While it is true that violence has been on the decline there is still plenty to go around. Latest incidents are usually associated with targeted assassinations of political, police, and military officers. A resurgence of Sunni/Shia violence has recently been noted between Anbar and Karbala extremists in tit-for-tat killings of innocent civilians.
And yet, there is movement towards more peaceful tomorrows.
Next Month's ICSSI convention will bring together Iraqi peace and justice workers from all over the country. This summer saw the Interfaith Cooperation Project and Al-Sumaria TV launch a film school and exploration of Iraq's long history as a diverse religious community.
More and more we find these expressions of the new Iraq. Just this month The Iraq Foundation (IF) began r a two-year project to improve the quality of life of marginalized widows in disadvantaged areas and equip them to be productive contributing participants in the Iraqi economy and Iraqi society. The project will be implemented in the Baghdad, Ninawah, Maysan, Basra and Dhi Qar governorates of Iraq.
But it's not over yet:
#1: Gunmen using silenced weapons killed Iraqi Army Brigadier General Talal Belasim and his wife in their car near a mosque in the Amil district of southwestern Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.
#2: A roadside bomb wounded three people in the Jamiaa district of western Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.
#3: Gunmen using silenced weapons killed Mohammed Ali, office manager of the Minister of Health, in the Yarmouk district of west-central Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.
The Director of Iraq's Healthy Minister's Office has been assassinated by a group of unknown gunmen in western Baghdad on Monday, a security source reported.
#4: Gunmen in a speeding car opened fire at a police checkpoint, killing a policeman and wounding two others in the Shaab district of northern Baghdad, police said.
#1: Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on an imam of a mosque in central Diwaniya, 150 km (95 miles) south of Baghdad, seriously wounding him and killing one of his relatives, a police source said.
#1: A roadside bomb killed three people and wounded another in the southwestern outskirts of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
#1: A Kurdish peshmerga soldier was killed and another was wounded in a clash between troops and villagers in a disputed area of Nineveh province northwest of Mosul, which is 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
#2: Gunmen killed an off-duty soldier in the eastern outskirts of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
#2: Gunmen opened fire at a police checkpoint and wounded a policeman in western Mosul, police said
WE SALUTE THE IRAQI PEOPLE, THE VAST MAJORITY OF IRAQIS OF ALL FAITHS, AS THEY CONTINUE TO WORK FOR MORE PEACEFUL TOMORROWS.