Updated at 6:15 p.m. EDT, July 30, 2008
At least eight Iraqis
were killed and 12 others were wounded during the latest attacks. The D.O.D.
reported the death
of a Marine, while the parents of a gravely injured U.S. soldier are expected
to remove him from life support today. Meanwhile, security forces are conducting
a mostly quiet operation in normally violent Diyala province, and the Iraqi parliament
has scheduled an emergency meeting to discuss the political situation in Kirkuk.
Also, Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr says
he will support the al-Maliki government if it refuses to sign a security pact
with the United States.
When July ends, it will likely become
the least deadly month for U.S. troops since the invasion. Only six servicemembers
were so far killed in combat and another four died from other causes. The Department
of Defense announced today that a
U.S. Marine died from wounds received in combat; he had been injured in May.
Also, Bosnia will increase
the size of its force in Iraq next month.
In Baghdad, a roadside
bomb in Zayouna killed
one Iraqi soldier and wounded 10 others, including soldiers, policemen and
civilians. A policeman
was shot and killed in a separate incident. Also, two
bodies were found.
In Mosul, a judge
and his bodyguard were injured during a drive-by shooting; one
attacker was killed. Gunmen killed
a leading member of the Iraqi Islamic party (IIP) after storming his shop.
Also, security forces killed
a man trying to plant an oxygen tank bomb; a second
suspect may have also been killed.
Fifty-four suspects were captured
in Diyala province during a large-scale operation
involving 50,000 troops. The province has
been fairly quiet during the operation, likely because many gunmen fled
the area ahead of the operation. Six kidnap victims were freed.
Rockets and launchers were confiscated
in northern Basra.
In Sinjar, the Iraqi army raided
and closed an office belonging to the al-Hadbaa National Unified Gathering.
Al-Hadbaa promotes better relations between the many ethnic and religious groups
in northern Iraq. The director of the office was detained.
No reason for the raid was given.
Three suspects belonging to a newly formed
militant group were detained
in Kirkuk. As the Iraqi parliament ended its regular session, lawmakers
scheduled a meeting during
their summer recess to discuss the complicated political situation in Kirkuk.
Although Kirkuk is relatively peaceful, a provincial elections law has stirred
up ethnic tensions in the multi-ethnic province.
Compiled by Margaret