Updated at 5:20 p.m. EDT, Oct. 17, 2008
A spate of bombings opened
the workweek in Baghdad. At least 10 Iraqis were killed and another 25 were
wounded across the country. Meanwhile, the Shi'ite coalition in government
suggested that a potential
security pact with the U.S. needs more discussion and amendments. Also, the new
British defense secretary is in Baghdad to discuss
a similar deal for British troops.
The Shi'ite Coalition, lead by Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki, has said
that a U.S-Iraqi security pact, supposedly in its final draft, will need more
amendments before they approve it. The deal has been in discussions for months,
but in recent weeks, news stories falsely trumpeting a finalized deal have made
the headlines. Among the snags are immunity for U.S. troops, a solid pullout date
for American servicemembers and assurance of Iraqi sovereignty. Political rival
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has condemned
the security deal.
British Defense Secretary John Hutton met
Prime Minister al-Maliki to negotiate a new pact during his first trip to Baghdad
today. Al-Maliki recently suggested
British troops leave Iraq as their usefulness in security is over; however, al-Maliki
has been angry with the British since last year when the British made a secret
deal with Maliki's political rivals.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb
targeting a police patrol near a petrol station in Zaafaraniya killed
two people and wounded ten more. A second bomb exploded nearby shortly afterwards,
wounding another seven people.
A third bomb wounded five people
in Ghazaliya. Police in Karrada were
able to defuse a fifth bomb. One
dumped body was found in Amin. Also, Coalition forces detained
four Hezbollah Brigades suspects.
men were killed in Balad when gunmen attacked the home of an Awakening
Council (Sahwa) leader. Two women
and a child were also wounded. There is no word as to whether all the casualties
belonged to the same family. The leader of the U.S-backed security group was among
In Mosul, two suspects were detained.
The Human Rights Ministry declared
that the exodus of Christians from the city has stopped, but they will not be
allowed to return until the city is secure. About, 2,270 families have registered
themselves as displaced. Any of a number of political
factions or even al-Qaeda could be behind the attempted ethnic cleansing.
a policeman in Zanjili.
In Bartala, gunmen killed
a guard working for the Kurdistan’s Democratic Party. The dead man's son was kidnapped
six months ago.
A suspected Islamic State in Iraq leader was picked
up in Hawija.
Eight suspects were arrested
in Dhi Qar province.
An al-Qaeda commander was detained
In Suwayra, 75 families were able to return
to their former homes. The area used to be a haven for gunmen, and bodies were
frequently dumped in the complex irrigation system.
A body belonging to
the son of a Samarra municipal council was
among those discovered yesterday in a mass grave. Authorities believe the
group was killed sometime last year.
its air assault against suspected Kurdistan Rebel Party (PKK) targets in northern
Iraq. This latest campaign began two weeks ago when PKK separatists conducted
a particularly bloody assault against Turkish troops. Turkey believes the attack
was staged from rebel hideouts across the border in Iraq, but the PKK has denied
Compiled by Margaret Griffis