Update at 12:30 a.m. EST, Feb. 9, 2007
At least 212 Iraqis were reported killed or found dead today in Iraq.
Another 123 were wounded in various incidents. Also, four
Marines were killed in two separate attacks in Anbar province yesterday.
And, a day after seven American servicemembers were killed in a helicopter crash,
U.S. officials added that a private security helicopter was forced down after
it came under fire; no one was
injured in the "hard landing" on Jan. 31st.
The much-awaited security crackdown was implemented in Baghdad yesterday.
Today, U.S. troops reported killing
13 militia members in an air raid outside of Baghdad at Amiriyah and eight
more at Arab Jabour. Local officials are insisting that U.S. air strikes
killed 45 civilians, including
women and children, and injured 20 more in Zaidan. During another raid,
U.S. troops raided the health ministry building and arrested
Hakim Zamili, the deputy health minister.
In Baghdad, 37
bodies were found scattered around town. A car bomb killed
eight and wounded 12 in the al-Amin area. Gunmen attacked a checkpoint in
central Baghdad; an
army officer and a soldier were killed while another soldier and three policemen
were injured. Also, a convoy belonging to a member of the Fadhila Shi'ite
political party, Ammar Tu'uma, was attacked; one
guard was injured in the incident which took place in the Mansour district.
In Rafiyaat, gunmen stormed two neighboring homes where they separated the
men from the women and children. They dragged the men outside and machine-gunned
14 to death; a 15th man survived his wounds.
Gunmen attacked a police unit in Baquba, killing
four policemen and a civilian. Five
more civilians were killed while driving on a road outside of town. And,
police said they killed
At a market in Aziziya, a car bomb killed
20 and injured 45 others.
were discovered in Mosul. Among them were five police officers. Two
civilians were shot dead in separate incidents.
In Garma, three
bodies bearing gunshot wounds to the head were discovered.
A booby-trapped car was successfully disarmed in Kirkuk; no
casualties were reported. Seven
people were abducted from a minibus.
In Suwayra, three
successive roadside bombs killed seven and wounded 23 late yesterday.
was killed and four others wounded yesterday at a mosque in Fallujah.
seven people and wounded ten in Iskandariya.
In Haditha, seven
policemen were killed and three wounded when a suicide
bomber attacked their checkpoint.
army officer was gunned down in Muqdadiya.
unidentified bodies were turned in to the morgue in Khalis; five were beheaded.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis