Updated at 7:30 p.m. EDT, Apr. 1, 2008
Despite what appeared to
international eyes as a massive political loss for Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi
Prime Minister called his
failed Basra security operation a success. Also, U.K. Defense Minister Des Brown
warned that the drawdown
of British troops might be delayed, even as U.S. Democrats were
at a loss on how to end the American involvement.. Overall, 40 Iraqis were
killed and 25 more were wounded as violence returned to background levels.
American soldier died Saturday in Germany of wounds received during a
March 23rd IED attack in Baghdad. Also, casualty figures for March
were the highest in months
Although Prime Minister al-Maliki called
the Basra security operation a success, very little has changed in Basra,
security-wise, besides that Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr proved that he remains
in political control, and that Iraqi troops, even back by Coalition air forces,
are no match for Sadr's Mahdi Army. Also, al-Maliki ordered
local authorities to provide Basra with better services, and demanded
that no arrests be made without prior warrants. Meanwhile, Iraqi troops entered
nearby port cities to forcibly changed security personnel.
people were killed and three more were wounded during an incident involving
Awakening Council (Sahwa) members. They were transferring explosives found during
a raid when the explosives accidentally blew up. Elsewhere, gunmen killed
six Sahwa members at their checkpoint. Also, a suicide
bomber killed another Sahwa member at a separate checkpoint.
four people were wounded
during a roadside bombing in Karrada. In Zaafaraniyah, a mortar
attack left three injured.
Iraqi army officer and a soldier were killed and nine more were wounded during
security operations that netted 54 suspects. Meanwhile, beggars have returned
to the streets. Two
dumped bodies were discovered.
Sahwa members were killed during an attack near Samarra.
killed a gunman in Mahaweel.
In Mosul, a mortar attack left one
person dead. Gunmen wounded
two policmen. During the ensuing chase, policemen killed
two of the gunmen and detained three others. A female
lawyer and an Iraqi soldier were killed in separate attacks. Also, the
bodies of two students were found.
confiscated near Kirkuk. Two separate attacks left four
Seven suspects were arrested
In Tuz Khormato, four suspects were captured.
Fallujah police defused
a roadside bomb.
Two suspects were detained
Iraqi security forces killed
nine suspects and arrested over 300 others across Iraq during the 24 hours.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis