Saturday: 9 Iraqis Killed, 6 Wounded

At least nine Iraqis were killed and six more were wounded in only three reported attacks. Meanwhile, the Iraqi government has asked tribal leaders to discourage ongoing protests — which seem to be having an effect on some politicians. Lawmakers tentatively agreed to halve their salaries, but not their benefits, to appease protestors who continue … Continue reading “Saturday: 9 Iraqis Killed, 6 Wounded”

Wednesday: 7 Iraqis Killed, 24 Wounded

At least seven Iraqis were killed and 24 more were wounded in new violence. Most of the attacks were in the capital. Also, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Corbin said he expects ongoing protests in Iraq but not revolution as has occurred in other Arab countries.

Sunday: 20 Iraqis Killed, 42 Wounded

Updated at 7:45 p.m. EST March 6, 2011 At least 20 Iraqis were killed and 42 more were wounded in the latest attacks. The worst attack, which took place in Basra province, may have been targeting U.S. soldiers. Harassment of demonstrators also continued in Iraqi Kurdistan. Also, tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of national elections, but much work remains to be done in the new government.

Kurd Issue to the Fore Ahead of Elections

DIYARBAKIR, Iraq – Sultan Quyun, 58, longs for the day when the decades-long conflict between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Turkish security forces will come to an end. For her, the end of violence does not just hold the promise of a possible resolution of the Kurdish issue in the country, but would bring … Continue reading “Kurd Issue to the Fore Ahead of Elections”

Saturday: 5 Iraqis Killed, 18 Wounded

At least five Iraqis were killed and 14 more were wounded in the latest violence. Demonstrations continue in Baghdad, Basra, and other locations, but today’s hotspot is again Suleimaniya, where demonstrations turned deadly on Thursday. Turmoil throughout the Arab region could halt plans for an Arab League summit scheduled for March. Iraq is looking forward to hosting the summit as evidence of improving conditions there.

Wednesday: 6 Iraqis Wounded

Because of Ashuraa observances, reports of violence have been scant the last few days except for significant attacks. Only six casualties were reported today and all of them survived. However, there were a number of important news stories in the headlines today.

Tuesday: 7 Iraqis Killed, 12 Wounded

Updated at 10:12 p.m. EST, Nov. 30, 2010 Even though U.S. troops are set to leave Iraq next year, the U.S. State Department and Pentagon believe it will stay expensive to keep remaining Americans safe in the country. Iraqi civilians also must worry about such attacks and other hardships they continue to suffer now. At least seven Iraqis were killed and 12 more were wounded in today’s light attacks.

Monday: 13 Iraqis Killed, 33 Wounded

Interior Minister Jawad Bolani said security forces thwarted an attack on the French embassy that was planned by the same insurgents who took over a church last month; however, they were not able to prevent the violence that led to at least 13 Iraqis losing their lives today. Another 33 were wounded as well. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari called the latest WikiLeaks dump “unhelpful and untimely.”

US Influence in Iraq on the Decline

SULAIMANIYA – Iraq’s much-awaited recent power-sharing deal signifies a shift of influence on Iraqi politics away from the U.S. and its regional allies to domestic Iraqi political actors, most notably the Kurds, and eastward to Iran. In a matter of days, Kurdish-initiated talks did what Washington and Tehran and their regional allies could not do … Continue reading “US Influence in Iraq on the Decline”