December 31, 2004 |
Three militant groups warned Iraqis on Thursday against voting in the Jan. 30 election, saying that people who participated in the "dirty farce" risked attack. All 700 employees of the electoral commission in the northern city of Mosul reportedly resigned after being threatened. The warning came a day after insurgents in Mosul launched a coordinated assault on a U.S. military outpost. The military said 25 insurgents were believed to have been slain and one U.S. soldier was killed in the battle, which involved U.S. warplanes.
May 19, 2003 |
As they eyed L. Paul Bremer III munching bread and patting children's heads along a busy sidewalk Sunday in this northern city, several Iraqis asked with amazement, "Is this our new American president?" Their surprise was understandable. In a nation where the face of Saddam Hussein was long ubiquitous, few citizens ever saw their president in person. A crowd of about 100 drew near to Bremer, and a middle-aged man kissed him on both cheeks. Another said in English, "We love you."
September 14, 2008 |
The TV show is one of the country's most popular, a form of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in which a TV crew surprises needy Iraqis with food and gifts during the holy month of Ramadan. On Saturday, as the Sharqiya TV personnel homed in on a family reeling from losses suffered in a massive bombing, kidnappers zeroed in on them. Hours later, three journalists and their driver were found dead, shot in the head and chest and dumped on the outskirts of Mosul, a northern city that has become one of the most violent in Iraq.
May 6, 2003 |
A convention of religious, ethnic and tribal leaders chose a former Iraqi army general as Mosul's mayor Monday, making it the country's first major city with an elected government. About 150 delegates cast ballots to select an interim city council of 24 men, who then went behind closed doors and picked Ghanim Basso, 58, a former Iraqi army major general and longtime member of the now-deposed Baath Party, as interim mayor.
August 8, 2009 |
A series of attacks largely targeting Shiite Muslims killed at least 52 people Friday, most of them in a powerful car bombing at a mosque on the northern edge of the volatile city of Mosul. Authorities said most of the 39 fatalities at the mosque were Shiite Turkmens, a minority group that has frequently been targeted by the Sunni Arab militant group Al Qaeda in Iraq to inflame sectarian and ethnic tensions. The massive bomb exploded as worshipers were leaving the mosque in the village of Shiraykhan after attending Friday prayers, officials said.
August 11, 2009 |
A string of bombings in northern Iraq and Baghdad that have killed at least 112 people in the last several days, including 60 on Monday, has raised fears that insurgent groups are embarking on a sustained attempt to kindle ethnic and sectarian warfare. The toll since Friday represents the worst upsurge of violence since U.S. troops handed over security in urban areas to Iraqi security forces on June 30. The attacks serve as a reminder that although the U.S. military says it is on track to complete the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq by next August, the potential for fresh conflict between Arabs and Kurds in the north, and Sunnis and Shiites elsewhere, remains very real.