Updated at 7:05 p.m. EST, Dec. 10, 2008
Today is the third and last day
of Eid observances and reports should return to normal tomorrow. Only three
Iraqis were killed and seven more were wounded today. It is likely that more
attacks did occur, but many Iraqi journalists are on holiday during the Eid. The
number of foreign journalists in Iraq has dropped significantly over the last
few months and unsurprisingly so have the number of reports during holidays. Also,
Baghdad Operation Command (BOC) reported that no events occurred over the Eid;
however, two incidents yesterday and another pair today negate that statement.
The reason for this discrepancy is unclear.
A source said that British
begin a pullout by March and exit Iraq by June. Although British officials
confirmed a change in approach, one analyst said that it is unlikely troops will
immediately be redeployed
As election campaigns began
across Iraq, election officials in Basra are running
a petition drive to see if there is enough interest among Basra residents for
an autonomous state much like in the provinces that make up Kurdistan. Also, some
black Iraqis are following Barack Obama's lead and running
for office in Iraq.
Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish Autonomous
a journalist who was arrested on charges of violating public custom by writing
an article on the physical effects of homosexuality.
A bomb in Jalawla
killed one civilian and injured
Although there were two
reported incidents in the capital only yesterday, a Baghdad Operation Command
(BOC) spokesperson said there
were no incidents in Baghdad during Eid observances. Today, a bomb in Zaafaraniyah
wounded five people.
A fire swept through a vehicle depot attached to the Oil Ministry; no
casualties were reported and the cause of the blaze is unknown.
dumped body was found in Taji.
In Mosul, a roadside
bomb left no casualties.
A bomb targeting a sheikh's house in Suwayra exploded
without leaving casualties.
Coalition forces killed
a suspect in Salman Pak, while 18 other suspects were detained in other
locations across northern and central Iraq.
A curfew continues
in Tal Afar.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis