Updated at 6:31 p.m. EDT, Oct. 22, 2008
For the fifth day in a
row, a mass grave has been discovered. This one contained at least 34
victims. Overall, at least 44 Iraqis were killed and 14 more were wounded
in violence across Iraq. No Coaltion deaths were reported. Meanwhile, a Shi'ite
cleric has issued a fatwa
against a controversial U.S.-Iraqi security pact.
A mass grave was discovered
in Qaim, near the Syrian border. Police said it contained at least 34 bodies.
Many of the victims are believed to be part of a group of police recruits who
went missing three years ago. Two of the dead were women.
a bomb killed one civilian and
wounded three others in Bab al-Sharqi. Near Andalus Square, another
bomber injured three more.
Two people were wounded during
a bombing in Mansour. A bomb planted on a car injured
one person in Zaafaraniyah. One
dumped body was found. Five large weapons caches were confiscated
in Sadr City.
In Mosul, a car bomb killed
four people and wounded three others. An Iraqi
soldier was wounded in a drive-by shooting. A dumped
body was found. Also, 21 suspects were arrested
across the province.
suspect was killed and another was wounded as they were allegedly planting
a bombing in Zamar. Another four people were arrested.
Ruz, a bomb killed
body was found in Tuz Khormato. The victim was a Turkman who had been
kidnapped a month ago.
Seven suspects were arrested
in Hashimiyat village.
A new police station will bring
100 policemen to the Buhriz area.
The head of a tribe and his family
repulsed an attack on their
home in Basra province.
Thirteen suspects were arrested
in villages around Hawija.
U.S. forces in Tikrit captured
Three people were arrested
in Sinjar as they were allegedly smuggling in sheep. Iraqi forces also
detained five Iraqis attempting
to re-enter the country illegally.
An al-Qaeda linked group, the Islamic
State in Iraq, publicly recognized
the death of one of its commanders. The death took
place during raids on Oct. 5 in Mosul. U.S. authorities announced the
death ten days later. Abu Qaswara al-Maghrebi was a Moroccan who held Swedish
citizenship. He was believed to be second in command of the militant group.
Despite an offer of Money from the Iraqi government, most of Mosul's Christians
have refused to return to
the city. Thousands fled an upsurge in violence that targeted them.
Kazim al-Hosseini al-Haeri issued
a religious edict against a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security pact that will allow
U.S. troops to remain in Iraq after December. He declared the pact haram
or "forbidden." The deal has been stalled for months over issues such a solid
pullout date for troop and immunity for them in Iraqi courts.
that 123,000 detainees have been released
since February, under a general amnesty law. Many innocent Iraqis are picked up
in raids meant to capture terrorists. Some of the detainees spend months, if not
years, awaiting trials that never come. The amnesty law allows these innocent
detainees a means of escaping the system. Also, some guilty detainees, who are
no longer a threat, are released so long as they promise to observe the law. Those
prisoners who are guilty of major crimes, such as murder, are unable to claim
amnesty under this law and remain jailed.
Compiled by Margaret