Updated at 4:04 p.m. EDT, July 25, 2008
Iraqi Prime Minister traveled
to Italy this week where he met with the
Pope and Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi. Back home, at least three Iraqis were killed and another 12
were wounded in the latest attacks. No Coalition deaths were reported. Iraq
has been unusually peaceful this week. That may be due to less violence or a lack
of adequate news getting out of the country. Many attacks in Iraq go unreported
even during busy weeks.
In Mosul, three
policemen were wounded during a roadside bombing in a western neighborhood.
A sniper killed
an Iraqi soldier. In al-Karama, gunmen stormed a home and killed
a woman. Two girls and a young boy were kidnapped.
Ten suspected al-Qaeda operatives were captured.
Also, police detained
five people suspected of involvement in the assassination of an Iraqi Islamic
Party (IIP) official.
In Baghdad, a body
was discovered. Also, a kidnapping gang was captured
in Kadhamiya during security operations; pilgrims are expected to crowd a neighborhood
shrine next week.
In Karbala, a bomb on a minibus wounded
nine people. Meanwhile, a security plan involving 10,000 extra security forces
will be imposed
ahead of next week's religious observance. Twelve suspects were detained
before they could enter the city. Also, authorities discovered
20 stolen cars being housed at a farm.
Officials in Wassit province
security measures ahead of next week's religious observance. One particular highway
leading to Baghdad will be the focus of these measures.
Two Turkish soldiers
by landmines in southeastern Turkey. They believe Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)
rebels planted the mines. The PKK uses northern Iraq to launch attacks against
Turkish targets. They want to establish a homeland across parts of Turkey, Iraq
and three other nations.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis