Updated at 7:18 p.m. EDT, Oct. 20, 2009
Several small bomb attacks occurred in Baghdad and other central Iraqi towns. At least 11 Iraqis were killed and 34 were wounded in those scattered bombings and in Mosul. Also, one U.S. soldier was killed and two more were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Ninewa province. Meanwhile, Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki is in the United States meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. President Obama promised to hold the U.S. to a 2011 withdrawal date.
The U.S. military is investigating the events leading up to the deaths of five U.S. troops who were killed by a fellow soldier last May and has issued a report listing some of the findings from this probe. Sgt. John M. Russell stands accused of killing five comrades at a counseling center in Iraq. Fellow soldiers had observed his deteriorating behavior before the shooting.
In Baghdad, a bomb left on a bus in the Kadhimiya district killed one civilian and wounded four others. In nearby Adhamiya, an explosion wounded four people. Another bomb wounded three civilians in Obeidi. Another two were wounded in a blast in Dulai. Another bomb in eastern Baghdad wounded three people. In Zaafaraniya, police freed a kidnapping victim.
In Mosul, soldiers shot dead a gunman. Two bodies were discovered. Two Iraqi soldiers were wounded in a roadside bomb blast. Gunmen killed a juvenile hall official. Yesterday, two people were wounded another explosion.
A policeman was killed and two others were wounded in a roadside blast in Hilla.
A sticky bomb killed a woman just north of Baghdad in Taji.
An al-Qaeda suspect was captured in Saidiya.
A suspected al-Qaeda emir was arrested in Suwayra.
Four Iraqis were arrested near Baaj as they were trying to illegally re-enter Iraq from Syria.