Eight Iraqis Killed As Iraq Calls on Turkey To Leave Northern Territory

At least eight Iraqis were killed and five more were wounded today. Also, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Iraq will terminate Turkey’s presence in northern Iraq.

The Iraqi government is moving to end Saddam-era contracts allowing Turkey to maintain bases in northern Iraq. In its pursuit of Kurdish rebels, Turkey has maintained the bases, as well as conducted air and artillery strikes in the region. Iraq has previously complained about the incursions but is too weak to close its borders. Ties between the neighboring countries have been tense for months.

A clan elder and another man were killed when gunmen attacked them in Duquq.

In Falluja, gunmen killed a shopkeeper. A bomb wounded a policeman and a civilian. A sniper killed a soldier.

A sticky bomb killed a Sahwa member in Kirkuk. In a rural area north of town, a bomb killed a farmer.

A street-sweeper was killed and two colleagues were wounded in al-Abbassi as they emptied a garbage bin containing a bomb.

In Baghdad, a security forces killed a man believed to be an Islamic State of Iraq leader.

One civilian was wounded in a blast in Balad Ruz.

A roadside bomb in Hammam al-Alil targeted a judge, but left no casualties.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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