At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 47 more were wounded as Christians
and other Iraqis celebrated Christmas as a national holiday for the first time.
U.S. soldier was killed by indirect fire near Mosul.
For the first
time, the Iraqi government declared
Christmas an official holiday for the country. Although Christians only number
in the thousands and live mostly in northern cities, the declaration was seen
as a gesture of cooperation. This year was especially difficult for Christians,
who suffered an uptick in attacks in and around Mosul.
people were killed and 25 more were wounded during a car bombing at a restaurant
in Shula. Five policemen
were wounded when a roadside bomb targeting a police chief exploded in Jisr
people were killed and 14 were wounded during a suicide
bombing in Muqdadiyah.
Gunmen stormed a home in Bishkan
where they killed a 13-year-old
girl and wounded a toddler.
In Mosul, two
people were wounded when a bomb was detonated near an army headquarters.
Gunmen attacked a car carrying a Fadhila Party candidate in Basra. He survived
the attack, but his brother-in-law
was killed. Almost 15,000 candidates are
running for office in next month's provincial elections, giving gunmen a new
set of targets to attack.
A bomb blasted
pipelines carrying oil near By Hassan. One pipeline was set on fire while
the other was damaged. They should be back online in a few days. Export pipelines
were not involved and no casualties were reported.