Bombings Target Police, Kill 10; Minorities Awarded Seats in Provincial Councils

A series of bombings in Baghdad and Baquba on Monday killed 10 persons and wounded over 30, including 10 policemen. The powerful blast in Baquba destroyed 22 automobiles. The NYT spoke of the attacks as a wave of violence These bombings, which continue to occur regularly in Iraq, announced that the Sunni Arab guerrillas still have not been made a political offer by the new order in Baghdad with which they feel they can live.

McClatchy describes the confidence of Obama and the feistiness of McCain on the eve of the election.

The Iraqi parliament finally passed a supplement to the provincial elections law that awarded a quota of seats to religious minorities such as Christians and Yazidis. The minorities were given fewer seats than the United Nations had recommended, in part because Arab nationalists feared they might vote with the Kurds against Arab interests in the north. Some Christian leaders are calling the new law an “insult” because it offers them fewer seats than they feel entitled to.

US sources deny that they have accepted most changes to the draft security agreement proposed by the Iraqi parliament. Iraqi spokesmen said Monday that the US had acquiesced in 3 of 5 major changes, but this assertion was not confirmed in Washington, where officials simply spoke of further meetings this week.

Iraqis are still thirsting for clean water to drink.

Adil E. Shamoo suggests that the US give up plans for the mother of all embassies in Baghdad and instead donate the enormous campus for use as a university.

McClatchy reports political violence in Iraq on Monday.

‘ Baghdad

– A bomb detonated near the house of the under secretary of the oil ministry in Atifiyah neighborhood (north Baghdad). The secretary, Sahib Salman, was injured with one of his guards .

– Two roadside bombs targeted the homicide department near the Tahriyat intersection in Karrada neighborhood (downtown Baghdad).The two IEDs detonated in sequence, one was near a concrete fence and one near a tea vendor. Six people were killed and 20 others were wounded, including ten policemen.

– An adhesive bomb detonated under a white Lumina sedanin Zauna neighborhood (downtown Baghdad). Two people were injured including the driver.

– An adhesive bomb detonated under a Hyundai sedan on Palestine street (east Baghdad). Three people were wounded including the driver.

– A roadside bomb targeted an army check point under the highway bridge in Jamia’a neighborhood. Three people were wounded including one soldier.

– A gunman opened fire using a silencer on a man, killing him instantly in Zafaraniyah neighborhood (east Baghdad).

– A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in Raghiba Khatoon neighborhood (north Baghdad). Six people were wounded including three policemen.

– Police found one dead body in Habibiyah neighborhood in Risfa bank in Baghdad today.

Mosul

– On Sunday night gunmen killed a man and his wife in Baaj (about 20 miles south of Mosul).

– A roadside bomb targeted an Iraqi army patrol in the 17th of July neighborhood in Mosul city. Two people were injured.

– A roadside bomb targeted an Iraqi army patrol in the Intisar neighborhood downtown Mosul city. Two soldiers were killed and two others were wounded.

Diyala

– A roadside bomb targeted the park of the governorate building in Baquba city. Nine people were injured including three policemen.’

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