Updated at 7:10 p.m. EST, Nov. 19, 2008
At least 11 Iraqis
were killed and another 18 were wounded in today's attacks. Also, the Iraqi
governent reported that they had discovered a mass grave three months ago near
Najaf. The grave contained 150 bodies killed during the Saddam era. Meanwhile,
debate in parliament over a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement turned hostile and was
postponed until tomorrow. Elsewhere in Baghdad, U.S. and Turkish officials joined
the Iraqis for talks on the situation with Kurdistan Workers Party rebels.
lawmakers had already disrupted
parliament several times today when a particularly aggressive incident caused
adjournment of the session until tomorrow. Lawmakers were discussing a proposed
U.S.-Iraqi security agreement that Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has come out
against. A smaller Shi'ite group, the Fadhila Party, has also come out against
the pact, saying that they were left out of negotiations. The agreement is expected
to pay on Nov. 24 despite Sadrist opposition. Meanwhile, demonstrations in support
of the agreement took
place in Hilla and Tikrit.
Iraqi officials repatriated
the bodies of 150 Kurds who were found in a mass grave near Najaf three
months ago. The victims were men, women and children. Documents on the bodies
identified them as Kurds, so they were flown to Arbil. Asaad Abu Gilel,
governor of Najaf Province, said that the mass grave was one of 45 local sites
attributable to the Saddam regime, when thousands of Kurds were sent to concentration
camps in the south.
In Baghdad, two bombs injured
five people in the Karrada district. One
dumped body was found. Five
security personnel were injured during operations that netted 42 suspects;
250 bombs were defused as well. Also, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite
Quds force member was arrested
at the airport on suspicion of funneling arms into Iraq as he was trying to leave
In Mosul, a suicide
bomber wounded two policemen in eastern Mosul, while a second bomb injured
two more in the 17 Tamouz neighborhood.
Residents near Tikrit
called police before attacking several gunmen in their area. Four
of the gunmen were killed and a fifth was injured. One
resident was also injured during the clashes.
body was found north of Kirkuk.
officer was killed in Samarra when a sticky bomb attached to his car
Two family members
were wounded when joint U.S.-Iraqi forces raided a home in Diwaniya.
A former Iraqi army officer was arrested.
The Iraqi army killed
three suspects and detained 23 more across Iraq. Another 92 were detained
in and around Mosul alone.
TNT was seized
As the U.S., Turkey and Iraq held
talks over the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Baghdad, one
Turkish soldier was killed and five more were wounded just over the border
in Turkey. The PKK uses northern Iraq as a base from which to launch attacks
in Turkey. The separatist group would like to see an autonomous Kurdistan in parts
of Iraq, Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Armenia. Meanwhile, one
rebel was killed separately, and another rebel surrendered.
by Margaret Griffis