Updated at 12:45 a.m. EDT, April 10, 2008
Demonstrations and car bans
marked the fourth anniversary
of the fall of Baghdad, while a war of words continued
between Turkish officials and Iraqi Kurds. Baghdad and Najaf were under
a 24-hour driving ban. Overall, at least 33 Iraqis were killed or found
dead today and another 61 wounded. Meanwhile, the Department of Defense released
the names of five previously unknown servicemember deaths and a sixth
death was reported elsewhere.
The military reported that three
sailors died near Kirkuk while conducting combat operations on Friday.
more servicemembers died in a roadside bomb attack the same day; a third
soldier was already known to have died in the event. A roadside bomb killed
a Naval officer on Saturday.
In Najaf, tens of thousands of demonstrators
protested the U.S. occupation
on the fourth anniversary of Baghdad’s fall. They gathered at the request of Shi’ite
militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr. Gunmen attacked a group of Shi’ite protesters
who were traveling to Najaf from Iskandariya; two
were killed and seven injured.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Prime Minister
vague threats at Iraqi Kurds after a Kurdish leader said that any Turkish
interference in Kurdish Iraq would be met with trouble in Kurdish Turkey.
In Baghdad, just seven
bodies were recovered off the streets; a 24-hour driving curfew likely had
something to do with the small number of dumped corpses. A sniper killed
a civilian and a policeman in southern Baghdad. A mortar round in a southern
neighborhood killed one person
and wounded two more.
Clashes in Buhriz between gunmen and al-Qaeda
linked fighters left 30 wounded.
were killed and four injured when a car bomb blew up in Muqdadiyah.
An explosive device killed
three Iraqi soldiers in Basra.
In Khalis, gunmen killed
tribal leader Jalal al-Daini.
of a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party was found near Kirkuk.
bearing gunshot wounds and torture marks, was found in Mahaweel.
al-Qaeda linked militants were killed in Hit.
In Diwaniya, a roadside
bomb targeting a U.S. patrol wounded
four civilians instead.
casualties were reported in the explosive demolition of an Iraqi army officer’s
home in Haditha.
Hilla was placed
under curfew after explosive devices were set off near two U.S. patrols. Police
found a bullet-riddled body.
Also, gunmen kidnapped
a doctor on his way to work at a hospital.
policemen were injured during an armed attack in Baquba. U.S. troops shot
an an ambulance, they believed had just fired upon them; no
one was hurt. Police found the body
of Sheik Ahmed Ibrahim.
In Muthanna, a judge
from Samawa was shot dead. Three
policemen were injured in a hand grenade attack.
At least three
people were killed and six wounded when mortars fell on two villages in Diyala
a man in Mussayab.
Iraqi soldiers set
fire to two cars in Fallujah, believing them to contain explosives.
bodies were recovered from the Tigris River at Suwayra.
by Margaret Griffis