Thursday, September 30, 2010

Iraq News Updates -- September 30, 2010

A security checkpoint near the Green Zone in Baghdad. The Green Zone has been hit by rocket fire 23 times in the past month. Ayman Oghanna for The New York Times

Attacks On Baghdad Green Zone Surge -- New York Times

BAGHDAD — The heavily fortified Green Zone in Iraq’s capital has in recent weeks come under an intensifying barrage of rocket attacks, and a senior American military commander suggested Wednesday that Iranian-backed militias were behind the attacks in an effort to influence the formation of a new Iraqi government.

The attacks — 23 in the past month, including 2 on Wednesday — have alarmed American officials and raised questions about the ability of Iraq’s security forces to stamp out attacks on the capital’s governmental and diplomatic core.

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More News On Iraq

US General: Iraq Political Limbo Fuels Violence -- New York Times/AP
Lack of Iraq govt hurting security and refugee returns -- AFP
Political Impasse Deters Iraqis From Going Home: U.N. -- New York Times/Reuters
Failed bank heist in Baghdad leaves 3 dead -- Yahoo News/AP
Iraq security forces stymie Baghdad bank robbery -- Reuters
In Baghdad, fighting leaves 2 police officers dead -- CNN
FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Sept 29 -- AlertNet
Hitmen ‘have killed 630 Iraqis with silent guns’ -- The National
Iraqi Shiite militia hints of Iran's hand in south -- AP
Allawi Tells Iran to Stay Out of Iraqi Politics -- Voice of America
Iraq's Allawi asks Syria to press Iran not to meddle -- AFP
Iraqi PM candidate in Syria for talks -- Yahoo News/AP
Analysis: Iraq Shi'ites may pick Maliki for PM -- Reuters
Iraq set to announce new oil reserves -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Iraq to announce big rise in oil reserves Monday -- Reuters
Civil war ‘worst scenario’ for Iraq, says analyst -- Hurriyet News
Mullen worried about threats to security gains in Iraq -- Government Executive
Iraq: Scary Monsters -- Strategy Page
Britain suffered defeat in Iraq, says US general -- BBC
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,424 -- Washington Post/AP

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