Iraq police

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US: We Won't Scrap Iraqi Police Training

But embassy in Baghdad doesn't deny program cuts

(Newser) - The US embassy in Baghdad today denied a New York Times report that Washington may scrap its Iraqi police training program, AFP reports. "The Police Development Program is a vital part of the US-Iraqi relationship and an effective means of standing by our Iraqi friends," an embassy rep... More »

Iraq Insurgents Hold Police Hostage

Mayor also held captive following break-in, suicide attack in al-Baghdadi

(Newser) - Insurgents have stormed an Iraqi police station and taken police and officials—including the town’s mayor—hostage. Insurgents poured into the western town’s station disguised as police and opened fire; one insurgent detonated a suicide bomb, officials tell the AP . The officials taken hostage were working in offices... More »

Suicide Bomber Decimates Iraqi Police Recruits

At least 50 dead

(Newser) - A suicide bomber posing as a police recruit killed at least 50 people and injured more than 150 more in Iraq today. Many of the dead were police or their prospective recruits, who had gathered at a parade ground in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, the New York Times reports. More »

Coordinated Iraq Attacks Kill 84 in Year's Deadliest Day

Sunni insurgents show off deadly power

(Newser) - The death toll is climbing in Iraq following this morning's coordinated gun-and-bomb attacks, with the AP putting the number at 84, making it the deadliest day this year. A police spokesman said a suicide bomber detonated himself outside a textile factory south of Baghdad where a crowd was trying to... More »

Suicide Blast Kills 18 at Baghdad Crime Lab

Victims believed to be officers

(Newser) - A suicide bomb blast has killed at least 17 people and injured 80 at a Baghdad crime lab run by the Interior Ministry. Many of the dead and wounded were believed to be police officers, reports AP . The attack occurred a day after triple bombings at Baghdad hotels killed 41... More »

73 Killed in Iraq Suicide Bombings

Pair of attacks are part of recent spate

(Newser) - A suicide bombing in Baghdad today killed at least 28 people and wounded 50 as police handed out relief packages, the Guardian reports. At least five children and 13 police officers were killed in the attack, police said. Meanwhile, an attack in northeast Iraq killed 45, the BBC reports. Attacks... More »

Mosul Truck Bomb Kills 5 US Troops

Two Iraqi cops killed, 18 others wounded in deadliest attack of year

(Newser) - A truck filled with explosives crashed into a police headquarters in Mosul today, killing five American soldiers and two Iraqi policemen. The suicide attack was the deadliest single incident involving US troops this year, the AP reports. The chief of operations in Mosul said the policemen were the target, and... More »

Shoe-Thrower Tortured Into Writing Apology

Zaidi 'would do it again,' will sue Iraqi police for abuse, brother says

(Newser) - Muntadar al-Zaidi, now famous for throwing his shoes at George W. Bush during a press conference in Iraq, was tortured into writing a letter of apology to the American president, his brother told the Guardian today. Zaidi has allegedly suffered cigarette burns to his ears, is missing a tooth, and... More »

Marines Try to Wean Iraq From US Pocketbook

Saddam-era budget network can't provide to expanded security forces

(Newser) - As Iraq becomes safer, the Marines have focused on the next challenge: weaning the country’s security forces off US financial and logistical support, USA Today reports. To spur the independence of the nascent Iraqi police, the Marines now refuse to refuel their vehicles, and it's gotten the Iraqis' attention.... More »

Honor Killing Dad: 'Daughter Deserved Death'

Iraqi proudly murdered 17-year-old over her crush on British solider

(Newser) - The Iraqi father who suffocated and stabbed his 17-year-old daughter has only one regret over her honor killing: That he didn't murder her "the instant her mother delivered her." "Speaking with a foreign solider, she lost what is the most precious thing for any woman," Abdel-Qader... More »

Iraqi Forces Rescue 40 Kidnapped Students

Bus was grabbed at fake Mosul checkpoint

(Newser) - Iraqi police and soldiers have freed at least 40 students kidnapped by suspected members of Sunni Islamist al-Qaeda, Reuters reports. The young men had been seized by gunmen near Mosul in northern Iraq who set up a fake checkpoint and stopped two busloads of students returning to classes from a... More »

1,000 Iraqis Deserted Basra Battle

Officers and men fled or balked as government battled militias

(Newser) - Desertions from Iraqi forces during last week's Basra battles have raised fresh doubts about the effectiveness of the country's US-trained security forces, the New York Times reports. Over 1,000 soldiers and policemen—including dozens of officers—either deserted or refused to fight. The US has linked American troop withdrawals... More »

US Hatred Fuels Iraq's Teen Fighters

One 16-year-old, a would-be bomber, tells his tale

(Newser) - US and Iraqi forces trying to regain control of the country face a particularly troublesome category of insurgents—teenagers fueled with hatred against America, Der Spiegel reports. The German newspaper interviewed one such teen whose botched plot to kill US soldiers resulted instead in his arrest. He not only led... More »

Iraq Disarms Female Cops

Rising conservatism undoes US push for more women in law enforcement

(Newser) - The female officers the US worked so hard to bring into the Iraqi police force are being undercut by the Interior Ministry, the Los Angeles Times reports. Policewomen have been ordered to turn in their guns or go without pay, a move a US liaison says will undermine pat-down searches... More »

Suicide Bomber on Bicycle Kills 28 Iraqi Policemen

Al Qaeda suspected in Baquba bombing

(Newser) - A suicide bomber rode a bicycle into an Iraqi police compound in Baquba today, killing 28 officers and wounding 20 others, including a woman and a child, in the bloodiest attack on security forces in months. Authorities suspect al Qaeda, which has vowed increased attacks on security forces and Sunni... More »

No Chemical Ali, But Saddam's Soldiers Wanted in Army Again

Iraqi forces desperate for skilled officers

(Newser) - The Iraqi Army and police need a few good men, and they’re more and more willing to look in Saddam’s old ledger. Many of the new forces’ problems are said to stem from the 2003 decision by the US to disband the standing army; now recruiters are trying... More »

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