Updated at 8:58 p.m. EST, Nov. 9, 2010
At least nine Iraqis were killed and 42 more were wounded in new violence. Most of the attacks in the capital targeted Christians. Meanwhile, political leaders are closer to forming a new government. The Iraqiya party has apparently accepted the speaker of parliament position but may still be balking at having Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki given a second turn at the premiership. Ayad Allawi, Iraqiya’s leader, may have also accepted to head the Political Council of Strategic Policies.
In Baghdad, about three people were killed and 25 more were wounded in a spate of attacks against Christians. The attacks took place in Sinaa, Raghba Khatoun, Hay al-Ghadeer, and Doura and included one against a Camp Sara neighborhood family who recently lost a relative to the Our Lady of Salvation attack. At least a dozen roadside bombs were reported, as well as mortar strikes. Another attack, in Mansour, left no casualties. Two of yesterday’s late evening attacks may have been part of this series.
A bomb planted under a water pump in Iskandariya killed three brothers and wounded two more. All belonged to the Awakening Council.
A mosque imam was killed in Garma.
In Fallujah, an I.E.D. wounded two policemen.
One guard was killed and two others were wounded in Qarna when an I.E.D. exploded.
A large weapons cache was discovered in Madaen.
Twenty-three suspects were captured near Kirkuk.
Fifty suspects were arrested in Missan province.