Updated at 7:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 25, 2008
At least six Iraqis
were killed and 10 more were wounded in a day of light violence. Two U.S,
servicemembers were killed in Mosul, while a third GI died in Diyala. Meanwhile,
it is the last day of debate before parliament votes on a proposed U.S.-Iraq security
A gunman dressed in an Iraqi army uniform killed
a U.S. soldier and a Marine as they were distributing humanitarian aid
in Baaj today. Two Marines
and three Iraqis were also wounded in the incident. Yesterday, a U.S.
soldier died of non-combat causes in Diyala province.
leaders are at work trying to gather
support from Sunni parliamentarians for a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement. A
demand for concessions was
their immediate response. Despite the possibility of violence, Baghdad Operations
Command said they will take
no extra security precautions during tomorrow's vote on the plan. Meanwhile, Iranian
newspapers came out against
the deal. Many Iraqis see the vote as a referendum
on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's performance. Among
Clashes broke out
in Duluiya after a kidnapping yesterday. Two
people were killed and four others were wounded. One of the dead was the brother
of the kidnap victim. Two Sahwa members were injured during the incident.
In Baghdad, a bomb blast on Palestine St. injured
Gunmen in Mosul wounded
were fished out of the Tigris River at Suwayra.
U.S. forces killed
two suspects in Rawah and detained five at other locations.
army detained 65 suspects
A cache of weapons was found
in a garden in Hashimiya, and another was found
that an inmate at Camp Bucca was an al-Qaeda leader. He was arrested in
Authorities at the Nasariya jail said a total of
256 detainees (of 903) have been released from the prison since the implementation
of an amnesty law designed to help innocent detainees and suspects who are no
longer dangerous to exit the system.
In other political news, one Iraqi
lawmaker complained about
the lack of transparency during negotiations that lead to a natural gas deal.
SPCA International decried
the "inhumane" methods used in a government campaign to reduce the number of stray
dogs on Baghdad streets. the Also, analysts ponder
just how much Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's influence has waned.
by Margaret Griffis