Updated at 5:57 p.m. EST, Jan. 24, 2009
At least 12 Iraqis
were killed and 33 more were wounded in the latest attacks. A U.S.
soldier was killed in a non-combat incident in southern Iraq today, while
soldier died of non-combat related injuries in Balad. Meanwhile, poor
and sick Iraqis in Basra took advantage of what began as a pro-Maliki rally to
lodge their complaints with the prime minister.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
a rally in Basra yesterday to promote his vision of a strong central
government for Iraq. What at first was believed to be "2,000 cheering supporters,"
at closer inspection, turned out to be hundreds of desperate Iraqis who instead
immediate help from the prime minister. Recently, a bid to allow Basra some autonomy
was set aside by election officials, and security forces are now being deployed
there ahead of provincial elections. Civil war nearly broke out in Basra last
year when the prime minister sent troops to rid the city of militiamen loyal to
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
Notorious Abu Ghraib prison, where
Saddam Hussein's henchmen and later U.S. troops tortured Iraqi inmates, will reopen
next month. It has been renamed Baghdad Central Prison and could house thousands
of Iraqis who have been in U.S. custody but most now be handed over to Iraq. Some
of these detainees have recently expressed fear that their new jailers will torture
U.S. forces raided
a home in Hawija where they killed
a couple and wounded their eight-year-old daughter. The man had been an army
officer during the Saddam Hussein regime, but there was otherwise no hint as to
why the troops raided the home. A 14-year-old vowed
to avenge his father's death.
At least five
policemen were killed and 14 others were wounded, including nine civilians,
during a truck bombing in Garma.
Gunmen attacked an Awakening Council
checkpoint in Jurf al-Sakhar, where they killed
two members and wounded two others.
A roadside bomb blast targeting
a police patrol in Khalidiya instead wounded
In Baquba, a roadside bomb wounded
three policemen and a civilian.
Gunmen in Saidiya set fire to
three trucks. One truck
driver was killed and two others are missing.
In Mosul, a bomb
blast killed one person and wounded
A roadside bomb injured
three civilians in Mandali.
A suspect was detained
In Baghdad, a bomb blast killed
a policeman and wounded two civilians in the Doura district. A person
was wounded during a bombing on Palestine Street. Gunmen tossed a grenaded
and wounded three people
in Adhamiyah. Also, a man suspected of being "the blind leader" of al-Qaeda
in Iraq was detained.
Five wanted suspects and two Iranians were picked-up
Gunmen stormed the home of a political candidate in Hilla.
No casualties were reported.
A roadside bomb in Hafriya destroyed a U.S. military Hummer, but
no casualties were reported.
Five people were arrested in
were reported after Camp Echo, near Diwaniya, was struck by rocket fire.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis