Updated at 7:59 p.m. EDT, August 15, 2010
At least 33 Iraqis were killed and 91 more were wounded in fresh violence that erupted throughout central and northern Iraq. In one case, gunmen were specifically targeting Ramadan worshippers. Baghdad and nearby cities bore the brunt of the attacks. Meanwhile, new data suggest that hundreds of U.S. veterans may have misdiagnosed post-traumatic shock disorder.
The Iraqi National Alliance (INA) rejected a U.S. proposal to divide power between the two front runners for the premiership because they do not want Nouri al-Maliki to have another term in office. Maliki’s State of Law party is rumored to be ready to replace him with another candidate. Although the election was over five months ago, political jockeying has prevented a new government from forming. In the election, the Iraqiya part received the most parliamentary seats.
In Baghdad, three Iraqis were killed and 11 more were wounded on Qanat al-Jaysh Street. A triple bombing in Bab al-Muadham left one dead and seven wounded. A bomb in eastern Baghdad killed one person and wounded eight more. Near Shabb Stadium two policemen were killed and one was wounded during a blast. A bomb targeting a senior Ninewa police official visiting in Doura killed a bodyguard and wounded another. A blast in Amiriya wounded three people. Another in Camp al-Rashad wounded two more. A rocket killed one person and injured three others in Amin. Gunmen in Ghazaliya killed a policeman and wounded two others last night. Two suspects were arrested while planting a bomb on a car at the Yarmouk Hospital. A sticky bomb in Mustansiriya wounded four when it exploded.
In Mosul, one soldier was killed and another wounded in a drive-by shooting. Three were killed in other shooting. Four people were killed and five others were wounded in grenade attack on a checkpoint. Gunmen also stormed a policeman’s house where they killed him and injured his wife. A bomb killed one policeman and wounded three others. Also, an I.E.D. left on a highway leading to Baghdad exploded and killed a patrolman. A man’s body bearing gunshot wounds was found.
Three people were killed and 11 more were wounded when a bomb next to a minibus exploded in Sadr City.
Gunmen killed three worshippers and wounded two more right after dawn prayers in Jurf al-Sakhar.
Four people were wounded during an attack on a Karbala gold shop. The owner of the shop is in serious condition with head injuries. Many experts believe that gold and jewelry store robberies are a sign that al-Qaeda is strapped for cash.
Another Sahwa commander was killed and his bodyguard was wounded during a blast in Jurf al-Milah.
A blast in Naft-Khana left four policemen with injuries.
Gunmen in Numaniya killed an Iraqi pharmacist who had recently returned home after pursuing his studies in the United States.
A three policemen were wounded in a grenade attack in Fallujah.
A Sahwa member was killed in a bomb attack in an unnamed western town.
Four ships anchored off the Iraqi coast were boarded and robbed during a two-hour spree.