Updated at 7:05 p.m. EDT, Sept. 5, 2008
It is the prayer day,
so the number of reported casualties is lower than normal. At least seven Iraqis
were killed, including a defense ministry advisor, and 17 more people were
American soldier died in a non-combat incident. Meanwhile, the fates of
an Iranian refugee camp and a Kurdish city, both in Diyala, are among several
major concerns that were in the headlines today.
More than 3,000 exiled Iranians in Ashraf
Camp could face extradition
or worse depending on what happens during negotiations between U.S. authorities
and the Iraqi government. Many belong to Iranian resistance groups, and Shi'ite
Iraqi officials do not want them in the country. The former regime had allowed
them refugee status for the last two decades.
Although it seemed
that the Khanaqin crisis had been resolved, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
has called for a new meeting on the situation. Other issues between the Kurdish
officials and the central government also need to be discussed.
Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi stated
that Iraqi does not need a security agreement with the U.S. in order to maintain
sovereignty. Separately, a government spokesman says
that the fate of Iraqi detainees in U.S. jails has stalled finalizing the security
agreement. U.S. General David Petraeus said
that al-Qaeda is still a dangerous presence in Iraq. Meanwhile, the Iraqi government
is up in arms over a report
that the U.S. spied on Iraqi officials.
Following Friday prayers in Sadr
City, thousands of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's followers peacefully demonstrated
against U.S. presence in Iraq. The cleric had asked them to do so as a show of
force during Ramadan.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb targeting former
Iraqi deputy prime minister Ahmad Chalabi killed
two people and wounded 17 others in Mansour. A defense
ministry advisor was gunned down in Zayouna. Two
dumped bodies were discovered. Also, two roadside bombs were safely
detonated by security forces.
has died of wounds received during a home invasion last Sunday in Kut.
a Kurdish security patrolman in Tuz Khormato.
a roadside bomb left no
Two men were kidnapped
south of Kirkuk.
The central government is
sending planes and buses to Jordan to pick up over 500 Iraqis who sought
Compiled by Margaret Griffis