Updated 7:58 p.m. EST, Dec. 29, 2008
At least nine Iraqis were killed and nine more were wounded during a light day of violence. No Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile, Britain hopes to finalize a security agreement with Iraq before the U.N. mandate runs out. Also, Sweden demanded due process for a Swedish citizen held in custody by U.S. forces.
Six civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb was detonated in downtown Baquba.
In Mosul, a suicide bomber killed a man as well as himself at a grocery shop. Gunmen killed two people in separate incidents. Soldiers detained a TV journalist on charges of being related to an Islamic State of Iraq finance minister.
A Jalawla council member shot and injured a fellow councilman.
Eight suspects were arrested in Iskandariya.
A suspect was arrested in Taza.
Three suspects were detained in Muqdadiya.
In Diyala, 171 women are running for public office in upcoming elections. An estimated 8,000 women were made widows by the violence, leaving them vulnerable not only to poverty but to recruitment as suicide bombers as well. The women running for office hope to improve conditions for the widows.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis