Across parts of Iraq, traffic came to a standstill at mid-day on Wednesday, as Iraqis observed three minutes of silence to honor victims of two of the most recent deadly suicide bombings.
One of the attacks, last Wednesday, killed 27 people, most of them children who were collecting candy from U.S. soldiers in a Baghdad neighborhood when the bomber struck. The other attack, on Saturday, killed more than 90 people in the town of Musayyib, south of Baghdad.
Meanwhile a suicide bomber blew himself up among a group of Iraqi army recruits in Baghdad today, killing at least 10 people and wounding several others.
On the political front, several Sunni members of the committee drafting Iraq's new constitution have suspended their work following the killing of two colleagues Tuesday. They said they cannot work without better security.