Updated at 11:36 p.m. EDT, July 10, 2009
The prayer day started out quietly. Only four Iraqi deaths were reported in the early hours, and another five Iraqis were wounded. The break in attacks comes only a day after the worst violence since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraqi cities; however, a U.S. soldier killed an Iraqi civilian on a rural highway. No Coalition deaths were reported, but the mother of a British soldier who died in a Land Rover accident won the right to a legal review of the vehicle’s use. In Baghdad, a parliamentary meeting will be held to determine the reasons behind a delay implementing an amnesty law for Iraqi detainees. Also, the Iraqi soccer team won it’s first home game since 2002.
The mother of a British soldier who died four years ago won the right to a legal review of the vehicle blamed in the accident. The Snatch Land Rover has been blamed in the deaths of over 30 servicemembers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
An amnesty law has allowed over 132,000 Iraqi detainees to go free. Many Iraqis were arrested and held without trial or even evidence. The amnesty law allows for such detainees to be freed; however, the Justice Ministry has accused the Interior Ministry of delays in implementing that law. A meeting will be held to determine the reasons behind the delay.
In Baghdad, gunmen attacked a group of Awakening Council fighters in Amil, killing one and wounding another of the fighters. A bomb in al-Shurta al-Rabeaa wounded a policeman and three family members. Eight suspects were detained.
A U.S. soldier killed an Iraqi civilian who failed to stop when ordered. The incident occurred on a highway between Balad and Tikrit.
A policeman was killed in a blast in Mosul.
Gunmen in Jurf al-Sakhar killed an Awakening Council fighter.
Three Katyusha rockets landed on the al-Batira airstrip near Amara.