15 killed in Iraq: Sahwa, Yazidi and security officials targeted
In Iraq's city of Tikrit, a car bomb assassination attempt killed three civilians and wounded two. The bomb's target, Salaheddin provincial police chief Major General Juma al-Dulaimi, was unharmed.
Another suicide car bomber near a police checkpoint in Tikrit's Samarra left three policemen dead.
In Iraq's capital, a bomb targeting a Sahwa anti-Al Qaeda officer left two dead, including one Sahwa officer. Two other bombs in Baghdad left four others dead. The Sunni Sahwa are often considered traitors by Al Qaeda due to their cooperation with the US military and are often targeted accordingly.
More than 6,000 have been killed in Iraq this year alone, representing the worst eruption of violence since the country's sectarian violence in 2008. The The increase in violence throughout the country is often considered, in part, as an overspill effect from the war in neighboring Syria.