Reported Security Incidents
A series of four explosions targeting people lined up for ID cards and passports kills 16 people, injures dozens. After the first blast, three more went off as emergency vehicles arrived. Reported casualty tolls vary, but as always, the numbers go up over time. The total number killed is likely to exceed 16 by the time we know the full story. --C Al Jazeera as of 10:00 GMT was reporting a lower casualty total but has more details, including a photograph.
Khalidiya, near Ramadi
An explosion injures a civilian. When police arrive, a second explosion kills 2 police and injures 2 more.
Sinjar Township, Ninevah Province
Two members of the Yezidi sect are abducted. For those who don't know, the Yezidi, or Yazidi, are Kurdish speaking adherents of a distinctive religion. They are highly insular and have sometimes had strained relations with their Muslim neighbors. Sinjar is a Yezidi population center and there have been deadly attacks there in recent years.
Iraqi Director General of Human Rights, Ahmed Ali, is assassinated on his way to work.
Unknown attackers throw 3 hand grenades at the branch of the Central Bank of Iraq, injuring two security guards, late on Saturday.
Other News of the Day
The U.S. is considering a military trial for Ali Mussa Daqduq, captured in Iraq in 2007, who has been linked to an incident in which 4 U.S. soldiers were abducted and killed in Karbala. Daqduq is a commander in the Lebanese Hezbollah organization, which is backed by Iran. This situation is convoluted. The Bush Administration had planned to prosecute Daqduq in U.S. civilian court, but opposition from Republicans prevented that. On the other hand, the Obama Administration has pledged not to send additional prisoners to Guantanamo, and so plans to prosecute him on U.S. soil, to which Republicans also object. Under an agreement with Iraq, he must be remanded to Iraq by the end of this year, although presumably if he is serving a sentence in the U.S. that will not happen.
Sinan Salaheddin discusses efforts to revive Iraq's date palm industry. In the 1960s, Iraq was the world's leading producer of dates; but now it has only half the number of trees it once did. Shortages of water, electricity and other infrastructure pose a challenge, however.
A local militia commander and his son are shot dead in Kunduz. (Watch out -- obnoxious pop-up with unlistenable music.)
Pakistan's military has fired hundreds of mortars and rockets into border provinces in neighbouring Afghanistan, killing at least one civilian, destroying homes and forcing scores of villagers to flee, Afghan officials said on Sunday. The ordinance has rained on Kunar province, with smaller numbers of shells falling in Nuristan. Two mosques have also been destroyed.
A spokesman for Hamid Karzai says recent assassinations of prominent Afghans were plotted in Pakistan. At a memorial service, "Sebghatullah Mujadidi, former speaker of the Upper House of Parliament, accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency of being behind the death of Burhanuddin Rabbani, Karzai's special envoy who was tasked with brokering peace with the Taliban." Hoo boy. - C
Police thwart an attempted suicide attack on a government building in Zabul.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Reported Security Incidents
Posted by Cervantes at 5:20 AM