Updated at 2:15 a.m EST, Mar. 5, 2007
U.S. troops re-entered Sadr
City by the hundreds. No casualties were reported there, but 59 Iraqis were
killed in separate events elsewhere, and another 23 were injured. Also,
the family of a Navy
corpsman said that he was killed by an explosive device in Ramadi on Thursday,
while the U.S. military reported the death
of a Marine in Anbar Province on Saturday. A British
soldier was injured in a shootout in central Basra.
A video of
of 18 men was posted on a website previously used by an al-Qaeda affiliated
group. The men had been reported kidnapped two days ago when the bodies of 14
policemen were found near Baghdad. The group claimed that the two groups were
not the same men, but that both groups had been killed in retaliation for an alleged
In what is being called
by some a "provocative act," hundreds of Iraqi and U.S. troops entered
Sadr City and conducted house-to-house searches. No casualties or fighting was
Iraqi forces supported by the British raided
an Iraqi intelligence agency detention where they freed 37 captives and discovered
evidence of torture. At least one
militant was killed and 106 others arrested in various raids in Baghdad. Fourteen
occurred in Kirkuk. An air raid by U.S. forces led to the release
of four hostages in southern Iraq. Also, a U.S. airbase near Fallujah was
attacked with Katyusha rockets, but no
casualties were reported.
In Baghdad, ten
bodies were recovered from several neighborhoods. A car bomb killed
one person and wounded four others in the Doura neighborhood. In a separate
incident nearby, a roadside bomb wounded
two people. A roadside bomb in central Baghdad killed
one and wounded three. Another in the Karrada district killed
two and wounded four. Also, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's house
caught fire, but the cause was unknown.
Gunmen in Baghdad’s Adhamiya
neighborhood attacked a police unit, killing
one officer and wounding two others. A senior editor at the independent al-Mashriq
al-Dhaher, was shot dead during a botched kidnapping attempt. Also, a Defense
Ministry adviser, who was kidnapped yesterday, was freed
during a raid today.
Near Hilla, three
women and a girl were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. patrol.
They were on their way to Kerbala for a religious observance. Six other pilgrims
were hurt. During a raid by U.S, forces on a mosque, a woman
was injured and three suspects were detained.
least 10 bodies were discovered scattered throughout Mosul. Two
policemen were killed and three injured during a clash with gunmen in the
A roadside bomb killed
four Iraqi soldiers near Baquba.
bodies were found near Tikrit, and two
civilians were gunned down in a village east of town.
by Margaret Griffis