Updated at 4:00 p.m. EST, Jan. 7, 2009
Reports of violence were
light on the final day of Ashuraa. Many reporters are on holiday. Overall, at
least three Iraqis were killed and 11 more were wounded in overnight violence.
The DoD reported that one U.S.
soldier was killed yesterday during a small arms attack. Meanwhile, the
Iraqi government will
financially help squatters to leave government properties. Also, Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki called
on Arab states to break off ties with Israel over attacks on Gaza.
30,000 troops in and around Karbala to protect millions of pilgrims expected
there for Ashuraa. The religious holiday marks
the death of Imam Hussein near Karbala in the seventh century. For Shi'ites, it
is one of the holiest observances of the year.
policemen were injured during a bombing in Bab Sinjar targeting a police convoy
from Rabeaa and Zamar.
Three civilians were kidnapped
Mosul is under tight security restrictions
for the Ashuraa observance. A pair
of streetsweepers were injured when a bomb blew up near them. Two
people were wounded during a bombing last night. The body
of a taxi driver was discovered. At least one
other body was discovered. A bike bomb left five
wounded . Also, a Unified Iraqi Alliance MP survived
an assassination attempt during Ashuraa observances; however, Ninewa police blamed
it on a spat.
U.S. forces in Mussayab killed
an Awakening Council member after he allegedly fired upon them.
killed a policeman in Saidiya.
Police in Balad Ruz stopped
a female suicide bomber targeting a religious procession. Pilgrims had pointed
her out to police.
Authorities in Baquba imposed
a vehicle ban as part of security measure to protect Ashuraa processions.
A vehicle ban is in place in
Light weapons were confiscated
in northern Babel.
An MNF base in Kut was shelled,
but no casualties were reported.
In Basra, 28 suspects were detained.
A cache of ammunition was found
Compiled by Margaret Griffis