A large blast rocked Baghdad today, killing 20 police recruits and policemen. The attack, which occurred near the heavily fortified Interior Ministry, may have been a message to the Maliki government. However, it wasn’t the only violence targeting policemen. At least 40 Iraqis were killed and 42 more were wounded overall. Many of those victims were either security personal or their informants.
Iraq’s top court gave an unbinding opinion on Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi’s terrorism charges. Meanwhile, Iranian dissidents living in Camp Ashraf are voluntarily relocating to Camp Liberty. Also, during a scan in Falluja, radioactive materials were found. At least 12 Iraqis were killed and nine more were wounded in new violence. The Iraqi Supreme Judicial … Continue reading “Iraq Court Believes Evidence Against Hashemi; Attacks Against Police Continue”
The Iraqiya party said its members will soon return to their posts in the Iraqi parliament, a move that may reduce political and sectarian tensions. However, the announcement did not come soon enough for the 11 Iraqis who were killed in new attacks today. Another 31 people were wounded.
Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi has offered to return to Baghdad to appear before a judiciary there, but only if Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki resigns his post first. Meanwhile, at least 10 Iraqis were killed and 15 more were wounded in new attacks.
Baquba and Mosul took the lion’s share of violence today. Although no major attacks took place, at least five Iraqis were killed and 21 more were wounded. Meanwhile, the political crisis continues.
As the last U.S. troops left Iraq for Kuwait, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused his vice president of financing an assassination attempt at the premier. At least seven Iraqis were killed and 14 more were wounded in the most recent violence.
Updated at 10:27 p.m. EST, Feb. 15, 2010
At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 10 more were wounded in light violence, some of which struck out at election candidates. Meanwhile, the controversy of an elections ban that threatens to destabilize the country continues to dominate the headlines. Also, there was new testimony at a British inquiry into the death of an Iraqi hotel worker at the hands of British troops.