Muqtada al-Sadr called Saturday for Iraqi parliamentarians to reject the draft security agreement proposed by the Bush administration and PM Nuri al-Maliki. Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied against the agreement.
Reuters reports political violence in Iraq on Saturday:
‘ * SAMARRA – A mass grave containing 11 bodies was found in the northeast of Samarra, 100 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, by Iraqi police with the help of local U.S.-backed security patrols. Five of the corpses were of policemen killed a year ago. Police also found a former prison belonging to Sunni militants, said police Colonel Abdul Khaliq al-Samarraie.
* BAGHDAD – Iraqi Police arrested a man accused of a bomb attack on U.S.-backed neighbourhood patrols in Baghdad’s Doura neighbourhood, and found explosives in his possession, said Qasim Moussawi, government spokesman for security in Baghdad.
* TUZ KHURMATO – The body of a man was found in Tuz Khurmato, 170 km (105 miles) north of Baghdad, showing signs of torture and gunshot wounds more than a week after he was kidnapped, police said.
* KIRKUK – Three policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb struck their patrol in the southern part of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
* MOSUL – An unidentified body was found in the south of the Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, with a bullet in the head, police said.
MUSSAYAB – Gunmen shot dead the leader of the Sunni “Awakening” movement in the town of Mussayab, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.
KIRKUK – A Kurdish security official was killed by a bomb attached to his car south of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
FALLUJA – A suicide bomber killed a Sunni imam on Friday night, police said. ‘