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Iraq Security Developments - Tuesday
Eleven SIIC Offices Attacked; 27 Dead and 134 Wounded in Karbala Violence
By ZEYAD KASIM 08/29/2007 03:11 AM ET
A Shiite pilgrim rests in hospital after being wounded in clashes between police forces and unidentified gunmen in Karbala, 110 kms (70 miles) south of Baghdad, 28 August 2007. Firefights between police and gunmen killed at least 27 people and wounded 147
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A Shiite pilgrim rests in hospital after being wounded in clashes between police forces and unidentified gunmen in Karbala, 110 kms (70 miles) south of Baghdad, 28 August 2007. Firefights between police and gunmen killed at least 27 people and wounded 147

Security developments in Iraq on Tuesday, August 28, 2007:

Iraqis reported killed: 140. Iraqis reported wounded: 218.

BAGHDAD – Police found the bodies of 13 unidentified people shot execution style in different districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. Most were found in the Karkh sector of west Baghdad (two in Amil, two in Saidiya, two in Hurriya, one in Ghazaliya, one in Shu’la, and one in Mahmoudiya) and four in the Rusafa sector of east Baghdad (two in Qahira, one in Ur, and one in Sadr City), police said.

BAGHDAD – Iraqi police said five people were killed and at least 20 wounded in clashes that broke out between suspected Mahdi Army militiamen and Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC) guards near two SIIC offices in the Habibiya district of eastern Baghdad near Sadr City on Tuesday evening. Eyewitnesses said Mahdi Army militiamen attacked two SIIC offices in different parts of Habibiya with small and medium arms fire.

BAGHDAD – Suspected Mahdi Army militiamen broke into a SIIC office in the Shi’ite district of Kadhimiya and set it on fire on Tuesday, police and eyewitnesses said, adding that clashes broke out between militiamen and guards, leaving an unspecified number of casualties. McClatchy newspapers reported that the militiamen abducted four people from the office. BAGHDAD – Suspected Mahdi Army militiamen attacked three SIIC offices in the predominately Shi’ite suburb of Husseiniya north of Baghdad on Tuesday evening, police said, according to VOI.

BAGHDAD - Suspected Mahdi Army militiamen attacked a SIIC office in the Amil district of southern Baghdad and clashed with guards on Tuesday evening, eyewitnesses said, according to McClatchy newspapers. There were no reports of casualties. Gunmen also attacked SIIC offices in Shu’la and Jadiriya, according to the New York Times.

BAGHDAD – Unknown gunmen broke into the Sunni Hajj Isma’il mosque in the mixed Qahira district of northern Baghdad, killed three worshippers and abducted three others on Tuesday afternoon, police said, according to VOI. The attack came hours after four people were killed in the neighborhood in a drive-by shooting.

BAGHDAD – Two civilians were killed and six wounded when a mortar round hit the Baghdad Al-Jedida district of eastern Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon, police said, according to VOI. BAGHDAD – U.S. troops stormed into the Ishtar Sheraton Hotel in central Baghdad on Tuesday and detained six members of an Iranian delegation visiting Iraq to sign contracts with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, according to Radio Sawa and Al-Hurra TV. The Iraqi deputy minister of electricity was in the middle of a meeting with the Iranian delegation when U.S. soldiers arrested them, Radio Sawa reported. The U.S. military declined to comment on the incident, and a spokesman for the the Ministry of Electricity denied any knowledge of the delegation’s visit.

BAGHDAD – A civilian was killed and three wounded in a car bomb explosion in the Sheikh Omar area of central Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon, police said, according to VOI.

BAGHDAD – Iraqi police discovered and defused two abandoned cars rigged with explosives in the Mashtal district of eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, police said, according to VOI.

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi army said it had killed 14 gunmen and arrested 21 in different parts of Baghdad during the last 24 hours.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen wounded four Shi'ite pilgrims in the Al-Bu Aitha area south of Baghdad's southern Dora district on Tuesday morning, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

FALLUJAH – The death toll from a suicide bomb attack targeting the Al-Raqeeb mosque in Fallujah rose to 12, a medical source from the Fallujah general hospital told VOI today. A suicide bomber had detonated his explosive vest inside the mosque just after evening prayers on Monday, killing 10 people, including the mosque imam Sheikh Abdul Sattar Al-Jumaili and his son, and seriously wounding 11 others.

KARBALA – Twenty-seven people were killed and 143 wounded in a fresh outbreak of violence in the holy city of Karbala, where hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims gathered on Tuesday for a major ritual, while the toll from violence on Monday and Tuesday rose to 31 dead and 179 wounded, a medical source at the Hussein hospital in Karbala said today.

NAJAF – Authorities imposed a nighttime curfew in the Shi’ite holy city of Najaf as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of intra-Shi’ite violence, police said, according to WNA. Checkpoints and security barriers were placed around the old city, housing the Imam Ali shrine and the residences of the four Shi’ite top clerics, and armored vehicles were deployed to major streets and intersections, the source said.

