Updated at 9:34 p.m. EST, Mar. 8, 2008
Although reported violence
was otherwise light, a mass grave containing about 100 badly decomposed bodies
was discovered in Khalis. Overall, at least another 36 Iraqis were killed and
17 more were wounded in the latest attacks. One American soldier was killed
as well. Meanwhile, talks to determine the long-term presence of the US in
Iraq began between the two
nations. Also, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said
he wanted better relations with Iraq, after Iraq's PM visited the neighboring
American soldier was killed and another was injured during an explosion
in Diyala province yesterday.
In the mostly peaceful city of Arbil,
a French reporter in her hotel room. They stabbed her as they tried to rob and
sexually assault her. Police are holding hotel staff as they investigate. Meanwhile,
the Iraqi minister called
for an end to violence directed at Iraqi women.
Iraqi security forces in
Khalis discovered a mass grave containing the
badly decomposed bodies of at least 100 people. Police believe the killings
may date from soon after the U.S. invasion, but do not know who is to blame for
them. Mass graves have been frequently found in Diyala province and other areas
of Iraq where security forces have recently wrested control from gunmen and militant
groups; however, this is one of the largest ones found so far.
bomb killed an Awakening Council
(Sahwa) member and wounded four others in Hawija.
two people were killed and eight
more were injured during a roadside bomb attack.
A roadside bomb killed
three family members and wounded two more in Wajihiya. A second attack
three men and wounded two more on a bus.
In Baghdad, four
dumped bodies were discovered throughout the city, meanwhile eleven
decomposing bodies were reported found in Doura. two
Iraqi soldiers were killed during security operations that netted 26 suspects.No
casualties were reported during an explosion in Sadr City. US troops
two IEDs in northern Baghdad. No
casualties were reported during clashes in Hurriya. Also a gunman
was killed east of the city.
U.S. forces killed
eight suspects and arrested seven in Kanaan.
In Tal Afar,
was killed and another was wounded during security operations.
killed a man in
Eight suspects were arrested
for breaking into an oil pipeline. Seven suspects were arrested
near Hawija. In Ramadi, a man wearing a suicide vest was arrested.
An archaeological smuggling gang was arrested.
Also, three suspects were detained
Also, as many as 5000 people demonstrated
in Basra against deteriorating security conditions. The British handed
over security to Iraqi forces and retreated to their base at the airport. Although
news out of the city is scant, it is known that militant forces there are vying
for power and many of the residents are caught in the struggle. Furthermore, many
residents, particularly women, are targeted for Sharia violations. At least 60
suspects have been arrested,
and 10 hostages were freed,
Compiled by Margaret Griffis