Updated at 9:00 p.m. EDT, Sept. 9, 2008
President Bush announced
that no more U.S. troops will come home from Iraq until after the next president
takes office. Meanwhile, U.S forces released an Iraqi cameraman from detention,
and the Iraqi parliament convened in Baghdad. At least 15 Iraqis were killed
and 33 more were wounded in the latest violence. No Coalition deaths were
The Iraqi lawmakers convened
for their fall session after waiting a couple of hours to reach a quorum. Among
the issues still pending from the last session are a contentious elections
law and a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement. Growing
tensions in the Kurdish community will also be taken under consideration.
U.S. forces released an
Iraqi cameraman after a week in detention. In a phone interview, Omar Hisham said
that and his family members were detained, because U.S. forces believed he had
information on a sniper. Another photojournalist detained last week is still in
custody. U.S. authorities maintain they have the right to indefinitely detain
anyone they believe is a threat to security and have held many innocent people
on this basis.
In Baghdad, one
person was killed and seven others were wounded in Baladiyat when a
bomb was detonated. An Iraqi
army major general and two bodyguards were wounded in a bomb blast in Harthiya.
A bomb placed on a car belonging to an al-Arabiya TV bureau chief failed
to harm anyone in Salihiya. Late in the day, three
civilians were wounded during a bombing in Mansour. Nine
people were wounded by a roadside bomb that blew up around 9 p.m. in Wathiq
Square. A bomb in Beirut Square wounded
two more. Two unidentified
bodies were found dumped. Also, curfew hours have been cut
down for Ramadan, and two bombs in Zayouna were safely defused.
In Mosul, gunmen killed
an local aid official. An off-duty police
officer was killed at his home in an eastern neighborhood. A body
was found in a western neighborhood. Also, two
policemen were killed in Badoush.
A roadside bomb killed
one man and wounded two others in Daquq.
a pushcart bomb killed one person
and wounded two more at a checkpoint.
was killed and three others were wounded in Ishaqi.
was killed and his son was wounded as they were driving north of Hilla.
A drive-by shooting left one
dead and one wounded near Mussayab.
Near Suwayra, gunmen
killed a man.
was killed in a drive-by shooting in Kut.
Since June, over
1000 families have returned
to their homes in Diyala province.
In Zubair, five suspects
were captured and a hostage was freed.
Two suspects in Tal Afar were captured.
suspects were detained
in Kirkuk. Three of them were caught planting a bomb.
by Margaret Griffis