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October 29, 2008
Wednesday: 1 US Soldier, 20 Iraqis Killed; 73 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 6:40 p.m. EDT, Oct. 29, 2008

At least 20 Iraqis were killed and another 73 were wounded in the latest round of violence. A number of small incidents occurred in Mosul, while two larger attacks occurred in Diyala province. A U.S. soldier died from non-combat related injuries in Mosul. Also, U.S, forces handed over security of Wassit province to Iraq. This is the 13th province to fall under Iraqi control.

Details from a set of amendments the Iraqis want added to a proposed U.S.-Iraq security deal were released to the public. Among the issues stalling acceptance are Iraq sovereignty and U.S. soldier immunity. Following a controversial raid on Syrian territory on Sunday, the Iraqis want assurances that the country will not be used as a launching point for operations on their neighbors.

Three children were killed and 14 other family members were wounded when gunmen stormed a home in Balad Ruz. Seven of the injured were women. Other reports say that the leader was wounded and his father, daughter and son-in-law were killed. The home belonged to an Awakening Council (Sawha) leader. These Sunni councils were U.S.-backed, but recently the U.S. handed over authority over them to Iraq.

In Baghdad, a late day bomb on Palestine St. left five dead and 17 wounded at a soda fountain. A roadside bomb killed two and wounded six more employees of the Education Ministry in Ur. Also, security forces arrested 28 suspects and defused 46 bombs over the last 24 hours.

In Mosul, a car bomb left one policeman dead and six others wounded in a southern neighborhood. A sniper killed an Iraqi soldier. A roadside bomb wounded four policemen in Wehda. An Iraqi policeman was wounded during a drive-by shooting. In central Mosul, a bomb wounded a policeman. In a western neighborhood, a bomb killed an electrical worker. A civilian was wounded in a bombing in the northern Arabi neighborhood. Three suspects were captured separately. Also, an al-Qaeda backed suspect was detained.

A roadside bomb at a Baquba market killed a four-year-old child and wounded 16 others.

One person was killed and another was wounded during a roadside bombing in Ramadi. Iraqi police captured 12 suspects.

In Hilla, two off-duty intelligence officers were killed and two more were wounded in a small arms attack. Gunmen killed another policeman separately.

In Diwaniya, an Iraqi soldier died a couple days after being injured during an accient involving a U.S. vehicle.

An explosion in Abu Saida killed a Sahwa member.

A bomb attached to a patrol car exploded, wounding two policemen in Kirkuk.

One gunmen was wounded and eight more were arrested in Biaj.

An al-Qaeda suspect was detained near Tikrit.

Six suspects were detained in Amara. One was described as an "Iranian-backed financier."

An large arms cache was found in Sadr City.

Also, the UN paid out almost $889 million dollars to cover losses and damages suffered by governments and private companies during the 1990 invasion. One claimant was a private American company. The others were all government bodies.

 

 

Compiled by Margaret Griffis

 
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