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The Daily Blotter from the Key City North of Baghdad
A relatively quiet day, probably because virtually all Iraqis were glued to their TVs watching the Iraq-Qatar soccer match.

-- A roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol in the Kornish street district between Ginahat Bridge and the 3rd Bridge early Friday morning, injuring two members of the Iraqi police.

-- Iraqi police captured a gang of...

Conflict
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London Police Try to Shut Down Long-Running Iraq War Demonstration
LONDON - OCTOBER 19: Police forcibly remove a peace protestor from an empty statue plinth in Parliament Square on October 19, 2007 in London, England.
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LONDON - OCTOBER 19: Police forcibly remove a peace protestor from an empty statue plinth in Parliament Square on October 19, 2007 in London, England.
Anti war protestors have been encamped in Parliament Square since the war with Iraq started. Previous attempts to move them away have failed, but Greater London Authority workers...
Militias Take the Field As the Clock Runs Down
Mahdi Army Blow up Sunni Mosques in Baghdad Weeks Before Samarra Shrine Bombing
Time Magazine Veteran gets First Hand Glimpse of Operation Arrowhead Ripper
Truck Bomb Brings Down A Southern Baghdad Bridge
Al-Qaeda Suspects Killed, Nabbed; Uneasy Calm as US Army Weighs Alliances
Crime
Iraqi Diary
Criminals Ravage Kirkuk's Doctors
Omar in Kirkuk reports on the worsening situation facing doctors

Doctors in Kirkuk are constantly threatened by gangs and militias. Doctors are also forced to pay ransoms to these groups more than most people in Kikruk. The armed groups often falsely claim that they will use the ransom money to finance attacks against the occupying forces. One female...

Black Market Relies on Issued Weapons.
Nab Nine Alleged Terrorists While Raiding Suspected IED Network Hub
Snatching Happens During Friday Prayers at Baghdad Mosque
As the Key City North of Baghdad Goes from Bad to Worse
As the Key City North of Baghdad Goes from Bad to Worse
Politics
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Gordon Brown Rejects Menzies Campbell Appeal for Withdrawal
British Liberal Democratic Party Leader Sir Menzies Campbell and Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
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British Liberal Democratic Party Leader Sir Menzies Campbell and Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
A minor political imbroglio has been spinning its way through London this week, with the prime minister and the leader of an opposition party exchanging public letters arguing their differences of opinion on...
The Evoution of the Sunni Insurgency May Provide Insight Into the Future of Iraq
"The Awakening" Returns The Military to An Age Old Strategy
Mehdi Army Now the De Facto Law in Basra
Statistics
Daily Blotter
As the Key City North of Baghdad Goes from Bad to Worse
The Tuesday Kirkuk police blotter:

-- A roadside bomb exploded in the very crowded Tissiin neighborhood of Kirkuk on the evening of December 11. There were no casualties reported.

-- A car bomb went off next the convoy of General Safiin Haydar, commander of the Iraqi army in Kirkuk.

--Local Iraqi security forces arrested five people suspected...

Trends
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As Sectariation Violence Worsens, Baghdad Bullet Prices Soar
Amid the surge in sectarian violence in Iraq, the black market price for AK-47 bullets has tripled in recent weeks in the Shia Baghdad neighborhood of Shaab, while doubling in Sadr City and southern Baghdad neighborhoods. A single bullet that a month ago cost 250 dinars (17.5 U.S. cents) now costs 750 dinars (52.4 U.S. cents) in Shaab and 500 dinars (35...
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