Updated at 5:08 p.m. EDT, July 29, 2008
Shi’ite pilgrims descended on Baghdad for the culmination of a religious observance. A vehicle curfew in the city has caused newspapers there to cease publication for the day, so reports of violence are scant. At least three Iraqis was killed and 10 more were wounded in northern Iraq. Also, the Turkish and Iranian militaries targeted PKK locations in northern Iraq in what may have been coordinated strikes.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb injured three policemen. In a separate bombing, one civilian was killed and seven Iraqis soldiers were wounded.
Police at a checkpoint in Zammar were able to kill a suicide bomber before he was able detonate his explosives.
A bomb killed a farmer in Abu Saida.
Army personnel were deployed in Kirkuk a day after a suicide bombing triggered ethnic fighting. Kurdish demonstrators gathered again today despite yesterday’s attack; they are protesting the passing of a provincial elections law in parliament. A security operation netted three suspects last night. Also, a curfew set in place yesterday was lifted.
In Baghdad, ceremonies marking the Imam Kadhim religious observance officially ended without new incidents. Yesterday, suicide bombers killed or wounded scores of people. Also, a car curfew was lifted across the city except in Kadhimiya.
Security forces stepped up operations in Diyala province. They hope to oust al-Qaeda linked groups from the region.
Turkish warplanes targeted suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebel locations in the Zap and Mount Qandil areas. Authorities claimed that a number of rebels were killed, but confirmation is difficult at best in the region. The Iranian military bombed areas near their border shortly afterwards. The separatist group is fighting for self-rule in parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Armenia.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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