An expected surge in violence accompanying a major Shi’ite religious observance this week began early this morning. Hilla and Baghdad were the hardest hit cities. Across the country, at least 36 people were killed and 121 more were wounded in all reported attacks. Also, the Iraqi government said that a former top diplomat under Saddam Hussein will be executed next year. Meanwhile, security for American diplomats has been tightened.
At least nine Iraqis were killed and 26 more were wounded in attacks in northern Iraq. Meanwhile, Iraq has filed a civil lawsuit against Blackwater Worldwide in a U.S. court; Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki vowed to obtain justice for the victims of the Blackwater shooting. Also, some Iraqis fear that upcoming elections could mean a … Continue reading “Monday: 9 Iraqis Killed, 26 Wounded”
The Iraqi army chief of staff, Gen. Babaker B. Shawkat Zebari, said attacks in Iraq could continue for years after the U.S. pullout in 2011. Meanwhile, Iraqi lawmaker Hanin al-Qadu, who represents Iraq’s Shabak minority in parliament, blamed Kurd militants for recent bombings in northern Iraq. At least nine Iraqis were killed and 30 more were wounded in today’s various attacks.
Updated at 11:15 p.m. EDT, Apr. 30, 2009
At least 73 Iraqis were killed and 116 more were wounded in violent attacks. Sadr City and Baghdad suffered the lion’s share of casualties, but as is the norm after such dramatic bombings, reports flooded in from other parts of Iraq. No Coalition deaths were reported, but a U.S. soldier was wounded in Kirkuk when gunmen attack a patrol handing out grants.