Saturday: 15 Iraqis Killed, 35 Wounded

At least 15 Iraqis were killed and 35 more were wounded, mostly in a brazen attack on a group of Awakening Council members in Iskandariya. No Coalition deaths were reported.

A suicide bomber walked in to a group of Awakening Council (Sahwa) members awaiting their overdue salaries near Iskandariya. Twelve members were killed and 32 more were wounded. Attacks against Sahwa members have been on the rise in recent weeks, particularly in this area formerly known as the “Triangle of Death.” Some also believe that Sahwa members have been perpetrating their own attacks as well. The group had asked to be allowed inside an army compound for protection, but the bomber may have been wearing a Sahwa or other military uniform rendering such aid useless. The Sunni group is credited with reducing violence since turning their back on al-Qaeda; however, there are tensions between the group and the central government.

A separate clash between joint U.S.-Iraqi forces in Iskandariya left one civilian killed in the crossfire. A woman was also injured.

A blast in Mandali killed one civilian and wounded two others. 

Two suspected Naqshabandiya militants were detained in Makhmour.

Twelve suspects were detained in Dhi Qar province.

Security forces raided an art gallery in Karbala. They confiscated some art works, while the cartoonist responsible for them fled. The head of the Iraqi Parliament’s culture, media, and tourism committee condemned the action.

Near the Iraqi border in Turkey, two Turkish soldiers and seven Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels were reported killed during clashes.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has
been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.