Security developments in Iraq on Tuesday, August 21, 2007:
Iraqis reported killed: 70. Iraqis reported wounded: 93.
BAGHDAD - Two people were killed and 14 wounded when a roadside bomb targeting a U.S. patrol exploded near a small bus in the Baghdad Al-Jedida district in eastern Baghdad, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.
BAGHDAD – A Katyusha rocket hit the residence of Judge Arif Shaheen, head of the Higher Criminal Court, in the fortified Green Zone on Tuesday afternoon, wounding two of his guards, police said, according to VOI.
BAGHDAD – Eyewitnesses said a U.S. military patrol opened heavy fire against a house in the Shi’ite Shu’la district of western Baghdad on dawn Tuesday, according to WNA. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident.
BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office announced that 11 men convicted of murder and rape were executed in Baghdad on Tuesday.
BAGHDAD - U.S. forces said they killed five suspected insurgents and detained 11 others during military operations in the cities of Ba’quba, Mosul and Kirkuk, the U.S. military said today.
BAGHDAD - The Iraqi army said it killed four suspected insurgents and detained 100 others during the last 24 hours in different parts of Iraq, the Defense Ministry said.
ISKANDARIYA - Gunmen stormed a house and killed seven members of a Sunni family and wounded two in the Muwayliha village near the town of Iskandariya (50 km south of Baghdad) on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. Two police sources said the dead included three women and a baby girl. The family belonged to the Sunni Janabiyeen tribe, which is often accused by Shi’ite groups in the area of ties to insurgent groups.
ISKANDARIYA – Police found the body of a policeman near the Usama bin Zaid mosque in Iskandariya on Tuesday, police said. Another policeman was wounded in an attack by insurgents near the Iskandariya market, and another in a roadside bomb explosion targeting a police patrol. The area had witnessed sporadic clashes between Shi’ite and Sunni tribes recently.
FALLUJAH - Eight people were wounded when a suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest targeted a queue of people outside a police station in Fallujah (50 km west of Baghdad) on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. The victims were among a group of civilians applying for identification badges.
FALLUJAH – Police said they uncovered a mass grave containing the remains of 300 people in the Zoba’ village (17 km south of Fallujah), most of them thought to be victims of Al-Qaeda militants, according to VOI and WNA. The police source said the mass grave was discovered several days ago and that many of the victims were identified as residents of the village.
SAQLAWIYA – A man was killed and two women and a boy wounded from the same family when a mortar round hit their house near a police station in Saqlawiya (10 km north west of Fallujah) on Tuesday, police said, according to VOI. A security source also said U.S. troops detained a suspected member of the Al-Qaeda-led Islamic State of Iraq group, which still maintains a presence in the town of Saqlawiya, on Tuesday morning.
RAMADI – Police found three unidentified bodies in the 5 Kilo area north of Ramadi on Tuesday, police said.
KHALIS – Eyewitnesses said six civilians were killed and five wounded when U.S. troops opened fire against a group of people protesting insurgent attacks against the predominately Shi’ite town of Khalis north of Baghdad on Tuesday, according to VOI. The town had witnessed similar demonstrations for the last three days, and angry protestors blocked the main Baghdad-Kirkuk road on Monday. The U.S. military denied shooting at demonstrators but confirmed that they were blocking the main Baghdad-Kirkuk road and that U.S. troops fired several warning shots and smoke screens to clear the road, according to Reuters.
HIBHIB – The mayor and police commander of Khalis escaped an assassination attempt when their convoy passed the town of Hibhib north of Baghdad, Al-Nahrain and PUK Media reported. Khalis Mayor Uday Al-Khadran (SIIC) said a joint checkpoint of Hibhib police and members of the 1920 Revolution Brigades insurgent group recently recruited by U.S. troops to protect the road opened fire against the convoy, wounding two bodyguards and a driver and damaging two vehicles.
MUQDADIYA – A policeman was killed and four wounded in a roadside bomb attack targeting their patrol in the Mu’alimeen district of Muqdadiya on Tuesday, police said. Eight gunmen were killed in clashes with an Iraqi Army patrol, an army source told WNA.
BAQUBA – Gunmen assassinated the nephew of Diyala Governor Rasheed Al-Mullah Jawad east of Ba’quba on Tuesday, a source close to the governor told PUK Media.
BAQUBA – Gunmen killed a police officer working in the Major Crimes Directorate in central Ba’quba on Tuesday, police said, according to WNA.
TALA’FAR – A roadside bomb exploded in the Allaw village 5 km east of the Turkmen town of Tala’far killing two municipality workers and wounding five others on Tuesday, the mayor of Tala’far said, according to VOI.
MOSUL – A car bomb explosion wounded 42 people, including five policemen, near a U.S. military patrol in the Ghizlani area of southern Mosul on Tuesday, police said, according to VOI. Eyewitnesses said a U.S. vehicle was destroyed in the attack.
MOSUL – Gunmen shot and killed a young woman at a market in the Nabi Younis area of eastern Mosul on Tuesday, police said, according to VOI.
HAWIJA – Two local municipal council members were seriously wounded when they were attacked by insurgents in a drive-by shooting in Hawija (70 km south west of Fallujah) on Tuesday, police said, according to VOI.
JURF AL-SAKHAR – Police found an unidentified body near the town of Jurf Al-Sakhar south west of Baghdad on Tuesday, according to WNA.
JIBALA – A civilian was seriously wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Himairi area near the town of Jibala south of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said, according to WNA.
SUWAIRA – Police uncovered two unidentified bodies with multiple gunshot wounds from the Tigris River near the town of Suwaira south east of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.
NAJAF – A roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. military patrol on the Najaf-Diwaniya road on Tuesday, police said, according to WNA. A bus was damaged in the attack, wounding several people. Police defused a second roadside bomb in the same area.
DIWANIYA – U.S. jet fighters bombed a commercial building in the Fadhiliya district of central Diwaniya causing a large fire to break out in the area, police said, according to WNA. The U.S. military had also bombed and destroyed a sewage treatment plant in Diwaniya yesterday. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.
DIWANIYA – Six Katyusha rockets hit the U.S. military base in Diwaniya on dawn Tuesday, police said. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.
NASIRYA – The U.S. military base at the Imam Ali (Tallil) airbase south of Nasirya was attacked by three rockets in two separate attacks on Tuesday, a security source told Nasiriya News Network. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.