Updated at 6:15 p.m. EST, Feb. 28, 2009
Millions of Shi'ite Muslims
in Karbala today for the Arbaeen religious observance. Violence has been unexpectedly
light following attacks on pilgrims earlier in the week. Overall, at least 13
Iraqis were killed and another 12 were wounded in the latest round of violence.
Five Arab nationals were killed as well, but no Coalition troop deaths were reported.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Bush reiterated
the call for Turkish troops to withdraw from northern Iraq quickly.
The Arbaeen festival has gone without a significant hitch in Karbala this
year. Although there was a significant bombing on Sunday in Iskandariya, most
of the attacks on pilgrims since then have been minor. Three women were arrested
for giving away poisoned food; they were among several other people who have been
leader and nine assistants, four
of them Iraqis, were killed during an operation in the Tharthar region.
In Baghdad, two
bodies were found dumped in Zayouna. An assassination attempt on a chairman
from the Integrity Committee left him
and another man injured, also in Zayouna. In Saadoun, an IED
injured two people.
In Mosul, a
traffic cop and his son were killed during a drive-by in Tahrir. Also,
a bomb near a police station injured
An official from the Electric Ministry was kidnapped
A captive was freed
bodies were found in Qaim.
An IED in Habbaniyah left
one person dead and
two others wounded.
A sniper killed
an Awakening Council member in Baquba.
Five homes were
set of fire in Mhawla.
The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) claimed
to have killed 18 Turkish soldiers, but casualty figures during the Turkish incursion
into northern Iraq have remained unverifiable.
Also, a spokesman
for the popular committees in Diyala province said
they had been asked to dissolve their association. This comes in the wake of complaints
and protests by the councils that the police chief in Diyala is a Mahdi Army member.
In a separate development, the Fallujah police chief noted
that al-Qaeda forces are infiltrating the Awakening Council there.
by Margaret Griffis