Updated at 11:28 p.m. EST, Jan. 2, 2009
A pair of attacks, one
of them significant, took place just south of Baghdad in what has been called
the "Triangle of Death." This Sunni-dominated area was once among the deadliest
in Iraq. Overall, at least 35 Iraqis were killed and 123 were wounded across
Iraq. No Coalition deaths were reported.
As many as 30
people were killed and 110 were wounded during a tribal feast in Yusufiya.
Earlier, sources said that about 24 people had died while 42 were wounded. The
feast took place at the home of a sheikh from the Sunni al-Qaraghouli tribe; he
was among the wounded. A suicide bomber, supposedly related to the host, entered
through a rear gate and detonated his vest among the guests. Many tribal chiefs
and security officials were
among the victims; about 1,000 people were in attendance.
an Awakening Council (Sahwa) checkpoint in Jurf al Sakhar, killing
three members and wounding six others.
In Mosul, a civilian
was killed in a drive-by shooting. A roadside bomb wounded
a policeman. Another roadside bomb wounded
two civilians. Two I.E.D.s were defused. Also, gunmen set
fire to a pair of generators powering a cell company's towers.
men suspected of belonging to an Islamist group called al-Naqshabandiya were captured
In Baghdad, four
people were wounded during a bombing in the Jihad neighborhood.
A body was found in generally
peaceful Arbil. The young man was shot to death.
Two Katyusha rockets
struck an Iraqi army base in Diwaniya. No
casualties were reported.
A kidnapping gang was arrested
Three Katyusha rockets were defused
Near Kut in al-Sada al-Witriya, six long range rockets
were captured in Nahda.
The number of Iraqis seeking asylum in Germany has risen.
In particular, Yazidis and Sabean Mandeans are fleeing religious persecution.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis