In a new interview, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted mistakes were made in the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, but that she would still want to depose Saddam Hussein if given the a second chance to do it all over again. Meanwhile, at least five Iraqis were killed and five more were wounded in light prayer day violence. Also, Shi’ite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani suffered a heart attack.
Criticism of the latest Iraqi casualty estimate has come quickly. The new figure, released by the U.S. military yesterday, came under attack from Iraqi politicians who feel the tally is too low. One former parliamentarian even warns that civilians killed in U.S. operations could have been left out of the numbers, while another politician suggested the deaths were purposefully undercounted.
In Baghdad, a blast targeting an Interior Ministry employee in the Doura neighborhood killed him and wounded three others.
Seven suspects were arrested in Fallujah. Explosives and weapons were seized.
Two suspects were picked-up in Riyadh.
Two more were arrested in Rashad.