Updated at 5:31 p.m. EST, Mar. 25, 2009
At least eight Iraqis were killed and 21 more were wounded in the latest
attacks, but no Coalition deaths were reported. U.S. authorities admitted that
there has been an uptick in violence as they hand over security operation to
their Iraqi counterparts. Meanwhile, Turkey and Iran shelled locations in northern
Iraq in their separate campaigns against Kurdish rebel groups.
U.S. authorities reported
an uptick in violence south of Baghdad but added that the surge is not enough
to endanger plans for the U.S. withdrawal. These new attacks are focused on the
Iraqi forces, which are slowly taking over security operations. The attackers
are now using magnetic or “sticky” bombs attached to specific vehicles. In the
past, they preferred simple roadside bombs.
If true, many of these new attacks have not been reported in the regular media.
The reduction in overall violence has also meant a reduction
in the number of journalists covering Iraq from within the country. This
means that many small attacks, especially those without casualties, go unreported
to the public. The exact area was not specified, but it could be an area once
known as the “Triangle of Death” which includes Hilla and Iskandariya. That
area had gone without reported attacks until recently.
Anbar province has also seen a recent uptick in attacks, so the Interior
Ministry has issued police there
walkie-talkies and bomb detection devices.
border villages in northern Iraq even as Turkish President Abdullah Gul
held meetings in Baghdad to improve
relations between the two countries. The targets were suspected Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK) rebel hideouts. Witnesses say that the bombing left no
physical casualties, but many villagers were terrified.
Iran also shelled
northern Iraq. An offshoot of the PKK, Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan
(PJAK), is holed up in Suleimaniyah where they can stage attacks on Iranian
In Mosul, a bomb attack on a U.S. patrol near a primary school left
three children dead
and seven more wounded. One
person was killed in a separate bombing that left an unknown number of wounded.
A possible third bomb wounded
four people, including a policeman. The dumped
body of a Yazidi man was discovered. Gunmen killed a woman during
an overnight home invasion. Also, two bombs were successfully defused.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb blast near a Qahira clinic wounded
five people. Four
were wounded during a blast in Adhamiya. 20 suspects were detained and nine bombs were defused.
Six displaced families returned home, but the vast majority of internal
refugees remain too frightened of sectarian violence to return home. A major
road in the Green Zone could be reopened
to the public.
people were wounded during a bombing in Diyala province that
targeted a government official. At least one person was
an Awakening Council (Sahwa) leader north of Baghdad.
was found in Makhmour.
Three suspects were arrested
Four suspects were arrested in Amara.
Police hauled in 10 suspects,
a number of weapons, and the usual unlicensed vehicles during another day of
security operations in Basra.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis