Updated at 5:54 p.m. EDT, Sept. 21, 2008
At least 20 Iraqis
were killed and 114 more were wounded in the latest violence. Relatively small
but numerous bombings plagued Baghdad, while Kirkuk and Mosul both suffered bomb
attacks that left dozens of casualties. No Coalition deaths were reported.
Interior Ministry launched
a new security plan in Diyala province, even as ongoing operations continue.
A director said the operation is focused on certain neighborhoods in Baquba. The
current plan has already come under fire for targeting local officials and pushing
out Kurdish elements in northern areas of the province. In the past, the Interior
Ministry was known for harboring Shi'ite death squads set on ethnic cleansing.
The need for simultaneous operations was not specified.
a suicide truck bomber
killed two policemen and wounded 45 others. Gunmen killed
a woman and an generator
operator in separate incidents. Two
brothers were killed and third one was wounded during an armed attack. Also,
two people were wounded
when a bomb was detonated under an oil tanker truck.
gunmen killed an interior ministry
official and his driver in Adil. A bomb planted in his car wounded
a finance ministry director. Seven
people were wounded when a roadside bomb blasted them in Waziriya;
a separate bomb wounded
five people nearby. In Zaafaraniya, a roadside bomb wounded
six people. A planted bomb killed
a man in Nosour Square. A bomb blew up on Nidhal St., injuring
two people; a second bomb wounded
seven others. A bomb in Karrada wounded
four people. Gunmen wounded
an inspector in New Baghdad. Three dumped bodies were found. Also,
14 suspects were captured.
people were killed and 23 more were wounded when a suicide
truck bomber struck at a Kirkuk police checkpoint.
people were killed and six more were wounded in Jalawla when a roadside
bomb blasted their minibus.
Gunmen in Hadba killed
one Iraqi soldier and wounded two others.
bodies were fished out of a river in Suwayra.
Gunmen in Kut
killed an off-duty policeman.
Tikrit, three people
were wounded when a bomb planted under a car exploded.
A weapon's cache
in an industrial section of Fallujah.
Authorities in Dhi Qar
they were working to stop the entry of 20 motorcycle bombs into the province and
denied rumors that they were already confiscated.
Iraq and Saudi Arabia
exchanged prisoners. Sixteen
Iraqis out of 434 will be returned home. Despite being neighbors, the two countries
have not had close ties in years, mostly due to suspicions over Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki's ties with Shi'ite Iran. Most Saudis are Sunni Muslims.
by Margaret Griffis