Updated at 5:27 p.m. EST, Jan. 8, 2009
At least 13 Iraqis were
killed and 15 more were wounded in the latest attacks. More politically motivated
assassinations are taking place ahead of upcoming provincial elections, especially
in Diyala where many residents want parts of the province annexed to Kurdistan.
No Coalition deaths were reported.
Iraqi soldiers were killed when a pair of coordinated bomb exploded in Jalawla.
At least seven
soldiers were also wounded. Tensions between the central government and local
officials were high this year. Kurds in the area prefer to be guarded by the Kurdish
Peshmerga and fear Iraqi soldiers.
A roadside bomb between Kirkuk
and Tikrit blasted an Iraqi army convoy, killing
three soldiers and wounding three more.
the local head of the Badr organization in Amerli. The Badr organization
is the armed wing of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC) and closely allied
to PM Maliki's coalition.
In Saidiya, gunmen killed
the brother of a Kurdistan Communist Party leader. Saidiya lies within a Kurdish
section of Diyala province that many residents want annexed to Kurdistan.
A body was found in Tuz
In Baghdad, gunmen wounded
a civilian. An arms cache was found.
A body was found in
Four suspects were arrested
Six suspects were detained
Eighteen suspects were detained
A failed female suicide bomber confessed
to police that a second bomber is planning to attack Ashuraa pilgrims in Balad
people were injured during a mortar attack in western Basra.
by Margaret Griffis