Archive for the ‘Insurgents’ Category

Mohammed Tawfeeq | CNN | July 16, 2011

Baghdad (CNN) — Separate blasts in Iraq killed nine people and left dozens wounded in attacks targeting pilgrims near the Shiite holy city of Karbala, authorities said Saturday.

An additional 70 people were wounded in the three blasts between Friday and Saturday, the Interior Ministry officials said.


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Mazin Yahya | Associated Press | July 15, 2011

BAGHDAD (AP) — A bomb hidden under a parked car exploded near Muslim pilgrims Friday, killing at least two and wounding four as they made their way to an annual Shiite religious festival in a holy city south of Iraq’s capital.

Pilgrims are an easy target for insurgents looking to stoke sectarian violence as U.S. troops prepare to depart Iraq by the end of the year.

Friday’s bomb exploded in a parking lot about 14 miles (22 kilometers) from the holy city of Karbala, where thousands of pilgrims are flocking this weekend for the annual Shiite festival of Shabaniyah.


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By Associated Press| World | Wall Street Journal with Foreign Policy | July 14, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — The number of Afghan civilians killed in war-related violence rose 15 percent in the first half of this year, according to a U.N. report released Thursday that offered grim statistics about the human toll of increased fighting.

Violence has been on the rise as the Taliban and other insurgents try to regain territory lost in the fall and winter to the U.S.-led coalition in southern Afghanistan. (more…)

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By Joshua Partlow and Kevin Sieff | World | Wall Street Journal with Foreign Policy | July 14, 2011

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — After the last prayer of the Thursday morning memorial service for President Hamid Karzai’s slain half brother, a senior cleric inside Kandahar’s Red Mosque announced that lunch would soon be served.

For the distinguished guests clustered on the side of the vast carpeted prayer hall — including Kandahar’s governor and four of Karzai’s brothers — a meal was ready across town at Mandigak palace, where the provincial council meets, the cleric said.

The others could eat in the mosque, served by the boys scattered around the room.

As the guests stood to leave, a bomb hidden inside a man’s turban detonated, killing at least four people and wounding 15 others, according to Afghan officials and witnesses. (more…)

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Reuters | July 5, 2011

MOSCOW – A Russian newspaper said on Tuesday that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was willing to give up power in exchange for security guarantees, citing a high-level Russian official.

The report in the respected daily Kommersant, which did not identify its source, came a day after the search for ways to end the war in Libya dominated Russia’s talks with NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen and South African President Jacob Zuma. (more…)

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Associated Press | Sinan Salaheddin | July 5, 2011

BAGHDAD (AP) — A combined car bomb and roadside bombing in a town north of Baghdad killed at least 35 people and wounded 47 on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said.

The bombing is the latest in a series of insurgent attacks as the Iraqi government and political factions debate whether to officially request from the United States that some American troops stay in the country past their year-end withdrawal deadline.


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The Gaurdian | Nick Hopkins | June 29, 2011

Nato is reviewing the conduct of its military campaign in Libya after France admitted arming rebel fighters in apparent defiance of the UN mandate.

The revelation surprised officials in Nato’s headquarters in Brussels and raised awkward questions about whether the French had broken international law – UN resolution 1973 specifically allows Nato nations to protect civilians in Libya, but appears to stop short of permitting the provision of weapons. (more…)

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