Updated at 1:20 a.m. EST, Feb.11, 2008
Although Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarek said that U.S.
presence on Iraq is a destabilizing force in the region, U.S. Defense Secretary
Gates hinted that a pause
in the drawdown of American troops in Iraq is likely. Meanwhile, one
American soldier was killed and two more were wounded during an IED explosion
yesterday in Diyala province. At least 40 Iraqis were killed or found dead
and another 67 wounded in separate events. Also, CBS
news journalist and his translator were kidnapped in Basra.
In Baghdad, twin car bombs were detonated at a petrol station adjacent
to a Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC) office in Jadiriyah. At least
were killed and 45 others were wounded. The SIIC is the largest Shi'ite party
and has been targeted in the past.
Elsewhere in the capital, three
dumped bodies were found. Five
people were wounded during a car bombing in Doura. A roadside bomb
in al-Mashtal killed
one person and wounded two others. Two
people were injured during a bombing in Mansour. Also, U.S. forces
arrested 25 suspects in Sadr
were found near Baiji.
Clashes in Mosul left one
Iraqi soldier and four gunmen were killed. In a separate incident, a suicide
bomber detonated his explosives, wounding
a woman and a child. Gunmen wounded
a man. Also, mortars injured
Protests against a police chief continue
in Baquba. The demonstrations were led by Awakening Council members who
accuse the chief of belonging to the Mahdi Army.
In Samarra, two
suspects were killed and seven more detained.
gunmen were killed in Muqdadiyah. Also, a doctor was kidnapped.
Sixteen gunmen were detained
Northeast of Arbil in the Juman area, a man
was killed and his son was wounded by a landmine.
two al-Sistani aides were freed and a kidnapper
killed during clashes. Three
policemen were also injured.
civilians were wounded during a roadside bombing in Mussayib.
by Margaret Griffis