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December 3, 2006
Sunday: 13 GIs, 108 Iraqis Killed; Pilot Listed As KIA

Updated at 1:00 p.m. EST, Dec. 4, 2006

On Sunday, U.S. military sources reported on the deaths of nine U.S. servicemembers in separate incidents across Iraq over the weekend; two soldiers were also wounded. Monday morning, authorities added four dead servicemembers to that list as a result of a helicopter crash in Anbar on Sunday. Also, an American pilot who crashed near Baghdad earlier this week was as of today formally listed as "killed in action." Meanwhile, 108 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 41 injured in various incidents.

Fourteen U.S. servicemembers have so far died during December. The new deaths bring Sunday's tally up to seven dead. On Saturday six other servicemembers died, and one soldier died on Friday.

Military authorities reported that a helicopter crash in Anbar killed four troops; it has not been determined if the crash was accidental. An American soldier was also killed today "during combat operations" in Baghdad. Two more soldiers were killed and two other soldiers were wounded also today but in Tikrit. On Saturday, two soldiers and a Marine died from "wounds sustained during enemy action." Also, two U.S. soldiers were killed in a bomb blast in Anbar province and another American soldier was killed near Taji when a roadside bomb blasted his convoy. The military also officially listed a downed U.S. pilot as "killed in action" after his determining that remains near the crash site belonged to him.

Military offensives continued in Baquba; three militiamen were killed and three Iraqi soldiers were injured. Near Garma, U.S. air strikes killed at least eight people, including women, children and militamen. The Iraqi army also reported killing one militiaman in an unspecified location. At least four others were killed in unspecified attacks around Baquba.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb planted near al Shaab stadium wounded six people. A mortar round landed on a secondary school in the Bab al-Muadham neighborhood, wounding ten students. Three people were killed and ten wounded when a car bomb exploded near a Qahira district bakery. Also, gunmen dragged an official from the Mandean religious group out of his house and then killed him. The body of Hidaib Mejhoul of the Iraqi Football Association was found two days after he was kidnapped, and Haitham Yassin, an advisor to the electricity minister, was kidnapped. Also, 50 unidentified bodies were discovered in Baghdad, and four south of the capital.

Near Kirkuk, a suicide bomber targeted the convoy of a senior police officer. He and two guards were injured; another three guards and the bomber were killed.

Three university students were injured in a roadside bomb attack in Basra.

In Mosul, a suicide car bomb killed two and wounded four other people. Six bodies were discovered around the city.

And a roadside bomb in Latifiya killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded a second soldier. Gunmen near Latifiya killed three people and wounded two others in a drive-by shooting.

In Najaf, Muslim cleric Sheikh Yassin Al-Harab was assassinated by unknown gunmen.

And 16 bodies were found in Baquoba.

 

Compiled by Margaret Griffis

 
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