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At 'Donkey Springs', bombers choke off Iraq oil exports

By Ziad al-Sinjary and Ahmed Rasheed MOSUL/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Militants whose bombs have shut Iraq's main northern oil export pipeline for 40 days are preventing repairs, threatening to extend an outage that is already the longest since the days of sanctions in the 1990s. Targeting the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline where it crosses a stretch of desert known as Ain al-Jahash, or Donkey Springs, the saboteurs - described as Islamists by Iraqi officials - have set several more bombs since a first blast halted oil on March 2.

Roadside bomb explodes near Iraqi parliament speaker's convoy

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The speaker of Iraq's parliament narrowly escaped death on Monday when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy close to the northern city of Mosul, his office said. Usama al-Nujaifi, one of Iraq's most senior Sunni Muslim politicians, was visiting al-Salam area south of Mosul when the bomb exploded, badly damaging a vehicle carrying his bodyguards, who were wounded, it said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Iraqi cameraman wounded in bomb attack

An Iraqi cameraman and his driver were wounded by a bomb targeting their car on Sunday in the northern city of Mosul, where attacks on journalists have risen sharply. Iraq has come in for repeated criticism over the lack of media freedom and the number of unsolved killings of journalists, but a spate of attacks on journalists in Mosul is the worst to hit the country in years.

Mother of slain Iraqi journalist forgives killer

The mother of a young Iraqi television presenter who was shot dead in the northern city of Mosul met and forgave her killer, saying he sent her daughter to paradise. Al-Mosuliyah television channel, for which Nawras al-Nuaimi worked before she was gunned down during a robbery near her home on December 15, broadcast a report on her killing and her murderer's arrest. During the broadcast, Nuaimi's mother met the man who killed her daughter, telling him that he "sent her as a bride to paradise," and kissed his forehead.

10 killed in militants attacks in Iraq's Kirkuk

10 killed in militants attacks in Iraq's Kirkuk KIRKUK, Iraq, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people were killed and some 75 wounded in Wednesday's coordinated attacks on police headquarters and a hostage-taken attack at an adjacent shopping mall in the oil-hub city of Kirkuk, police and medics said on Thursday. "The reports from Kirkuk hospitals said that they have received 10 bodies of security members and civilians, and that 75 people were admitted for treatment, many were in critical condition," a source from Kirkuk's health office told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Nine dead in Iraq as militants attack shopping mall

A massive attack on a shopping mall in northern Iraq was the deadliest in violence that killed nine people nationwide on Wednesday amid fears of a slide into all-out conflict. The coordinated attack on the complex, which involved a car bomb, gunmen and would-be suicide bombers, came amid a surge in unrest that has claimed more than 6,200 lives this year.

Attacks leave 19 dead in Iraq

Baghdad, Nov 25 (EFE).- Bombings and attacks in and around this capital left 17 people dead on Monday, while two others were killed in the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi police told Efe. The deadliest incident was an explosion at a market in central Baghdad, where 11 people died and 25 were injured. Three people were killed and 15 wounded in a car-bomb attack near a police station in the Shiite neighborhood of Bob al-Sham. Another car bomb killed one person in south Baghdad's Dora district.

Car bomb attack on troops kills 12 in Iraq's Mosul

A car bomb attack targeting Iraqi soldiers queuing outside a bank to collect their wages in the northern city of Mosul killed at least 12 people on Sunday, officials said. Civilians were believed to be among those killed in the attack, which also left around 20 people wounded, according to the military and medical officials. str-mah-faa/dv/bpz

Fear curbs holiday celebrations in Iraq's Mosul

Fear generated by near-daily violence has kept residents of Iraq's second-largest city Mosul at home this Eid rather than out celebrating the main Muslim holiday of the year. Nineveh province and its capital Mosul are among the most dangerous parts of Iraq, with militants carrying out frequent bombings and shootings and also allegedly extorting money from shop owners. In better times, people would celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday with visits to friends and family or trips to amusement parks with their children, but not this year.

Iraq attacks kill 9, wound parliament chief's guards

Attacks killed nine people in Iraq on Wednesday, while two bombs exploded near a convoy of parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi's guards, wounding at least five, officials said. South of Baghdad, a roadside bomb detonated near a truck carrying workers, killing eight people and wounding seven, while gunmen shot dead a policeman near the northern city of Kirkuk.
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