Iraqi security forces have captured 18 members of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia and charged them with terrorism.
Iraq’s Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib says the alleged Hezbollah fighters were in his country to carry out terrorist attacks.
The Minister accuses Iran of backing the insurgency in Iraq by funding and supplying the insurgents, most of whom he says are Sudanese and Egyptian nationals.
Gunmen have killed a correspondent from the United States-funded Arab TV network al-Hurra.
Abdel Hussein Khazaal and his four-year-old son were shot dead outside their Basra home.
Meanwhile, a bomb has killed four Iraqi policemen and wounded two others near Samarra, north of the capital Baghdad.
The police convoy was travelling near the city when the bomb was detonated.
And a senior official in Iraq’s Oil Ministry has been kidnapped in Baghdad.
Tony at Across the bay has interesting details.