Updated at 11:50 p.m. Feb. 3, 2008
In an attempt to quell bad
feelings between Sunnis and Shi’ites, the Iraq parliament passed
a law allowing former Ba’ath Party members to return to the posts they held during
the Saddam regime; however, there is a possibility that the law could be overturned
during an automatic review process. Separately, a spokesman for the Baghdad security
plan held a news conference, where he described
the deteriorating infrastructure Baghdad residents suffer through. Otherwise,
it was a light news day with only 31 Iraqis killed and 17 more wounded
in recent attacks. Also, two American soldiers were reported killed.
American soldier died of non-combat-related causes yesterday in Ninewah.
Also, the DOD reported that a rocket-propelled grenade killed
a U.S. soldier on Thursday.
Officials in Diwaniya released
309 of the 566 detainees captured during the recent Operation Lion's Leap
due to a lack of evidence involving them in any crimes; however, 75 are expected
to be given death sentences. It is believed that many people held long-term in
jails across Iraq are innocent, as they have not yet received trials.
Baghdad, three unidentified
bodies were found dumped in separate neighborhoods. A senior
police commando official was killed in Mansour when a bomb planted
in his car exploded; two bodyguards
were also wounded. In a separate incident nearby, security contractors shot
and wounded a man. In Suleikh,
a mortar round killed
an Iraqi soldier and wounded four others. Also, an IED targeted a U.S. convoy
passing through al-Bayaa, but the number of casualties was not
In Baquba, gunmen attacked an Awakening Council meeting
and killed four members,
whose ages ranged
from 17 to 21-years. A police
officer was also killed. A bomb blast wounded
three people, including a Diyala provincial council member; a curfew
was set in place after the incident.
people were injured during a car bombing in Mosul’s al-Maliya
neighborhood. Also, residents are stocking
up on food and other items ahead of a prolonged assault by Iraqi security
on suspected al-Qaeda elements and other gunmen who continue to torment the city.
A IED wounded
a policemen in Fallujah.
was killed during a drive-by shooting in Kut.
U.S. forces killed
three suspects and detained 36 in northern and central Iraq.
The U.S. base in Kirkuk received
mortar fire. Also, gunmen attacked a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party office,
injuring one of the
In Samarra, Iraqi police reported that seven
civilians were killed during a U.S. air attack in the al-Milah neighborhood.
a man in al-Hamdaniyah yesterday.
The U.S. military apologized
for killing nine civilians
wounding three more during a security operation in Iskandariyah.
by Margaret Griffis