Updated at 11:35 p.m. EST, Nov. 12, 2008
Ten Iraqi militant groups
have vowed to protest a
proposed U.S.-Iraq security agreement by escalating violence against security
forces. They have seemingly kept their promise in Baghdad where several significant
bombings occurred today. Overall, at least 34 Iraqis were killed and another
108 were wounded in attacks across the country. In Zanjili, two
U.S. soldier were killed and six others were wounded during an incident
involving an Iraqi soldier. Also, the United Nations reported
that one million Iraqi still lack adequate food.
An Iraqi soldier killed
two U.S. soldiers and wounded six more during a rampage at a joint
security station in Zanjili; U.S. troops were able to kill
the Iraqi during the incident. Meanwhile, U.S. troops are reducing
their presence in many Iraqi cities as a precursor to the expected U.S. drawdown.
Elsewhere, a U.S. soldier will be court-martialed
on charges of murdering Iraqis.
In Baghdad, a combined car and
roadside bomb attack left 14
dead and at least 60 wounded in the New Baghdad district. In Shabb,
one bomb blast killed
five people and wounded 12 others, while a second bomb wounded
seven more. Four people
were killed and 15 more were wounded during a blast on Saadoun Street.
In Zayouna, two
people were wounded in a car bombing; police arrested two men who were planning
more bombings. Also, two
bodies were found.
In Mosul, gunmen shot and killed
a Christian woman then stormed her home, killing
her sister and wounding her mother in the process; a bomb they left at the
home exploded and wounded three
policemen who arrived on the scene. A roadside bomb wounded
four people in a central neighborhood. A combined bomb and small arms attack
wounded an Iraqi soldier.
In Kirkuk, a Christian
politician and three
bodyguards were wounded when a bomb planted on the politician's car exploded.
Also, gunmen wearing army uniforms killed
The Iraqi army killed
five suspects and arrested 13 in the Himreem Mountains.
police have implemented a program
that will add 100 women to the police force.
A suspected al-Qaeda leader
was arrested in Kanaan.
About 10,000 security personnel took part in an operation that netted
130 suspects across Basra. They also confiscated a number of motor vehicles.
men were arrested in Amara.
Police also defused a bomb.
Thirty-two suspects were detained
across Diyala province.
The Interior Ministry added
more checkpoints at the border with Syria. Syria recently reduced troops
on their eastern frontier in protest of a U.S. raid last month; however, they
are still willing to host
a regional security meeting that will involve the U.S. and Iraq.
by Margaret Griffis