Updated at 7:27 p.m. EDT, Sept. 2, 2008
At least 20 Iraqis
were killed and 43 more were wounded in a number of bombings carried out in
Baghdad and Mosul. A U.S.
soldier died in a non-combat related incident. Also, tensions between
the central government and Kurdish Peshmerga are increasing in Diyala and spreading
Iraqi forces took over school buildings in Jalawla to
set them up as military barracks. Jalawla is near Khanaqin, which is the
seat of the area's local government and where Peshmerga troops have resisted ousting
by Iraqi troops. Meanwhile, a parliamentarian from Ninewa province accused
the Peshmerga of trying to "Kurdize" Mosul. The Peshmerga are former Kurdish
militia members and are now in charge of security in Kurdish areas. Both Mosul
and Khanaqin are heavily populated by Kurdish Iraqis, but neither comes under
the authority of the Kurdish Autonomous region.
In Baghdad, a roadside
bombing in Nahda killed
two people and wounded 13 others, including three policemen. Two
people were killed and 10 others were wounded in a roadside bomb attack in
Harthiya. Gunmen attacked the Sunni Endowment office in Adhamiya,
killing one guard and
injuring two civilians. A campaign to remove squatters from the home of displaced
Baghdadis was implemented.
Also the Iraqi government is compensating
residents of Sadr City and Shu'ala for family members killed
or injured during rioting last March and April, when Mahdi Army members felt they
were being unfairly targeted by the Maliki government. Hundreds were killed before
the government and Mahdi leaders agreed to a truce.
In Mosul, seven
people were killed and seven others were wounded during a suicide
car bombing at an army checkpoint. Children were among the victims. A second
bomb killed an
Iraqi soldier and wounded three others. An Iraqi
soldier was shot dead. Also, two roadside bombs were successfully defused.
A nine-year-old boy
was killed, while his father and brother were injured during a roadside bombing
in Kirkuk. A weapons cache was found
north of the city. The deputy governor survived
an assassination attempt.
A roadside bombing that was reported yesterday
in Tarmiyah was actually a suicide
bombing carried out by a teenager. In the newest reports, six
more people were wounded and one person was killed.
bodies were found in the Tigris River at Suwayra. One victim was wearing
an Iraqi army uniform. They both were shot and handcuffed.
A family of
four was kidnapped
in Abu Saida.
Karbala police freed
a female kidnap victim.
U.S. forces detained
16 suspects across northern and central Iraq. Four more were captured
Compiled by Margaret Griffis