Updated at 11:10 p.m. EST, Feb. 7, 2007
Today was deadly for foreign servicemembers in Iraq. Military authorities reported
nine deaths including seven
American servicemembers who were killed during a helicopter crash this
morning northwest of Baghdad, and a Marine
who was killed in combat on Tuesday in Anbar province. A Polish
soldier was also killed and three more soldiers injured by a roadside
bomb near the Polish base at Diwaniya. In related news, AP is reporting
a surge in GI deaths over the last four months. Also, at least 86 Iraqis
were killed or found dead and 64 wounded in various violent incidents throughout
In Baghdad, the much-awaited security
crackdown began with little fanfare. However, violence still made its presence
known: A roadside bomb killed
a policeman and wounded three others in a central neighborhood. In the New
Baghdad area, a separate roadside bomb wounded
four more. Mortars killed
one person and wounded seven others in northeastern Baghdad. Gunmen killed
three people in a drive-by shooting in Yarmouk. No
one was injured when gunmen set fire to 16 homes in the Amil area. At al-Iraqiya
TV, three guards
were shot outside their headquarters in the Salhiya district. Ihsan al-Mashhadani,
ministry official was kidnapped. Also, 33
bodies were found scattered around the capital.
In Fallujah, a car bomb at a market killed
10 people, including two children, and injured 30 others. Also, a mortar
four people, including two women.
Iraqi soldiers killed
at least 10 gunmen during clashes in Ramadi.
children were killed and 12 people were injured during a mortar attack north
of the capital at Mzerat.
bodies were found in Baquba. They bore the torture and gunshot wounds common
to victims of sectarian violence.
In Mosul, gunmen killed
a government employee and her husband. A suicide
bomber targeted a police vehicle but injured no one.
An Iraqi soldier’s body
was found in Shirqat.
A roadside bomb near Suwayra killed
a woman and wounded two others.
were discovered in Mahmudiya.
were found in Yusufiya.
At a Muqdadiyah checkpoint, nine
people were kidnapped.
men and a woman were shot dead in Ishaqi.
On the road to Baghdad at Kut, a roadside bomb killed
a woman and injured two others. A bomb that resulted in property damage
caused no casualties.
One person was
wounded in Musayyib during a mortar attack.
A police officer
and a civilian were injured by a roadside bomb near Iskandariya.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis