Updated at 1:34 a.m. EST, Mar. 24, 2007
At least 74 Iraqis
were killed or found dead and 48 Iraqis were wounded. Several notable events
also took place. An assassination
attempt on Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zobaie killed nine
people and injured the deputy prime minister. The US military reported on the
deaths of five U.S. servicemembers, and Iran captured
15 British servicemen who were patrolling Iraqi waters.
The U.S. military
reported on the deaths of five servicemen: A Marine
died during combat operations in Anbar province yesterday, while a bomb
an American soldier in Baghdad. A soldier
was shot dead in Balad on Wednesday, and a roadside bomb killed
a servicemember on Tuesday. Another GI serving in Iraq died
of injuries received in an accident on Wednesday.
U.S. troops chasing
gunmen accidentally killed
a father and his two sons and injured their mother in Hibhib. Meanwhile, British
troops in Basra killed
a civilian and wounded two others during security operations there.
Fifteen British naval personnel were
seized in Iraqi waters by neighboring Iran. The sailors had just completed
on a merchant ship. While the British are currently treating the incident as a
misunderstanding, they are demanding the sailors be returned immediately. Coincidentally,
the UN Security Council is expected to vote tomorrow on a resolution that will
impose sanctions on Iran for continuing their uranium enrichment programs.
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zobaie, who is a Sunni Arab, escaped an assassination
attempt at his home in Baghdad. A suicide
bomber blew himself up inside an adjacent mosque where al-Zobaie was attending
to his daily prayers. A car bomb also exploded at the compound. Nine
people, including an advisor, were killed and 15 others, including al-Zobaie were
Elsewhere in Baghdad, six
were killed and 19 wounded during a car bombing at a used car lot in the al-Habibiya
neighborhood within Sadr City. In Doura, two people were killed injured in a roadside
bomb blast. Also, 26
dumped bodies were found scattered throughout the capital.
of a woman and her teenage daughter were found in Diwaniya. The bodies
of two policemen were also discovered yesterday.
bodies were recovered in Mosul; two belonged to teenagers.Also, the airport
was shelled, and a roadside bomb injured
A roadside bomb in Yusufiya killed
a policeman and injured two others.
of a police lieutenant colonel and his driver were found near Tikrit in al-Door.
policemen were killed during a bomb blast in Fallujah.
A bomber ran
away from his car in Najaf after being stopped at a checkpoint; he detonated the
car bomb, which injured
three policemen, by remote
The province director of civil defense, Colonel
Ahmed Kadhim Jawad, was killed in Khalis. Two
civilians were injured by random gunfire.
In Al Bu Ajeel village, gunmen
stormed a home where they killed
four members of the same family, including women and an infant.
casualties were reported after a bomb was detonated in Kirkuk. Southwest of
Iraqi soldiers were killed and three more wounded during an ambush.
gunmen were killed in Diyala; 30 others were arrested.
by Margaret Griffis