A roadside bomb blew shrapnel today into the highest-ranking US commander yet injured in Iraq, CNN reports. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Dorko, who had taken command October 10, was evacuated to Germany after the bomb detonated by his vehicle in Baghdad. His injuries were not life-threatening and he remained in stable condition, Reuters reports.
Also today, the Iraqi army freed eight of 11 kidnapped sheiks in a raid in Baghdad's Rusafa district along the Tigris River. The US blames a Mehdi Army commander who "has joined forces with Iranian-supported special groups" for the kidnappings. In a sign of general progress, the US passed security of Karbala province to the Iraqi army today, the eighth of 18 provinces to be handed over.