Updated at 5:13 p.m. EDT, Oct. 3, 2008
A day after Baghdad was rocked by multiple bombings, quiet seemingly returned to the city; however, it is the prayer day so many reporters have taken the day off to worship. One U.S. soldier was killed in a roadside bombing in Amara. At least four Iraqis were killed and three others were wounded across the country.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Vice President Adel Abdel-Mahd approved a provincial elections law that will allow polling to take place no later than January of next year. Talabani had rejected a previous incarnation of the law when it did not adequately address the power-sharing plan for Kirkuk. The new law allows the elections there to be delayed until that plan takes shape. He also suggested that a minority rights clause be reintroduced into the bill.
Two people were wounded when a roadside bomb blasted a Sulaiman Pek police patrol.
In Baghdad, one dumped body was found. Five “special groups” suspects detained. The U.S. military released 46 juvenile detainees from Krupper prison; a total of 2,550 detaines were released over the Ramadan holiday.
Two suspected Islamic State in Iraq members were arrested in Tal Afar.
Two wanted al-Qaeda leaders were detained in separate locations in Diyala province.
Coalition forces captured 18 suspects across central and northern Iraq.
Turkish warplanes bombed locations in the Qandil Mountains near Sulaimaniyah. No casualties were reported. Turkey has attacked suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) bases in northern Iraq several times this year. The PKK is a separatist militia group seeking an independent Kurdish state across several countries, including Turkey and Iraq. No casualties were reported.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis