Updated at 1:10 a.m. EST, Jan. 26, 2008
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki today announced a major offensive against al-Qaeda in Mosul, where a major bombing killed about three dozen people two days ago. Mosul is considered al-Qaeda’s last urban stronghold in Iraq. Elsewhere, at least 55 Iraqis were killed and another four were wounded in attacks and raids. Most of the dead were al-Qaeda suspects. Also, one American soldier died of non-combat-related causes.
North of Falluja, police and Awakening Council member killed a gunman, wounded a second, and arrested two suicide bombers.
One person was killed and another was injured during a roadside bombing in Abu Saida.
Three bodies were found dumped in Saqlawiya.
The road between Khan Bani Saad and Baquba has been cleared of explosive devices. Recently, the route between Khan Bani Saad and Baghdad was also cleared. U.S. troops estimate that 41 al-Qaeda suspects were killed in related offensives. Also, two hostages were freed.
In Basra, 35 members of the Supporters of Ahmed al-Yamani group were detained.
U.S. forces killed one suspect and arrested 19 others in central and northern Iraq. Ten suspects were arrested in Baquba. In Baghdad, 14 men wearing police uniforms and carrying fake IDs were arrested. Also ten detainees were released in Hit.
Also, an FBI interrogator said that Saddam Hussein told him that he misjudged the U.S. reaction to the question of "weapons of mass destruction."
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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