Sunday: 12 Iraqis Killed, 21 Wounded

At least 12 Iraqis were killed and 21 more were wounded in the latest violence. Kurdish Iraqis, meanwhile, are celebrating the new year, some of them in protests in the Suleimaniya.

A suicide bomber attacked the home of an Awakening Council (Sahwa) member in Duluiya, killing him, two wives, and three children.

In Baghdad, gunmen killed an oil technician during a shooting near Shabb Stadium. An oil ministry director was killed in an attack in Zayouna. A colonel was shot to death in Kadhimiya, while a major general was wounded in another shooting. A roadside bomb in Tahrir Square killed one person and wounded four others. Three policemen were wounded in another blast in Tahrir Square. A bombing in Karrada wounded six. No casualties were reported after mortar fire in Baladiyat.

In Mosul, a grenade attack wounded four people. Three more were wounded in a separate attack.

The body of an 18-year-old woman who was shot in the head was found on a riverbank in Kirkuk.

The protests in Suleimaniya grew larger in numbers for the Nowruz or new year holiday and may be the biggest demonstrations yet. The holiday also celebrates the legendary deliverance of the Kurds from a tyrant, so it has great symbolic meaning to the protestors this year.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.