Iraq Oil Report's Daily Brief compiles the most important news and analysis about Iraq from around the web.

Blasts kill 15 in Iraq as U.S. troops pull out

Rebecca Santana reports for the Associated Press:

A string of explosions hit a Baghdad market and the capital's western outskirts on Saturday, killing at least 15 people and exposing the challenges still facing Iraqi security forces just over a month before all American troops leave the country.

The bombings mark the second major attack against Iraqi civilians this week and come as American forces are packing up to leave and handing over their remaining security responsibilities to Iraqi forces. Many Iraqis are concerned that insurgents may use the transition period to launch more attacks in a bid to regain their former prominence and destabilize the country.

Click here for the entire story

For MEK, broad support in U.S.

Scott Shane reports for the New York Times:

At a time of partisan gridlock in the capital, one obscure cause has drawn a stellar list of supporters from both parties and the last two administrations, including a dozen former top national security officials.

That alone would be unusual. What makes it astonishing is the object of their attention: a fringe Iranian opposition group, long an ally of Saddam Hussein, that is designated as a terrorist organization under United States law and described by State Department officials as a repressive cult despised by most Iranians and Iraqis.

Click here for the entire story

Mortar attack on policemen near Mosul

AKnews reports:

One policeman was killed and four others were injured during a mortar attack in Zumar, west of Mosul, this afternoon.

The mortars were fired against a passport office where policemen were waiting to receive their identity cards.

Meanwhile, police in Mosul arrested 12 people on charges of terrorism and seized 15 explosive devices.

Click here for the entire story

Asayish officer, wife wounded by IED in Kirkuk

Abdullah al-Amiri reports for AKnews::

An officer of the Kurdish intelligence police Asayish and his wife were injured on Sunday in the volatile multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk after two IEDs placed around their house went off.

Asayish Lt. Azad Sadullah was about to leave his house, he and his wife were standing in the door, when the IEDs exploded, according to Halo Najat, an Asayish commander.

"Their wounds are not life-threatening, but the blast caused extensive damage to the house," Najat said.

Click here for the entire story

3 policemen killed in Mosul

AKnews reports:

A police officer and two of his guards were assassinated in Mosul today.

According to Brig. Gen. Mohammed al-Jubouri of Nineveh Operations Command, the victim was identified as Lt. Col. Hazeem al-Jubouri.

"They were shot by unknown gunmen," Jubouri said. "Then they could escape."

Click here for the entire story

Kurdish MP: Oil Ministry’s actions against Exxon illegal

Wisam Mohammed reports for AKnews:

Representative Bayazid Hassan, a Kurdish member of the Council's Oil and Energy Committee, claimed that the federal Oil Ministry is not allowed to put Exxon Mobil on a blacklist for its contracts with the Kurdistan Regional Government.

The announcements of the Oil Ministry's Contracts and Licenses Department were political threats and not legal measures, Hassan said.

"Companies are put on blacklists for violating the law and the terms of the contract. When a company makes a deal with the Kurdistan Region -- which is a part of Iraq -- it can not be against the law," Hassan said.

Click here for the entire story

Security officer shot dead in Baghdad

Wisam Mohammed reports for AKnews:

Gunmen in a civilian car shot dead a security officer Sunday afternoon in al-Jadriyah, west of Baghdad.

The gunmen used silenced weapons to assassinate the officer who died on the spot. The officer’s wife who was walking by her husband’s side was seriously wounded in the attack.

Click here for the entire story

Baghdad IED blast kills one, injures three

Ramn Brosk reports for AKnews:

One civilian was killed, three others were injured by an IED in Baghdad today.

According to a source who refused to be named, the victims were driving in a car in Baghdad's western district of Abu Ghraib. The IED was placed on the side of the road and went off when the car passed by.

Click here for the entire story

Iraq ex-premier says ‘too early’ for more regions

AFP reports:

Former Iraqi premier and head of the Iraqiya bloc Iyad Allawi on Friday said it is "too early" to form additional autonomous regions along the lines of Kurdistan in the country's north.

The Salaheddin provincial council voted on October 27 for the Sunni-majority province to become an autonomous region, sparking a furious reaction from Baghdad.

"The call to form regions ... is too early," Allawi told AFP during a visit to Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Click here for the entire story

Iraq province sacks top officers after bombings

AFP reports:

The head of the Basra provincial council announced the firing of three top security officers on Friday, a day after a triple bombing in the provincial capital left 19 people dead.

Following an emergency session held in the governorate building, "the council took the decision to fire three security commanders," Sabah al-Bazuni told journalists in the southern port city of Basra.

They are emergency regiment commander Brigadier General Mazin Abdulwahid of the Iraqi army, the head of the major crimes department, police Brigadier General Ali Khairallah, and police internal affairs chief Colonel Oda al-Jaberi.

Click here for the entire story