Updated at 7:06 p.m. EDT, Apr. 8, 2009 A significant bomb attack took place for the third day in a row in Baghdad. At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 27 others were wounded in that and other attacks. No Coalition deaths were reported.
Updated at 8:27 p.m. EDT, Apr. 7, 2009 U.S. President Obama made a secret visit to Iraq today and declared that there is “still a lot of work to do.” In Baghdad, bombings continued to rock the city. At least 15 Iraqis were killed and 27 more were wounded there and throughout the country. Meanwhile, shoe-lobbing journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi saw his sentence for tossing his shoes at former U.S. President Bush reduced to one year from three.
Updated at 8:25 p.m. EDT, Apr. 6, 2009 At least 45 people were killed and 1765 more were wounded across the country. Baghdad suffered a devastating series of car bombings this morning, while Mosul was unusually quiet. In Diyala province, a U.S. soldier was killed by hostile fire during operations. Also, jury selection has begun in the United States for the trial of a U.S. soldier accused of murdering an Iraqi family while deployed.
Updated at 7:42 p.m. EDT, Apr. 5, 2009 At least 13 Iraqis were killed and 34 more were wounded in the latest attacks. Meanwhile, the president of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is in Iraq. No Coalition deaths were reported, but a U.S. soldier was taken into custody and charged with the murder of a contractor last month.
At least two Iraqis were killed and eight more were wounded in the latest violence; however, no reports came out of Mosul where attacks occur on a daily basis. One U.S. Marine was killed in a non-combat incident.
Updated at 7:09 p.m. EST, Apr. 3, 2009 At least five Iraqis were killed and 17 more were wounded in the latest violence. In one attack, U.S. forces killed a man who was allegedly planting a roadside bomb. Also, a U.S. soldier died of non-combat causes.
When U.S. troops and Apache helicopters joined Iraqi forces in putting down an uprising by Sunni "Sons of Iraq" militiamen in central Baghdad last weekend, it was a preview of the kind of combat the U.S. military is likely to see increasingly over the next three years unless a policy decision is made in Washington … Continue reading “Maliki Draws US Troops into Crackdown on Sunnis”
Updated at 7:20 p.m. EDT, Mar. 31, 2009 A suicide bomber in Mosul took the lion’s share of today’s casualties. Overall, at least 10 Iraqis were killed and 58 more were wounded across the country. A U.S. Marine died Tuesday in a non-combat incident as well. Meanwhile, Iraq has implemented the use of unmanned aircraft to monitor the borders. Also, falling oil income has put a crimp in government spending.
Updated at 8:55 p.m. EDT, Mar. 30, 2009 Calm may have returned to central Baghdad, but violence continued over much of Iraq. At least 15 Iraqis were killed and 19 more were wounded in various attacks. No Coalition deaths were reported, but a U.S. soldier was convicted of murdering four Iraqis in his care, and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Also, the British will hand over their base at the Basra airport to U.S. forces tomorrow.
Updated at 6:35 p.m. EDT, Mar. 29, 2009 At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 72 more were wounded, mostly in bomb blasts across the country. Rioting and arrests continued in Baghdad’s Fadhil neighborhood. No Coalition deaths were reported, but British troops are on a general suicide watch even though they have begun their drawdown. Also, a U.N. report is expected to suggest a number of power-sharing options for the multi-ethnic, oil-rich Kirkuk province.