Updated at 11:08 p.m. EDT, Aug. 25, 2007
At least 16 Iraqis
were killed and 14 more were wounded in the latest round of violence. One
U.S. soldier was killed in a small arms attack in Baghdad. Meanwhile,
conflicting reports over a U.S.-Iraqi security pact are streaming out of Iraq,
along with an alarming video of a failed teenage suicide bomber.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki claimed
a security deal was finalized with U.S. forces, U.S. authorities say
that only a draft agreement has been reached. Al-Maliki is insisting on a 2011
deadline for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops. Also, Iraqi police released
a disturbing video interrogation of a 15-year-old girl who had been caught with
a suicide vest.
From Diyala province comes another report of detainee
releases. Authorities released 86 men who were captured during a security operation
but subsequently cleared of any crimes. As many as 214 of the detainees, and no
less than 128, have so far been released from custody. At least 460 suspects were
captured during the operation, with another 1300 surrendering themselves to authorities.
The operation was highly criticized for giving actual militants advanced warning
of the mission. Meanwhile, residents of Khanaqin staged
a massive demonstration against the operation. They claim political motivations
are behind it.
In Baghdad, two
dumped bodies were discovered. An attached car bomb wounded
three family members in Jamiya. In Adhamiya, a bomb on a minibus
the driver. A roadside bomb in Mansour injured
a police officer. In Adil, a bomb injured
one person. Two
Iraqi soldiers were killed and a third one was wounded during a small arms
attack. The Iraqi army killed
six suspects and detained 48 more. Mortar shells struck the Green Zone,
but no casualties
were reported. Shelling set a petrol
station aflame in Ghazaliyah.
In Mosul, gunmen in eastern
Mosul killed a guard working
for the Mosul University dean. A policeman
was shot and killed in the al-Majmoua al-Thaqafiya area. In western
Mosul, the body
of a university professor was discovered. Also, an engineer was reported kidnapped.
Six guards were wounded
in Tikrit during a roadside bombing that target a motorcade carrying the
provincial police chief.
A roadside bomb killed
two people in Shurqat.
In Mussayab, a bomb planted near
the home of a lieutenant colonel of the government facilities guard force killed
his daughter and wounded two sons.
people were injured when they came across a roadside bomb in Tal Afar.
Three men were detained
on murder charges in Basra.
Two suspects were arrested
in Wassit province.
Five suspects were captured
in Kirkuk. Meanwhile, Arabs and Turkmen called
for the dismissal of the United Nations special representative to Iraq. They claim
he is too biased towards the Kurds.
Coalition forces captured
nine al-Qaeda suspects across Iraq.
Compiled by Margaret