Residents of a pair of predominantly Kurdish neighborhoods in Kirkuk say the provincial governor who was recently appointed by Baghdad, Rakan al-Jibouri, has ordered them to abandon their homes. Residents of Nawroz and Kurdistan have a week to leave. The orders are, apparently, part of an Arabization campaign begun under Saddam Hussein.
At least 47 people were killed or found dead, and nine more were wounded:
Twenty bodies were found in a mass grave in Houd.
In Tarmiya, a soldier was killed and two were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded.
A civilian was killed in a blast in Rawah.
Clashes in Hawija left three militiamen wounded and sixteen militants dead.
In Baghdad, Three militants were killed.
Security forces killed three militants, including a local leader, in Khayzarana, near Baquba.
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