Updated at 8:50 p.m. EST, Feb. 2, 2009
As five Iraqis were
killed and 14 more were wounded in today's attacks, U.S. President Obama said
that he would soon "roll out in a very formal fashion what [the U.S.'s] intentions
are in Iraq as well as Afghanistan." He also praised the mostly peaceful elections
that took place over the weekend. Meanwhile, Iraqi officials said
that ballot counting could take two to three days, and the Kurds announced
that elections would take place in the Kurdish Autonomous Zone in May. Also, the
looking into their government's decision to support the war in Iraq, while
are on track to start withdrawing in May.
In Mosul, three
people were killed and nine more were wounded in Raas al-Gada when
a roadside bomb targeting a U.S. vehicle blasted them. A two
policemen were wounded in a separate bombing in Talal-Roman. A shepherd
was arrested for bomb-making
after one bomb accidentally went off inside his home.
Gunmen attacked a
policeman's home in Kut. He was not home, but his wife
was wounded during the incident.
dumped bodies were discovered near Makhmour.
A roadside bomb
blast in Baiji left two
Iraqi soldiers with injuries.
Shots rang across Ramadi last
night as opposing political groups each claimed victory in recent elections. No
casualties have been reported, but tribal sheikhs are claiming fraud on the
part of the Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP) and its allies. The IIP has been running
Anbar province, but the tribal sheikhs, who formed the Awakening Councils that
made Anbar peaceful. A curfew
is in effect until tensions simmer down.
In southern Iraq,
the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council was
content with election predictions, but claimed they did very well in them
hints otherwise. The group has run the south and is Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's
main ally in the region.
Disenfranchised Sunnis may return
to power in Ninewa province. Kurdish politicians took control when
Sunnis boycotted the last elections. This led to ethnic tensions in the region.
An MNF base in Kirkuk was rocketed, but no
casualties were reported.
Four suspects were detained
Meanwhile, the fate of Iraqi oilfields remains
rather fuzzy and so does that of the Marsh
Compiled by Margaret Griffis