Special Report: Tension escalates in Iraq
Major bombings in Iraq since January, 2009
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
(in red) is greeted by newly appointed U.S Ambassador to Iraq Chris Hill
in Baghdad as Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, looks on April 25, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
BAGHDAD, April 25 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton arrived in Baghdad on Saturday on a surprise visit to Iraq.
Her visit came after a wave of deadly violence in the
past two days in Iraq which claimed the lives of more than 130 people.
Clinton said the latest bloodshed shows the
extremists' fear that Iraq is going in the right direction and these attacks
could not rekindle the sectarian conflict.
This is Clinton's the first trip to Iraq as America's
top diplomat. She said the country has made great progress in maintaining
stability despite the recent violence.
On Friday, two female suicide bombers blew themselves
up outside a Shiite Muslim shrine in Baghdad, killing 60 people in the deadliest
single incident in Iraq in more than 10 months.
The attack followed major bloodshed on Thursday and
at least 130 people were killed over the two days.
Suicide bombings kill 76, top al-Qaida
militant captured in Iraq
BAGHDAD, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Iraq was rocked by two
suicide bombings which killed 76 people and wounded some 120 others on Thursday
as the security forces announced the capture of a suspected top leader of
al-Qaida in Iraq network. Full story
U.S. military official loosens tone on
withdrawal deadline for Iraq
WASHINGTON, April 14 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. troops may
remain in a Iraq city with instable security situation after June 30, 2010 if
they are requested by the Iraqi government, said a U.S. military official on
Tuesday. Full story
News Analysis: New wave of deadly bombings shadowing Iraq's
BAGHDAD, April 12 (Xinhua) -- A new wave of deadly
bombings struck Iraqi cities recently raising fears that the war-torn country
could again go back to earlier stages of chaos and bloodshed. Full story
Obama tells U.S. troops to be critical
in next period of mission in Iraq
BAGHDAD, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. President
Barack Obama on Tuesday told his troops in Iraq to be critical in next 18-month
period of their mission in the war-torn country. Full story
U.S. president Obama arrives in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, April 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama
arrived in Baghdad on a surprise visit on Tuesday, an Iraqi official television
reported. Full story