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Iraq Security Developments - Thursday
Islamic State of Iraq Assaults Sunni Village Near Baquba, Kills Insurgent Leader
By ZEYAD KASIM 08/24/2007 02:03 AM ET
Hospital employees look on before unloading bodies of victims of a bombing raids from the back of a pick up truck, outside a hospital in the restive city of Baquba, north of Baghdad, 23 August 2007. Suspected Al-Qaeda fighters killed 12 Iraqis and abducte
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Hospital employees look on before unloading bodies of victims of a bombing raids from the back of a pick up truck, outside a hospital in the restive city of Baquba, north of Baghdad, 23 August 2007. Suspected Al-Qaeda fighters killed 12 Iraqis and abducte

Security developments in Iraq on Thursday, 23 August, 2007:

Iraqis reported killed: 102. Iraqis reported wounded: 91.

U.S. troops reported killed: 1. U.S. troops reported wounded: 15.

BAGHDAD - Police found the bodies of 12 unidentified people shot execution-style in different parts of Baghdad on Thursday, police said. Eight bodies were found in the Karkh sector of west Baghdad (two in Amil, two in Hurriya, one in Jihad, one in Saidiya, one in Jami’a, and one in Mansour) and four in the Rusafa sector of east Baghdad (two in Sadr City, one in Ur, and one in Baghdad Al-Jedida).

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb near a parking lot killed a civilian and wounded five others in the Ni’airiya district of eastern Baghdad, police said, according to Reuters.

BAGHDAD - Two people were killed and four wounded by a mortar attack in northern Baghdad, police said, according to Reuters.

BAGHDAD – Several mortar shells hit the fortified Green Zone area in central Baghdad without casualties on Thursday morning, an official from the joint media center told VOI. BAGHDAD – Four Iraqi soldiers were killed and four others and 11 U.S. soldiers wounded in two suicide bomb attacks near a U.S. military outpost in northern Baghdad on Wednesday, the U.S. military said today.

BAGHDAD – A U.S. soldier was killed and four wounded in a roadside bomb attack targeting their patrol in western Baghdad on Wednesday, the U.S. military said today.

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military killed one suspected insurgent and detained 10 others during military operations in the cities of Baquba, Baiji and Mosul, the U.S. military said.

NEAR BAQUBA - At least 32 people, including 10 militants, were killed and 22 wounded when Al-Qaeda-led Islamic State of Iraq gunmen attacked the predominately Sunni villages of Sheikh Tamim and Ibrahim Al-Yehia in a rural area between Baquba and Kan’an on dawn Thursday, police and eyewitnesses said, according to Reuters and VOI. The villages were bombed by mortars followed by an assault of dozens of Al-Qaeda gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, police said. Al-Qaeda gunmen reportedly killed a mosque imam, blew up the Hussein mosque, and kidnapped 15 people from the village before they left the area, following clashes with police and residents. Residents said the attack was to punish the villagers for supporting the 1920 Revolution Brigades insurgent group, which had turned against Al-Qaeda in the Diyala governorate, and that Al-Qaeda groups are still taking refuge in the villages of Bani Zaid and Mujamma’ south west of Kan’an. A source from the Diyala operations command said the attack specifically targeted the mosque imam, who was also a leading figure in the 1920 Revolution Brigades, and his family, according to PUK Media.

MANSURIYA – Three people were wounded in a mortar attack on the town of Mansuriyat Al-Jabal north east of Ba’quba on Thursday, according to WNA.

MUQDADIYA - The final toll of a suicide motorbike bombing targeting a police patrol in a market in the town of Muqdadiya (90 km northeast of Baghdad), was 10 killed and 31 wounded on Wednesday, police said, according to Reuters.

MANDILI – The Iraqi Army said it arrested 150 people in raids in the mixed Kurdish and Turkmen town of Mandili near the Iraqi-Iranian border 85 km west of Ba’quba on Thursday.

MOSUL – Two people were killed and 12 others, including four policemen, were wounded in a car bomb explosion in the Farouq area of central Mosul on Thursday, police said, according to VOI. Police were retrieving two unidentified bodies from an abandoned car in the area when it blew up, causing great damage to nearby buildings.

MOSUL – A civilian was killed and three others wounded when two mortar shells hit the Cornishe street of central Mosul on Thursday, police said, according to Nirgal Gate. MOSUL - Gunmen assassinated a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party along with his driver in a drive-by shooting near his house in the Habaa’ district of Mosul on Thursday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

RIYADH – Police found the body of a civilian with gunshot wounds in the Ajaj village near the town of Riyadh south west of Kirkuk on Wednesday night, police said.

BAIJI - The final toll of a suicide fuel tanker bombing targeting Baiji police station on Wednesday was 27 killed and 79 wounded, Dr. Thamir Al-Kawan, director of Baiji hospital, told Reuters.

KHALIDIYA – Gunmen killed a civilian and wounded two others in a drive-by shooting in the town of Khalidiya west of Fallujah on Thursday, police said, according to VOI.

ISKANDARIYA – A joint U.S.-Iraqi force detained 25 suspected militants in the Muwayliha area near Iskandariya (40 km south of Baghdad) on Thursday, Babel police commander said. HINDIYA – Gunmen assassinated a member of SIIC in a drive-by shooting near the town of Hindiya east of Karbala on Thursday, police said, according to WNA.

AZIZIYA – Eyewitnesses said a roadside bomb explosion targeting a U.S. military patrol destroyed a Hummer vehicle near the town of Aziziya (90 km south east of Baghdad), according to VOI. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.

KUT - Three mortar rounds landed on a house near the Kut Police Directorate, killing two civilians and wounding six from one family, police said. The predominately Shi’ite city of Kut had recently witnessed tensions between Sadrists and SIIC.

BASRAH - British forces killed two militants on Wednesday night when their military convoy was attacked by small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades outside the British consulate compound in the southern city of Basrah (550 km southeast of Baghdad), the British military said. The joint coordination center in the Hakimiya district of Basrah was also attacked with small arms fire, the spokesman said.

BASRAH – The British consulate at the former presidential compound south east of Basrah was hit by two Katyusha rockets with no reports of casualties, police said. The British military did not comment on the attack. ABU AL-KHASIB – Police found and defused 15 mortar rounds near the town of Abu Al-Khasib (20 km south east of Basrah) on Thursday, police said.

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