Updated at 7:50 p.m. EST, Jan. 9, 2009
At least 12 Iraqis
were killed and another 33 were wounded on a fairly active prayer day. Across
Iraq, tens of thousands of demonstrators again protested
against the Israeli operation in Gaza. No Coalition deaths were reported, but
the U.S. military asserted its right to hold Iraqi prisoners indefinitely. Meanwhile,
PM Maliki assured Iraq that militia members were purged from the national police
U.S. forces claimed
the continued right to hold Iraqi prisoners without charges or trial. A U.S.-Iraqi
security pact supposedly ended this controversial military activity; however,
the pact contains no mechanism for the transfer of detainees from U.S. to Iraqi
hands. The U.S. has held prisoners for months and years without charges claiming
that they posed a danger to peace. A number of journalists have been among the
high-profile prisoners held without charges. Separately, Outgoing U.S. Vice President
that that an ill-planed drawdown in Iraq could lead to renewed violence.
During a speech today, Prime Minister Maliki claimed
that Shi'ite militia members no longer infiltrate the national police forces.
These "police commandos" took part in the sectarian violence that plagued Iraq
since the invasion. On the other hand, few Sunnis have entered the police force
and there is still great mistrust of the commandos and the central government
A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol in Baiji
five soldiers and wounded eight more.
In Baghdad, three
people were killed and six more were wounded when a bomb targeting worshippers
heading to the Zahraa mosque was detonated.
child was killed and another was wounded during a bombing in Hamrin.
In Mosul, gunmen killed
two Iraqi soldiers and wounded a third one at a checkpoint.
16 people were wounded across
Basra province during random shootings and shelling. Four more people were
already reported injured during overnight shelling.
A man wanted for killing
a Christian woman was captured
in eastern Kut. A second man was detained
on charges of attacking Iraqi security forces.
South of Kirkuk in Touz,
a roadside bomb killed
one Iraqi soldier and wounded two others.
Compiled by Margaret