Updated at 8:20 p.m. EST, Dec. 7, 2008
At least 12 Iraqis were
killed and 65 more were wounded during the latest attacks. In one, the mayor
of Baquba suffered injuries. No Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile, a National
Police commander announced
new programs as Iraqi forces begin to take over more responsibility for security,
while Foreign Ministry undersecretary Labid Abbawi said
that he is working on a new security agreement for British troops. Also, a video
has raised questions over
the deaths of two U.S. soldiers in 2006.
A bomb killed
three people and wounded 42 others in Baquba. Among the injured were
the mayor, the provincial police commander, a number of policemen and several
Awakening Council (Sahwa) members. The mayor was leading journalists on a walking
tour when the bomb exploded
inside an abandoned shop. The tour was meant to highlight the dismantling of security
barriers erected during the height of sectarian violence. Journalists and civilians
were also among the casualties. Separately, an suspected al-Qaed emir was detained.
In Mosul, clashes between gunmen and police left one
gunman dead and six civilians injured. Gunmen killed
two Yazidis inside their liquor store. Nine
people were wounded when gunmen lobbed at grenade at police in al-Saa’a.
A bomb in a car in Kokjili wounded
a civilian. Also, a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq leader was captured.
Three policemen were
killed and four were wounded
in three separate roadside bombings in Kirkuk.
two people were injured
during a bombing in Saidiya. U.S. forces captured
three suspects including a Hezbollah brigade member in Adhamiya.
bomb blast killed three women
in Balad Ruz. One of the women was the wife of a suspected al-Qaeda leader.
The two others were her sisters.
a Sahwa fighter in Rashid.
Two children were liberated
after a two year long kidnapping ordeal in Fallujah. One was malnourished,
while the other showed evidence of torture. Nine people were arrested. Separately,
several people were detained
in connection with last week's bombing in town.
Twelve improvised explosive
devices were defused south
of Amara, while 16 men were detained
in the city.
Nine suspects were detained
Meanwhile, honor killings continue
to occur in Kurdistan despite laws against it. Separately, 121 detainees
were pardoned and released
from Kurdish jails in celebration of the Eid.
Najaf has deployed
34,000 security personnel to handle the expected million visitors to the holy
city during the Eid.
A spokesman for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)
the separatist group would observe a unilateral cease-fire in their fight against
Turkey, starting with the Eid holiday and lasting nine days. Turkey usually
ignores such offers. The PKK wants to form an autonomous Kurdish state from parts
of Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Syria and Armenia.
Compiled by Margaret