Updated at 6:45 p.m. EDT, Aug. 31, 2008
At least 13 Iraqis
were killed and 8 more were wounded in the latest attacks. Meanwhile, the
tense situation between central government forces and Peshmerga forces continues
in Khanaqin. Also, Ramadan begins
tomorrow for Sunni Muslims and the day after for Shi'ites.
tensions between the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi army troops continue
to plague this Kurdish region of Diyala province. Although the fighters have maintained
security in this area, the central government now wants
only Iraqi troops handling security. Peshmerga forces, while loyal to Iraq, are
under the direction of the Kurdish Autonomous region's government.
development could be part of a campaign on the part of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
to strengthen his power before provincial elections. The campaign nearly ignited
a civil war in the southern provinces last March. Violence there ended only after
intense negotiations led to a ceasefire. Kurdish officials are
on their way to Baghdad for talks.
In Baghdad, a bomb attached to
a car wounded its driver
and two Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint. Gunmen killed
a man driving on the Mohammed Al-Qassim highway. A bomb targeting a
U.S. patrol in Shula failed
to harm anyone. Snipers killed
two people in Mansour. Also, two
dumped bodies were found separately.
In Mosul, gunmen killed
a policeman and wounded his brother. A body
was found in a separate location. A roadside bomb wounded
two guards traveling in a convoy with a Mosul operation commander.Two
dumped bodies were recovered.
bodies were discovered in an irrigation channel south of Baghdad in al-Raay.
The men had been in the process of returning to the Baghdad homes when they were
taken and killed. Rogue elements in an Awakening Council (Sahwa) may be to blame.
Gunmen in Kirkuk kidnapped a bodyguard working for Iraqi President
Jalal Talabani. His body
was found shortly afterwards.
Men wearing Iraqi army uniforms stormed the
home of a Kut police lieutenant colonel. They
wounded the officer and killed his wife.
soldier was wounded during an incident in Diyala province. An Sahwa
member and his family were killed as well, but this attack on the family was already
reported without mention of the soldier.
Two gunmen were arrested
in Dhi Qar.
Gunmen in Balad Ruz drove
46 families from their homes. No casualties were reported.
taken over security of a Ashraf City in Diyala province. The city is
host to a number of Iranian refugees and the People's Mujahedin of Iran group.
Fourteen gunmen were captured
In Turkey, four Turkish soldiers and two Kurdish
rebels were killed
Compiled by Margaret Griffis