Updated at 10:59 a.m. EST, Nov. 14, 2008
At least 12 Iraqis
were killed and 40 more were wounded in the latest violence. One
U.S. soldier died this morning of non-combat-related causes as well. Meanwhile,
a civilian cargo plane has crashed
in the desert near Fallujah, killing
seven people. Among the dead were
six Russian crew members and an Indian employee.
The Iraqi government has
nominated Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki for the Nobel Peace Prize, but several politicians have criticized
the largely symbolic move. Coincidentally, President Masoud Barzani of the Kurdish
Autonomous Region was recently quoted
in an interview as saying that "[the Kurds] seem to still be under the influence
of a totalitarian regime," meaning al-Maliki.
Relations between the Kurds
and the central government have suffered this year, particularly in Ninewa and
Diyala provinces where the Kurds would like to expand their influence. Because
Christians are considered the "swing vote" between Arab and Kurdish interests
in the border zones, they have been targeted for attacks. Oddly, at the same time,
relations between the Kurds and Turkey might be improving.
Meanwhile, U.N. special representative Staffan de Mistura condemned
the killings of two Christian women in Mosul. Also, U.S. officials publicly
wondered if an Iraqi soldier who killed two Americans yesterday in Mosul was
an "al-Qaeda infiltrator."
Bulgaria will remove
155 troops from Iraq at the end of December when their mission officially ends.
The withdrawal was part of Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev's 2005 campaign promises.
The troops, who are stationed near Baghdad, handle detainee security.
In Baghdad, one
person was killed and seven others were wounded when a bomb planted on a minibus
exploded as the bus pulled away from the station on Mohamed al-Qassem Street.
A roadside bomb wounded six
people, including six policemen, on al-Nidhal Street. A police
captain was shot and killed. Also, thirty suspects were arrested
and over 100 roadside bombs were defused.
In Hamdaniya, a bomb
targeting an army patrol killed
one person and wounded sixteen others, including five Iraqi soldiers.
A suicide bomber killed four
people, including two policemen, in Ramadi. As many as five
others were wounded.
A roadside bomb in Latifiya killed
one person and wounded two others.
gunmen were killed as they attempted to carry out a suicide bombing in Rabeaa.
Two civilians were wounded
in a roadside bombing in Makhmour.
was found on a highway west of Mosul.
Security forces detained
21 suspects across Diyala province.
Snipers riding motorcycles killed
a policeman at a checkpoint in Buhriz.
In Fallujah, a
roadside bomb injured
two people near a restaurant.
U.S. troops killed one suspect and captured
nine others across northern and central Iraq.
Afghanistan to Iraq and said that the situation in Afghanistan is more complicated
than Iraq's and policies that have worked in Iraq will not be easily transferable
to Afghanistan. Also, Britain is looking
at the use of Snatch Land Rovers after allegations that the vehicle has killed
a number of soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Compiled by Margaret