Updated at 11:15 p.m. EST, Nov. 15, 2006
Kidnappings by death squads are commonplace in Baghdad; however, mass kidnappings
still grab the headlines. In developing news today, as
many as 60 more Iraqis were kidnapped from several minibuses and another
15 from a cafe, both in the capital. Another
fourteen were kidnapped near Nasariyah; four of the abductees are
believed to be American contractors. Also, the mass kidnapping in Baghdad
on Tuesday is still a major news item as conflicting
reports about it continue to surface. In other events, 83 Iraqis have
been killed or found dead today and another 33 have been injured. Also,
five American soldiers were killed and two injured in separate events
in Diyala and Baghdad.
The U.S. military announced that one U.S.
soldier was killed by small arms fire in the Diyala province today.
American soldiers were killed, two more injured, when a roadside bomb
blasted their vehicle during combat operations in Diyala province yesterday.
In a separate incident, also in Diyala yesterday, a third
American soldier was killed by small arms fire. They also reported on
of an American soldier from small arms fire in Baghdad on Tuesday. This
brings November’s tally up to 45 American deaths in Iraq.
The military also said that Coalition forces killed
nine suspected al Qaeda members in a raid near Yusifiya. And in Basra, British
under attack from Katyusha rockets. No casualties were reported there.
Officials are also reporting
that as many as 80 victims of the mass
kidnapping in Baghdad on Tuesday remain missing; many of those already freed
were tortured. Kidnappings
continued today with as many as 60
victims being snatched off minibuses in western Baghdad. Another 15
people were abducted from a cafe in the Bataween neighborhood, and fourteen
more were taken near Nasariyah, when a contractor convoy was ambushed.
Car and bicycle bombs were the note of the day in the capital. In the northern
Qahira area, a car bomb killed
one and wounded four. In the southwestern Amil district, a bicycle or motorbike
rigged with explosives killed
a man and wounded two others near a petrol station. A car bomb near a petrol
station on Palestine St., in northeast Baghdad, killed one person and wounded
four more. Another car bomb on Palestine St., this one near the Al Thawra
four and wounded eight. Palestine St. is a major thoroughfare near Sadr
City and often the site of attacks.
Also in Baghdad, 35
bodies were found scattered around the city. Gunmen also attacked a bakery
in eastern Baghdad, killing
nine and wounding two. Falling mortars in the Bab Al Sharqi region killed
one person and wounded three others. A roadside bomb killed
one and wounded three in the Shorja area in central Baghdad. In the Shaab
area in northeastern Baghdad, a roadside bomb near the national stadium killed
one police commando and wounded another.
In Mosul, gunmen attacked a convoy serving the governor of Mosul, Duraid Kashmula.
The governor was not in the convoy, but one
bodyguard was killed and four others were injured in the attack. Also, three
men were killed when the bomb they were planting exploded prematurely.
gunshot and mutilated bodies were recovered in Baiji.
gunshot bodies were found in Yusifiya.
Ten people were shot dead
A bomb targeting a police patrol in Mosul killed
two civilians instead.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis