Updated at 8:34 p.m. EST, Dec. 16, 2008
At least 19 Iraqis
were killed and 50 more were wounded in the latest round of violence. No Coalition
casualties were reported, but the Iraqi cabinet has drafted a law that will cover
British troops remaining in Iraq. Meanwhile a shoe-lobber, who attacked President
Bush, may have been beaten while in Iraqi custody. Also, a U.S. group blasted
the Iraqi government for tolerable the abuse of religious minorities as the U.S.
handed over a number of detainees to Iraqi authorities.
The Iraqi cabinet
a law that will allow British troops, among others, to remain after the U.N. mandate
that allows them in Iraq expires. The law is similar to a U.S-Iraqi security agreement
that was recently passed and also covers personnel from NATO, Australia, El Salvador
An Iraqi journalist who lobbed his shoes at U.S. President
Bush two days ago is now in an Iraqi hospital. His brother has learned
that Muntazer al-Zaidi has suffered a broken arm and head injuries possibly when
security personnel jumped him during the incident. Another brother has said
the al-Zaidi was beaten in custody and suffers other injuries. The injuries could
not be independently verified. Meanwhile, al-Baghdadiya TV, his employer, reported
that he is in good condition. He appeared
in court today on charges of "aggression against a president" and faces
as many as 15 years in jail. Also, a White House spokesperson said
that while President Bush harbors no hard feelings over the incident, it is up
to Iraq to determine punishment.
United States Commission on International
Religious Freedom accused
the Iraqi government of tolerating attacks on religious minorities and declared
Iraq to be the most dangerous place on earth for those minorities.
over 39 detainees described as former members of the Saddam Hussein regime. Also
transferred were 10 female prisoners. The top U.N. envoy to Iraq recently urged
the Iraqi government to treat the Saddam prisoners fairly as he is worried that
they may be tortured. In related news, U.S. officials are worried
that the new security pact will thwart their ability to detain suspects.
Baghdad, a bomb killed
three people and wounded
as many as 17 others near the Technology Institute. Another bomb near
Andalus Square wounded
six people. A bomb targeting the Minister of Science and Technology wounded
three people, including one bodyguard, instead; the minister was
not in the motorcade. A bomb in Qadisiyah left no
A roadside bomb targeting the Rashad police chief
two of his bodyguards instead.
In Saidiya, a sucided bomber
six people and wounded eight others. A separate bomb killed
two people and wounded eight others. Four
Iraqi soldiers were killed during a bombing. One
civilian was killed and another was wounded during a small arms attack. Also,
gunmen killed the leader of
an Awakening Council.
soldiers were wounded during a bomb attack in Hamrin.
people were wounded by a sticky bomb in Kirkuk.
a roadside bomb targeting U.S. troops left one
U.S. soldier with injuries.
Karbala police received
50 new Humvee vehicles for their use.
A suspected al-Qaeda leader was
detained in Hawija.
A wanted man was arrested
Sixteen suspects were arrested
across northern and central Iraq.
Both Iranian and Turkish forces independently
struck out against suspected Kurdish rebel locations in northern Iraq. Iranian
artillery shelled PJAK locations
in Suleimaniyah, while the Turkish fighter planes targeted
PKK locations in Chuman near Arbil. The PJAK or Party for Free Life
of Kurdistan is an offshoot of the better known Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK.
Both groups are seeking an autonomous Kurdish homeland across parts of Iraq, Iran,
Turkey, Syria and Armenia. Also, Iranian forces killed
two Iraqi smugglers during a chase near the border in Suleimaniyah.
by Margaret Griffis