Updated at 6:31 p.m. EST, Dec. 15, 2008
At least 24 Iraqis
were killed and 36 more were wounded in the latest violence. No Coalition
deaths were reported. Meanwhile, an Iraqi journalist has become a hero to many
Iraqis a day after throwing his shoes at U.S. President Bush. Also, the U.N. is
asking Iraqis to treat Saddam-era officials fairly when they are handed over
from U.S. custody next year.
Thousands of Iraqis across the country demanded
the release of Iraqi journalist who insulted and threw shoes at U.S. President
Bush yesterday. Muntadhar al-Zeidi lobbed his shoes at Bush during a press conference
while yelling, "this is a farewell kiss, you dog. This is from the widows, the
orphans and those who were killed in Iraq." Al-Zeidi is in Iraqi custody. Although
he is now considered
a hero by many Iraqi civilians, the Iraqi government condemned his "barbaric and
A provision of the new U.S.-Iraqi security pact forces
the U.S. to hand detainees over to Iraqi authorities next year. U.N. officials
that some of the detainees will be tortured or murdered after the transfer. The
U.N.'s special representative in Iraq, Staffan de Mistura, is asking Iraqis to
treat "high-profile" detainees fairly and has suggested that international observation
may be necessary. Meanwhile, a 25-year-old
detainee died of an apparent heart attack while in U.S. custody at Camp Cropper.
Between Baghdad and Fallujah in Khan Dara, a suicide
bomber drove his car into a checkpoint where he killed
as many nine policemen and wounded 31 others.
suicide bomber just north of Baghdad in Tarmiya killed
an Awakening Council leader and wounded his son.
Yazidis were killed when gunmen stormed their family home in Sinjar.
The Yazidi are a religious minority and most of them live in northern Iraq.
In Mosul, gunmen killed
a woman inside her home. U.S. forces killed
a civilian during a raid in Muthanna. A bomb killed
two civilians south of the city.
Iraqi soldiers were wounded during a car bombing in Rabiyaa.
U.S. troops in Najaf reported
that shoes were thrown at their patrols.
Police cheifs from several southern
provinces gathered in Nasariya
to discuss coordinated security between them. South of town a weapons cache was
Three men were
convicted of murder and other
crimes and will be hanged in Wassit province.
Eleven gunmen, some
known to be dangerous, were captured
in Bani Saad.
An Islamic State of Iraq leader was captured
In Diwaniya, two wanted susptects were detained.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis