Updated at 7:16 p.m. EDT, July 23, 2009
At least four Iraqis were killed and 17 more were wounded in light violence. No Coalition deaths were reported, but the Iraqi Monitor of Constitutional Freedom and Bill of Rights (MRFC) reported that U.S. forces have killed at least 10 Iraqis since withdrawing from cities at the end of June.
Early voting began in the Kurdish Autonomous Region, but most voters will head to the polls on Saturday. Curfews were imposed on Sinjar and Tal Keef for the duration of voting in Kurdistan. Neither district is in the K.A.R. but Tal Keef is on the border and Ninewa province has a large population of Kurds. The election isn’t the only concern facing Kurdistan. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki mentioned the rift between the regional and the central governments as being one of the greatest challenges left in post-war Iraq.
In Baghdad, a displaced family returning to their Ghazaliya home was greeted with a bomb that wounded three people. One civilian was killed and two more were wounded in a blast the U.S. military denies was targeting their patrol in the Yusufiya neighborhood. A blast in Amin wounded one Iraqi soldier.
Gunmen lobbed a grenade at an MNF patrol in Kirkuk. The explosion missed the patrol and wounded a civilian. Later, one civilian was killed and three more were wounded in a roadside bomb blast near the Sabriya mosque.
In Hayy, gunmen killed two women and wounded four other members of their family.
An I.E.D. destroyed an Iraqi Hummer in Abu Ghraib, but no casualties were reported.
Security forces in Anbar released the names of 1,500 people wanted for crimes.
Authorities in Dhi Qar are discussing receiving Iraqi detainees held in U.S. custody.
Four improvised bombs were defused near Amara.
Munitions were seized in Missan province.
The Iraqi Integrity Commission issued 1,455 arrest warrants across the country in the first six months of the year. The suspects are wanted on corruption charges.