Friday: 27 Iraqis Killed, 76 Wounded

A deadly blast shattered an otherwise quiet day in Iraq, where at least 27 Iraqis were killed and 76 more were wounded, almost all of them in Balad Ruz. To the south a possibly accidental chlorine gas explosion brought back memories of the chlorine attacks that marked the height of the sectarian violence several years ago. In better news, a successful trade in Kirkuk liberated two Kurdish women who were kidnapped a day earlier.

Wednesday: 1 US Soldier, 12 Iraqis Killed; 33 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 5:50 p.m. EDT, Oct. 27, 2010 Tariq Aziz remained the focus of news as his death sentence, considered unfair by many, could further stall the process of government formation, the number two story in Iraq today. The two topics overshadowed a return of Tony Blair to the Chilcot inquiry and a possible delay in the national census. At least 12 Iraqis were killed in new violence. Another 33 were wounded. Also, a sniper wounded a U.S. soldier in Amara, and the Dept. of Defense announced the non-combat death of a U.S. soldier three days ago in Baghdad.

Wednesday: 5 Iraqis Killed; 14 Iraqis, 1 Turk Wounded

At least five Iraqis were killed and 14 more were wounded in new attacks. Turkish man was wounded as well. The prime minister continued to seek foreign support for his return to the premiership for a second term in a row, while his rival is mounting an internal campaign.

Monday: US Soldier, 10 Iraqis Killed; 22 Iraqis Wounded

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is in Tehran garnering support for his claim to another term as premier while at least 10 Iraqis were killed and 22 more were wounded in new violence back home. Also, one U.S. soldier was killed in a non-combat event in southern Iraq. The Pentagon is asking news outlets to ignore, … Continue reading “Monday: US Soldier, 10 Iraqis Killed; 22 Iraqis Wounded”

Sunday: 13 Iraqis Killed, 14 Wounded

The first nationwide census in decades was delayed again due to political concerns in northern areas of Iraq. Meanwhile, at least 12 Iraqis were killed and 14 more were wounded in the latest violence. Also, Ninevah provincial Gov. Atheel al-Nujaifi, a Sunni, warned that Iraqi’s fragile democracy could be derailed if Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is allowed to shoehorn his way into the premiership again.

US Journalist to Be Deported From Turkey

LONDON – Jake Hess, a U.S. freelance journalist who also wrote for IPS on Kurdish rights within Turkey, is to be deported following a government order. “I’m waiting to be sent back to the U.S,” says Hess, who is a U.S. citizen. Jake Hess was taken into custody by Turkish anti-terror police on Aug. 11 … Continue reading “US Journalist to Be Deported From Turkey”

Friday: 1 Iraqi Killed, 18 Wounded

Due to the Ramadan holiday, fewer attacks were reported; however, at least one policeman was killed and 18 others were wounded in two separate attacks. Meanwhile, experts in Germany claim to have seen evidence of chemical weapons use by the Turkish military on Kurdish rebels.

Tuesday: 53 Iraqis Killed, 123 Wounded

Updated at 2:40 p.m. EDT, Aug. 3, 2010 A rare car bombing in a southern, Shi’ite city and another flag-planting attack on security forces in the capital were just two of the many attacks witnessed across Iraq today. Overall, at least 53 Iraqis were killed and 123 more were wounded. The figures are expected to rise in the Kut bombing. Meanwhile, 26 Kurdish families have crossed the frontier into Iraqi Kurdistan to escape Iranian artillery attacks against suspected Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) rebels.