On the one year anniversary of the capture of Saddam Hussein, Iraq has been rocked by what seems to now be a daily dose of violence.
Some 50 kilometres from Baghdad, a car bomb exploded by a US military convoy. There was no immediate word of casualties. In the northern city of Kirkuk gunmen shot an Iraqi translator working for US forces, he was severely wounded and a passer-by was killed. The days bloodiest attack took place outside Baghdad’s government compound. A suicide car bomber killed at least seven Iraqis and wounded 19 others. Al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has claimed responsibility for the assualt. Meanwhile, it appears that Saddam Hussein’s jailed deputies have called off what seemed a shortlived hunger strike. It is not thought Iraq’s toppled leader refused food, and though there are few details, it is believed they were protesting at the legality of their detention. They are also reported to have expressed fears of being handed over to a new Iraqi government for trial where they could face the death penalty.