Security developments in Iraq on Tuesday, July 10, 2007:
Iraqis reported killed: 130. Iraqis reported wounded: 97.
BAGHDAD – A barrage of about 30 mortar shells and rockets hit the fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, killing two Iraqis and a Filipino and wounding 25 people at two intervals on Tuesday afternoon, police told Reuters. A source from PM Nuri Al-Maliki’s office said the rockets fell near the residence of Maliki. Eyewitnesses in the area reported hearing several blasts and seeing plumes of smoke rising from the area. The attack today was one of the biggest against the vast compound, which houses Iraqi government offices, the U.S. and British embassies, and residences of foreign and Iraqi officials. Rocket attacks on the Green Zone are staged almost daily from both eastern and western Baghdad and are thought to be carried out by both Shi’ite militiamen and Sunni insurgents.
BAGHDAD – Four policemen were killed and two wounded when gunmen attacked their checkpoint with small arms fire in north Baghdad’s Sulaikh district on Tuesday evening, a police source said, according to VOI.
BAGHDAD - Three Iraqi soldiers and four policemen were killed on Monday when a suicide car bomber rammed their checkpoint in south Baghdad, a U.S. military statement said today.
BAGHDAD – A policeman was killed and eight others wounded when a suicide car bomber attacked an Interior Ministry commandos patrol in southern Baghdad’s Saidiya district on Tuesday, police told VOI.
BAGHDAD - Two people were wounded in a car bomb explosion near a police station in the Khadhraa’ district of western Baghdad, police said, according to Reuters.
BAGHDAD - A detainee died at Camp Cropper in the Baghdad International Airport from wounds received after being assaulted by other detainees on Saturday, the U.S. military said in a statement today. An estimated 3,500 Iraqi detainees, including former Iraqi officials, are held at Camp Cropper, which is one of several detention centers under the control of the U.S. military, according to VOI.
BAGHDAD – Two people were killed and four wounded when U.S. helicopters bombed residential areas in Sadr City before dawn Tuesday, a Sadr Bureau source and local eyewitnesses said, according to VOI. Two cars were burned and five damaged in the bombing, the sources said. Locals said the raid targeted several parts of the Gayyara area of southern Sadr City and several people were detained. WNA reported that 10 people were killed in the air strike. There was no comment by the U.S. military, but the same area was raided last week, prompting an objection by the office of PM Nuri Al-Maliki.
BAGHDAD – U.S. troops detained the dean of the Technology Institute, Thamir Al-Sudani, after a raid on his home in the Za’faraniya district of southeastern Baghdad on Tuesday, a media source from the institute told VOI. The U.S. did not comment on the incident.
BAGHDAD - Gunmen kidnapped army Brigadier-General Abdul Razzaq Asel, director of a joint security center in the northern city of Mosul, while he was visiting his family in the Adhamiya district in Baghdad on Monday, police said, according to Reuters.
BAGHDAD - The U.S. military said today it killed three insurgents and detained four others in southern Baghdad’s Jisr Diyala district on Saturday.
BAGHDAD - Coalition forces detained 13 suspected insurgents during operations in the Arab Jubour rural area in southern Baghdad on Friday, the U.S. military said.
BAGHDAD - Iraqi soldiers killed 37 militants, arrested 51 and detained 65 other suspects during the past 24 hours in Iraq, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
BAGHDAD – The U.S. military said Iraqi special forces detained 12 militants suspected of links to the Mahdi Army during two operations in Baghdad on Sunday.
BAGHDAD – The U.S. military said it detained 17 suspected militants in raids in central and northern Iraq.
MADAIN – U.S. jet fighters bombed the house in the rural Dar’iya area in Mada’in south east of Baghdad, leaving nine people of one family under the rubble on Tuesday afternoon, according to eyewitness accounts and an Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq statement. The house belonged to Taha Rizuqi Aboud, a local resident, WNA reported, but Iraqi security sources said an Al-Qaeda in Iraq militant and his brothers were killed in the air strike. The predominately Sunni Dar’iya area, inhabited by Dulaim tribesmen, had been subject to several raids and bombings by the U.S. military and Iraqi Interior Ministry commandos over the last two weeks.
MOSUL – A child was killed and his father wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol in the Yarmouk district of Mosul on Tuesday, Colonel Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al-Wakka’, deputy Ninewa police commander, told WNA and VOI.
MOSUL – Five mortar shells hit the state-run Al-Iraqiya TV branch in Mosul on Tuesday evening without casualties, police said.
MOSUL – Iraqi police raided the headquarters of the Turkmen Front in the Majmu’a area of northern Mosul and detained four guards and confiscated weapons on Tuesday, WNA reported. Colonel Abd Hamed Al-Jubouri, police commander in Umm Al-Rabi’ain, said the police were acting on a subpoena issued by Ninewa Governor Duraid Kashmoula for Adil Mohammed Sa’eed, a local Turkmen official. Sa’eed hit two civilians with his vehicle while reporting to the office and fled to an unknown destination, prompting the police to break into the office, according to WNA.
KIRKUK – Three Katyusha rockets hit houses and a market in the Tariq Baghdad area of Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad) without casualties on dawn Tuesday, police told VOI.
KIRKUK – Police found and defused a rocket launcher in the Domiz area north of Kirkuk on Tuesday, police told VOI.
TAZA – A policeman was wounded in a roadside bomb explosion targeting a checkpoint near a police station in the Basheer area of Taza (25 km south west of Kirkuk), police told VOI.
TAZA – A civilian was killed when a mortar round hit the Basheer are of Taza on Monday night, WNA reported.
RASHAD – Iraqi police found the body of an unidentified person with gunshot wounds and signs of torture at the Hamraniya village near Rashad (35 km southwest of Kirkuk) on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.
RASHAD – An Iraqi soldier was wounded in a roadside bomb explosion targeting his patrol near Rashad on Tuesday morning, police said.
RIYADH – A roadside bomb exploded on a vehicle belonging to the state-owned North Oil Company on the main Kirkuk-Baiji road near the Safra village in Riyadh (60 km south west of Kirkuk) causing damage to the vehicle without casualties, police told VOI.
TUZ KHURMATU – Police found one body shot execution style near an ice factory in Tuz Khurmatu (100 km south of Kirkuk) on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.
TIKRIT – The U.S. military delivered 12 unidentified bodies bearing gunshot wounds to the Tikrit General Hospital on Tuesday, Dr. Iyada Al-Jughaifi, head of the forensics department at the hospital, told VOI. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident.
SAMARRA - Gunmen in three vehicles killed five Iraqi soldiers and wounded three others when they attacked a military checkpoint near Samarra (118 km north of Baghdad), police said, according to Reuters and VOI. The checkpoint was part of a new Iraqi force appointed to secure the main Baghdad-Samarra road. The force had been targeted in several attacks since last week, killing dozens of Iraqi troops.
DHILUIYA – A U.S. military helicopter bombed a house in Dhilu’iya (90 km north of Baghdad), killing two women and wounding three children on Tuesday evening, a local police source told VOI. The attack targeted the house of Khalaf Abdullah, a local resident, the source said, adding that U.S. troops had raided several parts of the predominately Sunni town on Tuesday morning and detained several people. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident.
YETHRIB - Gunmen killed three policemen from Tikrit and wounded a fourth when they attacked their vehicle at Yethrib near Balad (80 km north of Baghdad), police said, according to Reuters and VOI.
ISHAQI - Gunmen manning a fake checkpoint stopped a vehicle and abducted three brothers on the main Baghdad-Samarra road near Ishaqi (100 km north of Baghdad) on Tuesday morning, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. The three brothers were residents of Kirkuk on their way to Baghdad, the source said.
ISHAQI - Gunmen killed one person when they attacked the house of Sheikh Shaloukh Al-Rufai’i, a local tribal leader and a member of the Salah Al-Din Salvation Council, near Ishaqi on Monday evening, police said. Seven relatives of Rufai’i were killed in another attack by gunmen on his house last Friday.
KHALIS – Five suspected insurgents were killed during clashes with U.S. and Iraqi troops near the Shuwaikhirat village north of Khalis on Tuesday, WNA reported. A source in the Diyala Salvation Council said militants from the Abu Tamur and Arab Shawka villages near Khalis had attacked several parts of the town and clashed with residents earlier. The U.S. military did not comment on the attacks.
BAQUBA – Militants broke into several houses in the Askari district of Ba’quba (57 km north east of Baghdad) and abducted 15 people on Tuesday, local security sources told WNA.
BAQUBA – Two policemen were wounded in a roadside bomb attack on the main Ba’quba-Muqdadiya road on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
ISKANDARIYA - A woman was wounded when a mortar round landed on her house in Iskandariya (40 km south of Baghdad), police said, according to Reuters and WNA.
MASHRU’ – Two mortar shells hit a U.S. military base in Mashru’ (30 km north of Hilla) with no news of casualties on Tuesday, a Babel police source told VOI. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.
KIFIL – Gunmen opened fire against a vehicle, killing one person and wounding another, in the town of Kifil (40 km south of Hilla) on Tuesday, police told VOI.
NAJAF – Police defused a roadside bomb planted near a market in the Askari district of Najaf on Tuesday morning, a security source told VOI.
NAJAF – Police found and confiscated 10 mortar rounds in the Sea of Najaf desert area (10 km west of Najaf) on Tuesday, a security source said.
DIWANIYA – Five people were killed and 40 wounded when U.S. jet fighters bombed a residential area in Diwaniya following a rocket attack on the U.S. military base in the southern city on Tuesday morning, eyewitnesses told WNA. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident.
DIWANIYA – A roadside bomb explosion targeted a U.S. military patrol east of Diwaniya, damaging a Humvee vehicle, WNA reported. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.
NASIRIYA – A child was killed in a roadside bomb explosion planted near the home of an Iraqi Army officer in the Mihaidiya area of Nasiriya (350 km south of Baghdad) on Tuesday, Nasiriya News Network reported. Another child died today from wounds received in an explosion targeting the home of an Iraqi policeman on Monday.