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Iraqi Security Developments - Tuesday
Locals Say 36 Headless Bodies Found in District Controlled by U.S.-Backed Sunnis
By ZEYAD KASIM 08/07/2007 8:39 PM ET
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - AUGUST 06: A U.S. military helicopter flies at dusk August 6, 2007 over Baghdad, Iraq. Twenty-eight people, including 19 children, were killed today when a suicide bomber detonated his bomb-laden truck in a residential area in the northern
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BAGHDAD, IRAQ - AUGUST 06: A U.S. military helicopter flies at dusk August 6, 2007 over Baghdad, Iraq. Twenty-eight people, including 19 children, were killed today when a suicide bomber detonated his bomb-laden truck in a residential area in the northern

Security developments in Iraq on Tuesday, August 7, 2007:

Iraqis reported killed (Monday and Tuesday): 229. Iraqis reported wounded: 150.

U.S. troops reported killed (Saturday to Monday): 9. U.S. troops reported wounded: 3.

British troops reported killed: 1.

Map by Zeyad Kasim
BAGHDAD – Police found the bodies of 16 people shot execution style in different parts of the capital on Tuesday, police said. Fourteen were found in west Baghdad’s Karkh sector (three in Amil, three in Bayya’, two in Dora, two in Hurriya, two in Mansour, one in Risala, and one in Abu Ghraib) and two were found in east Baghdad’s Palestine Street and Bab Al-Sheikh areas, police said. Seventeen bodies were found on Monday.

TALAFAR - A truck bomb killed at least 33 people and wounded 52 others when it exploded in a Shi'ite district of the northern town of Tala’far (60 km west of Mosul) on Monday morning, police said, according to Reuters. At least 10 homes were flattened by the blast.

BAGHDAD – Eyewitnesses said they found the decapitated bodies of 36 people in the predominately Sunni district of Amiriya on Tuesday, according to Radio Sawa and Eye Iraq Media. They said the bodies belonged to members of a delegation from the nearby Jihad district attending a funeral reception in Amiriya. The district is under the control of the Amiriya Revolutionaries, former insurgents who split from the Islamic Army group to fight Al-Qaeda. Tahseen Al-Sheikhli, the spokesman for the Imposing Law operation in Baghda, confirmed that 36 bodies were found in the district.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb concealed in rubbish near a bus garage killed eight people and wounded 10 when it blew up in the southern Baghdad district of Jisr Diyala as street cleaners were sweeping the road, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

BAGHDAD – Four people were killed and six wounded in a mortar attack against the Kamaliya district of eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters.

BAGHDAD - A bomb in a bus killed two people and wounded nine others, including women and children, in Baghdad's eastern Shi'ite neighbourhood of Ghadir, police said.

BAGHDAD – The fortified Green Zone in Baghdad was hit with at least ten mortar shells on dawn Monday, eyewitnesses said, according to VOI. U.S. and Iraqi authorities did not comment on the attack, and there were no news of casualties.

BAGHDAD – Eight U.S. soldiers were killed and one wounded in three separate attacks in Baghdad and the Diyala governorate, the U.S. military said today. One U.S. soldier was killed and two others wounded in combat in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, the U.S. military said on Monday.

BAGHDAD – Gunmen killed a bodyguard of MP Salih Al-Mutlag near his house in the Saidiya district of Baghdad on Monday night, police said, according to WNA.

BAGHDAD – Gunmen killed Sheikh Issa Al-Mohammedi, the imam of the Jabbar mosque in the Khadhraa district of Baghdad, and wounded two of his sons on Monday night, according to the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq.

BAGHDAD – A spokesman for the Sadr Movement said a Sadrist official, Hazim Al-A’raji, escaped an assassination attempt when gunmen attacked his motorcade in the Shi’ite district of Kadhimiya on Sunday. Five of his bodyguards were wounded in the attack.

MOSUL – Medical sources said the morgue in Mosul received the bodies of seven people who were killed in different incidents on Monday, according to McClatchy newspapers.

MOSUL – Twelve soldiers were wounded in a suicide truck bombing targeting an Iraqi Army base in the Intisar district of Mosul on Monday night, an Iraqi Army spokesman said today.

SHIRQAT - Police found the bodies of five Iraqi soldiers in the northern town of Shirqat on Monday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. They had been kidnapped on the main Mosul-Baghdad road on Sunday afternoon, the source said.

KIRKUK – Four policemen were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion targeting their patrol in southern Kirkuk on Monday, police said.

KIRKUK - Police said three policemen were wounded in a firefight with Western security contractors 25 km southwest of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, according to Reuters.

KIRKUK – Three policemen were wounded during clashes with gunmen who attacked their checkpoint near the Braima village south west of Kirkuk on Monday evening, police said, according to VOI.

KIRKUK – The body of a taxi driver who had been kidnapped five days ago was found east of Kirkuk on Monday night, police said.

HAWIJA - Police said they found the bodies of two people near the town of Hawija, south west of Kirkuk on Monday, according to Reuters and VOI.

HAWIJA – Security forces killed a woman and wounded her child on the Kirkuk-Hawija road on Monday night, police said.

HAWIJA – Gunmen broke into a house in the Tanak area of Hawija and shot a woman, seriously wounding her, on Monday afternoon, police said, according to VOI.

SAMARRA – Three women and two children were killed and two other children wounded in a mortar attack that hit a residential area in Samarra (110 km north of Baghdad) on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

DHILUIYA – Six civilians were killed and 16 others wounded in a U.S. air strike on the Jubour district of Dhilu’iya on dawn Monday after gunmen attacked a U.S. patrol in the area, police said, according to VOI. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident, but it said it killed seven Al-Qaeda insurgents in an air strike east of Balad.

BAQUBA - Police said they found 60 decomposed bodies in a thicket close to a village near Baquba north of Baghdad on Sunday.

BAQUBA – Gunmen kidnapped Talal Ahmed Abdullah, an Iraqi photographer working for the Associated Press, in Ba’quba on Tuesday, police said.

BAQUBA – Medical sources in Baquba said the morgue received the bodies of two women who were killed in the Gatoun suburb west of Baquba on Tuesday, according to McClatchy newspapers.

BAQUBA – Police found the body of a civilian in the Hudeid village west of Baquba on Tuesday morning. Another civilian was wounded in the area when gunmen opened fire on him.

BAQUBA – The administrator of the Abbara village north of Baquba escaped an assassination attempt when gunmen opened fire on his motorcade, wounding three of his guards on Tuesday, according to McClatchy newspapers.

KHALIS – Gunmen kidnapped four people guarding a Shi’ite husseiniya in the village of Khuwailis south of the town of Khalis on Monday night, police said.

HIBHIB – A soldier was killed and three wounded in a suicide car bomb targeting their checkpoint in the Arab Shawka area north of Hibhib on Tuesday morning, police said, according to McClatchy newspapers.

KAN’AN – Gunmen killed two civilians in the town of Kan’an south east of Baquba on Tuesday, police said.

MUQDADIYA – A joint U.S.-Iraqi force detained 12 suspected militants, including an Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader, during raids in the town of Muqdadiya on dawn Monday, police said, according to VOI.

MUQDADIYA – A child was killed and another wounded when gunmen opened random fire in the Ballour area of Muqdadiya on Tuesday, police said.

DALI ABBAS – Gunmen blew up the house of a prominent Sunni tribal leader and member of Iraqi parliament on the Iraqi Accord Front slate in the small town of Dali Abbas north west of Muqdadiya on Tuesday, eyewitnesses told VOI. The house belonged to Sheikh Amer Habeeb Al-Khaizeran, a chief of the Azza tribe, which inhabits many parts of Baghdad and the Diyala governorate. Khaizeran and his family were not in the house when it was detonated, the sources said.

FALLUJAH – A policeman was killed and two people wounded, one of them a civilian, in a roadside bomb explosion targeting a police patrol in the Ba’ath district of Fallujah on Monday, police said, according to VOI.

HADITHA – Eyewitnesses said a roadside bomb explosion targeted a U.S. military patrol, damaging a Hummer vehicle and wounding several soldiers, on the main road between Haditha and Ana on Monday, according to VOI.

MAHMOUDIYA – Gunmen opened fire on pedestrians, killing two and wounding six, in Mahmoudiya on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters.

KARBALA – The head of a non-governmental humanitarian organization was assassinated by two gunmen in a drive-by shooting in Karbala, eyewitnesses and medical sources said. Betoul Mohammed, head of the Al-Betoul Organization for Humanitarian Aid was shot in front of her house in the Mu’alimeen district on Monday morning, source said, according to VOI. Gunmen also assassinated a former police commissioner near his residence in the Husseiniya area on Tuesday.

KARBALA – Karbala Governor Aqeel Al-Khaz’ali said police arrested two members of security forces who confessed to planning an attack with suicide vests on holy shrines in the city. The two suspects said they were members of the Islamic Army insurgent group, the governor said.

HILLA – A roadside bomb exploded in front of an office belonging to Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani in the city of Hilla on Monday afternoon without casualties, police said. There was no one at the office at the time of the explosion, which caused damages to the building.

HILLA – Three Interior Ministry commandos were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion against their patrol in Hilla on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters.

WAHDA – Gunmen abducted four civilians who were distributing water to Shi’ite pilgrims heading to Baghdad to visit the shrine of Imam Musa Al-Kadhim on Tuesday in the suburb of Wahda south east of Baghdad, police said.

KUT – Police found the bodies of five people in Kut on Tuesday, police said, according to WNA.

KUT – An Iraqi reporter for the state-run Al-Sabah newspaper was released by his kidnappers on the outskirts of Kut on Tuesday, his brother told VOI. Hassan Shaheed Al-Azzawi was kidnapped on Monday, the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory reported yesterday.

DIWANIYA – A roadside bomb exploded near a Polish military patrol in Diwaniya on Tuesday, according to WNA. There were no reports of casualties. NASIRIYA – Three policemen were wounded during clashes with gunmen in several parts of Nasiriya on Monday night, police said, according to WNA.

NASIRIYA – Two roadside bombs exploded in central Nasiriya near the Dhi Qar governorate building without casualties on Tuesday evening, according to Nasiriya News Network.

BASRAH – A civilian was killed when a Katyusha rocket hit his home in the Baradha’iya district of southeast Basrah on dawn Monday, police said. The rocket was targeting the main British military compound in the area. Police also discovered a large weapons and ammunition cache in the Jihad district of western Basrah on Monday.

BASRAH – A British soldier was killed as a result of small arms fire during an operation in Basrah on Monday night, the British Defense Ministry said in a statement.

BASRAH – Police said an electric pylon was destroyed during clashes between British troops and unknown gunmen near Hartha north of Basrah on Sunday night, according to VOI. A British military spokesman denied there were clashes with militants on Sunday night.

BASRAH – A British military spokesman said British troops killed three militants during clashes in Basrah and Safwan on Sunday. Six other suspected militants were killed and two civilians were wounded during search raids on Monday. The spokesman added that all British military bases were targeted by indirect fire over the last 24 hours.

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