Updated at 6:55 p.m. EST, Dec. 17, 2008
At least 35 Iraqis
were killed and 70 more were wounded during a bloody day that also saw a visit
from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. No Coalition deaths were reported. At
the same time, the health of the journalist shoe-lobber remains in question as
his brother presses for more information. Meanwhile, the U.S. state department
its personnel to be ready should Blackwater Worldwide no longer be allowed to
provide security for them in Iraq. The company is under investigation for the
deaths of 17 civilians in Baghdad last year.
British Prime Minister Gordon
Iraq a day after the Iraqi cabinet drafted a law that will guide the withdrawal
of British troops from Iraq. Operations for the U.K. will end in May and withdrawal
is set for July.
The brother of the Iraq journalist who lobbed shoes at
U.S. President Bush confirmed
that a judge saw Muntadhar al-Zeidi yesterday. The appearance, which took place
in al-Zeidi's jail cell, added to speculation that he was severely beaten while
in custody. Meanwhile, an Iraqi lawmaker has threatened
to resign from parliament after heated debate over the incident.
a combined car and roadside bomb attack left 18
dead and 53 wounded in al-Nahda; the bombs apparently targeted
traffic police and spectators drawn to the first blast. A bomb at a checkpoint
two civilians and wounded four policemen. U.S. forces raided a government
office in Utifiyah, killing
four security guards. An Iraqi
soldier was killed and four others were wounded during operations that netted
16 suspects and five bombs. Last night a bomb in Suleikh killed
a 13-year-old and wounded three others.
In Mosul, a roadside
bomb killed two people
and wounded four others in a southeastern neighborhood. In Thawra,
a sticky bomb killed
two people. Another roadside bomb killed
an Iraqi soldier and wounded a civilian.
a man north of Kirkuk last night. Also, another man was kidnapped in
a separate incident within the city.
Coalition forces killed
three suspects and detained 14 others across central and northern Iraq.
bomber killed himself during an incident with Iraqi soldiers in Abu Ghraib.
No other casualties were reported.
Iraqi authorities continue
to search potential gravesites in Albu Toma. So far, 87 bodies have been
recovered over the last few weeks.
Near Hilla, a cache containing
rockets, ammunition and explosives was discovered.
Eighteen wanted suspects were captured
Iraqi officials want
to reshuffle security personnel into a specialized force that will protect
the power infrastructure throughout the country. About 13,000 of the guards, who
currently work within the Electrical Ministry, will soon join the Interior Ministry,
which oversees the National Police. Eventually they will be combined with a specialized
Compiled by Margaret Griffis