Thursday, August 18, 2005

triple car bomb explosions Baghdad

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Getty Images Editorial - Detail View: "BAGHDAD, IRAQ - AUGUST 17: Bodies of those killed in triple car bomb explosions are seen outside a hospital morgue on August 17, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq. Three car bombs exploded on August 16 at al-Nahda bus station and a nearby hospital, killing at least 40 and injuring many more during the morning rush hour in central Baghdad, Iraq. al-Nahda bus station is one of Baghdad's largest bus stations. (Photo by Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images)"

Saturday, August 13, 2005

UK bars Islamic cleric Bakri ( at last, good on ya UK)

Britain barred hardline Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed on Friday from returning to the country, part of a government crackdown on Islamic preachers it fears inspire bombers such as those who attacked London in July.

Syrian-born Bakri, 45, left Britain for Lebanon on Saturday, saying he was going on holiday, after British Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged to silence Islamists who glorify violence.

Lebanese security forces detained him on Thursday for questioning and he is still being held.

"We don't feel he's conducive to the public good," said a Home Office spokeswoman. His family were free to remain in the United Kingdom, she added.

The ban was issued after Britain detained 10 people on Thursday, including the alleged spiritual leader of al Qaeda in Europe, Jordanian national Abu Qatada, and pledged to deport them.
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Thursday, August 04, 2005

R.I.P Steven Vincent

BAGHDAD, Aug. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- American freelance journalist Steven Vincent has been shot dead in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, Iraqi police and the US Embassy said Wednesday.

"I can confirm to you that officials in Basra have recovered the body of journalist Steven Vincent," embassy spokesman Pete Mitchell said.

Police in Basra said the American journalist, together with his female translator, were abducted Tuesday evening by five gunmen in a police car.

Vincent was shot multiple times while the translator was seriously wounded, police said.

"The US Embassy is working with British military and local Iraqi officials in Basra to determine who is responsible for the death of this journalist," the embassy spokesman said.
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