Updated at 6:45 p.m. EDT, Sept. 30, 2008
At least 9 Iraqis
were killed and 20 more were wounded as Sunnis began observing the Eid al-Fitr
holiday. Also, a U.S.
soldier was killed in a small arms attack in Baghdad.
four people were killed
and nine were wounded near the national theater in Karrada. Shelling
wounded three people in
Ghazaliya. The Iraqi army killed
an Iraqi and a Syrian during security operations that netted two other foreign
fighters. Mortars wounded five
people in Hurriya yesterday. A bomb was detonated
in a controlled explosion in Amil. Two
dumped bodies were found. Five al-Qaeda suspects were detained.
Also, small motorcycles will now be banned
In Mosul, gunmen killed
an employee in a coffee shop. The body
of a woman was found. Two
policemen were wounded during an evening attack on a station.
bomb in Jalawla wounded
a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.
Fourteen suspects were
detained in Kut.
Security forces arrested
25 suspects in Iskandariya.
U.S. forces detained
11 suspects in and around Mosul and Baghdad.
were transferred from U.S.
custody to that of the Heit police.
A crackdown in Basra
netted five suspects.
Jalawla, the chief of emergency operations was arrested
along with two officers on suspicion of "terror operations." Iraqi troops
supported by U.S. forces then demolished their homes after removing other family
members. Jalawla is within a heavily Kurdish area in Diyala province. The central
government wants to replace the local security forces with their own and have
been accused of harassing local officials in recent weeks.
security personnel are in Karbala
for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan. The holiday begins
with the sighting of the new moon. That has already occurred
in many locations. In Iraq, Sunnis are already observing the holiday, while Shi'ites
have to wait one more day.
by Margaret Griffis