One U.S. soldier, 6 Afghan soldiers, and a translator are killed by an explosion in Kandahar province. They were approaching the device in order to defuse it when it exploded; it may have been remotely detonated. The incident occurred in Arghandab district, which borders Panjwai. Other reports give the total death toll as 9.)
The U.S. has paid financial compensation to families of the people killed in the massacre in Panjwai. In case you are wondering about the value of a child's life, it is "up to $50,000."
An anonymous U.S. official says that Robert Bales carried out the Panjwai massacre in two stages, returning to his base after one set of murders, then leaving again to kill some more. If true, this raises even more questions about security at the base and the competence of command.
ISAF says three NATO soldiers died on Saturday. One of these may refer to the IED incident described above. Another was from "an insurgent attack in the west," and the third non-combat related. No other details at this time.
Pakistanis protest reopening of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.
Afghan Ministry of Defense reports one soldier killed, 2 injured in past 24 hours. Interior Ministry says one militant killed, 7 detained, and explosives seized.
Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Araby arrives in Baghdad ahead of the Arab League summit scheduled to begin on Tuesday. This is the first time the League has met in Iraq in 20 years; the League obviously has a full agenda.
VP Tareq al-Hashimi, still in exile in Kurdistan, claims his bodyguard was tortured to death, and demands an investigation.
Prison officials and guards have been detained after a mass jailbreak in Kirkuk on Friday.
Reuters' Suadad al-Salhy reports that al-Qaeda holds sway in Mosul. Excerpt:
Arriving in Mosul from Baghdad, you feel the sinister lurch of going back in time to 2006 or 2007, the days of sectarian slaughter when Iraq's militant gangs stalked the streets and killed tens of thousands of their countrymen.
The familiar signs, long-since vanished from Baghdad, are all still here: the towering concrete blast walls, the dirt obstacles piled in the centre of the roads to slow down racing attackers, the buildings wrecked by the impact of shells.
Razor wire is rampant like a weed, shrapnel crunches under foot and the garbage lies rotting in heaps, because war makes basic civic duties like cleaning the streets seem like lunacy.