The announcement of a new oil deal between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey was met with a warning from Baghdad. A media adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Ali al-Moussawi, said the Iraqi government was not completely averse to the deal, except it must adhere to regulations that mean Baghdad gets a fifty percent cut of the profits. The oil must also pass through government pipelines, a route the new deal would sidestep. The Kurds, who insist they have a constitutional right to unilateral deals, recently shut down production because, they say, that Baghdad had not paid the regional government what it is due.
At least 13 Iraqis were killed and 19 more were wounded in the latest attacks:
Three policemen were killed and two more were wounded when gunmen attacked their Taji checkpoint.
Gunmen killed four soldiers in two incidents in Mosul.
One policeman was killed and three others were wounded when a motorbike bomb exploded in Ramadi.
Three sticky bombs exploded in Falluja, killing one civilian and wounded two policemen.
A tribal sheikh succumbed to wounds he received in a sticky bomb blast in Qayara.
Gunmen stormed a Dujail home and killed an elderly woman.
In Baghdad, a bomb wounded three civilians in the Amiriya district.
A roadside bomb in the Adhaim region wounded five soldiers, including an officer.
Rockets struck an oil services building in Kirkuk, but no casualties were reported.
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