Updated at 7:35 p.m EST, Dec. 7, 2006
At least 57 Iraqis were killed or found dead today and another 10 were wounded
in several attacks. U.S. military authorities reported that another
U.S. soldier was killed yesterday in Iraq, and a GI
died today from wounds received in combat yesterday; they are listed in
Combined American and Iraqi forces killed
a regional al Qaeda leader. Also, a suicide car bomber targeted a U.S. patrol
in Mosul. Besides the bomber, no
casualties were reported, but two Humvees were destroyed.
In Baghdad, assassinations ruled an otherwise quiet day. Gunmen killed
deputy police chief Basil Abdullah and two of his guards near the al Shaab
National Stadium. The head of security at the Iraqi Ministry of Education, Brigadier
General Mohsen al-Yaseri, was killed in the Mansour district after gunmen
stopped his car. A third assassination occurred in the Gaderiya district where
Abdul Hameed al-Harith was killed in an unspecified manner.
Also in the capital, an explosion in the Wehda neighborhood killed
one person and wounded two others, and mortars fell in the Bayaladit district,
four people. Another bomb exploded near the national theater but no
casualties were reported. Also, 35
bullet-riddled bodies were recovered in several neighborhoods.
In Fallujah, a car bomb killed
three police officers.
were discovered in Iskandariya; they bore gunshot wounds and signs of torture.
A roadside bomb killed
one and wounded a second person in Riyadh, Iraq.
In Diwaniyah, gunmen killed
a former Baath party member.
girl was killed during a clash between gunmen and police in Mosul. Also,
Haidar Sulaiman was shot dead in eastern Mosul.
In the Diyala province, a civilian
was killed in a drive-by shooting and roadside bomb killed
one police officer and injured another person.
Two oil security workers were killed and two more were injured in Balad, when
they were stopped by gunmen running a false checkpoint.
In other non-violent events: Eight
thieves were killed during a fire caused by their attempt to steal oil from
a pipeline, and a detainee died of apparently natural causes at Camp Bucca.
They are not counted in today's tally.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis