place on 06 October, the fortieth anniversary of the start of the Egyptian war with Israel, reports
. Crowds supporting thearmy and General Sisi came out en masse and clashed with Muslim Brotherhood sympathisers.
reports that thousands more have been detained in the last two months, reflecting the deep political divisions in the country and the heavy-handed approach taken by the
army. Meanwhile, ousted former president Mohamed Morsi will stand trial
for “inciting the killing of opponents” in a case that opens
. Former president Hosni Mubarak appeared briefly in court on 14 September and will return on 19 October for a trial that will not be televised.He will be retried on charges that
he killed protesters during the 2011 revolution that ended his thirty-year autocracy.
The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) reported that almost 1,000 peoplewere killed and more than 2,000 injured inSeptember violence,reports
.The UN reports that 5,740 Iraqis have been killed in 2013. Much of the recentviolence has been blamed on Sunni Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda. The alQaeda-affiliated Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) said that violence
against Shi’ites was
in revenge for the “campaign of torture,displacement, detainment and liquidation” of the Sunni minority by the Shi’ite
-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki.The US government intends to extend its special Iraqi visa programme for Iraqiswho worked withUS forces,risking their lives in quelling the insurgency,
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
. Since 2007, the programmehas relocated almost 12,000 Iraqis and family members to the United States for their safety. Currently, 2,000 special visas are still awaiting approval.While the Turkish government called for a truce earlier in 2013, efforts have stalled in the ongoing conflict with Kurdistan Workers
) militants, reports
United Press International (UPI)
. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told lawmakers on04 October he sought an extension to a mandate allowing cross-border operations to fight PKK members in northern Iraq.
Associated Press (AP)
reported on 10 October that Turkey’s parliament
extended the mandate for an additional year after PKK rebels suspendedtheir planned pullout of Turkish territory, accusing the Turkish government of not keeping promises to afford greater rights for Kurdsin Turkey.The 21 September Kurdistan parliamentary elections revealed that the current ruling party, Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP), won thelargest bloc in the regional parliament, securing 38 seats in September
s vote, according to
Goran (or Change party), the mainopposition to the KDP, won 24 seats while the Patriot Union of Kurdistan (PUK) led by ailing President Jalal Talabani won only 18seats. Ten seats went to other opposition parties such as the Islamic Union of Kurdistan, 21 to smaller opposition groups and elevenseats were reserved for ethnic minorities. On 07 October, the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), claimedresponsibility for late September bombings in the Kurdish capital of Erbil that killed at least six people, according to
. Thestatement issued by the gro
up indicated the attack was in response to the Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani’s pledge to assist
Syrian Kurds in their battle against Islamists in Syria. Thetight security imposed after the attack has curbed tourism in the region
ahead of the year’s Muslim holiday of
Eid al Adha
, according to
. Hotel owners in Erbil complained of hundreds of cancelledreservations as a result of the terrorist attack. Those travelling to the region are subjected to lengthy searches and some are evenrefused entry.
Numerous violent incidents were reported throughout the country during the previous two weeks:02-Oct-13:
An Iraqi helicopter was downed while providing cover for Iraqi troops engaged in a gun battle with militias in Tikrit,
A bomb exploded near a football field in Madain, killing five people and wounding eleven others, according to
Agence France-Presse (AFP).
It was the latest in a series of targeted attacks on football fields.
: A series of suicide and roadside bombings in Anbar, Salaheddin and Diyala provinces resulted in seven deaths,reports
suicide bombings targeting Iraqi Shi’ites killed almost
sixty people in Baghdad and Balad, reports
. Also, inMosul, gunmen stormed an Iraqi television station and killed two Iraqi journalists.
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, the European Union an