11 Iraqis Killed As Maliki Promises To Stop Autonomy Bids

At least 11 Iraqis were killed and 17 more were wounded as Iraqis seek reconciliation in the face of a growing threat of sectarianism. The latest blow to harmony between Iraqi’s ethnic, religious and political groups came from the prime minister who threatened to quash any attempts at increasing regional autonomy; however former rival and recent ally Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr moved forward with a Code of Honor that may tone down recent volatility.

11 Iraqis Killed As Leaders Meet Turkish Counterparts

Turkish and Iraqi leaders met today to discuss relations between the two countries, particularly the question of Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. Separately, Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr came out supporting the current government of another Iraqi neighbor, Syria. Meanwhile, Iraqis are still suffering attacks. At least 11 were killed and 10 more were wounded in them. Also, the government executed 11 men who were found guilty of participating in terrorist activities.

Sadrists Protest, Turkey Hints, And Violence Continues For Iraqis

At least 10 people were killed and 18 more were wounded in new violence across the country. Meanwhile, followers of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr staged demonstrations in a number of cities, and the Turkish Prime Minister warned of uniting with Iran against Kurdish rebels.

Iraq: Bombs blast US Patrol After Sadr Orders Attacks To Cease

Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is asking his followers to cease attacks against U.S. targets until the end of the year when U.S. forces are scheduled to complete their withdrawal from Iraq. According to a statement posted online today, should any Americans remain after Dec. 31, Sadr promises that attacks “will resume with greater vigor.” The goal is to eliminate one significant reason for a troop extension. The new appeal, however, did not prevent three bombs from blasting a U.S. patrol near Qalat Sikar village in Dhi Qar province. Casualties, if any, were not reported. At least one Iraqi was killed and 13 others were wounded in other violence.

Sunday: US Soldier, 4 Iraqis Killed, 5 Iraqis Wounded

Just 10 days after taking over his new post, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in Iraq to pressure leaders into deciding whether they will ask for U.S. troops to remain in Iraq after a year-end withdrawal deadline but that decision will likely not happen for another couple of weeks. Not only have four Iraqis been killed today, so has one U.S. soldier. Another five Iraqis were wounded in the latest violence. Also, Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has rescinded his threat to reactivate the Mahdi Army.