At least seven Iraqis were killed and 19 more were wounded in the latest violence. Also, a victim wounded in a bombing in Baghdad yesterday has since died. Meanwhile, Kuwait Airlines has been given the go-ahead, in a Jordanian Court, to seize Iraqi Airways assets as part of compensation for materials lost during the Iraq invasion of Kuwait.
The Iraqi government says it will offer free fuel this summer to stave off protests against a lack of adequate power. In previous years, such protests have been deadly. Iraq’s aged infrastructure cannot fill Iraq’s current electrical needs.
Followers of Shi’ite Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will gather tomorrow in Sadr City to protest the U.S. occupation and demand U.S. troops stick to a year-end withdrawal date. Meanwhile, U.S. troops stationed near Nasariya are trying to build relationships with the local Iraqis.
In Baghdad, five people were wounded in a blast in Qahira. Gunmen wounded a colonel. A bomb in Amiriya wounded a policeman. A sticky bomb wounded two people. A Saidiya blast victim died overnight, bringing the death toll to three.
A bomb in Garma killed two policemen and wounded another.
In Kirkuk, a bomb killed a colonel and wounded two bodyguards. Gunmen wounded a policeman. A body was found bearing gunshot wounds.
Gunmen wounded five workers in Taji.
In Ramadi, a policeman was killed when the cycle he was riding was blasted. A second bomb wounded another policeman.
An oil employee was shot to death in Khanaqin.
A Yazidi farmer was abducted from his land in Sinjar.
No casualties were reported after a house was blown up in Duluiya.