Updated at 1:10 a.m. EST, Jan. 26, 2008
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
today announced a major offensive
against al-Qaeda in Mosul, where a major bombing killed about three dozen people
two days ago. Mosul is considered al-Qaeda’s last urban stronghold in Iraq. Elsewhere,
at least 55 Iraqis were killed and another four were wounded in attacks
and raids. Most of the dead were al-Qaeda suspects. Also, one
American soldier died of non-combat-related causes.
Falluja, police and Awakening Council member killed
a gunman, wounded a second, and arrested two suicide bombers.
Council members killed
two gunmen in Samarra. Four
gunmen were killed and a number of hostages were released
in a separate incident.
In Baghdad, two
policemen were wounded during an IED attack on Qanat al-Jaysh Street.
Two unidentified bodies
person was killed and another was injured during a roadside bombing in Abu
bodies were found dumped in Saqlawiya.
The road between Khan
Bani Saad and Baquba has been cleared
of explosive devices. Recently, the route between Khan Bani Saad and Baghdad was
also cleared. U.S. troops estimate that 41
al-Qaeda suspects were killed in related offensives. Also, two hostages were
In Basra, 35 members of the Supporters of Ahmed al-Yamani group
U.S. forces killed one suspect
and arrested 19 others in central and northern Iraq. Ten suspects were
in Baquba. In Baghdad, 14 men wearing police uniforms and carrying fake IDs were
Also ten detainees were released
Also, an FBI interrogator said
that Saddam Hussein told him that he misjudged the U.S. reaction to the question
of "weapons of mass destruction."
Compiled by Margaret