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AFP | June 18, 2011

 

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — Soldiers deployed in force in Lebanon’s main northern city Tripoli Saturday after seven people were killed in clashes between Alawites and Sunnis over a rally against the Syrian government.

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By Ernesto Londoño and Zaid Sabah, Washington Post Foreign Service

BAGHDAD, April 22 — A suicide bomber burst into a mosque north of Baghdad on Wednesday evening and detonated explosives near worshipers, killing at least five, Iraqi authorities and witnesses said.

Shortly after the attack in Duluiyah, 45 miles north of Baghdad, residents poured into the streets to denounce al-Qaeda in Iraq, a Sunni insurgent group that held sway there until locals, backed by the U.S. military, drove it out in 2007.

“All the people in Duluiyah rushed to the mosque yelling and cursing al-Qaeda,” said Shaalan al-Jubory, a spokesman for the local paramilitary group formed to fight the insurgents.

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By Agence France-Presse

The most common cause of death for civilians in the first five years of the Iraq war was execution after being kidnapped, according to a report published Wednesday by an independent casualties monitor.

Iraq Body Count (IBC), a group supported by researchers from the United States and Britain, said that such killings accounted for 33 percent of all civilian deaths in the five years after the 2003 US-led invasion.

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By Associated Press

Anger boiled over in Baghdad streets at Iraqi soldiers and police after they failed to prevent a stunning series of coordinated bombings across the city Monday that left 37 dead and more than 100 wounded. Iraq’s government blamed the attacks on supporters of Saddam Hussein “in cooperation with the al-Qaida terrorist organization” and suggested the blasts were timed for Tuesday’s anniversary of the founding of the late dictator’s Baath party.

The attacks, which one Interior Ministry official called the worst breach of security in Baghdad this year, occurred as the U.S. military is drawing down its forces in the capital. Some Iraqis pondered whether their own soldiers and police can maintain order if Shiite-Sunni violence flares again once the Americans have gone.

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By CNN News

Iraqi security forces and Awakening Council members clashed Saturday in Baghdad, leaving two civilians dead, 13 other people wounded, and five Iraqi soldiers kidnapped, a military official told CNN.

The incident started after Adel al-Mashhadani — the leader of the Fadhil Awakening Council in northern Baghdad — and an aide were arrested by members of the Iraqi army and U.S. military, said Qassim Atta of the Baghdad military command.

Atta said that council members opened fire on Iraqi security forces after the arrest and security forces fired back. The 13 wounded included four soldiers. Authorities said council members kidnapped the five soldiers.

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