The Iraqi government will order $9 billion in weapons from US firms. This sort of thing, if it continues, would make the Iraq War worthwhile to the Military-Industrial Complex. If you want to turn an enemy into a customer, nothing does the trick like conquering the difficult population. . .
Al-Hayat reports in Arabic that Ra`d Jawad al-Tamimi, the governor of Diyala Province, said that Operation Good Omens had yielded the hoped-for results in his province. Al-Hayat says that security officials, however, privately warned against a repeat of the experience of operations in Mosul, to which violence returned an initial withdrawal of “al-Qaeda” elements, who, however, soon reappeared. Gen. Abd al-Karim Khalaf, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, announced the arrest of Abu Uns Baghdadi and four associates, said to be from the Consultative Council of Holy Warriors.
The US still has 21,000 Iraqis in custody, though it released 10,000 during the past year. The Pentagon is incarcerating 30 new persons each day but letting 45 go.
Jane Dutton reports for Aljazeera International: “Almost all of the wealth generated in Iraq comes from two off-shore oil rigs. Guarding these sites is a priority, not just for war-torn Iraq, but for a world in which oil prices have touched record highs.”
Reuters rounds up political violence in Iraq on Sunday:
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* MOSUL – One person was killed and 10 were wounded when an improvised bomb exploded northeast of Mosul, police said.
MOSUL – Two bodies with gunshot wounds were found in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
KIFL – A man was shot dead on Friday in the town of Kifl, 150 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.
BAGHDAD – U.S. forces detained a dozen militants during operations targeting al Qaeda around Iraq on Saturday, the U.S. military said.
BAQUBA – Four members of a neighborhood patrol unit were killed and four others were wounded when an improvised bomb exploded east of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.
(Compiled by Aws Qusay; editing by Mohammed Abbas and Missy Ryan.