Updated at 12:45 a.m. EDT, April 26, 2008
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada
al-Sadr clarified recent comments about "open war" and urged his followers to
observe the ceasefire. At least 44 Iraqis were killed and another 128 were
wounded across Iraq. An IED killed
an American soldier south of Baghdad. Also, a delegation of lawmakers
wanting to assess the security situation in Basra were denied
In a statement read to followers during Friday prayers, al-Sadr
again urged his followers
to observe a unilateral cease-fire he imposed on them last summer. He also clarified
recent statements about "open war" should the Iraqi government not hold up their
end of a truce that was worked out after recent clashes in Basra. He does not
want Iraqis of any sect to attack each other. Instead, he hopes they will unite
to fight the occupation, if he should declare the cease fire over. A senior aide
said that the Sadrists hope the statement will further curb the violence in Sadr
City and Basra. Attacks between the Mahdi army and Iraqi security forces followed
a "security crackdown" that many analysts believe was attempt to sideline al-Sadr
ahead of elections.
In Baghdad, three
bodies were found overnight. A roadside bomb wounded
three in Adhamiya. Gunmen attacked a checkpoint, injuring three
Iraqi soldiers; the soldiers then killed
five gunmen. U.S. forces killed
10 suspects in northeastern Baghdad and arrested
five in a southern neighborhood.
Hospital sources in Sadr City
reported that 11
people were killed and 74 others were wounded in overnight clashes. Women
were among the casualties.
A grenade was lobbed at a wedding in Basra.
child was killed and 25 attendees were wounded. A delegation of lawmakers
access to the city despite the presence of important political figues such as
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Interior Minister Jawad al-Bulani.
Mosul, gunmen killed
one man and wounded a second; both were fishing on the Tigris River. In a
separate incident, a policeman
was shot and killed. Two
bodies were also found. Also, two policemen were abducted.
Gunmen killed a man
in Hilla; six people were arrested in connection with the shooting.
Two people were shot and killed
A roadside bomb in Yusufiya killed
one person and wounded a second.
was shot and killed in Basra.
In Fallujah, one
person was killed and four more were injured when a bomb planted at a mosque
A roadside bomb wounded
a civilian in Tal Afar.
In Mahaweel, two people were
arrested after they shot and wounded
an Iraqi policeman.
Young men were turned
away from Najaf.
Gunmen attacked an Iraqi patrol in Wajihiya,
killing one officer
and injuring three soldiers.
In Safra, Iraqi army forces injured
a man planting a bomb. As they defused the bomb, the suspect ran away.
separate roadside bombs in Udhaim, left one
Iraqi army officer injured.
and a civilian were injured during a roadside bombing in Kirkuk.
Tikrit, a police
officer was killed when he cranked up his car's engine and that detonated
A U.S. air strike in Jalam killed
three al-Qaeda suspects and their Saudi Arabian leader.
A large weapons
cache was found
in Anbar province.
oil guards were injured when a bomb blew up an oil pipeline in Jilawiya.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis