Iraq: Iraqi police say bombings and shootings in Baghdad have killed at least 13 people, a day after more than 130 people were killed in Iraq's deadliest bombing since 2003.
In today's (Sunday's) violence, four policemen were killed when their patrol hit a roadside bomb (in Al-Qasra) in northern Baghdad. Among other attacks in the capital, a car bomb at a bus station killed four people and wounded seven.
Residents of Baghdad's Sadriyah district continued to search for bodies in the ruins of a crowded market devastated by Saturday's suicide truck bomb. The blast destroyed several buildings and wounded more than 300 people in the Shi'ite area.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki blamed the bombing on Sunni militants, including loyalists of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Last month, Mr. Maliki vowed to crush insurgents in Baghdad in a joint Iraqi-U.S. offensive. The operation has not yet begun.
Japan – US – Iraq: Reports from Tokyo say Japan's foreign minister has criticized U.S. military operations in Iraq and blamed them for the ongoing violence there.
Japanese media quote Taro Aso as saying (Saturday) that former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld adopted a naive strategy in Iraq after the start of the U.S.-led occupation of the country.
Aso is quoted as saying that because U.S. military operations did not work well, there is still trouble in Iraq today.
Aso is the second senior Japanese official to criticize U.S. tactics in Iraq in recent weeks. Last month, Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma said President Bush made a "mistake" by invading Iraq on the assumption it had weapons of mass destruction.
Palestinians Violence: Rival Palestinian militants fought sporadic gun battles in Gaza City today (Sunday), ignoring the latest truce in the violent power struggle between Fatah and Hamas.
Several mortar rounds exploded this (Sunday) morning near the Gaza office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who leads Fatah. Hamas denies firing the mortars.
Hospital officials say two members of Mr. Abbas' presidential guard died today of wounds suffered Friday in a Hamas attack on their compound. On Saturday, a Fatah security officer was killed in Gaza by Hamas militants.
Factional fighting has killed 28 Palestinians and wounded more than 230 since Thursday.
Mr. Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal agreed to another ceasefire Friday, but their armed supporters have refused to leave Gaza's streets. Previous truces between the two factions also have collapsed.
Afghansitan: NATO officials say an airstrike in Afghanistan has killed a senior Taleban commander.
The attack was part of an operation aimed at wresting control of a key southern town from militants.
NATO Spokesman Colonel Tom Collins says the Taleban commander, Mullah Ghafour, and an unknown number of Taleban fighters were killed this morning (Sunday) just outside Musa Qala, in Helmand province.
NATO officials say they coordinated the attack with the Afghan government.
Local residents say hundreds of Taleban militants seized control of the remote town Thursday night, detaining local leaders and raising their own flag over the town.
British troops had been defending the town for several months before they agreed to withdraw last October, after the Afghan government brokered a controversial peace agreement with Musa Qala's tribal elders. Under that agreement, local officials took responsibility for the town's security while both NATO and Taleban forces agreed to pull out.
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