Updated at 8:45 p.m. EST, Mar. 18, 2009
Iraq enjoyed another relatively peaceful day that was marred by the deaths
of at least 12 Iraqis. Another 12 Iraqis were wounded. Two skulls
were recovered from a suspected mass grave near Basra as well. Meanwhile, the
Iraqi Journalists Right Defense Association (IJRDA) reported
that 18 journalists died in Iraq last year. Also, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani
that Turkey give amnesty to PKK rebels.
Iraqi President Talabani said
he believed the quickest way to end the nearly three-decades-old war between
Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is to grant the rebels amnesty.
Talabani made this suggestion during an interview while in Istanbul for an
unrelated conference. The PKK wants an independent Kurdish state across part of
Turkey, Iraq, and three other countries.
In Mosul, a suicide car bomber killed
one policeman and wounded four others near the al-Nabi Younis mosque. Gunmen
an Iraqi soldier at a checkpoint. Three suspects were detained. Gunmen seriously
wounded an immigration employee. Late in the day, gunmen killed
a civilian. Gunmen also stormed a home and killed
a married couple within.
In Baghdad, a bomb wounded three people
in Hurriya. In Karrada, a Katyusha rocket strike injured a woman. Gunmen
two Interior Ministy employees traveling on Sadoun Street. A sticky
bomb in Shabb injured
a policeman. Also, no
casualties were reported after a bomb blasted an American patrol. Also,
25 suspects were rounded-up.
A bomb blast killed
a married couple working in an orchard in Saidiya. Authorities
believe the bomb was leftover from when armed groups controlled the area.
people died when a bomb blasted them in Kirkuk. The blast occurred near the Iraqi Islamic
Party (IIP) offices. Also, police arrested
a man wanted in Diyala and his two brothers during an operation.
A bomb in Baquba killed one civilian.
Six suspects were arrested
during an operation.
In the Nahran Omar area near Basra, villagers found a
of skulls that could date back to the 1991 Shi’ite Uprising. Oil
exploration was halted as authorities search for more remains. Other mass
graves have been located and dated to the Saddam Hussein era. Tens of thousands
of Shi’ites died during the reprisals and relocations that followed.
A roadside bomb blasted a U.S. patrol in northern Basra.
were as yet reported.
Three suspects believed to belong to the al-Naqshbandi group
were detained near Kirkuk in
the Tarklan region. The group members reportedly are followers of a Sufi
sect but they turned into a militant group after the execution of Saddam Hussein.
Three weapons caches were found in Suwayra.
A suspect was arrested north
A special groups leader was captured
Compiled by Margaret Griffis