The latest violence left 11 Iraqis dead and 52 more wounded. Also, at least 20 attacks on Iraq’s power grid are not only a costly annoyance but they also underscore the fragile sense of security. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is re-evaluating the effectiveness of counter-insurgency efforts, even as the U.S. observes the return of Sadrist power in the south.
Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and seven more were wounded in Mahmoudiya when the bomb they were attempting to defuse exploded.
In Baghdad, eight people were wounded, including police and civilians, during a blast near the Sheikh Abdul-Qader al-Kilani shrine in Bab al-Sheikh.
A bomb in Sadr City, the second in 24 hours, exploded on a minibus, killing five and wounding 20 more.
A blast wounded five people, all family members, on a road near Saidiya.
Two brothers were killed when they were shot at a fake checkpoint in Adhim.
In Riyadh, a bomb wounded two soldiers.
A bomb targeting the leader of the Turkmen exploded in Tuz Khormato, injuring one of his bodyguards.
A mass grave dating to the Saddam era was found in Shatt al-Arab.
A blast damaged the Diyala police chief’s vehicle, but left no casualties in Baquba.
In Fallujah, a bomb attached to a policeman’s car exploded but left no casualties.
A bomb was defused in Samawa.
An Iranian man was arrested in Khanaqin for taking pictures of checkpoints.
Eighteen suspects were detained across Basra province.