Updated at 12:25 a.m. EDT, Aug. 4, 2008
At least 36 Iraqis
were killed and 63 more were wounded in the latest attacks. One
U.S. soldier was killed and other was wounded in a vehicular accident
southwest of the capital. In Baghdad, the Iraqi parliament failed
to resolve issues surrounding a provincial elections law; a power-sharing scheme
and replacement of security forces for multi-ethnic Kirkuk are
thwarting what could be a major step for Iraq's nascent democracy. In other
news, athough government figures show
casualty figures dropped in July, the Iraq Observatory presented somewhat contradictory
The Iraq Observatory, a Baghdad-based NGO, reported
that violent activity actually increased during the month. The differences in
the reportings could be attributed to methodology and not an attempt to alter
facts. The Observatory also includes arrests in their figures. Due to insurmountable
difficulties, no group is able to accurately track all violence in the country.
The U.S. military, however, reported
its lowest death toll since invading Iraq. The Iraqi government announced a low
of 387 civilian deaths, while the Associated Press gave a figure of 510 deaths
that includes security personnel as well. The Observatory reported 259 deaths
and 3,825 violenct incidents altogether. On the other hand, security is improving,
so the government is luring
Iraqi doctors back to the country by offering attractive benefits packages.
In Baghdad, a car bomb killed
12 and wounded 24 in Adhamiya. Near al-Kindi Hospital, nine
people were wounded in a roadside bomb blast. Another roadside bomb wounded
two people in Ghadeer. A fourth bomb injured
four people near the Bayaa Bridge. In Ghazaliya, a bomb injured
one civilian. A bomb targeting the Babel governor left no
casualties during his visit to the capital.
On Saturday, 15
corpses were discovered on a farm in Khan Bani Saad.
people were killed and 13 more were wounded during a roadside bomb attack
Clashes between Awakening Council members and civilians
civilian dead and 10 others wounded in Tarmiyah.
clashes left two
gunmen dead in the Wadi al-Karama district. Also, five suspects were
Hundreds of young Iraqis were arrested
during a campaign in Duluiya. Among the arrested were university professors,
government employees and innocent civilians. Others detained were men who belonged
to armed groups that had signed peace pacts with local authorities. No casualties
were reported although shots rang out during the chaos.
48 suspects were detained.
A cache of weapons was also confiscated.
Iraqi forces detained
an al-Qaeda suspect and three "special groups" members in Balad.
Near Baquba, three al-Qaeda suspects were captured,
and eight others turned themselves over to authorities. An ongoing security operation
in the unstable province has met little resistance.
U.S. forces picked
up 15 suspects across northern and central Iraq. Five suspects were captured
south of the capital.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis