Updated at 7:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 25, 2008
At least six Iraqis were killed and 10 more were wounded in a day of light violence. Two U.S, servicemembers were killed in Mosul, while a third GI died in Diyala. Meanwhile, it is the last day of debate before parliament votes on a proposed U.S.-Iraq security agreement.
A gunman dressed in an Iraqi army uniform killed a U.S. soldier and a Marine as they were distributing humanitarian aid in Baaj today. Two Marines and three Iraqis were also wounded in the incident. Yesterday, a U.S. soldier died of non-combat causes in Diyala province.
Iraqi leaders are at work trying to gather support from Sunni parliamentarians for a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement. A demand for concessions was their immediate response. Despite the possibility of violence, Baghdad Operations Command said they will take no extra security precautions during tomorrow’s vote on the plan. Meanwhile, Iranian newspapers came out against the deal. Many Iraqis see the vote as a referendum on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s performance. Among
Clashes broke out in Duluiya after a kidnapping yesterday. Two people were killed and four others were wounded. One of the dead was the brother of the kidnap victim. Two Sahwa members were injured during the incident.
In Baghdad, a bomb blast on Palestine St. injured two people.
Gunmen in Mosul wounded a child.
Two bodies were fished out of the Tigris River at Suwayra.
U.S. forces killed two suspects in Rawah and detained five at other locations.
The Iraqi army detained 65 suspects across Iraq.
Authorities discovered that an inmate at Camp Bucca was an al-Qaeda leader. He was arrested in Diyala province.
Authorities at the Nasariya jail said a total of 256 detainees (of 903) have been released from the prison since the implementation of an amnesty law designed to help innocent detainees and suspects who are no longer dangerous to exit the system.
In other political news, one Iraqi lawmaker complained about the lack of transparency during negotiations that lead to a natural gas deal. SPCA International decried the “inhumane” methods used in a government campaign to reduce the number of stray dogs on Baghdad streets. the Also, analysts ponder just how much Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s influence has waned.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis