Updated at 5:55 p.m EST, Dec. 5, 2008
Violence tapered off dramatically
for the prayer day. At least eight Iraqis were killed and another nine more
were wounded. Several migrant workers were possible injured during eviction
from a warehouse where they were being housed. Meanwhile, Gen. Ray Odierno told
U.S. troops to expect new rules of engagement with the passage of the U.S.-Iraqi
security agreement. Also, Iraq's Oil Ministry reassured
foreign oil companies that Iraq is now safe enough for investment.
amount of men may have been injured by Iraqi security forces as they were
being evicted from a Baghdad warehouse in preparation for deportation.
The migrant workers had paid thousands to a subcontractor working with KBR, Inc.
to bring them to Iraq and find them work. Instead, the men had been housed for
months in the warehouse. Earlier this week they held demonstrations protesting
their situation. Today, security forces allegedly used tear gas and smoke grenades
during a raid. Several Ugandan men claimed that police handcuffed them and beat
Also in Baghdad, a bomb killed
a policeman and an Awakening Council member in Doura; another policeman
and councilmember were also injured. Yesterday, a sticky bomb killed
a Labor Ministry inspector and wounded two civilians. Also, Iraqi security
forces re-arrested a man
believed to belong to Ansar al-Sunna and who just released from U.S. detention.
A bomb hidden inside a tape recorder killed
three teenage girls and wounded two others in Balad Ruz. Two of the
dead girls were sisters and the third was their sister-in-law. Two more sisters
were wounded, one of them was only seven years old. Their Shi'ite family had just
returned home to a Sunni neighborhood after having fled the area during sectarian
violence. Other workers were from India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb killed
a policeman and wounded three civilians yesterday, while another policeman
was shot dead in northern Mosul.
A wanted man was captured
Police in Dhi Qar made
security preparations for the upcoming Eid al-Adha religious observance.
Iran shelled part of the Jarawa district, injuring
a shepherd. Iran occasionally bombards parts of northern Iraq during campaigns
against Kurdish rebels, who stage attacks on Iranian territory from there. This
is the sixth day of shelling.
Plans for the use of child suicide bombers
during a raid in Diyala province.
Meanwhile, a U.S. drug war tactic
may serve prosecutors working
on a shooting incident in Baghdad. In that incident, Blackwater Worldwide guards,
contracted by the U.S. military, killed 17 civilians and then alleged they had
been attacked by insurgents. A law used in drug cases back in the U.S. gives lengthy
sentences to those found guilty of using a machine gun during crimes.
the U.S. military and human rights groups are worried over the fate of thousands
in U.S. detention. The recently approved U.S-Iraqi security agreement forces the
U.S. military to hand over detainees held without charges to the Iraqis, who may
in turn release or prosecute them. U.S. authorities are worried that the detainees
could return to militant activity, while human rights groups the exchange will
open the detainees to torture or death.
Compiled by Margaret