Updated at 8:02 p.m. EST, Jan. 26, 2009
U.S. troops were killed this morning in a helicopter crash. Meanwhile,
at least four Iraqis were killed and another 25 were wounded in today's
Priming the voters at an election rally, Prime Minister Nouri
his audience that he believes U.S. forces will be out of Iraq much sooner than
the three year time limit agreed to in a security pact. Meanwhile, Iraq is taking
extreme measures to protect voters during Saturday's elections. The borders
will be shut, airports will be closed, and a vehicle ban will be in place. Also,
tens of thousands of internally displaced Iraqis have applied
to vote by absentee ballot, but millions more displaced will likely skip the
Two U.S. helicopters crashed early this morning near
four U.S. servicemembers. There are no indications that the double crash was
related to enemy fire.
In Baghdad, a bomb wounded
11 policemen in Mansour. Also, the Interior Ministry graduated
490 policewomen who will begin their careers by maintaining security during the
A bicycle bomb exploded near the offices of the Sunni Arab Islamic
Party in Baquba. Five
civilians were injured. The bomber
was shot dead as he tried to flee the scene. At least one
other wounded person was reported in what may be the same incident.
In Mosul, a decapitated
body was discovered. In the Dawasa area, six
people were injured during a bombing and another
was killed. Three people were
injured in a bomb blast on Halab Street. An election
commission employee was shot dead even as security personnel laid
out barricades and implemented other measures to prevent violence.
A suspected al-Qaeda emir was captured
near Hawija in Tal al-Zaban.
A woman was liberated
and her kidnapper was captured in Nasariya.
an election security plan. Meanwhile, an ammunition cache was discovered
in the area.
In Kirkuk, 15 suspects were detained
in the city. Police safely detonated a bomb and no
casualties were reported.
Two wanted men were detained
Three suspects were detained
A total of 87 suspects have been picked
up across Diyala province.
Former Iraqi officials Tareq Aziz
and Chemical Ali will
face yet another trial for crimes that occurred during the Saddam Hussein
Compiled by Margaret Griffis