Updated at 6:01 p.m. EDT, Mar. 27, 2009
Only three Iraqi deaths were reported on a particularly quiet prayer
day. One more Iraqi was reported wounded. However, a number of politically
important stories came out: Iraq is planning to move residents out of Camp Ashraf
to encourage them to leave Iraq altogether. Meanwhile, provincial election results
are now considered final. Also, an important Sunni cleric was killed in a Kurdish
district of Diyala and a former Ba’athist was killed in Karbala.
Residents of Camp Ashraf could find themselves relocated
to remote areas and separated from alleged military leaders if the Iraqi
government has its way. Iraq would like to be rid of the Iranian refugees, but
the group cannot return home and no third country is willing to take them. Many
belonged to a militant group that fought against the Iranian government and
fear that going home will mean torture and execution.
The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) declared
results from January provincial elections to be final. Some 593 complaints were
received, but if they were not already resolved, they are now considered
rejected. In at least one case, complaints changed the final
results. Sunni groups in Anbar rejected early poll results and demonstrated
evidence of fraud. In the end, they were awarded the most seats.
Gunmen in Jalawla killed
a Sunni cleric and wounded his son just days after the Imam blamed al-Qaeda
for a significant bombing in town. Tensions between Arabs and Kurds in Jalawla
became tense last summer after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki launched a campaign
to increase central government control in the predominantly Kurdish area of
Diyala province. Any attacks there could be to simply foment Arab-Kurd violence,
but there were also complaints
over provincial elections that went unanswered there. Sixteen suspects were
detained in connection.
Six E.F.P.s were found and defused in Kut.
Explosively formed penetrators are bombs that form projectiles able to pierce
Ba’ath Party leader and his brother were killed in Karbala.
The mayor of Khalis was released after a six-month-long
detention for allegedly supporting armed groups. He was arrested
just days after an assassination
attempt last autumn. There was no word of whether he was found guilty of
the charges or simply released.
Twelve suspects, one a journalist, were arrested in Duluiya.
Two al-Qaeda suspects were arrested near Makhmour.
A large arms cache was found
Three suspects were arrested after an attack on the al-Dor police. No
casualties were reported.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis