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.
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.