Updated at 6:35 p.m. EST, Nov. 28, 2008
Thousands of Sadr followers
protested the passage of a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement during Friday prayers
today, while a bomber targeted one of their mosques in Mussayab. At least 21
Iraqis were killed and 58 more were wounded across the country. Meanwhile,
Japan announced the end
of its air force mission in Iraq. Also, Ayman al-Zawahri, who is second in command
of al-Qaeda, blamed the
U.S. financial crisis on its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement took
place in Sadr City and Basra just a day after the passage of
the pact in parliament. Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr asked his followers to
wear black and publicly mourn the passage. His offices will be closed
for three days in support as well. It still has to be approved by the Iraqi cabinet
in the coming days and faces a public referendum next summer. Many believe that
the pact's passage strengthens, what many critics call, the authoritarian government
of Prime Minister Nouri-al Maliki.
A mosque run by Sadr followers was the
target of a suicide
bomber in Mussayab. At least 12
people were killed and 19 others were wounded as they were gathering at a
security checkpoint before Friday prayers.
In Baghdad, a suicide
car bomber killed two people and wounded 14 in a central neighborhood.
A blast occurred near a U.S. base in Sadr City; one
person was wounded.
In Mosul, two
more people died overnight from wounds received in yesterday's bombing; 12
more wounded were also reported, bringing the totals up to four dead and 40
Iraqi army soldiers raided a booby-trapped home near Baquba,
where two of them were
killed and three more wounded.
policemen were wounded during a bombing in Khanaquin.
in Duluiya wounded three
In Missan province, 1,650 police recruits graduated
from their training courses.
Five al-Qaeda suspects were arrested
A Katyusha rocket fell on a home in Kut, killing
a child and wounding two other family members. Nine suspects were arrested.
Amnesty International warned
that any Iraqi detainees moved from U.S. to Iraqi custody could be in danger of
torture or execution. Amnesty International has received many reports of human
rights violations concerning Iraqi jails.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis