Updated at 10:59 p.m. EST, Dec. 1, 2006
troops left Iraq for good today, 68 Iraqis were killed and another 164
wounded in violent events across the country. U.S. authorities announced
of a soldier on Thursday, and a prominent Iraqi
soccer official was abducted.
In Coalition news, the U.S. military reported that a second American
soldier was killed in Baghdad on Thursday; the death
of the first soldier had already been announced yesterday. During clashes
in the Fadhil neighborhood of Baghdad, combined U.S. and Iraqi troops engaged
militiamen; three Iraqis were
killed and another 11 wounded. Also, U.S forces killed
two suspected militiamen and wounded
a female human shield in raids near Baghdad, and a detainee
at Camp Cropper died of apparently natural causes.
Despite a regular Friday car curfew in Baghdad, bombers were able to carry
out their attacks. A car bomb in the Hussainiya neighborhood killed
3 and wounded 15 people. Three
people were killed and 28 wounded as another car bomb was detonated at the
al-Ghazel pet market. In the Sadiyah area, a family was drawn out of their house
by an explosion; a second bomb killed
one man and wounded six of his relatives. Three
were killed and four injured in the Rashidiya neighborhood when mortars
fell on them.
Early in the day, gunmen attacked an empty Sunni mosque; residents drove off
the vandals with gunfire, but no
casualties were reported. Last night, Hadib
Majhoul, the chairman of the Talaba club and a member of the Iraqi Soccer
Federation, was kidnapped while on his way to work, and two
young Iraqi women were abducted on Friday. Also, 20
bodies were found scattered around the capital.
In Samawa, two
people were killed and 13 wounded when mortars fell in a residential area
late yesterday. Also, one
civilian and 31 others were wounded late last night during more clashes
between the Mahdi army and police.
A roadside bomb in Kirkuk intended for a U.S. patrol killed
two civilians and wounded four others instead, and a suicide
car bomber killed himself and three others.
In Latifiya, a roadside bomb blasted a minibus; one
person was killed and four were injured.
A suicide car bomber in Mosul attacked a police checkpoint. Five
people, including the bomber, were killed and 29 people were wounded.
Near Muqdadiya, mortar rounds fell on a village, killing
three and wounding 14 others.
In Sinjar, 14
Kurdish farmers were found shot dead in a field.
Mortar rounds fell in Mahmudiya, killing one person and wounding four.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis