Updated at 7:25 p.m. EST, Feb. 4, 2009
At least nine Iraqis
were killed or found dead and another 31 were wounded in today's incidents,
which included the discovery of a mass grave. No Coalition deaths were reported.
Meanwhile, reports of election fraud continue to vex Anbar province and perhaps
down in Basra.
Prominent Sunni lawmaker, Saleh al-Mutlaq, is in Anbar province
a potentially dangerious situation involving accusations of election fraud. Awakening
Council candidates felt they would win the election thanks to their work in eliminating
al-Qaeda from the province. Early election predictions, however, point to a win
by the Iraqi Islamic Party, which has run the province since the heavily boycotted
2005 elections. Turnout this time was only 40 percent. Fueling the tension, Sheik
Ahmed Abu Risha claims to have documented evidence proving fraud.
of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council admitted
that Prime Minister's Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa Party likely won the elections in
Basra, but will wait until official results before considering what to do about
the 10% of voters who claimed they could not vote because their names were mysteriously
left off the voter rolls. The SIIC has been linked
to Iran, but has also enjoyed close relations with Prime Minister Maliki.
mass grave containing eight
corpses was found in Khalis. Graves are frequently found in Diyala
In Baghdad, a sticky bomb attached to an Awakening Council
leader's car killed
his son and wounded four others, including the leader, in Mansour.
Two people were wounded during a bombing in Karrada. In Mashtal,
four people were wounded
during another roadside bombing.
In Mosul, two
people were wounded during a roadside bombing. A roadside bomb attack on a
U.S. patrol wounded
two Iraqi civilians. A separate hand grenade attack, also on a U.S. patrol,
another Iraqi; the U.S. soldiers fired upon the assailant.
policemen were wounded in Muqdadiya when a bomb planted in front of
their police station exploded.
Awakening Council members were wounded during a bomb blast in Wehda.
was wounded during a drive-by shooting in Kirkuk.
were detained in Basra.
A cache of Iranian-made weapons was confiscated
Another weapons cache was found
In Sulaimaniya, police seized
a significant amount of explosives from two separate locations.
suspects were detained south
Also, the International Federation of Journalists reported
that at least 109 journalists were killed last year in Iraq.
by Margaret Griffis