At least six Iraqis were wounded in unusually light violence. Reports are often light around important religious holidays, as may be this case this week. Meanwhile, parliament has put off holding their next session for two weeks or until there is agreement on some issues.
Solemn observances at the Imam Kadhim shrine in Baghdad culminated today. Although pilgrims began to return to their homes, they remain vulnerable to attacks. At least 33 Iraqis were killed and 119 more were wounded, mostly in the capital. Due to the nature of these reports an exact count is difficult at best: The confusion of numerous or larger attacks can lead to wildly conflicting numbers and vague locations. Meanwhile, the Iraqi Parliament is to meet next Tuesday, just ahead of a constitutional deadline.
Updated at 8:06 p.m. EDT, June 14, 2010 The new Iraqi parliament met today just long enough to swear in its new members as at least seven Iraqis were killed and 38 more were wounded in attacks around the country. Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department wants its own “mini-army” to provide security for its diplomatic staff after the U.S. military withdraws. The U.S. military announced it is removing all hazardous waste it produced during the occupation.
At least 11 Iraqis were killed and 23 others were wounded in the latest violence. One brazen attack left a senior Sunni parliamentarian dead. No Coalition deaths were reported. In Baghdad, a senior Sunni lawmaker was killed after delivering a sermon at a mosque in Yarmouk. Guards chased the teenage assailant who threw a grenade at his pursuers as they killed him. At least five others killed; one was a bodyguard. Another 12 people were wounded. Harith al-Obeidi had recently assumed leadership of the Iraqi Accord Front, when the former head became speaker of parliament.