Updated at 6:22 p.m. EDT, May 12, 2010
Casualties ticked back up again after a brief respite. At least 19 Iraqis were killed and another 68 were wounded in the latest violence. Meanwhile, many Iraqis, including security personnel, suspect that politicians mired in a power struggle are behind some of the recent attacks. Also, the De-Ba’athification committee issued conflicting statements on whether its election work is over.
The Accountability and Justice (De-Ba’athification) Committee, which is charged with rooting out members of the illegal Ba’ath Party, has ended its investigation of election candidates, but the fate of nine winners currently accused of ties is still unresolved. The committee caused much confusion and enmity during the run-up to the election in March thanks to its secretive disqualifications. Some even accused it of a politically based witch-hunt against popular Sunni candidates. The Ba’ath Party was outlawed after the fall of the Saddam regime.
In Baghdad, a dumped body left next to a store in Shula attracted victims to a bomb that killed three people and wounded 25 more. Late yesterday, six people were killed and sixteen others were wounded when two bombs targeting police exploded in the Doura district. A soldier was wounded during a small arms attack on a checkpoint.
Seven people were killed and 25 others were wounded when a car bomb exploded near a popular cafe in Sadr City.
Two brothers were kidnapped north of Baquba.
A female student was kidnapped from a university in Kut.
Kurdish forces found a weapons cache near Suleiman Bek.
Ten suspects were detained in Kirkuk.
Five Iranians and two Iraqis were arrested for smuggling oil. Seven tankers were confiscated from them.