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Iraqi insurgents dressed as policemen attacked a government compound and a police station in Ramadi with four suicide bombers; seven police officers and at least six attackers died in the clashes. A car bomb targeting a police station in Baiji killed at least one person and injured 12 others.
A suicide bomber killed more than 50 Shia pilgrims and injured 91 others as they gathered for Arbain in Basra. An explosion targeting Shia pilgrims east of Mosul injured three civilians and two policemen. Prime Minister Maliki strongly criticized Turkish "interventions" in Iraqi affairs and warned that "Turkey itself would suffer if its actions sparked conflict in the Middle East."
Insurgents killed four policemen in Al Qaim; one insurgent was also killed. Police killed two "masked men" in Kirkuk. The Kurdish Regional Government has balked at turning over Vice President Hashemi to the central government.
Security forces captured al Qaeda in Iraq's "financial officer" and several aides during a raid in the Hamrin Mountains near Kirkuk. Vice President Hashemi, who is wanted by the government, set up an office in Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdish areas.
Attacks against Shia pilgrims before the Arbaeen holiday have killed over 60 civilians, the deadliest being a suicide attack against a security checkpoint that killed 44 and wounded dozens more in Nasiriya. Qais Qazali, the notorious leader of the Shia death squad Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq, is prepared to disarm and join the political process.