Updated at 7:05 p.m. EST, Jan. 5, 2009
A half dozen bombs struck
Baghdad today, but none seemed to target foreign pilgrims streaming towards Karbala.
Across Iraq, at least 7 Iraqis were killed and 45 were wounded in reported
attacks. The Constitutional Freedoms and Rights Observatory said
that 43,111 Iraqis were touched by violence last year; included in the figure
were arrests. Many Iraqis have complained of false arrests and incarceration without
trial, but there was no mention if the arrests were legitimate.
a new embassy in Baghdad and hopes the oversized embassy will symbolize the transition
from occupier to ally. Meanwhile, Ambassador Crocker talked
about remains to be done in Iraq. Also, British forces set
up a joint checkpoint in central Basra.
In Baghdad, a roadside
bomb near Shabb Stadium killed
three policemen and wounded six others, including three policemen. A pair
of bombs in Karrada wounded
twelve people who work at a printing business. Another bomb, this one in Abu
five people. Four
people were wounded during a bombing on Nidhal Street, while another
four were injured by a blast
on Palestine Street. A body
was found in Doura.
In Mosul, gunmen injured
a medical student taking exams. A pharmacy
student was killed in a separate incident. Six
people were wounded during a bombing. Another seven
were injured during a blast as they were leaving al-Hadbaa college.
A woman was killed in Abbasi.
A bomb was detonated in Kirkuk, but no
casualties were reported. Gunmen killed
two people and wounded a third person; the trio were drinking alcoholic beverages
on the street.
Near Kirkuk in Jemen, gunmen killed
a local leader belonging to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party.
A wanted man was captured
in Basra. Eight others suspects were detained
over the remains of several Iraqis who were killed during the Iran-Iraq War.
Turkish jets bombed
suspected Kurdistan Worker's Party hideouts in northern Iraq.
found a cache of ammunition
containing 100 mortar shells near Kirkuk in Shawan.
A weapon's stockpile
was discovered in Muqdadiyah.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis