Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 1:10 pm
In his first full week on the job, new FBI Director Jim Comey is already expressing "intense concern" about budget cuts hitting the bureau as part of sequestration.
Comey used his first visits to FBI field offices in Virginia and New York, where he once served as a federal prosecutor, to sound an alarm about the ability to fulfill the agency's mission in a time of belt tightening.
Remember the frenzy when <em>Harry Potter</em> books and movies came out? Fans may be cast under a similar spell now that J.K. Rowling has agreed to write the screenplay for a <em>Potter</em> spinoff. (This 2005 photo was taken in London when the book <em>Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince</em> was released.)
Mourners carry the coffin of a car bomb victim during the funeral in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraq, last week. Violence is on the rise in Iraq, but it is receiving little international attention.
Civilians gather at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk last week.
Credit Ako Rasheed / Reuters/Landov
A man weighs goods at a market in Baghdad on Sept. 1. Baghdad's once-bustling markets are facing difficult times as customers stay away, increasingly fearful of bomb attacks.
Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 12:56 pm
With the current focus on Syria it's easy to miss that things are getting worse again in Iraq. Since the spring, the country has been pounded by waves of attacks on civilians and security forces by extremists with links to al-Qaida. Three car bombs in the Iraqi city of Baquba killed 10 people Tuesday.