Iraqis collect belongings of victims at the scene of a suicide bomb attack outside a bank in Baghdad February 13, 2006. Some seven people were killed and 47 wounded in Baghdad on Monday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt as people queued up outside a bank, a police source said. The source said poor Iraqis were queuing up to collect compensation for food rations the government had failed to distribute last year, when the explosion scattered bloodied bodies into the street in an eastern district of the capital.[Reuters]
Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer said Thursday that the deposed Iraqi president wants US President Bush and British PM Blair tried on allegations of committing war crimes.
Reuters Iraq bureau chief Alastair Macdonald (L) welcomes Ali al-Mashadani (C) and Majeed Hameed (R) at the Reuters office, shortly after they were released from Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad January 15, 2006. The U.S. military freed two Iraqi journalists who work for Reuters on Sunday after holding them for several months without charge. At least three other Iraqi journalists for international media, including a freelance cameraman working for Reuters in the northern town of Tal Afar, remain in custody.[Reuters]
Visiting Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said it was hoped Britain's 8,000 troops would start to withdraw from Iraq in a matter of months.
A Bulgarian soldier smiles during an official ceremony at Sofia airport December 31, 2005. The last 147 Bulgarian soldiers arrived in Sofia on Friday after the Balkan country decided to withdraw its 360-strong light infantry battalion from Iraq earlier this year.[Reuters]
A Ukrainian serviceman pins an Iraqi medal to his uniform on his return from Iraq to Lviv airport, December 29, 2005. Ukraine on Thursday completed the withdrawal of its troops stationed in the city of Kut, southeast of Baghdad. [Reuters]
Iraqi Sunni Arabs hold a protest against the preliminary results of last week's election in the town of Baquba December 25, 2005. Sunni Arabs have demonstrated across Iraq to protest what they said were flawed December 15 parliamentary elections. Preliminary results show a strong lead for the main Shi'ite coalition. [Reuters]
A Ukrainian soldier folds his national flag after a turn-over ceremony in the Iraqi city of Kut, south of Baghdad December 19, 2005. More than 900 Ukrainian troops stationed in Iraq since 2003 are leaving while Polish, Romanian and Kazakhstan soldiers take over the camp in Kut.[Reuters]
Al-Jazeera broadcast an insurgent video Tuesday showing four peace activists taken hostage in Iraq.
Saddam Hussein is seen in this photo released by the Iraqi Special Tribunal, showing Hussein during a meeting with Judge Munir Haddad at an initial appearance for crimes against Shiite Faili Kurds, in this July 21, 2005 file photo in Baghdad, Iraq. Court TV's online service will offer full coverage of Saddam Hussein's trial when it resumes, perhaps as early as Monday Nov. 28, 2005. [AP]
Rizgar Mohammed Amin, 47, the presiding judge of a five-judge tribunal overseeing the Saddam case, conducts the trial held under tight security in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone in Iraq October 19, 2005. Saddam Hussein defiantly challenged the legitimacy of the U.S.-backed court, but then entered a plea of not guilty as he went on trial on Wednesday for crimes against humanity committed two decades ago. [Reuters]
Iraq's President Jalal Talabani (L) and U.S. President George W. Bush smile after news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington September 13, 2005. Talabani said on Tuesday that Iraq will not set a timetable for a withdrawal of U.S. troops, backing away from his published remarks that the United States could withdraw as many as 50,000 troops by the end of the year. [Reuters]