Updated at 12:15 a.m EST, Dec. 17, 2007
Although analysts argue
that a major Turkish invasion is not imminent, Turkish warplanes crossed deep
into Iraq and bombed
several purported rebel locations. In other news, Britain formally handed
over control of security in Basra to the Iraqis. Overall, 90 Iraqis were
killed and 30 more were wounded throughout Iraq. Also, the DOD reported that
American soldier died of non-combat-related wounds in Baghdad on Thursday.
Details are still sketchy, but local officials in northern Iraq reported
that one woman
was killed, five
others were wounded, and hundreds had to flee their homes today when Turkish
warplanes bombed the area. Other sources noted that a Kurdistan Workers Party
(PKK) headquarters was bombed directly; one
person was killed and six others were wounded in that incident. The PKK reported
of their fighters were killed overnight. Turkish sources said about 50 planes
took part in the effort, but they only targeted rebel locations and not villages.
clash between Sunni tribesmen and al-Qaeda suspects in Baquba left
18 tribesmen and 35 gunmen dead. Three
policemen were killed and two more wounded during clashes; an al-Qaeda
suspect was also killed. A suicide
car bomber wounded three people near an education department building. Also,
the morgue released
31 unidentified bodies for burial; morgues throughout Iraq will bury unclaimed
bodies en masse after a certain period.
In Baghdad, an IED was
detonated near the Sarafiya Bridge, wounding
four civilians. In Waziriya, a convoy belonging to the Rasafa Health
Dept. director struck a roadside bomb; three
people and a traffic cop were wounded. Also, three
dumped bodies were recovered.
policemen were killed and three more were wounded during a roadside bombing
east of Karbala. Near Karbala University, two
policemen were injured as they were defusing a bomb found there. A second
bomb was defused
successfully and without injury.
bodies, including one belonging to a woman, were found in Mosul yesterday.
In Haditha, gunmen attacked an Anbar Awakening Council checkpoint.
gunmen were killed during the clashes.
people, one a policeman, were killed in separate incidents in Balad Ruz.
The governor of Babel province survived an assassination attempt
while traveling on a highway between Hilla and the capital. No
casualties were reported.
In Saqlawiya, a roadside bomb destroyed
a U.S. humvee, but no
casualties were reported.
No casualties were reported
when gunmen blew up a liquor store in Kafri.
In Tal Afar,
74 families, who had been forced to flee, were able to return
home thanks to improving conditions.
and three policemen were killed during an armed attack on a checkpoint near
Baquba in Zaghaniyah.
U.S. forces killed
six suspects and detained 23 during security operations in northern and
central Iraq. Three suspects were arrested
in Karbala. Also, Iraqi forces killed
one gunman and captured 48 more suspects.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi government
is planning on releasing
thousands of detainees in an effort at reconciliation between Sunnis and Shi'ites.
Approximately 50,000 prisoners are now being held in Iraqi and U.S. custodies
Compiled by Margaret Griffis