Iraq Executes 26; Attacks Leave 21 Dead, 28 Wounded

At least 21 people were killed, and 28 more were wounded in the latest attacks and clashes. Another 26 men were executed.

The Iraqi government announced the execution of 26 men on terrorism charges. According to reports, one of the men had been a Sahwa leader in Baghdad. Despite international condemnation, the government continues to execute people, and over 150 death sentences were carried out last year. The main concerns are unfair trials and trumped-up charges.

Many of the Sahwa members were once insurgents but later joined the group, which is also known as Sons of Iraq or Awakening Councils, to fight alongside the Iraqi and U.S. forces.

Lawmakers also say they will create three new provinces in order to address sectarian issues in contested areas in northern and western Iraq.

Military operations continued in Anbar province. The fighting has caused many residents to flee, and 22,000 families are registered in the internally displaced lists. An advisor to the governor was kidnapped near Falluja. Six insurgents were killed near Khalidiya.

In Mosul, two policemen were shot dead at a wedding. An intelligence official was assassinated and two companions were wounded in a shooting. Gunmen killed three policemen at a fake checkpoint.

In Baghdad, a car bomb wounded 11 people in the Nahda neighborhood. Gunmen in Bayaa shot dead one person and wounded another.

A bomb targeting an army convoy in Tal al-Rumman killed three soldiers and wounded a fourth one.

A roadside bomb in Dujail killed a Sahwa member and wounded four more.

A Sunni cleric was gunned down in Wajihiya.

Nine police commandos were wounded in a blast near Tikrit.

Police killed three gunmen in the Thar Thar region.

In Mahmoudiya, a kidnapped woman was liberated.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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