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Deaths in Baghdad school blast

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Official says at least five people killed in bomb attack in Iraqi capital....

Scores dead in Iraq car bombing

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Twin car bombs leave over 100 people dead in central Baghdad, police say....

One Woman's Account Of Having To Wear A Hijab In Iraq

washingtonpost.com | Dalya Hassan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD -- "You have to wear a hijab," my husband told me shortly after we got married. "Don't argue with me over this issue." ...

Scores killed in Iraq blasts

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Three explosions targeting Shias in Hilla and Baghdad cause more than 30 deaths....

Dozens dead in Iraq bomb blasts

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Serial car bomb blasts hit capital Baghdad....

World leaders condemn Iraq attacks

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Condolences offered as Baghdad blames al-Qaeda network and Baathists for devastating bombing....

Iraq outraged as Blackwater case is dropped

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Saying it was "astonished" by a US court's decision to drop manslaughter charges against private security guards who were accused of killing 17 civil...

Iraq blasts 'will not halt US exit'

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

US says pullout plans on track despite wave of deadly attacks in Baghdad....

Bomb blasts in Iraq claim lives

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Dozens wounded in addition to fatalities in attacks outside Baghdad ahead of Eid al-Adha....

Al-Qaida Linked Group Claims Responsibility For Baghdad Attacks

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD AP - An al-Qaida linked group claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombings in the heart of Baghdad that killed at least 155 people as ...

Many dead in Iraq car bombing

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Twin car bombs leave 25 dead and 40 others wounded in central Baghdad, police say....

Iraq-Iran in oilfield dispute

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Baghdad says Iranian troops crossed border to seize disputed southern oil well....

Scores killed as car bombs rock Baghdad

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

At least 62 people were killed and 105 wounded when four or more large car bombs shook Baghdad on Tuesday, the latest high-profile blasts apparently ...

147 killed in Baghdad as devastating suicide attacks raise questions about Iraq's security

Fox 31 | Fox 31 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A pair of suicide car bombings Sunday devastated the heart of Iraq's capital, killing at least 147 people in the country's dead...

Iraq link to hostage played down

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Claims that Iran masterminded the kidnap of five British contractors in Baghdad were played down by UK and Iraqi officials tonight. ...

127 dead as bombers aim for heart of government

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Car bombers yesterday killed as many as 127 people in Baghdad in a series of attacks that left the city's streets strewn with the wreckage of burning...

Iraqis angry at security lapse, bombs kill 155

AP | BARBARA SURK and HAMID AHMED | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BAGHDAD — Iraqis vented anger Monday at a major security lapse that allowed two suicide truck bombers to penetrate what was supposed to be one of Baghdad's safest areas, killing 155 people including 24 children on a bus leaving a daycare center next to one of the government ministries targeted.

Sunday's twin suicide blasts in the heart of the capital struck the Justice Ministry and the Baghdad Provincial Administration, the worst attacks in more than two years. They raised fears about Iraq's ability to protect itself as it prepares for January elections and the U.S. military withdrawal.

The children who were killed were on a bus leaving a daycare center near the Justice Ministry when the attack occurred, said an official at the hospital where the bodies were brought. A police official confirmed the death toll and said the bus driver was also killed and six children injured. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Baghdad's top security officials brought reinforcements to guard government institutions Monday and blocked streets around the capital, acting on intelligence suggesting such buildings could be the militants' next target, Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, a spokesman for the city's operations command center told The Associated Press.

But those measures seemed insufficient to many angry Iraqis who fear more attacks and question the ability of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government to keep the country secure.

Judge shuts public access to Blackwater hearings

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday shut down public access to pretrial hearings in the prosecution of five Blackwater security guards for allegedly killing Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.

The hearings will delve into whether government investigators were tainted by statements the guards gave shortly after the shootings on Sept. 16, 2007, that killed 14 unarmed civilians.

The guards gave the statements during a preliminary State Department inquiry, under a limited grant of immunity from prosecution, meaning the statements could not be used in the subsequent investigation that resulted in criminal charges.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina said he wants to shield witnesses and potential jurors from pretrial publicity.

In court on Wednesday, Urbina rejected a request by The Washington Post to open the proceedings, saying the rights of the five guards to a fair trial outweighed the public's interest in attending the proceedings.

Today in History - Oct. 14

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

— Today is Wednesday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2009. There are 78 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 14, 1939, during World War II, a German U-boat torpedoed and sank the HMS Royal Oak, a British battleship anchored at Scapa Flow in Scotland's Orkney Islands; 833 of the more than 1,200 men aboard were killed.

On this date:

In 1066, Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings.

Al-Qaida-linked inmates break out of Iraq prison

AP | BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Iraqi officials say about 15 prisoners have escaped from a prison in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit and authorities have locked down the city as they search for fugitives.

Iraqi military spokesman Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf said Thursday that six of the escaped inmates are considered dangerous.

A curfew was imposed on the city after the escape Wednesday night. Authorities are distributing wanted posters with photos of the fugitives and are running checkpoints around the city, which is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

Khalaf says extra surveillance has also been ordered at Iraq's borders and throughout the northwest of the country.

Sahar Shafqat: Achieving Peace in Pakistan

FORA.tv | FORA.tv | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CONFLICT: Sahar Shafqat on Peace in Pakistan Sahar Shafqat is presenting at Momentum 2009 on the Conflict Plenary: On the battlefield and the playing...

Car Bomb Kills 7 In Iraqi Capital

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — A car bomb exploded Friday at a market south of Baghdad in a region that was once the scene of frequent attacks on Shiites, killing se...

Mortars Fired Into Baghdad's Green Zone During Biden Visit

NBC NewYork | NBC New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Militants fired several mortars or rockets into the Green Zone in Baghdad during Vice President Joe Biden's trip to the Iraqi capital.... ...

CONFLICT: Harry Edwards on Race, Sport and Society

FORA.tv | FORA.tv | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CONFLICT: Harry Edwards on Race, Sport, and Society Harry Edwards is presenting at Momentum 2009 on the Conflict plenary: On the battlefield and the ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

The GOP's Runnin' Off the Rails tour continued this week with Sarah Palin announcing she will resign, Mark Sanford admitting he "crossed lines" with multiple women (while providing an instant new slang term for sex: "crossing the ultimate line"), James Inhofe welcoming Al Franken to the Senate by saying, "We are going to get the clown from Minnesota," and John Boehner spending an hour on the House floor reading aloud portions of the landmark climate-change bill he labeled "a piece of shit." Also this week, U.S. troops in Iraq were finally cause for celebration, fireworks, and dancing in the streets of Baghdad. It turns out it was not our arrival in Iraq that was greeted with flowers and sweets but our departure. It's an agonizing lesson learned six years, $1 trillion, and 4,321 U.S. deaths too late.