Nearly 5,000 people died from terrorism related violence last year. Most of the deaths were in Sunni Arab areas in the west (Anbar province), the north (not including Kurd controlled areas), and Baghdad. Most of the country has escaped this violence but where there are Sunni Arabs there is some support for Sunni Arab terrorist groups who seek to restore Sunni Arab rule to Iraq.
January 23, 2013: In the north a suicide bomber got into the funeral for a prominent tribal leader killed the day before. The explosion killed 42 people in the mosque and wounded another 75.
January 21, 2013: North of Baghdad a roadside bomb wounded an army general.
January 18, 2013: A Shia propaganda video appeared on the Internet showing Iraqi Shia gunmen fighting to defend the Assad dictatorship in Syria. The Iraqi Shia were also shown cooperating with Lebanese gunmen described as members of the Shia Hezbollah militia that controls southern Lebanon. Both Hezbollah and Shia radical groups deny that they have gunmen in Syria. Many Iraqi Sunnis are fighting with the Syrian rebels, who are largely Sunni Arabs (as are about 80 percent of Syrians).
January 15, 2013: The border crossings with Syria and Jordan were reopened. The border had been closed for a few days in response to reports that Sunni terrorists would be trying to get into Iraq from Syria and Jordan.
In the west (Fallujah) a suicide bomber killed a Sunni Arab member of parliament. Six others died in the explosion. The dead man was an anti-terrorist tribal leader and his killer was apparently from a Sunni Arab terror group.
January 14, 2013: Turkish warplanes again hit PKK (Turkish Kurdish separatist) rebel camps in northern Iraq.
January 13, 2013: Turkish warplanes hit PKK (Turkish Kurdish separatist) rebel camps in northern Iraq.
In the west (Fallujah) a roadside bomb was used against the finance minister (a Sunni Arab who opposes terrorism). The finance minister escaped injury.
January 11, 2013: A dozen Sunni Arab terrorists, some of them condemned to death, escaped from a prison outside Baghdad. It appears that some guards were bribed to help with the escape.
January 8, 2013: Thousands of Shia demonstrated in favor of the government in several cities. These demonstrations are in response to two weeks of Sunni Arab demonstrations against the government.
January 1, 2013: Despite some shipments blocked by the Kurdish government in the north, oil revenue was up 13 percent last year to $94 billion.
Turkish warplanes hit PKK (Turkish Kurdish separatist) rebel camps in northern Iraq.