Updated at 7:36 p.m. EST, Dec. 1, 2008
At least 58 Iraqis were killed or found dead and another 112 were wounded in the latest violence. There were not many incidents, but the few that were reported were too significant to slip through the cracks. Meanwhile, South Korean troops ended their mission in Arbil. The U.S. military death toll fell to its lowest since the 2003 invasion, but the number of Iraqi deaths has begin to climb again. Also, U.S. President-elect Obama said that U.S. troops could leave Iraqi in 16 months, but he would that up to military commanders.
In Baghdad, a car bomb blew up near the police academy on Palestine Street. A teenaged suicide vest bomber then attacked a group of recruits that had gathered at the first bombing. At least 16 people were killed and 45 more were wounded. A bombing in Suleikh targeted Major-General Mudhar al-Mawla. Three people were killed and 13 others were wounded. Mawla was among the wounded. His driver and possibly his brother were among the dead. In the evening, another bomb on Palestine St. left four people wounded.
In Mosul, a suicide car bomber killed as many as 20 people and wounded as many as 39 more Iraqis in a commercial district; the figures could change as more information is released. One U.S. soldier was also wounded. Two IIP members were killed separately; they both worked at the same school where one was a principal. Another bomb killed a policeman and wounded four others. Last night, six women and a child were wounded in a bombing in the Yarmouk district. Gunmen killed two women in Yarmouk this morning. A neurologis was kidnapped near his home in Thawra. Also, the federal government allocated $134,000 to be given to citizens displaced during recent violence in Mosul.
Twelve bodies were discovered in Qara-Hassan village near Kirkuk.
In Kirkuk, 23 suspects were captured.
U.S. forces captured four Katai’b Hezbollah suspects
A “special groups” leader was arrested in Suwayra. The “special groups” term refers to Iran-backed militants.
Five suspects were detained in Dhi Qar province.
Turkish fighters again bombed northern Iraq, but no casualties were reported.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis