Updated at 11:29 p.m EST, Nov. 19, 2006
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid
Moallem arrived in Iraq to find that 182 Iraqis were killed or reported
dead and 140 were wounded in separate incidents today. Prominent kidnapping
attempts also continued, some successful. The U.S. military reported that one
had been killed in Baghdad. Also, U.S. forces killed several "suspected
terrorists" in a pair of raids yesterday. Moallem is the highest-ranking
Syrian official to visit the country since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
The two neighboring countries have not had formal relations since 1982.
The U.S. military reported the death
of an American soldier during a roadside bomb attack late yesterday in Baghdad.
Also, Coalition forces killed
eight gunmen in a raid in Ramadi and two
others in an airstrike in Baghdad, both events occurred yesterday as well.
Combined U.S. and Iraqi forces also killed
another 12 militiamen and freed
eight Iraqi hostages in Baquba and near Kirkuk.
In prominent kidnappings: Judge
Mudhafar Al-Obeidi was kidnapped in west Baghdad, and men wearing camouflage
the Iraqi deputy health minister, Ammar al Saffar, in a separate event.
In an eastern neighborhood, a kidnapping attempt on police Colonel Yasin Ibrahim
in his death, the death of an accompanying policeman and the
kidnapping of their driver. Also, a police captain, Falah
Hassan, was wounded as he escaped an abduction attempt.
Several events took place in the capital. Police recovered 49
unidentified bodies late Saturday night and into Sunday; they were bound
and bore the usual gunshot and torture wounds. At a bus station in Baghdad’s
Al-Mashtel neighborhood, 15
were killed and 54 wounded when four car bombs blew up within a span of
a few minutes. A roadside bomb in the Saidiya neighborhood wounded
six people and one in an Eastern neighborhood killed
two people and wounded three others. In the Zaitoun area, gunmen shot
dead two people; minutes later, three
policemen were killed and three wounded when bombs rattled the same neighborhood.
more Iraqis were gunned down in the Oroba neighborhood and a policeman
on foot patrol was shot dead in an unspecified location in the capital.
In Hilla, at least 22
were killed and 48 injured when a suicide car bomber posing as a contractor
blew up his cargo amid a group of laborers looking for work.
Gunmen near Sadiya al Jabal shot at a minibus carrying farm workers; eight
were killed and two wounded.
A booby-trapped doll blasted
three children to their deaths and wounded another child in Hawija.
Kurdish artist, Masaud
Koran, was assassinated in Mosul’s Jaza’er neighborhood. In another incident
in Mosul, gunmen shot
dead an Iraqi soldier. Gunmen also killed
Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Ganim and his driver; he worked for the Facility
Protection Services. And police recovered the body
of an abducted 15-year-old girl.
Shortly after sunset in Kirkuk, three
people were killed and 22
wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a funeral for a man
shot dead late Saturday. At a separate gathering, gunmen shot
dead two other people.
The U.S. military reported today that a suicide car bomber killed
one police officer and wounded another at a police checkpoint in Haditha
bodies were brought to the hospital in Baqouba. Also, the U.S. military
now reports that 43 people were
killed in Baqouba during heavy fighting Saturday, up 25 from the reported
18 dead yesterday. Twenty-four police officers were among the dead.
And Iraqi forces said they killed a local al
Qaeda leader and his son in an unspecified village 60 miles north of Iraq.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis