In other news, the U.S. military said today that five U.S. soldiers were killed yesterday throughout Iraq.
Also today, at least four Iraqi's were killed in fighting between U.S. forces and local Shi'ite militiamen in Baghdad's Sadr City district.
And Iraqi police said that the bodies of 16 people have been found in eastern Baghdad. All the victims were reportedly bound and blindfolded.
(compiled from agencies)
Iraq's Kurdish Region
KURDISH AWAKENING: The ethnic Kurdish region in the northern part of Iraq has struggled in recent years to reestablish its cultural and political identity after decades of oppression under the regime of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. In December, RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknagel traveled to this area and filed several reports: