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Iraq Security Developments - Saturday
Mass Grave Discovered in Fallujah; Violence Still at Large in Diyala
By ZEYAD KASIM 06/30/2007 9:35 PM ET
Baghdad, IRAQ: Iraqi children stand in their house after it was raided by US and Iraqi forces in Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr City, 30 June 2007.
Baghdad, IRAQ: Iraqi children stand in their house after it was raided by US and Iraqi forces in Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr City, 30 June 2007.

Security developments in Iraq on Saturday, June 30, 2007:

Iraqis reported killed: 135. Iraqis reported wounded: 84.

Map by Zeyad Kasim
BAGHDAD – Police found the bodies of 16 people shot execution style in different parts of the capital over the last 24 hours, an Interior Ministry source said. Except for one body, which was found in the Jisr Diyala area, all were found in the Karkh sector in western Baghdad (five in Amil, two in Bayya’, two in Shu’la, two in Dora, one in Saidiya, one in Khadhraa’, one in Ghazaliya, and one in Taji).

BAGHDAD – The U.S. military claimed it killed 26 suspected militants and detained 17 others during two separate overnight raids in the Shi'ite district of Sadr City in northeastern Baghdad on Saturday. The U.S. military said the militants were members of secret cells with “close ties to Iranian terror networks.” Sadr City residents contested the U.S. version of the incident, saying U.S. and Iraqi troops with helicopter support raided the Rashad, Orfeli and Habibiya districts overnight, killing eight civilians and wounding nine others. The locals added that 28 people were detained and that U.S. helicopters bombed residential areas, burning 18 vehicles and damaging several houses. The U.S. military denied that it targeted civilians, adding that it only responded to hostile fire.

BAGHDAD - One U.S. soldier was killed and three wounded in a roadside bomb attack in southern Baghdad on Friday, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - Four people were wounded in a mortar attack on the Shi'ite district of Abu Dshir in southern Baghdad on Saturday afternoon, police said.

BAGHDAD – Eight people were wounded in two separate mortar attacks against the predominately Sunni districts of Dora and Sahha in southern Baghdad on Saturday afternoon, possibly in retaliation for the attack on Abu Dshir.

BAGHDAD – The Baghdad Operations Command said Iraqi security forces killed five suspected militants and detained 33 others during raids in different parts of the capital over the last 48 hours. Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and 17 others wounded in the operations, the source said.

BANI SAAD – Two people were killed in a roadside bomb explosion near the Khaluf village in Bani Sa’ad north of Baghdad on Saturday.

BAQUBA – A joint U.S.-Iraqi force captured five suspected Al-Qaeda militants and recovered 17 stolen vehicles and weapon caches during a raid in western Baquba (57 km north east of Baghdad), an Iraqi army source said.

BUHRIZ – A civilian was wounded in a mortar attack against the town of Buhriz south east of Ba’quba.

KANAN – Two unidentified bodies were found in the town of Kan’an south east of Ba’quba, a medical source said.

BALADRUZ – Militants blew up the house of a local policeman in Baladruz south east of Ba’quba on Saturday.

MUQDADIYA - A suicide bomber dressed as a policeman killed 20 people and wounded 22 others in an attack against a police recruitment center in Muqdadiya (90 km north east of Baghdad) on Saturday afternoon, police said.

MUQDADIYA – A civilian was wounded by insurgent sniper fire in Muqdadiya on Saturday afternoon.

KHALIS – Three gunmen were killed and eight people, including two policemen, were wounded during clashes in Khalis north east of Baghdad when gunmen attempted to assassinate the imam of the Grand Khalis Msoque on Saturday morning, police said.

KHALIS – A policeman and two civilians were wounded when gunmen opened fire against them in Khalis on Saturday afternoon.

KHANAQIN – The Iraqi army said it detained eight suspected militants, including two Syrian nationals, during raids on Saturday in the towns of Khanaqin (170 km north east of Baghdad) and Sa’diya near the Iranian border.

