Updated at 10:55 p.m. EST, Nov. 18, 2001
Today in Iraq, 66 Iraqis were killed or found dead and another 50 were injured.
Assassinations of local leaders are the note of the day, and a large-scale battle
is being waged in Baquba. Coalition forces also reported killing
11 suspected al Qaeda members in separate events, and U.S. forces conducted
raids in Sadr City.
Confusion still surrounds the abduction
of five contractors on Thursday. A new group called "Islamic Companies"
They remain missing; however, a second group of five contractors were involved
in a separate incident on Friday. A dispute over paperwork apparently resulted
in a firefight. Of the second group, one
was killed, one was hospitalized, and the other
three were handed over to British authorities today.
In the capital, the daily search for dumped bodies netted 20
corpses in western Baghdad. Also, Ali
Al-Adhadh and his wife were assassinated while traveling through the Yarmouk
district. He was an official in the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in
Iraq. His roles included being a foreign representative, human rights activist
and professor at the University of Technology in Baghdad. Also, an attack on
the home of Iraq’s science and technology minister in the Zayouna district;
one guard and injured another there.
Because an all out battle
is being waged in Baquba, a total
curfew has been imposed. Two
were killed and five wounded when a pair of mortar rounds fell on a residential
neighbohood. Also, a
gunman and three policemen were killed and three other officers injured
in unspecified incidents. At least another
12 were killed and another 11 injured during the battle. Three
corpses were also found in town, and there are unconfirmed reports that
two U.S. vehicles
were destroyed in an attack.
In Ishaqi, gunmen assassinated
Shi’ite tribal leader Asif al Khazraji and seven others.
U.S. soldiers detonated a car bomb in Tikrit. As firefighters were trying
to douse the flames, the car’s gas tank exploded and wounded
A suicide car bomber drove to an army checkpoint in Mosul before detonating
his explosives. Seven
Iraqi soldiers were wounded.
was killed and two policemen were injured when a roadside bomb targeting
a police patrol blew up near Latifiya.
Gunmen attacking alcohol dealers in Kut wounded
a nine-year-old passerby instead.
In Muwafaqiya, tribal leader Sultan
Salman was assassinated.
child was killed when a roadside bomb in Nassiriya exploded.
And in Fallujah, gunmen
killed Omar al-Falahi, who was a mosque preacher. Because they have called
for calm and unity, mosque preachers have become favored targets of violence.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis