16 Iraqis Killed As Basra Contemplates Autonomy

At least 16 Iraqis were killed and 14 more were wounded in new violence, most of it small arms attacks. Meanwhile, a conference that aims to have Basra province formally declared a semi-autonomous region is underway. Although the area is oil-rich, much of the population is poor; it’s believed that semi-autonomy could turn the region into an economic powerhouse like Iraqi Kurdistan.

In Mosul, a bomb blast killed five policemen and damaged seven shops. Two soldiers were killed in a separate explosion. Gunmen killed three people in separate attacks.

Two brothers were killed and their mother was wounded when gunmen attacked their home in Bani Saad.

Gunmen wounded a criminal investigator and killed his son as the pair from Jalawla drove through Muqdadiya.

A bomb in Abu Ghraib killed two soldiers and wounded three others.

Five people were wounded, including two civilians, when a booby-trapped car targeting police exploded in Falluja.

In Baghdad, two civilians were wounded during an overnight rocket attack.

A bomb in Kirkuk wounded two people.

A soldier was machine-gunned to death while guarding a political office in Khanaqin.

A lawyer was kidnapped in Hilla.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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