Updated at 1:00 a.m. EDT, May 17, 2007
Violence today was marked
by heavy clashing in the Nasariya area and a chorine truck bomb in Abu Saida.
At least 147 Iraqis were killed and 243 were injured in those and other
attacks throughout the country. At least 21 people were kidnapped as well.
No foreign deaths were reported, but two were injured during shelling in the Green
Zone. Also, new data shows that the increase in American troops has had little
positive effect on violence.
Newly released U.S. data revealed
that the increase in troops has had little to no effect on violence in Iraq. If
anything, the surge has changed the tactics used. Instead of small armed attacks,
large-scale bombings are now preferred.
A truck bomb carrying chlorine
gas killed 45
people and wounded 60 last night in Abu Saida. Police denied the use
of chlorine, but many of the victims reported
breathing difficulties. The disembodied
head of an abducted police officer was found.
In Mosul, scores
of militiamen attacked a police station and detonated several bombs; four
policemen were killed and 30 others were wounded; 15
gunmen, including a Saudi national were killed during ensuing clashes. A curfew
is in place, and U.S. forces have helicopters in the area.. In a separate incident,
were killed as they were taking five prisoners to a hospital. The prisoners
overpowered the policemen and killed them with their own weapons. A woman
was killed and a child injured in a perhaps unrelated assault. .Also, a bridge
on the Tigris River was destroyed.
Baghdad, shelling killed
two Iraqis and injured ten others, including two foreigners, in the heavily
fortified Green Zone. In the Sheikh Umar neighborhood, a bomb near a cemetery
one and injured three others. Four
people were injured near Mustansiriyah University when a hand grenade was
tossed at them. In the Mansour district, a car bomb killed
one person and injured a second. Gunmen killed
a police colonel in Amiriya. A mortar falling in Shurtta Khamsa injured
Also in Baghdad, two
gunmen were killed and arrested during security operations; one
Iraqi soldier was also killed and 16 more were wounded. No casualites were
reported after a roadside bomb in Baladiyat exploded. A U.S. vehicle was targeted
with a roadside bomb, but no casualties were reported there either. Also, 30
unidentified bodies were dumped on city streets in several neighborhoods.
a fake checkpoint in the Ghalbiya area, gunmen stopped cars and abducted
Clashes between Iraqi forces and al-Sadr militiamen in Nasariya
dead and 75 wounded.
Near Nasariya in al-Shatra, four
people were killed and 20 wounded during clashing between al-Sadr militia
and Iraqi forces. Clashes erupted
after the arrest of an al-Sadr member and spread to Nasariya.
also occurred in Diwaniya where eight
civilians, two policemen and an Iraqi soldier were all wounded. The fighting
allegedly began over the arrests of al-Sadr followers, but then evolved into clashing
between militant groups.
Gunmen attacking an Iraqi army patrol killed
two soldiers and wounded three others in Fallujah. A member
of a reconstruction committee was also killed after gunmen intercepted his
car. Also, seven
tribesmen were killed during a suicide
bombing at a checkpoint.
In Baquba, gunmen attacked the head of
the Iraqi-U.S. Joint Coordination Center of Diyala Province; two
bodyguards were killed and another two were wounded. A soldier
died in a suicide
bombing at a checkpoint.
of the Riyadh city council and another council member were killed when
a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle.
Gunmen firing upon a car in
one person and wounded four others.
In Qara Taba, gunmen assassinated
a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.
A roadside bomb in Hawija
caused no casualties;
however, a second bomb injured
a police officer. One
person was killed and one injured during an explosion at a petrol station
casualties were reported during shelling on British locations in Basra.
a child and injured two civilians when they fired upon civilians who were
protesting lack of electrical power. Five
bodies were found.
occupants of a concret truck were killed on a highway between Baghdad and
A Yankija medical center was attacked and a member
of the staff was killed.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis