A female suicide bomber walked through a crowd of 200 police recruits in the town of Muqdadiyah in the province of Diyala and detonated explosives strapped to her body under an abaya, killing at least 16 people.
Muqdadiyah, which once had an evenly split Sunni/Shiite population is now mostly Sunni as the Shiites have fled. Al-Qaeda in Iraq has taken over the town, and the recent suicide bombing was an attack on police recruits who were to work with the American occupying forces.
Meanwhile, in Sunni dominated neighborhoods of Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi army forces were engaged in fierce fighting with gunmen. Four Iraqi's and three insurgents were killed and 16, including one child, were wounded in the crossfire.
On Monday four U.S. soldiers were killed. Three soldiers’ lives were claimed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. Another soldier was killed in combat in Anbar province.
Also on Monday, the 4th anniversary of the fall of Baghdad, tens of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of two Shiite holy cities, demanding that U.S. forces leave their country.
The rally was ordered up by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who issued a statement calling on his militia to intensify efforts to drive out American forces and for the police and army to join the fight against "your archenemy."
And in other news, Anna Nicole Smith’s former husband, Larry Birkhead was identified as the biological father of Dannielyn Hope Marshall Stern. DNA evidence used showed that Dannielynn’s DNA were a 99.9% match with Birkhead’s.
Among other memorable things uttered, Birkhead is quoted as saying “I told you so”.