At least nine Iraqis were killed and 30 more were wounded in the latest round of attacks. In one incident U.S troops were involved in a counter attack on suspects seen launching rockets at an airbase in Basra province.
The governor if Kirkuk province warned that the "security situation will collapse" if U.S. troops are allowed to leave on schedule. The province is contested between Arab and Kurd Iraqis, but there are also other minority groups there. Separately, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that conditions do not favor withdrawing Iraq troops from the cities and handing security to local police.
The Integrity Commission reported that 479 people were convicted on corruption charges, including three ministers.
A U.S. helicopter patrol fired upon two men seen launching rockets in Basra. Local authorities then arrived on scene where they discovered that one suspect was killed and two others were wounded. Local media reported the counterattack also killed one Iraqi civilian and wounded three others.
Mortar fire wounded 10 soldiers at a checkpoint in Rashad.
In Baghdad, a bomb in Doura wounded three street cleaners; later, another bomb wounded four civilians. A blast in Hurriya wounded two civilians. Two soldiers were killed in a shooting in Jamiaa. Gunmen killed a soldier in the east banks district. In Shula, another soldier was shot dead.
One civilian was killed and six others were wounded in Mussayab when a bomb exploded at a marketplace.
Gunmen killed two soldiers in Mosul.
Rockets fell on a military air base near Amara.
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