Updated at 7:01 p.m. EDT, Aug. 26, 2008
Diyala province continues
to be the focus of violence and politics today as a large bombing killed or wounded
dozens in Jalawla. Overall, at least 47 Iraqis were killed and 79 more were
wounded in the latest attacks across Iraq. Iraqi forces also withdrew from
a Diyala city after complaints over their emplacement there. No Coalition deaths
were reported, but another significant clash took place between PKK rebels and
Turkish troops in Turkey.
Iraqi security forces withdrew
from Khanaqin after massive demonstrations were staged against their recent
emplacement. The mayor, who is a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, said
the emplacement was politically motivated. The operation in Diyala province
has suffered much criticism. One problem has come from rogue security elements
within the Iraqi troops who attack local officials without permission. Another
is that the operation was announced ahead of time, allowing gunmen to flee the
area and rendering the operation useless from a security standpoint.
many as 35
people were killed and 47 more were wounded during a suicide bombing in Jalawla.
The bomber struck at a police recruitment center. Iraqi forces completely and
over security in the area from Peshmerga fighters yesterday. The Peshmerga
are Kurdish troops who have been patrolling parts of the volatile and ethnically
diverse Diyala province. Some of the Peshmerga expressed
their disappointment in the central government's plan and felt unappreciated despite
the help they have already been to province. The central government wants
only their troops in control of the province.
Near the Iranian border in
Mandali, also Diyala province, a family
of five were killed when they came across a roadside bomb. They were driving
their minivan to a religious shrine.
Conflicting reports from Tikrit
leave as many as two
dead and 12 wounded in a car bombing there. Earlier reports stated that four
people had been killed, but they were likely the victims of a second bomb
at the Salah ad Din health directorate that also left six
people with injuries.
policemen were wounded near Aziziya when a roadside bomb blasted them.
In Mosul, gunmen attacked the Bab Lakash area home of a
policeman. The policeman
was seriously wounded, while one
gunman was killed and another was wounded as they tried to flee. Three suspects
in a separate incident.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb in Ghadeer
four people. Two
Awakening Council members were injured in a roadside bomb blast in Mowasalat.
At least 36 suspects were captured separately. Another suspect was arrested.
Two car bombs were found and defused.
policemen were wounded during a roadside bomb blast near Safra.
A man was kidnapped
Four men carrying Iranian-made weaponry were detained
Coalition forces captured
eight suspects across northern and central Iraq.
In Turkey, Kurdistan Workers
Party (PKK) rebels clashed
with Turkish troops. At least 11 rebels and one Turkish soldier were killed.
by Margaret Griffis