Updated at 10:28 p.m. EDT, May 6, 2010
At least five Iraqis were killed and 13 more were wounded in the latest attacks. Meanwhile, a mass grave containing 55 Iraqis soldiers killed in Kuwait during the 1991 war was discovered there. Also, a day after terms of a political alliance were leaked to the press, one important condition came under closer scrutiny.
A spokesman for Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said the cleric was not consulted before the members of the State of Law party and Iraqi National Alliance agreed to make the marjaiya the final say in any disputes between them. The marjaiya are a group of clerics residing in Najaf who have previously resisted greater public involvement in political processes. Another issue is the selection of the next prime minister. A major component of the INA, the Sadrists, do not want Nouri al-Maliki to return. The largest Kurdish bloc has said it will support any prime minister the Shi’ite coalition presents as their candidate.
In Baghdad, two people were killed and four more were wounded when an I.E.D. left near al-Leqaa Square in Mansour exploded. A manager from the Ministry of National Security was found shot dead in his car’s trunk.
In Mosul, the body of a student/journalist kidnapped in the city of Arbil was discovered; his family blames Kurdish security forces for killing him over his scathing articles on the Kurdish political parties. A suspected al-Qaeda leader was captured.
A blast in Mahmoudiya killed one person and wounded three more.
Three people were wounded in Qaim, including the driver of a water truck parked near the source of the blast.
In Fallujah, a woman was wounded in a random shooting.