Updated at 6:50 p.m. EDT, Sept. 3, 2008
At least 15 Iraqis
were killed and another 28 were wounded in the latest violence. In one incident,
the U.S military fired back on Iraqi security personnel who did not know they
were allied forces. An unknown number of policemen were injured during
an incident in Tikrit as well. No Coalition deaths were reported. Also, an ongoing
dispute over control of security in Khanaqin was resolved peacefully.
forces killed six Iraqi security
personnel and wounded 10 others in a case of mistaken identity near Tarmiya.
A U.S. patrol boat was traveling
with its lights off, so the Iraqis could not tell it carried U.S. troops.
The Iraqis fired warning shots into the air as it passed their checkpoint. Later,
a U.S. helicopter flew in and targeted a house near the site of the incident with
gunfire. No American casualties were reported.
A security dispute in Khanaqin
was resolved after Arab
and Kurdish politicians agreed to withdraw both Iraqi and Peshmerga troops from
the city. Khanaqin police will now control security within city limits. The Peshmerga
will withdraw to Kurdistan, while Iraqi troops will patrol surrounding areas.
Khanaqin is an ethnically mixed area south of Kurdistan in Diyala province.
freelance photojournalist working for Reuters was detained
by U.S. forces in Mahmudiya. U.S. military authorities assert that they
may hold anyone they believe to threaten security, and several journalists have
been held indefinitely without charges using that rationale.
a roadside bomb targeting a U.S. patrol in Waziriya wounded
two civilians instead. One
body was found. Security forces detained
40 suspects and defused 16 bombs. Reporters Without
Borders said that a Kurdish
journalist was wounded during a previously unreported home invasion last week.
His sister was killed,
while his niece and mother were wounded.
In other news, almost 500 displaced
families have returned
home to the capital over the last two months. Also, about 100 citizens protested
abuse from Iraqi troops toward the local Awakening Council (Sahwa) members; the
U.S. will transfer
control of the Sahwa contracts to Iraq next month.
In Mosul, a roadside
bomb wounded two Iraqi soldiers.
gunmen were killed and a third one was wounded when the bomb they were placing
detonated prematurely. Gunmen killed
a policeman during a clash at a checkpoint. Also, gunmen detonated bombs in
two homes belonging to government officials, but no
casualties were reported.
A roadside bomb killed
one person and wounded seven in Iskandariya. A second bomb demolished
a house, but left no
casualties. Also, a roadside bomb planted
on a railroad line was found and defused, but there is no word on when rail traffic
Iraqi soldier was killed and three other were wounded during a bombing in
A bomb in Muqdadiyah killed
U.S. forces in Tikrit killed
a suspected "weapons facilitator," who was dressed in women's clothing and
hiding in a house. Police said
the man was a student. Eight other suspects were detained.
policemen were injured during a bombing.
Seven suspects were arrested
The U.S. admitted
2,183 Iraqi refugees during August.
A notorious prison in Abu Ghraib
will be renovated into a
museum focusing on crimes committed during the Saddam regime.
by Margaret Griffis