Army Invades Sadrist District in Basra; Violence Kills more than a Score

The Iraqi military made incursions into Sadrist neighborhoods in Basra on Wednesday, AP says. The show of force provoked fears of an outbreak of fresh fighting.

It turns out that McCain had said that Muqtada al-Sadr’s influence was waning in a recent interview. But then when Muqtada reasserted himself, McCain claimed to have all along been concerned with the Mahdi Army.

AFP reports that political violence killed at least 15 in Iraq on Wednesday:

‘insurgents killed at least 15 people and wounded several others in spate of bombings and shootings across Iraq on Wednesday, AFP quoted Iraqi officials as saying. Four people were killed and four others were kidnapped at a fake checkpoint near the central town of Al Dhuluiyah, in Salaheddin province, police said.

In the province of Diyala, insurgents killed six people, including three Iraqi security personnel, police said.

The three security guards were killed in a roadside bomb attack in the town of Mandeli, east of the provincial capital of Baquba, police Major Muhammad Al Kharki said.

The others killed were two policemen and a woman in separate roadside bomb attacks in and around Baquba, police added. In Baghdad, several armed men fired at a civilian car and killed two women working for a mobile telephone company, a security official said. Their driver was wounded.

Three people were killed and 13 others wounded, including cameraman Maytham Ibrahim working with Iraq’s independent Al Diyar satellite television, in a roadside bombing in Baghdad, officials said.

Ibrahim survived but lost a leg, station’s news editor Imed al-Abadi told AFP.

He was walking down a street on his way to cover clashes between Shia militiamen and Iraqi and US forces that have ravaged parts of eastern Baghdad for more than a week when the attack occurred.”

McClatchy reports political violence for Wednesday:

‘ Baghdad

- At dawn , the American planes bombed some targets in Sadr city, police said .

- Around 7 am, a roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in Qahira neighborhood (north east Baghdad) .Three people were injured in that incident .

- Around 7 a.m. A roadside bomb targeted civilians in Talbiyah killing 3 civilians and injuring 14 others.

- Around 1 p.m. a mortar shell slammed into Dawodi neighborhood injuring 2 civilians.

- Around 2 p.m. gunmen attacked a civilian car killing two women and injuring the driver (a police man) and a third woman survived. The three women are employees of a cell phone company.

- A roadside bomb targeted cleaning workers in Al Mashtal injuring three workers.

- A mortar shell hi Al Mashtal neighborhood injuring 2 residents.

- Police found 2 dead bodies throughout Baghdad, one in Sadr city and one In Mahdiya.

Diyala

- At dawn, 3 IEDs exploded targeted three houses at Sadiyah village of Khanaqeen (east Baquba) .One woman was killed and a man was injured in those explosions .Police arrested 17 suspected in a raid after that incident.

- Around 7 am, a roadside bomb exploded at Mandli near Balad Ruz (75 kmeast Baquba).Three people were killed and 8 were injured.

Salahuddin

- In the morning, gunmen killed two security forces members(a policeman and a soldier ) and kidnapped two civilians at Kubeiba village (10 km east of Dhulwiyah) when they made a false check point in the entrance of Bishkan village of Dhulwiyah).

Kirkuk

- Tuesday night, a suicide bomber tried to make one of the supporting councils’ leaders in Hawija (west of Kirkuk) ,but the leader’s guards opened fire on him who was shot dead with another person who was killed accidentally at the same site.

- A parked car bomb targeted Kirkuk police chief convoy today. The attack caused damages to one police vehicle.

Basra

- In the morning, the Basra commander operation center and the spokesman of the MOD survived from an assassination attempt with the Hurra TV correspondent injured at Hussein (Hayaniyah) neighborhood (west Basra) when gunmen opened fire on them, eyewitnesses said .While the MOD spokesman , Mohammad Al-Askri,said that a roadside bomb targeted their patrol surviving from this attempt.

Nineveh

- A parked car bomb targeted a police vehicle in Al Quds neighborhood in Mosul, killing a passing by woman and injuring four policemen.

Al Anbar

- A quarrel between men from the Awakening council , a U.S. sponsored militia, and policemen in Saqlawiyah, north of Fallujah, injured five men.