Updated at 7:25 p.m. EDT, May, 24, 2010
At least four Iraqis were killed and nine more were wounded in the latest violence. One of the the dead was a winning candidate in March’s election. Also, one U.S. soldier was killed while conducting security operations. With journalists following U.S. troops to Afghanistan, fewer reports manage to get out of the country unless a major attack occurs. The Pentagon on Saturday said that there are now more troops in Afghanistan than in Iraq. Back in the U.S., Gen. Ray Odierno was nominated to head U.S. Joint Forces Command.
In Mosul, an Iraqiya list lawmaker was assassinated and his driver was wounded in a small arms attack; two suspects were captured. Gunmen stormed a home and murdered an elderly woman. A roadside bomb wounded a woman. Two soldiers were wounded in a roadside bomb blast. A civilian was shot to death. Another roadside bomb was defused. A car bomb was discovered and defused.
In Ramadi, a pair of bombs at a policeman’s home killed his guard and wounded four relatives.
A bomb wounded a civilian in Garma.
A roadside bomb blasted a U.S. patrol in Kut but no casualties were reported.
Near Tikrit, gunmen blew-up a home belonging to an army officer, but no casualties were reported.
In Basra province, 12 suspects were arrested.
Police in Jalawla captured a kidnapping gang comprised of three brothers and their uncle.
A wanted suspect was arrested in Kirkuk.