"Practical, constructive understanding and support for the new Iraq, or reward for the aggressor and a return to the methods of suppressing the Intifada?" is the title of an op-ed by Iraqi Vice President Dr. Adil Abdul Mahdi on the Iraq Study Group Report at Burathanews.org. Abdul Mahdi thoroughly discusses the report and concludes that "it lacks a deep understanding of the history of the Iraqi crisis" and that "it only offers superficial recommendations and remedies." He argues that Baker's same stand - when he was Secretary of State - during the Intifada of 1991 resulted in the brutal suppression of the uprising by the Iraqi army. He warns that the same thing could happen today if Baker is suggesting making concessions to "terrorists." Also, Abdul Mahdi tries to downplay the role of Iran in Iraq and the regional fears of an increased Shi'ite influence in the area. "Who are the enemies and who are the friends?" Abdul Mahdi asks. "Who is pushing the process forward and who is trying to obstruct it? Who is responsible for 100 dead American soldiers per month?"
Three municipal councils in the Wasit governorate have suspended their activities in protest of the detention of a Sadrist leader in the governorate, the Aswat Al-Iraq (Voices of Iraq) Agency reports. The councils of Kut, Nu'maniya and Hayy have suspended all activities, starting Wednesday, as a result of the arrest of Sheikh Yehia Al-Baghdadi, director of Sadr's Office in Wasit, by American troops last Saturday. The Wasit Governorate Council had issued an order ceasing all dealings with American troops in the governorate last Sunday, following the arrest of the Sadrist official.
Aswat Al-Iraq also reports that 13 people were wounded in mortar attacks against the Adil district, west of Baghdad, Wednesday. Eyewitnesses from the neighborhood said that the mortar rounds hit six residences in the vicinity of the Malik bin Anas mosque at Al-Qada Street in Adil. The Sunni majority district has been under continuous fire for several days from the nearby Shi'ite districts of Tobchi and Hurriya.
The Iraqi Journalistic Freedoms Observatory reports that a correspondent for Al-Hurra TV escaped an assassination attempt when gunmen in a green Opel sedan sprayed him with bullets while he left work at Bab Al-Sharji in central Baghdad. Omar Mohammed, who had survived an earlier assassination attempt with hand grenades in 2004, suffered wounds to his left leg and was taken to the hospital by bystanders at the scene. A nearby police patrol did not interfere or follow the perpetrators, according to eyewitnesses.
The Hawza of Najaf issued a statement in which it held the Saudi government responsible for the religious edict signed by 38 Wahhabi clerics in Saudi Arabia, described by the Hawza as "inciting the murder of Shia Muslims in Iraq and elsewhere," according to the Sadrist Nahrain Net website. The Hawza statement said that the Saudi government's lack of deterrent action against the sources of such "provocative" edicts is considered as "implicit encouragement."
The Haqq Agency reports that the Palestinian apartments compound in Baladdiyat, northeast of Baghdad, was hit with several mortar rounds, killing nine people and wounding three others. Also, the Palestinian Studies Center at Baghdad University in Jadiriya was taken over by whom the agency described as angry Shi'ite students who said they were turning the center into a dormitory for students.
Haqq also reports on an exchange of sniper fire between the neighboring districts of Ghazaliya and Shu'la. A sniper from Shu'la targeted an old man near the Badr Al-Kubra High School in Ghazaliya, while a Ghazaliya sniper targeted five people from Shu'la near the Janabi market. Mahdi Army militiamen from Shu'la also attacked and burned several electrical generators at the Mushajjar Street on the edge of Ghazaliya. The clashes continued for most of Wednesday, according to the agency.
Health Ministry activities for Wednesday, according to WNA News in Iraq:
100 killed, 321 wounded between 9 a.m. 12/12 and 9 a.m. 12/13
Baghdad Medico-legal Institute (morgue): 37 unidentified corpses, 7 identified: 44 total.
Electricity Ministry activities for Wednesday:
The West Baghdad-Baiji 400 KV line was disconnected at 14:00 because of a technical error at the Baiji power plant.
Daily price bulletin for Wednesday, according to WNA News in Iraq:
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