Updated at 9:15 p.m. EST, Dec. 12, 2009
At least six Iraqis were killed and 10 more were wounded in the lastest violence. Also, a U.S. soldier has died from non-combat injuries at Camp Speicher, and three American soldiers were wounded by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. Meanwhile, a Turkish court has banned a Kurdish political party for alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party.
The Turkish constitutional court banned the Democratic Society Party (DTP) for alleged ties with the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). In protest, members of parliament from the DTP have threatened a walk out. The European Union has also expressed concern over the matter. The ban came hours after the PKK claimed responsibility for killing Turkish soldiers last week. Kurdish Turks in turn rioted across the country. Separately, nine PKK rebels were killed in clashes this week. Both sides have claimed recently to want a permanent truce.
During a closed door meeting, the Iraqi Defense Minister admitted that security officials knew of an imminent attack in Baghdad, but the information was too vague to make any plans before last Tuesday’s major attack.
Iraqi Parliament Iyad al-Samarraie and the K.A.R. Prime Minister Barham Salih met in Baghdad to discuss Arab-Kurd tensions that could affect upcoming national elections.
An improvised device planted near a Kirkuk police station exploded, killing three and wounding four more.
A farmer was killed and two others were wounded in a small arms attack in Khalis.
Gunmen killed a woman at a ranch outside Baquba.
An old man and another person were wounded in a small arms attack in Dojma.
No casualties were reported after gunmen threw a hand grenade at a government vehicle in Tal Afar.
Five suspects were detained in Diyala province.
Four al-Qaeda suspects were captured in Suwayra.
Ten suspects were detained in Basra province.
Ten suspects were arrested in Dhuluiya.
An Iranian was arrested for illegally for entering Iraq in Diyala province.
At a forum in Detroit, Iraqi-Americans criticized American U.S. policies that left Christian Iraqis helpless.
Iraq’s Oil Ministry has reached deals with 10 foreign countries, but the Unites States did poorly in the oil auction.