Monthly Archives: 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 […]

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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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Fallujah Braces for Another Assault

FALLUJAH — U.S. and Iraqi forces are preparing another siege of Fallujah under the pretext of combating “terror”, residents and officials say. Located 69 km west of Baghdad, the city that suffered two devastating U.S. attacks in 2004 has watched security degrade over recent months.

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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 […]

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