Updated at 10:32 p.m. EST, Dec. 11, 2008
Near Kirkuk, at least
58 Iraqis were killed and another 120 were wounded in the last hours of
Eid observances. Although reporters have been observing the Eid, this blast was
too significant to ignore. No other deaths Iraqi and otherwise were reported.
Meanwhile, Ali al-Dabbagh, spokesman for the government of Prime Minister Nuri
that Iraq could require the presence of U.S. troops for another 10 years. Also,
a U.S. general noted
that the use of EFPs are down and suggested that that a shift in strategy among
Iranian leaders is behind it.
At least 57
people were killed and 120
others were wounded during a suicide bombing at a bustling restaurant just
north of Kirkuk. Patriotic Union of Kurdistan officials and Arab
tribe leaders were there to discuss ethnic tensions in the region that have
postponed provincial elections. The restaurant was also crowded with families
celebrating the end of Eid observances. Kirkuk lies just outside the Kurdish Autonomous
Region and many local Kurds would like the area to become part of it, but there
are also Arabs, Turkomen and other minorities which must be catered to as well.
This is the deadliest bombing in Iraq since June.
In Baghdad, Baghdad
Operation Command (BOC) arrested
10 men during operations in which they defused four bombs and seized ammunition;
yesterday, the BOC claimed that no incidents had occurred in Baghdad during the
Five bombs were detonated in central Mosul, but no casualties
were reported. Gunmen killed
a 17-year-old civilian. Also, police commandos detained
A bomb was detonated inside a Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP) building
under construction in al-Hod, just south of Mosul. No
casualties were reported.
casualties were reported after a bomb targeting a U.S. patrol in Amiriya
Iraqi army forces detained
a man in Tal Afar.
U.S. forces captured
six al-Qaeda suspects across in Iraq, during raids in Tarmiyah, Ramadi, Mosul
Four suspects were detained
in Jalawla in connection with yesterday's bombing.