Update at 7:45 p.m. EST, Feb. 25, 2009
A jet plane carrying a
Sunni legislator accused of sectarian violence was forced to return to Baghdad
when the lawmaker's immunity was lifted. Meanwhile, two Iraqis were killed
and another nine were wounded in an unusually quiet day. Another four people
were kidnapped. Also, U.S. officials said
that U.S. President Obama is leaning towards a withdrawal of combat
troops by August 2010. Iraq is warm
to the idea, so long as Iraqi troops are properly equipped in time.
Member of Parliament Mohammed al-Daini stands accused of sectarian violence, after
his alleged involvement in attacks was revealed during interviews with his bodyguards.
One of the guards is his nephew. Daini denied the charges, but parliament revoked
his immunity anyway and forced a Jordan-bound airliner carrying the lawmaker to
return to Baghdad. The lawmaker says that he is being targeted for vocal opinions
against Shi'ite lawmakers who were involved in sectarian attacks themselves.
Gunmen in Kirkuk riddled a car with bullets, killing
a prominent businessman within it.
In Mosul, two
people were wounded in a hand grenade attacek; one of them may
have been a laywer. Police safely
detonated a car bomb. Another bomb, this one attached to the health director's
car, was safely defused as
well. Security forces shot at a suspected suicide car bomber, killing
him. Also, three mortars struck a hospital, injuring
In Baghdad, six
people were wounded during a bombin in the Illam neighborhood. Security
forces detained 25 people and
defused eight bombs. Seven displaced families returned
to their homes.
Four people were kidnapped
in Rashad. Three of them were employees of the state-run oil company.
A security operation was launched
in Abu Ghraib. Some residents blamed pro-Baath Party graffiti for the sudden
interest in the suburb of Baghdad.
Ten suspects were arrested
in Dhi Qar.
In Fallujah, seven suspects were captured.
A car bomb and an arms cache were discovered.
suspected member of a militant cult was detained
Compiled by Margaret Griffis