Updated at 8:45 p.m. EST, Jan. 29, 2009
At least eight Iraqis
were killed and five more were wounded in light violence. No Coalition deaths
were reported, but the U.S. Army reported
that soldier suicide rates hit a new high for the second year in a row. A few
attacks were linked to the election. Meanwhile, Blackwater Worldwide has been
from operating as a security contractor for U.S. personnel due to "improper conduct
and excessive use of force;" the company said it could
evacuate within 72 hours of receiving orders.
In Mosul, a candidate
was shot dead. Police safely detonated
a car bomb.
In Baghdad, a political
candidate was gunned down. Four
security personnel were injured during operations that netted 22 suspects.
Gunmen in Basra killed
a civil servant. Police detained
An attack on a polling station in Tuz left a police
officer dead and a policeman wounded.
candidate and two election workers were found dead in Mandali, just
a few hours after they were reported kidnapped.
a Kurd in Kirkuk.
Two suspects were detained and their hostage
was liberated in Husseiniyah.
Suspected al-Qaeda gunmen blew
up three homes in Kanaan.
Police have been deployed to a polling
station ear Mosul in Hamdaniya ahead of Saturday's elections.
people were detained in Karbala.
In Zubair, Iraqi's first black candidate is
encouraged by U.S. President Obama's recent win.
The U.S. Army recalled
16,000 pieces of defective body armor.
U.N. officials are
hopeful that the number of returning refugees could double to 500,000 in the
Iraqi officials announced
a new student exchange program between U.S. and Iraqi universities. Also, a sofa-sized
fiberglass and copper shoe was dedicated
to the journalist shoe-lobber, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, in Tikrit.
by Margaret Griffis