At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 33 more were wounded across Iraq today. Meanwhile, the Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) announced a three-day long ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
Depending on the sighting of the moon, the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan observances, should begin about Thursday. The truce comes a day after a leading Iraqi Kurdistan official asked the rebels to lay down their arms in their decades-long guerilla war against Turkey. The P.K.K. has imposed truces on itself in the past, but long-term peace remains elusive. Meanwhile, Turkish officials claimed to have killed 160 rebels during artillery fire and air strikes in northern Iraq last week, a figure the rebels have denied. Independent confirmation from the remote, mountainous area is nearly impossible, and both sides in the conflict have been known to exaggerate their claims.
Gunmen attacked a Baquba checkpoint at dawn and killed three security personnel and wounded two more.
Sixteen people were wounded in Falluja during a blast.
An I.E.D. targeting a U.S. patrol in Diwaniya left no casualties.
Thirty-two suspects were captured in Basra province.
Three suspects were detained in Babel province.
Eight suspects were arrested in Diyala province.
Seven suspects were apprehended in Kirkuk province.
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