Updated at 9:30 p.m. EDT, July 11, 2008
of two American soldiers, who had been missing for over a year, were found
south of Baghdad. At least 10 Iraqis were killed and another nine were
wounded in other incidents on a relatively quiet prayer day. Meanwhile, a
Sadrist Imam and 25 worshippers were arrested for speaking out against the government
at a mosque in Diwaniya. Also, a U.S. army source reported
that almost 21,000 Iraqis, including a few women and many juveniles, are being
held in their jails in Iraq.
missing U.S. soldiers were found dead near Jurf al-Sakhar in the "triangle
of death," where they had been kidnapped in May of last year. The body of a third
soldier, who was their companion, was found weeks ago in the Euphrates River.
The D.O.D confirmed the deaths and added
that a captured suspect led them to where they bodies had been buried.
In Diwaniya, a Sadrist Imam and 25 worshippers were arrested
during Friday services for "excesses and insults against the government." Followers
of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr believe that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
has been targeting them unfairly because al-Sadr is a political rival.
A U.S. airdrop in Nasariya left a
sixty-year-old dead and his two children wounded.
Police in Samarra
were able to prevent a chlorine
bombing. Four gunmen were killed
in the incident. Although uncommon, chlorine gas attacks have added a new level
of terror to car bombings. The gas, which is packed alongside explosives, sickens
people who are not directly affected by the blasts.
two bodies were found.
The body of a policeman
was found in Hilla.
Thirty suspects were captured
in northern and central Iraq. One
man was wounded during one of the captures.
Although weapons were
in Wassit province, Georgian forces have decided that the security situation
has stabilized enough to begin dismantling their checkpoint.
a bomb blast wounded
six people. Gunmen shot
a police officer dead as he was driving through a northern neighborhood. Two
suspects were detained
and several bombs were defused and/or confiscated.
body was found in Kut.
Two bombs were defused
south of Amara.
Military troops are converging
on Diyala province to rid the province of gunmen.
a checkpoing in Ghazaliyah; the number of casualties is unknown.
by Margaret Griffis