Iraq Violence Could Spike Whether Troops Stay or Go

At least two Iraqis were killed and 10 more were wounded in new attacks, but the possibilty that attacks will increase precipitously after Dec. 31 seems assured — whether U.S. troops stay or go.

Tuesday: 5 Iraqis Killed, 68 Wounded

At least five Iraqis were killed and 68 were wounded in new attacks and protest violence. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused fellow politicians of ordering a few recent assassinations. Also, the push to keep U.S. troops in Iraq beyond their year-end withdrawal date may have found some support. Although the Iraqi government has maintained, … Continue reading “Tuesday: 5 Iraqis Killed, 68 Wounded”

Saturday: 8 Iraqis Killed, 7 Wounded

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki insisted today that Iraq has no need of continued U.S. presence after 2011. Nevertheless, at least eight Iraqis were killed and six more were wounded in light violence. Meanwhile, Iraqi refugees who have returned to unacceptable conditions are again leaving the country.

Tuesday: 15 Iraqis Killed, 84 Wounded

Updated at 10:55 p.m. EDT, Sept. 21, 2010 At least 15 Iraqis were killed and 84 more were wounded in the latest violence. Meanwhile the Iraqi Air Force opened its flight academy last week, even though they are still completely dependent on the United States for air security. Also, Deputy Prime Minister Rafia al-Issawi denied rumors he has received threats from P.M. Nouri al-Maliki trying to intimidate al-Issawi into approving the premier for a second term.

Monday: 2 Iraqis Killed, 28 Wounded

Updated at 8:49 p.m. EDT, Sept. 20, 2010 Baghdad again saw a number of attacks today, but they were not as deadly as yesterday’s. At least two Iraqis were killed and 28 more were wounded in the new violence. Meanwhile, hundreds of looted artifacts returned to Iraq before being “lost” again were found in a storeroom belonging to the prime minister’s office. Also, several members of parliament attempted to meet in an unofficial capacity but were thwarted by the usual politics.

Monday: 10 Iraqis Killed, 28 Wounded

At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 28 more were wounded in new violence. Meanwhile, the U.S. military admitted that attacks against American troops increased during Ramadan, which ends this week. Also, the long war has destroyed the hopes of many older Iraqi women who are seeking marriage.

Sunday: 20 Iraqis Killed, 58 Wounded

Updated at 10:22 p.m. EDT, Sept. 5, 2010 What might have been a relatively peaceful day was shattered when six gunmen struck at a military target in Baghdad. American troops were involved in repelling the attack. At least 20 Iraqis were killed there and in other violence, while another 58 were wounded. Meanwhile, the oil ministry has cut supplies of certain petrol products to Iraqi Kurdistan over allegations that the excess supplies are being illegally sold to Iran.

Tuesday: 10 Iraqis Killed, 26 Wounded

The U.S. military reports that troop levels are now the lowest since the 2003 invasion and will remain at 98,000 until after March elections, even as Iraqi soldiers prepare to handle poll-related violence themselves. At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 26 were wounded in new attacks, some election-related. Also, the families of Iraqi detainees are paying blood money to protect their sons upon release.

Tuesday: 10 Iraqis Killed, 25 Wounded

Updated at 8:24 p.m. EST, Nov. 17, 2009 At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 25 more were wounded in new attacks. Perhaps in hope of further reducing violence, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered security forces to allow citizens to keep one piece of light arms in their homes.