Iraq security forces gather at the site of an explosion in Karbala on Thursday, as a spate of attacks killed at least 51 people, most of them Shiite pilgrims.
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January 20, 2011 Shiite pilgrims in Karbala were targeted.
January 18, 2011 Reports put the number killed at more than 40, possibly over 50. A suicide bomber struck at a police recruitment center. It's the worst such attack since last October.
January 5, 2011 He led several Shiite uprisings against American forces in Iraq before leaving for Iran. Now, his movement is part of Iraq's new government.
December 21, 2010 Iraq gets a prime minister after nine months
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki.
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November 11, 2010 After an eight-month stalemate, officials in Iraq have a tentative agreement on a new government. The deal expected to be ratified by Parliament on Thursday looks a lot like the previous government, with a few exceptions.
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November 3, 2010 Greece mail stoppage; Iraqi parliament to meet; threats against Iraqi Christians; quake in Serbia
Iraqis outside the Sayidat al-Nejat Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad, the morning after gunman attacked a worship service. Dozens were killed.
November 1, 2010 Gunmen attack Iraqi church; Indonesian volcano erupts again; tsunami death toll higher; Giants win Series Game 4
A banner reading "Danger, explosion!" is attached to a burned car in Baghdad.
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October 18, 2010 After months of being squeezed out by the Shi'ite led government, there are increasing reports that men who used to fight against al-Qaida are now being recruited by them.
The Al Basrah Oil Terminal is seen in July.
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October 4, 2010 Iraq says its proven oil reserves are a quarter higher than thought. The oil minister said Monday that Iraq has proven reserves of 143 billion barrels. But the nation's distribution system is still devastated by years of sanctions and war.
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2006 file photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki walks through central Najaf.
October 1, 2010 Iraq breaks a world record! Okay, it's for going the longest between a parliamentary election and forming a government, a record that the Dutch held since 1977.
A U.S. Army soldier rides inside a mine-resistant vehicle, or MRAP, on Friday, June 27, 2008.
September 28, 2010 Think Tanker and former Ranger Andrew Exum appears in Bob Woodward's new book Obama's Wars. He has a fascinating, although admittedly minor, clarification of what Woodward wrote about him.
September 23, 2010 An analysis of government data shows more civilian contractors than troops died in Iraq and Afghanistan in the first half of the year.
September 21, 2010 In the aftermath of the war in Iraq, what happens to the children fathered by al-Qaida fighters? Abandoned by their fathers, and rejected by their country.
September 7, 2010 An Iraqi killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded nine in an attack an Iraq army compound. The dead and wounded Americans were providing security for a U.S. commander who was meeting with Iraqi troops.
September 1, 2010 U.S. Army officer recalls how a young Iraqi kept his troops safe by interpreting Arabic and culture for the Americans. The story is a reminder of how Iraqis, including young ones, helped keep their fellow Iraqis and Americans alive.
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