Updated at 11:02 p.m. ESt, Feb. 21, 2009
At least four Iraqis
were killed and 9 more were wounded during light violence. A U.S.
soldier was killed in combat in Baghdad, while the DoD reported another
soldier died from non-combat-related injuries. Also, Iraqi officials formally
opened a remodeled and renamed Abu Ghraib prison, which was infamous for a
U.S. torture scandal.
In political news, a Kurdish politician, whose list
won a third of the vote in Ninewa province, has said
he is willing to work with Sunni Arabs so long as they respect Kurdish territorial
claims. The Kurds would like the government to hold a referendum that will decide
if historically Kurdish areas can politically join the Kurdish Autonomous Region.
Meanwhile, the Sadrists are nearing
a coalition deal that will ally them Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The group
was at odds with Maliki after their leader, Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, accused
him of not doing enough to rid Iraq of U.S. forces.
body was found in Makhmour.
A bomb attached to a policeman's
car in Tikrit killed
him when it was detonated.
a policeman during a drive-by shooting in Diwaniya.
soldier was wounded during a roadside bombing near Kirkuk.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb wounded
an Iraqi soldier. Ten suspects were captured.
Four gunmen were arrested.
Two men were arrested at a
home used for building improvised explosive devices; chlorine was recovered among
other ingredients. Dozens more were arrested
In Baghdad, a bomb blast wounded
the commander of a local Awakening Council. A pair of bombs in Mansour
wounded four civilians.
South of Hilla, gunmen killed
a political candidate.
gunmen were wounded while planting a roadside bomb in Jurf al-Sakhar.
A gunman was arrested
in Qarat Tabba on suspicion of killing nine Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.
A cache of ammunition was found
Nineteen suspects were arrested
across Diyala province.
Eleven suspects were captured
in Dhi Qar.
A suspect was captured
Compiled by Margaret Griffis