Updated at 7:12 p.m. EST, Feb. 19, 2009
At least 20 Iraqis
were killed and 31 more were wounded in renewed violence across the country.
No Coalition deaths were reported, but a U.S. soldier confessed
to the "execution style" killing of an Iraqi detainee in his care. Meanwhile,
the mayor of Mosul said
that recent peaceful elections hide a still violent city, just as official election
results there and elsewhere were released.
Official results from provincial
elections were released. In Anbar province, allegations of voter fraud
paid off for the Awakening Councils, as they now have
won largest number of seats. When early results pointed to their loss last
month, Sunni leaders said
they had evidence fraud and threatened violence if the allegations were not taken
seriously. In Basra, close allies of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki received
37% of the vote but received over 50% of the seats thanks to a byzantine allocation
system. Up north in Ninewa province, Sunni groups retook
Journalist shoe-thrower Muntadhar al-Zaidi told an Iraqi court
today that he was tortured
during interrogation. The court adjourned
to gather more information, but not before al-Zaidi's lawyers put forth that the
shoe-tossing protest was completely lawful.
In Mosul, a suicide
car bomber killed
a policeman and wounded seven others, including two more policemen, in the
Wadi Hagar area. A roadside bomb killed
a policeman in a western neighborhood. A separate bomb wounded
another policeman. A third roadside bomb, targeting a police patrol, wounded
a civilian instead. Gunmen shot
dead a shopkeeper and an Iraqi
soldier in separate incidents. A man
was killed, and then the assailants drove off in his car. Also, a car bomb
was defused without incident.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb in the Karrada district wounded
eight people. Another bomb wounded
four people in Salihiya/Karradat Mariam.
soldier killed himself after he "became hysterical" and killed
three colleagues. The incident occurred at a checkpoint in Buhriz.
A roadside bomb in Balad Ruz killed
four Iraqi soldiers and wounded two others.
policeman was killed and another person was wounded when a bomb planted near
a Garma police station exploded.
bodies were discovered in Abu Seif.
A roadside bomb in Garma
wounded four people.
In Fallujah, two
civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb blasted them. In what could be
the same incident, a sticky bomb attached to a policeman's car killed
his wife and father and wounded the policeman.
A wanted man was captured
A stockpile of weapons and explosives was discovered
in a village near Kirkuk. Morgue officials released
14 unidentified bodies for burial. According to Muslim tradition, the dead should
be buried immediately; however, the custom is often set aside for unidentified
victims so that relatives have the chance to find them.
officials are making preparations
for the influx of foreign celebrants who will arrive there to observe Muhammad's
birthday. Many visitors are expected to visit holy shrines across the province.
The holiday falls on or near March 8, depending on the sighting of the moon.
by Margaret Griffis