Updated at 7:15 p.m. EST, March 15, 2009
At least nine Iraqis were killed and three more were wounded in the latest attacks. Four PKK rebels of unknown nationality were killed. No wounded nor Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said that the U.S. has accomplished nearly everything it wanted in Iraq. Also, U.S. troops will continue to conduct combat operations after they withdraw to rural bases in June, according to a U.S. military spokesman.
In Kurdistan, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani confirmed he will not serve as president again. The 75-year-old Kurd will instead concentrate on writing his memoirs.
In Baghdad, a gunmen was killed when he failed to throw a grenade promptly in Mansour; three civilans were wounded. A sticky bomb killed a petroleum expert. Police defused sticky bombs in Palestine St. and Ghazaliya.
Three bodies bearing gunshot wounds were found in Daquq.
Two people were killed as they were allegedly planting a bomb in Tal Afar.
Two people were abducted from Hamreem village.
A gas station in Jalawlaa was blown up, but no casualties were reported.
A spokesman from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) said that four rebels were killed during Turkish air strikes on border areas in Dahuk province. The nationalities of the four were not given. Turkey frequently conducts operations against suspected rebel hideouts in northern Iraq. Accurate casualty figures are difficult to obtain from this sparsely populated location and often subject to fudging.
Five suspects were captured near Hilla.
Four al-Qaeda suspects were arrested in Baquba. Ammunition was also seized.
An alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq member was captured near Samarra.
A suspected kidnapping gang was arrested in Kirkuk.
Police in Karbala defused a bomb attached to a vehicle.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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