Updated at 6:55 p.m. EST, Dec. 30, 2007
On the first anniversary
of Saddam Hussein’s execution, observances were rather subdued
and violence was extremely light. Overall, 13 Iraqis were killed and eight
more were wounded. Thirteen people were abducted near Tuz Khormato,
and the chief of police in Basra escaped an assassination attempt unharmed. Also,
U.S. soldier was killed in a non-combat-related incident.
ad Din province, the local Awakening Council criticized
Osama bin Laden’s latest videotaped message by suggesting that instead of issuing
warnings to quit awakening councils, he should order his followers to stop targeting
A pair of roadside bombs targeting the police chief in Basra
managed to only injure
one bodyguard. The chief, Abdul-Jalil
Khalaf, has been vocal about untamed violence in the city and is practically
the only source of news items from there. Another
attempt on his motorcade was made on the return trip from a conference he
In Baghdad, two
civilians were injured when a bomb attached to a fireman’s truck exploded
in the al-Shabb neighborhood. Two
police officers were killed and two others were wounded during operations
that netted 40 suspects and a large quantity of ammunition. Also, two
dumped bodies were recovered.
corpses were found separately near a "torture chamber" in Baquba.
bodies may be present as well.
three people in Khalis.
Between Tuz Khormato and Suleiman
Pak, gunmen abducted
13 people from a fake checkpoint.
Throughout Diyala province, a
quantity of arms was discovered,
and seven IEDs were defused.
The streets of Amara were reopened
two weeks after a major bombing killed or wounded 200 people. Heightened security
is still in effect.
In Karbala, 95 policewomen graduated
from the academy. Meanwhile, the governor of the province said
that 14,000 security personnel will be on hand for the upcoming Ashura observance.
U.S. forces killed
six suspects and arrested 14 more in northern and central Iraq. Thirty
suspects were captured
in the Tharthar area, north of Fallujah. An al-Qaeda leader was arrested
in Kirkuk. Also, Coalition troops are planning
a major offensive against al-Qaeda soon.
Also, villagers near the Turkish
border are complaining
about losing hope after Turkish attacks on their homes and property.
by Margaret Griffis