Updated at 9:30 p.m. EDT, Oct. 16, 2008
At least 12 Iraqis
were killed and 24 others were wounded in light violence. Also, Two U.S.
soldier deaths were reported as well. In political news, the Iraqi Parliament
U.S. General Odierno of meddling in Iraqi affairs when he said that Iran was bribing
parliament members. Elsewhere, Turkish forces and the PKK continued their hostilities
at the Turkey-Iraq border. Meanwhile, a heavy sandstorm crippled
Baghdad this morning, delaying news reports for several hours.
soldier was killed in an indirect fire attack in Diyala province. Indirect
fire generally means missiles, mortars and the like. One
U.S. soldier died of non-combat causes as well.
Clashes broke out
in Amara where three policemen
and four civilians were killed. Police are searching for the perpetrators.
In Baghdad, two
Iraqi soldiers were wounded in a Waziriya roadside bombing. A bomb
attached to a car wounded
three people. A body
was found in Amil. Two bombs were defused in Sadr City.
A roadside bomb killed
a six-year-old and wounded his 7-year-old brother as they were herding sheep
In Baquba, a suicide
bomber failed to take other lives.
car bomber wounded three policemen
In Mosul, seven
Iraqi soldiers were wounded in a hand grenade attack. Two
children were wounded in a roadside bombing. Another roadside bomb wounded
two people. Three suspects were detained
in one incident, while another five were captured
in another. Also, Iraqi soldiers fired into the air, wounding
a kidnapper in Kirkuk. Gunmen killed
a civlian separately.
Gunmen in in Chamchamal killed
a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan organization.
were detained in Kut.
in Turkey between Turkish forces and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) separatists.
At first, Turkish officials said that five people were killed on each side; later
they said they killed
18 rebels.. The PKK claimed to have shot down a helicopter just over the border
in Turkey; Turkey blamed the crash on mechanical failures. Both sides are considered
fairly unreliable sources for accurate casualty figures. Because of the terrain,
third parties figures are nearly impossible. The latest hostilities began
two weeks ago after a particularly bloody clash.
Meanwhile, the mayor of
they received shelling from an area on the Iranian side of the border. No casualties
were reported. Like Turkey, Iran frequently shells suspected Kurdish rebel targets
in northern Iraq, but the origins of this particular attack are unknown.
thirty innocent detainees were released
today from Camp Bucca . The U.S. military said
that appoximately 15,000 detainees were released this year. Critics have said
that many detainees in Iraq are innocent and have been kept in jails for months
if not years without trial.
Yesterday, U.S. forces reported
killing the second in command of al-Qaeda in Iraq, while Sweden announced the
death a Swedish citizen. It turns out that the two are the same person. Abu Qaswarah
was a native of Morocco but also held Swedish citizenship.
by Margaret Griffis