Amnesty International calls on Iraq to halt the scheduled executions of 128 prisoners on the grounds that their trials did not meet international standards for justice.
Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki told The Associated Press that U.S. troops will remain in unstable areas of Iraq during the planned American pullback from cities in June.
Thousands of Iraqis detained by U.S. forces are being released as the detention system is turned over to Iraq. The releases are the result of insufficient evidence to charge the detainees.
The Washington Post reports that the closure of the U.S. detention
facility at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq has resulted in a revival among Shiite and Sunni militias.
A wave of bombings in Iraq resulted in 34 deaths today.
Maj. Gen. David Perkins told reporters in Baghdad that insurgent attacks in the past two months have fallen to the lowest frequency in almost six years.
Baghdad’s water supply continues to be troubled by contamination of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
Troops from the U.K. have begun their withdrawal from southern Iraq.
Sources: U.S. Department of Defense, Iraq Coalition Casualties, Iraq Body Count, The Associated Press, CNN, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian (London).