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Sep 19, 2014

Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

BAGHDAD (AP) — For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia — from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed with monumental art are scattered across what is now northern Iraq and eastern Syria. Now much of that archaeological wealth is […]

Aug 11, 2014

Iraq president names deputy speaker new PM

Iraq’s new president on Monday snubbed the powerful incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and nominated the deputy parliament speaker to form the new government, raising fears of more infighting in the government as country faces the threat of Sunni militants in the north. In a televised address Fouad Massoum gave Haider al-Ibadi, who was selected […]

Aug 8, 2014

Airstrikes undertaken as US re-engages in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq Friday, the Pentagon said, carrying out President Barack Obama’s promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans still stationed there. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that two F/A-18 […]

Aug 8, 2014

Obama threatens airstrikes on militants in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring that “America is coming to help,” President Barack Obama is authorizing U.S. airstrikes if necessary and airdrops of humanitarian aid in northern Iraq to counter advancing Islamic militants and the threat they pose to Americans as well as Iraqi civilians. The threat to renew U.S. military involvement in Iraq’s long sectarian […]

Feb 3, 2011

Iraqi plaintiffs in Blackwater case may get trial in Wake County

By PAUL THARP, Staff Writer [email protected] Foreign plaintiffs suing the N.C.-based company formerly known as Blackwater Security Consulting are prepared to return to Wake County Superior Court after a federal judge remanded the case from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Remand of Brady v. Xe Services LLC (Lawyers Weekly […]

Dec 17, 2010

Blackwater seeks dismissal of Iraq shooting suit

RALEIGH (AP) – The security company formerly known as Blackwater and several of its contractors are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed over a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that killed 17 Iraqis. A federal judge in Raleigh was holding a hearing Thursday afternoon in the case. The lawsuit is on behalf of three people […]

Sep 3, 2010

Tort/Negligence – Alien Tort Statute – Torture Victim – Protection Act – Baghdad Shooting – Private Security – No State Action

Estate of Manook v. Research Triangle Institute, International. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-02-0848, 10 pp.) (James C. Dever III, J.) E.D.N.C. Holding: Plaintiff’s decedent and his daughter were shot by employees of a private security firm, which was working for a private research company, which was under contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Since […]

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