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.
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.
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.