Updated at 4:15 p.m. EST, Nov. 14, 2008
Only two reports of Iraqi
casualties came out of Iraq today. In them, three people were wounded. It is the
prayer day and many journalists and gunmen take the day off, but this figure is
far below normal. Instead, the Associated Press published
a report on the difficulty of obtaining accurate casualty figures. Separately,
a U.S. soldier died
of non-combat-related causes in Anbar yesterday.
Spokesmen for Moqtada
al-Sadr read a new statement
from the Shi'ite cleric during Friday prayers. In it, Sadr promised to renew attacks
against U.S. targets if a proposed security agreement impinges on Iraqi sovereignty.
A cease-fire Sadr imposed on his followers last year is credited with reducing
American and Iraqi deaths in the country; however, a failed operation instigated
by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki earlier this year nearly resulted in civil war.
Iraqi troops backed by Americans were unable to stop riots that broke out in Basra
and spread north to Sadr City. Only a truce brokered by Iran was able to end the
U.S. authorities drafted
an indictment against six Blackwater Worldwide security guards who were involved
in a shooting that left 17 Iraqis dead last year.
In Mosul, a bomb
wounded a mother and her child.
Three suspects were detained.
A civilian was wounded
during a bomb blast in Kirkuk. A weapons cache was discovered separately.
In Baghdad, the son of a national police official was released
shortly after he was kidnapped. Separately, a suspect was arrested.
Four al-Qaeda suspects were detained
in Balad Ruz.
Two suspects were captured
Six suspects were arrested
An Iraqi diplomat said
that Iraq needed foreign workers and asked the Philippines to lift a ban
on sending their citizens to work in Iraq.
voted to remove their peacekeepers
from Iraq. Currently, they handle security at a power plant in Hadida. Only one
Azerbaijani has been killed in the line of duty.
Three Kurdistan Workers
Party (PKK) rebels handed
themselves over to Turkish authorities, citing inhumane treatment as they
reason they left the separatist group.
A Iraqi businessman living abroad
was arrested in Arbil
eight weeks ago, but he has yet to be charged with a crime. The man was traveling
from Britain to Iraq on a business trip when American forces arrested him. His
wife believes that American forces are holding him because they mistook a pacemaker
prototype for a homemade bomb. Thousands of Iraqis who have not been charged with
crimes are in U.S. custody. The military maintains they have the right to indefinitely
hold suspects until they believe they no longer threaten the peace.
an American-style university in Iraqi Kurdistan has so far been successful
in providing its students a safe education.
Compiled by Margaret