A female suicide bomber killed 8 Iraqis in Diyala province on Thursday, including the head of a local Awakening Council.
Turkey bombed 13 targets in northern Iraq on Thursday, targeting positions of the Kurdish Workers Party or PKK. Turkish PM Tayyip Rejep Erdogan recently visited Baghdad and relations seemed to be improving, but apparently the PKK issue is still hot. Bombing another country is not a trivial act.
8 oil union activists have been forcibly transferred by Basra to Baghdad. It is unclear what law would allow the government to do that. If they were charged with a crime, they should be brought to court in Basra, not transferred elsewhere. The Iraqi oil union is seen by the government as an obstacle to US companies coming in to develop the oil.
Former appointed Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is skeptical about the political success of the surge.
McClatchy says Iraqi troops are just not ready to take over from the US.
McClatchy reports political violence on Thursday in Iraq (beyond the Turkish bombing and the Diyala suicide bombing:
A roadside bomb planted outside the residence of Dawa Party member, Abdulrahman Mohammed Dawood in Zafaraniyah, southeastern Baghdad exploded injuring Dawood and two of his security detail at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Gunmen attacked a checkpoint manned by Awakening Council, a U. S backed militia, in Adhamiyah at 9 a.m. killing two members. The gunmen used silencers on their weapons, said Iraqi Police.
One unidentified body was found by Iraqi Police, Thursday. It was found in Nidhal Street, central Baghdad.
A suicide car bomber targeted a checkpoint manned by Iraqi Army in al-Intisar neighbourhood, eastern Mosul killing two soldiers, injuring two others.’