Memories of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib have resurfaced as a military appeals court reviews whether the judge in one case conducted the trial properly. Meanwhile, Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani encouraged voters to participate in next month’s national elections. At least eight Iraqis were killed and five more were wounded in light violence. Also, there are rumors that the Mahdi Army may be resurfacing as sectarian violence appears to be re-igniting.
Updated at 6:47 p.m. EDT, Oct. 5, 2009 At least 12 Iraqis were killed and 62 more were wounded across the country. Meanwhile, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned that he would call for a boycott of January elections if it is not run on the “open list” system.