Updated at 6:05 p.m. EDT, Aug. 8, 2008
A large car bomb killed
and wounded scores of people in northern Iraq today. Overall, at least 27 Iraqis
were killed and another 81 were wounded across the country. Two
Marines were killed as well. Meanwhile, Georgia and El Salvador recalled
troops, Moqtada al-Sadr disarmed most of his Mahdi Army, and the Kurdish leader
Marines were killed in a non-combat related incident in Anbar yesterday.
Also, a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton in California has been ordered
to stand trial for the murder of detainees in Fallujah.
of Georgian troops stationed in Iraq have been called
back to the former Soviet Republic as Russian troops entered
South Ossetia in a surprise offensive that may be the harbinger of an all-out
war between the neighboring countries. South Ossetia is an autonomous region of
Georgia that won de facto independence in the 1990s and is home to a large population
of Russian citizens. Separately, El Salvador recalled
some of its troops home thanks to mproving security in Iraq.
Moqtada al-Sadr has ordered
most of his followers to disarm; however, he will maintain an elite fighting force
to resist occupation forces should the U.S. not follow a withdrawal timetable.
Officials from the Iraqi government say
that agreement on an Iraqi-U.S. security pact is imminent. The pact will likely
include the timetable al-Sadr demands. The orders were read during today's prayer
Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani traveled
to Kirkuk to help ease tensions prohibiting the passage of a provincial
elections law by the central government. Shi'ite cleric Ali Sistani advised
all concerned parties to continue negotiations that will resolve the impasse.
A roadside bomb in Tal Afar market killed
21 people and wounded 70 others.
bodies were discovered in Madaen.
A roadside bomb killed
a policeman and wounded two others in Iskandariya. Separately, 21 suspects
between gunmen and an Awakening Council (Sahwa) in Mussayab left one
Sahwa member dead and four others wounded.
official was shot and killed in Jurf al-Sakhar as he was riding a motorcycle.
In Mosul, an Iraqi soldier
was killed during an ambush. Three
Iraqi soldiers were injured during a bombing in the Intisar neighborhood.
Three hostages were freed.
Clashes in Dorat al-Sawass left two
Thirty-five suspects were arrested
U.S forces detained
Two activists were arrested
Nine suspects were detained
Compiled by Margaret Griffis