bomb ripped through a parking lot used by pilgrims in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Saturday, killing three people in an attack that was almost certainly intended to ignite sectarian passions the day before Iraqis go to the polls. Two Iranians and an Iraqi were killed in the explosion about 300 yards from the Imam Ali shrine, one of the holiest sites in Shiite Islam. The attack near an Iranian tour bus also wounded 54 people, 19 of them Iranians, police said. The parliamentary elections Sunday find Iraqis choosing between secular and religious politicians, and hoping to close the door on a return to the sectarian war that crippled the country from 2005 to '07. In televised comments, the reclusive Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr, who is thought to be in Iran, urged his supporters to vote.
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NEWS
January 7, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
As president, Rick Perry “would send troops back into Iraq,” the Texas governor declared during Saturday's ABC/Yahoo GOP presidential debate. Blasting President Obama for withdrawing American troops from the country, Perry said the decision has made Iraq vulnerable to infiltration from Iran. “I think the idea that we allow the Iranians to come back into Iraq and take over that country, with all of the treasure, both in blood and money, that we have spent in Iraq because this president wants to kowtow to his liberal, leftist base and move out those men and women - he could have renegotiated that timeline,” Perry said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2010
T. Christian Miller, a reporter for the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica, has won the $35,000 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting for a collaboration with the Los Angeles Times that called attention to the plight of civilian workers injured in Iraq. The articles, which Miller began reporting as a Times staff writer, focused on workers hired by Pentagon contractors to drive fuel trucks, cook, translate and perform other support services. More than 1,700 civilian workers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 37,000 injured.
WORLD
April 15, 2013 | By Ned Parker
BEIRUT -- A string of bombings in Iraq claimed the lives of more than 30 people Monday in the run-up to provincial elections scheduled for this weekend. The attacks, which left dozens wounded, took place around the country, including in Baghdad; the southern city of Nasiriya; and in the northern cities of Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu, Samarra and Mosul. The blasts followed the assassinations over the weekend of two Sunni Muslim candidates for provincial elections. The deadliest attacks occurred in Baghdad, where security sources said 21 people were killed, including three in a major security breach when a pair of car bombs exploded by the heavily patrolled entrance to Baghdad International Airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1991
Saddam still lives! But why? FABIAN C. GRAVO Fullerton
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2000
Re "Russian Plane Lands in Iraq Without U.N. OK," Sept. 24: What bothers me about the French and Russian planes landing in Iraq is not the humanitarian aid they may be bringing in. It's the fact that these same planes have to fly out of Iraq. What are they carrying? BOB FOSTER Los Angeles
OPINION
July 12, 2003
Re "Iraqi Puppies Wiggle Way to U.S.," July 8: Hooray for Marcy Christmas! She's a credit to the human race. Seems like her rescue of the puppies is the most positive thing to come out of the Iraq war thus far. Emmett Clark Anaheim Hills
OPINION
April 29, 2005
In my humble opinion, Iraq is no better off now than it was under the rule of Saddam Hussein, and haven't we killed as many innocent civilians as he did? Mary Overbey Palos Verdes Estates
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