3 US troops Killed; Dulaimi May be Charged; Najaf Raid

Iraqi parliamentarians are attempting to strip Adnan Dulaimi of his parliamentary immunity. They charge that he is complicit with terrorists. Dulaimi leads the 44-member [Sunni Arab] Iraqi Accord Front in parliament. US forces found weapons and bombs in a house next to his.

These developments came as a blow to hopes for reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites in the Iraqi government.

In an Arabic interview, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki denied that he opposed sectarian reconciliation. He said he supported the tribal levies or Awakening Councils, contrary to what had been reported. He said he was imply concerned that some criminals might take advantage of the councils as a front for the commission of crimes. He did however indicated ‘fundamental’ differences with the Iraqi Accord Front of Tariq al-Hashimi (the VP).

Sawt al-Iraq reports that Sadr al-Din Qubanji, preacher at the mosque of the Shrine of Ali in Najaf and a member of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq, warned that the Sunni Awakening Councils might become sinister paramilitaries. This at a time when his party’s leader, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, is making more conciliatory noises about the Sunni Awakening Councils.

Radio Sawa reports in Arabic that Iraqi security forces raided a Shiite religious edifice in Basra and arrested 17 members of the Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr.

Michael Schwartz adds an 11th to my top ten myths about Iraq, 2007.

McClatchy reports political violence in Iraq for Friday.

Baghdad

– Around 8.30 a.m., a roadside bomb targeted an American patrol at Shoala high way ( north west Baghdad). No casualties reported.

– Around 3 p.m., a roadside bomb targeted an American patrol at Al-Mawal intersection at Palestine street .No casualties reported ,but damage to one of the vehicles , police said.

– Police found two unidentified dead bodies in the following neighborhoods in Baghdad: One was found in Mahmoudiyah in southern Baghdad ( Karkh bank ) while the second dead body was found in Suleikh in northern Baghdad ( Risafa bank ) .

Najaf

– At 4.30 a.m. of Thursday, a joint forces raided the Rahma neighborhood in Najaf ( 5 km to the north of Najaf city ) with air cover inuring four people and arresting 6 others besides two of the forth injured ones, a member of Sadrists office in Najaf said .While the American army sent us this report “ In an Iraqi Army-led operation, nine suspected militants were detained in Najaf on 3 January. During the operation, ground forces were attacked with small arms fire and a grenade. Ground forces responded in self defense, wounding two, who were treated on site and then transported to a medical facility.

Maysan

– At 7.m., a tanker filled with fuel was exploded at the northern check point of Ammara city ( 390 km south of Baghdad) during its being searched by policemen in that checkpoint .Two policemen were killed and others were injured in that incident

Reuters reports political violence on Thursday:

‘ DIYALA PROVINCE – Two U.S. soldiers were killed and one injured in a small-arms fire attack in Diyala province, the U.S. military.

* SOUTH OF BAGHDAD – The U.S. military reported one of its soldiers had been killed on Wednesday by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad.

* MOSUL – A rocket propelled grenade struck a police checkpoint killing three policemen and wounding four in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

* TAL AFAR – Two civilians, including one child, died when U.S. forces returned fire after a roadside bomb struck a convoy that included the police chief of the town of Tal Afar 420 km (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraqi police Brigadier-General Mohammed al-Wagaa said. The morgue in the town confirmed the deaths of the two civilians. . .

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb killed two people and wounded five when it exploded in Baghdad’s southern outskirt of Zaafaraniya, police said.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb wounded four street cleaners in the New Baghdad district of the capital, police said.

BAGHDAD – A Katyusha rocket killed one person and wounded two when it landed on a house in western Baghdad’s Shi’ite Washash neighbourhood, police said.

BAGHDAD – The bodies of three people were found in Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.

HAWIJA – Gunmen in a car attacked a checkpoint manned by members of the Awakening council, neighbourhood patrol volunteers fighting with the U.S. and Iraqi forces against al- Qaeda, wounding three of them in the town of Hawija, 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL – Clashes erupted between gunmen and the police killing one policeman and wounding two on Wednesday in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. police detained 16 suspected insurgents after the clashes. ‘

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