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January 11, 2009
Sunday: 1 US Soldier, 9 Iraqis Killed; 11 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 8:59 p.m. EST, Jan. 11, 2009

At least nine Iraqis were killed and 11 more were wounded in the latest attacks. Also, a U.S. soldier was killed during a roadside bombing late yesterday in Baghdad. There seems to be some difficulty in getting news reports out of Iraq this weekend, as some of the incidents that took place yesterday were not reported until today. Meanwhile, Iraq backed off forcing journalists to sign a code of conduct that could impair fair coverage of upcoming elections. Also, parliament is in disarray over the selection of a new speaker.

In Baghdad, gunmen stormed a currency exchange shop near Palestine St., where they killed two people and wounded three others. A fourth person was injured during a previously reported bombing in Tayaran Square yesterday. Also, a suspected Sunni insurgent leader was captured last month; the man confessed to having connections to political figures.

In Mosul, gunmen killed three policemen during an attack in al-Sa'a, and four policemen were injured during a bombing, either today or yesterday. Yesterday, two dumped bodies were discovered. Late today, a roadside bomb wounded a politician who is running for council.

Ten suspects were detained in Kirkuk.

In Suwayra, two bodies were discovered floating in a river. One body belonged to an Iraqi soldier, while the other belonged to a policeman. Both bore evidence of torture. An arms cache was found.

I.E.D.s were found in Amara.

A cache of missiles was discovered in Jurf al-Sakhar.

In Makhmour, a landmine wounded two children.


Compiled by Margaret Griffis

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