Updated at 7:24 p.m. EDT, Aug. 6, 2008
The Iraqi parliament officially
closed a special session and went on summer break today. Meanwhile, a second report
in a British newspaper raises concerns about the relationship between British
troops and the Maliki government. At least 27 Iraqis were killed and another
22 were wounded in the latest round of violence. Many of the dead were found
in a mass grave in Diyala. Also, one U.S.
soldier was killed in a non-combat incident.
Unable to settle issues
surrounding a provincial elections law, the Iraqi parliament adjourned
until next month. The law would have allowed elections to take place this year,
but Kurdish opposition forced
President Talabani to veto the law. When they return from summer break, the politicians
will face a number of important
issues as well as the election law.
The Times reported
that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected British plans to implement their
own troop surge in Basra. Instead, he sent Iraqi troops into the southern
port city the next day. Many observers noted that operation seemed to target followers
of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr only, and al-Sadr's spokespeople said it was
an attempt to undermine their power ahead of elections. American troops had to
be called in, but the fighting spread throughout the southern provinces and Baghdad.
Hundreds were killed and wounded before al-Maliki and al-Sadr brokered a truce.
In Mosul, a suicide
bomber killed three people and wounded 14 more in the Dawasa neighborhood.
Two bodies were found. A
female suspected of having ties to al-Qaeda was detained.
In Baghdad, a bomb in Karrada injured
two policemen. Later in Karrada, another bomb injured four
people, including two civilians and two security personnel, and a dumped
body was found separately. In Sleikh, an Awakening Council checkpoint was
attacked; three members
were killed and two more were wounded.
A mass grave containing sixteen
bodies was discovered near Baquba.
An ongoing security operation
in Diyala province has netted
a total of 483 suspects. Gunmen have been given
seven days to lay down arms without repercussion.
across Babel province.
Weapons were found
Four suspects were detained
In al-Muwafaqiya today, a roadside bomb killed
Compiled by Margaret Griffis