Updated at 6:40 p.m. EDT, Aug. 4, 2008
Three American soldiers
were killed and a third one was wounded in separate incidents. At least 21
Iraqis were killed and 31 more were wounded across the country as well. Meanwhile,
the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based rights group, said
that U.S. authorities must produce evidence or release a journalist in their keep.
Also, the parliament has scheduled
a new vote on the provincial elections law for tomorrow.
U.S. soldiers were killed and another was wounded in a bombing on Baghdad's
Palestine Street. The attack, near Mustansiriya University also left two
Iraqis dead and 15 more wounded. Another American
soldier died in Balad of non-combat injuries.
Elsewhere in Baghdad,
two dumped bodies
were found. Two
policemen were wounded in an IED attack in Doura. The brother of a
famous soccer player was liberated
hours after he was kidnapped. Iraqi forces arrested
17 suspects. Also, workers at a hospital gave up calling police in Sadr City
when they refused to respond to a foiled
kidnapping; army forces were then called in to arrest the suspects.
In Mosul, a bomb targeting a deputy governor's convoy killed
one bodyguard and injured six others. Four
policemen and three civilian were wounded during another bombing. Soldiers
killed a gunman. At least
other gunman was killed in that or a separate confrontation. Gunman shot
dead a woman yesterday. A bomb was safely defused.
Also, two bodies were found.
One of the bodies apparently belonged
to a female government worker who was kidnapped on Saturday.
bomb blast killed seven people,
including four policemen, in Mahaweel.
In Suwayra, two
bodies were pulled from a river, and a third
body was discovered nearby. Many bodies have been found there thanks to intricate
irrigation system that catches bodies floating down the river from as far away
civilian was killed and a second was wounded during an armed attack in Kut.
A large C4 bomb was defused
U.S. forces captured
seven suspects in northern and central Iraq.
In Diyala province,
Iraqi forces detained
34 wanted suspects in Khalis and Khazraj. Fifteen more were arrested
in Muqdadiyah. An al-Qaeda leader was arrested
somewhere in the province as well. Meanwhile, an Interior Ministry spokesman reported
that the border with Iran has been secured and Awakening Council members will
be treated as part of the regular army.
Two gang leaders were captured
In Jordan, a military court sentenced
12 men, some in absentia, to as much as five years for planning to join the insurgency
A New York-based rights group, the Committee to Protect Journalists,
said that the U.S. military
must either provide evidence against or release a photojournalist they detained
recently. This is the third time that Ali al-Mashhadani has been detained without
charges being brought against him. The military claims they are allowed to detain
indefinitely anyone they judge to be dangerous. Al-Mashhadan work for Reuters
and freelances for the British Broadcasting Corp. and National Public Radio.
The Iraqi parliament may have reached
an acceptable compromise on a provincial elections law. The elections are expected
to give ethnic populations more power in their respective provinces, but circumstances
particular to Kirkuk have stymied the implementation of the law. It was already
passed by parliament and then vetoed by President Talabani, who is a Kurd. Among
other issues, the majority Kurds would like the region to join the Kurdish autonomous
region, while the city's Arab and Turkmen minorities wish to continue under the
authority of the central government.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis