Thursday: 24 Iraqis Killed, 40 Wounded

Updated at 7:31 p.m. EST, Feb. 24, 2011 At least 24 Iraqis were killed and 40 more were wounded today. The worst attack occurred during festivities in Ramadi. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki attempted to dissuade protesters from attending mass rallies tomorrow, and a shoe-throwing journalist is back in Iraq and back in the news.

Thursday: 61 Iraqis Killed, 252 Wounded

Updated at 9:50 p.m. EST, Jan. 21, 2010 For the third day in a road, massive attacks targeting police and pilgrims have shocked Iraqis who hoped the seating of a new government would bring calm to the country. At least 61 were killed and 252 more were wounded in the violence which took place between Baquba and Karbala, including Baghdad, where many pilgrims are traveling by foot for Arbaeen observances.

Saturday: 3 US Soldiers, 2 Iraqis Killed; 6 Iraqis Wounded

Three U.S. soldiers were killed in two separate events. Iraqi soldiers allegedly staged one of the attacks. The other was also hostile. At least two Iraqis were killed six others were wounded, almost all in Baghdad. Also, the Syrian premier is in Iraq in an attempt to improve ties, and the bid received a positive reception from the Iraqi parliament.

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.

Tuesday: 18 Iraqis Killed, 11 Wounded

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki assured the United States that American troops are no longer needed and there will be no extension of an agreement permitting them in Iraq. Meanwhile, at least 18 Iraqis were killed and 11 more were wounded in the latest violence. Also, five Iraqi Ba’ath Party factions have formed a new party in Damascus.

Monday: 24 Iraqis Killed, 66 Wounded

At least 24 Iraqis were killed and 66 more were wounded in new violence. The worst attack occurred in Anbar province where, as Awakening Council members abandon their security role, attacks have resumed after a relatively peaceful spell. Also, Kitaeb Hezbollah warned of attacks if U.S. troops fail to withdraw at the end of next year.

Monday: 1 US Soldier, 31 Iraqis Killed; 52 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 10:16 p.m. EST, Nov. 16, 2009 At least 31 Iraqis were killed and 52 more were wounded during an alarming surge in violence today. In one attack, 13 Iraqis were executed by men who were wearing Iraqi army uniforms. A U.S. soldier died of injuries received in a vehicular accident as well. Meanwhile, a British soldier convicted of a war crime detailed some of the abuses Iraqis were subjected to by his fellow soldiers.