Updated at 9:51 p.m EST, Nov. 8, 2008
At least 17 Iraqis were killed and another 28 were wounded in lighter violence today. One American soldier was killed and two more were wounded during a bombing in the capital. Surprisingly, Iraqi President Talabani and two VPs approved a minority rights bill that they and other critics said did not give Iraq’s ethnic groups enough representation in provincial governments. Only yesterday, they hinted at a veto. Also, Hungary and South Korea are withdrawing their troops by year’s end. Romania and Bulgaria previously announced they would withdraw their troops as well.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb killed one Iraqi soldier and wounded two others in Siddiq. Gunmen killed an off-duty policeman. In Arbajiya, one Iraqi soldier was killed and another was wounded as they failed to properly defuse a bomb. Also, the defense minister visited Mosul for a troop inspection.
In Baghdad, one person was killed and seven others were wounded during a bombing in the Qahira neighborhood. A bomb in Amil wounded three people including a soldier. A kidnap victim was liberated in Adhamiya. Russian missiles and Italian landmines were confiscated. Also, a body was found in Obeidi.
Gunmen attacked a security patrol in al-Multaqa. One Iraqi soldier was wounded, while a gunmen was killed.
A former Baath Party member was killed in a small arms attack in Kut.
In Diyala province, 600 re-recruited policemen are suspected of having ties to al-Qaeda.
Twelve suspects were arrested in Ninewa province.
A suspected al-Qaeda leader and his brother were arrested in Jalawla.
An al-Qaeda leader was captured in Falluja.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis