Wednesday: 1 US Soldier, 2 Iraqis Killed; 15 Iraqis Wounded

At least two Iraqis were killed and five others were wounded in light violence. Back in Texas, a U.S. soldier died of injuries received in a non-combat event that occurred in April. Also, U.S. Commander in Iraq General Ray Odierno presented U.S. President Barack Obama with a positive report on Iraqi security, and a new development in the hunt for a new prime minister has taken a turn that could end the impasse and help the security situation.

A spokesman from the Iraqiya party said that the party could support a prime minister from the Iraqi National Alliance if they are unable to form the new government themselves. The I.N.A. is pushing Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who is a current vice president, for premier.

In Baghdad, two people were wounded during a blast near a Doura grocery store.

A bomb in Abu Ghraib killed one person and wounded three others.

In Mosul, the body of a soldier was discovered with his throat slit; a number of people in the area were rounded up as suspects. A wanted man was arrested. A weapons depot was seized.

No casualties were reported after two roadside bombs damaged three U.S. vehicles at two separate locations south of Tikrit.

Three Syrians suspected of belonging to the Naqshabandiya Army were detained in Ninewa.

A wanted man was arrested in Abbasi.

Ten suspects were detained in Saidiya.

In Turkey, clashes between Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels and Turkish troops left one soldier dead and three wounded. Two PKK members, one a woman, were also killed. Meanwhile, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani is on a diplomatic visit to Ankara, the first since the 2003 invasion.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.