Updated at 4:55 p.m. EST, Nov. 30, 2008
At least five Iraqis
were found dead and another two were wounded in an unusually quiet beginning
to the workweek. No Coalition deaths were reported either. Still, a number of
important news stories came out of Iraq today. The Iraqi court ordered the release
a photojournalist in U.S. detention. Meanwhile, the Iraqi government brushed
aside criticisms over the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement now awaiting ratification
from the presidential council. Also, Iran and Iraq exchanged the remains of soldiers
killed during their long war in the 1980s.
An Iraqi court ordered
U.S. forces to release an Iraqi photojournalist, being held at Camp Cropper since
September, due to lack of evidence against him. It is the third time Ibrahim Jassam
Mohammed, who freelances for Reuters, has been held without charges. The U.S.
military claims the right to hold Iraqis deemed threats to peace for indefinite
amounts of time, even if there is no evidence to support the allegations.
During a ceremony at a Basra border crossing, Iraq and Iran exchanged
the remains of 200 Iraqis and 41 Iranians who were killed during the 1980-1988
war between the two nations. Also in Basra, the honor
killings continue. Unless they are high profile killings, the murders generally
go unreported. At least 81 women were killed this year. Also, 105 suspects, seven
of them foreigners, were captured.
U.N. envoy to Iraq Staffan de Mistura said
that militants would likely attempt to disrupt provincial elections that will
take place in January. Much is at stake then, when the whole political landscape
could change, even Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's power base. Rivalry between
Shi'ite factions in the south and ongoing disputes between Kurds and Arabs in
the north could result in renewed violence.
Mass graves in Albu Toma
gave up five
more bodies today, bringing the total to 38 victims so far found. Police expect
to find more in the area, which has been described as an "al-Qaeda courthouse."
Baghdad, a National Public Radio journalist and his colleagues were saved
from a stick bomb bomb attack by alert soldiers at a nearby checkpoint in a western
neighborhood. A similar situation involving a police officer's car in Adhamiya
also occurred. Two
security forces were injured during operations that netted 15 suspects. Also,
Iraqi security forces confiscated
a number of rifles.
Eighteen suspects were arrested
Police in Muthanna received
A new joint emergency services command center was opened
in Missan province.
An arms cache was found
In Kirkuk, 300 soldiers completed
Compiled by Margaret Griffis