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October 14, 2006 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
Iraq's interior minister, whose forces are accused of complicity in sectarian death squad killings, defended his agency in an interview with U.S. reporters Friday, and said he had the backing of the prime minister and parliament to remove corrupt and incompetent police commanders from the streets.
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October 14, 2006 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
Iraq's interior minister, whose forces are accused of complicity in sectarian death squad killings, defended his agency in an interview with U.S. reporters Friday, and said he had the backing of the prime minister and parliament to remove corrupt and incompetent police commanders from the streets.
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June 12, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Five U.S. security contractors arrested in Baghdad have been cleared in the killing of a fellow American contractor, but two of them face drug-related charges, the Iraqi government said Thursday. Three of the U.S. contractors, and an Iraqi colleague arrested with them, will be released on bail and will still face charges of carrying unauthorized weapons and fake documents, government spokesman Ali Dabbagh said.
OPINION
November 18, 2006
THE FIG LEAF that Iraq has a fledgling but functioning government that stands between its sectarian strife and full-scale civil war was blown away in a raging political storm this week. It's now clear that not only is Iraq's government incapable of controlling events on the ground, the warring Sunni and Shiite-controlled ministries can't even agree on what is happening beyond their walls. The fragile coexistence of Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq's new parliament is in peril.
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November 18, 2006 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
Sunni Arabs lashed out at Shiite Muslim politicians during Friday prayers, angrily condemning the government's arrest order for Iraq's top Sunni cleric. Interior Minister Jawad Bolani announced Thursday that Harith Dhari, chief of the Muslim Scholars Assn., a Sunni group, was wanted for inciting violence. Bolani is a Shiite.
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November 7, 2006 | Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
Iraq's new interior minister on Monday announced charges against 55 police officers and other department employees, amid heavy U.S. and domestic pressure to clean up his security forces. U.S. officials and members of the once-dominant Sunni Arab minority believe the ministry has been infiltrated by Shiite Muslim militiamen and become a tool in the country's sectarian war.
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December 11, 2009 | By Ned Parker and Raheem Salman
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Thursday emerged virtually unscathed from a parliament session called over this week's car bombings in the capital and a series of explosions since August that have caused lawmakers to publicly question his handling of the security situation in Iraq. As Maliki parried with lawmakers for nearly six hours, the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group for insurgents that includes Al Qaeda in Iraq, claimed responsibility for Tuesday's bombings, which killed 127 people.
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February 26, 2008 | Tina Susman and Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writers
An explosion killed a police commander Monday during a visit by a man in a wheelchair who might have been a suicide bomber or an unwitting victim of insurgents, officials said. If the man was used by militants, it would be the third time this month that Iraqi security forces say disabled people were used to carry explosives that killed themselves and others.
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February 10, 2010 | By Liz Sly and Caesar Ahmed
Iraq has given hundreds of guards linked to the private security company formerly known as Blackwater a week to leave the country or face arrest, Interior Ministry officials said Wednesday. The order follows the dismissal in December by a U.S. federal judge of murder charges against five Blackwater guards accused of killing Iraqi civilians in a 2007 shooting incident on Baghdad's Nisoor Square. The Iraqi government said that 17 people died in the shooting, in which Blackwater guards opened fire on the busy square after they said they had come under attack, though an FBI investigation found only 14 deaths.
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October 1, 2006 | Solomon Moore, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said Saturday that he supported the Iraqi prime minister's plan to disband sectarian militias through negotiations while using his military to go after the most extreme elements. Khalilzad said he disagreed with recent complaints by U.S. military officials in Iraq and politicians in Washington that Prime Minister Nouri Maliki hasn't been doing enough to rein in Shiite militias implicated in thousands of death squad killings. Khalilzad said complaints by senior U.
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June 11, 2009 | Ned Parker
The Iraqi police Wednesday released three of the five U.S. contractors who were detained last week in connection with the slaying last month of an American in Baghdad's Green Zone enclave, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said. The men were freed on bail, but were forbidden to leave Iraq during the investigation of the death of Jim Kitterman, a 60-year-old construction contractor from Texas, said Rafae Munahe, a senior advisor to Interior Minister Jawad Bolani. "They cannot leave the country.
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