Security developments in Iraq on Wednesday, July 11, 2007:
Iraqis reported killed: 105. Iraqis reported wounded: 70.
U.S. troops reported killed: 1. U.S. troops reported wounded: 1.
BAGHDAD – Three guards robbed the Dar Al-Salam private bank in central Baghdad’s Sa’doun Street and fled with $282 million to an unknown destination, an Interior Ministry source said, describing the bank heist as possibly the biggest in Iraq’s history, according to VOI and WNA. Local news reports initially said the sum was in Iraqi Dinars (or the equivalent of $20,000), but a New York Times story confirmed that it was in U.S. dollars, a massive sum that is unlikely to be kept in a loosely guarded private bank in Baghdad, especially since such inside jobs by guards linked to Shi’ite militias was not uncommon.
BAGHDAD – Police found 200 suicide belts and packs of explosives on a truck that had entered Iraq from neighboring Syria, the Interior Ministry said. The truck had been stopped along the Syrian-Iraqi border.
BAGHDAD - Gunmen attacked an Interior Ministry commando checkpoint, killing one policeman and wounding eight others in the Saidiya district of southern Baghdad on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters and WNA.
BAGHDAD - At least four policemen were killed and two others wounded when gunmen attacked their patrol in northern Baghdad’s Sulaikh district on Tuesday evening, police said.
BAGHDAD – A U.S. soldier was wounded in a mortar attack targeting the Qanat police station in eastern Baghdad on Wednesday afternoon, police said, according to VOI.
BAGHDAD – A civilian was wounded in a mortar attack on the Dora district of southern Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.
BAGHDAD – Mortar shells hit the district of Rustumiya, Baladiyyat, Ur and Palestine Street on Wednesday without casualties, police said.
BAGHDAD – A suicide car bomber attacked a U.S. military patrol near Beirut Square in Palestine Street on Wednesday, destroying a Humvee vehicle and wounding several soldiers, WNA reported.
BAGHDAD – U.S. troops raided the Rusafa 2 Education Directorate in Palestine Street east of Baghdad and searched the building on Wednesday morning, the Education Ministry said today. The ministry condemned the raid and demanded an investigation by the Iraqi government.
BAGHDAD – U.S. helicopters bombed a bus station in the Ubaidi district of eastern Baghdad without casualties on Wednesday evening, police told VOI.
BAGHDAD – A U.S. soldier died from a non-battle related cause on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.
BAGHDAD - The U.S. military said eight suspected militants were killed during raids in eastern Baghdad on Monday.
BAGHDAD - U.S. and Iraqi forces killed 20 suspected al Qaeda in Iraq militants in a two-day operation north of Baghdad this week, the U.S. military said.
MOSUL – Four people were killed and 12 wounded, including two children, when a U.S. helicopter bombed the Zanjali district of east Mosul on dawn Wednesday, Colonel Abdul Karim Al-Wakka’, Ninewa police operations commander, told VOI. The U.S. military admitted that the air strike was a mistake, according to WNA.
MOSUL – Police said U.S. troops killed a civilian during a raid on his house in the Mithaq district of northern Mosul on Wednesday morning, VOI reported. Colonel Sa’eed Ahmed Abdullah, Ninewa police media spokesman, said U.S. troops shot and killed Sa’ad Hussein Jankir, a Kurdish citizen, in front of his family without explanation. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident, but a military statement today mentioned that U.S. soldiers acting in self-defense killed an “Al-Qaeda terrorist” during raids in Mosul on Wednesday morning. It was not clear whether the two incidents were related.
MOSUL – Police found two unidentified bodies with gunshot wounds in the Wadi Agab area west of Mosul on Wednesday, police told VOI.
MOSUL – Gunmen killed Yassin Mohammed Ayid, a Facilities Protection Service policeman, in western Mosul on Wednesday, police said.
MOSUL – The Iraqi Army uncovered a weapons cache with 40 roadside bombs and modified gas canisters during a raid in the industrial district of west Mosul, a spokesman for the 2nd Iraqi Army division told VOI.
TALAFAR – The Iraqi army detained a suspected militant and uncovered a large weapons cache in the Salam district of Tala’far west of Mosul on Wednesday, the Iraqiyoun News Agency in Mosul reported.
KIRKUK – Police detained 28 suspected militants and confiscated weapons during raids in the Khadhraa’ and Dhubat districts of central Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad) on dawn Wednesday, a police source told VOI.
TAZA – Police raided the Basheer village near Taza (25 km south west of Kirkuk) and detained four suspected militants, including the village administrator, and confiscated several weapons on Tuesday evening, police said.
SAMARRA – Gunmen broke into the home of the mayor of Samarra, Aboud Hamid Salih, in the Sikak district and shot him dead on Wednesday afternoon, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. The gunmen did not attack the mayor’s wife and four children, the source said. Salih, 47, a resident of Samarra, had been appointed as mayor last May.
BAQUBA – An Iraqi soldier was killed and four wounded in a roadside bomb explosion against their patrol near Diyala University in Ba’quba (57 km north east of Baghdad) on Wednesday, Sot Al-Iraq reported.
KHALIS – A policeman was wounded when gunmen attacked a police station in the Shuwaikhat area in Khalis north of Baghdad and clashed with local residents, according to Sot Al-Iraq. Three militants were detained in the attack, a Diyala Salvation Council source said.
MUQDADIYA – Five people were wounded in a mortar attack on the Izzi area near Muqdadiya north east of Baghdad on Wednesday, WNA reported.
MUQDADIYA – Eyewitnesses said clashes broke out between 1920 Revolution Brigades and Islamic State of Iraq gunmen in several villages around Muqdadiya on Wednesday evening, according to VOI. Clashes were reported in the villages of Sherween, Duwaleeb, Dali Abbas, Hambas, Sansal, Tayih and Jazeera north and west of Muqdadiya, the sources said. A medical source in Muqdadiya said four people were wounded in the clashes. The Iraqi police did not comment on the clashes.
WAJIHIYA – Several mortar shells hit the town of Wajihiya north east of Baghdad without casualties on Wednesday, WNA reported.
KHANAQIN – An Iraqi soldier was wounded when gunmen opened fire at his patrol on the Khanaqin-Wayis road east of Baghdad near the Iranian border on Wednesday, WNA reported.
GARMA – Twenty-eight people from one family were killed when militants locked them up inside a house and detonated it in the town of Garma west of Baghdad, according to a local police source. Eye Iraq Media reported that the house belonged to Ibrahim Abdullah Abbas, a cousin of Sheikh Mishhan Abbas, the leader of the Jumaila tribe, who had formed a local police force in the town.
GARMA – The U.S. military said gunmen killed at least 11 people when they locked them inside a house in Garma and then blew it up. A spokesman said it may have been a "vendetta attack" against the owner who is involved with the provincial security forces, according to Reuters. Eye Iraq Media reported that seven people were killed and three wounded in the blasts, which targeted two houses of Salim Ibrahim, a former army officer who had recently joined the local police force. Four houses, alos belonging to new recruits, were detonated in Garma two days ago without casualties.
FALLUJAH - A suicide motorcycle bomber attacked a police patrol on Tuesday, wounding two policemen in Fallujah (50 km west of Baghdad), police said.
ISKANDARIYA - At least two people were killed and 17 wounded when four mortar bombs landed in a residential area in Iskandariya (40 km south of Baghdad) on Tuesday evening, police said.
ISKANDARIYA - Gunmen killed a former military industries employee when they broke into his home in the Hutteen apartment compound near Iskandariya on Tuesday evening, Babel police said, according to Reuters and WNA.
JIBALA – Four people were wounded in a mortar attack on a residential area near Jibala south of Baghdad on Wednesday morning, police told WNA.
JIBALA – A Mahdi Army militiamen escaped an assassination attempt in Jibala on Wednesday, according to WNA.
HASWA - Police found two bodies showing signs of torture in Haswa (50 km south of Baghdad) on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters.
