Violence Leaves 26 Killed in Iraq, as Country Ponders Maliki Third Term

Diyala province was the focus of attacks today. A significant bombing and the execution of several people took place there. Meanwhile, several dumped bodies were discovered south and west of Baghdad. Overall, at least 26 Iraqis were killed and 55 more were wounded across the country. Despite the violence, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said, ahead of the U.S. withdrawal, that the Iraqi government is capable of defending itself.

Friday: 2 Iraqis Killed, 1 Wounded

Only two deaths were reported in Iraq today, while a third individual was wounded in a bomb blast. Meanwhile, in response to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit, scores of Iraqis staged a demonstration in Najaf calling for an end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Although U.S. troops are scheduled to leave by the end of the year, a new agreement allowing them to stay beyond 2011 could be forged. In any case, a large contingent of state department personnel and contractors will likely remain.

Wednesday: 3 Iraqis Killed, 4 Wounded

Marking the first time since the Gulf War that a Kuwaiti premier has visited Iraq, HHHHkkelkrjw;elkrjHophSheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah arrived in Baghdad today to discuss several unresolved issues with the new Iraqi government. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden also dropped in to speak with the new government, but in this case, over the future of U.S. troops in Iraq. Meanwhile, at least three Iraqis were killed and four more were wounded in light violence.

Wednesday: 2 Iraqis Killed, 23 Wounded

At least two Iraqis were killed and 23 more were wounded in various attacks. A suspected Iranian suicide bomber was also killed. Meanwhile, Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders is criticizing Iraqi security forces for perpetrating unreported attacks on journalists. Also, the United States is proposing to sell Iraq $4.2 billion in weapons and aircraft.

Tuesday: 1 US Soldier, 4 Iraqis Killed; 7 Iraqis Wounded

As the United States marks the change in mission for Iraq, one American soldier was killed in sniper fire in Tikrit. At least four Iraqis were killed and five more were wounded in unusually light violence that could be the result of a media blackout.

Monday: 13 Iraqis Killed, 28 Wounded

At least 13 Iraqis were killed and 28 more were wounded in attacks across the country. One of the casualties came from an Iranian artillery attack launched into Iraqi Kurdistan. Meanwhile, the political deadlock over the next prime minister continued, but U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called for a resolution soon.

Friday: 1 Iraqi Killed, 33 Wounded

Updated at 5:32 p.m. EDT, July 23, 2010 Only one Iraqi death was reported today, but 33 Iraqis were wounded in new attacks. Three U.S. soldiers who were wounded at their base in Nasariya as well. Meanwhile, Iraq trudged on another day without a new government, but the United States continued pressure on the leading contenders for prime minister.

Sunday: 19 Iraqis Killed, 57 Wounded

As U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with the two leading contenders for prime minister, several suicide bombers put a damper on the attempt to reconcile the politicians’ efforts to hasten the formation of the next government. At least 19 Iraqis were killed and 57 more were wounded across the country. Also, two U.S. soldiers were wounded when their convoy came across a roadside bomb.