Updated at 12:45 a.m. EST, Jan. 7, 2007
Although the week began relatively peacefully, violenge surged today, in part
due to a renewed effort to control sectarian violence in the capital. At least
130 Iraqis were killed or found dead today and another 11 were wounded
in violent attacks. Military authorities announced the deaths of two American
soldiers in separate incidents. Also, a GI and a British soldier
were injured separately.
soldier died this morning in southwestern Baghdad when his patrol came
under fire. On Friday, a soldier
died from injuries sustained due to enemy action in Anbar province.
Also, an American
soldier and his Iraqi interpreter were wounded when a bomb went off near
their vehicle in Nuamaniyah. In Basra, a British
soldier was injured when his convoy came across a roadside bomb. Mortars
also rained on a British installation north of Basra, but no
casualties were reported. And, U.S. forces killed
four gunmen during a raid on suspected bomb makers.
In the capital, the Iraqi army began a campaign to quash sectarian violence
and death squad attacks; 30
militants were killed during a firefight north of the Green Zone. In a separate
incident, police clashed with gunmen, after arriving at a location in central
Baghdad to investigate a mass dumping of 27
bodies; no casualties were reported in the fighting. At least another nother
dumped bodies were recovered throughout the city.
Also in Baghdad, a car bomb killed
three and wounded four others in the Doura area. In Karradah, Major General
Ali Yassar, the
chief of Baghdad police, survived a bomb attack on his motorcade; one
civilian died and six were wounded, including three bodyguards.
at least six bodies were discovered in different neighborhoods. Also, gunmen
killed a Kurdish
laborer who worked for the government, and at
least one other person.
Gunmen attacked an Iraqi army patrol in Aqab valley; two
gunmen were killed in the incident.
and a former Baath Party member were shot dead in separate incidents in
Baath Party members were gunned down in separate incidents in Najaf.
Baath Party member was shot dead in Kifl.
In Iskandariya, the
body of a man who was shot to death was found on the main road.
were discovered in Basra; authorities suspect the bodies might belong to a pair
of Iraqis who were kidnapped yesterday along with an American of Iraqi descent.
The morgue in Kut received three
family of six was abducted in Muqdadiyah.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis