Updated at 11:25 p.m. EST, Dec. 13, 2007
This week’s surge in violence
continues with at least 46 Iraqi dead and 47 Iraqi wounded in the latest
attacks. Another five who were killed appear to be Arab foreigners. Also, a Navy
Seal was killed in combat on Tuesday, while a British
soldier died from wounds received in a vehicle accident.
bodies were found in a mass grave near Muqdadiyah. The bodies are thought
to belong to men who were kidnapped and assassinated two months ago. Twelve of
the victims were beheaded.
In Baghdad, three
dumped bodies were found. Gunmen wounded
the dean of the University of Technology and his daughter. In Mansour,
contractor working for U.S. forces was gunned down. A car bomb in Waziriya
one person and injured five others, including policemen. During security operations,
Iraqi police killed
a gunman in Madaen and detained six suspects elsewhere; two
officers were killed and five more wounded. No
casualties were reported during a bomb blast in Zaafaraniya. Also,
three liquor stores were targeted by blasts overnight; however, no
casualties were reported.
In Mosul, police shot and killed
a suicide bomber; afterwards, a clash left two
policemen and two gunmen dead. Gunmen killed
one policeman and wounded four others in a southeastern neighborhood. A female
hairdresser was killed during an armed attack at her home in the al-Karama
neighborhood. Gunmen in al-Masaref injured
two policemen. A bulldozer
operator and three policemen were injured when a roadside bomb was detonated
as they were removing roadblocks. Also, four bombs were defused
in separate neighborhoods.
was found inside a house under construction in Hawija.
car bomber targeted the mayor of Hit. Two
people were killed and 14 others, including civilians were injured.
Near Tikrit in the town of Dour, a father
and son were killed in a shower of bullets. Yesterday, a policeman’s
body was found in the Sour Shenas archeological area; he bore gunshots
to the head.
As a precaution, the main streets in Kut have been
off in the wake of yesterday’s bombing in Amarah.
casualties were reported after Katyusha rockets fell on Basra International
Airport where British troops are headquartered. The attack comes just days before
the handover of security to local Iraqi forces.
Iraqi police in Samarra
five foreign suspects.
U.S. forces killed
a suspect near Adwaniya and raided
a Ministry of Education building in Sadr City, a suburb of Baghdad.
roadside bomb attack killed
a woman and injured a man in Khan Bani Saad.
a roadside bomb near a petrol station in Khanaquin killed
four people and wounded 10 others.
Council member was gunned down in Baquba.
The Iraqi army killed
one suspect and detained 26 more in unspecified locations. Another 11 were
in villages south of Kirkuk.
Also, U.S. forces released
340 detainees who had not been convicted. Tens of thousands of Iraqis are held
in U.S. detention, many without having been to court.
by Margaret Griffis