Updated at 7:20 p.m. EDT, Aug. 4, 2008
At least 21 Iraqis were
killed and another 26 were wounded during a politically eventful day in Iraq.
Two U.S. servicemembers were killed as well. Despite another postponement,
a vote on the provincial elections may be imminent. Meanwhile, some Palestinian
refugees will be allowed to leave the country. Also, a British newspaper is reporting
that a secret deal between British forces and the Mahdi Army has kept troops out
of Basra. And, the Government Accountability Office said
that oil revenues in Iraq have increased dramatically, but the U.S. taxpayer is
still shouldering the burden of reconstruction.
female soldier was killed during a vehicular accident in Baiji.
soldier was killed in a separate vehicular accident, this one in Abd
Allah. Both accidents occurred on Aug. 2 and were not related to any combat
The Times newspaper reported
that the British military reached a secret deal with the Mahdi Army. The deal
apparently took troops out of lawless Basra last September. British authorities
denied the claim; however, the deal could explain why British troops removed themselves
from the city and why they did not join Iraqi and U.S. troops during a large-scale
operation in March. The Mahdi Army is the armed wing of a movement led by
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. In other news, al-Sadr plans
to turn the Mahdi Army into a social organization.
The Iraqi parliament
postponed a decision on
provincial elections for the third time in as many days. The passage of the law
would allow elections to take place later in the year or early the next. On a
positive note, the Kurdish lawmakers who opposed the law warmed up to a U.N-backed
plan that would postpone elections in Kirkuk while allowing other provinces
to move forward with their plans. Among the issues is a power-sharing plan and
replacement of Peshmerga troops in Kirkuk.
In Baghdad, a body
was found in Saidiya. Aroadside bomb on Palestine St. wounded
six people, including policemen. Two
civilians were injured in a blast in Bab al-Muadham. Two
Iraqi soldiers were killed and 10 more were wounded during security operations;
gunman was also killed. Also, heavy arms were seized
in Sadr City.
Gunmen ambushed a convoy belonging to Sheikh Ibrahim
al-Karbouli in Yusufiya, killing
him and six bodyguards. The Sheikh was the leader of a U.S.-backed Awakening
In Mosul, a suicide
bomber injured a U.S. soldier and a civilian. A civilian
and his 11-year-old child were injured in a drive-by shooting. A child's
body was found yesterday evening. A body
belonging to a young man was discovered today.
three members of an Awakening Council at their Kirkuk checkpoint.
A body bearing gunshot wounds
was found in Hilla.
In Basra, gunmen shot
and killed a barber. Barbers have often been the targets of fundamentalists
who believe that the occupation flouts religious teachings. Also, a roadside bomb
three civilians south of the city.
Yesterday, a bomb on a minibus in
Karbala wounded four
Near the international border in Arbil province, an
Iraqi civilian was injured
during a Katyusha rocket attack launched by Iranian forces. According to reports,
about 120 rockets fell on Iraqi territory. Iran has previously launched artillery
attacks on Kurdish rebel targets across the international border. Like Turkey,
Iran has been fighting Kurdish separatists who want self-rule in an autonomous
casualties were reported after a bomb targeting a motorcade carrying the commander
of the Tuz Khormato medical corps was detonated.
a mosque was raided
and two guards were detained.
The governor of Wassit province has closed
the border to Diyala province in order to prevent gunmen from fleeing Diyala
during security operations there.
Iraqi forces killed
two suspects and detained 99 across Iraq.
U.S. forces captured
15 suspects in northern and central Iraq.
A number of Palestinian refugees
trapped at the Syrian-Iraqi border will be moved to either Iceland or Sweden.
The refugees attempted to flee to Syria after the war began, but Syria refused
to take in more than a handful. About 2300 of them have been stuck living in camps
at the border.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis