Updated at 10:55 p.m. EDT, Aug. 19, 2008
At least 66 Iraqis
were killed and another 26 more were wounded. Among the dead were PKK rebels
killed by Turkish forces. A mass grave was also found.
Also, the governor's office in Diyala province was raided by security forces or
gunmen dressed as policemen. One U.S. servicemember was killed as well.
Also, the son of a leading Sunni politician was picked
up by Iraqi forces.
soldier was killed during a rocket attack at a base near Amara. In what
may be the same incident, the Iraqi army base in Missan was rocketed,
but no casualties were reported. The base is north of Amara at the al-Betiera
Iraqi security forces detained
the son of a leading Sunni parliamentarian on terrorism charges. Adnan Dulaimi,
head of the Accordance Front, rejoined the al-Maliki government only a few weeks
ago, hoping to ease tensions between his family, his employees and the central
government. He denied that charges and said he would have preferred U.S. forces
to have picked up his son, because he does not trust the Iraqi government to release
him. Another one of this Dulaimi's sons was detained
last Decemeber. As a Parliament member, Dulaimi has amnesty against charges unless
grave ones are proven. He has been forced to use Kurdish bodyguards to avoid having
them arrested by security forces.
Iraqi troops stormed
the offices of the governor in the restive Diyala province. The governor's
secretary was killed and four other employees were wounded. A deputy
governor was also beaten. At least two
civilians were injured in the crossfire. A university professor and a provincial
council leader were detained. A three-day mourning period has been imposed
on the province.
decomposed bodies were discovered in an orchard north of Baquba near Khalis.
the east of Baquba in the village of Bauzel, another 15
bodies were found in a mass grave.
A Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)
spokesperson said that 23
rebels were killed over the last month in areas of north Iraq that came under
Turkish attack. The separatists are hoping to create an autonomous Kurdish state
in parts of five countries, including Turkey. The incidents occurred in Zab
and the Qandil mountains.
In Baghdad, one
person was killed and four were wounded during a roadside bomb attack in Ubaidi.
In Zaafaraniya, a civilian
was killed by another roadside bomb. One
person was killed and three others were wounded during a small arms attack
at a checkpoint. Also, one
gunman was killed and 14 more were detained.
A bomb in Muqdadiyah
one person and wounded four more members of the same family.
four people in Talkeef.
The casualty figures from yesterday's
boming in Ramadi were raised by two
deaths and four injured to seven killed and 11 wounded total.
suspects were arrested
An al-Qaeda suspect was arrested
In Basra, the Iraqi navy discovered
oil smuggling pipes. Four suspects were arrested
and a weapons cache was found.
Mortar shelling fell on a pair of television
station in Mosul, but no
casualties were reported.
Three people were detained
in Missan province.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis