Afghan President Hamid Karzai used the Muslim holiday signaling the end of Ramadan to reach out to the Taliban, while Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamanei denounced Israel.
Adel Abdul Mahdi says in an interview with the Monitor that political reluctance to ask US troops for security support should be reconsidered.
Seeking to expand its role on the Mideast stage, it promised Tuesday to send more water to drought-stricken Iraq, which faces its lowest harvest in a decade.
Details are still emerging, but Kurdish officials say the tourists had been warned that the border was poorly marked.
Its relative success in Saturday's regional election reflects deep popular dissatisfaction with official corruption.
The region, which has increasingly been at odds with Baghdad, holds elections Saturday for a new regional government.
The attacks underscore the security challenges after the US withdrawal from cities, particularly in the volatile areas in the north.
Easter Sunday this year marks the return of Christians to several of Baghdad's most battered neighborhoods.
Early returns from Saturday's provincial polls suggest that the Shiite prime minister's Dawa Party will be the big winner.