Updated at 8:25 p.m. EDT, Sept. 1, 2008
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called for peace as Sunni Muslims began their observance of Ramadan. The holy month begins tomorrow for Shi’ites. In Anbar province, the U.S. military formally handed over security to Iraqi forces. Overall, five Iraqis were killed at least 26 others were wounded in attacks. The DoD reported that a U.S. soldier died last Tuesday when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Sadr City.
A bomb hidden in a water pump killed three farmers in Othmaniyah.
A roadside bomb targeting Kirkuk police killed a child instead and wounded two others.
A roadside bomb wounded three people, including the Wajihiya district chief.
A leader of an Awakening Council in Tarmiyah was seriously wounded during a roadside bombing.
The chief of the support & national reconciliation council was detained in Khanaqin as part of a security operation. Meanwhile the Kurdistan Coalition sent a delegation to discuss the security crisis with local residents.
Four people were arrested in connection with yesterday’s attack on a police officer in Kut.
U.S. forces detained 14 suspects across northern and central Iraq.
Fifteen of the governor of Missan province’s guard were released from custody. Nineteen had been arrested. Four remain in detention.
The opinion of Iraqi politicians on the handover of Ashraf City yesterday is divided. Some fear that placing the fate of the Iranian refugees who live there in the hands of the Iraqi army will have negative consequences. Others lauded the event.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis