Iraq turns a ‘blind eye’ to torture, murder of gay men

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government has done nothing to stop militias’ torture and murder of gay men, the US-based Human Rights Watch said in a report released Monday.

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Iraq sets trial date for 5 presidential guards charged with Baghdad bank robbery

5 Iraqi guards face trial in Baghdad bank robbery

BAGHDAD — Five members of Iraq’s presidential guard will go on trial later this month for their alleged roles in a deadly Baghdad bank robbery, an act that illustrated the increase in crime in Iraq, a court spokesman said Thursday.

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British security contractor accused of killing 2 co-workers appears in Iraqi court

Briton appears in Iraqi court over killings

BAGHDAD — A British security contractor accused of shooting two colleagues to death made an initial appearance in an Iraqi court, a step to determine if there is sufficient evidence to charge him with murder, Iraqi and British officials said Tuesday.

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Iraq: Ex-Saddam aide sentenced to 7 years for helping plan Kurdish displacement

Iraq: Ex-Saddam aide gets 7 years in Kurdish case

BAGHDAD — One of Saddam Hussein’s best-known lieutenants was convicted Sunday of helping to plan the forced displacement of Kurds from northeastern Iraq and sentenced to seven years in jail.

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US military in Iraq sentences soldier to 3 years in jail in shooting death of comrade

US soldier in Iraq sentenced in comrade’s shooting

BAGHDAD — The U.S. military in Iraq has sentenced a soldier to three years in jail in the shooting death of another soldier.

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American guns down 5 fellow soldiers at counseling center on US base in Baghdad

American kills 5 fellow soldiers at clinic in Iraq

BAGHDAD — An American Army sergeant shot and killed five fellow soldiers following an altercation at a military counseling center in Iraq Monday, officials said. The attack drew attention to the issues of combat stress and morale among soldiers serving multiple combat tours over six years of war.

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Informants say contractor was trying to smuggle Blackwater weapons after Iraq shooting

Informants allege proposed Blackwater weapons dump

RALEIGH, N.C. — A defense contractor charged with trying to smuggle firearms out of Iraq claimed Blackwater guards asked him to help get rid of weapons after a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad, two government informants say in court documents.

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Iraqi court gives death penalty to Saddam’s half-brothers

BAGHDAD - Iraq’s Criminal Court Wednesday sentenced two half-brothers of former President Saddam Hussein to death for the execution of 42 merchants in 1992, and jailed close Saddam advisor Tariq Aziz for his role in the executions.

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