Iraq


15 August 2011
Aswat al Iraq
Chairman of Iraq’s Technical Education Commission escapes assassination

The Chairman of Iraq’s Technical Education Commission, Mahmoud Shaker al-Mulla Khalaf, has escaped an assassination attempt by a booby-trapped car west of Baghdad.

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15 August 2011
Washington Post
More than 70 killed in attacks across Iraq by Annie Gowan and Asaad Majeed

More than 70 people were killed and dozens more were wounded Monday in a string of violent attacks around Iraq, one of the deadliest days in the country so far this year, police and government officials said.

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31 July 2011
Aswat al Iraq
Iraq's Higher Education DG, his son, killed in West Baghdad

The Director-General of Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research and his son have been assassinated by a group of unknown armed men in west Baghdad.

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21 July 2011
Azzaman
More than 6 million Iraqis cannot read and write by Israa al-Samarrai

There are more than six million illiterate people in Iraq, most of them women, according to the parliamentary committee on education.

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21 July 2011
New York Times
Visa delays put Iraqis who aided U.S. in fear by Tim Arango

Terrorism fears in the United States are all but halting visas for Iraqis, even those who risked their lives aiding the American war effort, making them especially vulnerable ahead of the planned American military withdrawal.

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20 July 2011
IRIN News
Youth unemployment driving emigration

A just released national youth survey in Iraq says youth unemployment is running at over 20 percent and many young people are thinking of emigrating.

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15 July 2011
Washington Post
Art, Explained: Azar Nafisi urges learning the history of countries in turmoil by Michele Langevine Leiby

In the spring of 2007, students, scholars, intellectuals and ordinary people browsed the mass of shelves crammed with the tomes of extremist clerics, side by side with Marxist manifestos and Western political texts.  Named after a 10th-century poet, Al-Mutanabbi Street was the capital’s cultural and literary center. On March 5, 2007, a suicide bomber detonated a car, killing 30 people and wounding 100 others.

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07 June 2011
Aswat al Iraq
Education Ministry official escapes assassination attempt in Mosul

The Director in the Iraqi Education Ministry’s Inspector-General’s office escaped an assassination attempt in western Mosul on Monday night.

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01 June 2011
Aswat al-Iraq
German Universities to Train Iraqi Teachers

BAGHDAD - A number of German universities expressed desire to train teaching personnel from Iraqi universities, as stated by the Ministry of Higher Education today,

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01 June 2011
Aswat al Iraq
Woman professor receives post of College Dean in southern Iraq’s university, for first time

DIWANIYA: Iraqi Professor, Dr. Batoul Mutar Abadi al-Jibouri, has received the post of Acting Dean for the College of Administration & Economy in southern Iraq’s Qadisiya University in Diwania Province, the first time a women was appointed in such post in southern Iraq’s Central Euphrates area.

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31 May 2011
Aswat al Iraq
New law for Higher Education Ministry in process

BAGHDAD -  The Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research plans to introduce a new law on the education philosophy. It intends to replace the present law, which dates back to 1988, in order to ensure the new law conforms to the present era and scientific developments.

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18 May 2011
IRIN News
Iraq: preparing for a possible returnee influx

The Iraqi authorities are bracing for a possible influx of returnees from neighbouring countries affected by violent protests, especially Syria, and say hundreds have already returned from Libya.

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11 April 2011
UPI
Killers target Iraq's ravaged elite again

BAGHDAD - The recent murder of an Iraqi surgeon and a university researcher indicates that insurgents are again assassinating scientists, doctors and academics, even as those who survived an earlier wave of attacks are starting to return from exile to help rebuild their country.

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26 March 2011
Aswat al Iraq
University professor killed, 3 civilians wounded near Baghdad

BAGHDAD - A university professor was killed and his wife and two civilians others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) attached to his vehicle went off west of Baghdad on Saturday.

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21 March 2011
London Evening Standard
Iraqi academics get a lesson in rebuilding their university by Anna Davis

Academics from Iraq whose university was destroyed are moving to Reading to learn how to set up a new department.

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03 March 2011
Aswat al Iraq
University professor killed in eastern Mosul

A university professor was killed on Tuesday by gunmen in eastern Mosul, a security source said.

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02 March 2011
Aswat al Iraq
Al-Maliki sacks deputy education minister

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki decided on Wednesday to sack Deputy Education Minister Ali al-Ibrahimi, al-Iraqiya satellite channel said in breaking news.

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01 March 2011
Human Rights Law Centre newsletter
HRLC Short Course Empowers Iraqi Human Rights Defender

Among the cohort that started HRLC's International Law Short Course in January 2011 is an Iraqi political science academic.  See p. 6.

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28 February 2011
IRIN News
Funding shortfall hits plans for IDPs, returnees

In January, the Iraqi government announced plans to tackle internal displacement, and monitor and assist refugees abroad. It sought to encourage IDPs to go back to their areas of origin, stay in the areas they have ended up in, or help them move to a new area.

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27 February 2011
Washington Post
After Iraq's Day of Rage, a Crackdown on Intellectuals by Stephanie McCrummen

Iraqi security forces detained about 300 people, including prominent journalists, artists and lawyers who took part in nationwide demonstrations Friday, in what some of them described as an operation to intimidate Baghdad intellectuals.

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17 February 2011
Countercurrents.org
Dying Education In The Blossoming Iraqi Democracy by Dirk Adriaensens

While Anglo Saxon universities are boasting of their so-called “glorious role” in the reconstruction of Iraqi academia, Iraq’s education is dying.

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09 February 2011
Worldnews
11 killed, 104 injured in triple car bomb attack in Iraq

At least 11 people were killed and 104 injured Wednesday in three car bombings in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

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28 January 2011
Chronicle of Higher Education
Iraqi Academics come together to debate future of higher-education system by Ursula Lindsey

AMMAN (Jordan) - The meeting, "Reconstruction of Higher Education in Post-Conflict Iraq," drew 100 Iraqi academics, along with education-ministry officials and 22 university presidents. They discussed—sometimes heatedly—the present and future state of higher education in their country.

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01 January 2011
UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
2010 Report on Human Rights in Iraq

 

The human rights situation throughout Iraq remains fragile as the country slowly transitions from a conflict to post-conflict country that faces enormous development challenges that the Government and people of Iraq must now address. Widespread poverty, economic stagnation, lack of opportunities, environmental degradation and an absence of basic services constitute "silent" human rights violations that affect large sectors of the population.

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27 October 2010
CEOSI
Two Iraqi academics killed after their returning to Iraq

The fact that the last two academics assassinated in Iraq had returned recently to their country contradicts the latest claim made by the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education, Abed Thiab al-Akhili, saying that the security situation has improved during the last three years.

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10 October 2010
Chronicle of Higher Education
An Exiled Professor's Questions for Iraq's Higher-Education Minister by Saad Jawad

"A Message From Iraq to Its Exiled Scholars: Please Consider Returning Home" (The Chronicle, September 29) highlighted the plea of the Iraqi minister of higher education, Abed Thiab al-Ajili, for help from the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund. What caught my eye was his request for funds for TV cameras at the gates of the university to prevent assassinations.

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01 October 2010
UNHCR
Iraqi refugees reluctant to return to Iraq permanently

A recent UNHCR survey of Iraqi refugees living in Syria has found that most are still reluctant to return home on a permanent basis.

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29 September 2010
Chronicle of Higher Education
A Message From Iraq to Its Exiled Scholars: Please Consider Returning Home by Aisha Labi

Although Iraqi academics continue to face threats and the rescue fund has received 12 requests for help since the elections in March, Mr. al-Ajili, Iraq's minister of higher education, said that the security situation in his country has improved considerably.

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29 September 2010
Agence France Presse
Lack of Iraq govt hurting security and refugee returns by Prashant Rao

A spike in unrest accompanying Iraq's failure to form a government is scaring people from passing on much-needed intelligence and deterring refugees from returning home.

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02 September 2010
Reuters Alertnet
Iraq in turmoil, nation torn apart by violence

Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed since a U.S.-led invasion toppled the country's leader Saddam Hussein in 2003. Although overall violence has dropped sharply since a peak in 2006-7, daily life for Iraqis remains precarious.

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29 June 2010
Al-Mansore

Professor Ali Zedan Al-Saigh (MD, Professor of Cancer and Head of Surgery) was assassinated in the Al-Harthia region of Baghdad.

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08 June 2010
UNHCR
The UN refugee agency cautions against European deportations to Iraq

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday stressed its concern that Iraqi asylum applicants in Europe should continue to receive international protection amid fears that some countries may send Iraqi citizens back home.

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04 June 2010
New York Review of Books
Iraq's Summer of Uncertainty by Joost Hiltermann

Given that the policemen on duty cast only a cursory glance at vehicles and their passengers, it is perhaps surprising there haven’t been more frequent bombings in recent weeks. (The last series of bomb attacks across Iraq, on May 10, left at least a hundred dead.)

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25 May 2010
Amnesty International
Iraqi authorities must investigate killing of politician

Amnesty International has called on the Iraqi authorities to investigate the killing of a politician in the northern city of Mosul on Monday.

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13 May 2010
Al Ahram Weekly
Political wrangling continues in Iraq by Salah Hemeid

As bickering over the results of Iraq's March elections turns into horse-trading, the country still has no new government.

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06 May 2010
New York Times
Abducted Kurdish Writer is Found Dead in Iraq by Sam Dagher

A Kurdish journalist was kidnapped here in the capital of the semiautonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq, tortured and then found dead with two bullets in the head.

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05 May 2010
Compass Direct News
Bomb attack seriously injures Christian students

At least 50 Iraqi Christian students are receiving hospital treatment following a bomb attack on Sunday (May 2) outside Mosul that killed at least one person and has forced nearly 1,000 students to drop classes for the rest of the semester.

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01 May 2010
Columbia School of International and Public Affairs
Iraqis in Exile: saving a generation of scholars by Caroline Stauffer

Following the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, a man in Baghdad began placing a taxicab sign on the roof of his car and left home at a different time each day.

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01 May 2010
Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems vol 19
The Iraqi Refugee Crisis: whose problem is it? by Rita Bettis

A review of the humanitarian crisis caused by the external and internal displacement of an estimated four million Iraqis since 2003, and of the ability of international efforts under current protocols to cope with this scale of displacement.

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01 April 2010
Amnesty International
Iraq Civilians Under Fire

Hundreds of civilians are being killed or maimed every month in Iraq, even if the past two years have seen an overall reduction in the number of civilian deaths. As a result, safety and security remain key concerns for Iraqis. 

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05 March 2010
Compass Direct News
Violence escalates in Mosul, Iraq ahead of elections

Political tensions ahead of parliamentary elections in Iraq on Sunday (March 7) have left at least eight Chaldean Christians dead in the last three weeks and hundreds of families fleeing Mosul.

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28 February 2010
National Public Radio
Women Scientists Take Role in Rebuilding Iraq

Iraqi scientists and engineers will hold the key to the future, and Iraqi women hope to be a part of that. 

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25 February 2010
International Crisis Group
Iraq's Uncertain Future: elections and beyond

As a rule, Iraq’s post-Saddam elections have tended to magnify pre-existing negative trends.

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23 February 2010
Uruknet/Azzaman
Silencer guns kill 67 in one day in Baghdad

Last Sunday 67 corpses were brought to Baghdad morgue all shot with silencer guns, medical sources said.

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18 February 2010
Express
I helped save the life of a woman I had ever met by Bee Rowlatt and May Witwit

A phone call from BBC reporter Bee Rowlatt to a woman in Iraq launched an extraordinary correspondence and a desperate bid to rescue her new friend May Witwit.

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07 February 2010
Sunday Times
Bah! I was thin in Saddam Hussein's Iraq by Margarette Driscoll

An email friendship with a British mother gave an Iraqi Jane Austen enthusiast a way out of hell.

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03 February 2010
Reuters
Bomb kills 20 in Iraq, election ban lifted by Muhanad Mohammed and Sami al-Jumaili

KERBALA, Iraq, Feb 3 (Reuters) - A bomb killed at least 20 Shi'ite pilgrims on Wednesday as they poured into Iraq's holy city of Kerbala, triggering criticism of security forces and politicians before a potentially bloody March election.

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03 February 2010
Reuters
Bomb kills 20 in Iraqi Shi'ite city of Kerbala by Muhanad Mohammed

KERBALA, Iraq, Feb 3 (Reuters) - A bomb on a cart pulled by a motorcycle killed at least 20 in a crowd of Shi'ite pilgrims on Wednesday in Iraq's holy city of Kerbala where hundreds of thousands have gathered for a religious rite, police said.

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03 February 2010
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Feb 3

Feb 3 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1115 GMT on Wednesday. * denotes a new or updated item

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31 January 2010
CNN
Iraq suicide blast at eatery kills 3, wounds 25

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- A suicide bomber in northern Iraq walked into a restaurant and detonated an explosives vest, killing at least three people and injuring 25 others on Saturday night, police said

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30 January 2010
Daily Telegraph
Talking about Jane Austen in Baghdad: review by Holly Watt

A chance email between a London journalist and an Iraqi university lecturer sparks an unusual relationship.

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29 January 2010
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Jan 29

Jan 29 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1130 GMT on Friday.

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28 January 2010
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, August 28

Jan 28 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1235 GMT on Thursday.

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27 January 2010
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, August 27

Jan 27 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1415 GMT on Wednesday.

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27 January 2010
Reuters
Qaeda-linked militants claim Iraq hotel bombings

BAGHDAD, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Iraqi insurgents linked with al Qaeda claimed responsibility on Wednesday for bombings this week at three Baghdad hotels that killed at least 36 people, vowing bloodshed would continue.

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26 January 2010
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, August 26

Jan 26 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 0630 GMT on Tuesday.

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26 January 2010
Reuters
Iraq suicide bomb kills 17 at police forensics lab by Saad Shalash

BAGHDAD, Jan 26 (Reuters) - A suicide blast killed at least 17 people at a police forensics office in Baghdad on Tuesday, officials said, the latest attack to raise doubts about Iraq's ability to keep people safe weeks before a national election.

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25 January 2010
Reuters
Baghdad bombs kill 36, Chemical Ali hanged by Haider Kadhim

BAGHDAD, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Suicide bombers attacked three hotels used by foreigners in the heart of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 people and raising questions about government pledges to keep Iraqis safe before a March election.

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24 January 2010
Xinhua
Policeman killed, 8 bodies found in mass grave in Iraq

FALLUJAH, Iraq, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- A policeman was killed in a bomb attack and eight decomposed bodies discovered near the once volatile city of Fallujah on Sunday, a local police source said.

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19 January 2010
Press TV
Gunmen kill 5 humanitarian activists in Baghdad

At least five Iraqi civilians have died in Baghdad when unidentified assailants opened fire on them at a non-government organization engaged in humanitarian assistance activities.

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19 January 2010
AFP
Iraqi province gives Saddam loyalists 24 hours to leave by Hassan Abdul Zahra

NAJAF, Iraq — Local government officials warned Saddam Hussein loyalists on Monday to move out of the Shiite province of Najaf in central Iraq within 24 hours or face an "iron fist."

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14 January 2010
Xinhua
4 killed, 11 wounded in Iraq's eastern Diyala

BAQUBA, Iraq, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Four people were killed and 11 others injured in separate incidents in Iraq's volatile province of Diyala, a provincial police source said on Thursday.

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11 January 2010
Xinhua
9 wounded in Baghdad bombings

BAGHDAD, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Nine people were wounded in two bomb explosions in Baghdad, including one targeted at a politician convoy, an Interior Ministry source and the politician said on Monday.

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11 January 2010
The Canadian Press
Iraq election worker killed, another kidnapped in run-up to March vote, official says by Rebecca Santana

BAGHDAD — An election worker has been killed and another one kidnapped over the last two weeks, a senior Iraqi election official said Monday, in a worrying sign of the dangers facing election workers as the country's March 7 parliamentary election draws closer.

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11 January 2010
National Public Radio
Violence Returns To Anbar As U.S. Steps Back by Quil Lawrence

The province of Anbar in western Iraq has been called the poster child for success in defeating Iraqi insurgents. Once a killing field, it spawned a homegrown tribal uprising against al-Qaida in Iraq.

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10 January 2010
Xinhua
Civilian killed, 7 wounded in Iraq's Diyala province

BAQUBA, Iraq, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- One civilian was killed and seven others were wounded in separate incidents in Diyala province in eastern Iraq on Sunday, a provincial police source said.

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08 January 2010
Washington Post
Deadly blasts underscore tenuous security in Iraq's Anbar province by Leila Fadel and Michael Hastings

BAGHDAD -- Five explosions that targeted mostly law enforcement officials ripped through a city in Iraq's Anbar province Thursday, killing at least eight people and underscoring fears that the region's fragile security is deteriorating.

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08 January 2010
Washington Post
Deadly blasts underscore tenuous security in Iraq's Anbar province by Leila Fadel and Michael Hastings

BAGHDAD -- Five explosions that targeted mostly law enforcement officials ripped through a city in Iraq's Anbar province Thursday, killing at least eight people and underscoring fears that the region's fragile security is deteriorating.

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04 January 2010
Xinhua
Car bomb wounds 13 people in marketplace in N Iraq

MOSUL, Iraq, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- At least 13 people were wounded in a car bomb explosion at a popular marketplace in a predominantly Christian town near the city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, on Monday, a provincial police source said.

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31 December 2009
Washington Post
Bomb blasts outside government building kill at least 24 in Iraqi city of Ramadi by Michael Hastings

BAGHDAD -- A car bomb and a suicide bomber struck a government building in the city of Ramadi on Wednesday, killing at least 24 people and wounding the governor of Anbar province, according to Iraqi police officials and witnesses.

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31 December 2009
Los Angeles Times
Iraq suicide bombing kills 25 by Nawaf Jabbar and Ned Parker

Reporting from Baghdad and Ramadi, Iraq - A suicide bomb attack Wednesday in Anbar province's capital killed 25 people and wounded 100, including the governor. The attack raised fears that the devastating bloodletting that swept western Iraq several years ago may be returning.

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29 December 2009
New York Times
4 Sunni Guards at Checkpoint in Baghdad Are Found Dead by Timothy Williams and Mohammed Hussein

BAGHDAD — Four Awakening Council members were found dead early Tuesday, apparently killed as they stood guard at a checkpoint in a northern neighborhood of the capital, the police said, in a continuation of the escalation of violence against them in recent weeks.

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27 December 2009
New York Times
Bombs Kill 7 Shiite Pilgrims in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A bomb killed five Shiite pilgrims in a procession in northeast Iraq on Sunday and blasts in Baghdad killed two more pilgrims as millions of people marched to commemorate the most important Shiite religious observance.

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27 December 2009
Washington Post
String of assassination attempts kills 4 in Baghdad and Anbar province in Iraq by Michael Hastings

BAGHDAD -- A string of assassination attempts in Baghdad and in the Sunni areas west of the capital over the past two days has killed four people, including a member of a Sunni political party and a prominent tribal leader, police officials said.

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25 December 2009
New York Times
Iraq: 9 Killed in Scattered Violence by Timothy Williams

Nine people were killed and 30 wounded around Iraq on Friday.

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24 December 2009
New York Times
Twin Bombings Kill 10 South of Baghdad by Timothy Williams

BAGHDAD — Two bombs exploded within minutes of each other near a bus station south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 10 people and wounding 110 others, according to the Iraqi authorities, adding to the rise in violence around the nation this month.

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21 December 2009
Associated Press
Iraq: Bombs kill 5 in northern city, Baghdad by Rebecca Santana

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber attacked the convoy of a city council chief in northern Iraq on Monday, killing the official and three guards, police and health officials said.

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17 December 2009
Associated Press
Car bomb near central Baghdad restaurant kills 3 by Sameer N. Yacoub

BAGHDAD — A car bomb exploded outside a popular restaurant in central Baghdad on Thursday night, killing three people and wounding 16 as diners were out enjoying the start to their weekend, police and hospital officials said.

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15 December 2009
CNN
Car bombs kill four in Baghdad

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- A series of three car bombs exploded Tuesday near highly guarded central Baghdad locations, killing four people and injuring 14 others, a Ministry of Interior official said.

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09 December 2009
Washington Post
Baghdad bombings kill at least 127 by Ernesto Londoño

BAGHDAD -- Four large bombs exploded near education facilities, judicial complexes and other targets in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 127 people and triggering recriminations against the Iraqi government and its security forces. Nearly 500 people were wounded, according to Iraqi police officials.

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09 December 2009
BBC
Iraqi MPs press ministers on security after bombings

Iraqi MPs have demanded that top ministers face questions in parliament over security, after 127 people were reported dead in a series of car bombs.

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08 December 2009
SwissInfo
Iraqi rights minister sees more violence ahead

As Baghdad suffered its deadliest bombings since October, Iraq’s human rights minister said violence was likely to intensify ahead of general elections on March 7.

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04 December 2009
Washington Post
Suicide bomber kills senior Iraqi police official, 4 others in Tikrit by Ernesto Londoño and Muhanned Saif Aldin

BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber killed a senior Iraqi police official in the northern city of Tikrit on Thursday in an attack that authorities blamed on al-Qaeda in Iraq.

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27 November 2009
Reuters
Suicide attacks down, extortion up in Iraq's Mosul by Deepa Babington

Drive-by shootings, murders and extortion are the new calling cards of a weakened insurgency in Mosul, replacing suicide bombings as the worst nightmare for residents of the northern Iraqi city.

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26 November 2009
CNN
Bombs shake Iraq before Muslim holiday

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- A series of bombings in Iraq, just before a major Muslim holiday, killed at least six people and wounded 44 others on Thursday.

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25 November 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, Nov 25

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1400 GMT Wednesday.

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25 November 2009
CNN
Gunmen kill 6 in Iraqi home, official says by Jomana Karadsheh

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- Gunmen clad in Iraqi army uniforms stormed a house Wednesday north of Baghdad and killed six members of a family, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

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24 November 2009
AFP
Sunni imams killed in Iraq 'sticky bomb' attacks

BAGHDAD — Two Sunni religious leaders were killed in and around the Iraqi capital on Tuesday by magnetic bombs attached to their cars, security officials said.

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23 November 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, Nov 23

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at midnight EST on Monday.

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20 November 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Nov 20

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1215 GMT on Friday.

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18 November 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Nov 18

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1330 on Wednesday.

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14 November 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Nov 14

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1215 GMT on Saturday

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14 November 2009
Associated Press
Iraqi Police Say Roadside Bomb Kills 2 Soldiers

BAGHDAD — Iraqi police say a roadside bomb has exploded near an army checkpoint west of Baghdad, killing two soldiers and wounding two more.

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12 November 2009
Xinhua
Attacks kill 2 paramilitary members in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Two Awakening Council group members were killed and five people injured in two separate attacks in and near Baghdad on Thursday, an Interior Ministry source said.

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12 November 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Nov 12

Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1500 GMT on Thursday.

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12 November 2009
CNN
Roadside bombs wound at least 8 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- At least eight people were wounded and a woman was killed in violent incidents Thursday in Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official told CNN.

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08 November 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Nov 8

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1300 GMT on Sunday

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07 November 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Nov 7

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1200 GMT on Saturday.

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30 October 2009
CNN
Bombs injured kids, exposed weaknesses by Mohammed Jamjoom

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- The force of the blast threw Rawnaq against the wall of her office at the Ministry of Justice. She instantly thought of her two children in the day care center just two floors below.

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30 October 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Oct 30

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1215 GMT on Friday

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26 October 2009
Los Angeles Times
Baghdad blasts: Bloodshed and mayhem

Iraqi witnesses tell of strewn body parts, pools of blood and chaos. Many believe the violence will only increase as elections near, and some curse politicians and security guards.

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25 October 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Oct 25

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1600 GMT on Sunday.

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23 October 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Oct 23

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1300 GMT on Friday.

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20 October 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Oct 20

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1115 GMT on Tuesday.

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19 October 2009
Associated Press
Police: Baghdad bombs kill 4 in restaurant, bus

The violence underscores ongoing security challenges in Iraq

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17 October 2009
Washington Post
Gunman Kills 13 At Mosque in North

A gunman opened fire Friday in a mosque in northern Iraq, shooting several worshipers before blowing himself up, security officials said. Thirteen people were killed.

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15 October 2009
Xinhua
2 killed, 12 injured in Iraq's violence

BAGHDAD, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Two people were killed and 12 others injured in bomb attacks in Iraq's Baghdad and Diyala province on Thursday, police source said.

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15 October 2009
Washington Post
Eight Killed In Baghdad Jewel Heists by Nada Bakri

BAGHDAD, Oct. 14 -- Armed men killed at least eight people and wounded nine Wednesday during the robbery of three jewelry stores in Baghdad, a brazen, daylight crime that residents blamed on security forces.

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12 October 2009
Los Angeles Times
Iraq bombings target reconciliation meeting, killing 26 by Liz Sly

The three blasts in Anbar province raise fears that insurgents are regrouping before next year's planned elections, which already face a possible delay because of legislative squabbling.

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11 October 2009
New York Times
Bombings Outside Iraq Reconciliation Meeting Kill 23 by Timothy Williams

BAGHDAD — A series of apparently coordinated bombings aimed at a meeting for national reconciliation killed 23 people and wounded 65 others in western Iraq on Sunday, but they did not injure the officials who were at the gathering, the authorities said.

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11 October 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday.

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09 October 2009
New York Times
Iraq: Bomb in Car Kills Sunni Cleric Who Spoke Out Against Insurgents

A Sunni cleric who had denounced insurgents was killed when a bomb tore through his car on Friday, a police official said.

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08 October 2009
AFP
Five killed in Iraq bombings

BAGHDAD — Five people were killed, including two policemen, and 13 others wounded in two attacks in Iraq on Thursday, police officials said.

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06 October 2009
Washington Post
Truck Bomb Kills 9 in Western Iraq by Anthony Shadid

BAGHDAD, Oct. 6-- A pickup truck piled with explosives blew up in front of a restaurant frequented by Iraqi police near Fallujah on Tuesday, killing nine people and wounding dozens more in the second attack in as many days in western Iraq.

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05 October 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 10:45 a.m. EDT (1445 GMT) on Monday.

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04 October 2009
Associated Press
Fuel truck explodes near Baghdad airport

BAGHDAD — A fuel tanker exploded Sunday near a checkpoint outside of Baghdad International Airport, Iraqi officials said, along a route once known as the world's deadliest road because of frequent attacks there during the height of the insurgency.

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01 October 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Oct 1

Oct 1 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1800 GMT on Thursday.

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30 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 30

Sept 30 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1315 GMT on Wednesday.

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28 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, Sept 28

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 2000 GMT (4:00 p.m. EDT) on Monday.

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28 September 2009
Washington Post
Iraq minibus bomb kills six

DIWANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - A bomb planted on a minibus south of Baghdad killed six people and wounded two others on Monday, Iraqi police said.

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27 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 27

Sept 27 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1650 GMT on Sunday.

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26 September 2009
Los Angeles Times
11 Iraq soldiers die in accidental blast

The troops near Mosul were involved in what was supposed to be a controlled explosion to destroy captured weapons. Elsewhere, an investigation was underway into a jailbreak in Tikrit this week.

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26 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 26

Sept 26 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1140 GMT on Saturday.

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25 September 2009
Associated Press
Explosion north of Baghdad kills 11 Iraqi soldiers by Bushra Juhi

BAGHDAD — A controlled explosion of weapons confiscated by the Iraqi military went awry Friday, killing 11 Iraqi soldiers, Iraqi military officials said.

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24 September 2009
BBC
'Al-Qaeda group' flees Iraq jail

Sixteen members of al-Qaeda in Iraq have escaped from a prison north of Baghdad, Iraqi security officials say.

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23 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 23

Sept 23 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1245 GMT on Wednesday.

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23 September 2009
NY Times
Iraq: Attacks Kill at Least 6 People by STEVEN LEE MYERS

A series of roadside bombs and shootings in northern and western Iraq on Wednesday killed at least six people, four of them security officers,

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20 September 2009
AFP
One killed, four wounded in Iraq cemetery attack

HILLA, Iraq — A man was killed and four people wounded south of Baghdad on Sunday when a homemade bomb engulfed a family visiting relatives' graves as Ramadan ended and Eid al-Fitr began, police said.

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19 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 19

Sept 19 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1415 GMT on Saturday.

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18 September 2009
NY Times
Iraq: 2 Bombings Kill 9 and Wound Dozens by Marc Santora

A bomb planted in a small vegetable market exploded Friday in a town just south of Baghdad,

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17 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 17

Sept 17 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1900 GMT on Thursday.

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16 September 2009
Washington Post
Mortar Fire Greets Biden in Baghdad

Amid a brief rumble of mortar fire, Vice President Biden arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday for meetings with U.S. and Iraqi officials at a time when many Iraqis are pushing for a quick U.S. departure after more than six years of war.

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15 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 15

Sept 15 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 2100 GMT on Tuesday.

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15 September 2009
Press TV
Three killed, 20 wounded in Iraq violence

At least Three people have lost their lives and twenty others have sustained injuries in the latest string of attacks to hit conflict-plagued Iraq.

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14 September 2009
UN Observer
Iraq: Massive Fraud and Corruption in Higher Education

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told a group of educators in Washington on 25 July that his country plans to send over 50.000 students abroad over the next 5 years.

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13 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, Aug 13

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 2000 GMT on Thursday.

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13 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 13

Sept 13 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 2000 GMT on Sunday.

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12 September 2009
Associated Press
Bombs kill 3 near Shiite shrine in central Baghdad by Hamid Ahmed

BAGHDAD — Two bombs exploded moments apart near the tomb of a revered Shiite religious figure in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing three people and wounding 22, police and hospital officials said.

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12 September 2009
NY Times
Deadly Blasts Rock Shiite Mosque in Baghdad by STEVEN LEE MYERS

BAGHDAD — Two bombs exploded near a Shiite mosque in Baghdad on Saturday, while the government said that the police found and defused another explosive hidden inside a Koran at one of the holiest Shiite shrines in the city.

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12 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 12

Sept 12 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1515 GMT on Saturday.

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11 September 2009
Reuters
Gunmen kill five Iraqi soldiers in drive-by by Wathiq Ibrahim

BAGHDAD, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Gunmen drove two cars up to an Iraqi army checkpoint in northern Iraq and opened fire on Friday evening, killing five soldiers, police said.

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11 September 2009
Dallas News
Suicide truck bomber kills 19, wounds 30 in northern Iraq

BAGHDAD – A suicide truck bomber drove into a Kurdish village in northern Iraq before dawn Thursday, setting off an explosion that killed at least 19 people and wounded 30, authorities said.

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10 September 2009
Los Angeles Times
Bomb Kills 25 in North Iraq, Stirring Fears of Instability

BAGHDAD — A huge explosion in a small Kurdish village in northern Iraq on Thursday left scores dead and wounded and raised renewed concern that insurgents are exploiting ethnic tensions and political wrangling to establish new bases for strikes across the country.

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10 September 2009
Reuters
Iraq market bombs kill four, wound 29

BAGHDAD, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Two roadside bombs exploded in quick succession in a popular market south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing four people and wounding 29, Iraqi police said.

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10 September 2009
NY Times
Iraq: Car Bomb Kills 8 Family Members

A car bomb killed eight members of a family on Wednesday in Kirkuk.

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10 September 2009
Los Angeles Times
Suicide bombing kills 20 in attack on Kurds in northern Iraq by Omar Hayali and Ned Parker

Reporting from Baghdad and Wardek, Iraq - In the latest apparent attempt by militants to exploit northern Iraq's Arab-Kurdish frictions, a suicide truck bomber attacked a usually quiet Kurdish village Thursday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 43.

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09 September 2009
Reuters
Bomb kills at least 8 in Iraq's disputed Kirkuk by Mustafa Mahmoud

KIRKUK (Reuters) - A car bomb killed eight members of a single family on Wednesday in Kirkuk, the city at the heart of a bitter feud between Iraq's Arabs and minority Kurds.

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09 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, September 9

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1630 GMT on Wednesday.

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06 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 6

Sept 6 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1330 GMT on Sunday.

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04 September 2009
CNN
Dozen bombings in Iraq kill at least 6, wound 85

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Bombings rocked Iraq on Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding at least another 85, an Iraqi official told CNN.

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02 September 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 2

Sept 2 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1500 GMT on Wednesday.

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01 September 2009
BBC
Iraq deaths reach 13-month high

An upsurge in violence in Iraq in the month of August 2009 has led to the highest number of deaths from violence in the country for more than a year.

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01 September 2009
Los Angeles Times
IRAQ: Monthly death toll highest in over a year by Ned Parker

Violence in Iraq produced the highest death toll in 13 months as August was marred by a series of suicide bombings in northern Iraq and a high-profile attack on two government ministries in Baghdad that stoked concerns that security was deteriorating with the removal of most U.S. forces from Iraqi cities and the approach of national elections in January.

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31 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, August 31

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 5 a.m. EDT on Monday.

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29 August 2009
Reuters
Bombs in northern Iraq, at least 15 killed by Sabah al-Bazee

SHIRQAT, Iraq, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Two bomb attacks in volatile parts of northern Iraq killed at least 15 people on Saturday and wounded 37, police said, interrupting a relatively peaceful start to the Ramadan fast.

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29 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, August 29

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 2200 GMT on Saturday.

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28 August 2009
BBC
Corruption undermines Iraqi security by Andrew North

There was the businessman who says he bribes police checkpoints to get his trucks through without a time-consuming search.

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27 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Aug 27

Aug 27 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1430 GMT on Thursday.

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25 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Aug 25

Aug 25 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1000 GMT on Tuesday.

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24 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Military and civilian deaths in Iraq

Aug 24 (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier died from combat related wounds sustained while conducting a patrol in Baghdad, the U.S. military said. It did not say when the wounds were sustained.

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21 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Aug 21

Aug 21 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1700 GMT on Friday.

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20 August 2009
Los Angeles Times
Iraq bombings kill 95 by Liz Sly and Usama Redha

Baghdad attacks target government buildings and a market area, wounding hundreds on the sixth anniversary of the bombing of U.N. headquarters in the capital.

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18 August 2009
AFP
Doctor kidnapped, two killed in northern Iraq

KIRKUK, Iraq — A Christian doctor was kidnapped and two people were killed in attacks by armed gunmen in the restive northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, police said.

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18 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Aug 18

Aug 18 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1830 GMT on Tuesday.

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17 August 2009
AFP
Eight killed in Iraq attacks

TAJI, Iraq — At least eight people were killed, including two policemen, in three separate attacks on Monday in northern and central Iraq, police said.

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17 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Aug 17

Aug 17 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 0920 GMT on Monday.

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16 August 2009
Reuters
At least 6 killed by bombs at Baghdad restaurant by Michael Christie

BAGHDAD, Aug 16 (Reuters) - At least six people were killed when two bombs exploded at a popular restaurant in a predominantly Shi'ite Muslim neighbourhood of eastern Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi police said.

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16 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Aug 16

Aug 16 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1500 GMT on Sunday.

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15 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Aug 15

Aug 15 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 2040 GMT on Saturday.

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14 August 2009
Washington Post
Double Suicide Bombing Kills at Least 21 in Northern Iraq by Ernesto Londoño and Dlovan Brwari

BAGHDAD, Aug. 13 -- Two suicide bombers killed at least 21 people in a cafe in northern Iraq on Thursday, Iraqi officials said, in the latest attack targeting ethnic or religious minorities in disputed territories.

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12 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Aug 12

Aug 12 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1520 GMT on Wednesday.

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10 August 2009
NY Times
Sectarian Bombings Pulverize a Village in Iraq by Sam Dagher

BAGHDAD — The entire village was gone. Local television broadcast scenes of homes reduced to heaps of rubble mixed with bed frames, mattresses, furniture and bloodstained pillows. A villager cried into the camera, “Look, Mr. Prime Minister and Mr. Interior Minister, where is the security that you speak about?”

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09 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Aug 9

Aug 9 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1130 GMT on Sunday.

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08 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Aug 8

Aug 8 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1400 GMT on Saturday.

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07 August 2009
Reuters
Iraq bombs kill 50, mostly Shi'ites targeted by Jamal al-Badrani

MOSUL, Iraq, Aug 7 (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed 38 people as they left a Shi'ite Muslim mosque just outside the volatile northern Iraqi city of Mosul, officials said on Friday, while bombs in Baghdad killed another 12.

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03 August 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Aug 3

Aug 3 (Reuters) - Following are security developments - Iraq at 1630 GMT on Monday.

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03 August 2009
AFP
Iraq bomb attacks kill seven

FALLUJAH, Iraq — Seven people were killed, including a policeman and two soldiers, and more than 40 wounded in a string of bomb attacks in Iraq on Monday, police said.

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01 August 2009
BBC
Iraqi officer 'behind bank heist'

An Iraqi army captain, possibly helped by presidential bodyguards, is believed to have been behind a major bank robbery in Baghdad, officials say.

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30 July 2009
BBC
Deadly bomb at Iraq party office

Seven people have been killed and eight injured in a bombing at the office of a Sunni Muslim political party in central Iraq, police have said.

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29 July 2009
Los Angeles Times
8 killed in $7-million Baghdad bank robbery by Liz Sly and Usama Redha

Iraq police say the overnight robbery appeared to be a sophisticated operation. A recent spate of robberies has aroused suspicion that insurgents are financing their activities through crime.

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26 July 2009
Reuters
Suicide attack at Iraq funeral kills four people

BAGHDAD, July 26 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least four people and wounded nine others just outside a funeral tent in western Iraq, police said on Sunday.

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25 July 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT) on Saturday.

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23 July 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, July 23

July 23 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1830 GMT on Thursday.

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18 July 2009
NY Times
5 Killed in Violence Across Iraq, but a Pilgrimage Ends Quietly by Timothy Williams

BAGHDAD — Violence across Iraq claimed the lives of at least five people on Saturday, but an annual Shiite pilgrimage to a Baghdad shrine that attracted more than four million people concluded without major trouble.

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17 July 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, July 17

July 17 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 2030 GMT on Friday.

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17 July 2009
AFP
Two children killed in Iraq bombing

FALLUJAH, Iraq — Two children of a senior Iraqi police officer were killed on Friday by a bomb planted in their family's garage in a town near Fallujah, west of Baghdad, a police officer told AFP.

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14 July 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, July 14

July 14 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1200 GMT on Tuesday.

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14 July 2009
AFP
Five killed in Iraq attacks

BAGHDAD (AFP) — Five people including three police officers were killed in attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, security and police officials said.

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12 July 2009
VOA
18 Killed, 100 Wounded in Iraq Bombings by VOA

Iraqi officials say a series of bombings killed at least 18 people in Baghdad and Ramadi Tuesday, three weeks after Iraqi forces formally assumed security responsibilities in urban areas.

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12 July 2009
CNN
4 killed, 32 wounded as 6 Baghdad churches bombed by Jomana Karadsheh

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- At least four people were killed and 32 wounded as six Baghdad-area churches were bombed within 24 hours, officials told CNN.

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11 July 2009
NY Times
6 Are Killed and 67 Hurt in Bombings in Iraq Cities by Sam Dagher and Amir A. Al-Obeidi

BAGHDAD — At least 6 people were killed and 67 others wounded Saturday in bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul, according to witnesses and Iraqi security officials.

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10 July 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, July 10 by Nada Bakri

July 10 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1500 GMT on Friday.

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09 July 2009
VOA News
More Than 50 Killed in Attacks in Iraq by Edward Yeranian

A series of bombings in Iraq, Thursday, have left at least 50 people dead and over 100 wounded. Two suicide bombings in the town of Tal Afar, near the Syrian border, and a bombing in Baghdad's Sadr City, come just over a week after U.S. troops pulled out of Iraqi towns and cities.

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06 July 2009
Associated Press
6 Killed in Attacks In Baghdad, Mosul

Gunmen killed five people in an attack on a security checkpoint in Baghdad, and a car bomb killed a man in the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi authorities said.

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05 July 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, July 5

July 5 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1800 GMT on Sunday.

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02 July 2009
Reuters
Bomb kills Iraqi soldier and wounds 10 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, July 2 (Reuters) - A roadside bomb blew up as an Iraqi army patrol passed by in Baghdad on Thursday, killing one soldier and wounding 10 two days after U.S. troops pulled out of cities and handed security to their local counterparts, police said

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02 July 2009
Associated Press
Bombings kill at least 3 people in Baghdad area by PATRICK QUINN

BAGHDAD - Bombings killed at least three people in the Baghdad area on Thursday in the first significant violence since Iraqi forces assumed responsibility for securing cities after the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from urban areas earlier this week.

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01 July 2009
Reuters
Land mines jeopardise Iraq's road to recovery-U.N. by Aseel Kami

BAGHDAD, (Reuters) - Iraq's plans to reconstruct its war-battered economy are being hampered by a legacy of millions of landmines littering its farms, railways and even its prized oil fields, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

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01 July 2009
UNHCR POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION SERVICE
Surviving in the city by Jeff Crisp, Jane Janz, José Riera, Shahira Samy

A review of UNHCR’s operation for Iraqi refugees in urban areas of Jordan, Lebanonand Syria.

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29 June 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 2:00 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) on Monday.

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24 June 2009
NYTimes
Bomb Kills at Least 76 in Baghdad Market by ALISSA J. RUBIN

BAGHDAD — A bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded in the Sadr City section of Baghdad, killing at least 76 people and injuring 156 in a market as it was filled with shoppers, hospital officials said Thursday.

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24 June 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, June 24

June 24 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1900 GMT on Wednesday.

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23 June 2009
Associated Press
Major bombings in Iraq since Jan. 1

Deadliest bombings in Iraq since Jan. 1, when a new U.S.-Iraqi security pact took effect:

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22 June 2009
AFP
31 killed in Iraq attacks as US pullback looms by Salam Faraj

BAGHDAD (AFP) — Thirty-one people were killed on Monday as a spate of attacks hit Iraq just days before US troops are due to pull out of Iraq's cities, security officials said.

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22 June 2009
BBC
Iraq hit by fresh wave of attacks

Bomb attacks in the capital Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq have killed at least 29 people and wounded 75, police say.

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22 June 2009
Reuters
Iraq urges scientists to come home by Aseel Kami

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq appealed on Monday for scientists living abroad to return home and use their expertise to help rebuild their homeland's economy after years of war.

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22 June 2009
Reuters
Spate of Iraq bombings kill at least 15 by Mohammed Abbas

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bombs killed at least 15 people across Iraq on Monday, security officials said, two days after a suicide truck bomb in the north of the country killed 73 people in the deadliest attack for more than a year.

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21 June 2009
Reuters
Death toll from Iraq's Kirkuk blast rises to 73 by Mustafa Mahmoud

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - The death toll from Iraq's deadliest bombing in more than a year rose to 73, police said on Sunday, a day after a suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives outside a mosque in the north of the country.

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21 June 2009
Reuters
Iraqis bury Taza blast victims (Video)

Jun 21 - Following a suicide blast near Kirkuk, Iraqis gather to bury the victims and search for more bodies.

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19 June 2009
Associated Press
Iraqi karate coach killed by gunmen in Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say gunmen have killed the coach of Iraq's national karate team in the northern city of Mosul.

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18 June 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, June 18

June 18 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1300 GMT on Thursday.

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15 June 2009
AFP
Iraq attacks kill four

BAGHDAD (AFP) — Four people were killed and nine wounded in violence in and around the Iraqi capital on Monday, security officials said.

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13 June 2009
Associated Press
Iraqi government warns more violence likely by KIM GAMEL

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's government warned Thursday that more violence is likely as Iraqi security forces gear up for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from urban areas by the end of this month.

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12 June 2009
Associated Press
Iraq: Senior Sunni lawmaker killed outside mosque by HAMID AHMED

BAGHDAD (AP) — A senior Sunni lawmaker was shot dead outside a mosque after Friday prayers in western Baghdad, officials said, underscoring fears that violence could rise ahead of Iraq's national elections next year.

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11 June 2009
Reuters
Blast in Crowded Market Kills 30 in Southern Iraq by Anthony Shadid

BAGHDAD, June 10 -- A car bomb tore through a crowded market Wednesday in a part of southern Iraq that has been relatively peaceful, killing 30 people, wounding dozens and prompting protests by residents angry that police had failed to protect them.

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08 June 2009
Reuters
Bus terminal bombing kills seven in Baghdad by Aseel Kami

BAGHDAD, June 8 (Reuters) - A bomb attached to a minibus killed seven people and wounded 24 others at a busy bus terminal in southern Baghdad on Monday, police said.

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06 June 2009
CNN
Police chief hurt, bodyguard killed in Iraq suicide attack

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A security guard for a provincial police chief was killed Saturday in a suicide bombing in western Iraq, state-run media reported.

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04 June 2009
BBC
Iraq: Bomb in Baghdad cafe kills nine

Iraqi officials say a bomb exploded in south-west Baghdad on Wednesday evening, killing nine people and injuring many others.

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04 June 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, June 4

June 4 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1500 GMT on Thursday.

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03 June 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 5:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.

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02 June 2009
UNHCR
Iraq humanitarian effort needs ongoing support

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 2 June 2009, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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02 June 2009
Public Broadcasting Service
Iraq Refugees in the United States Struggle to Work Amid Economic Crisis

The economic crisis and almost 9 percent unemployment rate in the United States has made it difficult for Iraqi refugees - one of the fastest growing refugee populations in the world - to settle here, as Hanna Ingber Win documents in her LA Weekly story, Between Iraq and a Hard Place:

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01 June 2009
Reuters
Bomb in Baghdad market kills 4 and wounds 13

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A bomb killed four people and wounded 13 in a Baghdad vegetable market Monday, police and witnesses said, in the second attack there in just over two weeks.

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31 May 2009
Reuters
Iraq May civilian death toll lowest since 2003

BAGHDAD, May 31 (Reuters) - The number of Iraqi civilians killed fell sharply in May to its lowest since the 2003 invasion, according to figures from Iraq's Health Ministry released on Sunday.

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31 May 2009
Associated Press
Iraqi sports journalist killed in northern Iraq by Sameer N. Yacoub

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi sports broadcaster was killed Sunday by a bomb attached to his car in northern Iraq, while two other journalists were wounded in a similar blast in Baghdad, officials said.

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30 May 2009
BBC
Dramatic plane arrest of ex-Iraq minister

Iraq's former trade minister has been arrested at Baghdad airport on corruption charges as he was trying to leave the country.

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29 May 2009
VOA News
At Least 4 Killed in Iraq Bombing by VOA News

Iraqi police said at least four people were killed when a bomb attached to a vehicle exploded in restive Diyala province.

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28 May 2009
IRIN
SYRIA: Iraqi refugees stage demo

DAMASCUS, 28 May 2009 (IRIN) - In a sign of growing frustration at being able neither to return home nor resettled in a third country, over 100 Iraqi refugees demonstrated outside the office of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Damascus this week.

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27 May 2009
VOA News
Attacks in Iraq Kill at Least 7 by VOA News

Iraqi police say at least seven people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in attacks in and around the capital, Baghdad.

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22 May 2009
the Huffington Post
The U.N. and Iraqi Refugees - Is It Really News? by Amelia Templeton

The UN refugee agency recently released a new analysis of the political and security situation in Iraq, and revised its guidelines as to how countries should handle asylum claims from Iraqis fleeing Iraq. The guidelines essentially form a 250-page encyclopedia of Iraq's various forms of ongoing violence and conflict. Somebody should put a copy on Ambassador Chris Hill's desk when he gets back from Iraq, and he ought to read it cover to cover.

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21 May 2009
Reuters
Baghdad, Kirkuk suicide bombers kill 19 by Mohammed Abbas

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Suicide bombers killed at least 19 people in Iraq on Thursday in separate attacks in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk, security officials said, underscoring the fragility of Iraq's security gains.

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21 May 2009
The Guardian
Genuine overseas students 'denied entry to UK' by Anthea Lipsett

'Great suspicion' of foreign students by UK Border Agency is risking cashflow for higher education, complain business school leaders

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21 May 2009
Reuters
Suicide bomber kills three in northern Iraq -army by Mohammed Abbas

KIRKUK - A suicide bomber killed at least three people and wounded seven others in the northern city of Kirkuk on Thursday, in an attack on Sunni anti-Qaeda militia members queuing to collect their pay, the Iraqi army said.

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20 May 2009
Reuters
Baghdad bomb toll rises to 35 killed, 72 wounded by Mohammed Abbas

BAGHDAD, May 20 (Reuters) - A parked car bomb ripped through a poor Shi'ite area of northwest Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 35 people and wounding 72 others near a popular restaurant, police said

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18 May 2009
BBC
'Billions lost' to corruption in Iraq by Natalia Antelava

As the sun disappears behind the dusty horizon and the air begins to cool, a group of men gather near a butcher's shop in the Karada neighbourhood of Baghdad.

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18 May 2009
BBC
Iraq sets election date of January 2010

Iraq will hold a general election on 30 January next year, officials say.

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18 May 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq

May 18 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1230 GMT on Monday.

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17 May 2009
NYTimes
Tensions Stoked Between Iraqi Kurds and Sunnis by Sam Dagher

BASHIQA, Iraq — Tensions between Sunni Arabs and Kurds are boiling over in Nineveh, the northern Iraqi province that includes Mosul, as Kurds fight the result of a provincial election in January that shifted power to Arabs.

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13 May 2009
BBC
Sunnis fearful of Iraq future by Natalia Antelava

Over the last six years, 6,000 new graves have been dug in a former playground in Adhamiya - 6,000 former neighbours buried where their children used to play.

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12 May 2009
Reuters
Suicide car bomber kills 5 police in north Iraq by Mustafa Mahmoud

KIRKUK, Iraq, May 12 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into an Iraqi police patrol in central Kirkuk on Tuesday, killing five policemen and wounding 11 other people, police said.

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07 May 2009
Reuters
Corruption seen at root of Iraq's lack of services

BAGHDAD, May 7 (Reuters) - Widespread corruption is at the root of Iraq's persistent, destabilising lack of basic services, Deputy Prime Minister Rafie al-Esawi said on Thursday. "The biggest challenge is not just the budget, which we were obliged to cut because of the drop in oil income, so that's beyond our control, but also corruption," he said.

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06 May 2009
Associated Press
Car bombs kill 17 in Baghdad, Iraqi police say by Robert H. Reid

BAGHDAD (AP) — Car bombs killed 17 people Wednesday in Baghdad — most of them at a wholesale produce market — fueling concern about Iraqi capabilities less than two months before Iraq's army and police assume full responsibility for security in the country's cities.

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06 May 2009
The Washington Post
U.N. revises refugee guidelines to show Iraq safer by Laura MacInnis

GENEVA (Reuters) - Violence in Iraq has waned enough for the United Nations to stop recommending that most Iraqis get automatic refugee status abroad, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday.

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05 May 2009
UNHCR
UNHCR revises guidelines for Iraqi asylum claims

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 5 May 2009, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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04 May 2009
Arab Times
Twin car bombs kill 4 in Iraq

BAGHDAD, May 4, (Agencies): Twin car bomb attacks near Iraq’s oil ministry in Baghdad killed four people and injured seven on Monday in the latest violence to hit the capital, security officials said.

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03 May 2009
Times Higher Education
University scholarships signal ‘new era’ in Anglo-Iraqi relations by John Gill

In London, Prime Minister Maliki unveils a raft of initiatives to strengthen ties with the UK higher education sector, while in Basra, British forces withdraw. John Gill reports

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01 May 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Military and civilian deaths in Iraq

May 1 (Reuters) - Two U.S. Marines and one sailor were killed while conducting combat operations against militants in Iraq's western Anbar province on Thursday, the U.S. military said, giving no further details.

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01 May 2009
Reuters
Suicide attack kills five in Iraq tourist area

MOSUL, Iraq, May 1 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber walked into a tourist restaurant in northern Iraq on Friday and detonated an explosive vest, killing five members of a family, police said.

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30 April 2009
The Economist
Searching for a phoenix in Basra

“SECURITY has dramatically improved in the past year” versus “We don’t know what’ll happen when the foreign troops leave” are the competing mantras of Basra, Iraq’s battered second city. Almost everyone agrees that the first claim is true.

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29 April 2009
McClatchy
April deadliest month in a year as security in Iraq plummets by Corinne Reilly and Hussein Kadhim

BAGHDAD — April was the bloodiest month for violence in Baghdad in more than a year, another sign that Iraq's security gains are beginning to reverse.

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29 April 2009
Reuters
Over 40 killed in twin car bombs in Baghdad: police by Sattar Rahim

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 41 people were killed and 68 wounded on Wednesday when two car bombs ripped through a busy market in Baghdad's Sadr City slum, mowing down families as they crowded around a popular ice cream parlor, police said.

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26 April 2009
brusselstribunal
“What Happened To Nuclear Physics professor Dr Ismail Khalil Jasim Al-Tikriti ?”

The assassinations and threats against academics in Iraq continue unabated despite optimistic press reports on levels of violence falling dramatically and pompous declarations of the Iraqi puppet government about “reconciliation”.

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26 April 2009
AK News
2500 Iraqi refugees return home

Erbil, 26 April (AKnews) – The return of Iraqi refugees puts Iraq and the Kurdish regional government in trouble as out of two millions, 2500 Iraqi refugees returned home.

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24 April 2009
Guardian
Suicide bombs kill scores in Baghdad by Martin Chulov

At least 60 people were killed and more than 125 injured this morning when two suicide bombers detonated explosive vests near the most important Shia Muslim shrine in Baghdad.

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23 April 2009
New York Times
80 Are Killed in 3 Suicide Bombings in Iraq by Timothy Williams

BAGHDAD — At least 80 people died and 120 others were injured Thursday in three bombings, one by a female suicide bomber in Baghdad who, Iraqi officials said, held a young child’s hand as she set off her explosives among a group of women and children receiving emergency food aid.

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23 April 2009
Associated Press
Iraqi officials: 22 killed in Baghdad suicide bomb by HAMID AHMED

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of Iraqis collecting humanitarian aid Thursday in a mainly Shiite area in Baghdad, killing at least 22 people, the Iraqi military said.

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22 April 2009
Reuters
Suicide bomber kills at least 5 in Iraq mosque

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest inside a mosque in central Iraq on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding 15, police said.

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21 April 2009
Presstv
Another Iraqi professor killed

A female university professor has become the latest victim in a string of murders of intellectuals in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

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19 April 2009
AFP
Iraq PM warns 'terror' danger far from over

BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned on Sunday at a meeting of top security officials that the danger from "terrorist cells" in the country was far from over.

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19 April 2009
Reuters
Iraq's doctors trickle home as attacks decline by Mohammed Abbas

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Once targeted by militants, Iraqi doctors are trickling back from abroad after a decline in violence, but conditions are still far from ideal.

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19 April 2009
SABA
Yemen, Iraq sign agreement of academic cooperation

SANA'A, April 19 (Saba)- Yemen and Iraq signed an agreement cooperation between the two countries in field of higher education.

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16 April 2009
The Washington Times
Iraqi refugees still slow to return by Dale Gavlak

"If I had more money, I would have stayed and never gone back," said Abu Hussein, a 32-year-old Shi'ite merchant, at the Cairo airport. "We hear from other returnees that they had regret going back because there is still bombing, kidnapping and killing."

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16 April 2009
Inter Press Service
More Than Two Million Refugees Waiting to Come Home by Marina Litvinsky

WASHINGTON, Apr 16 (IPS) - The government of Iraq and the international community must establish safe conditions for the return of 2.6 million displaced Iraqis, says a new field report by the non-profit group Refugees International.

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16 April 2009
Reuters
Suicide bomber in uniform kills 16 in Iraq base by Aseel Kami

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber in army uniform detonated a vest packed with explosives at a military base in Iraq's western Anbar province Thursday, killing 16 people and wounding 50, the army and police said.

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15 April 2009
Reuters
Car blast kills 10 people, wounds 23 in north Iraq

KIRKUK, Iraq, April 15 (Reuters) - A car bomb that targeted police assigned to protect northern Iraq's oil industry killed 10 people and wounded 23 others on Wednesday, police said, in the latest high-profile bombing in the country.

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13 April 2009
Alertnet
Obama Focuses on Iraqi Displacement by Ken Bacon

When President Obama met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki in Baghdad last week, he mentioned the U.S. interest in helping displaced Iraqis return home. Currently, 20% of Iraq’s population is displaced—almost five million people—and it is increasingly clear that neither Iraq nor the region as a whole can be stable and secure as long as this large-scale displacement continues.

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12 April 2009
AK News
Experts: Iraq should get rid of the old education system

Basra, 12 April (AKnews) – Iraqi educational experts are calling for the overhaul of the Baath-era education system.

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10 April 2009
Foreign Policy in Focus
Iraq in Fragments by Dahr Jamail

On Wednesday, March 25, Major General David Perkins of the U.S. military, referring to how often the U.S. military was being attacked in Iraq, told reporters in Baghdad, "Attacks are at their lowest since August 2003." Perkins added, "There were 1,250 attacks a week at the height of the violence; now sometimes there are less than 100 a week." While his rhetoric made headlines in some U.S. mainstream media outlets, it was little consolation for the families of 28 Iraqis killed in attacks across Iraq the following day.

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10 April 2009
Christian Science Monitor
Six years after Iraq invasion, Jordan still playing host to thousands of Iraqi refugees by Ilene R. Prusher

Amman, Jordan - Raida Ali was holding out hope for things to get better in Baghdad. But when her family was directly threatened, they decided it was time to get out. Raida is Shiite and her husband, Mohamed, is Sunni – which was, once upon a time, a common enough situation for a family living in Dora, a mixed neighborhood of Baghdad which turned into a front-line battleground. Kidnappings, murders, suicide bombings, and ongoing offensives pitting the US Army against insurgents were the norm.

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08 April 2009
BBC
Bomb attack near Iraq Shia shrine

A bomb has exploded in a mainly Shia Muslim part of Baghdad, killing seven people and injuring at least 20 others, Iraq police have said.

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06 April 2009
Reuters
Six car bombs kill 34 across Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Six car bombs exploded across Baghdad Monday, killing at least 34 people and wounding scores, police said, after a spate of arrests targeting Sunni Arab fighters raised tensions in the Iraqi capital

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05 April 2009
Hurriyet Daily News
Six years on, future of Iraq still uncertain by Mine Tafolar

ISTANBUL - Iraq today marks the sixth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein’s Baath regime, but the country’s future remains uncertain, with serious questions over whether Iraqi forces will manage to successfully take over security from withdrawing U.S. troops.

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03 April 2009
Herald de Paris
Iraqi Refugee Problem Persists by Sheri Fink

Despite the relatively good news coming from Iraq, experts testifying at a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing yesterday said that while the pace of new displacement has fallen off in recent months, only a fraction of Iraqi refugees have begun returning home.

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01 April 2009
Aswat al-Iraq
Teacher gunned down in Mosul

NINEWA / Aswat al-Iraq: Unknown gunmen on Wednesday shot down a teacher in Mosul city, according to a police source.

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01 April 2009
ISRIA
US Senator Casey: Displaced Iraqis is a Humanitarian and Security Issue

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Subcommittee, today chaired a hearing on the return and resettlement of displaced Iraqis. The hearing focused on the efforts being taken by the Iraqi government, the United States and the rest of the international community to facilitate the return of Iraqis displaced internally and the repatriation of Iraqi refugees living in neighboring countries.

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31 March 2009
Reliefweb
Congressional testimony warns greater attention to displaced Iraqis needed to stabilize Iraq

Washington, D.C. - As security in Iraq improves, refugees and internally displaced Iraqis are starting to return home, but the returns are slow and tentative, Refugees International told Congress today. The new security climate in Iraq has not yet translated into increases in the provision of services to displaced Iraqis and more must be done to assist and protect them.

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27 March 2009
Chicago Tribune
Sunni Arab Refugees from Iraq Not Returning by Hamza Hendawi

Fear keeps Baghdad divided and warring sects apart; few Sunnis dare return

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25 March 2009
middle-east-online
A Forgotten Humanitarian Disaster by Lieven De Cauter

The truth is that we want to forget the Iraqi humanitarian disaster, because the West is responsible. The crimes against the humanity of a near 'genocidal' scale in Iraq are swept under the carpet, says Lieven De Cauter.

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24 March 2009
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, March 23

March 23 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 2030 GMT on Monday.

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19 March 2009
The Orwell Prize
The Refuge and the Fortress has been long listed

The Orwell Prize is the pre-eminent British prize for political writing.  A record number of entries were received this year, more than either the Man Booker or Samuel Johnson prizes, and from 190 eligible books, a long list of 18 was announced.

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18 March 2009
brusselstribunal
Speech in the European Parliament by Dr. Omar Al Kubaisy

The Honourable Ms. Luisa Morgantine, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Members of the European Parliament
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me to thank you very much, as well as our colleagues who have given us this opportunity to have the honor in meeting with you and speaking to you; to convey to you a clear and honest picture of the health situation as well as the dire humanitarian situation experienced by the afflicted people of Iraq.

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15 March 2009
AK News
A university professor killed in Mosul

Mosul (AKnews) - Iraqi police on Saturday said that a university professor has been killed in Mosul city, northern Iraq.

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08 March 2009
Press Release
Announcing Iraqi Academic Conference, Hosted by National Academies and the Embassy of Iraq

Washington, DC, March 08, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Iraqi Academic Conference, Hosted by National Academies and Embassy of Iraq

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04 March 2009
Aswat Al-Iraq
Suicide blast kills 2 cops, injures 12 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: At least two policemen were killed and 12 people were wounded on Monday in a suicide explosion in central Baghdad, according to a police source.

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03 March 2009
The Guardian
High price of democracy in Iraq by Letters

In saying that the provincial elections in Iraq are a turning point (We will leave Iraq a better place - British general, 2 March), Lieutenant-General John Cooper ignores the price paid for this fragile progress. At least two estimates - by the academic Dr Gideon Polya and Opinion Research Business - put the number of Iraqi war fatalities at more than 1 million. In addition 2 million Iraqi refugees, mainly in Jordan and Syria, have yet to return to their homes, and a further million remain internally displaced - all out of a population of about 24 million. There is another consideration that receives far too little attention. There is now a substantial literature (eg What Kind of Liberation?, by Nadje Al-Ali and Nicola Pratt) that shows that the Islamic ascendancy in Iraq has put back the cause of women by more than half a century.

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02 March 2009
Alert Net
Iraq motorcycle bomb kills three, wounds 16

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A motorcycle bomb placed outside a mosque killed three people and wounded 16 in northern Iraq's volatile Diyala province Monday, police said.

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02 March 2009
All Gov
Iraqi Refugees Choose Return to Danger in Iraq over Poverty in U.S. by Julia Lyon

The Salt Lake Tribune shines a light on a small but growing trend: refugees from Iraq who came to the United States to seek safety and a better life, but find so few opportunities in the U.S. that they are risking danger by returning to Iraq.

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28 February 2009
The Salt Lake Tribune
Iraqi refugees returning to danger zone to escape poverty in Utah by Julia Lyon

Murray » Six months ago, Tarek Darwish and his family arrived in Utah as refugees craving a new and better life. Last week, his family wept and kissed his hand in farewell as the former lawyer, disillusioned, left to return to Iraq.

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27 February 2009
Azzaman
Iraqi government careless about its own refugees – minister by Mundher al-Shawfi

The Iraqi ministry which is supposed to look after Iraqi refugees says its coffers are empty despite urgent needs.

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26 February 2009
Aswat Al-Iraq
2nd blast in Baghdad injures 3 civilians

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Three civilians were wounded on Thursday afternoon in a bomb explosion, the second today in Baghdad, a police source said.

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26 February 2009
Earth Times
EU struggles to find homes for 5,000 Iraqi refugees

Brussels - European Union interior ministers Thursday discussed how to make up for a 5,000-shortfall in the number of Iraqi refugees that they have pledged to host in Europe this year. In November, ministers agreed to re-settle up to 10,000 vulnerable Iraqis currently living in camps in Syria and Jordan.

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26 February 2009
Alert Net
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Feb 26

Feb 26 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 0600 GMT on Thursday.

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25 February 2009
Azzaman
Syria says Iraqi refugees turn into ‘unbearable’ economic burden by Mundher Shawi

Syria says the presence of more than a million Iraqi refugees is stretching its strapped economic resources to the limit and has asked other Arab countries for help.

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25 February 2009
Aswat Al-Iraq
U.S. soldier, interpreter killed in Mosul attack - U.S. army

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The U.S. army in Iraq on Wednesday said that one serviceman and an Iraqi interpreter were killed in an attack at an Iraqi police checkpoint in Mosul on Tuesday.

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24 February 2009
Aswat Al-Iraq
3 U.S. soldiers, interpreter killed in Diala

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Three U.S. servicemen and an interpreter were killed in combat operations in Diala, according to the U.S. army.

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24 February 2009
Alert Net
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Feb 24

Feb 24 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 0830 GMT on Tuesday

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24 February 2009
Alert Net
For Many Iraqi Women and Girls, 'Internally Displaced' Means Homeless by Dahr Jamail

BAGHDAD, (IPS) -- "We only want a normal life," says Um Qasim, sitting in a bombed out building in Baghdad. She and others around have been saying that for years.

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23 February 2009
Aswat Al-Iraq
8 casualties in 2nd Baghdad bombing

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Eight persons on Monday were killed or wounded in a bombing that targeted a police patrol vehicle in downtown Baghdad, according to a police source.

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23 February 2009
The Independent
Iraq faces a new war as tensions rise in north by Iraq faces a new war as tensions rise in north

A new war is threatening Iraq just as the world believes the country is returning to peace. While violence is dropping in Baghdad and in the south of the country,

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23 February 2009
CWN
Iraq's 'Safe Haven' a Refuge from Torture by George Thomas

CBNNews.com - ERBIL, Northern Iraq - Security conditions in Iraq have improved greatly in recent months. But for Christians living in this war-ravaged nation, life is still very challenging.

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22 February 2009
Alert Net
IRAQ: NGOs call for a new strategy for displaced people

BAGHDAD, 22 February 2009 (IRIN) - As Iraq observes the third anniversary of the bombing of a revered Shia shrine in the northern city of Samarra that set off nationwide sectarian violence and led to major displacement,

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21 February 2009
China View
Iraqi security forces capture dozens suspected terrorists in N Iraq

MOSUL, Iraq, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi security forces captured more than 70 suspected terrorists in an operation in the city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, a provincial police source said on Saturday.

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20 February 2009
Alsumaria
11 people wounded in Iraq security incidents

On the security level, police said that 11 people at least were wounded in two separate attacks in Baghdad on Thursday.

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20 February 2009
AP
US Senator: plight of Iraqi refugees in Syria dire

VIENNA - A U.S. senator says the plight of Iraqi refugees in Syria is desperate.

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19 February 2009
Aswat Al-Iraq
2 civilians wounded in IED blast in Falluja

ANBAR / Aswat al-Iraq: Two civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in eastern Falluja city on Thursday, a police source in Anbar province said.

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19 February 2009
Alert Net
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Feb 19

Feb 19 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1230 GMT on Thursday.

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19 February 2009
IPS
Iraq: Still Homeless in Baghdad by Dahr Jamail

BAGHDAD, Feb 19 (IPS) - "We only want a normal life," says Um Qasim, sitting in a bombed out building in Baghdad. She and others around have been saying that for years.

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18 February 2009
The Independent
Boom time in Baghdad: Return of refugees puts heat under property prices by Patrick Cockburn

As the price of housing collapses in the rest of the world, it is soaring in Baghdad. “Property is the fastest way to make money here,” says Mohammed al-Hadithi, who runs a real estate office in the wealthy Yarmouk district of west Baghdad. “

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18 February 2009
AP
Iraq: 7 die in crash with British military vehicle by SINAN SALAHEDDIN

BAGHDAD (AP) — A bus filled with Shiite pilgrims collided with a British military vehicle in southern Iraq, killing seven pilgrims and injuring more than two dozen others, Iraqi and British officials said Wednesday.

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18 February 2009
Azzaman
Sweden toughens stance on Iraqi refugees

The Swedish government is tightening rules under which Iraqi refugees seeking asylum could stay in the country and is using force to have them deported.
It recently mobilized its police forces to round up hundreds of Iraqis, among them babies born in Sweden, and force them back home.

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17 February 2009
Alert Net
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Feb 17

Feb 17 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1600 GMT on Tuesday.

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17 February 2009
Stratfor
Iraq: Security Forces Won't Be Ready For 3 Years - U.S. General

U.S. Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, the U.S. commander in charge of developing Iraqi security forces,...

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16 February 2009
Aswat Al-Iraq
5 houses set on fire in Ninewa

NINEWA / Aswat al-Iraq: Unknown arsonists on Monday set fire to five houses near Mosul city, but there has been no word on casualties, according to a local security source.

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16 February 2009
African Press Agency
UNHCR appeals to Mauritius to release Iraqi refugees

APA-Port Louis (Mauritius) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday appealed to Mauritius to release from jail pending their appearance in court six Iraqis refugees who landed in the country last November with false Danish passports.

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15 February 2009
AFP
Heavy security for Shiite pilgrims in Iraq holy city

KARBALA, Iraq (AFP) — Iraqi security forces, including snipers and undercover agents, have deployed in force in Karbala to protect millions of Shiite pilgrims gathered for a ceremony already blighted by deadly bombings, police said on Sunday.

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14 February 2009
Times of Malta
Iraqi refugees in Syria reluctant to return

Iraqi musician Abdel Razaq al-Ghazawi, who sought refuge in neighbouring Syria from his country's raging conflict, returned home last year after hearing about a fall in the violence.  Within weeks, disillusioned by Iraq's continued insecurity and what he saw as creeping intolerance, he crossed the border back to Syria where he scrapes a living as a refugee.

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12 February 2009
Aswat Al-Iraq
2 civilians wounded in Kirkuk

KIRKUK / Aswat al-Iraq: Two civilians were injured on Wednesday night by unknown gunmen in central Kirkuk, a source from the joint coordination center said on Thursday.

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11 February 2009
Aswat Al-Iraq
2 people wounded by bomb blast in Mosul

NINEWA / Aswat al-Iraq: A policeman and a civilian was wounded on Wednesday n a bomb blast in southern Mosul, a security source said.

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11 February 2009
AlertNet
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Feb 11

Feb 11 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1030 GMT on Wednesday.

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09 February 2009
Aswat Al-Iraq
IED leaves 10 casualties in Diala

DIALA / Aswat al-Iraq: Two border guards were killed and eight others were wounded when an improvised explosive device went off in the south of Khaneqeen, the spokesman for the border guards said on Monday

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08 February 2009
Telegraph
Britain cuts grant to UN for Iraq's displaced people by Damien McElroy

Britain has cut its grant to the United Nations for Iraq's displaced people by more than £1 million despite an increase in the number of refugees who vow they will never return to their homeland.

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08 February 2009
Free Lance Star
Iraqi families finding problems in paradise by AMY FLOWERS UMBLE

About 100 Iraqis came to Fredericksburg this past year expecting to find "heaven."

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06 February 2009
L.A.Times
16 killed in suicide attack in northern Iraq by Monte Morin and Tina Susman

Reporting from Baghdad -- A suicide bomber killed 16 people and injured 12 others Thursday at a crowded restaurant in Khanaqin, a hotly disputed city bordering the Kurdish-controlled region of Iraq.

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06 February 2009
Russia Today
Iraqi refugees in Egypt: living a nightmare by Mona Abouissa

Tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees are stuck in Egypt, supposedly a transit country before they are to be resettled by a UN body. At the moment they have no rights and no future. Freelance writer Mona Abouissa met them

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04 February 2009
Aswat Al-Iraq
2 civilians injured by bomb blast in Baghdad

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Two civilians were wounded Wednesday in a roadside bomb explosion in central Baghdad, said a police source.

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04 February 2009
AlertNet
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Feb 4

Feb 4 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1700 GMT on Wednesday:

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03 February 2009
AlertNet
Iraqi refugees have mixed views on provincial elections back home by By Dana Bajjali and Abeer Etefa

AMMAN, Jordan (UNHCR) – Iraqi refugees in nearby countries such as Egypt, Jordan and Syria were on Monday awaiting the outcome of provincial elections in their homeland over the weekend with mixed feelings.

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31 January 2009
Scotsman.com
Security tight as elections begin in Iraq

IRAQ imposed a nationwide security lockdown as voting began today in key regional elections. Blanket measures not seen since the deadliest years of the insurgency were imposed, underscoring the high stakes for Iraqi leaders desperate to portray stability after nearly six years of conflict.

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30 January 2009
CNS
Christian refugees probably will not return to Iraq, bishops say by Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Despite signs of a new season of hope on the horizon in Iraq, the vast majority of Iraqi Christian refugees will probably not return to their homeland, said two U.S.-based Chaldean Catholic bishops.

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29 January 2009
BBC
Iraq: Key facts and figures

Nearly six years after the US-led invasion, Iraq is preparing to go to the polls in provincial elections.
Millions of dollars have been spent on rebuilding the country's infrastructure, but there is still a long way to go.

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29 January 2009
Middle East Times
Aid group calls for refugee relief in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The United States must make it a priority to resettle the 3,000 Palestinians from Iraq who live in tents along the Syrian border, Refugees International said.

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28 January 2009
Washington Post
In Iraq's North, Ethnic Strife Flares as Vote Draws Closer by Ernesto Londono

QARAQOSH, Iraq -- Iraq's upcoming provincial elections have exacerbated tensions along the ethnically mixed frontier between the traditionally Arab parts of the country and its Kurdish autonomous region in the north.

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28 January 2009
IRIN
Iraqi refugees selling some of their food rations

DAMASCUS, 28 January 2009 (IRIN) - Iraqi refugees in Syria are using some of their food rations to pay rent, vary their diet and cover other expenses, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

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21 January 2009
AlertNet
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Jan 21

Jan 21 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1545 GMT on Wednesday.

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21 January 2009
AFP
Four students killed in Iraqi violence ahead of polls

BAGHDAD (AFP) — A car bomb attack targeting a Sunni politician who heads a Baghdad Islamic university killed four students on Wednesday, underscoring a recent surge of violence here, officials said.

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21 January 2009
Al Jazeera
Iraq rocked by bomb blasts

A series of blasts across Iraq have killed five people and injured at least 14 others.

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21 January 2009
CNN
University dean survives Baghdad bomb; 4 dead

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The dean of Baghdad's Islamic University escaped unharmed from a car bombing that killed four other people Wednesday afternoon, Iraqi authorities said.

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19 January 2009
UPI.com
Iraqi refugees face uncertain future

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Iraqi refugees residing in tent settlements along the Syrian border said the year ahead looks bleak as potential host countries fail to come forward.

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18 January 2009
AlertNet
Iraq checkpoint flowers can't mask fear and danger

BAGHDAD, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Flowers and paint cannot mask bullet and shrapnel marks in the concrete blast walls of Iraq's checkpoints, where recruits like 23 year-old Jawad Jaddou face frequent attacks doing one of the world's most dangerous jobs.

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18 January 2009
AlertNet
IRAQ-SYRIA: Slow resettlement for Palestinian-Iraqi refugees

DAMASCUS, 18 January 2009 (IRIN) - The start of 2009 offers little hope to the residents of Al Tanf, a refugee camp on the Syrian-Iraqi border housing over 700 Palestinians who had fled persecution in Iraq. No country has given any concrete pledge to take any of the refugees for resettlement in 2009, leaving them to battle the cold desert weather this winter with more despair than ever.

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18 January 2009
IRIN
IRAQ-SYRIA: Slow resettlement for Palestinian-Iraqi refugees

DAMASCUS, 18 January 2009 (IRIN) - The start of 2009 offers little hope to the residents of Al Tanf, a refugee camp on the Syrian-Iraqi border housing over 700 Palestinians who had fled persecution in Iraq. No country has given any concrete pledge to take any of the refugees for resettlement in 2009, leaving them to battle the cold desert weather this winter with more despair than ever

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16 January 2009
AlertNet
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Jan 16

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1145 GMT on Friday.

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16 January 2009
Middle East Times
Iraq security development slowed in 2008

BAGHDAD, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Iraqi military and national police force showed progress in 2008 but face obstacles due to declining budgets from the drop in oil prices, a report says.

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14 January 2009
AlertNet
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Jan 14

Jan 14 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1100 GMT on Wednesday

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14 January 2009
the Local
More Iraqis at risk of losing asylum appeals in Sweden by David Landes

Most of the thousands of Iraqis waiting for asylum in Sweden waiting will like have their applications rejected because of improved security conditions in the country

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13 January 2009
CNSNews.com
Afghanistan, Iraq Among ‘Worst of the Worst’ for Lack of Freedom, Human by Sara Burrows

(CNSNews.com) – Despite the Bush administration’s attempt to spread freedom and democracy in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan still rank among the least free countries in the world, according to Freedom House’s 2009 Freedom in the World report, released Monday

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13 January 2009
American Chronicle
Life in Iraq Has Become "Unbearable," Economist Stiglitz Says by Serwood Ross

President Bush´s attack on Iraq has made daily life there "unbearable" for most people, two prominent American business authorities write.

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12 January 2009
ReliefWeb
Iraqi refugees struggle to find work by Laura Sheahen

"At first, when there were death threats in my neighborhood, we ignored them," says Sanaria Dakaly, an Iraqi woman from the Al-Khosh area of Mosul. Back in 2006, such threats were common enough, and didn't necessarily amount to much. But when things got worse in her war-torn country, no one could take a chance that a threat was a false alarm. "We left after the very first threat [in 2007]," she says.

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09 January 2009
Jakarta Globe World
Frustration Mounts for Iraqi Refugees As Exile Lengthens by Matthew Hay Brown

Amman, Jordan. Najim Abid Hajwal thought he would be back in Baghdad by now.
The 49-year-old businessman fled Iraq after a worker in one of his factories warned that his name had appeared on a local hit list. He needed no convincing: By then, he says, two of his sons had narrowly escaped kidnappers, and a brother and a nephew had been shot to death.

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09 January 2009
The Emporia Gazette
Reaching Out to Iraq by Rus Morgan

A new educational program may give students from Iraq the chance to study at Emporia State University.
Jim Harter, ESU’s assistant vice president for international education, will be traveling to Iraq later this month..

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09 January 2009
Reuters AlertNet
US says Iraqis may still be held without charge by Peter Graff and Ahmed Rasheed

BAGHDAD, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Some prisoners held indefinitely without charge by U.S. forces in Iraq may not be freed or given trials, even though U.S. forces lost the authority to hold them at the beginning of this year, a U.S. military spokesman said.

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07 January 2009
Reuters AlertNet
Iraq, India, Mexico deadliest countries for media reporters and journalists by Robert Evans

GENEVA, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Iraq remained the deadliest country for media workers in 2008, followed by India and Mexico, although the number of deaths was down sharply from the previous year, a study showed.

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07 January 2009
Reuters AlertNet
IRAQ: Move to evict squatters from government property

Photo: IRIN BAGHDAD, 7 January 2009 (IRIN) - The Iraqi government has decided to evict all people who have been squatting in government buildings or on government land since the 2003 US-led invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein's regime.

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07 January 2009
Associated Press
Member of Iraq president party killed in drive-by by Hamid Ahmed

BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen have killed a member of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's political party in a drive-by shooting in the northern city of Kirkuk, Iraqi police officials said Tuesday.

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06 January 2009
Reuters AlertNet
Iraq: Budget cuts threaten IDP housing projects

BAGHDAD, 6 January 2009 (IRIN) - Lack of government funds could force the Ministry of Displacement and Migration to postpone until 2010 some housing projects designed to ease internal displacement, an official told IRIN on 4 January.

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06 January 2009
UPI.com
Several killed in Iraq explosions

BAGHDAD, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- At least one Iraqi civilian was killed and six others were injured, including three Iraqi soldiers, when a car bomb exploded Tuesday in Baghdad.

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05 January 2009
Reuters AlertNet
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Jan 5

Jan 05 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1230 GMT on Monday.

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14 December 2008
UPI
Gunmen wound Iraqi university dean

MOSUL, Iraq -- The dean of Iraq's Mosul University's School of Medicine was wounded Sunday when gunmen fired on him in Mosul, a source says.

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12 December 2008
WWLP.Com
At-risk Iraqi scholar finds refuge at college by Michael Herzenberg

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - The war and terrorism in Iraq drove perhaps 2.5 million people from their native country with a lucky few starting new lives in New Mexico.

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12 December 2008
Maisonneuve Magazine
EXODUS: IRAQI REFUGEES IN SYRIA by CHRISTOPHER WATT

Between four and five million Iraqis have fled their homes since the American invasion in 2003. They escaped by bus, taxi and car, though some must have crossed the desert on foot. More that one million are in Syria, where they live on the outskirts of Damascus, in apartments paid for with cash

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11 December 2008
IRIN News
EGYPT: Lack of income main problem for Iraqi refugees by la/at/cb

CAIRO, 11 December 2008 (IRIN) - A first official survey of Iraqi refugees in Egypt tentatively puts their number at 20,000

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06 December 2008
Aljazeera
Baghdad's defiant students

In the final part of the series on education in conflict Al Jazeera visits the Iraqi capital Baghdad and finds students defiant in the face of attack.

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06 December 2008
Reuters
Iran shells remote area of northern Iraq: mayor

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iran shelled a remote area of northeastern Iraq for a second day on Saturday, a regional official said, but there were no details of casualties or material damage.

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05 December 2008
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Dec 5

BAGHDAD - A bomb attached to a vehicle killed Wathab Kareem, an inspector for the Labour Ministry, and wounded two civilians in central Baghdad on Thursday, police said.

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04 December 2008
BBC News
Deadly bombings strike Iraqi city

Two suspected suicide car bombs have exploded in the Iraqi city of Falluja killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens more, police have said.

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04 December 2008
IRIN
IRAQ: Low oil prices could affect government aid to IDPs

BAGHDAD, 4 December 2008 (IRIN) - Low world oil prices could exacerbate the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs): The government, which relies on oil revenues for over 90 percent of its income, will have to cut financial assistance to IDPs in next year’s budget, an Iraqi lawmaker has said.

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03 December 2008
BBC News
Anger as Iraqi reporter is jailed

An Iraqi journalist has been jailed for writing a story about homosexuality which prosecutors said violated a public decency law.

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02 December 2008
Independent.ie
At-risk Iraqi scholar finds refuge at college by Brian McDonald

An Iraqi academic whose life was in danger in her own country has found a safe haven at NUI Galway.  The Galway University's Centre for Human Rights yesterday welcomed Dr Sawsan Ismail -- the first 'Scholar at Risk' to find refuge in Ireland.

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01 December 2008
BBC News
Dozens killed in Iraqi bombings

At least 32 people have been killed in bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul, officials say.

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01 December 2008
Reuters
FACTBOX - Security Developments in Iraq, Dec 1

MOSUL - A suicide car bomb and a parked car bomb exploding in quick succession killed 15 people and wounded 37 when it struck a joint Iraqi police and U.S. military patrol in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

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30 November 2008
New York Times
More Iraqi Dead Last Month, but Fewer Than Last Year by Alissa J. Rubin

BAGHDAD — The numbers of Iraqi civilian deaths and improvised explosive devices increased in November, although there were still fewer of each than in September, according to statistics from the Interior Ministry.

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28 November 2008
BBC News
EU ready to accept 10,000 Iraqis

The European Union says it is ready to accept up to 10,000 Iraqi refugees, many of whom are living in extreme hardship in Jordan and Syria.

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28 November 2008
The Guardian
Iraq's parliament votes for US troop pullout within next three years by Martin Chulov

Iraq's parliament yesterday paved the way for a US pullout within three years - and a withdrawal from the streets of cities and towns by June next year - when it passed the landmark security pact setting a timetable for the American exit.

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28 November 2008
BBC News
Suicide bombing at Iraqi mosque

A suicide bomber has killed nine people and wounded 15 in an attack on a Shia mosque during Friday prayers, Iraqi police say.

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26 November 2008
International Medical Corps
Ministry of Displacement and Migration Opens Returnee Assistance Center in Baghdad; International Medical Corps Offers Key Support

Baghdad, Iraq – The rate of return for internally displaced and refugee families in Iraq have been rising steadily throughout 2008. Nowhere has the increase been more pronounced than in the capital, Baghdad, where close to 17,000 families - roughly 100,500 individuals - have returned as of October. As security improves, more families are finding their way back to Baghdad neighborhoods where less than a year ago violence was a regular occurrence.

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25 November 2008
Inside Higher Ed
Academics Struggle for Civil Society in Iraq by David Moltz

WASHINGTON – Two of the three scholars invited from Iraq to share analysis of academic conditions there could not get visas to attend this week’s meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. Those gathered at the annual meeting for a panel on “the role of academics in building civil society in Iraq” had to settle for having the papers paraphrased to them by a colleague. This twist of fate, however, prompted the remaining panelists to reflect on the challenges that still exist for students and scholars in a post-Saddam Iraq.

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24 November 2008
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, Nov 24

Nov 24 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 0800 GMT on Monday.

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24 November 2008
The Guardian
Father murdered, wife and daughter jailed: killers call the shots in Iraq's justice system by Martin Chulov

Nour al-Houda al-Maliki woke one night in March to the cracks of the bullets that killed her father as he lay sleeping, six feet from her. She saw four masked men. One she knew as a member of the Mahdi army, the feared clan that ruthlessly calls the shots throughout her south Baghdad neighbourhood.

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24 November 2008
The Guardian
Female suicide bomber targets Baghdad Green Zone

At least 18 people were killed in Baghdad today when a female suicide bomber blew herself up near the US-protected Green Zone and a bomb exploded on a bus carrying government staff, Iraqi officials said.

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24 November 2008
BBC News
Iraqis Protest Against Troop Deal

Thousands of people have protested in Baghdad against a proposed deal to allow US troops to remain in Iraq once their UN mandate expires.

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23 November 2008
The Guardian
From war to where? by Anna Husarska

My organisation, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) resettled over 2,000 Iraqi refugees last year in the United States – they are our biggest "caseload".

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21 November 2008
AFP
Jordan appeals for more aid to help Iraq refugees

AMMAN (AFP) — Jordan urged the international community on Thursday to provide more aid to countries sheltering hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees uprooted by war.

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18 November 2008
The Guardian
The fortress Britain myth. It's easy to believe that we are united by Jeremy Seabrook

Instead of engaging in debate about refugees and asylum seekers, many liberals argue by proxy, criticising the treatment of the issue by the popular press. They are reluctant to make a case against the dominant view, that this island is besieged by people taking advantage of our good nature, and bringing their hard luck stories to a country known as a soft touch.

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17 November 2008
Reuters
FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, Nov 17

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1800 GMT on Monday.

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17 November 2008
Reuters
Iraq, U.S. sign pact to pull troops out in 3 years by Peter Graff

BAGHDAD, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Iraq and the United States signed a long-awaited accord on Monday requiring Washington to withdraw its forces by the end of 2011, eight years after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

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17 November 2008
New York Times
Premier of Iraq Is Quietly Firing Fraud Monitors by James Glanz

BAGHDAD — The government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is systematically dismissing Iraqi oversight officials, who were installed to fight corruption in Iraqi ministries by order of the American occupation administration, which had hoped to bring Western standards of accountability to the notoriously opaque and graft-ridden bureaucracy here.

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14 November 2008
Associated Press
American University takes root in northern Iraq by YAHYA BARZANJI and RYAN LUCAS

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) — Tucked away in the heart of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, a U.S. style university with bold plans to attract the country's top talent has quickly found a following among young Iraqis.

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12 November 2008
BBC NEWS
Baghdad shaken by series of bombs

At least 21 people have been killed and more than 85 injured in a series of bombs throughout Baghdad, police said.

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11 November 2008
Reuters
Syria stops aid vessel unloading Iraq refugees' rice by Khaled Yacoub Oweis

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria prevented a World Food Programme vessel carrying rice for Iraqi refugees from unloading at the country's main port on Tuesday because, the government said, its cargo failed tests.

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09 November 2008
University World News
IRAQ: Killing academics is a war crime by Brendan O'Malley

The international community should explicitly recognise crimes against educators as crimes against humanity or war crimes, a conference of 150 Iraqi ministers, MPs, university presidents and international experts was told last week. Hosted in Paris by Unesco, in collaboration with the Qatari Foundation, the conference heard that more than 250 academics had been killed in a "campaign of terror" since the fall of Saddam Hussein, in targeted attacks.

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09 November 2008
Asharq Alawsat Newspaper
University Life in Baghdad by Naseer Al-Ily

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat- Professor Ali is thinking about the day that he will no longer teach at Munstansariya University in Baghdad following the resolution issued by the Iraqi government that has imposed a mandatory retirement age of 63 year old for university professors. This resolution, according to the university professor who asked to be referred to as Professor Ali, is a concern for him and his counterparts and will push university education towards an abyss.

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03 November 2008
IRIN News
IRAQ: NGOs warn against encouraging large-scale refugee returns

BAGHDAD, 3 November 2008 (IRIN) - The Iraqi government should review its policy of encouraging Iraqi refugees to return home by offering them free plane or bus tickets, until it is able to ensure security, local and international NGOs said.

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30 October 2008
Yahoo News
Iraq must aid refugees, not lure them home: group by Missy Ryan; Editing by Louise Ireland

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The Iraqi government and donor countries must do more to support millions of refugees living outside Iraq, rather than seeking to lure them home to a still-violent country, a refugee group said Thursday.

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30 October 2008
Refugees International
Iraqi Refugees: Plan for Ongoing Support in an Unstable Region by Kristele Younes and Sayre Nyce

Two million Iraqi refugees are increasingly desperate and few of them are willing to return home. Although the United Nations and donor governments have dramatically increased their response to Iraqi refugees' needs, these efforts must be expanded as refugees are increasingly vulnerable due to depleting assets and rising costs.

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14 October 2008
UN News Centre
UNESCO conference to examine state of education in Iraq

14 October 2008 – Over 150 international experts will examine the current state of Iraq’s education system, with a spotlight on the right to attend school, at an upcoming United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conference in Paris.
Iraqi educators and students, academics and donors, along with representatives of international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), will be among the participants at the 30 October-1 November event.

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13 October 2008
The Guardian
Iraq's missing generation by Elizabeth Ferris and Navtej Dhillon

The reconstruction of Iraq needs the commitment and resources of its entire people. Yet the Iraqi government and the international community have neglected the current generation of Iraqi youth. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of young Iraqi refugees who have the potential to transform their homeland.

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06 October 2008
IRIN News
IRAQ: Move to allow doctors to carry guns provokes mixed reaction

BAGHDAD, 6 October 2008 (IRIN) - There has been a mixed reaction to a government decision to allow doctors to carry guns for their own protection.

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05 October 2008
Los Angeles Times
Iraq too dangerous for many professionals by Tina Susman

BAGHDAD -- Naqi Shakir sits on a sagging mattress pushed against a wall. His wife and two daughters perch on tattered sofas and chairs crowded into the one room of the house with signs of family life: personal photographs tacked to the wall, a TV, books, and knickknacks on dusty shelves.

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29 September 2008
IRIN News
Plane-load of Iraqis due to be repatriated this week

AMMAN, 29 September 2008 (IRIN) - The Iraqi embassy in Amman is organising the repatriation by plane of dozens of Iraqi families who wish to return home, despite warnings from UN agencies about the security situation.

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25 September 2008
IRIN News
IRAQ: Parliament demands financial help for IDPs, refugees

BAGHDAD, 25 September 2008 (IRIN) - A parliamentary committee on displacement and migration demanded the Iraqi government allot US$4 billion in next year's budget to meet the needs of more than four million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees

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24 September 2008
International Rescue Committee
Goal for Iraqi Refugee Admissions in 09 is Insufficient; IRC Urges Next US Administration to Do More

24 Sep 2008 - New York—The International Rescue Committee says the current administration’s goal of granting sanctuary to only 17,000 Iraqi refugees in fiscal year 2009 is insufficient and disappointing.

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23 September 2008
Reuters
United Nations urges EU to host more Iraqi refugees by Laura MacInnis; Editing by Opheera McDoom and Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The European Union should host more Iraqi refugees and rethink its official stance focusing on helping displaced Iraqis return home, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.

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20 August 2008
Associated Press
Iraqi Sunnis outraged over Diyala raids, arrests by Robert H. Reid

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's largest Sunni party accused government security forces of sectarian bias Tuesday after soldiers arrested a Sunni university president and a Sunni provincial council member northeast of Baghdad.

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13 August 2008
IRIN News
NGOs urge action on displacement crisis

BAGHDAD, 13 August 2008 (IRIN) - The Iraqi and US governments should do more to address Iraq’s displacement crisis which has affected over four million people and threatens regional stability, a group of Iraqi and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has said

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12 August 2008
IRIN News
Group of NGOs warn against “premature” refugee return

BAGHDAD, The Iraqi government is encouraging the return of refugees from Middle Eastern countries by laying on free flights, but a group of over 100 Iraqi and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has issued a statement warning of the dangers.

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05 August 2008
Brookings Institute
The Looming Crisis: Displacement and Security in Iraq by Elizabeth G. Ferris

Lost in discussions of the military surge, the pace of troop drawdowns, and political benchmarks are millions of displaced Iraqi women, children, and men. Their plight is both a humanitarian tragedy and a strategic crisis that is not being addressed.

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04 August 2008
IRIN News
Drive to get doctors to return

BAGHDAD, 4 August 2008 (IRIN) - The Iraqi Health Ministry has set up a committee to contact medical doctors who have fled the country, and persuade them to return, a senior health official said on 3 August.

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01 August 2008
The Associated Press
Iraq by the numbers: key figures in the war

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20 July 2008
IRIN News
IRAQ: Incentives announced to encourage return of IDPs, refugees

BAGHDAD, 20 July 2008 (IRIN) - The Iraqi government has adopted a number of measures aimed at encouraging the return of over four million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees to their homes, a government statement has said

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16 July 2008
IRIN News
IRAQ: Call for more help for Iraqi refugees

BAGHDAD, 16 July 2008 (IRIN) - A group of Iraqi non-governmental organisations (NGOs) appealed on 14 July for more support from the Iraqi government, the UN and the international community for Iraqi refugees in neighbouring countries.

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16 July 2008
JORDAN: Government stops issuing residency permits to Iraqis

AMMAN, 16 July 2008 (IRIN) - The authorities in Amman have said they will no longer issue or extend residency permits to Iraqis who are resident in the kingdom legally or illegally. A deadline by which Iraqis were supposed to get their paperwork in order expired on 17 June 2008.

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14 July 2008
IRIN News
IRAQ: IDPs fear returning to their homes in Diyala Province by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

BAGHDAD, 14 July 2008 (IRIN) - Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq’s northeastern Diyala Province are still facing threats and danger when returning to their homes, a senior local official and a non-governmental organisation (NGO) have said.

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09 July 2008
The Christian Science Monitor
Fewer gunmen and bribes as Iraqi students take finals by Sam Dagher

BAGHDAD - A group of anxious-looking Iraqi mothers huddled behind concrete barriers and concertina wire in the shadow of two Iraqi police pickup trucks. In the distance, US military vehicles could be seen patrolling the neighborhood.

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06 July 2008
Georgetown University, Press
International Community Must Act to Help Iraqi Refugees by Dr. Patricia Fagen

The international community must increase its response to the growing Iraqi refugee crisis, says a new report published by Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) and Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS). More than two million Iraqis are living as refugees primarily in Syria and Jordan as a result of the war, and project researchers say their unresolved needs now constitute a humanitarian crisis in the region.

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02 July 2008
The Christian Science Monitor
In Jordan, aid for Iraqi refugees is often redirected by Nicholas Seeley

Amman, Jordan - Forbidden to work, Iraqi war refugees here are poor and getting poorer. Waiting lists for food and cash assistance have grown into the thousands.  But while the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is looking to donors for money to meet these needs, a large portion of the aid already provided has gone to address Jordan's own urgent national priorities.

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02 July 2008
The Associated Press
Iraq by numbers by The Associated Press

Iraq by the numbers: key figures in the war.

