Updated at 3:03 p.m. EDT, June. 15, 2009
At least seven Iraqis were killed and 25 more were wounded in attacks. Meanwhile, prisoners in Iraqi jails are again trying to call attention to mistreatment and other issues. Also, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has authorized an inquiry that will examine errors made during and after the 2003 invasion.
Iraqi detainees in Baghdad began a hunger strike to call attention to their plight. Many of them have been held in jails for months or years without charges. Some claim that they’ve been asked to pay bribes to hasten their release, while others allege mistreatment. This particular group in Rusafa jail feels targeted for following Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. The judiciary is assigning four judges to an investigation. Separately, an Iraqi lawmaker noted that U.S. forces have released 3,000 detainees this year.
In Baghdad, at least two people were killed and nine others were wounded when a minibus struck a roadside bomb and sticky bomb exploded in Shabb; one person was killed and another was wounded in the second blast. A bomb in Karrada wounded four people.
In Mosul, a retired army officer was shot dead in front of his Palestine neighborhood home. A bomb injured two policemen. Two Katyusha rockets were found and defused. Two gunmen were arrested while targeting an army base.
Two bodyguards were killed and three more wounded in Tarmiyah today, when an anti-tank rocket struck a convoy carrying an Awakening Council leader. He was uninjured.
A bomb in Khalis injured two people.
The body of a policeman was discovered in Ramadi about an hour after he was kidnapped from his home.
A bomb blew up a store in Tal Afar. No casualties were reported.
Rumors of car bombings have forced Amara police to increase security.
The Basra airport hotel was handed over to Iraqi security forces. The airport had been used as a base during the British mission in Iraq.
Near Kut, 100 rockets were discovered.
Fallujah police have implemented a security crackdown on gunmen.
Three suspects were arrested in connection with a murder in Karbala.
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