Updated at 8:55 p.m. EST, Nov. 16, 2008
The Iraqi Cabinet approved
a U.S-Iraqi security agreement that will allow U.S. troops to remain in Iraq and
forwarded it to Parliament for their approval. Meanwhile, at least 37 Iraqis
were killed and 30 more were wounded in today's attacks. No Coalition deaths
were reported, but the U.S. notified
South Korea that it will redeploy a helicopter battalion stationed there to Iraq
and Afghanistan sometime next year.
The latest draft of a U.S.-Iraqi security
agreement was approved
by the Iraqi Cabinet today. It now heads to Parliament for approval. The agreement
took several months to hammer out and will allow U.S. troops to remain in Iraq
after December, when the U.N. mandate runs out. Although chances are high that
the agreement will pass, there remain
difficult political hurdles in its way.
Among issues that had stalled the
agreement were a withdrawal timetable and jurisdiction for U.S. troops accused
of crimes. In the final weeks of negotiations, a U.S. raid on Syria led to new
Iraqi demands prohibiting the launch of operations on neighboring countries from
within their borders.
car bomber killed 15 people and wounded 20 others in Jalawla. Seven
policemen were among the dead. Jalawla is in a heavily Kurdish and disputed area
just outside the Kurdish Autonomous Region. In recent months, the central government
sent in Iraqi troops to take over security from local groups, including Kurdish
peshmerga. This has led to increased tensions in a volatile province that also
has to deal with al-Qaeda gunmen.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed
three people and wounded seven more at an Awakening Council (Sahwa) checkpoint
in Shabb. In Sinak, a bomb wounded
two people. Also, one dumped
body was recovered.
Separate blasts left one
policeman dead and one civilian wounded in Mosul.
a bomb outside the home killed
Clashes between gunmen and joint U.S.-Iraqi army forces
near Baquba in Habash village left
nine gunmen dead. Five
more gunmen were killed in nearby Beijat village.
killed one gunman
Two al-Qaeda suspects were picked
up in Kanaan.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis