Blast in Karbala kills seven

KARBALA, Iraq, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A bomb exploded in Iraq's holy Shiite city of Karbala Wednesday, killing at least seven people and injuring 30.

Iraqi Shiites submit electoral slate

BAGHDAD, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Iraq's leading Shiite political parties have unveiled an alliance under which they plan to stand together in the Jan. 30 election.

Expatriot Iraqis to vote in January

BAGHDAD, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Millions of Iraqis outside their homeland will be allowed to vote in the nation's upcoming January elections, the New York Times reported Friday.

Iraq elections bring both hope and fears

BAGHDAD, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- High-ranking Iraqis are expressing both hopes of peace and concerns of disunity leading up to the country's first free elections scheduled for January.

Iraq Shia clerics speak against violence

NAJAF, Iraq, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Four senior Iraqi Shia Muslim clerics said Saturday armed resistance is not the way to protest the continued presence of U.S.-led forces.

Najaf sees first day of peace in weeks

NAJAF, Iraq, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- People in the Najaf, Iraq, saw their first day of peace Saturday in more than three weeks after a truce between Shia rebels and U.S.-led forces.

Fighting resumes in Baghdad suburb

BAGHDAD, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Armed clashes resumed Saturday in the Iraqi Shiite district of al-Sadr City between U.S. forces and Shiite militiamen after a 24-hour hiatus in fighting.

Peace deal reached in Najaf

BAGHDAD, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A deal to end the uprising in Iraq's holy city of Najaf calls for the army of rebel Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to leave the Imam Ali shrine.

Mortar attack kills 40 in central Iraq

BAGHDAD, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A mortar attack Thursday on a mosque in Koufa in central Iraq left 40 dead and 70 injured, security sources said.

Lugar: War against Sadr in limbo

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Sunday U.S. efforts to defeat a rebel Iraqi cleric were not going well.

Sistani wants to return home

LONDON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Cleric Ayatollah Syed Ali Sistani, who had a successful heart procedure in London, Saturday, has said he wants to return home to Iraq as soon as possible.

Top Iraq cleric still pressing elections

NAJAF, Iraq, June 3 (UPI) -- Iraq's leading cleric criticized the lack of national elections and said the new government's job is to erase "all traces" of the American occupation.

Iran wants U.S. out of Iraq

TERHAN, Iran, May 23 (UPI) -- The Iranian government has criticized U.S. policies in Iraq and says it wants coalition forces to leave as soon as possible.

Iraqi leader seeks end to protests

BAGHDAD, May 15 (UPI) -- Iraqi Shiite spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Sistani reportedly said Saturday he was seeking an end to demonstrations in the southern city of Najaf.

U.N.: Envoy in Iraq gets good feedback

UNITED NATIONS, May 11 (UPI) -- The U.N. envoy to Iraq Lakhdar Brahimi has had a positive response to his proposals on the June 30 handover from an aide to key cleric Ayatollah Ali Sistani.

Iraqis agree on new constitution

BAGHDAD, March 7 (UPI) -- Iraqi leaders reached an agreement Sunday in Baghdad on the text of a new Iraqi constitution after ironing out differences.

Shiite reject interim constitution

BAGHDAD, March 5 (UPI) -- Five Shiite religious parties refused to sign an interim constitution Friday despite the belief the governing council had unanimously approved it.

Sistani calls for demonstrations to halt

NAJAF, Iraq, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A key Shiite cleric in Iraq Friday called for a halt to demonstrations against U.S. plans for transition government until the United Nations rules on elections.

Iraq president expects election compromise

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Acting Iraqi President Adnan Pachachi expects the dispute over whether to hold direct elections by June 30 to be resolved.

Iraqis in Washington to discuss transition

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- President Bush Tuesday hosted an Iraqi delegation at the White House led by Governing Council President Adnan Pachachi to discuss Iraq's new government.

Saddam not to be tried until summer

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Saddam Hussein will not be tried until Iraq is in the hands of Iraqis, U.S. Secretary of State Colin said Monday.

U.S. scrambling on Iraq transition plan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- U.S.-Iraq Civilian Administrator Paul Bremer returned to Washington Friday to discuss how to meet a July 1 deadline for turning over Iraq to Iraqis.

Iraqis march to demand direct elections

BASRA, Iraq, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Thousands of Iraqis in the southern city of Basra staged peaceful demonstrations for direct electionsThursday.

Frustration, clashes rise in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Angry Iraqi demonstrators confronted Ukrainian army tanks and police in Kut for a second day, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Iraqi Shiite leader insists on elections

BAGHDAD, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Iraq's Shiite spiritual leader Ali Sistani has insisted Saturday on the need to hold general elections to represent the Iraqi people in a National Council.
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