Update at 7:25 p.m. EST, Dec. 21, 2008
At least seven Iraqis
were killed and four more were wounded in the latest attacks. Meanwhile a
soldier died of non-combat related injuries. A Marine
died in a non-combat related incident as well.. Meanwhile, Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki said
he would not personally sue a shoe-throwing journalist, but reserves the right
for the Iraqi government to do so. He is also seeking a way to allow foreign troops
to remain in Iraq after the U.N. mandate permitting their presence ends this month.
The Iraqi parliament twice rejected
a law this week that would govern non-U.S. troops, including the British; however,
they will try
again tomorrow after reaching several compromises today. The law could set a July
withdrawal date for NATO, Australian, Estonian, Romanian, Salvadoran and British
troops. Meanwhile, Gen. Ray Odierno said
that U.S. troops, who are governed by a separate pact, would replace departing
British troops in southern Iraq next year. At the same time, Iraqi forces will
U.S. troops in Iraqi cities.
A relative of Saddam Hussein who is known
as Chemical Ali is
facing a new trial despite having two death sentences against him already.
Although Prime Minister Maliki said he would not due a journalist who threw
shoes at visiting U.S. President Bush, it now appears that Muntazer al-Zaidi will
the guards who arrested him instead. His lawyer reports that al-Zaidi suffered
bruises, toothloss and eye injuries after the incident.
has temporarily banned pictures
of religious figures and other images that may spark sectarian violence. Pilgrims
are expected to visit the city during the holy month of Muharram.
bomber killed an
Iraqi officer and wounded four soldiers in al-Rifaie. Two
Iraqi soliders were killed in a roadside bomb attack yesterday. Also yesterday,
a policeman in the al-Sha'areen market.
prosecutor was killed during an incident involving U.S. troops in Hilla.
The man had been driving near a bridge when he came under fire.
a suspect and arrested 28 suspects operations across Iraq.
and Iraqi soldiers confiscated
weapons in Baghdad.
a man suspected of planting a bomb that wounded four people in Kut yesterday.
Five suspects were detained
Three men suspected of killing a Communist Party
official in Kirkuk two days ago were detained.
An arms cache was found in
Iranian refugees living at Camp Ashraf have been
that the camp will be closed and they must leave the country. U.S. forces had
protected the group until last September, when responsibility for the group was
handed over to the Iraqis. The Iraqis do not want them because their presence
is straining relations with Iran. The group cannot return to Iran because many
of them belong to the militant People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI)
group and could face execution and torture if they go home. No third country has
been found to take the approximately 3,500 refugees.
by Margaret Griffis