Updated at 5:20 p.m. EST, Mar. 7, 2008
Today, Mosul was the scene
of multiple bombings just as Baghdad was recovering from yesterday's major bombing
in Karrada. Overall, at least 27 Iraqis were killed and 33 more were wounded
across the country. No Coalition deaths were reported. Also, Shi'ite Cleric Moqtada
al-Sadr issued a statement
explaining his long absence to followers, while pilgrims in Najaf observed
the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad's death.
In political news,
President Jalal Talabani met
with his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul during his first visit to Turkey
as Iraq's president. The trip came on the heels of a Turkish incursion into Iraq
to battle against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels. Turkey accuses the PKK
of staging cross border attacks from Iraq's mountainous north. Although Talabani
is a Kurd, he, like many Kurdish Iraqis, do not fully support the PKK's goals
and pledged Iraqi support
against the separatists.
In Mosul, a suicide
bomber attacked a police station in the Ras al-Jada neighborhood; five
policemen were killed and 19 others were wounded. A roadside bomb on Nabi
Street left no casualties, but a second bomb at the location killed
one civilian and wounded 14 others.
A mass grave containing at least
bodies and remains belonging to other victims was found in Albu Taema.
In Baghdad, three
dumped bodies were discovered. Coalition troops killed a criminal
and detained a Shi'ite militia coordinator. A roadside bomb targeting a U.S. convoy
in Doura failed
to cause casualties.
U.S. troops killed
eight suspects in Samarra and arrested 17 others across northern and
A U.S. airstrike in al-Azhim left five
gunmen dead, including a key leader.
Three al-Qaeda suspects were arrested
Also, four pilgrims were killed and four injured near
al-Kifl in a vehicular accident that involved
an Iraqi army Humvee. The pilgrims were on their way to Najaf.
by Margaret Griffis