Updated at 6:30 p.m. EDT, Aug. 8, 2008
At least 22 Iraqis were
killed and 36 more were wounded in the latest violence. On a positive note,
a thousand displaced families have returned to Diyala province. Meanwhile, a Sadrist
spokesman warned of the consequences if U.S. forces make no concrete plans to
leave Iraq. Also, the UN extended
their mandate by one year.
A spokesperson for Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
warned that the Mahdi Army
may end a cease-fire if a potential Iraq-U.S. security agreement does not include
a troop withdrawal timetable. Sheik Salah al-Obeidi also said that a planned conversion
of the Mahdi Army into a social organization is being offered as a carrot to occupying
forces for their withdrawal. U.S authorities are wary of the offer, but welcome
it. Later, Iraqi officials said
that they were close on securing that deal and presented a timetable, but U.S.
authorities denied that an agreement on dates had been reached. The tentative
schedule would have U.S. troops pull out of all cities next June. Combat troops
would leave the country by October 2010, but a few soldiers would remain for no
longer than three years after that.
family members were killed when they accidentally set off a an old landmine
during construction of a home in a deserted part of Nasariya. As many as
others may have been wounded. The family may have been Bedouin,
and a child may have been playing
with the mine when it was detonated.
In Mosul, a body
lured four policemen to their
deaths and wounded
six other people; the body had been placed next to a booby-trapped cart. Gunmen
killed Mahmoud Younis and a
companion; Younis was the local leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party (IIIP).
Also, Iraqi forces killed two
gunmen yesterday. Eight
police were wounded in a suicide bombing.
A car bomb in Baaj
wounded three policemen.
The car had been towed
to the police garage.
Yesterday, a roadside bomb wounded
a person in Kirkuk.
belonging to a kidnapped taxi driver was found near Suleimaniya in Shahrazoor
Over 1000 displaced families returned
to Diyala province during an ongoing operation that also netted nine new
suspects. Displaced families are those that were forced to move either internally
or internationally due to threats or outright violence. Their return marks an
improved security situation.
U.S. forces detained
25 suspects across northern and central Iraq.
Dhi Qar province is
setting up a security plan to protect pilgrims traveling for the upcoming Shaabaniya
A new security operation is being planned
in Missan province.
In Baghdad, two special groups suspects
Just a couple days after a media frenzy over Iraq not using their oil wealth for
reconstruction, the mayor announced
a $10 billion plan to rehabilitate the Sadr City suburb.
Citizens of Taza
against annexation of nearby Kirkuk city to the Kurdish autonomous region.
large bomb was defused
on a highway in Wassit province.
Near Tikrit, a roadside bomb
a police chief and seven officers.
A car traveling near a security checkpoint
in Shirqat failed to stop. The soldiers fired at the vehicle killing
two men and one woman. A second
woman, who was injured, said they feared stopping for unknown men that late
in the evening.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis