Updated at 11:10 p.m. EST, Jan. 26, 2008
At least 19 Iraqis
were killed and 20 others were wounded during a day of light violence. No
Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile, the Iraqi government set forth a massive
amnesty plan for detainees, while an Awakening Council spokesman alleged that
Muammar Qaddafi’s son might be involved in bombings around Mosul. Also, U.S. ambassador
Ryan Crocker said
that there are no plans for a permanent U.S. base in Iraq.
The Iraqi government
a general amnesty for 20, 000 prisoners held across the country. The amnesty will
not include those guilty of greater charges nor the thousands who were already
released under other amnesty plans. It is believed that many of the people currently
held in prison without trial are innocent. The U.S. authorities already release
about 65 prisoners every day from their prisons.
An Awakening Council spokesman
claimed that Wednesday’s bombing in Mosul was perpetrated by Seifaddin,
a group lead by Muammar Qaddafi’s son Seif. He also said that the group has been
operating in the Mosul area for the last three months or so. The U.S. military
did not confirm the allegation.
In Baghdad, one
dumped body was found in Doura. In southern Baghdad, an armed
attack targeting an Iraqi patrol instead killed
one civilian and wounded three others. Five
people were wounded by a roadside bomb explosion near al-Shabb stadium.
At a school in Karrada, gunmen wounded
two female students. Gunmen killed
a policeman and wounded a second one in Bab al-Sharqi. A mortar struck
the Green Zone but no
casualties were reported. A roadside bomb targeting an American patrol in
eastern Baghdad left no
casualties as well.
A bomb killed
a civilian and wounded another person in Abu Saida.
sheikh was killed in Najaf.
In Sulaimaniyah, the body
of an Iraqi worker from Karbala, shot twice, was found. A corpse
belonging to a Kurd was also discovered.
Two truckers were abducted
from a fake checkpoint near Tuz Khormato.
two men who then confessed to involvement in a massive bombing in Amara
guards were injured during an armed attack on a building in Baquba.
In Muqdadiyah, a roadside bomb
killed one police officer and wounded three others.
Mortars in al-Salam
wounded three people.
An IED killed
a civilian in Balad.
suspects were killed during joint U.S-Iraqi operations in Baquba. In
Wajihiya, U.S-Iraqi forces killed
three suspects. U.S.-Iraqi forces detained
five suspects in Kirkuk. Two more suspects were arrested
near Tikrit and Mosul. Two
gunmen were killed by the Samarra Awakening Council. Also, 14 suspects
in Baghdad during a failed kidnapping attempt.
by Margaret Griffis