Update at 7:52 p.m. EST, Mar. 13, 2009
At least six Iraqis were killed and eight more were wounded in the latest
violence. Also, the Department of Defense reported the death
of a sailor in a non-combat incident. On Feb. 4, the sailor went missing
from his ship in the Gulf of Aden. The death is under investigation.
In poltical news, the White House is defending
U.S. President Barack Obama's pick for ambassador to Iraq against complaints
that veteran diplomat Chris Hill does not have enough experience with Middle
East policy and went too easy on North Korea during nuclear negotiations. Over
in Australia, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki assured
critics that the new Iraq is not susceptible to terrorism. Meanwhile, Iraqi
President Jalal Talabani
Amnesty International asked
that 128 scheduled executions be halted because the trials that produced those
sentences did not meet international standards. Meanwhile, Shi’ite clerics called
for the early release of Muntazer al-Zaidi, the journalist who threw his shoe
at then-U.S. President George Bush, and others who oppose the presence of U.S.
troops in Iraq.
In Baghdad, a bomb in the Khadraa neighborhood wounded
two people. A woman was killed and a
man was wounded during a bombing in Doura. In New Baghdad, a bomb
injured four policemen.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb killed a policeman last
night. Gunmen killed
a policeman near his home.
Gunmen killed a school guard
east of Baquba. Afterwards the gunmen clashed with Awakening Council
(Sahwa) members. One
Sahwa member was injured. In town, a bomb destroyed a photo lab belonging
to a man who was recently
Gunmen killed a bus driver
were reported after Katyusha rockets struck the airport in Basra. British
troops are stationed at an onsite base there.
Eleven suspects were detained near Fallujah.
Two suspects were arrested in Kut. Their
arms cache was seized.
Four suspects were detained in Suwayra.
Four suspects were captured across Missan
province. A weapons cache was also seized.
Two gunmen were arrested during a raid in Saidiya.
Three members of the Iranian al-Quds Army were captured
Although a security operation continues in Sinjar, authorities have
temporarily lifted a curfew
so that the public may attend Friday prayers. Fifteen al-Qaeda suspects were
so far detained during the
raids. In August 2007, villages near Sinjar were subject to the worst
terrorist attack since the U.S. invasion.
Turkish warplanes bombed
suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) hideouts in northern Iraq. The
Turkish army is also building up its reserves on the border ahead of the spring
thaw, which allows the rebels to resume their cross-border attacks. The PKK
has fought for an independent Kurdistan in Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Syria and Armenia.
Accurate casualty figures from the area are nearly impossible due to the sparse
population and difficult geography. Turkish authorities also reported
the discovery of a piece of human skull in an "acid well." The victim
is believed to be a Kurd who was murdered during the long war between the PKK
Compiled by Margaret Griffis