Iraqi defense minister target of bombing

BAGHDAD, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Insurgents targeted a convoy carrying Iraqi Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi Tuesday with a roadside bomb though the leader was unhurt, the military said.

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MANAMA, Bahrain, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Speaking at a conference on security in the Gulf region, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was highly upbeat on the future of Iraq, downright depressing on Iran and realistic regarding Afghanistan.
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6 suspects arrested in reporter's killing

BAGHDAD, March 18 (UPI) -- Iraqi authorities say six men suspected of participating in the killing of a television reporter and her crew have been arrested.

Rumsfeld makes surprise visit to Iraq

BAGHDAD, July 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld held talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari upon his arrival in Baghdad on a surprise visit Wednesday.

Iraqi army mounts offensive in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, May 26 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government will mount a counter-insurgent offensive in Baghdad involving more than 40,000 troops, Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi said Thursday.

Five new Iraqi ministers appointed

BAGHDAD, May 9 (UPI) -- Five new cabinet members have been appointed to the fledgling Iraqi government, including senior positions for oil and defense.

Saadoun al-Dulaimi (Arabic: سعدون الدليمي Saʿadūn ad-Dulaimī) was the Iraqi Minister for Defence in the Iraqi Transitional Government. A former Lieutenant Colonel in the Iraqi military and head of the Iraq Center for Research and Strategic Studies, a private polling firm that he established himself, he fled to Saudi Arabia in 1986. Al-Dulami lived there in exile until the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Though Dulaimi supported the dismantlement of the Ba'ath Party's dominant position, he himself was once a Ba'athi.

Al-Dulaimi has since shown a tendency to advocate violent means to quell unrest. On the last day of Ramadan in 2005, he threatened to attack Sunni residential areas and demolish the homes of individuals suspected of anti-Coalition/anti-government guerilla membership while their women, children and other relatives were still inside them. After the bombing of the Al Askari Mosque in Samarra, he announced that "we are ready to fill the streets with armoured vehicles" if the protest and riots continued.

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