Updated at 12:13 a.m. EST, Mar. 18, 2007
A series of chemical
attacks in Anbar Province punctuated a relatively quiet day in Iraq. Overall,
at least 64 people were killed or found dead today, but at least 401
were wounded or poisoned. Eight American servicemembers were also killed
in separate incidents over the last two days.
The U.S. military reported
GIs were killed when they came across a roadside bomb in western Baghdad;
the blast was followed by small arms fire that wounded another soldier. An American
soldier was also shot to death in Baquba, while another
died in a non-combat related incident. On Friday, another American
soldier lost his life in a roadside bomb explosion south of Baghdad. On
March 14th, another
soldier died of wounds received on March 5 in Samarra. Several GIs were also
sickened in the chemical bomb blasts near Fallujah.
Near Fallujah, three
suicide bomber attacks killed at least eight people and sickened approximately
350 Iraqis and six U.S. servicemembers.
The bombers added chlorine to the explosives for maximum damage. The first attack
occurred at a checkpoint in Ramadi and injured one GI and one Iraqi. The second
attack was near a housing complex in Ameriya late last night while the third one
occurred 40 minutes later south of Fallujah and targeted a tribal leader. Injuries
range from wounds created by the explosion to rashes and vomiting from chlorine
exposure. Two of the bombs were hidden in dump trucks filled with chlorine canisters.
In Baghdad, two
policemen were gunned down in the Bayaa neighborhood. Also, a Sunni mosque
in the Doura neighborhood was blown up, but no
casualties were reported. Two
civilians were injured when a bomb exploded in al-Sileikh. Another civilian
was killed when a bomb was detonated in the al-Khadraa neighborhood. Gunmen
abducted a radio newscaster
and his driver. Also, 19
bodies were recovered in several neighborhoods.
bodies were fished out of the Tigris River at Suwayra, where bodies often
are caught in the intricate irrigation system.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb
a policeman and wounded another. Two infants were found alive and lying next
to two dead women.
bodies were also found.
was killed and four others wounded in Hilla when their patrol came across
a roadside bomb intended for a senior police official who survived the blast.
A bomb at a marketplace killed
one and wounded five more.
policeman and two civilians were killed and five others wounded during a car
bomb attack on a checkpoint in al-Harithiya.
people were killed and 15 injured due to a mortar explosion in Madaen.
Tikrit, gunmen killed
a police lieutenant colonel on his work to work.
killed five fish farmers in Bani Saad. In the nearby village of al-Sakran
civilians were gunned down.
Iraqis were wounded during a mortar attack in Basra.
In Fallujah, a
clash between gunmen and Iraqi troops resulted in one
dead Iraqi soldier and two injured.
civilians were killed during a bomb blast in Samarra.
men who were observed planting a roadside bomb were killed by U.S. troops
near Mirad as Suki.
In Mahmudiya, two
pilgrims were injured by a bomb blast.
In other news, the supreme leader
of the Kurdish Islamic Movement, Mullah
Ali Abdul-Aziz, passed away in London of natural causes. Also, Saadoun
Hammadi, a former and senior Baath Party member and long-time ally of Saddam
Hussein died at a facility in Germany, also of natural causes. Plus, a sandstorm
followed by heavy rains reduced visibility and travel in Baghdad.
by Margaret Griffis