Updated at 12:35 p.m. EST, Jan. 21, 2007
Saturday was the deadliest
day for U.S. forces in almost two years. American military authorities reported
that an American
helicopter crashed, killing
12 American soldiers near Baquba. The U.S. military also announced that
other American soldiers were killed in five separate incidents; three
soldiers were wounded as well. And, 81 Iraqis were killed or found dead
today and another 33 were wounded in various incidents throughout Iraq.
A Blackhawk transport helicopter crashed in northern Iraq today, killing
all 12 aboard; a website linked to the Baath party claimed
that an Islamic group shot down the helicopter. Another soldier
died in northern Iraq from wounds sustained in a roadside bomb attack. Militia
fighters attacked the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in the holy city
of Karbala; five
GIs were killed. A roadside bomb blast killed
one soldier and wounded a second GI today in northern Baghdad. Also,
army officer was injured in bomb blast in Mosul.
Two of the reported dead were killed on Friday: One
GI was killed and two more injured in Ninewah province when a roadside
bomb blasted them. Also, a Marine
died from wounds sustained during enemy combat in Anbar Province.
casualties were reported when a U.S. vehicle was damaged by a bomb in Deloiyah.
reported falling on bases in Baghdad and Haditha, but the reports are unconfirmed
by U.S. officials. In Baghdad, Iraqi troops backed by U.S. helicopters killed
15 suspected members of the Omar Brigade.
A bomb blast damaged a British vehicle in Basra, but no
casualties were reported.
In Baghdad, police said that mortar rounds killed
four people and wounded six others when they fell on the Suleigh neighborhood;
unconfirmed reports place the casualty toll higher. One
person was killed and nine wounded during a mortar attack in nearby Raghiba
Khatoun. In the Yarmouk district, gunmen shot
dead an employee for the telephone company; two
others traveling in the same car were injured. Police
Major Salim Sattar was assassinated in the Shaab neighborhood, and an employee
of Iraqiya TV was killed in the Jihad district. Also, 29
dumped bodies were found scattered around the capital.
officers were killed and two were injured when gunmen attacked a checkpoint
south of Baghdad.
In Mosul, a bomb blast near Iraq army Colonel
Nizar Al-Atroshi’s office killed
him; an American officer, an
Iraqi translator and an Iraqi contractor were also injured in the blast.
engineer was killed in a separate incident; he worked for state-owned Ninewa
TV. Five bodies
were turned in to the morgue.
Gunmen stormed a home in Madaen where they killed
three people, including two women. Also, two
bodies were found.
a judge and his 20-year-old brother in Khalis.
were wounded and two
more killed by an explosive device in Kirkuk.
was found in Iskandariya; the victim had been shot in the head. One
person was also gunned down in a separate incident. Also, two
people were killed and four wounded at a fake security checkpoint.
A roadside bomb in Daquq wounded
The hospital in Baquba reported that they had received six
Compiled by Margaret Griffis