Updated at 5:56 p.m. EDT, June 16, 2008
At least 15 Iraqis
were killed and 40 more wounded across Iraq. Meanwhile, Amara quietly prepares
for a security crackdown. Three American servicemembers were killed in
A roadside bomb killed
a U.S. soldier today near Hilla. Also, the DOD announced the deaths of
two Marines on June 11 in separate incidents. The first
one was killed during combat operations in Anbar province, while the second
Marine died of non-battle-related causes.
The central government
continues to prepare for
a security crackdown on the southern city of Amara. Although the city is
relatively quiet compared to the rest of the country, it is a stronghold of Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki's political rival, Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. The
cleric has ordered his followers to maintain a ceasefire that he imposed on them
last summer and which the Maliki government frequently tests. No incidents have
yet been reported.
In Baghdad, a double
bombing killed two people and wounded 23 near a college in the Adhamiya
neighborhood. Two people
were killed and eight were wounded during a mortar attack in Khadraa.
In Raghiba Khatoun, a bomb attached to a car wounded
its driver. Also, two
dumped bodies were found.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb outside
a home killed one family member
and wounded two others, including a child. At least three other bomb attacks
on homes were carried out, leaving two
more wounded. Iraqi forces killed
two students as they attempted to arrest them at Mosul University; one
security member was wounded. Also, 11 suspects were detained.
Sahwa members were killed and two were wounded during a roadside bomb attack
on a checkpoint in Buhriz. Three IEDs were defused across the city.
Two hostages were freed
A Katyusha rocket attack on the British base at Basra
the closure of the airport. Twelve people were detained
in separate operations.
A roadside bomb injured
a man working on powerlines in Rashad.
In Suwayra, a
wearing a military uniform and bearing gunshot wounds was recovered from the Tigris
other bodies were found earlier.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis