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Iraq Security Developments - Thursday
513 Bodies Buried in Najaf Alone Last June, Official Says
By ZEYAD KASIM 07/12/2007 11:34 PM ET
Baghdad, IRAQ: An Iraqi man stands near the wreckage of a mini-bus at site where an Iraqi photographer and driver working for Reuters were killed in Baghdad, 12 July 2007.
AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images
Baghdad, IRAQ: An Iraqi man stands near the wreckage of a mini-bus at site where an Iraqi photographer and driver working for Reuters were killed in Baghdad, 12 July 2007.

Security developments in Iraq on Thursday, July 12, 2007:

Iraqis reported killed: 93. Iraqis reported wounded: 51.

U.S. troops reported killed: 1

Map by Zeyad Kasim
BAGHDAD - Police found the bodies of 28 people shot execution style in different parts of the capital on Thursday, police said, according to VOI. Twenty-four bodies were found in west Baghdad’s Karkh sector (seventeen in Saidiya, three in Amil, two in Shu’la, one in Ghazaliya, and one in Ma’moun) and four were found in east Baghdad’s Rusafa district (two in Sha’ab and two in Baghdad Al-Jedida).

BAGHDAD – Eleven people were killed, including Reuters cameraman Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver Saeed Chmagh, during clashes between U.S. troops and militants in east Baghdad’s Amin district on Thursday morning, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. Police said the cause of the deaths was either a U.S. air strike or a mortar attack. Eyewitnesses said a U.S. helicopter fired a missile at a group of people, including the two Reuters staffers, near the site of the clashes. A U.S. military statement said nine insurgents and two civilians were killed and 13 insurgents detained in the firefight. The two deaths bring the number of Reuters employees killed in Iraq since March 2003 to six – four of them Iraqis.

BAGHDAD – One policeman was killed and two others wounded in a roadside bomb explosion targeting an Interior Ministry commando patrol in southern Baghdad’s Dora district on Thursday afternoon, police said, according to VOI.

BAGHDAD – A policeman was killed by sniper fire in the Adhamiya district of northern Baghdad on Thursday, police said.

BAGHDAD – Three people were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Baghdad’s Saidiya district on Thursday night, police said, according to VOI.

BAGHDAD – A civilian was wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in southeastern Baghdad’s Za’faraniya district on Thursday night, police said, according to VOI.

BAGHDAD – A civilian was wounded when militants opened fire against a displaced family that was moving to the Jihad district in southern Baghdad on Thursday, WNA reported.

BAGHDAD – Two soldiers were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion targeting an Iraqi Army patrol in the Baitara district of Abu Ghraib west of Baghdad on Thursday, an army source said. Iraqi troops raided several houses in the area following the attack and detained up to 50 people, the source added.

BAGHDAD – Police said they freed a civilian who said he was kidnapped by Al-Qaeda in Iraq militants a month ago in the suburb of Abu Ghraib west of Baghdad, according to VOI. Police also confiscated about 100 vehicles they said were stolen by militants on the western desert highway.

BAGHDAD – Eyewitnesses said a U.S. soldier appeared to have committed suicide during a patrol in the Siham Al-Mitwali Street in northern Baghdad’s Adhamiya district on dawn Thursday, according to WNA. The sources said a soldier left one of the vehicles and put his pistol under his chin and shot himself before screaming fellow soldiers could stop him. The patrol members were screaming in panic before they removed the body and left the area, the sources said. The U.S. military did not confirm the incident.

BAGHDAD – U.S. troops raided the home of General Ahmed Taha, deputy minister of interior for intelligence affairs, in east Baghdad’s Baladiyyat district on Thursday and detained his brother and another relative because he was not in the house, a police source said.

BAGHDAD – U.S. troops blew up the Adhamiya Commercial Compound building in northern Baghdad’s Adhamiya district during a raid in the district late Wednesday, an Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq statement said today. The building hosted the offices of the association’s Basaer newspaper. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident.

BAGHDAD - U.S forces detained 19 suspected militants during raids targeting suspected Al-Qaeda operations in central and northern Iraq on Wednesday and Thursday, the U.S military said.

BAGHDAD – The U.S. military said it detained 31 suspected insurgents at a possible Al-Qaeda meeting in the Rashid district in southern Baghdad on Wednesday.

BAGHDAD - One U.S soldier was killed in a rocket attack east of Baghdad on Tuesday, the U.S military said.

FALLUJAH – Two people were killed and eight wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a crowd of people lining outside a police recruiting station in the Ta’meem district of south Fallujah (45 km west of Baghdad) on noon Thursday, police told VOI.

HAJJ UMRAN – Clashes erupted between Kurdish PJAK fighters and an Iranian Revolutionary Guard force near the Iranian border on Thursday, Peshder Mayor Hussein Ahmed said today, according to WNA. There were no reports of casualties. PJAK is the Iranian military wing of the Kurdistan Workers Party and many of its fighters are based near the Iranian border in the Kurdish autonomous region of northern Iraq. Their positions have been repeatedly bombarded by Iranian artillery over the last few weeks, according to Kurdish officials.

MOSUL – A policeman was killed and nine others wounded in a car bomb explosion targeting their patrol in the Bab Sinjar area of northern Mosul on Thursday afternoon, a Mosul police spokesman told VOI. Colonel Taha Ibrahim Musa, director of the Hadbaa’ police station, was among the wounded, the source said.

MOSUL – Three people were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Ras Al-Jadda area of western Mosul on Thursday, according to the Mosul-based Iraqiyoun News Agency.

MOSUL – Two people were wounded in a mortar attack on the Wadi Agab area of western Mosul on Thursday, according to the Iraqiyoun News Agency.

MOSUL – The U.S. military said it detained 18 suspected militants during a raid in western Mosul on Wednesday.

TALAFAR - Four people were killed and 10 wounded by a suicide bomber targeting a wedding ceremony for a policeman in the Sa’ad district of Tala’far west of Mosul on Thursday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

KIRKUK – Gunmen kidnapped a Kurdish truck driver near the Himreen mountains south of Kirkuk on Wednesday night, according to McClatchy newspapers. Several truck drivers have been kidnapped in this turbulent region over the last few weeks.

HAWIJA – An Iraqi soldier and one of his family members were wounded when gunmen attacked his home in Hawija (70 km south west of Kirkuk) on dawn Thursday, police said.

TAZA – Gunmen killed a civilian and wounded two others in a drive-by shooting in Taza (15 km south of Kirkuk) on Wednesday night, police said.

DOR – Four policemen and two soldiers were killed when militants attacked their checkpoint near an industrial compound in Dor south of Tikrit on Thursday evening, police told VOI.

SAMARRA – Eyewitnesses said four civilians were killed and an unspecified number wounded in a U.S. air strike on the Si’aiwiya village south of Samarra, according to VOI. Sheikh Hezber Al-Aswadi, a leader of the Al-Bu Aswad tribe, said U.S. helicopters bombed the rural area for four hours and then U.S. troops moved into the area and imposed an indefinite curfew on the village.

DHILUIYA – U.S. troops detained ten people, including a former mayor and five of his sons, in a raid against two houses in the Jubour district of Dhilu’iya (90 km north of Baghdad) on dawn Thursday, local police told VOI.

KHALIS – Mahdi Army militiamen allegedly abducted a man and two women from one family from their house in the Zahraa’ district in Khalis north of Baghdad on Wednesday afternoon, an Association of Muslim Scholars Statement in Iraq said today.

MUQDADIYA – Joint U.S.-Iraqi troops killed 19 suspected militants and detained 13 others during operations around the Sherween and Anbakiya villages near Muqdadiya north east of Baghdad, General Abdul Karim Al-Rubai’i, Diyala operations commander, said today.

RAWA – Police detained four people suspected of extorting money from local contractors working for the U.S. military and then using it to fund insurgent operations near Rawa west of Ramadi, police told WNA.

HIT – Police detained two suspected militants and confiscated a weapons cache in Hit west of Ramadi, police told WNA.

SUWAIRA – Police recovered three unidentified bodies bearing gunshot wounds and signs of torture from the Tigris River in the town of Suwaira (45 km south east of Baghdad) on Thursday afternoon, police told VOI. The Tigris River near the mixed town of Suwaira is the site of a steel mesh erected years ago for the purpose of collecting garbage dumped in the river. Hundreds of bodies have been uncovered from the area over the last two years.

SUWAIRA – Gunmen killed an Iraqi soldier in a drive-by shooting in central Suwaira on Thursday, police said.

KARBALA – Gunmen killed four people and wounded two others in a drive-by shooting west of Karbala (108 km south west of Baghdad) on Thursday morning, a medical source told VOI.

NAJAF – Authorities imposed a nighttime curfew until Friday morning in the holy city of Najaf for “security precautions,” Najaf governorate spokesman Ahmed Di’aibil said today. The city had witnessed several assassinations of police intelligence officers, interpreters working for U.S. troops and former members of the Ba’ath Party over the last few days.

NAJAF – Najaf governorate spokesman Ahmed Di’aibil said 513 unidentified bodies from different parts of Iraq were buried in the Wadi Al-Salam (Valley of Peace) cemetery in Najaf during June 2007. Last May, 523 bodies were buried, the source said earlier. Sacred for its proximity to the shrine of Shi’ite Imam Ali bin Abi Talib – the prophet Mohammed’s cousin and son-in-law – millions of Shia from around the world are buried in the sprawling cemetery, which dates back to the tenth century and is said to be the largest in the world. Iraqi authorities often perform mass burials for unidentified victims of sectarian violence at cemeteries in the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.

DIWANIYA - A U.S military air strike killed five Shi'ite militiamen planting a roadside bomb in Diwaniya (180 km south of Baghdad), the U.S military said. Local hospital and police sources said five members of the Mahdi Army militia and five civilians were killed in the air strike, according to Reuters. Authorities imposed a nighttime curfew until Friday morning, a governorate statement said.

DIWANIYA – An Iraqi soldier was killed and three others wounded when militants attacked their checkpoint near the Shuhadaa’ Al-Khamsa bridge of north Diwaniya on Wednesday evening, a Diwaniya police source said today.

NASIRIYA – Militants attacked the site of Fluor-AMEC Joint Venture Corp., a U.S.-British contractor working on the construction of a giant water treatment plant north of Nasiriya, with mortar rounds and small arms fire on Thursday, according to WNA and Nasiriya News Network. As contractors were leaving the site at Bad’a, heading to a U.S. military base near Nasiriya, a roadside bomb exploded against their convoy, killing an Iraqi interpreter. Another roadside bomb had exploded on the main Nasiriya-Gharraf road yesterday, targeting the contractors, according to a police source in Nasiriya.

HUWAIR – Police freed a kidnapped civilian in the town of Huwair (100 km north west of Basrah) on Thursday, police said, according to VOI.

BASRAH – British troops uncovered a massive weapons cache during a raid in the rural town of Shafi (50 km north west of Basrah), a British military spokesman said today.

BASRAH – Several rockets hit the two major British military bases in Basrah without casualties over the last 24 hours, a British military spokesman said today.

BASRAH – A woman was wounded when three mortar rounds hit the Shamshumiya area in central Basrah (590 km south of Baghdad) on dawn Thursday, police said.

BASRAH – Police defused a roadside bomb planted near an oil pipeline in the Rumaila North oil field (50 km north west of Basrah) on Thursday, police told VOI.

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