Updated at 5:30 p.m. EDT, Sept. 3, 2009
At least 15 Iraqis and 125 more were wounded in the latest attacks, which include a significant bombing just south of Baghdad. Two U.S. soldiers were killed and five more were injured as well, in a vehicular accident in Diyala province. Also, a deputy minister was arrested in a corruption sting.
Turkey has denied Iraq’s request to allow more water to flow through rivers into Iraq. A severe drought has left both countries and Syria with considerably less rain but more tensions. Authorities in both Turkey and Syria claim each country is delivering more water than either country is legally obligated to, but it hasn’t been enough. Iraq will have to import crops at a time when oil prices are low.
At least five bombs at a Mussayab shrine left four dead and 65 wounded.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb at an Awakening Council (Sahwa) checkpoint in Adhamiya wounded four members and four bystanders. In Doura, a bomb planted on a Sahwa leader’s care left five wounded. A bomb in Kasra wounded five civilians. Three civilians were wounded during a blast in Ghadeer.
Last night a suicide bomber stormed a home in Tal Afar, where he killed a married couple. He then waited for security forces to arrive before detonating his bomb and wounding ten of them in the blast.
A suicide bomber struck outside the home of a policeman in Ramadi, where he wounded five people, including one civilian. Separately, a man attempting to plant a bomb was killed when the bomb exploded prematurely; two bystanders were wounded as well.
In Mosul, a policeman was killed when a bomb he stopped to examine exploded. A separate bomb killed another policeman. Two civilians were wounded in another blast and three more were wounded in a fourth bombing. A child was wounded by a stray bullet.
Seven suspects were detained in Basra.
Three suspects were captured in Karbala.
A suspected al-Qaeda official was arrested in Suwayra.
The Justice Ministry released 93 detainees who were cleared of charges against them.