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November 26, 2008
Wednesday: 35 Iraqis Killed, 24 Wounded

Updated at 11:51 p.m. EST, Nov. 26, 2008

At least 35 Iraqis were killed and 24 more were wounded in the latest attacks. No Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile, Parliament delayed voting on a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security agreement until tomorrow, and Kurdish officials announced their first solo oil exports. Also, Russia lodged a complaint after a U.S. military vehicle slammed into a Russian diplomatic car in Baghdad.

A scheduled vote on a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security agreement was postponed until tomorrow, but not before lawmakers agreed to one of the conditions that could sway Sunni political blocs into supporting the agreement. The pact will now also be dependent on a public referendum for passage. Other concessions were rejected. Also, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that a referendum would not delay implementation of the pact.

Russia issued a statement requesting an investigation following a traffic altercation between U.S. and Russian convoys. Three Russians were injured last week when a U.S. military vehicle unexpected swerved into their diplomatic car after it had left the Russian embassy. U.S. troops have previously been accused of driving haphazardly through Baghdad due to fear of attacks from car bombers.

Kurdish officials announced the start of oil exportation from the Kurdish Autonomous Region in northern Iraq. The will deliver 100,000 barrels per day to the Turkish port city of Ceyhan. Although they also said that the Iraqi Oil Ministry will coordinated the transfer, the central government seemed surprised at the announcement. The question of Iraqi oil sales across the different regions has yet to be settled, and the central government could reject the independent sales.

At an unknown location in northern Iraq, 18 potential female suicide bombers handed themselves over to U.S. authorities after religious figures and family urged them to.

In northern Diyala province, a mass grave gave up 23 bodies. They estimated the grave to be at least 18 months old.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb targeted members of the local provincial council near Firdous Square; two people were killed and 10 more were wounded. Only last week Firdous Square was the scene of a large demonstration against the U.S.-Iraqi security pact. Five policemen were wounded during a bombing in Shabb. Four oil protection personnel were injured in a third bombing in Karrada. Two people were wounded during a bombing near the Qasr Al-Arab Hotel downtown.

Six bodies were discovered near Samarra. They appeared to have been recently killed.

Four security personnel were killed and a fifth was injured during a bombing near Tikrit. The group was working with U.S. forces.

Gunmen wounded a man in Kut. Meanwhile, police captured a wanted man who is considered to be dangerous.

A roadside bomb in Baquba wounded an Awakening Council member.

An Iraqi soldier was arrested in connection with an attack that left two U.S. servicemen dead yesterday in Mosul.

Eighteen suspects were captured in Karbala.

Three men were detained in Albu Mustapha village.

Eighteen suspects were detained in Basra. As many as 97 others were also arrested.

MNF forces captured 18 al-Qaeda suspects across Iraq. .

Six al-Qaeda suspects were captured in Baquba.

Police forces in Hibhib discovered a large amount of chemicals used to make explosives.

Two roadside bombs, one planted near a judge's home, were defused successfully in Duluiya.

A large amount of explosives and ammunition was found in Amara.

 

 

Compiled by Margaret Griffis

 
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