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  • Terrorism & Security Northern Iraq bomb follows a deadly Iraqi weekend

    A bomb killed eight people near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul today following a deadly weekend that raised concerns that sectarian tensions are on the rise once again.

  • Backchannels The Iraq war death toll? At least 162,000 and counting

    Most concerning in a new report's analysis of the Iraq war death toll is evidence of the high level of violence that's persisted since the civil war ended.

  • Iraq after US pullout – not a doomsday scenario

    Opinion Iraq after US pullout – not a doomsday scenario

    President Obama met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki today in Washington to discuss the US-Iraq relationship after the final US combat troop pullout this December. Worried pundits foresee the return of rampant terrorism and insurgency, and an Iranian takeover. They're wrong.

  • US military officials in Iraq warn of growing Iranian threat

    US military officials in Iraq warn of growing Iranian threat

    American military officials say the upcoming US withdrawal has emboldened Iranian-backed militias, which they blame for recent deadly attacks and allege are stockpiling weapons.

  • Taliban tunnel: Five militant escapes under US watch

    Taliban tunnel: Five militant escapes under US watch

    If Western audiences are inspired by the film "Shawshank Redemption" about a solo prison escape, then Taliban sympathizers must surely be heartened by today's spectacular escape of some 500 inmates from a Kandahar prison through a 1,180-foot-long tunnel. But while character Andy Dufresne had to dig out of Shawshank prison without any assistance, the Taliban prisoners are suspected of having help from guards. This is not the first jail break that has set back the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, nor is it even the first escape from this specific prison. Here's a short list of recent prison breaks (and one near-escape) in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • In Pictures Spring equinox celebrations

    People raise their arms toward the sun while standing near the Great Pyramid of Cholula in Puebla, Mexico, on March 20. Visitors come every year to the world's largest pyramid near the Popocatepetl volcano to welcome the spring equinox.

  • At the salon, Egyptians plan their future

    Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany's weekly salon provides a crucial space for discussion during this time of flux. Ousted President Hosni Mubarak had suppressed such events.

  • Opinion Are brothels and bikinis signs of progress for Arab women?

    No. So why has the Western media used them as a gauge of social freedoms? Sexual exploitation isn't sexual liberation. Women in the emerging democratic movements in the Middle East stand between the twin dangers of Islamist and secular fundamentalism. They deserve better.

  • Iraqis stage 'day of rage' despite government lockdown

    Iraqis stage 'day of rage' despite government lockdown

    Iraqi protesters burned or tried to storm government buildings from the southern port of Basra to the northern cities of Mosul and Huwaijah, where at least five were killed.

  • Attacks on US forces still an option, says Muqtada al-Sadr upon return to Iraq

    Attacks on US forces still an option, says Muqtada al-Sadr upon return to Iraq

    In his first public address in Iraq since leaving the country almost four years ago, fiery Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr this weekend led thousands of followers in chants of 'No to America.'