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Iraq suicide bomber hits funeral

A suicide bomber in Iraq has killed 30 people in an attack in the capital Baghdad, police reports say. Thirty-two others were injured in the blast which struck mourners at the funeral for a Shia Muslim army officer. Earlier on Tuesday, a number of Iraqi ministries released data suggesting...

Iraq rocket fire 'falls sharply'

Rocket and mortar attacks in Iraq are reported to have fallen to their lowest levels for nearly two years. The US military said such attacks in October fell to 369, half the level during October 2006. This is the third month running of reduced rocket fire. Mortar and rocket attacks in...

Deadly clash at Arafat Gaza rally

At least five people have been killed in gunfire at a rally organised by Fatah in the Gaza Strip to mark three years since the death of Yasser Arafat. Security forces from the rival Hamas movement opened fire at crowds, causing people to run for cover, reports say. It was the biggest...

Getting down to business

  Relations between the Syrian government and Americans who work with Syrians here are as bad as I have seen in the four years since I began working as the American editor of Syria Today, the country's first private-sector English language magazine....

Back to the Debate on Syria

  Alon Ben-Meir For a number of years, I have been advocating the importance of constructively engaging Syria, not only to improve the prospects for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace, but to substantially contribute to the stability of the...

Iraq market truck bomb kills 105

A deadly truck bombing in a busy market in northern Iraq has killed 105 people and injured 240, police say. The morning blast destroyed the market in the small town of Amirli, south of Kirkuk, killing many people instantly and trapping dozens among the rubble. It was the deadliest...

Baghdad dating game adapts to war

Well, he could be making the daily cell phone call to his girlfriend, Dalia. Or maybe he's off somewhere typing her a tender text message or e-mail. Basically he's anywhere but on an actual date with the woman he says he loves. Romance always has been one of the expected casualties of...