A series of coordinated blasts struck major Shiite Muslim shrines here and in Baghdad on Tuesday as thousands of pilgrims converged on the climactic day of the sect's most important religious festival. At least 143 people were killed and hundreds wounded, hospital and police officials reported.
A suicide bomber exploded a white Oldsmobile outside a police station in this northern city Monday, killing at least 13 people and wounding as many as 52 others. It was the fifth suicide attack in Iraq this month.
Israelis and militant Palestinians; million-dollar Russian gas deals and Chechen rebels; a U.S. military base and a television network airing statements urging the killing of Americans -- all exist side-by-side on one tiny Gulf peninsula.
A car bombing of the Imam Ali shrine in the holy Shiite city of Najaf on Friday killed 85 people, including a leading Shiite Muslim cleric. Police have arrested 19 men -- many of them foreigners and all with admitted links to al-Qaida, a senior Iraqi investigator said, while Shiite mourners called for revenge at the cleric's funeral Sunday.