At least 21 Iraqis were killed and 40 more were wounded in attack mostly against government targets. Two U.S. soldiers were killed during operations in southern Iraq. Also, Iraqis are preparing themselves for a post-U.S. future by loading up on arms. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he will reduce the size of the government, a plan his critics will likely see as more power consolidation for Maliki.
Only a day after a deadly attack against police recruits in Tikrit, another suicide bomber struck at a police training center in Baquba. Shi’ite pilgrims were also targeted for the second day in a row. Overall, at least 22 Iraqis were killed and 141 more were wounded ahead of Arbaeen observances, which culminate next week.