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Iraq Security Developments - Wednesday
Sunni and Shiite Tribes Clash South of Baghdad; Bloody Day For U.S. troops
By ZEYAD KASIM 07/19/2007 06:44 AM ET
NAJAF, IRAQ: Iraqi police cadets parade against a background of the national flag during their graduation ceremony at Imam Ali Police Academy in the Iraqi central Shiite holy city of Najaf, 19 July 2007.
QASSEM ZEIN/AFP/Getty Images
NAJAF, IRAQ: Iraqi police cadets parade against a background of the national flag during their graduation ceremony at Imam Ali Police Academy in the Iraqi central Shiite holy city of Najaf, 19 July 2007.

Security developments in Iraq on Wednesday, July 18, 2007:

Iraqis reported killed: 82. Iraqis reported wounded: 68.

U.S. troops reported killed (Tuesday and Wednesday: 7. U.S. troops reported wounded: 4.

Map by Zeyad Kasim

BAGHDAD – Police found the bodies of 15 people shot executions style in different parts of the capital on Wednesday, police said. Twelve bodies were found in west Baghdad’s Karkh sector (three in Amil, three in Bayya’, two in Jihad, two in Saidiya, one in Mansour, and one in Kadhimiya) and three were found in east Baghdad’s Rusafa sector (one in Sadr City, one in Karrada, and one in Nahdha).

BAGHDAD - At least six people were killed and five wounded by a pair of roadside bombs near a bus garage in the Amin district of south east Baghdad on Wednesday morning, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

BAGHDAD – Two civilians were killed when U.S. troops opened random fire after a roadside bomb explosion in the Omar bin Abdul Aziz Street of Adhamiya on Wednesday evening, according to WNA.

BAGHDAD – A policeman was killed by sniper fire in the Nahdha area near the entrance to the Interior Ministry on Wednesday, according to McClatchy newspapers.

BAGHDAD – An Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq statement said Iraqi Interior Ministry commandos attacked and beheaded two people and shot another man in the head and harassed his wife near the Ahbar checkpoint outside the Amiriya district of southwest Baghdad on Wednesday, according to eyewitness accounts. The incident could not be confirmed independently.

BAGHDAD – Four U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter were killed when a roadside bomb explosion struck their patrol in eastern Baghdad on Wednesday, a U.S. military statement said. The deaths bring the number of U.S. troops killed this month to 47, making the last three months the bloodiest for U.S. forces since the invasion. A total of 3,626 U.S. soldiers have been killed since March 2003.

BAGHDAD - Three U.S. soldiers killed in Baghdad on Tuesday, the military said. One soldier was killed in a roadside bomb explosion in east Baghdad, also wounding four other soldiers, while two soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in west Baghdad on Tuesday, according to the U.S. military. ‘

BAGHDAD – A woman was wounded when a mortar round landed in the Zawraa’ Park near the Green Zone on Wednesday, according to McClatchy newspapers. Another mortar shell hit the Baladiyat district of eastern Baghdad without casualties.

BAQUBA - One villager was killed and 15 others wounded by gunmen who stormed a Shi'ite village in Diyala, two days after 29 were shot dead in a nearby Shi'ite community, police said, according to Reuters.

BAQUBA – Two policemen and a civilian were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Ba’quba on Wednesday, according to WNA.

BAQUBA – Two civilians were killed and two wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Mafraq area of Ba’quba on Wednesday, according to WNA.

KHALIS – Gunmen killed six people and wounded another when they opened fire on their vehicle in the Jezani area south of Khalis on Wednesday, according to WNA.

KHAN BANI SA’AD – Gunmen opened fire and killed a woman in the Shaimaa’ village near Khan Bani Sa’ad north of Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.

KHAN BANI SA’AD – Gunmen manning a fake checkpoint at the 17 Tammuz village near the town of Khan Bani Sa’ad north of Baghdad opened fire on civilian vehicles without casualties, police said.

SA’DIYA – The Zargoush village was attacked with mortar rounds on Wednesday night without casualties, a security source said.

MOSUL – Police found the bodies of two sisters who had been abducted on Tuesday and four other unidentified bodies shot execution style in different parts of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad) on Wednesday, Colonel Abdul Karim Al-Jubouri, police operations room commander in Mosul, told VOI.

MOSUL – Gunmen killed Jalal Zubair Mustafa, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official after chasing him in the Bakr district of Mosul on Wednesday, police said, according to VOI.

MOSUL – Gunmen killed a bodyguard of MP Mahmoud Al-Azzawi near his home in the 17 Tammuz district of western Mosul on Wednesday, police said.

MOSUL – Gunmen killed a civilian in the Ta’meem district of eastern Mosul on Wednesday, police said.

MOSUL – Iraqi soldiers killed four militants and wounded four others while they were planting a roadside bomb near an Iraqi Army base in the Arabi district of northern Mosul on Wednesday, police said.

MOSUL – Seven civilians were wounded in a mortar attack on the Zanjali area of central Mosul on Wednesday evening, police said, according to VOI. Police said four other people were wounded in different violent incidents in the city.

MOSUL – Police arrested Guevara Zayya, a member of the Ninewa governorate council representing the Assyrian Movement, on charges of administrative and financial corruption, a source in the Higher Commission of Public Integrity said today.

KIRKUK – Two civilians were killed in a drive-by shooting in the Qadisiya district of Kirkuk on Wednesday afternoon, police said, according to Reuters.

DAQUQ – Police found an unidentified body with multiple gunshot wounds dumped in Daquq (45 km south of Kirkuk), police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

ZAKHO – The Turkish military fired about 250 artillery rounds at an 80 km land strip inside the Iraqi border around the Kurdish town of Zakho, a security official told VOI. There were no casualties but a large area of natural forest was burned in the bombardment, the source said. The Turkish military had bombed the same areas several times over the last few weeks, firing at suspected positions of rebel PKK fighters.

TARMIYA - Three suspected militants killed and two others were detained by U.S. forces in Tarmiya, north of Baghdad, the military said.

LATIFIYA – Gunmen hijacked three oil tankers and killed the drivers near Latifiya south of Baghdad on Wednesday, police said, according to VOI.

ISKANDARIYA – The chief of police of Iskandariya and five bodyguards were abducted during clashes with militants in the town (40 km south Baghdad) on Wednesday, police said, according to Reuters. One badly injured bodyguard was later found. Three policemen and four civilians were wounded in the clashes, the source said. The Nahrain website reported that clashes broke out between the Girtan and Mas’oud, Sunni and Shi’ite tribes respectively, and that police attempted to intervene to end the fighting and they were attacked by tribesmen.

JURF AL-SAKHAR - Two civilians were killed and four wounded by a roadside bomb near Jurf Al-Sakhar south of Baghdad, police said, according to Reuters.

MAHAWIL - Two bodies were found dumped in Mahawil (75 km south of Baghdad), police said.

KARBALA – Six people were killed and four wounded in a traffic accident during a wedding procession on the main road between Karbala and Hindiya, when a speeding car in the procession hit a store on the side of the road, eyewitnesses said.

KUT - Three sisters were seriously wounded by a mortar round that struck their home in the southern city of Kut, police said, according to Reuters. Four Katyusha rockets also hit a children’s nursery and three houses without casualties, the source said.

KUT – Gunmen blew up the headquarters of the Shaheed Al-Mihrab Islamic Foundation in downtown Kut on Wednesday evening, wounding two people, a Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council official said. Ammar Al-Hakim, the son of SIIC leader and head of the Shi’ite bloc in parliament Abdul Aziz Al-Hakim, is head of the foundation, which has 84 branches throughout the country.

KUT – A roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. military patrol in northern Kut in the same area that was hit by Katyusha rockets, police said. There was no news of casualties.

AMARA – Police said they captured a gang of looters and smugglers dealing in archaeological artifacts and 11 others accused of forging official documents and bank notes in Amara (390 km south of Baghdad) on Wednesday, according to VOI.

NASIRIYA - Clashes broke out again between Mahdi Army militiamen and Iraqi police in the southern Shi'ite city of Nasiriya on Wednesday, police said, according to Reuters and Nasiriya News Network. There were no reports of casualties.

NASIRIYA – Three policemen were killed and another wounded when they were attacked with small arms fire near the highway in southern Nasiriya on Wednesday, police said.

NASIRIYA – A policeman mistakenly opened fire and killed a colleague in Nasiriya on Wednesday, police said, according to WNA.

SUQ AL-SHIYOUKH – Two policemen were killed and eight others, including a civilian, were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near their patrol in the town of Suq Al-Shiyoukh south east of Nasiriya on Wednesday, police said.

SUQ AL-SHIYOUKH – A child was killed when a mortar shell hit his home near a police station in Suq Al-Shiyoukh on Wednesday, according to WNA and Nasiriya News Network.

BASRAH – Gunmen broke into the home of a university professor in the Hakimiya district of Basrah (590 km south of Baghdad) on dawn Wednesday, killing him and wounding his wife, police said. Dr. Firas Abdul Zahra was a professor in Basrah University’s Sports Education College. According to statistics released by the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education early this year, 185 university professors have been killed by unknown gunmen, 142 detained by U.S. and Iraqi troops, and 52 abducted.

BASRAH – Police found the body of Lieutenant Colonel Tariq Mis’ad, commander of the Oil Facilities Protection forces in Dhi Qar, on Wednesday. Gunmen in a police vehicle abducted him a week earlier while visiting Basrah, a source from his family told Nasiriya News Network.

BASRAH – Three people were wounded when 17 mortar rounds hit the suburb of Saraji south east of Basrah on Wednesday, police said.

BASRAH – Police defused three mortar rounds that hit the Basrah Police Command headquarters in the Hakimiya district of Basrah without exploding, police said.

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