Few reports of violence came out of Iraq today. At least two Iraqis were
killed and another was wounded in them. In a speech, Prime Minister Nouri
for strengthening the federal government. Meanwhile, the head of Iraq's independent
electoral commission said
that issues regarding a minority quota have made setting up elections more difficult.
Also, Iran denied
a Sunni parliamentary delegation permission to land in Tehran, claiming the type
of plane they were using was at issue.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani,
who is Kurdish, met
with the leader of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region, Massoud Barazani. The
two statesmen discussed issues concerning Iraq in general and the Kurdistan region
in particular. In recent weeks, tensions between Kurds and the central government
increased due to issues surrounding provincial elections and the situation in
Kurdish regions of Diyala province.
In Mosul, gunmen killed
a shop owner. A policeman
was killed and another was wounded during an armed attack. Also, a roadside
bomb left no
In Baghdad, gunmen blew
up a house belonging to a displaced Iraqi family.
a hostage in Baquba.
A suspect was detained
in Tal Afar.
In Saidiya, three gunmen were caught
planting a roadside bomb.
During a raid in Wihda, police discovered
a cache of weapons. Two women and a man at the home were detained.
The al-Fatla tribe unanimously condemned
a police raid on a home belonging to their chieftain's brother near Diwaniya.
A number of separate tribes joined them. They say the raid was "sowing the seeds
of sedition between the tribe and the state." This comes a day after the Interior
Ministry gave Diwaniya police
the extraordinary power to conduct raids outside their jurisdiction.
military staged a third
air strike in as many days on suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) locations
in northern Iraq. The PKK denied having fighters in the Avasin Basyan area,
but they did confirm holding
two missing Turkish soldiers, possibly dead, in their custody. Accurate information
out of these sparsely populated regions is difficult to come by. Both the PKK
and Turkish officials are thought to exaggerate their reports.
by Margaret Griffis