Updated at 2:00 p.m. EST, Dec. 23, 2006
As U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates ended his visit to Iraq, the U.S.
military reported that five
American servicemembers were killed there. Also, at least 36
Iraqis were killed and 15 were wounded in separate attacks. Friday is the
Muslim day of prayer, so there is usually less violence.
U.S. military authorities reported that an
American soldier was shot to death this morning and another was wounded
just west of the capital. Also reported, three
Marines and one soldier were killed on Thursday due to "enemy action"
in Anbar Province. These deaths bring the monthly total
for December to 75 American servicemembers killed. Also, Coalition forces
a militia member in an unspecified location.
In Baghdad, 12 dumped bodies were found in different sections of the city.
A roadside bomb killed
one and wounded seven when it exploded near the national theater. Three
Sunni worshippers, including
Imam Emad Al Shamari, were kidnapped from a mosque in the Bunouk neighborhood
right before weekly prayers. Also, militiamen kidnapped
three female university students then raped and killed them.
In Kut, police found the body
of a hospital worker who had been kidnapped Thursday in Aziziya.
A motorcycle bomb in Suwayra killed
one and wounded three. A
man was gunned down.
In Samarra, a car bomb exploded in front of the home of Ahmed al-Yaseen, brother
of Sunni Accordance Front parliament member Abdel Kareem al-Yaseen; he
and his wife were killed and four of his children were wounded. Also, two
policemen were killed by a roadside bomb.
A teenager in Haqlaniyah was injured when a roadside bomb exploded under his
tractor on Wednesday. Coalition forces transported him for medical treatment,
but the teenager
unidentified body was found in Khalis.
A mortar attack in al Boalwan wounded
an unspecified number of villagers, including a 10-year-old boy.
people were kidnapped at a fake checkpoint in Baquba. In separate events,
adults were killed and a child injured, and eight
bodies were found.
bodies were found in Diwaniya.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis