NAIROBI, April 2 (Reuters) – South Sudan said on Monday
Sudanese forces were still bombing regions in the oil-producing
area straddling their border, but insisted it would not be
dragged into war.
South Sudan’s Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin
accused Khartoum of wanting to deter investment in the crucial
oil sector of the country that split from the north in July.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – If Iraqis were hoping that the withdrawal of U.S. forces last year would finally mean the end of war, al Qaeda and its Sunni militant allies are determined to prove otherwise.
Daily bombings and shootings remain an endemic feature of life. In the past three months, al Qaeda-linked fighters have been blamed for attacks that have killed at least 250 people.
BAGHDAD, March 7 (Reuters) – An Iraqi businessman,
trying to cash in on the billions of dollars pouring into the
country from lucrative oil contracts, complains that his biggest
headache is not bomb attacks or sectarian politics but primitive
“Where are the credit cards?” said the businessman, who
represents a foreign automobile company in Iraq and declined to
be identified because of his dealings with the government.
Elsewhere in the Gulf, he noted, credit cards are widely used.
“How far away are we from this development?”
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, a father doused his three teenage daughters with boiling water and shot them because, he told a court, he suspected they were having sex. Two died.
He said he killed them to defend his honor.
Murder in Iraq can carry a death sentence but under laws that activists say are far too lenient for so-called “honor killings,” the father was jailed for just two years. Medical examinations showed the girls were virgins.
COOLIE CAMP, Iraq (Reuters) – When they see the plight of their Syrian kinsmen across the border, the Sunni tribesmen of western Iraq understand their rage. But with their own experience of civil war still fresh, they want to stop arms from feeding the conflict next door.
Just a few years ago, this part of Iraq was caught in battle between al Qaeda, who used the area as a launchpad for their insurgency, and Sunni tribal leaders who wanted to kick them out.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Escaping the intense bloodletting during the height of Iraq’s sectarian warfare five years ago, Iraqi athlete Adnan Taess has since returned to a much calmer homeland to train for his first Olympics in London.
At the worst of the violence in 2006-2007, athletes dodged sniper bullets at the Jadriya oval track in the heart of Baghdad. Now, groups of athletes race each other as children watch, and older men lazily walk around the track that encircles an uneven grass field.
BAGHDAD, March 1 (Reuters) – Escaping the intense
bloodletting during the height of Iraq’s sectarian warfare five
years ago, Iraqi athlete Adnan Taess has since returned to a
much calmer homeland to train for his first Olympics in London.
At the worst of the violence in 2006-2007, athletes dodged
sniper bullets at the Jadriya oval track in the heart of
Baghdad. Now, groups of athletes race each other as children
watch, and older men lazily walk around the track that encircles
an uneven grass field.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq claimed responsibility for a wave of coordinated attacks that mainly targeted police forces in Shi’ite areas and killed at least 60 people across the country on Thursday.
In a statement seen on Islamist websites on Friday, the group said it carried out the attacks in revenge for what it called a “torture and liquidation campaign that Sunni women and men are being subjected to in Baghdad’s prisons and other areas.”
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Judges ordered one of Iraq’s two vice-presidents tried for terrorism Monday in a move the accused, Tareq al-Hashemi, dismissed as part of a “black comedy” devised by sectarian adversaries in government.
In a televised address from the autonomous Kurdish region where he took refuge two months ago, Hashemi, a leader of the once-dominant Sunni minority, again dismissed charges that he and his entourage ran sectarian death squads and called the case a political “fabrication” by the Shi’ite-led authorities.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq evacuated an initial batch of 400 Iranian dissidents on Saturday from a base founded under Saddam Hussein, a first step towards expelling their entire group from Iraqi territory.
The People’s Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), a group that calls for the overthrow of Iran’s clerical rulers, took refuge at Camp Ashraf, 65 km (40 miles) from Baghdad, during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. Ashraf now houses around 3,000 people.