Turkish warplanes conducted new air strikes on Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq today, likely in response to violence blamed on the Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.).
At least five Iraqis were killed and four more were wounded in very light violence as al-Qaeda in Iraq has vowed to increase attacks. Meanwhile, Turkey and Iran could be gearing up for more extensive operations in northern Iraq.
At least nine Iraqis were killed and eight more were wounded in light violence. Several people may also have been killed during unconfirmed fighting at the Iran-Iraqi Kurdistan border.
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says al-Qaeda’s power base in Iraq has been squeezed by a lack of funds and a power vacuum at the top. Despite al-Qaeda weakening, attacks continue to vex Iraq. At least 21 Iraqis were killed and 72 more were wounded in new violence. Also, Iraq lodged complaints with Iran over reports that Iranian troops have crossed the border and started to erect a new fort as part of their operations against Kurdish rebels.
Vice President Hashimi made his feelings over post-election machinations known, while at least 12 Iraqis were killed and 25 more were wounded in the latest violence. Also, government figures showed a post-election increase in civilian deaths for April.