Updated at 4:44 p.m. EDT, August 11, 2008
Even as violence continues
to plague Diyala, the Iraqi government pulled
back operations in the province to allow gunmen to peacefully surrender. Overall,
at least 16 Iraqis were killed and another 38 were wounded across the country.
No Coalition deaths were reported, but Russia expressed its annoyance with the
U.S. for helping send Georgian troops home.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin admonished the U.S.
for shuttling Georgian troops home after Georgia requested help in bringing them
back from Iraq. He says the action will harm attempts to resolve the days-old
war. Russia and Georgia are currently locked in conflict over the breakaway republic
of South Ossetia.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb wounded
eight people in Bab al-Sheikh. In New Baghdad, a bomb planted
on a car killed its driver
and wounded two others.
A bomb targeting a U.S. patrol injured
two Iraqis near Beirut Square instead. Three
civilians were injured during mortar fire in Shabb. No
casualties were reported after a roadside bomb blasted a convoy, also in Shabb.
Two dumped bodies were
found. Also, 24 suspects were captured.
In Mosul, gunmen attacked a policeman's home; one
policeman and one gunman were killed. Two
people were wounded when a car bomb exploded at a petrol station in al-Ta'mim.
A bomb planted on a car killed
a man yesterday in al-Rashidiya. Also, two captives were liberated.
A female suicide bomber
four policemen and wounded 16 people at a Baquba police station.
A roadside bomb in Wajihiya killed
five women and injured three men as they were approaching a field.
In Abu al-Khaseeb, a roadside bomb injured
Fifty-five suspects were detained
in Dhi Qar province.
The leader of a kidnapping gang was arrested
In Diyala, security operations were temporarily suspended
to allow gunmen to turn themselves over to authorities. The Interior Ministry
today reported arresting
another 376 suspects in recent days. Five days ago the total captured was only
at 483 suspects. The operation has already come under fire for having allowed
gunmen to flee the area before the operation was implemented. Diyala has been
one of the most violent provinces in Iraq, but the operation met with almost no
resistance. Meanwhile, the mayor of Jalawla complained
that army presence in the province were creating a tense situation among the area's
Peshmerga fighters. Also, the Interior Ministry denies
having fired the Diyala police chief.
More than 115,000 detainees have
so far under a general amnesty law. Over 28,000 who do not come under the offer
for release are still in custody.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis