Updated at 6:51 p.m. EDT, April, 24, 2008
At least 42 Iraqis
were killed and 38 more were wounded in the latest attacks. Three American
soldiers were killed as well, but in separate accidents. Also, Britain is
canceling its drawdown of
troops for the time being.
American soldiers were killed and one was wounded during a vehicular accident
in Salah ad Din. One
Iraqi interpreter was also wounded. Another American
soldier was killed in a separate accident in Kuwait. Meanwhile, the MNF
capturing former Vice President Izzat al-Douri.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
has announced that all political
factions will soon be returning to the government. The groups, both Shi'ite and
Sunni, walked out last year. One of the groups is connected to Shi'ite cleric
Moqtada al-Sadr, but reconciliation is unlikely unless al-Maliki hold up his end
of a cease-fire between Iraqi forces and al-Sadr's Mahdi army. Instead, al-Maliki
says he will continue with his crackdown. Meanwhile, Shi'ite lawmakers are warning
that al-Sadr is considering
disconnecting the Mahdi army from it's political wing and declaring an end to
In Baghdad, three
dumped bodies were found. Three
people were killed and 15 were wounded during a market bombing in Mansour;
three Iraqi soldiers
were injured in a separate bombing. Iraqi and U.S. forces killed
nine suspects in Husseiniyah. As many as seven
others were killed in air strikes across the city. Three
people were injured in a bomb blast in west Baghdad. Two
more were injured during a bombing in Shabb. Sixteen Katyusha rockets
Mortars struck the Polish Embassy, injuring
a security guard. A car bomb at the entrance to the Green Zone killed
one person and wounded three others. An IED was found
in Zayouna and disposed of. A bomb at the Ghadeer Bridge killed
one and wounded six others. Mortars in Karrada left no
people were injured when mortars fell in Adhamiya. Also, Iraqi and
U.S. forces raided
a hospital in Rashad, where they arrested staff and patients; four
suspects were killed during the operation.
policemen and a civilian were killed during a roadside bombing in Kirkuk.
In Mosul, one
civilian was killed and three people were wounded when a roadside bomb blasted
them. One policeman
was shot and killed. Also, eight suspects were captured.
Iraqi forces arrested
a Sadrist cleric in Basra.
In Samarra, reconstruction of
the Askariya Mosque is uniting
both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.
Three suspects were detained
In Karbala, three suspects were arrested.
U.S. forces killed six
suspects near Lake Thar Thar.
A roadside bomb in Khalis
an Iraqi security officer and wounded two others.
Three public servants
driving an ambulance were arrested
In Wajihiyah the district
commissioner and his driver were injured during and armed attack.
Also, Turkish troops reported
firing upon a group of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels attempting to cross
into Turkey. The PKK said that intense clashes took place, with losses
on the Turkish forces side.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis