At least eight Iraqis were killed and 39 more were wounded in attacks mostly within Mosul and Baghdad. Activity between Turkish troops and PKK rebels is increasing on the border with Turkey where at least eight have died there and four more were wounded in today’s attacks.
In Mosul a suicide bomber wounded 14 people and killed at least one more person. A gunshot-riddled body was found. Police killed a gunman. Two policemen were wounded in a blast. An off-duty soldier was killed. A policeman and two civilians were wounded in a sticky bomb attack. Another blast wounded two civilians.
In Baghdad, a sticky bomb left on a policeman’s car exploded, killing a nearby beggar and wounding four others, including the policeman. A bomb left in a trash pile wounded two young girls and two street sweepers. A bomb in Karrada injured three civilians. A bomb on Palestine St. killed one person and wounded another. A bomb near liquor stores in New Baghdad wounded four people. Also, Iraqi forces raided a newspaper office.
A bomb in Hamdaniya killed a Sahwa leader and wounded his driver.
A man lost his leg during an explosion in Ramadi.
Four Kurdish rebels were killed during a cross-border offensive against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) by Turkish troops in northern Iraq. Troops entered Iraqi, but there are also reports of Turkish bombing. Clashes on the other side of the border left one Turkish soldier dead and four more wounded, as well as three dead PKK members. The PKK also attacked a construction company but released the civilians captured there.
Spokespersons for the People’s Mujahideen Organization of Iran (MKO or PMOI) said the reports that some members were arrested in Iran are false and designed to instigate an attack on their refugee camp in Iraq. Camp Ashraf has been the home for thousands of the group’s refugees for decades. The current Iraqi government is under Iranian pressure to expel the group, but the rebels believe their return to Iran would mean torture or death, and no third country has offered to take them.
Human Rights Watch urged Kurdish Iraqis to stop performing female circumcisions.
Three al-Qaeda suspects were arrested in Amiriya.
Fourteen suspects were arrested in Garma.
Four suspects were captured in Samarra.
The British government revealed that about $13 million have been paid out in claims resulting from the war and occupation.