Updated at 9:45 p.m. EDT, Aug. 1, 2008
At least 11 Iraqis were
killed or found dead and six more were wounded in the latest attacks. No Coalition
deaths were reported, but an American
civilian died at a Polish base in Diwaniyah. July was the least deadly
month for Coalition troops since the war began. Iraqi civilians likewise enjoyed
relative peace. Government authorities reported
that violence was less than 25 percent of last year's levels. Meanwhile, thousands
of al-Sadr followers peacefully demonstrated in Baghdad following Friday prayers.
fell on the Polish base in Diwaniyah. No troops were injured, but an American
civilian employed there was killed.
In Baghdad, a bomb placed
underneath a car killed
one person and wounded two more in the Qadisiyah neighborhood. In Rusafa,
thousands of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's follower demonstrated
against signing a security pact with the United States.
Clashes in Duluiya
left four gunmen dead and three
Iraqi soldiers wounded. Eight gunmen were arrested.
Iraqi soldiers were killed and another was wounded in a roadside bomb attack
bodies were found in Kirkuk. They appear to be the bodies of a married
couple who were shot to death several days ago. The chief of police survived a
roadside bomb attack; no
casualties were reported.. Also, the central government is asking
for calm as a dispute over a provincial elections law and the fate of a power-sharing
scheme in the province continues. A new vote on the elections laws will take place
The body of
a man was found in Kut.
U.S. forces captured
20 al-Qaeda suspects near Mosul and Baghdad.
Three suspects were
in Baquba. A cache of explosives was discovered
In Basra, al-Sadr followers were allowed
to gather for Friday prayers. A deal was reached with security forces.
Karbala security forces are implementing
a new plan for this year's al-Ziyara al-Shaabaniya pilgrimage, which take places
in three weeks. Last year, clashes erupted leaving scores dead or wounded.
U.S. military reported that
on July 18 two men believed involved with the deaths of three U.S. Marines in
Anbar province were captured.
A five-man kidnapping gang was arrested
in Wassit province.
The U.S. admitted
over 2,300 Iraqi refugees last month. While this number of admissions is higher,
it is still below that allowed into other countries. Also, concerns about water-borne
diseases plague Iraq despite
that more Iraqis have access to potable water than before the invasion.
by Margaret Griffis