Updated at 11:30 p.m. EDT, May 12, 2007
Although Saturday was
packed with violent activity, few casualties were produced. Overall, 40 Iraqis
were killed and 24 wounded. However, one of the deadliest ground attacks on
American soldiers occurred in Mahmudiya. At least four GIs and as many as 7
were killed in an early morning attack. Another two American servicemembers
were also reported killed in separate incidents.
The U.S. military reported
that a patrol consisting of seven
American soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter was ambushed. At least five
are dead, and the other three are missing. It was not revealed whether the interpreter
was among the dead or the missing. An injured
Iraqi was later found and he confessed to having participated in the attack.
was reported killed Thursday in Anbar province, while an MP
was killed in Iskandariya yesterday. And, an Australian patrol
struck a roadside bomb, but no
casualties were reported.
In Baghdad, two explosions
occurred in the Green Zone. The son
of Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi was seriously injured in a roadside bombing
in Adhamiya, at least two
others were killed. Two roadside bombs targeted U.S. patrols in the Saidiya
and Baladiyat neighborhoods, but no
casualties were reported. A bomb in Amiriya caused no
casualties. A roadside bomb in the Abu Ghraib area left one
Iraqi soldier injured. Last night, a bombing in northeastern Baghdad left
one dead and five injured. Also, police recovered 17
dumped bodies scattered in several locations.
bodies were found near Latifiya.
In Fallujah, gunmen
killed a former
colonel, who had served during the Saddam regime. Four armed groups said
they would combine to form the "Jihad and Reforms" group.
officer was gunned down in Diwaniyah.
was killed while driving a truck bomb near a petrol station in Mada’en.
A large weapons cache was found
in town. A resident
was injured by mortar fire. Also, two
people were killed and five wounded when a parked car blew up.
night, a former Iraqi national team soccer
player was injured during an assassination attempt in Basra. A civilian
was injured in a bombing west of town.
showered the Iraqi National Guard headquarters in Hibhib.
home belonging to the municipality chairman’s brother was blown
up after the residents were told to flee.
Hundreds of people staged
a demonstration in Baquba demanding better security. Meanwhile, a Shi’ite
shrine was blown
up. One body
was recovered. Gunmen attacked and injured
a man in the suburbs. Also, two
gunmen were killed and one arrested during a clash that followed an attempted
In Muqdadiyah, the imam and preacher of a mosque were
during a raid conducted by Iraqi policemen.
In Sadr City, three people
during a raid intended to break an arms-smuggling network.
of the Islamic Medical Society was gunned down outside his Mosul clinic.
car bomb in Diyala province killed
two and wounded three others. Thirty suspects were detained
during a joint U.S.-Iraq raid. An Iraqi legislator suggested
that tribal clans organize to defend the province because government support would
be slow in coming.
An Iraqi Humvee was damaged
in a roadside bombing in Haditha.
In Karbala, a suspected
al-Qaeda operative was arrested.
casualties were reported when gunmen blew
up a home in Latifiya.
people were killed and three injured in a Wajihiya area bombing.
by Margaret Griffis