Updated at 12:25 a.m. EDT, May 20, 2007
Minutes before British
Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived
in Baghdad’s Green Zone for a surprise visit, mortars fell on the heavily fortified
compound. However, 95 Iraqis were killed or found dead elsewhere, and another
65 were wounded. Also, six U.S. servicemember deaths were reported.
The U.S. military announced that one
soldier was killed and three were wounded during a roadside bombing south
of Baghdad; two
Iraqis were also wounded in today’s incident. Yesterday, a dismounted soldier
was killed during a small arms attack south of the capital. An MNF-W soldier
was killed in combat in Anbar province as well. North of the capital,
MNF-B soldiers were killed and two more were wounded during a combined
roadside bomb and small arms attack. Also, one
soldier was killed in Baghdad on Thursday, when his forward operating
base received indirect fire.
Senior Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi was greeted
with mortar fire when he arrived to observe security conditions in Buhriz.
His guards exchanged gunfire with the assailants for about 15 minutes before repelling
them. No casualties were reported in Chalabi's retinue.
Iraqi was wounded when mortars exploded in the Green Zone. A car bomb targeting
a checkpoint killed
one person and wounded four in Yarmouk district. Another car bomb killed
11 civilians and wounded 20 in al-Shurta al-Rabi'aa. Iraqi forces killed
four gunmen and arrested 152 suspects; three
Iraqi soldiers were killed and 12 were also wounded. A Katyusha rocket fell
near a deputy minister's home, killing
one of his guards. An exploding mortar caused no
injuries in Za'afaraniyah. Gunmen killed
a foreign ministry employee in the Baghdad al-Jadida neighborhood and a
policeman in Jisr Diyala. During clashes between gunmen and Iraqi forces in
civilian was killed and another wounded. At a Mansour district checkpoint,
car bomber killed
two Iraqi soldiers and wounded six more. Also, 20
unidentified bodies were found.
dumped bodies were found in Basra; seven belonged
to janitors working for British forces. Also, a police
officer was killed an another wounded during an attack on a joint coordination
Near the Iranian border, 16
members of one tribe were killed in Qara Lus, just outside Mandali.
The assailants were dressed
as Iraqi soldiers.
In Kirkuk, a police
officer was killed during a drive-by shooting. Another policeman
was killed on his doorstep; two
bystanders were also injured. Two
civilians were injured during a bombing.
bodies were found in Hilla.
civilian was killed in Mussayab during clashes between militants and
In Fallujah, three
bodies belonging to members of the Anbar Salvation Council were found.
A bomb, thought to be from a previous war, killed
three children and wounded an old woman in Nasariya.
people were killed and two wounded when gunmen opened fire on a car.
Iraqi soldiers were killed and 10 people, mostly civilians were injured during
clashing in Diwaniya.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis