At least 13 Iraqis were killed and 41 more were wounded in new attacks. Meanwhile, several news stories concerning Iraq fears over their conditions and government filled the headlines.
With the end of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki‘s 100-day period for change coming next week, calls for massive demonstrations protesting the lack of progress and foreshadowing potential destabilization are being heard. Although the prime minister may have been unsuccessful in bringing about long-term change for Iraq, he is calling for reform in neighboring Syria.
The families of four detained protestors are demanding access to them. The four have been held since Friday with no access to their lawyers. At first the government did not admit to holding the men. The following day the army raided a meeting where they detained nine more activists who are also being held incommunicado.
Four security guards were wounded when a bomb exploded near a Mosul hospital.
Gunmen killed a tribal leader in Falluja.
In Baghdad, a sticky bomb wounded two people. A bomb in Bab al-Muadham wounded five people, including three civilians. Four more were wounded in a Karrada blast. In Iskan, two more were wounded in a blast.