Updated at 5:18 p.m. EDT, Aug. 23, 2008
At least 49 Iraqis
were killed or found dead and another 90 were wounded in the latest attacks.
A security operation is Diyala province continues to be the source of controversy
as troops seemingly spend more time harassing people instead of rounding up criminals.
No Coalition deaths were reported.
A representative from the Patriotic Union
of Kurdistan lodged
a formal complaint against the Iraqi army after troops raided a Peshmerga base
in Qurat Tabba. The central government recently implemented a security
operation against militia groups in Diyala and ordered the Kurdish fighters to
remove themselves back to the Kurdish Autonomous Region. Although the city is
in Diyala province, the Peshmerga fighters had been keeping the peace in that
area. Iraqi forces had
already taken over security, but an agreement allowed the Peshmerga to take
their time in evacuating men and materials. For unknown reasons, the troops ignored
the agreement. Coincidentally, a rogue force of Iraqi troops stormed
the provincial governor's office only last week.
Also in Diyala
province, security forces have released at least 88 detainees captured
during the Bashaer al-Kheir security operation. As of a week ago only 460
people had been captured during the operation. Several hundred more people
"who have no innocents' bloods on their hands" surrendered as well. The large
proportion of presumably innocent detainees highlights only one significant problem
with the controversial operation: it was widely publicized before implementation,
giving gunmen enough time to flee the area before security forces arrived.
least 25 people were killed
and 29 more were wounded when a suicide
bomber attacked a group of people celebrating the release of detainee from
Camp Bucca. The incident happened on the outskirts of Baghdad near Abu Ghraib.
The wounded were taken to a Fallujah hospital.
In Baghdad, a bomb
in al-Nahda exploded, drawing first responders to a second bomb blast;
at least four were killed and
15 more were wounded in the double explosion. An IED near the Diyala Bridge
three people and wounded 10 more in southern Baghdad. Another pair of bombs
two people and wounded seven in Beirut Square, east Baghdad. Two
people were wounded by a roadside bomb in Doura. A hostage was freed
and his abductors were captured. No
casualties were reported during an I.E.D. blast in Shabb. One
unidentified body was found. Also, a suspected aide to al-Qaeda leader in
Iraq Abu Omar al-Boghdadi was captured,
and another 27 suspects were detained
separately. A missile launchpad was located
A roadside bomb near Balad Ruz killed
four Iraqi soldiers and wounded eight more.
three people and wounded seven others during a shootout in central Baquba.
Also, the city entrances are locked down after police captured
a female suicide bomber before she could detonate her explosives.
people were killed and five more were wounded when a roadside bomb blasted
them near Baquba.
bodies were fished out of the Tigris River near Suwayra. An extensive
irrigation system there supplies nearby farming areas with water, but it often
catches dumped bodies as well.
In Hilla, gunmen wounded
In Mosul, four
people were wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a U.S. patrol in an eastern
neighborhood. Two men
were killed as they were planting a roadside bomb this morning.
ban is in effect in Missan province, after a Katyusha rocket attack occurred
there last week.
against government corruption in Samawa.
U.S. troops came under
attack in Basra, but no
casualties were reported. Although Basra is supposed to be under the authority
of British forces, U.S. troops have been stationed there since Prime Minister
al-Maliki ordered a surprise security operation. Oddly, Maliki went into Basra
only a day after rejecting
British plans to implement peace plans there, and then called on U.S. troops when
the operation went awry.
Also in Basra, gunmen ambushed Shi'ite cleric
Haider al-Saymari as he was on his way back to Qom, Iran. The Iraqi-born cleric
was wounded, but his family was left unharmed. They had been participating
in a religious ceremony earlier in the month. Al-Saymari is part of a moderate
group led by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
Compiled by Margaret