Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi today arrived in Turkey, the third stop in a multi-country tour. Outside of a goodwill mission, it is unclear why Hashemi in is Istanbul or on tour at all. The vice president is wanted back home on charges of terrorism and has been residing in Iraqi Kurdistan while demanding a fair trial.
At least seven Iraqis were killed and six more were wounded.
Two Sahwa members were gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Tuz Khormato.
In Baghdad, a blast at a Ghazaliya checkpoint left one dead and four wounded.
A man was killed in a double bombing in Duquq.
In Kirkuk, a bomb killed a Sahwa member.
A civilian was killed in Taza when a bomb exploded. A second device was found.
A sticky bomb wounded a councilman in Jbela.
A bomb planted outside a judge’s home in Baiji wounded a civilian passerby when it exploded.
Dynamite was tossed at Patriotic Union of Kurdistan offices in Hilla and Diwaniya, but no casualties were reported. A Kurdish Democratic Party office, also in Hilla, was the focus of an I.E.D. attack.