Thursday: 6 Iraqis Killed, 18 Wounded

At least six Iraqis were killed and 18 more were wounded in a series of small attacks that included the assassination of a former Iraqiya candidate and a near miss at the home of another.

A U.S. House of Representatives panel approved $690 billion in military spending for fiscal 2012.

Parliament accepted three former vice presidents for new terms in the mostly ceremonial but highly prestigious office; however, voting on security cabinet posts was postponed. Meanwhile, they sacked an elections commission member.

The U.N. Refugee Agency in Iraq is stockpiling supplies should a large influx of Iraqi refugees return across the Syrian border to escape escalating violence there. Syria is hosting over 400,000 Iraqi refugees and in the midst of widespread protests.

A former British intelligence official told an Iraq war inquiry that members of Tony Blair’s government had manufactured the case for war from a "Dodgy Dossier" instead of available intelligence.

A statement issued by the Islamic State of Iraq claimed the group had slipped weapons into a Baghdad prison ahead of a deadly escape attempt recently.

The exodus of Christians continues.

A Navy researcher has possibly discovered, tucked within dust particles, the cause of many wartime maladies, including Gulf War Syndrome.

In Baghdad, five people were wounded when two bombs exploded in Ghazaliya. An explosion at a Bataween liquor store wounded two people. An unknown number of casualties occurred during a blast in Baladiyat. A bomb in Waziriya left one dead and three wounded.

In Mosul, gunmen killed a former Iraqiya candidate and her bodyguard.

Two decapitated bodies were discovered in Mussayab, where the victims had been kidnapped three days ago.

In Hilla, the body of a teenager who had been tortured was found.

A policeman was killed while trying to disarm a bomb in Tikrit. An unrelated security sweep netted 11 suspects. A police officer was targeted in a sticky bomb attack that left two bodyguards wounded instead.

In Kirkuk, a rocket severely damaged the home of a member of parliament, but no casualties were reported. When police arrived a bomb exploded wounding two bystanders.

A Nationalities Certificates official was wounded in sticky bomb blast in Tuz Khormato.

Two farmers were wounded in a bomb explosion near Baquba.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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