Updated at 8:15 p.m. EST, Feb. 22, 2009
At least seven Iraqis
were killed and another 17 were wounded in the latest violence. Meanwhile,
security forces are on the lookout for an Iraqi lawmaker accused of terrorist
activities, while joint U.S. and Iraqi forces launched a new
military operation in Ninewa province. No Coalition deaths were reported.
An arrest warrant was issued
for a Sunni lawmaker after his nephew and another bodyguard confessed to crimes
during an interrogation where they also implicated the lawmaker. The lawmaker
denied the charges, which include supporting a suicide bombing in parliament itself
and ordering the burial of at least one hundred people alive. Mohammed al-Daini
claims he has been targeted
previously for his opinions,
so this could be a case of simple harassment.
In Ninewa province,
combined U.S. and Iraqi forces hope
the latest security operation will finally clear out violent elements believed
to be part of the al-Qaeda network. Previous operations have failed to relieve
Mosul and it remains the most violent large city in Iraq. Recently, 100
more Christian families have returned
to the city after fleeing targeted attacks last fall, and last month, Pope Benedict
XVI received the priestly
vestments of two Christian leaders killed in Mosul during an emotional ceremony
at the Vatican. Unfortunately, the recent elections could
re-ignite the conflict between Kurds and Arabs in the province.
Mosul, a roadside in a western neighborhood left two
Iraqis soldiers dead and three more wounded. A roadside bomb wounded
five soldiers southern Mosul. Gunmen threw a hand grenade at a police patrol
a civilian woman instead. Also, two suspects were captured.
Iraq soldiers were killed when they entered a booby-trapped building in Baaj.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb wounded
four people in the Bayaa neighborhood.
A bomb attached to a
a neighborhood guard in Samarra.
A bomb in Tikrit wounded
an Iraqi Islamic Party leader and his driver.
In Hilla, police
arrested two gunmen accused of wounding
a civilian. A mortar attack on an Iraqi army base left no
Five suspects were arrested
Four suspects were detained
in Dhi Qar.
A bomber's vest was seized
at a home in Abu Seif.
In Fallujah, thirteen suspects were
captured . A large arms cache
was also found.
suspects were arrested in Saidiya.
In Kirkuk, two suspects were detained. Police found and defused
a homemade Katyusha rocket.
Karbala police are implementing
a security plan for Najaf-bound pilgrims celebrating the Prophet Muhammad's
Compiled by Margaret Griffis