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Iraq Security Developments - Wednesday
Mahdi Army Attacks on SIIC Offices Continue, Despite Statement from Sadr
By ZEYAD KASIM 08/30/2007 00:53 AM ET
The remains of a burnt body lies on the ground after Iraqi rescue workers removed it from a vehicle that burnt as a result of a car bomb in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, 29 August 2007. Four people died in the explosion and eight were wounded.
MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images
The remains of a burnt body lies on the ground after Iraqi rescue workers removed it from a vehicle that burnt as a result of a car bomb in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, 29 August 2007. Four people died in the explosion and eight were wounded.

Security developments in Iraq on Wednesday, August 29, 2007:

Iraqis reported killed: 55. Iraqis reported wounded: 35.

U.S. troops reported killed: 1.

BAGHDAD – Police found the bodies of 11 unidentified people shot execution-style in different parts of Baghdad on Wednesday, police said, according to Reuters. Nine bodies were found in the Karkh sector of west Baghdad (two in Amil, two in Dora, one in Saidiya, one in Jami’a, one in Kadhimiya, and one in Ghazaliya) and three in the Rusafa sector of east Baghdad (two in Baghdad Al-Jedida and one in Qahira).

BAGHDAD - At least one person was killed and three wounded when a car bomb exploded near the Karkh court in the Mansour district of west Baghdad on Wednesday afternoon, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

BAGHDAD – Police said clashes broke out again between suspected Mahdi Army militiamen and Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council guards in the Habibiya district near Sadr City on Wednesday afternoon, according to VOI. Mahdi Army militiamen attacked two SIIC offices in the area on Tuesday as a reaction to the intra-Shi’ite violence in Karbala.

BAGHDAD – SIIC sources said several members of the Badr Organization were abducted and then found shot execution-style in the Bayya’ district of Baghdad on Wednesday, according to Al-Melaf Net. The reports could not be confirmed independently.

BAGHDAD – A civilian was wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Baghdad Al-Jedida district of eastern Baghdad on Wednesday morning, according to McClatchy newspapers.

BAGHDAD – The U.S. military released six Iranian delegates it detained at a Baghdad hotel on Tuesday, an unnamed Iraqi official told VOI. The official and the Iranian Embassy in Iraq said the Iranian delegation was visiting Baghdad to sign a contract with the Iraqi Electricity Ministry. A U.S. military official said the Iranians were arrested for carrying arms without a permit, according to VOI.

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces killed two gunmen and arrested 22 others in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said today.

MOSUL - A sniper shot dead two policemen in two different parts of Mosul on Wednesday, police said, according to Reuters and Eye Iraq Media.

MOSUL – A policeman was wounded when a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle after being chased by police in Mosul on Wednesday, police said, according to Eye Iraq Media.

MOSUL - Police killed a gunman wearing a suicide vest in Mosul on Tuesday, police said, according to Reuters.

TALAFAR – Two civilians, a woman and her child, were wounded when 11 Katyusha rockets hit the Sarai and Muthanna districts of the Turkmen town of Tala’far (70 km west of Mosul) on Wednesday night, the mayor of Tala’far said, according to VOI.

KIRKUK - Gunmen shot dead an Iraqi soldier in the Askari district of Kirkuk on Wednesday morning, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

KIRKUK - A car bomb killed three civilians and wounded seven others when it exploded in the Dumez district of southwestern Kirkuk (250 km north of Baghdad) on Wednesday evening, police said, according to Reuters and VOI. Nirgal Gate reported that the explosion was targeting a senior police commander, who escaped the attack.

KIRKUK – Three policemen were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion targeting their patrol in the Dumez district of Kirkuk on Wednesday evening, police said, according to VOI. Gunmen also shot dead an alcohol-store owner in the same area on Wednesday, the source said.

KIRKUK - Two people were killed and one wounded in a mortar attack on a residential area in Kirkuk, police said, according to Reuters.

KIRKUK - One American soldier died of wounds suffered during combat operations in the vicinity of Kirkuk on Tuesday, the U.S. military said today.

KIRKUK – Kirkuk police said they captured three suspected Al-Qaeda in Iraq militants who had recently fled the Diyala governorate to Kirkuk, according to VOI.

HAWIJA - Gunmen killed an Iraqi soldier in a drive-by shooting in Hawija (70 km southwest of Kirkuk) on Wednesday morning, police said, according to Reuters and VOI.

TIKRIT - A woman and her five children were killed on Tuesday when gunmen stormed into her house in the village of Al-Bu Ajeel just east of Tikrit (175 km north of Baghdad), police said, according to Reuters and WNA.

FALLUJAH – A joint U.S.-Iraqi force clashed with suspected Al-Qaeda in Iraq militants at the Shayha rural area (9 km north of Fallujah) on Wednesday afternoon, killing five militants, wounding seven and detaining 12 others, Fallujah police said, according to VOI. The source added that a roadside bomb explosion in the area killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded another. The U.S. military did not confirm the deaths.

HADITHA – Eyewitnesses said the U.S. military base in the Asad airbase near Haditha was attacked with mortar rounds on Wednesday, according to WNA. The U.S. military did not comment on the attack.

MUQDADIYA – A roadside bomb explosion targeting a police patrol in the town of Muqdadiya killed eight policemen, police said, according to VOI.

ABU SAIDA – Four Iraqi soldiers were wounded in clashes with militants in the Mukhaisa village near Abu Saida on Wednesday afternoon, an Iraqi Army source said, according to WNA.

BAQUBA – Police found three bodies shot execution-style, including one of a displaced woman kidnapped five days ago, in the Mafraq area of west Ba’quba on Wednesday, police said, according to VOI. The Mafraq and nearby Gatoun and Mu’alimeen districts of Ba’quba had recently witnessed clashes between suspected Islamic State of Iraq militants and 1920 Revolution Brigades insurgents recruited by U.S. and Iraqi troops.

KHALIS – Eyewitnesses said eight masked gunmen manning a fake checkpoint near the Mujadid village south of Khalis abducted a farmer and two of his relatives on Wednesday morning, according to VOI. The farmer was transporting his harvest to sell at nearby markets, locals said. Several villages around the town of Khalis and west of Ba’quba have continued to witness Al-Qaeda in Iraq activities despite major military operations in the region.

ISKANDARIYA - The headquarters of SIIC in Iskandariya (40 km south of Baghdad) was attacked with mortar rounds without casualties, police said, according to VOI.

KARBALA – Babel Police Commander General Qais Al-Ma’mouri escaped an assassination attempt when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy while he was heading to Karbala, Babel police said, according to VOI. The source said the perpetrators were detained but without identifying them.

KARBALA – Unknown gunmen attacked and torched the headquarters of the Islamic Da’wa Party in Karbala on Wednesday afternoon, eyewitnesses said, according to VOI. The attack coincided with the visit of Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki to the holy city. The Islamic Da’wa Party, led by Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki who succeeded former PM Ibrahim Al-Ja’fari, is a chief component of the United Iraqi Alliance – the majority Shi’ite bloc in Iraqi parliament.

KARBALA – SIIC sources said several representatives of Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani and members of the Badr Organization, SIIC’s military wing, received threats from unknown gunmen warning them to leave Karbala within three days, according to Radio Sawa.

HINDIYA – A Sadrist source said Iraqi Army troops detained Razzaq Al-Musawi, a senior Sadrist official, in the town of Hindiya (Tuwayrij) east of Karbala and set his house ablaze on Wednesday afternoon, according to Nirgal Gate. The source said the force also attempted to detain a Sadrist council member but he escaped detention.

HILLA – A roadside bomb exploded in front of the house of a female council member in the Dibla area south of Hilla without casualties, according to Bint Al-Rafidain. The councilwoman is a member of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council.

AL-HAMZA AL-GHARBI - At least six people were killed and four wounded when Mahdi Army gunmen attacked a party headquarters of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) and set it a blaze in the town of Al-Hamza Al-Gharbi south of Hilla overnight, police said, according to Reuters and Al-Melaf Press.

KUFA - Gunmen attacked a SIIC party headquarters in Kufa (10 km east of Najaf) and set it ablaze on Tuesday night, police and SIIC sources said, according to Reuters and VOI.

NAJAF - Gunmen killed a policeman and wounded his brother in a drive-by shooting in the Jam’ia district north of Najaf (160 km south of Baghdad), police said, according to Reuters and VOI. The source said police captured the murderer who admitted to killing the policeman as part of a family feud.

NAJAF – A roadside bomb exploded in the Makrama district of Najaf without casualties on Tuesday night and a Katyusha rocket fell in the same area, a governorate spokesman said today, according to VOI.

MANADHIRA – A civilian was wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the town of Manadhira (20 km south of Najaf) on Wednesday, a governorate spokesman said today, according to VOI. The area had witnessed several roadside bomb attacks, including one that targeted a U.S. military patrol last week.

DIWANIYAH - Two bodyguards of a government official in the southern city of Diwaniyah were killed by roadside bomb targeting their convoy, police said, according to Reuters.

AL-HAMZA – Police said they discovered and defused a car bomb parked near the Imam Al-Hamza Al-Sharqi shrine in the town of Al-Hamza south of Diwaniya, according to WNA.

SUQ AL-SHIYOUKH – Mahdi Army militiamen attacked the Badr Organization headquarters in the town of Suq Al-Shiyoukh south west of Nasiriya on dawn Wednesday with small arms fire and roadside bombs and clashed with guards, a local Badr official told Nasiriya News Network.

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