Updated at 6:30 p.m. EST, March 6, 2009
On a relatively quiet prayer day, PM Maliki spoke out for reconciliation with former Baath party members. At least four Iraqis were killed and four more wounded across Iraq. No Coalition deaths were reported.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki asked Iraqis to forgive those formerly aligned with Saddam Hussein; however, a Sunni parliamentarian suggested that Maliki back his words up with action. After the 2003 U.S. invasion, power shifted from Sunni to Shi’ite control. Baath Party members were pushed out of government roles, and sectarian tensions were increased. Many Sunnis believe that Maliki, a Shi’ite, and his government are too slow to bring about actual reconciliation.
Gunmen killed a man in Zammar district.
Three civilians were wounded during a bombing in Balad Ruz.
Two suicide bombers died near Qadisiyah when they blew up their truck as security forces were forcing them to stop. They were the only casualties.
The body of a 25-year-old woman was found in Aziziya.
In Ayaziya, a roadside bomb wounded a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.
Across Basra, 22 suspects were detained.
A large weapons cache was found in Fallujah.
Two members of the al-Naqshabandiya group cult were detained Makhmour.
A missile was defused in Kirkuk.
A sticky bomb was defused in Rashad.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis