Updated at 12:20 a.m. EDT, June 4, 2007
servicemembers were killed and at least 21 were wounded in separate attacks
in Iraq over the weekend; dozens
more were sickened by a chlorine gas explosion near Baquba.. At least 106
Iraqis also lost their lives and 115 more were wounded during violent activity.
And, Turkey shelled
a number of Iraqi villages in an attempt to combat Kurdish separatist forces,
while U.S. Defense Secretary Gates asked
them to hold off on using military force.
The military reported on the
deaths of 15 soldiers: Northwest of the capital, an IED killed
four MND-B soldiers today. Another MND-B
soldier was killed in a separate IED explosion; three
soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter were also wounded. A sixth
MND-B soldier was killed and two wounded during combat operations in Easten
Baghdad. Another soldier
was wounded in Duluiya. Also, 62
soldiers were sickened by a chlorine bomb explosion near Forward Operating
Base Warhorse in Diyala province; all returned to duty later in the day. Earlier,
mortars had slightly injured
two soldiers at the base.
Yesterday, an MND-B
soldier was killed and two wounded alongside during an attack in western
Task Force Lightning soldiers were killed and three more wounded when
an IED blasted their patrol in Ninewah. A Task
Force Marne soldier was killed in a small arms attack while patrolling
Baghdad. In Diyala, a Task
Force Lightning soldier was killed during an explosion, while another
was killed in a separate bombing. Southwest of the capital, a suicide
bomber killed a GI. Also, an IED killed
an MND-B soldier and injured eight more in western Baghdad.
an attack southwest of Baghdad on June 1st, a Task
Force Marne soldier was killed; the military had earlier said the death
had occurred on Saturday. Two more GIs were reported to have died in the first
three days of June, bring the total for the month to 17. May was the third
deadliest month of the occupation and the worst for American servicemembers
In Baghdad, twelve
security officers were wounded during a security operation in an undisclosed
location. A blast took place in the Bab al-Muadham area, but no
casualties were as yet reported. The director
of the Central Iraqi Bank and his brother were killed in Amil. A mortar shell
a civilian near the Umm al-Tubool mosque. Three
civilians were wounded in crossfire in the Saydiya neighborhood. In Doura,
civilians were injured during a mortar attack. A roadside bomb killed
two men in al-Qadisiyah. Also, 31
dumped bodies were found scattered in several locations.
U.S. air forces attacked men about to launch rockets into the Green Zone;
four of the gunmen
were killed and one was wounded. Witnesses are saying that up to seven
civilians were killed and four wounded during the operation.
people were killed and 30 wounded during car bombing at a busy marketplace
in Balad Rouz.
During weekend clashing in Diwaniya, at
least three people were killed and 29 others, including five policemen, were wounded.
people were killed and ten wounded when gunmen opened fire at a fake checkpoint
near Baquba. Two
gunmen were killed in clashes. Also, gunmen killed
Near Kirkuk, two
farmers were killed in the crossfire between warring tribes.
in Mosul received the bodies
of nine people. Tribal sheikh Ghanim Al Sabawi was assassinated.
Also, a Christian
Chaldean priest and three companions were assassinated after their car was
stopped following services at a church.
An old customs building was blown-up
without loss to life in Sulaimaniyah.
An exploding hand grenade
lobbed at a police patrol in Hawija wounded
two policemen and a civilian.
Iraqi and Coalition forces killed
seven al-Qaeda suspects on Saturday in Fallujah.
Iraqi soldiers killed
U.S. forces killed
two gunmen in Duluiya. Three
children were wounded during an attack on U.S. forces.
policemen were wounded in Samarra in a series of attacks against the
dreaded police commandos.
Two civilians were kidnapped
bodies were found in al-Muradiyah.
In Khalis, five
civilians were injured in separate roadside bombings.
were killed during tribal warfare north of Basra.
bodies bearing torture wounds were discovered in Numaniya.
by Margaret Griffis