Updated at 5:15 p.m. EST, Dec. 24, 2008
U.S. soldiers died in a vehicular accident on an otherwise quiet day in
Iraq. At least four Iraqis were also killed and another 26 were wounded
in violent attacks. A U.S.
Marine was killed on Sunday as well. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
is in Ankara for talks on the Kurdistan Worker's Party. Also, Salvadoran troops
home at the end of the month when their mandate ends; however, Australia's will
Prime Minister al-Maliki arrived
in Turkey for talks with Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan on eliminating the
threat from Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels in northern Iraq. For over two
decades the separatist group has fought for an independent, socialist state across
Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey and other neighboring countries. Thousands have
died in the conflict. The PKK, which maintains rebel camps in sparsely populated
areas near Turkey from which cross-border attacks are launched, declined
an invitation to the meetings, but welcomes the talks.
El Salvador's president,
Tony Saca, said
that the Latin American country has decided to end its mission in Iraq, and troops
will come home when the U.N. mandate that governs them expires later this month.
This news came just as the Iraqi parliament approved
a measure that would allow El Salvador's and other foreign troops to remain in
the country. Separately, Australia said
its troops would remain in Iraq.
In Fallujah, a roadside bomb planted
in front of a sheikh's house killed
three children and wounded four others, including a woman. Four wanted men
were captured in connection
with other crimes.
In Baghdad, a bomb targeting a patrol wounded
six policemen in Jisr Diyala. Two
people were wounded when a bomb blew up in Yarmouk.
gunmen wounded an Iraqi sergeant
today and wounded two policemen
during a shooting yesterday. Four
Iraqi soldiers were wounded during a bombing in Insitar.
people were wounded during a bombing in Qayara.
of a man was found hung in Anwar al-Sadr.
A bomb was found outside
a church in predominantly Christian Tal Keef. No casualties were reported.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis