Updated at 8:56 p.m. EST, Jan. 13, 2009
Reports of violence dropped off as U.S. Vice President-elect Biden continued his trip to Iraq. At least two Iraqis were killed and another 18 were wounded in light violence. Meanwhile, a newly released report sheds light on the mismanagement of the rebuilding of Iraq’s oil infrastructure. Separately, Iraqi officials admitted there might be problems with voting rules that will guide upcoming elections.
An Iraqi spokesperson said that U.S. VP-elect Joe Biden promised that U.S. troops will keep to a withdrawal timeline. He added that President-elect Obama will confer with commanders before making any new withdrawal decisions.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb killed one policeman and injured another. Five suspects were detained in connection with an attack on cell towers. A man was arrested after throwing a hand grenade that failed to leave casualties. A bomb killed a policeman, while gunmen separately wounded another yesterday.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb injured a policeman in a southeast neighborhood. Late in the day, seven people were wounded when mortars struck Adhamiya. A roadside bomb wounded eight people in Doura. Six army officers were arrested in connection with a bombing in Kadhimiya.
Police found and defused a bomb left in a Tikrit University lecture hall.
Seven missiles were seized west of Kut.
Nine suspects were detained across Iraq.
More than 127,057 detainees have been released through a general amnesty law.