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Obama, Iraqi PM Want Tighter Security After Green Zone Storming

WASHINGTON, May 22 – U.S. President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi agreed on the need for tighter security in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone after protesters stormed the area, the White House said on Saturday. At least four anti-government protesters were killed and 90 injured on Friday in clashes with security forces in the

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Four Killed, 90 Injured in Baghdad’s Green Zone Riots: Hospitals

By Ahmed Rasheed and Kareem Raheem BAGHDAD, May 21 – At least four anti-government protesters were killed and 90 injured when security forces ejected them from Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, hospital sources said on Saturday. Iraqi security forces used live ammunition, rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas on Friday to dislodge the demonstrators

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Iraqi Leader Says Political Crisis Helps Daesh Attack

By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD, May 15 – A political crisis in Iraq is hampering the fight against Daesh, Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi said on Saturday after some of the bloodiest attacks on Baghdad this year. Abadi’s government has been crippled for weeks since parties resisted a cabinet reshuffle aimed at fighting corruption. In a televised speech,

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Suicide Attacks Kill Two West of Baghdad Following Bloody Day

BAGHDAD, May 12 – Two suicide bombings claimed by Daesh in a town near Baghdad killed two policemen and wounded eight others on Thursday, police and medics said, a day after Daesh bombs left at least 80 people dead in the Iraqi capital. The death toll made Wednesday’s three suicide bombings at a busy market

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Iraq Holding Hundreds of Detainees in “Inhumane Conditions”: Amnesty

BAGHDAD, May 3 – Amnesty International said on Tuesday Iraq is holding more than 1,000 detainees, some as young as 15, without charge in “inhumane and degrading conditions” at makeshift holding centres in western Anbar province. The London-based human rights watchdog said 683 men have been crammed into disused warehouses in Amiriyat al-Falluja, just west

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Bombs in Baghdad Kill 14, Wound 26

By Kareem Raheem BAGHDAD, May 2 – Three bombs went off in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people, including Shi’ite Muslim worshippers conducting an annual pilgrimage inside the capital, police and medical sources said. The largest blast, which Daesh said it was behind, came from a parked car bomb in the Saydiya

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Iraqi Protesters End Green Zone Sit-In For Now After Issuing Demands

By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 2 – Protesters camped out in Baghdad’s Green Zone for 24 hours left the heavily fortified government district on Sunday after issuing demands for political reform but they pledged to return by the end of the week to keep up the pressure. Iraq has endured months of wrangling

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Daesh Suicide Attacks Kill 32 in Southern Iraq

BAGHDAD, May 1 – Two suicide car bombs claimed by Daesh killed at least 32 people and wounded 75 others in the centre of the southern Iraqi city of Samawa on Sunday, police and medics said. The first blast was near a local government building and the second one about 60 metres (65 yards) away at

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Sadr’s Supporters Camp Outside Iraq Parliament; Political Crisis Deepens

By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 1 – Hundreds of supporters of Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Al Sadr stormed parliament inside Baghdad’s Green Zone on Saturday and camped out nearby after Sadr denounced politicians’ failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption. The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified central

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At Least 12 Dead in Two Baghdad Car Bomb Attacks

BAGHDAD, April 24 – At least 12 people were killed on Saturday in two separate car bomb attacks in Baghdad targeting security forces, police sources said. Daesh was behind the larger blast, according to the Amaq news agency which supports the group. The attack on a security checkpoint in the northern Al Husseiniya district killed nine people and wounded 28

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