Updated at 3:15 p.m. EST, Nov. 17, 2008
At least 18 Iraqis
were killed and another 45 were wounded in the latest attacks. Another seven
people were injured during an explosion blamed on a defective pipeline. No Coalition
deaths were reported. Meanwhile, the Iraqi parliament began
debate on a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, raising hope that a vote on the pact
will take place on Nov. 24. The agreement will, among other things, allow U.S.
troops to remain in Iraq for three more years.
A car bomb wounded
18 people near a joint U.S. and Iraqi forces base in Amara. Amara has
mostly been spared significant bombings, but the timing and targets could suggest
a possible connection to the debate in Parliament over the security agreement.
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iranian leaders have come out against the pact.
In Baghdad, five
civilians were injured during a bombing in Tayaran Square. A bomb injured
two people on a highway.
One person was killed and two more were wounded during a bombing in Jamiya.
One dumped body
was found in Shurta. Also, Coalition forces arrested
a wanted suspect, while Iraqi forces detained
10 others. Meanwhile, Iraqi leaders have set
aside $3 billion for a new subway.
A U.S. battalion was deployed
in Sadr City, where Col. John Hort said that prominent Mahdi Army commanders
still direct the violence even though they have left the country; however, he
that the group would not be able to stage large scale fighting in the near future.
Few reports leak out to the media from the mostly Shi'ite Baghdad suburb anymore.
Mosul, one policeman
was killed and six people were wounded when a bomb left in a handcart blew-up
at a checkpoint. Police killed
two gunmen inside a home. A bomb targeting U.S. forces wounded two
Iraqi civilians instead. A roadside bomb killed
one policeman and wounded three others yesterday in Wadi Hajar, while
another bomb injured
three more in Borsa. Police liberated
a man. Also, an Islamic state in Iraq leader was arrested.
Two people were killed
and three more were wounded during a bombing in Mussayab. Another bomb
killed one person and wounded
a second. Also, a mortar round fell on a residence killing
one person inside.
of an Awakening Council member (Sahwa) was discovered in Iskandariya.
A body bearing gunshot wounds
was found inside a car in Numaniya.
In Kirkuk, a female
body was found. At least 17 suspects were detained.
Iraqi forces killed
five suspects and arrested 26 others across Iraq.
Also, an explosion
that injured seven people in Suleimaniya was blamed
on a faulty gas pipeline and not sabotage.
Compiled by Margaret