Iraq Conflict

Car bombs kill dozens in Shiite districts of Baghdad

A policeman examines the remains of a vehicle used as a car bomb in Baghdad's Sadr City. Photo: Reuters

Car bombs exploded in several predominantly Shiite Muslim neighbourhoods of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 54 people and wounding dozens, police and medical sources said.

Monday, 30 September, 2013, 7:44pm

Al-Qaeda prison raids raise fears of Iraq civil war

Handcuffed al-Qaeda suspects in Baghdad in 2010.

Yousef Ali had just sat down at his home near Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison a little after 9pm on Sunday to break his Ramadan fast, when he was startled by the sound of explosions from the direction of the prison.

25 Jul 2013 - 3:31am

July deadliest month this year in Iraq, 626 killed

The aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. Photo: AP

Attacks mainly targeting Iraqi security forces killed 16 people on Tuesday, bringing July's death toll to 626, the highest monthly figure in a year marked by spiralling violence. A further 1,395 people were wounded up to July 23, according to reports from security and medical sources.

25 Jul 2013 - 3:28am

Suicide bomber kills 22 mourners at Iraq Shiite mosque

Civilians gather at the site of a suicide bombing attack at a coffee shop in the Shiite district of  Baquba. Photo: Reuters

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a mourning ceremony inside a Shiite mosque in Iraq, killing at least 22 people, police said. The explosion late on Monday brought down the ceiling of the mosque in the town of Muqdadiya, 80 kilometres northeast of the capital Baghdad, crushing Shiites who were marking the death of a police officer killed in a recent roadside bombing.

3 Jul 2013 - 4:06am

Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki vows security shift as attacks kill 75

A damaged truck is seen after a car bomb attack near a popular market in Basra. Photo: EPA

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said yesterday he would overhaul Iraq's security strategy as a two-day wave of violence killed at least 75 people including 24 police, bringing the month's death toll from unrest to 352.

21 May 2013 - 5:39am

Jail for Briton who sold fake bomb detectors to Iraq

The judge said James McCormick had no sense of remorse. Photo: AFP

A fraudster who sold more than £55 million (HK$664 million) worth of fake bomb detectors to Iraq and other security hot spots has been jailed for 10 years at the Old Bailey court in London. Jim McCormick, 57, was found guilty of three counts of fraud over the sale of bogus explosive and drug detection devices for as much as £10,000 each, when they were based on £15 novelty golf ball finders.

3 May 2013 - 1:35am

Wave of Iraq attacks kills 48 people

Iraqis inspect the damage following two bomb blasts near a Shiite place of worship on December 17, 2012.

A wave of attacks targeting both Iraqi security forces and civilians killed 48 people on Monday, in a second day of deadly violence ahead of the first anniversary of the withdrawal of US forces.

Monday was the deadliest day in Iraq since November 29, when 50 people were killed. The latest violence comes after attacks killed 19 people and wounded 77 on Sunday.

18 Dec 2012 - 12:02am

quote of the week

'It is meant to educate, excite, unite and entertain. If a tad of 'shock and awe' is delivered around the world, all well and good.'

Geremie Barme is a China scholar at the Australian National University

Barme was talking about the military parade for the 60th National Day. He is a China expert in Australia.

5 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

A decade, a century or more for the US in Iraq?

How long will the American occupation of Iraq last? Friendly nations which expect it to pass with the Bush administration are in for a rude surprise. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton figures at least through her first term, if she is elected; President George W. Bush says a decade or more.

19 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Report 'ignores ideas by public'

Input missing from population proposal

Specific recommendations are missing from a top-level report on population policy, including a later retirement age, paternity leave and flexible working hours, even though they were put forward at an earlier stage of the study.

22 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

'War on terror a long way from won'

Pentagon chief asks region for more help

US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates used his first trip to Asia to deliver a stark message yesterday - he could not say whether Washington and its allies were winning their 'war on terror' after five years, nor how long it would go on.

3 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

State of War - The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration

State of War - The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration

by James Risen

Pocket Books, HK$150

15 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Death toll jumps while funding row continues

The monthly death toll in Iraq climbed 15 per cent in March, according to government figures, as insurgents and sectarian militias continue to defy a military crackdown in Baghdad amid political wrangling in Washington over legislation calling for a US troop withdrawal.

3 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Diplomatic solution on Iraq must be pursued

When the US-led military operation dubbed 'Shock and Awe' stormed into Iraq to overthrow dictator Saddam Hussein on March 20, 2003, there was no reason to suggest it would be anything but: this was, after all, the world's most powerful fighting force by far. As the conflict enters a fifth year with no end in sight, the obvious lesson is that brute force alone is no substitute for diplomacy.

21 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Might alone can never make things right

On the face of it, US President George W. Bush's plan to expand American military forces to fight a long-term battle against global terrorism should be reassuring. But in light of the failures of policy since the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, it is far from being so.

21 Dec 2006 - 12:00am