NAJAF - Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a police intelligence officer near his house in the Jazeera district of northern Najaf on Tuesday evening, police said, according to Reuters and WNA.
NAJAF – Iraqi police uncovered several weapon caches in the Mishkhab and Zarga areas near Najaf on Wednesday, a Najaf governorate spokesman told WNA.
DIWANIYA – Two people were wounded during clashes that broke out on Wednesday evening between Mahdi Army militiamen and Iraqi security forces in central Diwaniya (180 km south of Baghdad), a security source told WNA. The clashes spread to the Jumhouri, Wahda and Rif’at districts of southern Diwaniya, Sadrist strongholds, the source said, and a nighttime curfew was imposed on the city.
DIWANIYA - Gunmen killed a policeman inside his car in Diwaniya on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters.
DIWANIYA – The U.S. military base in Diwaniya was hit by several mortar shells on dawn Wednesday, WNA reported. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.
KUT – The U.S. military base in Kut (180 km south east of Baghdad) was hit by several mortar shells on Wednesday, and locals said they heard sporadic gunfire following the blasts, WNA reported. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.
AMARA – Police defused a roadside bomb planted outside a dormitory near Maysan University’s Education College in Wednesday morning, Colonel Mahdi Muhsin, a spokesman for Maysan police command, told VOI.
RIFAI – Police said they detained two suspects who possessed documents belonging to the outlawed Ba’ath Party in the town of Rifa’i, south of Kut, police told WNA.
NASIRIYA – An Iraqi interpreter working for U.S. contractors and two Iraqi soldiers were killed and another person wounded in a roadside bomb explosion while they were working on a water project in the Bad’a area north of Nasiriya on Wednesday, a police source told WNA and Nasiriya News Network.
NASIRIYA – Three roadside bombs exploded in different parts of Nasiriya targeting the homes of police officers without casualties on Tuesday evening, police said, according to WNA and Nasiriya News Network. The explosions took place in Haboubi Street, the Fida’ district and the 400 Dar area, the source said. Local Mahdi Army militiamen have recently stepped up their campaign against members of Iraqi security forces affiliated with SIIC in Nasiriya.
BASRAH – Basrah police commander General Jaleel Khalaf escaped an assassination attempt when gunmen ambushed his motorcade as he was leaving the joint coordination center in the Hakimiya district of Basrah (590 km south of Baghdad) on Tuesday night, a British military spokesman said today. Gen. Khalaf had assumed his position last month and publicly vowed to end the control of rival militias belonging to political parties over the southern city.
BASRAH – The two British military bases in Basrah were attacked with indirect fire without casualties over the last 24 hours, a British military spokesman said today. About 5,500 British troops are stationed at two military bases in the southern city, one at the Basrah International Airport west of Basrah and the other at the former palace compound southeast of Basrah, also housing the British and U.S. consulates. A smaller contingent is based along with Iraqi security forces at the joint coordination center in the Hakimiya district. The three bases come under mortar fire from Shi’ite militias almost daily, according to British military statements.
BASRAH – Oil facilities protection forces clashed with smugglers and confiscated four tankers full of crude oil near a pipeline connecting the Luhais and Rumaila North oil fields (50 km west of Basrah) on Wednesday, a security source told VOI. There were no casualties from the clashes, the source said. Another fuel tanker was confiscated near the strategic pipeline 60 km west of Basrah.
BASRAH – Police arrested two suspects accused of breaking into a house in northern Basrah and stealing $92 thousand, jewelry and two pistols, police said, according to VOI.
ZUBAIR - Oil facilities protection forces arrested a smuggler who was filling several barrels with petrol from a pipeline north of Zubair (40 km southwest of Basrah) on Wednesday, a security source told VOI.
ABU AL-KHASIB – A coast guard policeman was wounded during clashes with armed oil smugglers in the Shatt Al-Arab waterway near the port of Abu Al-Khasib (20 km south east of Basrah) on Wednesday morning, a police source told VOI.