More violence in Iraq – a convoy of Australian and Japanese forces was hit when a roadside bomb exploded near the city of Samawah in the south of the country.No troops were injured but an Iraqi bystander was hurt. In an effort to restore security to Basra, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has declared a state of emergency for one month. He said he hoped the measure would improve things for the oil-rich city which is in the grip of a power struggle among Shi’ite factions. Throughout Iraq there seems no let-up in the cycle of killings and revenge attacks, the recent spate of bombings has left over 100 dead, mainly in Baghdad. In Samarra, US forces have admitted they killed two women who were on their way to hospital when their car failed to stop. North of the capital,the mayor of Muqdadiya was killed along with his brother and cousin by a bomb. And an Iraqi TV journalist was gunnned down as he left his home.Several other colleagues of the state-funded station have in the past been targeted by insurgents. The funerals have taken place of those who died in yesterday’s bomb attacks.
Maliki seizes control of Basra as violence in Iraq continues