Updated at 6:41 p.m. EDT, March 11, 2009
At least nine Iraqis were killed and 42 more were wounded in the latest
violence, but no Coalition deaths were reported. Amidst the recent surge in
bombings, two Iraqi officials gave their opinion on the country's security gains.
Meanwhile, new sentences have been doled out in connection with Saddam Hussein-era
crimes against humanity, and President Obama announced his pick for U.S. ambassador
to Iraq. Also, an increase in media outlets is welcome in Iraq, but some are
that too many outlets are driven along sectarian and party lines.
Former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz was sentenced
to 15 years for his role in Saddam Hussein-era executions, while two of Saddam's
half-brothers were sentenced
to death. Saddam's notorious cousin, "Chemical Ali" al-Majid, received
a 15-year sentence as well, but having already received multiple death sentences
for other crimes, it is unlikely that Chemical Ali will live to serve his entire
U.S. President Obama announced
his picks for U.S. ambassadors to Iraq and Afghanistan. Christopher Hill will
represent the U.S. in Iraq while Lieutenant General Karl Eikenberry will fill
the role in Afghanistan.
Against a backdrop of new bombings, Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf defended
security gains and said such blasts were hard to prevent. However, Vice President
Tareq al-Hashemi wondered
whether Iraqi security forces will indeed be ready to take over when the Coaltion
leaves. Despite his doubts, Iraq has no plans to have U.S. combat troops remain
in the country beyond next year.
A two-year old child was killed
and his parents were wounded, one critically, during an artillery attack
near the border village of Razka. The Iranian military frequently shells
remote areas of northern Iraq they believe harbor Party of Free Life of Kurdistan
(PJAK) rebels. The rebel group is an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party
(PKK) and both groups seek an independent Kurdistan across parts of Iraq, Iran
and three other countries.
In Mosul, a car bomb targeting an Iraqi patrol killed
four Iraqi people and wounded 14 others. Gunmen lobbed a hand grenade at
a police patrol, wounding
A car bomb targeting a police patrol in Kirkuk left two
dead and at least nine wounded.
Another bomb left no casualties.
A civilian was kidnapped.
Also, five suspects were detained.
In Baghdad, mortars wounded
four people in the al-Muhandseen neighborhood. Four
soldiers were wounded during security operations that netted 11 suspects.
A roadside bomb near Jalawla wounded
three policemen. A gunman killed
a policeman in a separate incident.
Three soldiers were wounded
during a blast in Balad Ruz.
One suspect was killed during
raids in al-Hamra. Four other suspects were arrested.
Twenty suspects were detained
in Dhi Qar.
Two suspects were arrested
Twenty-one suspects were arrested
across Basra province.
A former provincial council member was arrested
in Wassit province for presenting forged documents during recent elections.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis