Updated at 8:06 p.m. EST, Feb. 10, 2009
As French President Nicolas
to Baghdad for a surprise visit with Iraqi leaders, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
responded to accusations from U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden that the Iraqis
are not moving fast enough on reform. Meanwhile, at least seven Iraqis were
killed and 15 more were wounded in the latest attacks.
the slow pace of reform in Iraq last week, U.S. Vice President Biden said,
"I think our administration is going to have to be very deeply involved. We are
going to have to get in there and be much more aggressive in forcing them to deal
with these issues." Today, Prime Minister Maliki held a press conference with
French President Sarkozy and called such threats "out of date."
raided a police station in
Baaj last night where they allegedly cursed and assaulted police personnel.
In Baghdad, a bomb attached to a vehicle carrying a guard working
for Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi exploded likely killing
the guard and wounding a pedestrian. Mortars fell in Mashtal where their blasts
killed one person and
injured four more.
In Mosul, a car bomb wounded
four policemen. A second bomb left no
casualties. A dumped body
was found. Gunmen killed
two policemen at a checkpoint.
policeman as killed and four more were wounded during a bomb blast in Khalis.
Gunmen killed a soccer
player in Kirkuk. A roadside bomb exploded
without leaving casualties, while a second bomb was defused.
civilians were wounded in Makhmour during an armed attack.
wanted suspects were captured
in Basra. Missiles were also confiscated.
The Iraqi government ordered
Diwaniya police to discontinue
arresting Sadrists on the false basis of "political clearance."
150 Christian families returned
to Hamdaniya. They were among the hundreds of families that fled the greater
Mosul area following an increase in violence towards Christians late last year.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis