Updated at 11:25 p.m. EST, Nov. 6, 2008
At least 13 Iraqis
were killed and another 34 were wounded in the latest attacks. Baghdad saw
another round of bombings, even as the U.S. and two other countries plan to reduce
their troops or remove them completely.
In military news, one U.S.
brigade will return to home
early as part of the U.S. drawdown. Also, Bulgaria's 155 servicemembers
will leave Iraq by year's
end when their mandate expires. Meanwhile, most of Romania's troops will
leave, but some may remain
to work as counselors.
The U.S. officially responded
to the Iraqi version of a security agreement that will allow U.S. soldiers to
remain in Iraq after December. Although details were not released, the U.S. agreed
to some changes while rejecting others. One of the issues stalling the deal is
jurisdiction over soldiers who commit crimes; however, a U.S. raid in Syria about
10 days ago added a new dimension by focusing negotiators on possible attacks
on neighboring countries. An Iraqi official said
that the mood remains "positive" between the two countries.
four people were killed and
seven others were wounded in a double bombing at a checkpoint in the Sheikh
Omar neighborhood. One
person was killed and five others were wounded when a bomb blasted their vehicle
in Bab al-Sharji. Two more bombs injured
another eight people; five
of them at a Shabb marketplace. One more bomb, targeting a U.S. vehicle,
left no casualties.
In Nahrawan, a bomb blast killed
two and wounded two more members of an Awakening Council (Sahwa) shortly before
Nine people were
injured during a bomb blast in Sadr City.
the gunshot-riddled body of
a 20-year-old woman was discovered. Two
Iraqi soldiers were injured in a roadside bomb blast. Also, three suspects
were captured and five I.E.D.s
were defused. Four other suspects were detained
was found in Sayada.
a female university student in Kut.
The bullet-riddled body
of a man was found in Kirkuk.
U.S. forces killed
two suspects northwest of Mosul after their helicopter came under fire
and killed one in Hawija
during an operation against al-Qaeda.
Military officials in Diyala
have issued arrest warrants
against more than 4,000 suspects during a renewed operation in the restive province.
Local officials and security forces have criticized the operation as targeting
them. Earlier arrests resulted mostly in the release of hundreds of innocent people
as real criminals had already fled the province in expectation of the well-publicized
U.S. forces in Anbar province freed
25 innocent detainees. Many innocent detainees are being held indefinitely without
tial and sometimes without charges in Iraq. Some of these detainees are women
Three suspects were detained
A bomb was defused
at the Muthanna health department.
In Diwaniya, 600 displaced
families returned home during
the last month.
Nine suspects were arrested
Also, the Syndicate of Journalists reported
that 292 journalists have lost their lives since the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
by Margaret Griffis