Violence tapered off dramatically after Sunday’s slaughter, but at least eight Iraqis were killed and five more were wounded in new attacks today. Also, international rights group Amnesty International condemned the recent violence and likely government abuse in Iraq.
Amnesty International released a statement calling on Iraq to conduct a "thorough, impartial investigation into Sunday’s coordinated attacks and to commute the death sentence imposed on fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi. In the announcement, A.I. noted that Hashemi’s trial violated fairness standards. Furthermore, the international group drew attention to the illegal arrests of two of Hashemi’s female employees (one is still in detention) and the possible death by torture of a bodyguard while in government custody.
Three relatives were killed when uniformed gunmen stormed the home of a security official in Garma. At least one bodyguard was wounded and apparently another guard died. The chief was not home during the attack.
In Baghdad, gunmen stormed the Umm al-Maalif home of a brigadier general in the police force and killed him.
Gunmen killed a shopkeeper in Kirkuk.
Read more by Margaret Griffis
- Attacks Shift to Diyala Province; 11 Killed in Iraq – January 17th, 2018
- Mass Grave at Badush Prison; 66 Killed in Iraq – January 16th, 2018
- Bloody Day in Baghdad; 53 Killed in Iraq – January 15th, 2018
- PKK Launch Rocket at Turkey; Six Killed in Iraq – January 14th, 2018
- Bombers Return to Baghdad; 19 Killed in Iraq – January 13th, 2018