Updated at 2:00 a.m. EDT, June 19, 2007
At least 149 Iraqis
were killed or found dead and 320 were wounded during the latest attacks.
Scores were killed or wounded during two major battles between militia and security
forces in southern Iraq. Meanwhile, Sunni families are being forced to flee Baghdad
under threat of death. Also, two American servicemembers were killed in separate
soldier was killed when his patrol encountered an IED in southern Baghdad
yesterday. The DOD reported that a soldier
died in Tallil on Thursday during an explosion.
panic is setting in as a deadline set by militants draws near. Sunni families
in Shi’ite neighborhoods have been ordered
to leave by today or face death. According to a spokesman for the Iraqi Aid Association,
have already been killed in their homes. Others are killed or kidnapped as
they flee town, and conditions at displacement camps on the outskirts of Baghdad
are no better. Meanwhile, Sunni militants have also gone on killing sprees, but
no definite number of casualties has been released.
In specific developments
in the capital, two bombs at a Saidiya area petrol station killed
nine and wounded 25 more. A family of five
were killed yesterday as they tried to evacuate from the Shu’ala neighborhood.
A Chaldean Catholic priest, who was kidnapped on June 6, was released
unharmed by his captors. A national
police brigadier was killed along with a bodyguard when his Saidiya home was
attacked. An employee of the Shi'ite endowment organization was
killed in Waziriya. Also in Waziriya, gunmen attacked a car, killing
one occupant and injuring two others.
civilian was killed and two more were wounded when a mortar round landed in
Abu Ghraib. A mortar in Za'afarniyah killed
one person and wounded five others. In Saidiya, a weapons cache containing
number of bodies was discovered at an elementary school. U.S. troops found
two dozen emaciated boys
at a government run orphanage. Also, 33
dumped bodies were found scattered in Baghdad.
Iraqi and British forces,
conducting house-to-house searches in Maysan province, were attacked by
Shi’ite militiamen; 36 Iraqis were
killed and more than 100 were wounded during the clash. Women and children
In Nasariya, clashes between Mahdi army troops and
23 dead and 110 wounded. Also, a special
forces police colonel was injured during an assassination attempt yesterday.
were killed near Mishahda when gunmen attacked a police convoy.
A truck bomb in Falluja killed
two people and wounded 10 more. Three
people were killed and 15 wounded during a bombing at a popular market. Falluja
is now under a curfew.
The bodies of
three brothers who were shot to death were found in Mosul.
The manager of the Diyala electrical station was shot
to death in his Baquba office. Nine
civilians, including children, were wounded in a car bombing. Also, three
gunmen were killed during security operations.
In Samarra, a
car bomb killed
five and wounded six members of the Interior Ministry's police squad.
two Iraqi soldiers at a checkpoint near Balad.
An IED in Tarmiyah
killed two Iraqi soldiers
and wounded three more.
Three rockets slammed Kirkuk, but caused
no injuries. An
IED outside of town injured
two civilians. Yesterday, an IED injured
one civilian. Also, gunmen attacked a police foot patrol yesterday, killing
one policeman and two others.
In Khanaquin, five
policemen were wounded in an attack on a checkpoint.
Kurdish soldiers were killed and 15 more were wounded during an attack in
Compiled by Margaret Griffis