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21 bodies found in Iraq mass grave

FALLUJAH, Iraq — The bodies of 21 people killed in fighting between Sunni insurgents and US forces in the town of Fallujah, west of the Iraqi capital, were discovered on Tuesday in a cemetery, officials said. “The bodies were found in body-bags with Latin letters and numbers on them,” said…

Iraqi cleric warns of violence if U.S. troops don’t go

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s fiery anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will “escalate military resistance” and unleash his Mehdi Army militia if U.S. troops fail to leave Iraq as scheduled this year, his aides said on Saturday. On the 8th anniversary of the day U.S. forces toppled Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad, senior Sadr aide Hazem al-Arajitold tens of thousands…

Bahrain protesters shot as heir promises talks

MANAMA (AFP) – Bahraini security forces opened fire Friday on anti-regime protesters in the capital, with reports of up to 55 wounded, after the army vowed “strict measures” to restore order after a deadly police raid. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa promised to open a national dialogue once calm…

Violence erupts during Lebanon ‘day of rage’

Protests turned violent on Tuesday in Lebanon’s Sunni bastion of Tripoli as frenzied demonstrators torched an Al-Jazeera van while protesting the likely appointment of a Hezbollah-backed premier. Angry demonstrators set upon the vehicle, smashing the windshield and tearing down the satellite dish before setting it on fire, AFP reporters witnessed.…

Series of blasts in Baghdad kills 76

String of blasts across Baghdad kills 76, most hit Shiite-dominated neighborhoods Rapid-fire bombings and mortar strikes in mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad killed 76 people and wounded nearly 200 on Tuesday, calling into question the ability of Iraqi security forces to protect the capital. The blasts — at least 13…

Amnesty urges Iraq to probe ‘secret prison’ allegations

Amnesty International has urged Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to probe allegations that his Shiite-dominant security forces tortured hundreds of Sunni detainees at a secret prison in Baghdad. Referring to a report in the Los Angeles Times, quoting Iraqi officials who said more than 100 prisoners were tortured by electric…

Influential Sunni Muslim group urges Indonesia to welcome Obama

Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization has condemned protests by hardline groups against US President Barack Obama’s planned visit to the mainly Muslim country. Nahdlatul Ulama deputy chairman Maskuri Abdillah said the visit would strengthen frayed ties between the United States and the Muslim world. “We call on all Muslims in Indonesia…

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