Updated at 5:34 p.m. EDT, July 23, 2008
As predicted President
Talabani rejected a controversial
elections law. This will likely delay provincial elections until next year. Today's
light violence was marked by a significant amount of arrests, particularly in
Babel province. Overall, at least seven Iraqis were killed and five more were
wounded. Also, $3 billion has been set
aside to rebuild Baghdad.
President Jalal Talabani rejected
an elections law that was passed yesterday despite a boycott by Kurdish and other
lawmakers. At heart is the power structure of multi-ethnic Kirkuk province.
Talabani blamed a lack of consensus among parliament's ethnic factions for the
rejection. The law would have allowed provincial elections to move forward in
October, but now those elections will be delayed indefinitely.
a roadside bomb wounded three
policemen in a southeastern neighborhood. Mortars striking a police station
wounded two civilians. Two
Iraqi soldiers were shot dead at a checkpoint. Also, gunmen shot and killed
a civilian near his home.
In Kirkuk, a sniper using a silencer
the son of the editor-in-chief of a local weekly newspaper.
two bodies were
discovered. A large amount of explosives was discovered
in a ministry building. Also, four al-Qaeda suspects were detained
during a security operation in Khadraa, and 32 others were arrested
A roadside bomb killed
a woman in Muqdadiyah. A joint U.S-Iraqi force arrested
24 al-Qaeda detainees.
Hilla is under curfew as security forces
an operation in Babel province that has so far netted
Sixty-five suspects were detained
in northern Babel province around the Haswa district.
across Basra province. Police also confiscated
weapons and ammunition and the boats they used to smuggle weapons in.
Thirteen detainees were freed
in Diyala province after proving their innocence.
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels launched a rocket attack that left one
Turkish soldier injured. The group is fighting for an autonomous state across
parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Armenia. The Turkish military has previously
entered northen Iraq to fight rebels holed up in camps there.
by Margaret Griffis