Updated at 12:45 p.m EST, Jan. 9, 2006
At least 99 Iraqis were killed or found dead today and another 88 were injured
during violent attacks; two Yemeni citizens associated with a militant group
were also killed. U.S. military authorities also reported that two
American soldiers were killed in separate events on Sunday. And, Iraqi
police said that a U.S. vehicle was attacked in Mosul, but no
casualties have been reported there.
The UN has asked
for $60 million to cover the costs of helping millions of Iraqi refugees who
fled to other countries or were internally displaced within Iraq. They estimate
that one out of every eight Iraqis has relocated to avoid increasing violence.
report in the Washington Post counted almost 23,000 Iraqi deaths in 2006,
with the bulk occurring during the second half of the year.
U.S. military authorities reported that soldiers, who were protecting a road
repair crew, came under small arms fire just north of the capital; one
American soldier was killed in the incident. Another
GI died from injuries sustained during combat operations in Salah ad
Din province. Both events took place on Sunday. The Defense Ministry reported
that Iraqi army troops killed 27
militia members and wounded 43 others in several
locations, including 23 in Baghdad. Also, witnesses on Palestine Street
that gunmen had set up a fake checkpoint. Local residents engaged them in battle,
but U.S. forces thwarted their attempt by chasing off the gunmen.
In Baghdad, a bus carrying workers from Sadr City to the airport was ambushed;
15 were killed
and another 15 injured. Gunmen killed
a family of six in Doura, and another six
bodies belonging to people, who were returning from funerals in Najaf, were
discovered there. In the Sulaikh district, clashes between gunmen and the Iraqi
army left one
civilian dead and two injured. And 25
dumped bodies, believed to be victims of sectarian death squads, were recovered
in various neighborhoods.
Several explosions were heard in the capital: A bomb placed under a car killed
three people and wounded one in the Zaafaraniya district. One
policeman was killed and two people were injured by a roadside bomb. A separate
roadside bomb in southeastern Baghdad injured
three pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia. Another roadside bomb in the
area targeted a convoy of official vehicles; two
civilians were killed and five wounded. Falling mortars injured
10 people in southern Baghdad. Also, two
people were killed and four injured by mortars in a western neighborhood.
In Ramadi, two
policemen were killed and three more wounded when a suicide truck bomber
attacked a checkpoint. A tribal council official reported that a leader from
a militant group Ansar al Sunna was captured; two
Yemeni aides were killed during the incident.
bearing gunshot wounds was discovered in Mosul. At least four
other bodies were also found.
people were killed in unspecified attacks in Baquba.
Also, kidnappers abducted
a senior tribal chief from Salah ad Din province while he was traveling
on a road near Samarra, four
Sunni women in Baghdad, and three
Iraqi contractors in Hawija.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis