Updated at 6:15 p.m. EDT, July 2, 2008
Iraq quieted down significantly
a day after a series of deadly bombings left dozens of casualties. At least 11
people were killed and 33 more were wounded in the latest attacks. No Coalition
deaths were reported. Meanwhile, Sadrists complained loudly as three prominent
members of their group were detained in Amara.
Followers of Shi'ite cleric
Moqtada al-Sadr complained
after the arrest today of three prominent Sadrists during a security crackdown
in Amara. According to them this is the latest in a string of truce violations
the Iraqi government has committed against the followers; however, the Sadrists
promise to observe the cease-fire unilaterally. The Sadrists believe they are
being targeted unfairly in an effort to undermine their political strength ahead
of elections that may take place
later in the year. At least 30 guards were also detained.
In Baghdad, three
dumped bodies were found. U.S mortar rounds struck the Amil neighborhood,
killing two people and
wounding ten more, after U.S. forces had received incoming mortar fire. Three
people were wounded during a roadside bombing in Zaafaraniya. A street
sweeper was killed during a roadside bombing in Adhimiya. In Maysaloon
Square, a roadside bomb targeting U.S. forces failed
to harm anyone. Two
people were killed and six were injured during a roadside bombing on Palestine
Street. Also, two gunmen were detained,
and a hostage was freed
in separate incidents.
Clashes between an Awakening Council (Sahwa) and
gunmen in Diyala province left two
gunman dead and six Sahwa members injured. Also, 65 detainees were released
after they were cleared of charges.
In Mosul, a Peshmerga soldier
accidently shot and wounded
three teachers. Iraqi army forces wounded
a man as they arrested him. One
policeman was killed and three other people were wounded during a roadside
Gunmen kidnapped the manager of a Kurdish TV station in Arbil.
He was found severely
In Suleimaniya, gunmen lobbed a hand grenade at the
home of a judge, but no
casualties were reported.
Leaflets were distributed in Jalawla
chieftains who recently met with a U.N. representative to leave the city or be
killed. The area is fairly violent and these warnings should not be taken lightly.
Three policemen were sacked
for misconduct in Karbala.
Fifteen suspects were detained
A large bomb was defused
under a Nasiriya bridge.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis