Updated at 9:40 p.m. EDT, August 14, 2008
A major attack against
Shi'ite pilgrims occurred in Iskandariya today, leaving dozens dead and wounded.
Overall, at least 40 Iraqis were killed and another 111 were wounded throughout
Iraq. Meanwhile, a party spokesman revealed
that Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is in the United States, recovering from heart
surgery. Back home, the speaker of the parliament is having
his own coronary troubles. No Coalition deaths were reported.
suicide bomber killed at least 26 people and wounded 75 more in Iskandariya.
The victims were Shi'ite pilgrims traveling to Karbala for the Shabaniyah religious
observance, which culminates this weekend. Although Karbala has heightened security
for the holiday, pilgrims walking to the holy city are still extremely vulnerable.
The attack occurred at a rest stop. It is the first major bombing against pilgrims
during this year's festival.
In Baghdad, one
dumped body was discovered. A roadside bomb in the Karrada district
killed one and wounded seven
more. In Zaafaraniya, a bomb killed
a policeman and wounded nine pilgrims on their way to Karbala. No casualties
were reported after a bomb near the Ghadeer Bridge blasted a U.S. patrol.
Also, U.S. forces killed one
suspect and detained five more, who may have been involved in al-Qaeda's finances.
Iraqi forces detained
A roadside bomb in Buhriz killed
two people and wounded six more, possibly policemen.
people were killed and five were wounded in a bombing south of the capital
in Salman Pak.
In Mosul, gunmen stormed a home where they
killed a man and wounded his
son. Gunmen killed
a policeman and an Iraqi soldier in separate incidents. An Iraqi
soldier was shot dead and his companion was wounded as their were vacationing.
Also, three suspects were arrested
in an unrelated incident.
In Baiji, a roadside bomb wounded
five oil workers.
body was found in Kirkuk.
A booby-trapped car was safely detonated
by security forces in Tikrit.
Near Baquba, a roadside bomb killed
an eight-year-old girl, while wounding
her mother and sister.
In other news, the U.S. Navy has charged
six sailors with abusing detainees; another seven sailors were give non-judicial
punishment as well. Iran and Iraq have joined
together to officially demarcate the border between the two countries, while
British forces are
focusing their attention on securing that border. Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister
Barham Salih is in Iran reassuring
the Iranians that continued U.S. presence in Iraq is not a message for them. Also,
a U.S. oil company has not given
a reason for ending negotiations over the development of an old field.
by Margaret Griffis