Updated at 7:05 p.m. EST, Dec. 30, 2008
At least seven Iraqis
were killed and seven more were wounded in a day of light violence. No Coalition
deaths were reported, but Iraq signed
security pacts with the United Kingdom and Australia today. Meanwhile, the trial
of the journalist shoe-thrower was
postponed pending a decision as to whether the act amounted to assault in
the first place. In other legal news, two Iraqis accused of murdering two British
soldiers have lost
their bid to stop their handover to Iraqi authorities. The pair fear they will
receive the death penalty if found guilty in Iraqi courts.
the Mines Advisory Group were blasted by a landmine in Halabja. One
was killed and the another was wounded.
In Mosul, random gunfire
a civilian. Gunmen killed a
former policeman in front of is home. At least one other policeman
was killed. Four policemen
were wounded during a car bombing in the Iyadiya district. Two
people were wounded in Nour when threw a grenade in a home.
In Baghdad, one body
was found behind a Hurriya neighborhood school, while another body
was found dumped in Binouk. The Green Zone was
the target of indirect fire (missiles or rockets) just a couple days before Iraqi
security forces take over security.
A sniper killed
a tribal leader in Jalawla.
A weapons cache was found
in Dewzati village.
Three suspects were captured
Two suspects were detained
Five rockets struck
the U.S. base at the Amara airport. No casualties were reported, and two men were
Turkish warplanes bombed
northern Iraq again. No casualties were reported , but a bridge was destroyed.
The strikes targeted suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) locations.
In other news, the Iraq oil ministry will soon offer
several underdeveloped oil fields in a second round of licensing. Meanwhile, The
Iraq High Tribunal is planning to open a macabre Saddam Hussein museum on the
second anniversary of his death. Also, the U.S. pullback is expected
to greatly impact foreign workers who perform non-military jobs.
by Margaret Griffis