The latest violence left 11 Iraqis dead and 52 more wounded. Also, at least 20 attacks on Iraq’s power grid are not only a costly annoyance but they also underscore the fragile sense of security. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is re-evaluating the effectiveness of counter-insurgency efforts, even as the U.S. observes the return of Sadrist power in the south.
At least eight Iraqis were killed and 12 more were wounded in the latest attacks, which included an artillery strike from Iranian territory. No U.S. casualties were reported despite two direct attacks on troops. Also, it appears that P.M. Maliki is locked in to be the premier for another term.
Updated at 2:50 p.m. EDT, May 14, 2010 At least 29 Iraqis were killed and 128 more were wounded in three separate attacks in Iraq. The Islamic State in Iraq, meanwhile, has threatened new attacks after naming its new leader. Also, no fraud was detected during a recount of Baghdad province ballots.
Updated at 6:22 p.m. EDT, May 12, 2010 Casualties ticked back up again after a brief respite. At least 19 Iraqis were killed and another 68 were wounded in the latest violence. Meanwhile, many Iraqis, including security personnel, suspect that politicians mired in a power struggle are behind some of the recent attacks. Also, the De-Ba’athification committee issued conflicting statements on whether its election work is over.
Attacks tapered off significantly after one of the bloodiest days in months. Security was tightened at checkpoints, while Iraqi forces conducted house-to-house searches hoping to find those responsible for yesterday’s multiple attacks. Babel and Basra have announced mourning periods. Today, at least one Iraqi was killed and eight more were wounded in new attacks.
Updated at 8:02 p.m. EDT, May 7, 2010 At least 13 Iraqis were killed and 24 were wounded in violent attacks. Meanwhile, Ayad Allawi, the former prime minister whose Iraqiya list won the most seats in parliamentary elections, insisted his party has the right to form the next government. Should Iraqiya, which was favored by Sunni Iraqis, be squeezed out, it could signal a return to sectarian violence.
Updated at 10:28 p.m. EDT, May 6, 2010 At least five Iraqis were killed and 13 more were wounded in the latest attacks. Meanwhile, a mass grave containing 55 Iraqis soldiers killed in Kuwait during the 1991 war was discovered there. Also, a day after terms of a political alliance were leaked to the press, one important condition came under closer scrutiny.
Updated at 8:30 p.m. EDT, May 5, 2010 At least nine Iraqis were killed and eight more were wounded in light violence, as details of an agreement that could hasten the formation of the new government were leaked to the press.
At least six Iraqis were killed and 16 more were wounded as a manual recount of ballots begin today in Baghdad. The contentious recount was not without its own controversy as the prime minister’s party found fault with the procedures that could help them win more seats in the new parliament.
Vice President Hashimi made his feelings over post-election machinations known, while at least 12 Iraqis were killed and 25 more were wounded in the latest violence. Also, government figures showed a post-election increase in civilian deaths for April.