Update at 9:01 p.m EST, Nov. 8, 2010 At least 40 people were killed and 130 more were wounded in new violence across Iraq. Two of the deadliest attacks targeted Shi’ite pilgrims near Iraq’s holiest sites. Although figures are inexact, at least 11 Iranian pilgrims were killed and as many as 63 were wounded in those cities alone. The pilgrims were visiting holy sites in Iraq just a week before the Eid al-Adha holiday begins. Meanwhile, Iraqi politicians met in Arbil where they were to have announced a deadlock-breaking deal concerning government formation, but instead bickered over the details until they ultimately agreed to continue discussions tomorrow.
At least three Iraqis were killed and seven more were wounded in the latest attacks. A U.S. soldier was also killed during a hostile attack in Baquba. Nearby, four Iranian tourists were killed and nine were wounded in a separate attack in Diyala province. Casualties were also reported in an attack in Fallujah.
Updated at 9:01 p.m. EDT, July, 20, 2010 As the British inquiry into the Iraq war revealed new insights into the internal machinations behind the invasion, violence soldiered on in Iraq. At least 12 Iraqis were killed and 38 more wounded in various attacks. Five Iranians also died and five more were wounded in an attack on pilgrims. More casualties also resulted from the guerilla war between Turkey and PKK rebels. Meanwhile, a meeting between Ayad Allawi and Nouri al-Maliki, leading contenders to be the next prime minister, did not end in success.
At least 17 Iraqis were wounded in the latest violence, but 11 decomposed bodies were found in a mass grave. Also, two people were wounded in an attack on Iranian pilgrims.