Saturday: 4 Iraqi Killed, 14 Wounded

Updated at 5:25 p.m. EST, Nov. 13, 2010

At least four Iraqis were killed and 13 more were wounded in light violence in northern Iraq. Meanwhile, a general outline describing how the new government will operate was approved today by parliament.

Iraqiya ended its boycott of parliament and helped approve a power-sharing agreement that will ostensibly increase Sunni power in government while keeping in check that of the prime minister. The parliamentary vote took place within hours of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, the head of Iraqiya, saying he would kill the deal. His rivals in the Kurd and Shi’ite alliances also threatened to abandon the agreement after Thursday’s dramatic walkout by dozens of Iraqiya members. The walkout was in part due to what Iraqiya perceived was the backpedaling of the other lawmakers to one of their major demands–the inclusion of former Ba’athists in the government; however, even that issue in now being considered. Many had feared the instability of the new government could unleash a significant wave of sectarian violence should it fall, but that seems less likely now.

In Mosul, a roadside bomb targeting a patrol wounded seven people. Another bombing left one dead and one wounded. Gunmen also killed a visitor to Mosul.

A Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) member was killed in a blast in Khanaqin. His son and another companion were wounded, but so were three others.

The strangled corpse of a female was discovered in the Tigris River at Samarra.

In Baghdad, an intelligence officer was killed.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.