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Archive | July, 2008

Police Bombings Raise New Fears


FALLUJAH, — A tense security situation in this volatile city has worsened after some policemen found bombs planted on the roofs of their houses.

Astonishing attacks have been launched against police leaders during the past weeks in Fallujah, 69 km west of Baghdad, after reports of the U.S. and Iraqi government’s plans to raid active and sleeping militant cells in the city.

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Most NGOs Losing Face

BAGHDAD — Welcomed at first after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, most NGOs have run into scepticism and mistrust. Few remain to help.

Hundreds of local and foreign NGOs became active in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, after decades of restrictions under the regime of former dictator Saddam Hussein.

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Unrest Surfaces in Fallujah Again


FALLUJAH — Security has collapsed again in Fallujah, despite U.S. military claims.

Local militias supported by U.S. forces claim to have “cleansed” the city, 70 km to the west of Baghdad, of all insurgency. But the sudden resignation of the city’s chief of police, Colonel Fayssal al-Zoba’i, has appeared as one recent sign of growing unrest.

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