Updated at 9:05 p.m. Aug. 9, 2010 After a bloody pair of days, violence subsided somewhat, but at least seven Iraqis were killed and 34 were wounded in the latest attacks. Ramadan will likely begin for Sunnis tomorrow night and on Wednesday night for Shi’ite Muslims, depending on the sighting of the moon. The holiday has seen a surge in violence in the past and increased attacks are expected this year.
Updated at 8:20 p.m. EDT, Aug. 6, 2010 A rash of attacks in Baghdad today highlighted a trend towards attacking vulnerable traffic policemen. At least seven Iraqis were killed and 29 more were wounded in those and other attacks In Baghdad. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda is offering to pay Sunnis to return fighting alongside them against the government. Also, the U.N. is reporting that 25 percent of Iraqis live below the poverty line and 30 percent are unemployed.