Updated at 6:55 p.m. EST, Nov. 11, 2008
At least 7 Iraqis were
killed and another 51 were wounded, mostly during bombing attacks in Baghdad
and Mosul. No Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile, the fate of a U.S.-Iraqi
agreement may rest on support from a political group that has much to lose regardless
of the choice they make. Also, Iran conducted
war games close to the Iraqi border.
Political observers are waiting
to see whether the Supreme Islamic Iraq Council will support a controversial U.S.-Iraqi
security agreement. The Council is caught between a rock and a hard place: They
need the support of Iran in their power struggle with other Iraqi political groups;
however, they fear siding with the Iranians, who oppose the agreement, could negatively
impact relations with the United States.
In Baghdad, two bomb blasts
targeting newspaper dealers on Palestine Street killed
at least three people and wounded 17 others. One
person was killed and five more were wounded during shelling in Shabb.
A roadside bomb in Tahrir Square wounded
six people. In Zaafaraniya, six
people were injured during a roadside bombing. Coalition forces killed
a suspected member of Katai’b Hezbollah and arrested two others. Also, 61
people, including one Arab, were found
guilty of various crimes.
The Imams Bridge, which spans the Tigris
River between Adhamiya and Kadhimiya in northern Baghdad, reopened
after a three-year closure. It was shut after a deadly stampede killed a thousand
Iraqis during a religious observance. Sectarian violence kept the bridge blocked
off since then.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb wounded
17 people. Representatives from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
office determined that many
Christians are returning to Mosul after an increase in security; about a third
of families returned to the al-Hamdaniya area alone. Meanwhile, U.S. and
Iraqi authorities admit
that weekly attacks are now down to less than 70 per week; most of those attacks
are not reported in the media. Also, 66 suspects were detained.
A U.S. vehicle accidentally struck and killed
a child in Nasariya.
was killed in Amara. Also, a weapons cache was discovered.
Police near Kut arrested
an "Iranian infiltrator."
Eight suspects were arrested
in Kirkuk. A roadside bomb targeted the home of a security official; no
casualties were reported, but the blast caused material damages.
Nasariya, police detained
Turkish bombers continued
an aerial attack on suspected PKK targets near the border in northern Iraq.
Meanwhile, the expansion of Kurdish political and military influence threatens
to further destabilize northern Iraq. Areas adjacent to the Kurdish Autonomous
Region are populated by a number of minorities, and Kurdish political parties
are vying for their loyalty. Some Kurds, however, may be using violent methods
to institute Kurdish authority.
Also, China and Iraq finalized
an oil service deal that will develop an oil field in the south.
by Margaret Griffis