Updated at 7:11 p.m. EDT, Sept. 23, 2010
Iraq’s political deadlock was high on the agenda at the 7th Interior Ministers Meeting. The ministers of several neighboring countries acknowledged that Iraq’s politics are an internal matter, but they also stressed a "regional need" for Iraq to seat its new government. Meanwhile, 12 Iraqis were killed and 12 more were wounded in new violence. A foreign contractor was also wounded.
In Baghdad, one policeman was killed and three others were wounded when a bomb exploded near his Tarmiya home. A roadside bomb in Zayouna left four young boys dead and four others wounded. One soldier was wounded in a blast in Amiriya. Finance Ministry guards killed a policeman they mistook for a bomber. Mortars struck the Green Zone, wounding one foreign contractor.
Three civilians were wounded in a blast in Saidiya.
In Baquba, gunmen killed a civilian.
An army officer was wounded in a sticky bomb attack in Gatoun.
Gunmen in Kut killed the nephew of an intelligence officer.
In Taji, gunmen killed a Council of Ministers official and his wife.
A building housing a scientific research lab in Dujail was damaged during an explosion.
Five suspects were captured during a joint Iraqi-U.S. raid in Numaniya.
Three men were arrested for conspiring to kill the Souk al-Shyoukh police chief.
Fourteen suspects were detained and 41 mortar shells were seized across Basra province.