Updated at 4:13 p.m. EST, Dec. 4, 2009
At least four Iraqis were killed today and six more were wounded in the latest attacks. With many Iraqi politicians still on holiday, Parliamentary speaker Iyad al-Samarrai fears that a lack of a quorum will prevent discussion of the elections law impasse. Also, Lt. Gen. Sir Anthony Pigott, former deputy chief of the defense staff, testified at a British inquiry, stating that U.S. forces were premature in declaring victory in Iraq.
Members of the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI) complained that Iraqi authorities are limiting the group’s access to health care and supplies at Camp Ashraf. One Iraqi lawmaker supported the claim by saying it appears that the authorities are "tightening controls" on the camp. Camp Ashraf is home to about 3,500 Iranian exiles, including their families. Iran wants them back, but the group fears persecution. Politically, Iraq would like the refugees to leave, but no third country will take them.
In Baghdad, a blast wounded five in the Saidiya neigbhorhood.
Gunmen stormed a home in Tuz Khormato where they killed a 54-year-old, Iraqi Turkman.
One man was killed and another was wounded as they were planting a bomb in Athba.
Two gangs consisting of nine suspects were arrested in Basra. The men are accused of kidnapping or murdering citizens. Although there few reports of violence escape Basra, clearly attacks continue.
One Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded during an operation against Kurdish rebels in Turkey.