BAGHDAD — Ninevah province, home to the mixed city of Mosul and the besieged city of Tal ‘Afar, is seeing some very strange numbers. I’ve done back of the Excel envelope calculations and have found this: In the January election, which was boycotted by Sunnis, there were 165,934 votes cast, according to the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq.
Today was a bad one. Another friend was kidnapped last night, and this morning a mortar shell hit our compound. Thankfully, my friend was released after a day — but he was very lucky.
Two suicide bomb attacks in Arbil kill at least 140, wound more than 200. Among the dead are Sami Abdulrahman, a man I considered a friend. Why is this still happening?
The 4th Infantry Division raided the PUK and KDP offices in Kirkuk on Saturday, seizing a cache of weapons from the KDP offices and detaining a senior level official from that party.
TurkishPress.com_ reports that members of the Iraqi Turkmen Front will be trained by Egypt as part of the new Iraqi Army instead of Turkey.