More ‘Sectarian’ Raids For Iraq

At least two Iraqis were killed and nine more were wounded in new violence. One incident involved members of the Yazidi sect, who are threatening to demonstrate over it tomorrow. Meanwhile, Iran claims its bid to defeat P.J.A.K. rebels is almost complete.

Yazidi residents of Sinjar are threatening to demonstrate at a funeral tomorrow to protest a security raid that left one Yazidi member dead and another wounded. The security force, which was from Mosul, arrested a third Yazidi. The mayor accused the security team of sectarian intents and said the team did not work with local authorities. The Yazidi are one a several religious minorities in northern Iraq.

Iranian Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said that troops are within days of finishing off the Kurdish rebel group Party Of A Free Life Of Kurdistan (P.J.A.K.), while another top official reported the destruction of the rebel’s main base near Sardasht, Iran. A spokesman for the rebels claims the group has moved entirely into Iran from its bases in northern Iraq to keep civilians safe. They had been based in the relative safety of northern Iraq until Iran began an eradication campaign in early July. Meanwhile, another rebel group based in Iraq, the Kurdistan Workers Party, has released a Turkish soldier they captured in the Turkish province of Diyarbakir.

A bomb near Bani Saad killed a military officer and wounded two soldiers.

In Mosul, a bomb planted near a mobile phone company exploded and wounded an employee; a second bomb left no casualties. A roadside bomb blasted a police commander’s convoy, wounding two bodyguards.

Three policemen were wounded in a blast in Garma.

Also, an electrical fire at the Interior Ministry Jail in Baladiyat killed as many as 11 prisoners.

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