Updated at 12:20 a.m. EDT, June 3, 2007
Although the number of
casualties was moderate today, significant events are taking place, including
further posturing by Turkey. At least 78 Iraqis were killed or found dead and
59 were injured in violent attacks. Also, two GIs were killed in separate
incidents. And, a British
soldier was wounded in Basra.
The family of a U.S. servicemember,
who was wounded two weeks ago in Iraq, today announced that he
has died from his wounds. The DOD announced that another soldier died
in May bringing the tally up to 127 GI deaths; he
was killed in a small arms attack in Baghdad on Thursday. Also, a U.S.
helicopter made a "hard landing" after receiving
enemy gunfire in the Khan Bani Saad region.
Meanwhile, in other military
news, Turkey is saying that troops stationed in northern Iraq are being harassed
by local armed forces. Turkey has been threatening military action against what
it describes as Kurdish rebels in Iraq, who are crossing the border and encouraging
Kurd populations in Turkey to seek independence. A recent bombing in Ankara is
blamed on these groups.
Also, an anonymous Interior Ministry official released
figures showing that May was the deadliest month for Iraqis since the start of
a security crackdown in February. However, the UN had recently rebuked Iraq for
not providing accurate figures, in an attempt to play down sectarian and other
violence in the country.
In Baghdad, 10
people were killed and at least 23
wounded in a mortar barrage in the Fadhil neighborhood. Gunmen killed
three people and wounded two others in separate incidents in western Baghdad.
bullet-riddled bodies were found in Bayaa. In Shula, 2000 people marched
to demand better services. The Imam of Al Siddeeq mosque was killed in the Ghazaliya
neighborhood. In Saidiya, 12 IEDs were defused.
corpses were recovered in several locations.
Also, it is believed
that other militant groups are coming to the aid of fighters who are battling
al-Qaeda elements in the Amiriya area of the capital. This is the third day of
intense clashes. Meanwhile, Iraqi troops reported killing
five gunmen, wounding several others, and detaining 32 in the capital. And,
soldiers were killed and 15 wounded during a security mission.
of a tribal leader was discovered in Sulaiman Bek.
car bomber at a checkpoint in Shurqat killed
five Iraqis, including two soldiers and two policemen.
Khormato, gunmen damaged
a major bridge that links Baghdad with the northern cities of Kirkuk and Arbil.
Small cars are still able to use the crossing, but heavy trucks must now detour
through dangerous areas.
Three Iraqi soldiers were kidnapped
near Kirkuk. Gunmen killed
a civilian. Last night, an IED injured
six members of the emergency brigade. Also, in a separate incident, an IED
an Iraqi soldier at a bus station.
bodies were brought into the hospital at Khalis this morning.
of a teacher and policemen were brought into the hospital morgue in Diyala
civilians were killed in scattered incidents throughout Diyala.
was injured during an IED explosion in a Baquba suburb. Gunmen injured
a policeman in a separate neighborhood.
A car bomb killed
an Iraqi soldier at Udhaim.
Iraqi soldier was killed and four were injured during an IED bombing in Muqdadiyah.
six people in a suburb.
a local al-Qaeda leader in Fallujah.
Compiled by Margaret