Baghdad ‘Bullies’ Mutinous Province As Iraqis Celebrate Withdrawal

At least six Iraqis were killed and 44 more were wounded as some Iraqis celebrated the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Meanwhile, Diyala province’s bid for semi-autonomy is already being criticized by the power mongers in Baghdad.

Tuesday: 8 Iraqis Killed, 13 Wounded

At least eight Iraqis were killed and 13 more were wounded in the latest attacks. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch has documented accounts of demonstrator harassment during the ongoing protests in Suleimaniya. In the latest accusation, Kurdish security forces stood idly as masked men attacked protestors. Some witnesses believe the Kurdish government sent the “thugs.” Also, a U.S. spokesman corrected reports stating that U.S. troops had arrested an Iraqi cop and affirmed that Iraqi forces had carried out the arrest instead.

Friday: 1 Iraqi Killed, 3 Wounded

Only one violent incident was reported today. In it, gunmen attacked a Garma checkpoint, where they killed a soldier and wounded three others. Several stories about Iraq’s future prospects surfaced as well. For women and Christians the future looks bleak, but it may be the children of Fallujah who will suffer the most in the coming years as a surge in birth defects looms over them.

Thursday: 10 Iraqis Killed, 22 Wounded

Updated at 8:49 EST, Dec. 2, 2010 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the U.S. drawdown is making it harder for the U.N. to carry out it’s own operations. Meanwhile, the U.S. military is troubled by the porous Iranian border and lack of functioning security there, which allows for weapons and fighters to stream in. At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 22 more were wounded in the latest violence. An Arab man of unknown nationality was also killed.