More attacks against Shi’ite pilgrims occurred today, while Christians are themselves on the move to safer locations both within and outside Iraq’s borders. At least nine Iraqis were killed and 32 more were wounded in the latest violence Meanwhile, Adm. Mike Mullen met with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki today to discuss the United States and Iraq’s military relationship after the withdrawal of troops next year.
Four people were killed and 20 more were wounded in suicide bombing in Balad Ruz. The attack came a day after a similar strike against Ashuraa observances in nearby Baquba. The bomber apparently blew himself up while being checked for explosives or after an observant policeman spotted him.
South of the capital, a bomb planted near the home of an Awakening Council (Sahwa) member exploded, killing his wife and daughter.
A married couple was killed and their son was wounded during a blast in Hilla.
A policeman’s home was blown up in Numaniya but no casualties were reported.