At least two Iraqis were killed and eight more were wounded in light reported violence. Meanwhile, 40 Iraqi interpreters, or their surviving families, are suing the British government for not protecting them sufficiently. Also, civilian and military officials fear that Iraq has become the forgotten war, but its fragile state could mean continued U.S. presence there.
During Friday’s sermons in Karbala, clerics warned that mass demonstrations could spread from Tunisia and Egypt into Iraq. Hoping to stave off such unrest, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has promised to give back half his rumored $360,000 salary to the country.
Gunmen attacked two homes – one belonging to a professor and the other to a cleric – in greater Falluja. At the one home, they shot and wounded two of their sons. A policeman was killed in a shooting at a checkpoint.
In Baghdad, an I.E.D. in Adhamiya wounded four people.
A student was kidnapped in Numaniya.
In Mosul, a soldier was wounded.
A sticky bomb failed to wound an intelligence officer in Tikrit.