Updated at 8:24 p.m. EST, Nov. 17, 2009
At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 25 more were wounded in new attacks. Perhaps in hope of further reducing violence, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered security forces to allow citizens to keep one piece of light arms in their homes.
Just days after Sunni Arab Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi threatened to veto the newly passed election bill if more parliamentary seats are not added for Iraqis living overseas, Kurd officials vowed to boycott the election if more seats aren’t allocated for Kurdish areas. Any delay in voting could postpone the U.S. drawdown.
Another vexing problem for the government and citizens nationwide is the fallout from recent Baghdad bombings. Because government buildings were targeted, it has become even more difficult for Iraqis to obtain certain necessary services.
In Baghdad, a bomb killed two people and wounded six others in Doura. U.S. forces conducting an operation in Mansour wounded a man who would not stop his vehicle for them; eight suspects were arrested in the operation.
In Kirkuk, an unidentified body was found at a market. A decayed body was discovered on a highway outside of the city. A bomb near a liquor store wounded two civilians. One suspect was arrested in a joint U.S.-Iraqi operation. Two policemen were wounded when a bomb planted on their vehicle was detonated.
A body bearing gunshot wounds was found in Shurqat.
Gunmen killed a member of an Awakening Council (Sahwa) at a checkpoint in Baquba. A civilian was killed and three others were wounded in a small arms attack at an orchard.
Police in Mahaweel arrested a man who confessed to the kidnap and murder of a child.
A roadside bomb wounded an Iraqi officer and three soldiers in Balad Ruz.
Near Tal Afar, a judge survived an assassination attempt, but his driver was wounded. Security was tightened in the city due after a tip warned of a suicide attack.
In Saidiya, a body was found and a man was kidnapped.
Five people were injured in two blasts in Fallujah. A vehicle ban is in place.
In Mosul, gunmen in one car shot at another, killing the driver and wounding the driver’s son.
Nine Iraqis were arrested for entering the country illegally from Syria. The Iraqis are from the Sinjar area.
Police in Mafraq arrested four suspects accused of blowing up a home.
An armor-piercing device filled with C4 explosives was defused in Dhi Qar.
A suspect was captured in Hawija.
Thirteen suspects were detained across Diyala province.
Three people were detained in Basra.