Articles by Qassim Abdul-Zahra



Rice to Meet Syrian Foreign Minister

  • 04 May 07
  • The Associated Press
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was to meet Syria's foreign minister Thursday during a regional conference here in the first high-level talks between the two countries in years, a U.S. official said.

Sadr Tells Bloc to Quit Cabinet

  • 17 April 07
  • The Associated Press
Radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers in the Iraqi Cabinet to abandon their posts Monday, the head of the cleric's parliamentary bloc said, blaming the Iraqi leadership's refusal to respond to demands for a timetable for a U.S. withdrawal.

Iraq Parliament Cafeteria Bombed

  • 13 April 07
  • The Associated Press
A bomb rocked Iraq's parliament building in the heavily fortified Green Zone on Thursday, killing at least two lawmakers in a stunning security breach in the third month of a U.S.-Iraqi crackdown on violence in the capital, officials said.

Rocket Almost Hit UN Chief

  • 23 March 07
  • The Associated Press
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was unharmed after a rocket landed near Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office in Baghdad on Thursday while the two men were speaking to reporters.

Hussein's Former Deputy Hanged

  • 21 March 07
  • The Associated Press
BAGHDAD -- Saddam Hussein's former deputy was hanged before dawn Tuesday, the fourth man to be executed for the killings of 148 Shiites following a 1982 assassination attempt against the former leader.

Associates of Hussein Sent to Gallows

  • 16 January 07
  • The Associated Press
Following the Iraqi dictator's execution 17 days ago, his half brother and a Baathist leader are hanged.

Iraq Reports Arrest of Al-Qaida Chief

  • 04 September 06
  • The Associated Press
Al-Saeedi was responsible for assassinations, kidnappings and bombings.

Maliki Unveils Reconciliation Plan

  • 26 June 06
  • The Associated Press
The Iraqi leader's 24-point plan offers amnesty to insurgents and foresees the full return of security duties to Iraqi forces.

Iraqi Leaders Fail to Appoint Prime Minister

  • 18 April 06
  • The Associated Press
Al-Jaafari's refusal to step down fuels tensions within Iraq's fragile parliament.

Trial Captivates Iraqi Audiences

  • 20 October 05
  • The Associated Press
Iraqis gathered around televisions to watch Saddam Hussein's trial Wednesday, with Shiite victims of his regime calling it long-overdue justice but some Sunni Arabs condemning it as unfair humiliation of their former leader.

After UN Criticism, Iraq Restores Voting Rules

  • 06 October 05
  • The Associated Press
The legislature undoes changes that would have made it harder for Sunnis to veto the constitution.

Leaders Hurry to Meet Iraqi Charter Deadline

  • 15 August 05
  • The Associated Press
Under strong pressure from the United States, Iraqi leaders met Sunday in a last-ditch bid to reach agreement on a new constitution only one day before the deadline for parliament to approve it.