Updated at 5:00 p.m. EST, Nov. 21, 2008
Although the prayer day
tends to be relatively peaceful, a massive demonstration took place in Baghdad
at the behest of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Across Iraq, three people
were killed and another 20 were wounded, mostly in Baghdad. Three U.S.
servicemembers died in three separate incidents as well. Also, the U.S. military
reported that a group of
Iraqi soldiers donated money to victims of recent U.S. wildfires.
U.S. servicemembers were killed in three separate non-combat incidents. An MND-North
soldier died today in Mosul. Yesterday at Camp Victory, an MND-Central
soldier died. Also, a Marine
died on Nov. 19 in Fallujah.
Thousands in Baghdad attended
a public demonstration against a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security agreement.
The event, which coincided with Friday prayers, was held at Firdous Square,
where Iraqis tore down a statue of Saddam Hussein shortly after the U.S. invasion.
This time demonstrators tore down an effigy of U.S. President Bush and set it
on fire. Parliament is set to vote
on the treaty next week. Although it is expected to pass, three smaller political
blocs are opposed to it, and the Iraqi president or vice presidents could later
reject it as well.
No casualties are associated with the mass protest,
but elsewhere in Baghdad a roadside bomb killed
three people and wounded 15 in the Doura district. In Mansour,
a roadside bomb wounded four
person was wounded in a previously reported bombing in Mosul last night,
bringing the total wounded to 36 people.
A suspected al-Qaeda leader was
detained in connection with
a bombing in Baquba. Three others were captured
in a separate raid.
Eight people were detained
U.S. forces released
16 innocent detainees in Fallujah.
In Kirkuk, a roadside
bomb and mortar attack left no
An arms cache was found
Compiled by Margaret Griffis