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Sunni Iraqi wins speakership

BAGHDAD – After months of infighting, Iraq’s parliament Sunday elected a prominent Sunni Arab Islamist as its new speaker. Ayad al-Samarrai, who heads the parliament’s main Sunni bloc, won by a comfortable margin. The leading contender before Sunday’s secret ballot vote, al-Samarrai has been a vocal critic of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, who recently rebranded himself as a secularist.

Students turn skills into pens for soliders

Shadle Park High School senior Quintyn Boomer spends five hours an evening on a computer. But he’s not a complete geek. On Saturday, Boomer and 11 other Shadle Park woodworking students made 35 handcrafted pens to send to U.S. troops in Iraq.

Iraqi Christians hold Easter services

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s embattled Christians took advantage of improved security and gathered Sunday to celebrate Easter, even as roadside bombings killed a U.S. soldier and wounded four other Americans in separate attacks north of Baghdad. Tens of thousands of Christians have fled Iraq since the 2003 collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime and the rise of Islamic extremists such as al-Qaida in Iraq. Those who remain live in fear of kidnapping and assassination.

Iraqi merchant snatches infant from flaming car

BAGHDAD – A salesman rescued a baby from a blaze ignited by a car bombing in a Shiite neighborhood Tuesday, reaching through the shattered window and grabbing the boy after the blast killed his mother and eight other people. The rescue, which witnesses described to an Associated Press reporter at the scene, highlighted the often overlooked role of Iraqi civilians in the aftermath of such bombings. Although violence has tapered off greatly over the past year, deadly attacks still plague the capital.

Obama in Baghdad tells troops Iraq must take over

Cheered wildly by U.S. troops, President Barack Obama flew unannounced into Iraq on Tuesday and promptly declared it was time for Iraqis to “take responsibility for their country” after America’s commitment of six years and thousands of lives.

Series of bombings kill 37 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Anger boiled over in Baghdad streets at Iraqi soldiers and police after they failed to prevent a stunning series of coordinated bombings across the city Monday that left 37 dead and more than 100 wounded. Iraq’s government blamed the attacks on supporters of Saddam Hussein “in cooperation with the al-Qaida terrorist organization” and suggested the blasts were timed for today’s anniversary of the founding of the late dictator’s Baath Party.

Iraqis ponder life after U.S. leaves

WASHINGTON – Six years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, Americans and Iraqis for the first time have starkly different views about the country’s future. Americans are ready to close the book on the war, but Iraqis say the story is far from over. As the war enters its seventh year this week, Americans are winding down their military presence. Violence, while not over, it is at its lowest levels since the war began, and Iraqi forces, U.S. officials say, are better able than ever to secure their nation. The U.S. and Iraq have agreed that most U.S. troops must withdraw by the end of 2011.

Roadside bomb kills U.S. troops

KABUL – A roadside bomb killed four American soldiers in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday – new evidence of rising violence in a region where clashes and attacks in the first two months of 2009 more than doubled from the same period a year ago. A blast in southern Afghanistan killed two British soldiers, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said.

Aziz sentenced to 15 years

Tariq Aziz, who once represented Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to the world, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for his involvement in the 1992 killing of 42 merchants accused of price fixing. The court found Aziz guilty of premeditated murder and crimes against humanity. It was the first conviction for the one-time foreign minister and deputy premier; last week the Iraq High Tribunal dismissed charges against him regarding Saddam’s crushing of a 1999 Shiite uprising.

Ceremony held for Guard

Family, friends and fellow National Guard soldiers said goodbye Saturday to 50 members of Spokane-based 1041st Washington Army National Guard Transportation Company. The soldiers are deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and are expected to be overseas until March 2010.

Iraqi Shiites protest vote results in tense province

BAGHDAD – About 2,000 Shiites staged their first significant street protests against provincial election results Sunday, marching in tense Diyala province. The demonstrators in the Shiite enclaves of Muqdadiyah and Khalis claimed Shiites were the victims of fraud and were denied seats on the influential provincial council.

Obama sets end to U.S. combat in Iraq by Aug. 2010

Declaring “I have come to speak to you about how the war in Iraq will end,” President Barack Obama on Friday moved to fulfill the defining promise of his campaign, saying all U.S. combat troops will be withdrawn by the end of August 2010.

Army: Enemy fire caused copter collision in Iraq

FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Enemy fire caused two U.S. Army helicopters to collide in Iraq last month, killing four American pilots from Fort Drum, including one from Colville, military officials said Friday.

Iraqi police fire on U.S. soldiers

BAGHDAD – Two Iraqi policemen opened fire on four American soldiers and two Iraqi interpreters inside a police station in the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday, the third deadly attack on American soldiers in two weeks in the volatile provinces of Nineveh and Diyala. One American soldier and one of the interpreters were killed, the U.S. military said. The three other soldiers and second interpreter were injured. An Iraqi police captain at the scene was also slightly injured, said police officials. The assailants escaped.

Officials: Troops to leave Iraq by August 2010

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plans to remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by August of next year, administration officials said Tuesday, ending the war that helped define his upstart presidential campaign – although a little more slowly than he promised. The withdrawal plan – an announcement could come as early as this week – could help Obama turn his attention to another campaign pledge: deploying more troops to Afghanistan, a region he calls the central front in the war on terrorism.