Iraq's bloodiest Sunday

Iraq's bloodiest day in six months continued late into the night on Sunday when a civilian was killed in a fresh mortar attack.

    Eighteen US soldiers died in Sunday's helicopter downing

    Six mortars were fired at about 11:20 pm (2020 GMT) on central neighbourhoods in Kirkuk, 225km (140 miles) north of Baghdad, said Lieutenant Colonel Turhan Yusuf, head of police forces in Kirkuk.

    Aidan Izz al-din, 54, was killed instantly when a mortar slammed into his house, close to a US position, while eight other civilians were wounded, including two who are in a serious condition, when a second mortar hit another house near a UN office.

    The four other mortars fell near a police station, two bridges and Hotel Baba Gargar, which usually houses Turkish business people, without inflicting damage, he said.

    Tensions have been running high in Iraq which has objected to US-backed Turkish plans to dispatch peacekeepers to Iraq, fearing military involvement by neighbouring countries might interfere with domestic politics.

    Oil-rich Kirkuk has also become an active front in the war between the US military and insurgents since the 9 April fall of president Saddam Hussein, with attacks mostly targeting US bases and oil pipelines.

    The mortar attacks came at the end of one of the worst days for the occupying forces with at least 18 US soldiers killed in sevaral attacks.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.