Updated at 8:06 p.m. EDT, June 14, 2010
The new Iraqi parliament met today just long enough to swear in its new members as at least seven Iraqis were killed and 38 more were wounded in attacks around the country. Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department wants its own "mini-army" to provide security for its diplomatic staff after the U.S. military withdraws. The U.S. military announced it is removing all hazardous waste it produced during the occupation.
The new parliament met for 20 minutes before adjourning its inaugural session over an inability to move forward with pending appointments of various government positions. The session is technically "open" to allow the new government to form within constitutional requirements, but no date has been set for the next gathering. The formation of the new government stalled when no party won a clear majority in March elections.
In Mosul, one person was killed and 30 were wounded during a roadside bombing at a market. A sticky bomb blast left no casualties. No casualties were reported after three bombs were defused. A suspected assassin of a politician was arrested.
In Baghdad, an I.E.D. killed two police personnel and wounded four others in the Rashied neighborhood.
Gunmen feigning car trouble killed three members of the Awakening Council (Sahwa) in Balad.
Mortars fell on a Sahwa checkpoint in Shurqat, where they killed one guard and wounded three bystanders.
Eleven suspects were arrested in Iskandariya.
Wassit province has tightened security around banks and jewelry stores.
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels killed one Turkish soldier and wounded four others during a clash in Turkey.