Updated at 5:15 p.m. EDT, Sept. 15, 2008
The Ramadan surge in
bombings continued today with significant bombings in Balad Ruz and Baghdad, but
few other attacks made it into the news reports. At least 38 Iraqis were killed
and 68 more were wounded overall. Only one report of violence made it out
of Mosul, where multiple attacks usually occur on a daily basis. One
American soldier died in a non-combat incident as well.
Secretary Robert Gates is in Iraq to officiate
at a ceremony where General David Petraeus will hand over command of U.S.-led
forces to Lieutenant-General Ray Odierno. Gates took the opportunity to say
that the role of U.S. combat troops in Iraq is expected to shrink in the next
A female suicide
bomber killed 22 people
and wounded 33 others at the home of a police commissioner in Balad Ruz.
The commissioner had just been released from U.S. custody and was celebrating
the Iftar meal with fellow police.
In Baghdad, a pair of successive
bombs in the Karrada district left 13
dead and 35 wounded, many of them Iraqi soldiers. Another bomb in Karrada
was defused without casualties.
Three dumped bodies
were found. Also, two weapons caches were discovered.
Two men were killed in Rutba
when the roadside bomb they were suspected of planting blew up.
a bomb blast targeting a U.S. patrol wounded
two civilians instead. Thirteen suspects were arrested
A solution to the ongoing security stalemate may have been
in Khanaqin. Lawmakers have announced agreements previously, but have continued
to discuss the situation. At issue is the presence of Iraqi army soldiers and
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the city of Khanaqin. The local Kurdish population
prefers the Peshmerga, while the central government prefers their soldiers. A
previous agreement allowed only Khanaqin police to patrol the city.
an Australian jury found
six Muslims guilty of planning a 2005 attack in Melbourne that was meant to force
Australian troops to leave Iraq. The attack was not carried out.
by Margaret Griffis