Updated at 6:55 p.m. EDT, Sept. 10, 2008
U.S. Defense Secretary
Robert Gates said that improving
security in Iraq would allow the U.S. to change its military focus to Afghanistan,
but the U.S. will still remain in Iraq for many years to come. He also said that
the war has entered its
"endgame." At least 11 Iraqis were killed and 24 more were wounded
in the latest violence reports. No Coalition deaths were reported.
news, Iraq may have to rely
on an old law so that elections may take place before the end of the year. The
implementation of a new elections law has stalled due to issues surrounding a
power sharing plan for Kirkuk;
however, one parliamentary group is demanding
the new law be pushed through immediately.
The acceptance of a U.S.-Iraqi
security pact has also stalled.
In this case, immunity for U.S. troops may be the biggest stumbling block.
bomb in Karbala killed
as many as three people and wounded 12 others.
In Baghdad, one
person was killed and six more were wounded when a bomb was detonated near
a restaurant popular with police. Two
dumped bodies were found.
In Mosul, gunmen killed
a Christian man. Four
dumped bodies were recovered.
people were wounded during a bombing at a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan office
in Tuz Khormato. Three of the wounded may
have been the men planting the bomb.
A roadside bomb in Iskandariya
wounded two policemen.
In Basra, a vehicle carrying a large amount of weapons was discovered and
A weapons cache was found
south of Kirkuk. Two al-Qaeda suspects were detained.
Thirty bombs were found
in Buhriz. At least 15 suspects were detained
during security operations.
Two suspects were detained
in Huwija, and a cart bearing a bomb was confiscated.
has stopped accepting shipments
of food from Iraq due to the cholera outbreak. Three officials were arrested
Compiled by Margaret Griffis