Updated at 10:45 p.m. EST, Dec. 19, 2007
Despite a very slow newsday,
at least 57 Iraqis were killed and 12 more were wounded in the latest reported
violence. Meanwhile, Iraqi Muslims are observing the Eid al-Adha, which
marks the end of the yearly Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. This year, the Iraqi government
extended the official holiday to include Christmas. Iraqi newspapers will cease
publication until next Wednesday for the observances, and reports from the
country are expected to be scant until then.
U.S. forces released information
on a "torture complex" discovered by troops on Dec. 8. Over the next
three days, troops uncovered a grisly scene and found 26
decomposed bodies. Twenty-two
suspects were also killed and 37 more were detained during the operation,
which took place north of Muqdadiyah.
Almost all of yesterday's
influx of Turkish troops returned to their home country after attacking
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) locations. The Turkish military claims to have inflicted
heavy casualties, but no confirmation or figures are available. The PKK claimed
to have killed eight Turkish troops and injured several more.
was killed and three others were wounded during a roadside bombing in Baladiyat.
Awakening Council fighter was killed and six Iraqi soldiers were wounded during
security operations that netted 15 suspects; one
gunman was also killed, and at least 10 roadside bombs were defused. Also,
body was discovered in the Tigris River.
dumped body was found in the Sadr City suburb. On Saturday, Iraqi security
forces entered the home of a journalist and killed
civilian bystanders were wounded during a clash involving police and gunmen
in Mosul’s Thawra district. In the Souq al-Maash region,
a gunshot-riddled body
suspects were captured in Kirkuk.
In Fallujah, 45 detainees
were found not guilty and released.
Also, U.S. forces shot and killed a policeman.
Also, U.S. forces released
an Iranian, who has been in custody since 2004.
Compiled by Margaret