Updated at 11:55 a.m. EST, Jan. 6, 2007
In Baghdad, Muslim clerics issued warnings that residents should be on the
alert for increased attacks during what is called "Baghdad
Liberation Day." Clashes did erupt in one neighborhood despite precautions.
Overall today, 82 Iraqis were killed or found dead and another 27 were wounded
in separate incidents around the country.
A Marine Corps tank struck a roadside bomb in Fallujah today; no
casualties were reported, but the tank was set ablaze. U.S. forces also
two hostages during a raid in Baghdad, and treated two
children who were injured during a mortar attack in Buhriz. Also, key advisors
to the prime minister said
that Iraqi forces backed by U.S. troops will begin neighborhood-by-neighborhood
raids in Baghdad in hopes of containing sectarian violence.
In Baghdad, clashes broke out in the Amil district between residents and militia
members; one Shi’ite
militiaman was killed and three others wounded. Mortars also fell in the
Amil area; five
people were injured. Four
people were killed and 11 wounded when mortars fell on a market in the Zafaraniya
district. In central Baghdad, no
one was injured when a bomb in a garbage can exploded. Also, the body of
Ahmed Hadi Naji, an
Associated Press employee, was found at a morgue in the capital several
days after he had gone missing. At
least 47 other bodies were found dumped in Baghdad.
Muzahim Younis and his escort were gunned down in Mosul. In a separate incident
northeast of the city, Colonel
Fouad Al-Dabbagh was shot dead after prayer service in an al Amn mosque.
The city is also under a state of alert after several police stations were attacked
with mortar rounds; no
casualties were reported.
policemen were killed in Tal Afar when they entered a booby-trapped home.
In a related incident, two
gunmen were killed during a battle at the home of a high-ranking officer.
major and a policeman were injured by a roadside in a bayside area.
In Iskandariya, gunmen stormed a home where they killed
a former Baath party member and his son. Three
bodies were also found in the city.
A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi patrol killed
an army captain and four soldiers in Baiji.
In Riyadh, Iraqi army troops killed
Gunmen attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint in Duluiya; four
soldiers were killed and two injured.
In Kirkuk, two
policemen were injured by a roadside bomb; one of them, a major, was seriously
Iraqi army soldiers were gunned down in Baquba.
Iraqi security forces conducted a raid in Abu Khado; no
casualties were reported, but witnesses stated that residents were called
to arms at the local mosques.
beheaded bodies were discovered floating in the Tigris River.
And in Basra, an American
contractor of Iraqi origin and two Iraqi translators were kidnapped.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis