Updated at 11:10 p.m. EDT, Sept. 12, 2008
At least 44 Iraqis
were killed and 99 more were wounded during an active prayer day. No Coalition
deaths were reported. Meanwhile, peaceful demonstrators in Baghdad and Kufa protested
against a U.S-Iraqi security agreement. Also, the U.S. has reached
its 2008 Iraqi refugee goal and expects 17,000 more refugees to arrive in next
Followers of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demonstrated
against a proposed U.S-Iraqi security agreement. They believe the agreement will
mean permanent occupation. The protesters remained peaceful, in accordance with
a cease-fire imposed on
them by the cleric last summer. The cease-fire was tested earlier this year throughout
the southern provinces when Iraqi troops targeting Mahdi followers entered Basra.
Weeks of fighting led to the deaths of hundreds, particularly in Sadr City, and
only after intense negotiation lead to a bilateral truce. Also, a U.S. response
to the latest Iraqi demands concerning the agreement is expected
within a couple days.
In Dujail, a car bomb in a commercial district
killed 32 people and 60
more were wounded as they were shopping for their Iftar meals. The Iftar meal
comes after dusk and breaks the daytime fasting that Muslims participate in during
A suicide bomber
near a Shi'ite mosque in Sinjar killed
three people and wounded 15 others as they were leaving Friday prayers this
of two girls and two Iraqi soldiers were found near Ghalibyah. They
have been there about a year and a half.
In Baghdad, a bomb
at a checkpoint in Mansour left five
wounded. A man tossed a hand grenaded at shoppers in Jihad; thirteen
of them were wounded while buying supplies for their Iftar meals. In Binouk,
a bomb failed
to leave casualites. A body
was found in Ur. Also, Coalition forces detained
two Kata’ib Hezbollah suspects.
In Mosul, a bomb blast injured
an Iraqi soldier. Gunmen injured
a traffic officer and civilian at a Farouq area checkpoint. A police
officer was wounded by a roadside bomb explosion. Also, a suspect was captured.
A woman was found stabbed
to death in Haswa.
Gunmen in Mussayab wounded
A bomb targeting British troops in Basra injured
a civilian instead.
In Kut, a boy was freed and his kidnappers
Two other suspects, carrying 35 roadside bombs, were detained
U.S and Iraqi forces killed
two suspects and detained two more in the Tigris river valley.
A weapons cache was found
Cholera has now been confirmed
Six suspects were arrested
across Diyala province.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis