Iraq: ethnic warfare in Kirkuk, sectarian attacks in Dujail

What authorities call a “tribal dispute” between Arabs and Turkmen over land near Iraq’s oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk left three people dead and several more wounded several others Feb. 11. The incident began with a protest by Turkmen against Arabs who were building houses in the village of Basheer. (Reuters, Feb. 11) Six were killed and 22 wounded in three car bomb attacks in Kirkuk on Feb. 9, in what authorities said was an attack by Ansar al-Islam on the Kurdish militia Asayish. (NYT, Xinhua, Feb. 9)

On Feb. 10, a car bomb killed at least eight Shi’ite pilgrims and wounded some 40 more near the central Iraqi town of Dujail. The victims were traveling to the city of Samarra for a festival commemorating the death of ninth century imam Hassan al-Askari. (VOA, Feb. 10)

Dujail was the scene of a 1982 massacre of Shi’ites by Saddam Hussein’s security forces.

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