Updated at 9:25 p.m. EDT, June 27, 2010
At least nine Iraqis were killed and eight more were wounded in light violence. Also, a U.S. soldier was killed and two more were wounded during a vehicular accident in Diwaniya. Meanwhile, Iraqi journalists continue to suffer harassment from Iraqi officials who see nothing amiss in the arrest of elderly reporters on charges that lack evidence.
In Baghdad, a sticky bomb left on a car on Haifa St. killed the driver and wounded a bystander. Another sticky bomb, this one in Furat, wounded a married couple. A third sticky bomb wounded a driver in Khadraa.
Due to lack of evidence, a 70-year-old journalist was released after spending 20 days in detention in Adhamiya. Iraqi and U.S. military officials have harassed and arrested many journalists over the last few years even though the Iraqi government has been pressed to protect journalists’ rights and reduce censorship.
In Mosul, gunmen killed an Iraqi soldier when they stormed his home. Two civilians were shot dead. Two civilians were wounded in a grenade attack. Gunmen killed a real estate agent, whose son is a policeman. A soldier was killed and a policeman was wounded when the bomb they were defusing exploded. U.S. troops killed three gunmen seen planting a bomb south of the city.
A policeman was wounded during a raid in Amiriya that netted one of the shooters.
Four Naqshabandiya Army members were captured in Udhaim.
Three suspects were arrested near Kirkuk.
An Iranian was detained for living illegally in Saidiya.
Officials in Najaf have inked a deal to build a monorail in the city. The system will ferry pilgrims between religious sites, the bus stations and the airport.