FALLUJAH - The U.S. military said it had uncovered 35 to 40 bodies, some with bullet wounds, in a mass grave 35 km south of Fallujah, acting on a tip from locals. A medical source in the Fallujah general hospital said Iraqi police delivered them 30 bodies, which were found on the main road between Amiriyat Al-Fallujah and Musayyab 30 km south of Fallujah. It was unclear whether the two discoveries were related.

FALLUJAH – The U.S. military said on Saturday it killed Abu Abdul-Rahman Al-Masri, whom it identified as a “senior Al-Qaeda figure responsible for participating in terrorist courts and issuing fatwas,” near Fallujah.

FALLUJAH – Four decapitated bodies bearing signs of torture and gunshot wounds were delivered to the Fallujah general hospital on Saturday, a medical source said. The bodies are thought to belong to Anbar Salvation Council fighters, local police said.

KUBAISA – Three local policemen were wounded when several mortar shells hit a police station in Kubaisa (198 km west of Baghdad) on Saturday, eyewitnesses said. The U.S. military and Iraqi police did not comment on the attack.

HAQLANIYA – Several policemen were killed and wounded when gunmen attacked their patrol with hand grenades and machine gun fire west of Haqlaniya near Haditha (170 km west of Ramadi) on Saturday afternoon, locals said. Iraqi authorities did not comment on the incident.

LATIFIYA – The U.S. military said it detained 59 suspected militants near Latifiya (40 km south of Baghdad).

ASRIYA – Two children were killed and 12 others wounded when a mortar shell landed in a football field in Asriya south of Baghdad, police said.

TARMIYA – Locals staged a demonstration near a U.S. military base in Tarmiya north of Baghdad, demanding the release of a woman detained in the Al-Bu Shallal area by U.S. troops on Saturday. The locals claimed the woman was detained to pressure male relatives suspected of attacking U.S. troops to deliver themselves to authorities.

KIRKUK - Gunmen killed a civilian in Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad), police said.

TAZA - Gunmen assassinated a Kurdish member of the Daquq municipality council in a hand grenade attack on his vehicle in the Taza-Kirkuk road 20 km south of Kirkuk, a Kirkuk police source said. The source said Taza police captured three suspects following the attack.

ZAKHO – Turkish artillery shelled suspected Kurdish PKK rebel positions inside the border area of Zakho in northern Iraq on Saturday morning, a Kurdish security source said. The source said around 50 shells hit five different without casualties but burning several acres of natural forests.

KUT – Angry demonstrators burned tires and blocked streets near a fuel station in Kut south east of Baghdad on Saturday morning, protesting a severe fuel crisis in the southern city and increased prices of black market fuel for the last ten days, an Oil Facilities Protection guard said.

SUQ AL-SHIYOUKH – Police defused a 50kg roadside bomb planted near a vital bridge in the town of Suq Al-Shiyoukh south east of Nasiriya on Saturday, police said.

BASRAH – Gunmen assassinated an Iraqi Interior Ministry commandos captain in western Basrah (590 km south of Baghdad) on Saturday afternoon, police said. Unknown gunmen opened fire and killed Captain Dawud Salman in the Jam’iat district of Basrah, the source said.

BASRAH – Gunmen kidnapped Colonel Nasir Ali, head of the department of detainees’ affairs in the Basrah police command, when they ambushed his vehicle in the Jaza’er district of central Basrah, police said.

BASRAH – British troops clashed with gunmen who attacked one of the gates of a British military compound housing the British and U.S. consulates in western Basrah on Saturday, a British military spokesman said. No casualties were reported in the attack.

ZUBAIR – The Iraqi army said it uncovered a large weapons and ammunitions cache hidden in an orchard in the town of Zubair south west of Basrah.

DAYR – Nine people were killed and five others wounded in a fire exchange resulting from a dispute between the tribes of Al-Zargan and Al-Bu Baseer in the town of Dayr north of Basrah on Friday night, police said.


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