April 20, 2009 |
Iraq's parliament ended four months of legislative paralysis Sunday by electing a new speaker who supporters hope will bring both muscle and discipline to the notoriously disorderly body. Iyad Samarrai, a leading figure in the Iraqi Islamic Party, was chosen to replace Mahmoud Mashadani, who resigned as speaker in December amid universal complaints about his erratic and abrasive style.
April 16, 2004 |
Hachim Hassani engages in shuttle diplomacy, Iraq-style. Here's what that means: Hop into a Toyota Land Cruiser and speed toward the besieged city of Fallouja, hoping that the U.S. Marines don't shoot you as you head toward their positions, and that the rocket and mortar fire from insurgents doesn't get you either. Then spend eight hours in a mosque full of angry city elders as American bombs thunder outside.
October 15, 2005 |
Iraqis walked by the millions to vote today as Shiite Muslim leaders mobilized followers for a massive show of support for a draft constitution, despite continued opposition among angry but increasingly divided Sunnis. Polling stations opened at 7 a.m., hours after insurgents sabotaged power lines in the northern part of the country, plunging the capital into darkness and cutting off water supplies.
March 31, 2006 |
The quaking woman in the abaya had tears in her eyes and spoke English -- the first sign to a startled receptionist that this visitor was different from the usual grieving widow or mother so common in this violent country. When she finally managed to explain, in broken Arabic, that she was Jill Carroll, it was not sympathy but a rare outburst of joy she sparked.
September 2, 2008 |
In an event touted by President Bush as a sign of U.S. success in Iraq but tinged with evidence of political friction and security threats bubbling below the surface, U.S. forces on Monday handed control of security in Anbar province to the Iraqis. The U.S. military also said Iraq's government on Oct. 1 plans to assume authority over more than 50,000 mainly Sunni Arab fighters known as the Sons of Iraq and allied with U.S. forces in Baghdad. Taken together, the developments represent a major shift that will test the Shiite Muslim-led government's willingness to support Sunni-led efforts considered key to sustaining relative calm in Iraq and fostering reconciliation.
January 19, 2007 |
On their first date, Michael Hastings and Andrea Parhamovich met for milkshakes. Fifteen months later, she followed him to Iraq. Hastings hoped they would spend their lives together. But on Wednesday, Parhamovich died in a hail of bullets, ambushed outside a Sunni Arab political office in Baghdad. Sunni Muslim insurgents linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility Thursday for the attack that took the lives of the 28-year-old and three bodyguards -- a Hungarian, a Croat and an Iraqi.