Updated at 6:50 p.m. EDT, Oct. 30, 2008
As the northern commander
of U.S. troops complained about the security situation in Mosul, attacks there
continued. Overall, at least seven Iraqis were killed and another 20 were wounded
across the country. No Coalition deaths were reported, but the remains
of an American civilian missing three years were identified; other
remains found are believed to belong to his Kurdish fiancee.
head of U.S. troops in northern Iraq, Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, said
that Mosul's security has been neglected too long, despite two operations
in the city this year. He would like to see an increase in security personnel.
The first operation was launched in May after a months-long delay. Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki had promised residents that troops would clean out al-Qaeda militants
late last year, but abruptly chose to launch an ill-fated operation in Basra instead.
The operation lead to weeks of fighting between followers of political rival and
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. It ended thanks to a ceasefire brokered with help
from Iran. The second operation was launched recently in response to an increase
in attacks targeting Christians. Many of those Christians who fled the violence
have yet to return.
Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart
Bowen released a report
that estimates private contractors have cost $6 billion or about 12% of the $50
billion set aside for reconstruction in Iraq. In other security news, U.S. officials
Iraqi efforts to guard the border by taking biometric information on men entering
In Mosul, two
people were killed and six more were wounded during a roadside bombing at
a traffic circle. A suspect was captured
after lobbing a grenade at U.S. troops; no casualties were reported. Gunmen killed
a policeman in Mansour and
a civilian in Jamasa.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb wounded
five people in Fidhiliyah. A car bomb in Hurriya killed
one person and wounded five. Security forces captured
39 people and seized a number of weapons, while Coalition forces detained
another eight suspects. Also, a body
was found in Ur.
three members of an Awakening Council (Sahwa) near Buhriz.
A roadside bomb blast in Abu Ajeel wounded
a Kurdish policeman.
A weapons cache was found
A large cache of weapons and ammunition was discovered
Two men accused of cheating a contractor in Nasariya
were captured in Basra.
In Missan, police found
two sophisticated rockets.
Syrian troops left
their border posts in a response to a controversial U.S. raid on a border town
Also, Palestinian refugees who have been trapped in refuge camps
at the Iraq-Syria border for years suffered
losses after a heavy rain caused flooding. The refugees were welcomed during the
Saddam Hussein regime but found themselves unwanted after the U.S. invasion. No
neighboring country will permit them entry, and they cannot return to their former
Compiled by Margaret Griffis