Updated at 4:15 p.m. EST, Dec. 2, 2008
A second day of bombings
in northern Iraq left dozens of casualties. Overall at least 18 Iraqis were
killed and 49 more were wounded across the country. No Coalition deaths were
reported. Meanwhile, "Chemical Ali", Saddam Hussein's cousin, was sentenced
to death for the second time on charges of genocide.
The U.S. military
would like to see more Awakening Council (Sahwa) members accepted
into Iraq's security forces. Although they go by several names, such as the Sons
of Iraq, these Sunni Iraqis belong to a volunteer groups that were U.S.-backed
until recently. Many believe them to be one of the main reasons violence has dropped
off in Iraq; however, the Shi'ite-led government is suspicious of them as many
are former insurgents. Only 20% of the volunteer forces have been accepted into
organizations such as police.
The U.N. Assistance Mission to Iraq said
in a report that human rights abuses continue in Iraq even as overall violence
has dropped. They are particularly worried about innocent detainees trapped in
jails without being charged with crimes, while other detainees are tortured or
A car bomb in Tal Afar killed
five men and wounded 30 others, including five children.
a bomb outside a primary school killed
at least six people, including children, and wounded
15 others, including students, as they were leaving school for the day. In
the al-Sa’a district, gunmen attacked a police vehicle and wounded
A roadside bomb killed
five Iraqi soldiers in Hilla. In neighboring al-Maseeb, a bomb
placed on a bicycle killed a civilian.
A body was found in
In Baghdad, two
Iraqis were injured when an Australian soldier accidentally fired grenades
were reported during an assassination attempt on a Sahwa leader in Hawija.
Mortars fell in Rashad but no
casualties were reported.
MNF forces arrested
six a-Qaeda suspects in separate raids in Tikrit and Baiji.
Karbala, six officers and 128 policemen were arrested
on charges of violating human rights.
10 bombs thought to target Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki while visiting Dhi
Baquba is under a curfew
ahead a military parade.
A boy was liberated
and his female kidnapper was arrested in Nasariya.
Over the next
two weeks, the following countries will end
their Iraq missions and their troops will return home: Albania, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria,
Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Lithuania, Moldova, Tonga, and Ukraine. The over
600 troop member will either be replaced by U.S. troops or Iraqi security personnel.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis