July 11, 2006 -- Gunmen in Baghdad intercepted a minivan killing all 10 people on board.
Police said the attackers pulled up in two cars and ordered the minivan to stop before opening fire in the south of the capital.
Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry reports that gunmen kidnapped an Iraqi consul who is posted in Iran from his house in southern Baghdad today.
The diplomat, Wissam Abdulla al-Awadi, was in Baghdad visiting his family.
(Reuters, AP, AFP)
Iraq And Iran
Iranian Shi'a protesting the Golden Mosque Bombing in Iraq on February 24
WHAT IS GOING ON? On March 8, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a roundtable discussion on relations between Iraq and Iran. Although most analysts agree that Iran has been actively involved in Iraq since the U.S.-led military operation to oust former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, they continue to debate the nature, extent, and intent of that involvement. The RFE/RL briefing featured WAYNE WHITE, former deputy director of the U.S. State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research's Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia, and A. WILLIAM SAMII, RFE/RL's regional analyst for Iran and editor of the "RFE/RL Iran Report."