Updated at 6:48 p.m. EDT, Oct. 8, 2008
At least 19 Iraqis were
killed and 34 more were wounded in the latest violence. The DoD reported the
of a U.S. soldier in an non-combat vehicular accident as well. Meanwhile,
the Interior Ministry said
they were ready to handle security should U.S. forces withdraw. Also, Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki said
he would cancel any tribal support council that is affiliated with a political
were killed and 19 more were wounded when a female suicide bomber struck outside
a courthouse in central Baquba.
In Baghdad, two
people were injured during a bomb blast in Adhamiya. A bomb in Baladiyat
left no casualties.
Also, one dumped body
policemen were killed and six others were wounded in Rashidiya.
A roadside bomb wounded
six people near Hilla. Two brothers were arrested
on suspicion of being "special groups" members.
a roadside bomb killed a policeman
and wounded a second one.
was found in Mussayab.
In Mosul, a Christian
man was shot and killed in Tamim. The body
of another Christian day laborer was discovered yesterday. Several Christians
have been murdered in October, raising concerns that there is an uptick in violence
against the minority group. Christians have been demanding the reinstatement of
a clause into a new elections law that will ensure that minority groups are fairly
represented in local politics. Meanwhile, the U.S. Commander warned
that al-Qaeda is still extremely active in the area, and nine suspects were nabbed
in separate operations.
Turkish military authorities announced
that clashes with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels today in Turkey
left four rebels and one soldier dead. In one incident, PKK rebels attacked
a bus in Diyarbakir province. The four rebels died
in the Sirnak region. On Friday, a clash between the two, also in southeastern
Turkey resulted in the deaths of dozens of people. Since then, Turkey has launched
several air strikes against suspected rebel targets in northern Iraq. The PKK
wants an autonomous homeland for the Kurds in parts of Turkey, Iraq and three
other nations. In Ankara, parliament extended
the a mandate to continue military operations in northern Iraq.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis