Updated at 12:26 p.m. EDT, Aug. 31, 2008
At least six Iraqis were killed and four more were wounded in the latest attacks. Three Turkish truck drivers were wounded during a blast in Mosul as well. In Turkey, two Turkish soldiers were killed in a clash with PKK rebels. No Coalition deaths were reported. Also, a British newspaper has disclosed that hundreds of gunmen were killed by British forces in Baghdad.
The Sunday Telegraph reported that British Black Ops forces have killed several hundred people suspected of being members of of al-Qaeda in Iraq. The operations took place over an 18-month period. Thousands more were detained.
The Iraqi government has now banned residents of Diyala province from keeping weapons even for personal protection. Residents claim that kidnappings there continue, and some may be under the direction of police. A month-long security operation seems to be making some gains though; however, it has not come without controversy.
Kurdish journalists, artists and other intellectuals called on Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki to resolve the issues surrounding Khanaqin in particular, where Iraqi troops forcibly took over security this week. Last week, a “rogue” army operation attacked the mayor’s office in Baquba. Also, a large percentage of detainees captured in the operation have already been found innocent of any charges.
In al-Ahbash, gunmen stormed a home, killing a man, his wife, and two sons. The man was a member of a local Awakening council.
Two bodies were found in Iskandariya. One was decapitated.
A roadside bomb in Mosul wounded three Turkish truck drivers.
Nine suspects were arrested in Baquba.
Three wanted suspects were captured and weapons were confiscated in Basra.
Coalition forces detained 26 suspects across Iraq.
In Turkey, clashes between Turkish soldiers and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels left two Turkish soldiers dead.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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