Updated at 7:45 p.m. EDT, Oct. 7, 2008
At least 14 Iraqis were
killed and 20 more were wounded. Two U.S. soldiers were killed in separate
incidents as well. Meanwhile, Turkey continued to pound northern Iraq with air
strikes. Also, Iraq has now formally approved
the provincial elections law, while U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte
visited the country on a diplomatic mission.
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari
held a joint press conference
with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte in Baghdad. Zebari
reiterated that Iraq and the U.S. are close to finalizing a new security agreement
but the same stumbling blocks remain. The main issue is immunity from prosecution
for American soldiers and contractors. Iran, meanwhile, expressed
its opposition to the deal.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and vice presidents
Tareq al-Hashemi and Adel Abdul-Mahdi formally approved
a provincial elections law that will allow voting to take place across Iraq
on Jan. 31, 2009. The one exception is Kirkuk where squabbling over a power-sharing
scheme continues. The president also asked parliament to reinstate a provision
that allows a minority quota on provincial councils.
Turkish jets again
bombed suspected Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK) locations in northern Iraq. No casualties were reported,
but accurate figures out of the sparsely populated region are difficult to obtain.
It was the fourth day of retaliatory air strikes that began with a major clash
between Turkish soldiers and PKK separatists on Friday.
A shootout in
Mosul overnight left one
U.S. soldier dead; a second
U.S. soldier died Sunday from wounds received in a separate small arms
attack. Also killed were an
Iraqi policeman and gunman. Another policeman
was wounded and four suspects were detained. Separately, a government
employee was killed. Iraqi forces detained
10 suspects. Later, gunmen killed
three Christian Iraqis in separate incidents. Also, two
people were killed and ten were wounded in a suicide bombing.
a pair of explosions in front of the Foreign Ministry left at many as seven
wounded. Also, two
dumped bodies were found.
In Kut, two
bodies were found. Gunmen attacked a family, killing
one member; two
gunmen were wounded when the family fought back. Last night, a man
was shot and killed at a wedding. Also five Kata’ib Hezbollah suspects were
U.S. forces captured 22
suspects during operations across Iraq. Near Mosul, they arrested
a Ninewa council member's brothers.
Also, Iraq's parliamentary speaker
Mahmoud al-Mashhadani was allowed
entry into Iran a day after being turned away.
a 38-year-old woman was arrested
in connection with female suicide bomber recruitment.
a wanted suspect and confiscated armaments in separate incidents in Amara.
by Margaret Griffis