Updated at 5:08 p.m. EDT, July 29, 2008
Shi'ite pilgrims descended
on Baghdad for the culmination of a religious observance. A vehicle curfew in
the city has caused newspapers there to cease
publication for the day, so reports of violence are scant. At least three
Iraqis was killed and 10 more were wounded in northern Iraq. Also, the Turkish
and Iranian militaries targeted PKK locations in northern Iraq in what may have
been coordinated strikes.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb injured
three policemen. In a separate bombing, one civilian was killed and seven
Iraqis soldiers were wounded.
Police at a checkpoint in Zammar were
able to kill
a suicide bomber before he was able detonate his explosives.
killed a farmer
in Abu Saida.
Army personnel were deployed
in Kirkuk a day after a suicide bombing triggered ethnic fighting. Kurdish
demonstrators gathered again
today despite yesterday's attack; they are protesting the passing of a provincial
elections law in parliament. A security operation netted
three suspects last night. Also, a curfew set in place yesterday was lifted.
In Baghdad, ceremonies marking the Imam Kadhim religious observance
without new incidents. Yesterday, suicide bombers killed or wounded scores of
people. Also, a car curfew was lifted
across the city except in Kadhimiya.
Security forces stepped
up operations in Diyala province. They hope to oust al-Qaeda linked groups
from the region.
Turkish warplanes targeted
suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebel locations in the Zap and
Mount Qandil areas. Authorities claimed
that a number of rebels were killed, but confirmation is difficult at best in
the region. The Iranian military bombed
areas near their border shortly afterwards. The separatist group is fighting for
self-rule in parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Armenia.
by Margaret Griffis