A suicide bombing in Diyala province overshadowed today's release of provincial
election results. Attacks against political candidates and other officials continued
as well. Overall, at least 20 Iraqis were killed and 17 more were wounded
across Iraq. No Coalition deaths were reported.
Signaling a predicted and
dramatic sea change, election results were released
today. Secular and independent parties, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's
Dawa Party, were the clear winners throughout Iraq, while the Supreme Islamic
Iraqi Council and candidates associated with Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr lost
considerable ground. In Ninevah, Sunni Arabs won most votes, taking power away
from the Kurds who won in 2005 during a heavily boycotted election. Kurdish candidates
however did well in Diyala despite claims
from hundreds of eligible Kurds that they were unable to vote. Also, officials
in Anbar asked
U.S. troops to increase patrols in case accusations of voter fraud turn into physical
bomber struck at a restaurant in Khanaqin, where at least 15
people were killed and 15 more were wounded. The owner of the restaurant and
his two sons were killed.
Although Khanaqin is within Diyala province, the Kurdish population there would
like the area annexed to the Kurdish Autonomous Region. This conflict
nearly led to tensions between local government officials and the Iraqi army last
year. While the incident could have been a random attack, the timing of the event
should not be ignored.
the brother of an imprisoned Mahdi Army leader during an incident in Diwaniya.
U.S. forces raided a home and killed
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb targeted
a deputy minister, but he escaped with no injuries. Another bomb targeted a U.S.
patrol on a bridge in Ghazaliya, but again no
casualties were reported. Gunmen targeted a female political candidate during
a drive-by shooting in Abu Dsheer but she
was not hurt.
A roadside bomb near Mandali killed
a man and wounded two others.
In Mosul, police killed
Although the family of a political candidate was at
home when bombers blew it up in Katoun, they managed to escape without
Security plans will be implemented
in Najaf and Karbala for the culmination of the Arbaeen holiday.
The morgue in Baquba buried
30 unidentified people. Although the custom in Muslim countries is to immediately
bury the dead, morgues throughout Iraq hold onto unidentified bodies in hopes
that their families can claim them. Many, if not all of these victims, were likely
already reported days or weeks ago.
Two suspects were arrested
separately in Missan province. Explosives were also seized.
A wanted suspect
was captured in Karbala.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis