At least 18 Iraqis were killed and 15 more were wounded in a number of attacks that focused on Baghdad and nearby cities. Two U.S. soldiers were killed in a non-hostile incident as well. Meanwhile, Iran shelled parts of Iraqi Kurdistan but no casualties were reported there.
At least 12 Iraqis were killed and 21 more were wounded in the latest violence. Kurdish Iraqis, meanwhile, are celebrating the new year, some of them in protests in the Suleimaniya.