Updated at 7:01 p.m. EST, Feb. 16, 2009
Overall, at least 14
Iraqis were killed, and 41 more were wounded across the country. Meanwhile,
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said
that Iraq's diplomatic footing with its neighbors is on the mend as its image
as an American puppet fades. Also, the Iraqi Monitor of Constitutional Freedom
and Bill of Rights reported
that 303 Iraqis were killed by U.S. fire last year.
Although several bombings
against Shi'ite pilgrims have taken place recently the Interior Minister declared
Arbaeen security operations an overall success. Over 60 pilgrims have died, and
170 more were wounded in the last week; however, millions more visited without
incident. The holiday ended this morning, but attacks against pilgrims returning
home continue. Interestingly, the next major hurdle for religious pilgrims is
in the travel industry, where
legal issues have prevented the industry from expanding and catering to the millions
who travel to Iraq for religious reasons.
In Baghdad, a bomb in
four pilgrims and wounded 13 others. One
person was wounded when a bomb planted outside their home in Doura
A roadside bomb targeting Shi'ite pilgrims on a minibus killed
four and wounded 11 others in Sadr City.
in Amara were playing with or near a mortar shell when it exploded. Three
children were killed and seven others were wounded.
policemen were injured when a roadside bomb blasted them near Mandali.
In Mosul, a bomb killed
an Iraqi soldier. Gunmen killed
a civilian and wounded another in the Midan neighborhood. Another
civilian was shot to death in Jadida. Three
people were wounded when a bomb blew up in front of a policeman's home.
A bomb targeting Shi'ite pilgrims, who where traveling on a road between al-Sada
and al-Baawiera villages in Ninewa province, left no
Five homes were set on fire in Qayara, but no
casualties were reported.
Fifteen suspects were detained
Eight wanted suspects were captured
Seven suspects were detained
in Dhi Qar province.
A weapons cache was found
A bomb was defused
in Ameriyat al-Fallujah.
Also, the number of Iraqi detainees in
U.S. custody has dropped to
14,550 as the U.S. is forced to either release them into Iraqi custody or free
Compiled by Margaret Griffis