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Iraq Security Developments - Monday
Violence Flares All Over Iraq After End of Curfew
By ZEYAD KASIM 06/18/2007 5:07 PM ET
Kirkuk, IRAQ: Iraqi medics treat a wounded policeman at a hospital in the oil rich city of Kirkuk, 18 June 2007. One policeman was killed and two others were wounded when unknown gunmen attacked their checkpoint in Kirkuk today.
MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images
Kirkuk, IRAQ: Iraqi medics treat a wounded policeman at a hospital in the oil rich city of Kirkuk, 18 June 2007. One policeman was killed and two others were wounded when unknown gunmen attacked their checkpoint in Kirkuk today.

Security developments in Iraq on Monday, June 18, 2007:

Map by Zeyad Kasim
AMARA - U.S. forces killed at least 20 militants and wounded six others after coming under attack from Shi'ite gunmen during raids in Amara and Majar Al-Kabir in the southern Maysan governorate on Monday, the U.S. military said. An official in the office of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the Maysan capital Amara said 17 members of his Mehdi Army had been killed and 45 wounded.

BAGHDAD – Police found the bodies of 33 people with gunshot wounds and signs of torture in different districts of Baghdad on Monday, an Interior Ministry source said. The source said 26 bodies were found in the Karkh sector in western Baghdad (seven in Amil, six in Saidiya, five in Shu’la, three in Bayya’, two in Ghazaliya, two in Adil, and one in Washash), and seven in the Rusafa sector in eastern Baghdad (three in Waziriya, two in Baghdad Al-Jedida, and two in Sadr City).

BAGHDAD – Two civilians were killed and seven others wounded in mortar attacks at different parts west and south of the capital, police said. A mortar shell hit a residential area in Abu Ghraib, in western Baghdad, killing one person and wounding two others, while another mortar attack in Za’faraniya, in southeastern Baghdad, killed one person and wounded five.

BAGHDAD - Nine people were killed and 25 wounded when two car bombs exploded in quick succession as motorists queued for petrol in the Saidiya district of southern Baghdad, police said. Eight cars were set on fire. The car bombing was the first after a curfew imposed since Wednesday was lifted on Sunday morning.

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces detained 11 suspected insurgents during operations Sunday and Monday to disrupt Al-Qaeda car bomb networks in Baghdad and Haditha, the U.S. military said. A large weapons cache and several bodies were discovered at an elementary school in the Saidiya district in southern Baghdad on Monday, police said.

BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb while on foot patrol in the southern part of the capital, the U.S. military said on Monday. It did not make clear when the incident occurred.

BAGHDAD – Gunmen killed Brigadier General Bassam Dahham Al-Amiri, an Iraqi police battalion commander, and one of his bodyguards after they broke into his house in the Saidiya district in southern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – Gunmen killed an employee of the Shi’ite Endowments Board in the Waziriya district of northern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – Gunmen killed a local council member and wounded two others in an attack against their vehicle in the Adhamiya district of northern Baghdad, residents said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed businessman Sa'di Mahdi, 45, in the Mansour district of western Baghdad on Monday, police said.

MISHAHDA - Gunmen killed eight policemen in an attack against their convoy on Sunday on a road in the town of Mishahda, north of Baghdad, police said. Another police source said four policemen were killed and four wounded.

TARMIYA – Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and two wounded in a roadside bomb attack against their patrol in Tarmiya, north of Baghdad, on Monday morning, police said.

FALLUJA - Two people were killed and 10 wounded by a truck bomb in central Falluja (50 km west of Baghdad), the U.S. military said.

FALLUJA - Three people were killed and 15 wounded in a car bomb attack at a popular market in the Ta’mim district of Falluja (50 km west of Baghdad), police said. A curfew was imposed in the city following the car bomb attacks.

FALLUJA – Two people from one family were killed and three wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near the Sumood bridge in western Falluja, police said.

HIT – U.S. troops detained a wanted militant in Hit (180 km west of Baghdad) on Monday after he returned recently to the city, residents said.

BAQUBA – Nine people were wounded in a car bomb explosion on Monday afternoon in western Ba’quba (57 km northeast of Baghdad), police said.

BAQUBA - Gunmen attacked the office of Mohammed Abid, a manager in the Diyala electricity station, and shot him dead in the city of Baquba, police said.

BAQUBA – Three suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed and nine others detained in two separate U.S. and Iraqi military operations north and east of Baquba, a security source said.

HIBHIB – Six Iraqi soldiers were killed and 16 others wounded when dozens of militants attacked their patrol in a rural area near Hibhib (50 km north of Baghdad), an Iraqi army source said. The source added that the fierce clashes lasted over four hours, and that he requested backup from Multi-National Forces and the Iraqi army command in Baghdad without response.

KHANAQIN – Five policemen were wounded when gunmen attacked their checkpoint in Khanaqin (90 km northeast of Baghdad) near the Iranian border, police said.

KIRKUK – A policeman and a civilian were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near the Basheer village, southwest of Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad), police said.

KIRKUK – A policeman was killed and two others wounded when militants attacked their patrol in the Wahid Huzairan district in southern Kirkuk on Sunday evening, police said.

KIRKUK – Three Katysuha rockets hit residential areas in different parts of Kirkuk without casualties, police said.

KIRKUK – Unknown militants used explosives to destroy an electric power pylon on the main Kirkuk-Dibs road northwest of Kirkuk, police said.

MOSUL - The bodies of three brothers were found outside Mosul, 390 km north of Baghdad, the police said. They had been shot.

DUR – Militants killed Lieutenant Mazin Alwan, a police intelligence officer, near his residence in Dur, southeast of Tikrit, on Monday, and another policemen was reportedly killed late Sunday by his brother after refusing to quit his job with the local police force, police said.

SAMARRA – Armed clashes followed by a car bomb explosion killed five Interior Ministry commandos and wounded six others in Samarra (118 km north of Baghdad), police said. Dozens of gunmen had assaulted a school used as a base by Interior Ministry commandos in the Mu’tasim district with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns at 8 p.m. before a suicide bomber driving a truck rammed his vehicle into the school.

ISHAQI – Unknown gunmen abducted an Iraqi police officer near Ishaqi (100 km north of Baghdad), police said.

DHILUIYA – Two roadside bombs exploded against a U.S. military patrol east of Dhilu’iya (90 km north of Baghdad), destroying a Humvee vehicle and wounding several soldiers, police said.

BALAD - Gunmen in two vehicles killed two Iraqi soldiers when they ambushed a checkpoint near Balad, north of Baghdad, police said.

YETHRIB – A roadside bomb exploded against a U.S. patrol in Yethrib, north of Baghdad, damaging a Humvee vehicle and wounding several soldiers, police said.

NASIRIYA - At least four people were killed and 54 wounded in clashes between gunmen loyal to cleric Sadr and police in the southern Shi'ite city of Nassiriya (375 km south of Baghdad), hospital and police sources said.

NASIRYA – The special forces brigade commander Colonel Naji Rustum was wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Shamiya district in central Nasiriya, a security source said. Police said they defused a second roadside bomb in the same area.

SUQ AL-SHIYOUKH – Lieutenant Colonel Ali Abdul Qadir Al-Hachami, commander of the Dhi Qar Emergency Brigade was killed in clashes with Mahdi Army militiamen in Suq Al-Shiyoukh (30 km southeast of Nasiriya), police said. The source added that dozens of Bani Hacham tribesmen are preparing to stage an attack against the Mahdi Army in the city.

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