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01 July 2008
Azzaman.com
340 academics and 2,334 women killed in 3 years, Human Rights Ministry says by Azzaman

The Ministry of Human Rights says the country’s unruly militias and gunmen have killed 340 academics as well as 2,334 women in the years from 2005 to 2007.

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27 June 2008
PressTV
Gunmen shoot dead senior Iraqi judge

Leading Iraqi judge Kamil al-Shewaili is ambushed and shot to death by masked drive-by gunmen while driving home in eastern Baghdad.   Iraq's Higher Judicial Council spokesman Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar said masked drive-by shooters gunned down al-Showaili on Thursday afternoon on Canal Highway as he was heading home.

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24 June 2008
AFP
PM urges Iraqi professionals to return home

BAGHDAD (AFP) — Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday urged Iraqi doctors and other professionals who have settled abroad to return home in the wake of the improving security situation in the war-savaged country.

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24 June 2008
The University of Vermont
UVM Offers Free Summer Housing for Refugee Families by Lee Ann Cox

"We're welcoming our new neighbors," said Susan Comerford, associate dean for academic affairs and research in the College of Education and Social Services, as the university opens vacant summer residences to families from Iraq, Myanmar, and, soon, beyond. UVM already has well-established partnerships with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program (VRRP), including a year-long series of staff seminars given by the social work faculty, but this new step presents immediate, direct aid to families whose lives have been upended.

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22 June 2008
OpEdnews.com
Iraqi Refugees, America's Shame by Medea Benjamin

Sister Marie-Claude Naddaf is obviously tired of talking to the stream of well-meaning foreigners who have been traipsing through Syria to learn about the plight of the over one million Iraqi refugees now living here. Humanitarian groups, religious delegations, migration experts. They write reports full of lofty recommendations. So much talk, so little action.

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20 June 2008
IRIN News
IRAQ: Refugees could fuel regional instability, experts say by sm/ar/cb

BAGHDAD, 20 June 2008 (IRIN) - As World Refugee Day is marked on 20 June, Iraqi experts have been urging the government and international community to do more to help the large number of Iraqi refugees in the Middle East.

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18 June 2008
Azzaman.com
More attacks reported against Iraqi universities by Salem Areef

Universities in Baghdad and Mosul have recently turned into scenes of violent attacks, targeting both students and their professors.As the government brags about its successes in the area of security, the universities in these two cities have seen an upsurge in violence on a scale comparable to 2006 when sectarian conflict was at its peak.

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16 June 2008
IRIN News
IRAQ-JORDAN: Government gives UNHCR US$8 million to help refugees in Jordan

BAGHDAD, 16 June 2008 (IRIN) - The Iraqi government has given US$8 million to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to assist more than 500,000 Iraqi refugees living in neighbouring Jordan, a government statement said on 15 June.

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16 June 2008
IRIN News
IRAQ-JORDAN: Government gives UNHCR US$8 million to help refugees in Jordan by sm/ar/cb

BAGHDAD, 16 June 2008 (IRIN) - The Iraqi government has given US$8 million to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to assist more than 500,000 Iraqi refugees living in neighbouring Jordan, a government statement said on 15 June...

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15 June 2008
Monsters and Critics.com
Blast near Baghdad college, academic killed in north by Deutsche Presse-Agentur

Baghdad - A bomb blast near the technical university in the centre of Baghdad left several people injured on Sunday while gunmen shot dead an academic and injured his two sons in the northern city of Mosul, according to eyewitnesses and police...

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15 June 2008
IRIN News
IRAQ: IDPs demand government return them home by sm/ar/ed

BAGHDAD, 15 June 2008 (IRIN) - Nearly 500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) took to the streets of central Baghdad on 14 June demanding the government secure their return to their homes and pay compensation to those with damaged properties....

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15 June 2008
Monsters and Critics.com
Iraqi army readies offensive in south by Deutsche Presse-Agentur

Baghdad - Iraqi government troops took up positions on Sunday in the southern Maysan province in a fresh operation against Shiite militias while cities in northern Iraq saw a fresh outbreak of violence...

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05 June 2008
freep.com
Both sides win with plan to open U.S. doors for Iraqi students by Trudy Rubin

No matter the divide between presidential candidates on Iraq, here's an idea they all can endorse.The Iraqi government has proposed using the country's oil revenues to send 10,000 high school graduates a year to study abroad -- for the next five years....

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02 June 2008
Xinhuanet
Bomb explosion kills deputy dean of Iraqi college

MOSUL, Iraq, June 2 (Xinhua) -- A bomb explosion killed a deputy dean of a college in Mosul University in northern Iraq on Monday, a local police source said.

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02 June 2008
Reuters FactBox
Security Developments

A deputy dean at the University of Mosul was killed when a bomb attached to his car exploded in northern Mosul, police said. MAHAWEEL - Two bodies were found with gunshot wounds and signs of torture in Mahaweel, 60 km (35 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

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11 May 2008
FRANCE 24
Iraq's deadly brain drain by Clea Caulcutt

Dr. Khalid Nasir al-Miyahi is just one in a long list of academics assassinated in Iraq. Al-Miyahi was a professor at Basra University and the only neurosurgeon in the southern Iraqi city. He was kidnapped on March 9, 2008. The next day, his bullet-ridden body was found on the streets of Basra.

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08 May 2008
The National
Babylon university defies conflict by Phil Sands and Nizar Latif, Foreign Correspondents

BABIL, IRAQ // Students sit in the campus gardens, reading and talking in the shade of palm trees. Without exception the women have their heads covered in traditional Arabic scarves, but they mix freely with the men, filling in time between lectures or finishing off homework. The atmosphere is happy and industrious.

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08 May 2008
Baghdad Life
Purging the Brains is a General Phenomenon by Sarmad Ali

Last October, as Osama Majid, a neurosurgeon in his mid-thirties, walked into his private clinic in Baghdad, a piece of paper someone had slipped under the door caught his eye. He picked it up and read: “Quit working in health institutions and in your private clinic or you’ll die.”

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06 May 2008
Reuters
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq

BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed Ayad Hamza, the deputy director of Nahrain University in charge of sciences, and wounded his two sons in a drive-by shooting on Sunday in Mansour district, western Baghdad, an Education Ministry spokeswoman said.

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05 May 2008
The Associated Press
Iraq by Numbers

key figures since the war began in 2003

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05 May 2008
Yahoo News / AP
Men carry coffin of an assistant president of al-Nahrain University Dr. Ayad Hamza Jassim in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, May 5, 2008. Dr. Jassim was killed by AP Photo - Khalid Mohammed

Men carry coffin of an assistant president of al-Nahrain University Dr. Ayad Hamza Jassim in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, May 5, 2008. Dr. Jassim was killed by gunmen yesterday in central Baghdad, two of his sons who were with him were wounded, one seriously.

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20 April 2008
Ottawa Citizen
Seven freed after kidnapping in Iraq by Noah Barkin, Reuters

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces have freed seven of 11 people who were kidnapped earlier on Sunday near Baquba, north of Baghdad, the Iraqi military said.

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19 April 2008
The Ottowa Citizen
Protecting the professors by Leonard Stern

In unfree societies, intellectuals are the enemy of the state. They are trained to think critically, and that's something dictators don't like citizens to do. Social control requires conformity. Intellectuals, however, have the habit of being curious, of asking questions and challenging the official party line.

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13 April 2008
The Guardian
Refugees fight forced return to Iraq war zones: UN dismay as tribunal allows British expulsions by Jamie Doward

The United Nations last night accused the government of holding a 'sword of Damocles' over the heads of Iraqi refugees in Britain after it emerged that the Home Office had won a landmark test case giving it the power to return refugees to war-torn parts of their home country, including Basra and Baghdad.

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17 March 2008
Trend News
Academic Killed in Nothern Iraq

An Iraqi academic with New Zealand nationality was killed by gunmen in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, police said Wednesday.   Abdel-Sattar Taher Sharif, a professor at Kirkuk University, was shot dead by assailants in the Shirwah district, Major-General Sarhad Qadir from the local police told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

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17 March 2008
Refugees International
Iraqi Refugees: Improve UN Outreach in Syria by Krystelel Younes and Elizabeth Campbell

In 2007, the international community finally started responding to the plight of Iraqi refugees in the Middle East. The attention to the crisis resulted in increased funding that allowed the UN—particularly the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)—and non-governmental organizations to develop and expand their programs. Still, much more remains to be done to identify and meet the particular needs of refugees from mixed socio-economic backgrounds living in developed urban areas.

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11 March 2008
Fox News
Iraq's New Insurance Policy Against Brain Drain by David Piper

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Sadi Jawad is on a mission to help stem the flood of Iraq’s best and brightest out of the war-torn country.

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05 March 2008
The Earth Times - Middle East World News
At least three killed, three wounded in Iraq violence - Summary by DPA

Baghdad - At least three people were killed, including a family, and three wounded in separate attacks, as violence flared across Iraq on Wednesday, witnesses and police said. In one incident, police and witnesses said a bomb attack killed two and injured three people all from the same family in the northern city of Kirkuk.

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01 March 2008
International Rescue Committee
Five Years Later, a Hidden Crisis: Report of the IRC Commission on Iraqi Refugees

The war that was launched in Iraq five years ago has produced one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time. Yet this crisis is largely hidden from the public and ignored by the international community. More than four million Iraqis of different religions, ethnicities and backgrounds are estimated to be uprooted by horrific violence and death and are in dire need of help. About half have fled to Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and elsewhere in the region.

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10 February 2008
University World News
IRAQ: Urgent action to save universities

Universities in Iraq have suffered from being cut off for two decades from progress in educational curricula, resources, teaching methods, modern technology and research, according to a report released last week. The report says the current situation in Iraq requires a comprehensive review to develop curricula, scientific specialisations and degree programmes. These should be brought in line with those of the world’s leading higher education institutions, as well as corresponding to Iraq’s developmental requirements.

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24 January 2008
The Independent
A lesson in how to create Iraqi orphans by Robert Fisk

And then how to make life worse for them

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08 January 2008
BBC Radio 4 'Taking A Stand'
Dr Saad Eskander, Director, Iraqi National Library

Fergal Keane talks to people who have taken risks and made sacrifices to stand up for what they believe in.  Dr Saad Eskander, director of Iraq's National Library, explains why he decided to return from exile in Britain in an attempt to preserve his country's rich cultural heritage in the face of extremists and corruption. He describes what it is like to live with the threat of assassination in a city where sectarian gangs have killed thousands.

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20 December 2007
On Point US Broadcast Network
Iraqi Intellectuals in Exile: Iraq's brain drain and Iraq's future by James Hattori

The day-to-day news out of Iraq misses one of the country's saddest and most important,stories: the exodus of Iraq's intellectual class.  While tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees are heading back, many professionals will never return and they leave an enormous void -- one that hurts the prospects for stability.  We'll talk to three prominent Iraqi intellectuals who fled -- about why they left, about starting over, about what they think it will take to repair Iraq and how their country's war looks from the outside.  With guests John Akker, professor of refugee studies at London South Bank University and executive secretary of the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA); Donny George Youkhana, former director general of the Iraqi National Museum and former president of the Iraq Antiquities Board, he now teaches at Stony Brook University in New York ; Abdul Sattar Jawad, former editor of the Baghdad Mirror and former chair of the English department at Baghdad University, he is currently a visiting professor of English at Harvard University; Saad Jawad, a longtime political science professor at Baghdad University, now at the University of Exeter.

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20 December 2007
New York Times
Refugees Risk Coming Home to an Unready Iraq by Cara Buckley

BAGHDAD — The widow Hashim crossed the border into Iraq from Syria at dusk last month, heading homeward as the sun set behind her and the sky ahead grew dark.

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20 December 2007
New York Times
Refugees Risk Coming Home to an Unready Iraq by Cara Buckley

The widow Hashim crossed the border into Iraq from Syria at dusk last month, heading homeward as the sun set behind her and the sky ahead grew dark.

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13 December 2007
The Guardian
Freedom Lost by Mark Lattimer

After the invasion of Iraq, the US government claimed that women there had 'new rights and new hopes'. In fact their lives have become immeasurably worse, with rapes, burnings and murders now a daily occurrence.

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13 December 2007
The Times, Deborah Haynes
Iraqi interpreters seeking asylum in Britain will be refused entry until 2009 by Michael Evans

Iraqi interpreters hoping to resettle in Britain are being warned that the number accepted will be strictly limited and many will be unable to enter the country before summer 2009. The criteria laid down in the letter sent to former Iraqi employees by the British Government sets out the hurdles to be cleared before they can be considered refugees. They are being offered a financial package or resettlement in Britain, but not both. Kim Howells, the Foreign Office Minister, is to discuss the matter with concerned MPs today.

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13 December 2007
IRIN News
IRAQ-JORDAN: Government introduces entry visas for Iraqis

In a bid to control the flow of migrants from Iraq, Jordan is now demanding that Iraqis wishing to enter the kingdom first secure entry visas, the official Jordanian news agency Petra said on 11 December.

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01 December 2007
National Health Service Consultants Association
CARA: the continuing plight of Iraqi academics by Kate Robertson

Our support came too late for Ali Al Saadiy, a young lecturer from Basra who sought the help of CARA to escape the daily nightmare of Iraq.  See pp. 13-14.

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30 November 2007
Georgetown University News
Int'l Community Must Act to Help Iraqi Refugees

The international community must increase its response to the growing Iraqi refugee crisis, says a new report published by Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) and Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS). More than two million Iraqis are living as refugees primarily in Syria and Jordan as a result of the war, and project researchers say their unresolved needs now constitute a humanitarian crisis in the region.

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28 November 2007
New York Times
Grim View of Iraq Dangers in Survey of Journalists by Richard Perez-Pena

In a newly released survey, American journalists in Iraq give harrowing accounts of their work, with the great majority saying that colleagues have been kidnapped or killed and that most parts of Baghdad are too dangerous for them to visit.

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12 November 2007
Newsweek
A Civil War On Campus: Sunnis and Shias are dividing the classroom by Babak Dehghanpisheh

The ceremony was no ordinary after-school activity. Prayer flags and banners were plastered across walls at east Baghdad's Mustansiriya University last spring to commemorate the birth of Hassan al Askari, a Shiite imam.

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21 October 2007
The New York Times
Syria Shuts Main Exit From War for Iraqis by Thanassis Cambanis

Long the only welcoming country in the region for Iraqi refugees, Syria has closed its borders to all but a small group of Iraqis.

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29 September 2007
BBC NEWS
Eyewitness: Iraq's brain drain by Sarah Muthanna

Sarah Muthanna, a medical student from Baghdad, fled Iraq to settle in Jordan after her father was kidnapped. She explores the brain drain from Iraq that is driven by the targeting of the country's academics, doctors and students.

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27 September 2007
Government Executive
Bill unveiled to address 'nightmare' of Iraqi refugees by Katherine McIntire Peters

Legislation introduced Wednesday by a House lawmaker would increase assistance for Iraqi refugees abroad and expedite the resettlement of refugees and their families who have worked for U.S. agencies, companies and aid groups in Iraq.

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24 September 2007
IRIN News
IRAQ-PAKISTAN: Iraqi refugees in limbo awaiting third country resettlement

RAWALPINDI, 24 September 2007 (IRIN) - “I can’t go back to Iraq. If I do they will kill me,” Iraqi asylum seeker Fadhel Nama Audah, 50, said. He could not return because his political connections with Saddam Hussein’s regime effectively barred him.

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07 September 2007
Radio Free Europe
Iraq: Plight Of Displaced Worsens by Sumedha Senanayake

Four years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the Iraqi refugee crisis has become one of the world's most severe humanitarian issues. The UN estimates that more than 2.2 million Iraqis have fled the country, mostly to neighboring Jordan and Syria. In addition, there are another 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) within Iraq's borders.

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03 September 2007
Radio Free Europe
Syria To Impose Visas on Iraqis to Stem Refugee Influx

Syria is reported to have imposed visa requirements on Iraqi nationals in a bid to control the flood of Iraqi refugees into the country. Western news agencies quote Syrian officials as saying only Iraqis belonging to the economic, commercial, and scientific sectors will be authorized to enter Syria. The move is to take effect on September 10.

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01 September 2007
UNHCR
Statistics on Displaced Iraqis Around the World

An estimated 60,000 Iraqis are being forced to leave their homes
every month by continuing violence. As of September 2007, there
were believed to be well over 4 million displaced Iraqis around the
world, including some 2.2 million inside Iraq and a similar number in neighbouring countries (in particular Syria and Jordan) and some 200,000 further afield. Around one million were displaced prior to 2003. The ability of neighbouring states to handle such larger numbers is close to breaking point.

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03 August 2007
Radio Free Europe
Iraq: UN Set To Expand Scope Of Mandate by Kathleen Ridolfo

The UN Security Council will consider in the coming days a draft resolution put forward by Britain that calls for an expanded UN mandate in Iraq. The current UN mandate on Iraq is set to expire on August 10. The proposed mandate, which is expected to be ratified by member states next week, would pave the way for the largest UN mission on the ground in Iraq since 2003. That year, the UN pulled its expatriate staff from the country following the August bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad that killed UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 22 others.

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31 July 2007
UNHCR
Iraqi refugee families need help to educate their children by Astrid van Genderen Stort

When the Mikhail family escaped to Syria, hounded from their home in Baghdad at the end of last year by death threats, they had to begin a new struggle as refugees. Repeatedly, the parents have been told there is no room at school for their six children.

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30 July 2007
The Independent
Britain accused of failing in its responsibility to refugees by Nigel Morris

The few Iraqi refugees who complete the perilous and expensive trip to Britain have little prospect of being allowed to stay.

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27 July 2007
Iraq Slogger
UN Appeal for Education of Iraqi Refugees

Two UN agencies have launched a $129 million appeal to extend educational opportunity to Iraqi schoolchildren living as refugees in neighboring countries of the region.

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19 July 2007
Radio Free Europe
Iraq: Refugee Crisis Could Become Regional Security Threat by Sumedha Senanayake

In a mid-year report issued on July 17, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) warned that the rate at which Iraqis are being driven from their homes since the bombing of the Al-Askari Mosque in February 2006 has not subsided. According to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), approximately 2.2 million Iraqis are currently internally displaced and an additional 2 million have fled to neighboring countries, particularly Jordan and Syria.

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19 July 2007
UNHCR
UNHCR deputy chief urges Iraqi refugees to send children to school by Sybella Wilkes

Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees L. Craig Johnstone on Thursday urged Iraqi refugees in Syria to enrol their children in public schools as he continued his first visit to the Middle East for UNHCR.

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29 June 2007
Iraq Slogger
Baghdad University Professor Found Dead

Police forces found a body of a university professor in al-Ezza region with gunshot wounds to the head and the neck,” the source, who declined to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

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01 June 2007
Times Higher Education Supplement
Iraqi scientists suffer both here and at home by Melanie Newman

Academics in Iraq face violence daily, but the international community offers little help.

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31 May 2007
Radio Free Europe
Iraq: Christian Population Dwindling Due To Threats, Attacks by Kathleen Ridolfo

Leaders of Iraq's Christian community estimate that over two-thirds of the country's Christian population has fled the country since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. While exact numbers are unknown, reports suggest that whole neighborhoods of Christians have cleared out in the cities of Baghdad and Al-Basrah, and that both Sunni and Shi'ite insurgent groups and militias have threatened Christians.

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24 May 2007
BBC News
Iraqi students brave the bombs

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23 May 2007
Unicef
UNICEF calls for aid to Iraqi children

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22 May 2007
The World Socialist Website
The US war and occupation of Iraq The murder of a society by Bill Van Auken

Estimates of the number of university professors killed since 2003 range between 250 and 1,000. These educators have been targeted by Islamist militias because they are seen as proponents of secularism and a national identity that cuts across religious-ethnic divides.

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18 May 2007
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Iraq's Universities Near Collapse by Zvika Krieger

Hundreds of professors and students have been killed or kidnapped, hundreds more have fled, and those who remain face daily threats of violence.

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14 May 2007
International Herald Tribune
Lessons in war: Iraqi students brave violence, teacher shortages and damaged schools

Saif Abdul-Karim's path to school is often blocked by car bombings and gunbattles. Many of his teachers have quit. Most of his classmates have dropped out, fearing abduction.

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05 May 2007
SciDev.Net
Iraqi scientists get free access to research journals

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25 April 2007
BBC
UN criticises Iraq human rights

The UN has sharply criticised the Iraqi government's human rights
record, in the two months since a security plan was launched in the capital, Baghdad.

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13 April 2007
CNN
Bombings rattle classroom, unite students by Kyra Phillips

Political science students at Baghdad University had barely begun a discussion of comparisons between the Iraq and Vietnam wars when suddenly nearby explosions shook the classroom.

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29 March 2007
Delaware Voice
Iraq Crisis undermines welfare of universities by Gerry Turkel

Universities in Iraqi are deeply affected by the chaos and bloodshed that characterize Iraqi society.

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24 March 2007
BBC News (Baghdad)
Iraqi Scholars fighting for an education by Hugh Sykes

Violence, and fear of violence, are corroding educational standards in Iraq.

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22 March 2007
Nature
Four Years in Iraq: lives in limbo by Jim Giles

Many Iraqi academics have escaped death threats only to find that their qualifications are obsolete and immigration authorities are unsympathetic.

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20 March 2007
The Guardian
Abid Thyab: 'Keep religion and politics out of it'

Over the barrels of their Kalashnikovs, Iraqi insurgents hope to see an academic or a politician. Dr Abid Thyab al-Ajeeli is both. But Iraq's minister for higher education and scientific research says protection from scores of security guards is not for him. 

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15 March 2007
UN News
Iraq: Schools and Universities Deserted for Fear of Violence

A joint study by the Iraqi Ministry of Education and UNICEF informes that in Iraq, schools and universities are likely to continue emptying throughout 2007 if there is no let up to current levels of violence and the displacement it causes.

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14 March 2007
Tehran Times
Education can promote Iraq's national unity: EC chairman

TEHRAN -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here on Tuesday that Iraq needs unity and most of the current disputes can be resolved through understanding and education.

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06 March 2007
The Independent
The refugees fleeing Iraq are our responsibility by Tom Porteous

If the Prime Minister has refused to apologise for invading Iraq , he should at least accept responsibility for its consequences. Two million Iraqis have fled the violence unleashed by the invasion and occupation. And as the violence escalates, so does the exodus.

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28 February 2007
DAWN
Death batters at the doors of Iraq ’s universities by Michaela Cancela-Kieffer

BAGHDAD: The Iraqi minister was at a loss. 'What can we do?' he asked in a trembling voice after a woman suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest at a Baghdad business college, slaughtering 40 people.

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13 February 2007
Al Jazeera International
Bomber strikes near Baghdad college

Up to 16 people are reported to have been killed and 27 wounded after a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a van near a Baghdad college, police say.

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13 February 2007
BBC News (Baghdad)
Iraqis use internet to survive war by Andrew North

Google is playing an unlikely role in the Iraq war. Its online
satellite map of the world, Google Earth, is being used to help people survive sectarian violence in Baghdad.

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31 January 2007
Khaleej Times
Bodies of three Sunni professors and a student found, three days after their abduction BAGHDAD, Iraq

The bodies of three Sunni professors and a student were found Wednesday, three days after they were abducted by gunmen from a law school in Baghdad, the education ministry said.

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24 January 2007
Reuters
Gunmen open fire on Iraqi minister's convoy, kill one

Gunmen opened fire on the motorcade of Iraq's higher education minister on a highway in southern Baghdad on Wednesday, killing one of his guards, the minister told Reuters.

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22 January 2007
Refugee Council on Line
Forced removal is alarming given scale of refugee crisis in Iraq

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19 January 2007
Washington Times
Bombing latest blow to colleges by James Palmer

BAGHDAD -- Even before bombings at a university killed at least 70 persons this week, Iraq's universities were on the verge of collapse with scores of professors and students killed by Islamist militants.

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16 January 2007
UN News Centre

Over 34,000 civilians killed in Iraq in 2006, says UN report on rampant abuses

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16 January 2007
Middle East Times
65 killed as Baghdad university bombed by Ammar Karim AFP

Sixty-five people, including students and teachers, were killed as a suicide bomber and a car bomb exploded outside a university in Baghdad Tuesday.

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16 January 2007
Telegraph.co.uk
Explosion at Baghdad university kills 65 by Sally Peck

Iraq violence claims 70,000 casualties

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05 January 2007
BBC News
Iraq's academics targeted by militias

Hundreds of academics, doctors and other specialists have been murdered in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003. Many more are among the thousands of people fleeing the country, adding to the brain drain. BBC Arabic.com asked four Iraqi academics, all based outside Iraq, why they thought they were being targeted, and what could be done to help.

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03 January 2007
International Herald Tribunal
A university for Iraq, far from the chaos of Baghdad by Edward Wong

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20 December 2006
OnPoint
Iraqi Intellectuals in Exile: Iraq's brain drain and Iraq's future by guest host James Hattori

The day-to-day news feed out of Iraq misses one of the country's saddest and most important stories: the exodus of Iraq's intellectual class. While tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees are heading back, many professionals will never return. And they leave an enormous void -- one that hurts the prospects for stability. We'll talk to three prominent Iraqi intellectuals who fled -- about why they left, about starting over, about what they think it will take to repair Iraq, and how their country's war looks from the outside.

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12 December 2006
The Guardian
Professors in penury by Francis Beckett

Academics are being forced to flee certain death in Iraq - but face a very uncertain life in the UK.

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08 December 2006
Denver Post.com/The Associated Press
2 College profs among 23 slain in Iraq by Thomas Wagner

A series of bombings and shootings killed at least 23 people in Iraq on Thursday, including a 7-year- old girl and two college professors.

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08 December 2006
The Times Higher Education Supplement
Letter Speak out on Iraq

The appeal by the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (Letters, December 1) to help our Iraqi colleagues should be supported beyond cash and sanctuary. British academics should analyse and speak out against what is happening in Iraq in the name of restoring freedom and democracy.
Pat Brady Council for Academic Freedom and Academic Standards

08 December 2006
The Times Higher
The Iraqi people have developed a bit of a routine... by Many Garner

With concerns about attacks on academics rising - the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics held a meeting in the UK last week comparing the killings of academics in Iraq to the Nazi era.

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07 December 2006
The Independent
Cautious words conceal the true savagery of life in Iraq by Patrick Cockburn

The cautious words of the Baker-Hamilton report stand in sharp contrast to the savagery and terror that dominate everyday life in Baghdad.

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07 December 2006
The Independent
Iraq's universities are in meltdown by Lucy Hodges

As Iraq descends into chaos its scholars are calling on Tony Blair for help

07 December 2006
The Independent
Leading article: Iraq's Scholars - we can help

All credit to the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (Cara) for taking action to support Iraqi students and scholars

07 December 2006
Reuters
Schools out as Baghdad bloodshed kills education

Ahmed waits outside his school's gates on a chilly midweek morning, holding his textbooks by his side.

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01 December 2006
The Times Higher Education Supplement
Iraqi refugee appeal

The appeal by Sami Ramadani about the plight of Iraqi academics (Opinion, November 24) deserves considerable support from your readers. Today, we learnt that political scientists Abdul Salam Swaidan and Al-Mash-Hadani and scholarships expert AbduHamid Al-Hadithi were found dead on November 24. They had been tortured, their bodies mutilated. All three had been kidnapped the previous week from the Ministry of Higher Education. They follow 200-plus Iraqi cademics who have already been assassinated and the many more who have been held hostage. We hope those in UK universities will respond to Ramadani's call "to defend the living". This week we have launched the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics Emergency Fund for Iraqi Academics (www.academic-refugees.org). We would urge all universities and their staff to make contributions to this fund so practical help can be given to colleagues affected by the dreadful events in Iraq.
John Akker
Executive Secretary. Council for Assisting Refugee Academics

27 November 2006
Washington Post
Iraq's Deadliest Zone: Schools by Abdul Sattar Jawad

The mass kidnappings of scholars in Iraq underscore the chilling fact that the most dangerous place in Iraq is not the mosque, the marketplace or the military checkpoint, but the classroom. More than 250 academics have been killed since 2003.

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24 November 2006
The Times Higher Education Supplement
The war on intellectuals claims lives and hope by Sami Ramadani

The exodus of the academics and professionals threatens Iraq's universities and teaching hospitals with collapse.

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19 November 2006
Aljazeera.com
Genocide against Iraqi academics?

Hundreds of Iraqi academics and University professors have been killed in the war-torn country since the invasion in March 2003, as stated a petition to the United Nations Special Rapporteur.

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17 November 2006
Guardian
Lecturing in the Iraqi war zone by John Akker

Academics in Iraq are being threatened, abused and killed. We must do something to help our colleagues, says John Akker, from the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics.

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17 November 2006
Guardian Online
Lecturing in the Iraqi war zone Education by John Akker

Academics in Iraq are being threatened, abused and killed. We must do something to help our colleagues

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15 November 2006
Chronicle of Higher Education
Gunmen in Iraq abduct scores of men in daytime raid on a higher-education agency office by Burton Bollag

In a grim escalation of violence against Iraqi higher education, gunmen raided a government education agency in Baghdad on Tuesday and abducted scores of male employees and visitors. Some of the men were released within hours of the attack.

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14 November 2006
The Times
Dozens abducted from Baghdad ministry by Ned Parker

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14 November 2006
IRIN
IRAQ: Minister closes universities following mass kidnapping

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14 November 2006
Guardian Online
Scores of academics seized in mass kidnap by Michael Howard

Five senior Iraqi police officers were arrested last night after gunmen in police uniforms seized scores of people at a prominent scientific research institute in Baghdad in an audacious operation that underlined the lawlessness gripping the Iraqi capital and the threat it poses to the country's tottering education system.

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14 November 2006
Guardian Unlimited
Up to 150 kidnapped from Baghdad Institute by James Sturcke

Dozens of people were killed and scores kidnapped today as insurgents in Iraq unleashed new levels of violence.

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02 November 2006
Baghdad Bulletin
Death stalks the campus by Aparisim Ghosh

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04 October 2006
The Guardian
Iraqi education system on brink of collapse by Peter Beaumont

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04 July 2006
The Guardian Letters
Iraq's situation much much worse by John Akker

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04 July 2006
Guardian
Letters: Iraq's situation is much, much worse by John Akker

The remark attributed to the president of Baghdad University, "in the meantime, we carry on" (June 27), is a substantial understatement of the situation facing his university.  It may be understandable that Professor Mosa al-Mosawe describes the current circumstances in an upbeat way, but the information we have from those in Baghdad and from other sources point to a far more serious situation.

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28 June 2006
Nature Magazine
Scientists become targets in Iraq

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06 April 2006
The Telegraph
Killings lead to brain drain by Oliver Poole

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24 March 2006
The Guardian
The Iraqi brain drain

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16 March 2006
Arabworld
Iraqi intellectuals flee 'death squads' by Ahmed Janabi

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10 March 2006
Iraq's academics Times
Tortured, shot, ambushed by Felicity Arbuthnot

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28 February 2006
IslamOnline.net
Iraq: Academia's killing fields by Felicity Arbuthnot

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23 January 2006
Washington Post
Professionals Fleeing Iraq As Violence, Threats Persist by Doug Struck

BAGHDAD -- The office of Iraq's most eminent cardiologist is padlocked. A handwritten sign is taped on his wooden door in the private clinic in Baghdad: Patients of Dr. Omar Kubasi should call him in Amman, Jordan.

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25 May 2005
SciDev Net
Iraqi Higher Education in Tatters by Mike Shanahan

Burnt, looted or destroyed. That has been the fate of 84 per cent of Iraq's higher education institutions during and since the 2003 war, according to a report released this month by the United Nations University (UNU).

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17 January 2005
USA Today
Approximately 300 academics have been killed by Charles Crain

Al-Rawi, a geologist at Baghdad University and head of the Association of University Lecturers, says about 300 academics and university administrators have been assassinated

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10 September 2004
Times Higher Education Supplement
Murder of lecturers threatens Iraqi academia by Tabitha Morgan

According to the Iraqi Union of University Lecturers, more than 250 academics have been killed since the American occupation began. Among the victims are a number of senior academic figures, including a university president and several deans.

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16 July 2004
Jordan Times
Death threats, assassinations teaching Iraqi academics to watch what they say by Matthew Green