Following yesterday’s ill-fated military operation in Wadi Horan, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned demonstrators in Ramadi to leave their protest camp before security forces move in on the site. He claims the camp is a harbor for al-Qaeda elements. Earlier this year, clashes between government forces and demonstrators kicked off a wave of violence that has yet to taper off. A new offensive can only inflame the situation.
Meanwhile, at least 13 people were killed and 34 more were wounded in today’s attacks.
In Mosul, gunmen killed a university student. A policeman was shot dead. A roadside bomb killed one policeman and wounded two more. A dumped body was found.
Gunmen in Dibis killed three soldiers and wounded a fourth.
One soldier was killed and another was wounded in a clash in Baghdadi. Two gunmen were also killed.
A young man’s body was found in Kirkuk.
In Baghdad, a bomb killed one person and wounded nine more at a market in Nahrawan.
One person was killed and seven more were wounded when a bomb exploded in Abu Ghraib.
Gunmen killed a Sahwa leader in the Hamrim area.
A roadside bomb in Tuz Khormato wounded five policemen and four civilians.
Three policemen were wounded in a shooting in Falluja. Separately, gunmen also wounded an officer and a policeman.