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Iraq shuts infamous Abu Ghraib prison over security fears

Iraq has closed Abu Ghraib prison, made infamous by Saddam Hussein's regime and US forces, due to security concerns following a mass breakout last year, the justice ministry said Tuesday. The country is suffering a protracted surge in violence that has claimed more than 2,550 lives this year, and the area west of Baghdad where the prison is located is particularly insecure.

US senators file bill to take Kurdish groups off terror list

Two prominent US senators introduced legislation Friday that would remove Iraqi Kurdish organizations KDP and PUK from a terrorist blacklist. The Obama administration supports the move, which officials have said requires legislative action rather than an executive order from the White House. Washington designated the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan as terrorist groups in 2001 in part for their insurgent activity in the 1990s Kurdish civil war.

Violence kills 21 in Iraq

Shootings and bombings in Iraq killed at least 21 people Thursday, officials said, as the country struggles with rampant violence ahead of parliamentary elections at the end of the month. The country is suffering from a protracted surge in bloodshed that has killed more than 2,500 people this year and sparked fears Iraq is slipping back into the all-out sectarian fighting of 2006-2007.

Iraq attacks kill 18 on anniversary of Baghdad fall

Attacks, including 13 car bombs in mainly Shiite-populated areas of Iraq, killed at least 18 people Wednesday, highlighting the persistent danger from militants 11 years after American forces took Baghdad. The latest violence is part of a protracted surge in nationwide bloodshed that has killed more than 2,400 people so far this year and sparked fears Iraq is slipping back into the all-out sectarian fighting of 2006-7.

Iraq attacks kill 15 as soldiers ambush militants

Attacks in Iraq left 15 people dead Tuesday while security forces said they killed 25 militants near Baghdad amid worries insurgents are encroaching on the capital weeks ahead of elections. The latest violence is part of a protracted surge in nationwide bloodshed that has left more than 2,400 people dead since the start of the year and sparked fears Iraq is slipping back into the all-out sectarian fighting that plagued it in 2006 and 2007.

Iraq attacks kill nine as election looms

Attacks in Baghdad and predominantly Sunni Arab areas of northern and western Iraq killed nine people on Friday, the latest in a surge of bloodshed ahead of a general election. The shootings and bombings, which also wounded dozens more, came with campaigning in full swing for the April 30 election and with violence at its highest level since 2008.

New pictures of Iraq president recovering after stroke

Iraqi media released new pictures Thursday of President Jalal Talabani, who has been in Germany since December 2012 after suffering a stroke, with the Kurdish leader appearing in good health. The images, published by media loyal to Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, come with campaigning having officially begun ahead of April 30 parliamentary elections and the PUK struggling to fend off a challenge from a breakaway faction.

Iraq parties jump the gun on election campaign

Despite the disarray caused by the sudden mass resignation of election chiefs ahead of next month's polls, candidates for seats in the Iraqi parliament are pressing ahead with unofficial campaigning. Keeping the printing houses whirring, they have been putting up posters and distributing leaflets. But wary of breaking the rules, their early propaganda only obliquely refers to the polls, scheduled for April 30, or skirts election regulations by praising the security forces alongside party insignia.

Baghdad bombings kill 11

Two sets of bombings in Sunni-majority neighbourhoods of Baghdad killed at least 11 people Thursday evening, Iraqi security and medical officials said. Two roadside bombs that exploded in Amriyah in western Baghdad and a car bomb in the northern district of Adhamiyah also wounded at least 30 people, the sources said. The car bomb, which struck near the massive Abu Hanifa mosque, killed at least seven people and wounded 22, while the twin bombings in Amriyah left four others dead.

Baghdad bombings kill 11

Two sets of bombings in Sunni-majority neighbourhoods of Baghdad killed at least 11 people Thursday evening, security and medical officials said. Two roadside bombs that exploded in Amriyah in western Baghdad and a car bomb in the northern district of Adhamiyah also wounded at least 30 people, the sources said. The car bomb, which struck near the massive Abu Hanifa mosque, killed at least seven people and wounded 22 others, while the twin bombings in Amriyah left four others dead.
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