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Sadr fighters lay down their weapons

BAGHDAD, May 15 (UPI) -- Forces loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr laid down their weapons Thursday as reports emerged from Iraq of relative calm in the Baghdad district of Sadr City.

U.S. claims Iranian weapons are in Iraq

BAGHDAD, May 15 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the U.S. military in Baghdad said emerging evidence suggests Iran is backing the so-called special groups targeting coalition and Iraqi forces.

Iraqi projects on target despite violence

BAGHDAD, May 1 (UPI) -- Iraqi reconstruction projects progressed and displaced people returned home despite violence from criminal gangs in Sadr City, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

Iraq Press Roundup

The Association of Muslims Scholars' Al Basaer Newspaper highlighted in an editorial titled "A superpower or a gang?" the United States and its relationship with the chaotic situation in Iraq.
HIBA DAWOOD, UPI Correspondent

Al-Qaida in Iraq letter intercepted

BAGHDAD, April 17 (UPI) -- A letter intercepted by the U.S. military from the body of a slain al-Qaida operative has provided a detailed look into the inner workings of al-Qaida in Iraq.

Crocker wants 'honest discussion' on Iraq

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, said the United States needs to consider the consequences before it develops an effective exit strategy from Iraq.

Iraq preparing to handle Baghdad security

BAGHDAD, March 6 (UPI) -- Iraq will take over security duties in Baghdad at the end of 2008, Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Khalaf, the interior operations chief, confirmed Thursday.

Iraqi citizens praised for vigilance

BAGHDAD, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the U.S.-led forces in Iraq praised the work of Iraqi security forces and civilians with the recent lull in violence in much of the country.

Phantom Phoenix shows progress

BAGHDAD, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Top military officials in Iraq credited Operation Phantom Phoenix with disrupting militant efforts and bringing other non-military improvements.

The Awakening helping to secure Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. officials credit the work of local leaders in Iraq's Sunni-dominated areas as contributing to the recent calm.

Mortar fragments in Iraq linked to Iran

BAGHDAD, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army major general says that a recent mortar attack in Iraq that killed a coalition soldier and injured 12 others was likely manufactured in Iran.

U.S.: Rocket fired at Baghdad base Iranian

BAGHDAD, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A rocket that hit the U.S. base at the Baghdad airport was sent to Shiites in Iraq by Iran, a military spokesman said Thursday.

Al-Qaida leader killed in 'suicide vest'

BAGHDAD, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. military in Baghdad says a leader of al-Qaida in Iraq was killed after grabbing a soldier and attempting to detonate a "suicide vest."

U.S. general: Bombers probably al-Qaida

BAGHDAD, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army general in Baghdad blamed truck bombings that have killed at least 200 on al-Qaida in Iraq, at least at first glance.

U.S. says Iraqi militant just an actor

BAGHDAD, July 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. military says the man purported to run al-Qaida in Iraq is fictional and part of a broader propaganda campaign by the terrorist group.
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