Updated at 7:25 p.m EST, Feb. 17, 2007
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived for an unannounced
visit to Baghdad this morning. A day earlier a Marine
was killed in combat in Anbar Province. Also, at least 55 Iraqis
were killed or found dead today and 108 others were wounded in violent incidents.
While some are lauding
the security crackdown in Baghdad, others are warning
that militant operations have merely moved to neighboring provinces. Only four
militants were killed and 144 captured during associated raids and checkpoint
searches in the capital over the last several days. Iraqi forces also laid siege
to the area surrounding the Sunni National Dialogue Council headquarters and
ordered their guards to lay down their weapons; no
casualties were reported. Negotiations are underway with leaders; the party
has 11 seats in parliament.
U.S. forces also killed
eight gunmen in separate air strikes in Ramadi. And, rockets were launched
at British checkpoints in Basra where they caused no
Elsewhere in the capital, five
people were wounded in a bombing near the al-Ghadir bridge, and two
children were wounded in a bombing in the Ur neighborhood. Also, five
bodies were recovered scattered in Baghdad.
In Kirkuk, a double car bombing at a marketplace killed
wounded 83 others.
Heavy clashes took place in Hit where two
policemen were killed, five were wounded and up to 50 gunmen were arrested.
A four-day curfew remains
In Hilla, a policewoman
and her young daughter were killed when gunmen stormed her home. A roadside
a policeman and wounded three others. Also, a body
was found floating in the Euphrates.
headless bodies were fished out of the al-Malih River at Suwayra.
bodies were found in Khalis.
officer was gunned down after work in Kut.
At a checkpoint just north of Karbala, a suicide
car bomber wounded two policemen.
In Fallujah, gunmen attacked an Iraqi army base, leaving an unspecified
number of casualties. A U.S.
tank was burned during a separate attack.
decomposed bodies were discovered dumped together near a Shi'ite mosque
In Baquba, mortar shells fell on al-Huwayder village where they killed
one civilian and wounded ten others. Elsewhere, ten
gunmen were killed during an attack on a checkpoint in town.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis