Update at 6:42 p.m. EDT, Oct. 13, 2008
At least two Iraqis
were killed and 12 more were wounded in an unusually quiet Monday. A U.S.
soldier died in of non-combat causes. Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki has told
British troops it is time to go home. Also, General Odierno, commander of U.S.
Iran of bribing Iraqi officials into opposing a U.S-Iraq security agreement that
will allow U.S. forces to continue in Iraq after December.
a roadside bomb in Ur wounded
five people. Mortars hit the Green Zone but no
casualties were reported. Also, an 80-year-old woman was detained
after security forces were unable to capture her son.
gunmen stormed the home of a policeman and killed
him. Gunmen stormed a home and killed
a male resident. The nephew of a man previously reported as killed when gunman
stormed his shop last night was
also wounded during the attack. A suspect was arrested
and a cache of weapons was confiscated.
Also, the director of the Ministry
of Displacement and Migration warned
that Christian refugees, fleeing targeted violence in Mosul, are in desperate
need of basic supplies. At least 5,000 Christian Iraqis have moved to nearby towns
in recent days. The perpetrators are unknown, but blame has been lobbed
at such diverse groups as al-Qaeda and Kurdish politicians. The Iraqi army has
at last deployed troops in
Christian areas of Mosul as a safety measure.
A roadside bomb wounded
an Iraqi soldier today in Tuz Khormato. Another bomb blast targeted
the home of director of the National Department and injured
a civilian. Also, four civilians
were wounded when a third bomb exploded outside an electronic game store.
A 24-year-old woman was liberated
and her kidnappers were arrested near Amara. Separately, police arrested
two suspects after a roadside bomb was detonated; no
casualties were reported.
its seventh airstrike against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. Accurate
casualty figures are difficult, if not impossible, to obtain from this sparsely
Four al-Qaeda suspects were captured
Seven suspects were detained
in Dhi Qar province.
A roadside bomb was defused
A 59-year-old female was prevented
from carrying out a suicide attack in Diyala.
Prime Minister Nouri
in an interview with The Times that British troops should leave southern
Iraq. Al-Maliki has been angry with the British military since at least last year
when they made a secret pact with al-Maliki's political rivals, who are followers
of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Earlier this year, The Times implied
that a disastrous security operation in Basra was initiated by al-Maliki because
he learned the British were about to conduct their own surge into the city. That
operation led to weeks of fighting between the Mahdi Army and U.S.-backed Iraqi
forces. The fighting ended
then thanks to an Iran-brokered truce.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis