Iraq's fledgling military and police forces were again the target of insurgents on Thursday, when at least 27 people were killed in a series of attacks in Baghdad and Mosul.
In Baghdad, a suicide bomber struck an army recruitment center, killing at least 13 people and wounding several others. Elsewhere in the capital, insurgents ambushed two police patrols, killing nine officers. And a car bomb apparently aimed at a senior Interior Ministry official killed a bodyguard. To the north, in Mosul, a car bomb exploded near a police patrol, killing four policemen and wounding five others. Meanwhile, Iraqi officials say they are close to agreeing on appointments to fill the five remaining cabinet portfolios and two deputy prime minister posts to complete the new interim government.