Updated at 7:31 p.m. EST, Jan. 18, 2009
At least three Iraqis
were killed and two more died on a very quiet day. No Coalition casualties
were reported; however, a bus carrying Arbaeen pilgrims slammed
into the back of a British military vehicle, killing at least seven passengers.
Meanwhile, Kuwait's deputy prime minister has announced plans to visit Iraq next
month. Also, the U.S. military is planning
to transfer security of two oil platforms entirely into Iraqi hands, while
a U.S. has avoided
murder charges by pleading guilty to assualt.
A U.S. staff sergeant facing
murder charges in connection with the death of an Iraqi prisoner instead plead
guilty to charges of assualt, maltreatment and making a false official statement.
The deputy prime minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Mohammad al-Salem al-Sabah, will
visit Iraq next month in what is the first visit by a high level Kuwaiti official
since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.
Seven people were killed and
another 27 were injured near Basra, when their bus smashed
into the back of a British armored vehicle. The group had been in Karbala for
Arbaeen observances. There was no mention of British casualties. The British vehicle
was parked at the time.
In Baghdad, gunmen killed
a local official from the Iraqi Islamic Party, which is the largest Sunni-led
party. Also, dozens of demonstrators protested
the arrest of journalist shoe-lobber Muntadhar al-Zeidi. Fourteen suspects were
detained, and nine bombs were
defused during security operations. A lawmaker who belongs to the National Dialogue
Front said that security forces
raided his home and arrested two employees under direct orders from Prime Minister
In Mosul, a roadside bomb killed
an Iraqi soldier. Six suspects were detained,
and a homemade bomb was defused. Another two suspects were also detained.
A pair of I.E.D.s were detonated, but no
casualties were reported.
Two bombs were detonated in Kirkuk,
but no casualties were reported.
A military delegation arrived
in town to meet with officials and assess the security situation.
this morning, a roadside bomb planted on a highway between Kirkuk and Tikrit
one person and wounded
two others. The group worked for a private security company.
was Suwayra was arrested
on suspicion of terrorist activities.
Across Basra province, six
suspects were detained and
a number of munitions were seized.
Twenty-five suspects were detained
across Diyala province.
While sectarian violence may be fading
away, the re-opening of Iraq's National Museum is a microcosm of the political
turf wars that Iraq is facing.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis