Updated at 6:50 p.m. EDT, July 26, 2009 At least 26 Iraqis were killed and 28 more were wounded in today’s attacks. No Coalition deaths were reported, but former soldiers described the conditions that likely contributed to the high amount of violent crimes attributed to a group of Iraq veterans. Separately, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that U.S. soldiers are allowed to defend themselves in attacks. Meanwhile, some Iraqis are finding it difficult to legally immigrate to the U.S. because of the “broad language” used in the Patriot Act. Also, polls closed peacefully in the Kurdish Autonomous Region.
The Iraqi army chief of staff, Gen. Babaker B. Shawkat Zebari, said attacks in Iraq could continue for years after the U.S. pullout in 2011. Meanwhile, Iraqi lawmaker Hanin al-Qadu, who represents Iraq’s Shabak minority in parliament, blamed Kurd militants for recent bombings in northern Iraq. At least nine Iraqis were killed and 30 more were wounded in today’s various attacks.
Updated at 8:45 p.m. EDT, May 13, 2009 At least five Iraqis were killed and 13 more were wounded in the latest attacks, but security forces also found an old mass grave containing about 100 bodies in Diwaniya. No Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile, Iraq again claimed they have an al-Qaeda leader in custody and U.S. forces returned the ancient city of Ur back to Iraqi control.
update at 3:25 p.m. EDT, May 6, 2009 At least 20 Iraqis were killed and 84 others were wounded in the latest violence. A massive bombing at a market in Baghdad was tempered by the failure of a second bomb to detonate. More bombs blasted victims elsewhere in Baghdad and in cities to the north of the capital. No Coalition deaths were reported.