Security developments in Iraq on Monday, August 20, 2007:
Iraqis reported killed: 52. Iraqis reported wounded: 95.
BAGHDAD – Police found the bodies of 12 unidentified people shot execution style in different parts of the capital on Monday, police said, according to VOI. Nine bodies were found in the Karkh sector of west Baghdad (two in Amil, two in Bayya’, two in Saidiya, one in I’lam, one in Jihad, and one in Mansour) and three were found in the Rusafa sector of east Baghdad (one in Sadr City, one in Sulaikh, an one in Nidhal Street).
BAGHDAD - At least five people were killed and 20 wounded when a parked car bomb exploded in the Chuwadir area of the Shi'ite Sadr City district of northeastern Baghdad on Monday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.
BAGHDAD - At least three people were killed and 11 wounded when a bomb on a parked motorcycle exploded near Rusafi Square in central Baghdad on Monday morning, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.
BAGHDAD – Gunmen kidnapped Deputy Minister of Sciences and Technology Dr. Sameer Saleem Al-Attar and four of his bodyguards while he was returning to his residence in the Arasat Al-Hindiya area of central Baghdad on Monday, police said, according to VOI. Al-Attar was kidnapped near Jadriya, in the vicinity of dozens of police checkpoints and residences of Iraqi politicians, and which is virtually under the control of the Badr Organization – the armed military wing of SIIC. A ministry spokesman said Al-Attar was kidnapped on Sunday night along with his driver, adding that the kidnappers informed Al-Attar’s family that they were holding him but without demanding a ransom. Al-Attar is a member of the Iraqi National List of former PM Ayad Allawi.
BAGHDAD – Mortar shells hit the former presidential palace compound in Adhamiya on Monday without casualties, according to McClatchy newspapers.
BAGHDAD - At least five people were wounded when two roadside bombs detonated near a fuel station in the Za’faraniya district in southern Baghdad on Monday afternoon, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.
BAGHDAD – The owner of a printing press was killed by unknown gunmen in central Baghdad’s Mutannabi Street on Sunday morning, his relatives said, according to WNA.
KHALIS – Hundreds of angry Shi’ite demonstrators from the town of Khalis, north of Baghdad, blocked the main Baghdad-Kirkuk highway for several hours on Monday, protesting frequent insurgent attacks against the town from nearby villages and rural areas, according to VOI. Demonstrators said U.S. troops had called for a reconciliation conference in the predominately Shi’ite town and invited Sunni notables who locals accuse of supporting Al-Qaeda militants in the area, including a brother-in-law of former Iraqi Vice President Izzat Al-Duri. The town of Khalis, which is often bombed with mortars from nearby Sunni areas, had witnessed similar protests on Sunday.
JUDAIDA – Police and eyewitnesses said 10 civilians were killed and 12 others wounded in a U.S. helicopter air strike in the Al-Bu Abdi area near the town of Judaida north of Baghdad on dawn Monday, according to VOI. WNA reported that a U.S. military force raided the area in search of Mahdi Army militants and detained 15 suspects. The U.S. military had said it killed eight gunmen and captured a cell leader and a weapons smuggler with suspected ties to Iran during a raid near Qasirin, north of Baghdad, but it was not clear whether the two incidents were related.
MOSUL – Two civilians were wounded when three mortar rounds hit the Dawwasa district of central Mosul on Monday, police said, according to VOI.
MOSUL - Two policemen were seriously wounded in a roadside bomb explosion targeting their patrol in northern Mosul on Monday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.
MOSUL – Police discovered and detonated a car bomb parked on the main road west of Mosul on Monday, police said, according to VOI. A policeman was wounded in the detonation, the source said.
MOSUL – Police said U.S. helicopters bombed the Bakr and Nur districts of northern Mosul on Monday without casualties, according to WNA. The U.S. military did not comment on the attacks.
QAHTANIYA – Kurdish Peshmerga fighters discovered and defused five roadside bombs planted on the main road 5 km west of the Qahtaniya village, where the deadliest bombings in Iraq since 2003 took place against the Yazidi community last Tuesday, a Peshmerga official told VOI. Up to 340 Peshmerga fighters had been deployed to the Mount Sinjar area west of Mosul –inhabited by the majority of Iraq’s Yezidi community – following orders by Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish autonomous region, last week.
QAYYARA - The bodies of two policemen with gunshot wounds to the head were found in the town of Qayyara south of Mosul on Monday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.
HAJJ UMRAN – Eyewitnesses said Iranian artillery fire destroyed a primary school and several houses in a border village near Hajj Umran in the Kurdish autonomous region north of Iraq on Sunday evening, according to VOI. Iranian helicopters were seen circling the area following an attack by separatist Kurdish PJAK guerillas operating in the border region, downing an Iranian helicopter and killing five Iranian Revolutionary Guards on Saturday.
HAWIJA - Gunmen killed a civil servant in Hawija (70 km southwest of Kirkuk), police said, according to Reuters.
KIRKUK – Four policemen and a civilian were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near a police patrol in central Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad) on Monday, police said.
KIRKUK – An Iraqi soldier was killed and two wounded in a roadside bomb explosion targeting their patrol on the Sarha bridge south of Kirkuk on Sunday evening, according to McClatchy newspapers.
KIRKUK – A joint U.S.-Iraqi force deained 57 suspected militants during raids in the Wasiti and Mu’alimeen districts of southern Kirkuk on dawn Monday, a police source said.
TUZ KHURMATO - One Iraqi soldier was killed and another wounded by a roadside bomb in Tuz Khurmato (80 km south of Kirkuk), police said, according to Reuters.
BAIJI - Gunmen killed two police officers in a drive-by shooting in Baiji (180 km north of Baghdad), police said, according to Reuters. The officers were brothers, they said.
BAIJI - Gunmen kidnapped five truck drivers on the road between Baiji and Tikrit, police said, according to Reuters.
SAMARRA – Police said U.S. troops have been surrounding the Samarra Pharmaceuticals Factory since Sunday evening, holding 200 workers inside for unknown reasons, according to WNA.
TAJI - At least five Iraqi soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb hit their armored vehicle in Taji (20 km north of Baghdad) on Sunday, an Iraqi army source said, according to Reuters.
JALAWLA – Police defused three roadside bombs planted near a checkpoint in the town of Jalawla north east of Baghdad on Monday, according to WNA.
MUQDADIYA – An Islamic Party official survived an assassination attempt with a roadside bomb against his convoy between Muqdadiya and Khanaqin on Monday, according to WNA.
MUQDADIYA – Police found two unidentified bodies in the Mu’alimeen district of Muqdadiya on Monday, according to WNA.
MUQDADIYA – Two civilians were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Muqdadiya on Monday, while three others were wounded when gunmen opened fire against them in the Mu’alimeen district, according to WNA.
MANDALI – Gunmen at a fake checkpoint in the Nida area north of Mandali stopped seven truck drivers and set their trucks on fire on Monday, according to WNA. Two unidentified bodies were also discovered in the area, a Khanaqin police source said.
RAMADI – Police captured four suspected Al-Qaeda in Iraq militants during a raid in the Jaraishi area in the desert north of Ramadi on Monday, police said.
FALLUJAH – A roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. military patrol in the Al-Bu Hatem area west of Fallujah on Monday afternoon, eyewitnesses said, according to McClatchy newspapers. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.
GARMA – Two civilians were killed and eight wounded in a mortar attack on the Huwaisat area of Garma north of Fallujah on Sunday evening, according to McClatchy newspapers.
LATIFIYA – Iraqi Army troops detained 50 suspected militants and confiscated weapons during raids in the Latifiya region (30 km south of Baghdad) on Monday, a source in the 2nd Brigade of the Iraqi Army told VOI.
ISKANDARIYA – A civilian was killed and three wounded during clashes between two rival tribes in the town of Iskandariya (50 km south of Baghdad) on Monday, police said, according to VOI and WNA. Two others were wounded in a hand grenade explosion.
MUSAYAB – Police said U.S. forces bombed a residential area near the Technical Institute in Musayab with artillery fire following a rocket attack on the U.S. military base in the area on Sunday evening, according to WNA. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.
MIDHATIYA – Police found an unidentified body with multiple gunshot wounds floating in the Euphrates River near the town of Midhatiya (30 km south of Hilla) on Monday, police said.
DIWANIYA – Eyewitnesses said a sewage treatment plant in the Qa’im district of Diwaniya was destroyed in a U.S. air strike on Sunday evening. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident.
RUMAITHA - Muthana Governor Mohammed Al-Hassani and two of his guards were killed in a roadside bomb explosion that hit his convoy on Monday morning near the town of Rumaitha north of Samara (280 km south of Baghdad), governorate officials said, according to Reuters and VOI. Two other guards were wounded in the attack. An indefinite curfew was imposed in Samawa after the attack. A member of SIIC’s Badr Organization, Al-Hassani has been in the position of Muthanna governor since October 2003 and is the second southern governor affiliated with SIIC to be killed over the last ten days. Diwaniya Governor Khaleel Jaleel Hamza was killed in a similar attack on August 10.
NAJAF – U.S. troops surrounded the offices of the Shaheed Al-Mihrab Islamic Foundation in Najaf and detained its guards for 30 minutes before releasing them on Monday morning, a Najaf governorate source told VOI. The source said U.S. troops photographed the building before leaving the area. The Shaheed Al-Mihrab Islamic Foundation is a Shi’ite organization affiliated with the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council and is headed by Ammar Al-Hakim – the son of SIIC leader and head of the Shi’ite majority bloc in Iraqi parliament, Abdul Aziz Al-Hakim.
NAJAF – A roadside bomb exploded against a U.S. military patrol on the main road south of Najaf (160 km south of Baghdad) on Monday afternoon without casualties, a security source in Najaf said. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.
BASRAH – A roadside bomb exploded outside a games center in the 5 Mile area of northern Basrah causing great damage to several stores on dawn Monday, police said, according to VOI. Shi’ite militias in Basrah have threatened and targeted alcohol stores, music shops and women hairdressers in the past.
BASRAH – Police and human rights organizations in Basrah said they uncovered a mass grave containing the remains of at least 28 youths who were executed during the 1991 uprising in the Shi’ite south, according to VOI. Residents of the predominately Shi’ite Al-Hussein district near the Sports Education College stumbled upon the site while they were digging to construct a new house.
BASRAH – The head of the Basrah bureau of the Iranian Al-Alam satellite channel, Ni’ma Abdul Razzaq, said they have received anonymous telephone threats, warning them that they would be killed if they continue to operate in Basrah, according to Journalistic Freedoms Observatory in Iraq and VOI. Abdul Razzaq accused U.S. and British intelligence of being behind the threats. The Al-Alam Arabic-language channel, which is funded by Iran, regularly covers attacks against British troops in the southern city.
BASRAH – Police captured nine oil smugglers and confiscated a fuel tanker and five vehicles loaded with gas oil during a raid in the Mishraq area of central Basrah on Monday, police said, according to VOI.
BASRAH – Major British military bases in Basrah were attacked with mortar and rocket fire over the last 24 hours without casualties, a British military spokesman said today.
KHOR AL-ZUBAIR – Police discovered and defused four 120-mm mortar rounds in the Khor Al-Zubair area (40 km south of Basrah) on Monday, police said.