Updated at 5:10 p.m. EST, Jan. 12, 2008
U.S. forces announced the removal of troops in Anbar province with the hope that the province will be completely in Iraqi hands by March. The news coincided with a light day of violence in which at least 30 Iraqis were killed and another nine were wounded. Also, a Marine was killed in a non-combat event in Anbar yesterday.
In Baghdad, a pair of roadside bombs injured two civilians in Beirut Square. Also, a hostage was set free in security operations that also left two Iraqi security personnel wounded. Also, two dumped bodies were recovered, one in Zayouna and the other in Doura.
Four people were killed in an attack on a home in the suburbs near Dhuluiya. A man and his son, both members of an Awakening Council were thought to be the targets; two other teenaged sons were killed. In a separate attack, a former army officer and his 14-year-old son were killed at their home.
In Muqdadiyah, four security personnel were wounded during a car bomb attack in the al-Wajihiya neighborhood.
Gunmen in central Basra killed one policeman and wounded a second one while they were at their post at the Basra Teaching Hospital.
A gunmen was arrested and an arms cache confiscated in Mosul.
In Karbala, the mayor of the city said that he will not allow incoming pilgrims to carry weapons into the city during observances of Ashuraa. Some have already been arrested carrying leaflets calling for choas.
A policeman was gunned down in al-Sukar.
In Sulaimaniyah, a liquor store operator was killed.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis