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Published: 04/7/11

Suicide Bombers and Gunmen Attack Afghan Police Complex, Killing 6

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Suicide Bombers and Gunmen Attack Afghan Police Complex, Killing 6

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Suicide bombers and gunmen stormed a police compound in southern Afghanistan Thursday, opening fire and setting off explosions in a coordinated attack that killed six Afghan security forces. American Black Hawk helicopters and at least eight U.S. armored vehicles rushed to support dozens of Afghan troops battling the assailants at the three-building police complex in restive Kandahar province. One suicide bomber pretended to be an ambulance driver and detonated his explosives after wounded officers were loaded inside the marked rescue vehicle, said Kandahar Police Chi...

Published: 03/29/11

Gunmen Kill Dozens in Grisly Iraq Hostage Siege

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Gunmen Kill Dozens in Grisly Iraq Hostage Siege

BAGHDAD -- Wearing military uniforms over explosives belts, gunmen held a local Iraqi government center hostage Tuesday in a grisly siege that ended with the deaths of at least 56 people, including three councilmen who were executed with gunshots to the head. The five-hour standoff in Tikrit, former dictator Saddam Hussein's home town, ended only when the attackers blew themselves up in one of the bloodiest days in Iraqi this year. First they set fire to the bodies of the three slain Salahuddin province councilmen in a brutal, defiant show of how insurgents still render Iraq unstable - even ...

Published: 03/28/11

Taliban Suicide Bombers Kill 23, Wound Dozens in Afghanistan

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Taliban Suicide Bombers Kill 23, Wound Dozens in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A team of suicide bombers shot their way into the compound of a road construction company in eastern Afghanistan and detonated a truck loaded with explosives, killing 23 people and wounding about 60, the Afghan government said Monday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which the Interior Ministry said occurred late Sunday in the Barmal district of Paktika province. The ministry said three attackers went up to the gate of the Zahir construction company, shot the guard, and then drove a large truck that was full of explosives into the compound where they d...

Published: 01/29/11

Russia Identifies Suicide Bomber in Moscow Airport Attack

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Russia Identifies Suicide Bomber in Moscow Airport Attack

MOSCOW -- The suicide bomber who killed 35 people and wounded 180 at Moscow's largest airport was a 20-year-old man from the volatile southern Caucasus region, Russian investigators said Saturday. Breaking a five-day silence over the probe, federal investigators also said foreigners were deliberately targeted, marking an ominous new tactic in Russia's losing battle with extremism. Islamist rebels from the Caucacus, a group of mountainous Russian provinces that are beset with an entrenched separatist insurgency, have been widely suspected in the attack at Domodedovo Airport. Saturday's state...

Published: 01/25/11

Bombs Hit 2 Pakistani Cities, Killing 9

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Bombs Hit 2 Pakistani Cities, Killing 9

LAHORE, Pakistan -- A suicide bomber blew himself up near a march by minority Shiite Muslims in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Tuesday, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens, many of them security officers, officials said. A second bomb blast, also apparently targeting Shiites, wounded six in the southern city of Karachi. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Lahore attack, which laid bare the challenges facing Pakistani officials trying to secure cities far from the northwest where the militants have long thrived. Many recent attacks have targeted minority Muslim an...

Published: 12/27/10

Twin Suicide Blasts Kill 9 in Western Iraq

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Twin Suicide Blasts Kill 9 in Western Iraq

BAGHDAD -- Two suicide bombers blew themselves up Monday front of a government office in Iraq's western Anbar province, killing nine people including family members of security officials who were killed in another bombing at the same place less than a month ago, security officials said. Insurgents frequently go after Iraqi government targets in an effort to destabilize the U.S.-backed Iraqi authorities, as American troops prepare to leave by the end of next year. The Anbar provincial headquarters has been a particularly favorite target. It has been attacked four times in the span of a year, ...

Published: 12/15/10

Suicide Bombs Kill Dozens at Shrine in Iran on Eve of Holiday

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Suicide Bombs Kill Dozens at Shrine in Iran on Eve of Holiday

(Dec. 15) -- Suicide bombers attacked worshippers at a mosque today in southeastern Iran, killing at least 39 on the eve of a mourning holiday marked by Shiites around the world. Today's twin bombings took place at the Imam Hussein Mosque in the port city of Chahbahar, near the Pakistani border. The director of the morgue, Fariborz Ayati, told the state news agency IRNA that the bodies have been delivered there and that "a number" of women and children were among them. More than 100 people were wounded, IRNA said. Press TV / AP An ambulance is at the scene of a bomb blast in Iran ...

Published: 09/3/10

Suicide Bombers Strike Again, Kill at Least 61 in Pakistan

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Suicide Bombers Strike Again, Kill at Least 61 in Pakistan

(Sept. 3) -- Suicide bombings targeting a Muslim minority in Pakistan killed at least 61 people today and wounded 160 in the latest of a series of attacks that have rocked the country in recent weeks. A powerful explosion tore through a crowd of Shiite Muslims in the southwestern city of Quetta today, sending bodies flying through the air in a chaotic and bloody scene. The crowd had gathered for Al Quds Day, an annual rally to protest Israel and support the Palestinian cause celebrated throughout much of the Middle East. CNN reported that at least 59 people were killed. In a second attack...

Published: 08/26/10

Opinion: Suicide Bombers in Heaven? Imam Rauf Won't Say No

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Opinion: Suicide Bombers in Heaven? Imam Rauf Won't Say No

(Aug. 26) -- When you detonate explosives attached to your torso, simultaneously decapitating people on a bus or disemboweling little children at a kindergarten, do you go to heaven or to hell? Are you a martyr or a murderer? Heroic or heinous? While the answer might seem straightforward to some, it clearly flummoxed Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, he of the ground zero mosque controversy, when it was asked of him by Barbara Walters in her 2006 TV special on heaven. In response to the question as to whether suicide bombers go to heaven, Imam Rauf said, "One of the things that we are taught is never ...

Published: 08/26/10

US Withdrawal From Iraq Doesn't Look Promising Amid Bombing Spree

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US Withdrawal From Iraq Doesn't Look Promising Amid Bombing Spree

(Aug. 26) -- From the U.S. perspective, the war in Iraq may be drawing to a close. But the violence continues, most recently with insurgent bombings in 13 towns and cities on Wednesday. The attacks killed more than 50 and sent a sufficiently clear message to the world: We're still here, and we'll vie for the country long after the Americans have gone. "The countdown has begun to return Iraq to the embrace of Islam and its Sunnis, with God's permission," read a statement on an insurgent website following the attacks. While combat units have been sent home, the U.S. still retains a force of 5...

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