Tensions in Kirkuk are
extremely high ahead of a special parliamentary session that will take place tomorrow.
No new attacks were reported in the oil-rich, northern city, but at least 16
Iraqis were killed and 18 more were wounded in attacks across Iraq. No Coalition
deaths were reported.
hold a special session tomorrow to discuss the situation in Kirkuk.
Ethnic tensions are high following the passing a provincial elections law by parliament
and a bombing in the city on Monday. At issue is a power-sharing scheme that would
give more power to Arabs and Turkmen; however, the Kurd majority would prefer
annexation into the Kurdish Autonomous Region. No new violence was reported, but
eight suspects were captured
in an unrelated operation. Also, an oil smuggling operation was stopped.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed
one Awakening Council (Sahwa) member and wounded two others. No
casualties were reported after a roadside bomb targeting U.S. troops exploded
in Jihad. Also, a hostage was liberated.
Islamic Party leader was killed and two aides were wounded after a bomb was
planted on their car. The attack occurred west of Baghdad after Friday
Sahwa members were killed and three more were wounded as they were defusing
a roadside bomb near Baquba in Flaijah.
bodies bearing gunshot wounds were found in Mosul. Later in the day,
one person was killed and 10
others were wounded in a roadside bombing northeast of town.
a man was arrested after he used a Kalashnikov rifle to kill
three relatives. Also, three kidnappers were arrested and a victim was freed.
bodies were fished out of a river near Kut.
dead a man in Kifl.
soldier was wounded in a previously reported bombing in Rashad. This
brings the total to three dead and two wounded soldiers.
security forces have deployed
40,000 personnel for an upcoming Shi'ite pilgrimage.
in Diyala during continuing operations there. At least 200 suspects have
in an operation to rid Iraq's most unstable province of its gunmen.
forces captured a dozen
suspects across Iraq. Meanwhile, over 10, 000 detainees have been released
from U.S. custody. U.S. authorities would like to transfer control of prisoners
to Iraqi forces but that has not been feasible so far. Iraqi forces have also
been releasing thousands of detainees from overcrowded prisons of their own. Many
of the detainees never get charged with crimes.
In Turkey, five
village guards were killed
in a clash with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels. The PKK operates out of
a mostly uninhabited and ungoverned region in Iraq. They are striving for an autonomous
Kurdish state in parts of five countries including Turkey and Iraq.
by Margaret Griffis