Updated at 12:15 p.m. EST, Dec. 17, 2006
Today, military authorities reported that three
GIs were killed and another wounded by a roadside bomb in Baghdad yesterday.
soldier died from small arms gunfire in Ramadi. At least 57 American
servicemembers have died in Iraq during December. Also,
two UK soldiers were injured in Basra by a roadside bomb. A
contractor from New Zealand was also reported dead. And, 81 Iraqis were
killed or found dead and another 10 were wounded.
New Zealand contractor was was killed when his armored vehicle was pierced
by a shell; the exact of death is unreported, but his wife confirmed the event.
During a raid in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City, U.S forces killed
one militiaman and wounded a second.
Police in Baghdad recovered 53
dumped bodies; at least nine were killed execution style. It is believed
that the majority of unidentified bodies belong to victims of sectarian violence.
In the New Baghdad neighborhood of Tal Mohammed, gunmen and residents clashed;
residents were killed and one was wounded.
In Baquba, clashes between Iraqi soldiers and militiamen left two
civilians dead and five others wounded. Gunmen also killed
two policemen during an attack on a checkpoint, and police discovered 10
Sheikh Sattar al-Khadran and a companion in Zuhra; he was the leader of
the Bayati tribe.
In Mosul, gunmen killed
a man selling cooking gas canisters and a Christian
car mechanic in separate incidents.
A roadside bomb in Kirkuk killed
an Iraqi army officer and wounded three other soldiers. Police found two
bodies in the city's Shwan area. Also, gunmen stormed a home, killing
a man and kidnapping his wife. She was later freed by police, but not before
being raped by the gunmen.
And in Iskandariyah, Sunni
Sheikh Alaa Muhsin and Sheikh Ismail al- Khanfashi, head of an Iraqi NGO were
Compiled by Margaret Griffis