31 Killed Across Iraq; Police Fire on Protesters
Friday: 31 Killed, 22 Woundedby Margaret Griffis, March 08, 2013Print This | Share This
Overall, at least 31 Iraqis were killed and 22 more were wounded today. Although much of the violence targeted security forces or politicians, attacks on demonstrators in Mosul and the harassment of worshippers in Baghdad underscore the increasing sectarian tensions.
Fridays are the communal prayer day for Muslims in Iraq. For the last several weeks, Friday has also been the day Sunnis gather to protest the perceived excesses of the Shi’ite-led government. After police shot protestors in Mosul today, Iraqi Agriculture Minsiter Izzeddin al-Dolah, who is Sunni, resigned in protest. Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi, called on more Sunni ministers to resign.
A clash in Ramadi
left three dead, two al-Qaeda suspects and an Iraqi soldier. A former army officer was arrested on charges relating to organizing a protest and then released. Security forces attempted to search for wanted persons at a protest but were denied access.
An Iraqiya office was blown-up
, the second such attack in as many days.
In Baghdad, Security forces blocked worshippers from attending Friday prayer services at a Sunni mosque in Adhamiya; services were cancelled.
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Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.
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