Updated at 7:55 p.m. EST, Nov. 24, 2008
A number of bombings rocked
Baghdad today as parliamentarians debated
a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security agreement. In one bold attack, a woman blew herself
up at the entrance to the Green Zone. Across Iraq, at least 34 Iraqis were
killed and another 31 were wounded. No Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile,
Syrian officials rejected
U.S. claims that they are aiding terrorists.
Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain
to Arbil to discuss disputed oil contracts the autonomous government has
signed without permission from the central government. A contentious oil law was
to have settled any dispute between the two parties, but it failed to pass in
parliament. The Iraqi government is following the laws already on the books, while
the Kurds claim they have equal right to conduct business on their own in the
Autonomous Region. The central government refuses to honor such contracts and
so the major oil companies have mostly stayed away from Kurdish oil.
undersecretary of Kurdistan’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) denied
reports that Kurdish authorities are secretly purchasing arms. Meanwhile,
the central government said
it is not against the Kurds purchasing its own armaments, but it would like to
be notified when they do. This announcement came a day after U.S. officials reported
that Kurdish officials had purchased weapons from Bulgaria. Relations between
the Kurdistan and central government have become strained in recent months as
both parties vie for greater control of border areas around the autonomous zone.
An pipeline carrying oil between Kirkuk and the Turkish port of Ceyhan
resumed operations only
three days after Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels sabotaged the pipeline.
In Baghdad, A female
suicide bomber blew herself up at the entrance to the Green Zone, where
she killed five people and wounded
12 more; one of the dead was a pregnant woman. One Iraqi official reported
that the woman was mentally disabled and her explosives vest was detonated by
Also in Baghdad, a roadside bomb targeted a Trade
Ministry bus, killing 13 people,
mostly women and one
child, and wounding as many
as seven others in the New Baghdad district. A bomb near the Technology
Institute in Karrada killed
two and wounded four others. Also, a car bomb was defused
on Saadoun Street.
brothers were killed during a small arms attack in Muqdadiyah.
Madaen, mortars wounded
was killed during a drive-by shooting in Kirkuk. A chieftain
was killed separately. Also, an Armenian Church suffered material damages
during a bombing.
A bomb blast in Baquba killed
In Mosul, a policeman
was gunned down during a small arms attack in a western district. An Iraqi
soldier was injured during random gunfire in a southeastern neighborhood.
A farmer was kidnapped
In Duluiya, a roadside bomb blast injured
A suspect was captured in connection with the previously
unreported murder of a family of
five in Numaniya last week.
A forging gang was arrested
Twenty-two detainees were released
from Bucca prison.
Five suspects were arrested
In Mahaweel, six suspects were detained.
MNF troops captured
12 suspects in separate raids across Iraq.
Compiled by Margaret