At least six Iraqis were killed and four more were wounded in light violence. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki paid a visit to Anbar province. No Coalition casualties were reported.
Prime Minister Maliki visited Anbar Province where he again publicly pushed away continuing U.S. help in Iraq. Analysts believe that Maliki is trying to achieve a delicate balance between humoring Iraqis who want Americans out and the Americans whom Iraq still needs. This political posturing comes ahead of January elections. The main issue is “interference” from the U.S. over reconciliation efforts between the main Iraqi ethnic groups.
In Mosul, gunmen killed two policemen, father and son, in the Rashidiya neighborhood. One gunman was killed in the incident. Two more policemen were killed in a second attack.
In Baghdad, two policemen and a civilian were injured during an attack on an Adhamiya checkpoint.
Unknown gunmen killed an al-Qaeda suspect in Baquba. A man was injured during a separate blast.
An assassination attempt on the life of a tribal affairs director in al-Hamza al-Sharqi left no casualties.
No casualties were reported after a rocket attack on the Missan province police station.
Police freed a hostage in Souk al-Shoyoukh and arrested the victim’s kidnappers.
Twelve suspects were arrested in Amiriya.
Twelve suspects were detained in Kut.