PENJWIN – Clashes broke out between Kurdish emergency police and separatist Kurdish PJAK fighters outside the town of Penjwin near the Iranian border, wounding one Kurdish policeman, emergency police commander General Ramadhan Abu Bakr said today. The fighting started when PJAK fighters refused to leave the area, Abu Bakr said. PJAK, or the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, is an Iranian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) of southeastern Turkey. PJAK guerillas operating from bases inside the Iraqi border have recently staged several attacks against Iranian Revolutionary Guards, including the shooting down of a helicopter last week. Iran has responded by shelling suspected PJAK positions around Hajj Umran, Qalat Diza and Penjwin.

MOSUL – The medico-legal institute in Mosul received six unidentified bodies, one of them burned completely and three of them decapitated, a medical source said today, according to VOI.

MOSUL – Two brothers were shot dead inside their vehicle by U.S. troops in the Wahda district of Mosul on Tuesday morning, police said, without giving more details, according to VOI. The U.S. military did not comment on the incident.

MOSUL – Eyewitnesses said suspected militants brazenly used bulldozers on Monday night to remove several concrete blocks placed on strategic bridges and streets by U.S. and Iraqi troops to restrict militant activity in city, according to Nirgal Gate.

MOSUL – Iraqi police defused a roadside bomb in the Borsa area of western Mosul on Tuesday, acting on a tip by residents, police said. The Iraqi Army said it discovered and detonated a roadside bomb factory in eastern Mosul on Tuesday.

HAMAM Al-ALEEL – Six people, including five policemen, were killed when gunmen attacked their checkpoint near Hamam Al-Aleel south of Mosul on Tuesday night, police said. KIRKUK - Gunmen wounded a policeman and his wife when they opened fire on their car in the northern city of Kirkuk, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

KIRKUK - At least two policemen and a civilian were wounded when gunmen opened fire on their car in the northern city of Kirkuk, police said.

HAWIJA – A joint U.S.-Iraqi force detained 10 suspected militants during a security operation in the volatile town of Hawija (70 km south west of Kirkuk) on dawn Tuesday, a security source in Kirkuk said today, according to VOI. An indefinite curfew was imposed on the town.

HAWIJA – Gunmen wounded a civilian in a drive-by shooting near a bank in Hawija on Tuesday, according to McClatchy newspapers. TIKRIT - Gunmen killed a police colonel in the Al-Bu Ajeel area west of Tikrit (175 km north of Baghdad) on Monday night, police said, according to Reuters.

BAQUBA - At least 14 people were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their bus in Ba’quba (57 km north of Baghdad) on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

KHALIS - U.S. and Iraqi troops said they killed 33 suspected insurgents in an airborne assault and air strikes near Khalis north of Baghdad in an operation to reopen a major irrigation canal that had been seized by gunmen.

UDHAIM – Four Iraqi soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb explosion targeting their patrol in the town of Udhaim north of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said, according to VOI.

WAJIHIYA – Police said 10 suspected Al-Qaeda in Iraq militants, including a Saudi national, were detained during a security operation in the town of Wajihiya (45 km north east of Ba’quba) on Tuesday, according to VOI.

SA’DIYA – Iraqi police found the body of a Kurdish civilian in the town of Sa’diya north east of Baghdad on Tuesday, according to WNA.

MAHMUDIYA - At least six Shi'ite pilgrims were wounded when gunmen attacked them in Mahmudiya (30 km south of Baghdad) on Tuesday morning, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

ISKANDARIYA - Gunmen killed two Shi'ite pilgrims when they opened fire on their vehicle near Iskandariya (40 km south of Baghdad) on Tuesday, Babel police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

MAHAWIL - Gunmen opened fire on Shi'ite pilgrims, wounding two in Mahawil (70 km south of Baghdad) on Monday, police said, according to Reuters.

HILLA – Suspected Mahdi Army militiamen attacked a SIIC office in the Nadir district of Hilla and clashed with guards, police said, according to WNA.

HASHIMIYA – About 20 gunmen, suspected to be Mahdi Army militiamen broke into a SIIC office in the Shi’ite town of Hashimiya (30 km south of Hilla), cleared its occupants, and set it on fire on Tuesday, a Babel police source told VOI. Police imposed a curfew on the town following the attack.

MUSAYAB - Gunmen killed a policeman and wounded his brother in Musayab (60 km south of Baghdad), on Monday night, police said, according to Reuters.

KUT – Eyewitnesses said a tribal leader – Sheikh Aziz Hameed Miz’al, head of the Shumoos tribe – was killed and his wife seriously wounded in a U.S. military air strike targeting his house in the Falahiya area (4 km south of Kut) on Monday night. The U.S. military did not immediately comment on the attack. The same area had witnessed clashes between U.S. troops and suspected Mahdi Army militiamen on Sunday night, wounding 12 people, according to VOI.

DIWANIYA – Iraqi police said two wanted criminals were killed by unknown gunmen in the Nahdha district of Diwaniya on Tuesday, according to WNA.

KAHLAA’ – Iraqi police discovered and defused three roadside bombs planted under crude oil pipelines near Kahlaa’ (35 km south east of Amara) on Tuesday, a police spokesman told VOI.

BASRAH – The compound housing the British and U.S. consulates south east of Basrah was targeted with several mortar rounds without casualties, the British military said today.

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