Updated at 11:10 p.m. EDT, Aug. 16, 2008
Shi'ite pilgrims gathered
by the hundreds of thousands in Karbala today for the Shabaniyah observance, which
culminates tomorrow night. Due to the holiday, there will be less news reports
coming out of the country. Across Iraq, at least nine Iraqis were killed and
another 16 were wounded, some of them pilgrims heading for the holy city.
So far, Karbala has not seen
In Baghdad, six
pilgrims were killed and 11 were wounded during a car bombing near a bus terminal
in Shaab. Two hostages were liberated
and 37 suspects were detained. In Zaafaraniya, a separate bomb wounded
In Mosul, two men were arrested
while planting a roadside bomb.
Iraqi forces killed
three suspects in Salam. Another suspect was detained
and mortars were confiscated. An "insurgent headquarters" was discovered in a
separate region of Missan province.
Fifteen suspects were arrested
in Karbala. The city is under heightened security for the Shabaniyah festival,
which marks the birth of a ninth century Imam. Last year, heavy clashing led Shi'ite
cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to impose a unilateral cease-fire on his followers.
Twelve suspects were arrested
in connection with this week's bombing of Shi'ite pilgrims in Iskandariya.
In Diyala, Peshmerga troops will return
home to the Kurdish autonomous region and allow the central government to
set up security. Diyala remains a highly unstable area despite a recent crackdown.
The Peshmerga are former Kurdish fighters who now work for the Kurdish government.
The central government says they will be incorporated into the regular army soon.
Also, 29 police detainees were freed,
but no reason was given for the release.
Compiled by Margaret