Although the prayer day saw few casualties, tensions were
high as thousands of Shi’ites protested
the U.S. occupation on the sixth anniversary of the invasion. At least three
Iraqis were killed and another six were wounded. Also, a U.S.
soldier died from non-combat causes. Meanwhile, a party candidate’s
home in Diyala was raided in what could be the start of a new harassment
U.S. flags burned
in Baghdad as thousands of Iraqis protested the continued occupation of their
country. Some of the demonstrators said the failure of the U.S. to provide an
orderly transition instead of six years of war made celebrating the end of the
Saddam Hussein regime impossible. Back in the U.S. antiwar protestors also made
their voices heard.
bomber blew himself up after killing
a policeman and wounding two civilians outside a tribal leader’s home near Fallujah.
In one report, the bomber shot the victims. A second report said that the two civilians
were guards, and all casualties resulted from the blast.
was killed and another was injured in Jurf al-Sakhar during a small
A roadside bomb wounded
three people, including two civilians, when it blasted a police patrol in Ramadi.
Diyala police raided the home of a Sunni
Iraqi Accord Front’s candidate in Tahreer. According to a party
spokesperson, Mohammed al-Jubouri is not a wanted suspect, but police ransacked
his home anyway. He further added that the incident was designed to hurt
reconciliation efforts. Tensions between Diyala province and the Shi’ite
central government are still high, particularly in Kurdish areas. Last year, a
concerted harassment campaign was conducted by Iraqi soldiers against local
Eight al-Qaeda suspects were detained in Baquba,
while five bombs were defused across the province.
Forty-eight suspects were detained in raids south of Tikrit.
U.S. forces handed
over six detainees to the Kirkuk provincial council after they were cleared
of all charges. The U.S. is required to handover or release Iraqi prisoners as
part of a S.O.F.A deal that was hammered out last year. The U.S. had maintained
the right to hold prisoners indefinitely without trial or even evidence. Some
have been held
since the beginning of the war.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis