Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced trip to Iraq to encourage officials to end an impasse preventing a new prime minister from taking office. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met Biden, but separately also met with a congressional committee to reassure them of progress in that selection. Also, at least four Iraqis were wounded in light violence.
In Baquba, three policemen were wounded as they attempted to defuse a bomb. A prosecutor ordered a key Iraqiya leader and another key member released over a lack of evidence after the pair spent a month in detention.
Police near Hilla liberated a 15-year-old girl who was a kidnap victim.
Rockets and mortars were found in a cache hidden west of Karbala.
Eleven suspects were detained in Basra.
Seven men suspected of involvement in jewelry stores and money exchanges in Fallujah were arrested.