Updated at 9:32 p.m. EDT, May 10, 2008
The Iraqi government and
Mahdi army sources have apparently reached
an agreement to suspend fighting in Baghdad's Sadr City suburb; however, the U.S.
air strikes. At least 50 Iraqis were killed and 147 were injured in the
latest attacks. Also, one
American soldier died of non-combat injuries yesterday and a second
soldier died in a vehicular accident in Anbar.
hospital sources reported treating 115
wounded and receiving 20
bodies since yesterday. An apparent truce between the Iraqi government and
the Mahdi Army has been reached
today. The U.S. army says it is unaware of it and continued
to launch airstrikes within the city. . Spokespeople from the Iraqi government
and Sadrist party have confirmed the truce. The fighting began when Prime Minster
Nouri al-Maliki launched a security operation in Basra that many Sadrists and
Western analysts believe was really an attempt to sideline al-Sadr forces before
October elections. Hundreds of people, including civilians, have been killed in
the ongoing clashes.
In Mosul, U.S. and Iraqi troops finally launched
a security operation against al-Qaeda. Prime Minister al-Maliki promised to clear
the city of militants last January after attacks in the city rose. Instead, al-Maliki
concentrated forces in the ill-fated security operation in Basra. At least 60
suspects have already been detained.
In Baghdad, three
bodies were found. Two people
were killed and eight were wounded when a rocket fell in an eastern neighborhood.
A rocket attack Mansour left five
wounded. Five were
wounded during a roadside bombing in Zaafaraniyah. A mortar round on
Palestine St. wounded
three people. Four
Iraqi soldiers were injured during a raodside bombing in Husseiniyah.
A roadside bomb in Shabb injured
two people. Six suspects were arrested.
Also, 19 gunmen were killed
in various locations across the city.
civilians were killed and five others were wounded when a roadside bomb blasted
a police patrol in Basra. Also, 14 suspects were arrested
were found during a security operation in Mahmudiya that also netted
18 wanted men.
In Balad Ruz, 16 suspects were detained
and 35 IED's were confiscated.
A suicide car bomber was arrested
Four U.S. soliders were wounded
during a roadside bombing in Diyala province.
Iraqi hunters were found shot dead near the Turkish border.
by Margaret Griffis