Updated at 11:15 p.m. EST, Feb. 15, 2007
Despite a security
crackdown in Baghdad, violence continues unabated throughout Iraq and
the capital. At least 132 Iraqis were killed or found dead today and another
82 wounded in various incidents. Also, a Marine
was killed during combat operations in Anbar province, and two
British soldiers were injured in Basra.
Ayub al-Masri, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, was reported injured during
clashes somewhere near Balad; his
aide was killed.
The Iraqi government announced the launch of much-awaited security
crackdown in Baghdad. In concert with the increased Iraqi operations, U.S.
troops have set up more checkpoints and patrols and have conducted several raids.
The Iraqi army reported killing
two militants and arresting 33 others in various parts of the country. British
forces also ramped up their security
operations. During a rocket attack in Basra, two
Britons were wounded; in a separate incident, British troops killed
a gunman and injured a second militant.
In Baghdad, three
people were killed and 25 wounded during a bomb attack on a minibus in the
Sadr City district. In the Doura district, two separate car bombs killed
five people and wounded 20 others. In Amil, a police
commando was killed when his patrol came under fire. An Iraqi
soldier was gunned down in the Adhamiya neighborhood. A car bomb near the
al-Shurta tunnel wounded
an Iraqi soldier; two
civilians were injured in the attack. Mortars near the Green Zone injured
two people, including an American contractor. An embassy
employee was killed just outside the Green Zone on Wednesday. Also, 20
bodies were found scattered around Baghdad.
bodies were discovered on the outskirts of Mosul. Gunmen killed
a policeman, and another policeman
was killed by a roadside bomb in the city.
In Hawija, three car bombs killed
three people. The explosions were followed by an attack where dozens of
gunmen stormed the town. Nine
gunmen were killed in those clashes. Eight
security personnel were also injured.
A car bomb killed
11 in Ramadi.
A roadside bomb near Kirkuk killed
two people and wounded a third.
Tribal chief Sheikh
Abdul-Razzaq al-Farhood was shot dead near Kut.
In Diyala province, six
people were killed in separate attacks.
On a road to Balad from Baghdad, gunmen attacked a minibus; one
woman was killed and three others wounded.
Gunmen attacked the village of al-Gasreen with mortars and automatic weapons;
villagers were killed and 14 more were injured. Several of the injured were
taken to Baghdad because the nearest hospital at Baquba is under militant control.
policeman was killed and another wounded during a small arms attack on their
vehicle in Khalis.
The Iraqi army killed
a man who was planting a bomb in Muqdadiyah.
was gunned down in Balad Ruz.
The Iraqi foreign minister's motorcade was attacked near Kirkuk; Hoshyar Zebari
was not in the motorcade but three
guards were killed and three others wounded.
In Kirkuk, a civilian
was killed and another injured when bombs went off in a residential neighborhood.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis