Updated at 11:05 p.m EST, Nov. 11, 2006
As the Veteran’s Day holiday is observed in the United States, the War in Iraq
continues without a pause. Two
Coalition soldiers were killed and another two
injured. A translator for U.S forces was kidnapped, and at least 61
Iraqis were killed or found dead and 51 were injured. At least 50 others
were kidnapped, including a mass
kidnapping near Latifiyah.
The U.S. military reported that gunmen shot
dead two foreign soldiers, one Polish and one Slovakian, shortly after a
bomb exploded near their military humvee; another Pole
and an Armenian were injured in the incident that happened in Kut. A suicide
car bomber attacked
a U.S. patrol in the Taji area, north of Baghdad, and a roadside bomb exploded
near a second U.S. patrol in the Rustamiyah area; no casualties were reported
in either incident.
In other news, the Coalition announced
today that they are offering a reward for information leading to the return
of the kidnapped American soldier, Ahmed Kousay Altaie. Khalid Ismail, a Christian
translator working at an American base near Kut was kidnapped;
no others news on him, yet. The U.S. interests office in Hillah was struck
by up to 10 rockets. No casualties were reported, but the attack resulted
in a fire. Also, Iraqi officials and American observers are reporting that the
in healthcare in Iraq are killing thousands more.
In Baghdad, at least 25
bodies were found late Friday through Saturday evening; they bore gunshot
and torture wounds. Two car bombs exploded in quick succession, killing
eight people and wounding at least 38 others in a Hafidh al-Qadi marketplace;
this is a common tactic used to draw in new victims, often first responders,
to a second explosion. A roadside bomb killed
one motorist and wounded five others in an eastern area of the capital.
A car exploded in eastern Baghdad, killing
a suspected suicide bomber. And, gunmen in Bayaa killed
an intelligence officer.
On a highway near Latifiyah, Sunni gunmen set up a phony checkpoint and used
it to ambush a convoy of minibuses. Twelve
Shi'ite passengers were killed and at
least 52 were kidnapped.
In Kirkuk, a roadside bomb targeting a police patrol wounded
three civilians instead. A separate bomb hit its mark wounding
four police officers and a civilian. Also, gunmen killed
an Iraqi army soldier in front of his home in east Kirkuk.
Gunmen shot dead a policeman
and at least two civilians, including a staffer
at the agricultural directorate, in separate incidents in Baquba. Near Baquba,
in the town of Zaghinya, a suicide car bomber targeting a police station killed
two people, including a woman and the police
Two militiamen were killed
in Tal Afar during a search for those responsible for an attack on the Iraqi
army on Friday.
Near the Iranian border at Zarbatiya, gunmen shot
dead a police officer.
In Diyala, a booby-trapped car killed
a police officer.
bodies were fished out of the Tigris River at Suwayrah.
In Samarra, a police captain said the morgue had received five
headless bodies belonging to soldiers kidnapped in the Meshahda area last
Compiled by Margaret Griffis