Updated at 12:17 a.m. EDT, Aug. 2, 2007
Violence returned at full
throttle to Baghdad as several large bombings killed dozens of people on a day
that the Sunni bloc quit
the Iraqi government. Overall, 178 Iraqis were killed and 188 were wounded
during the latest round of attacks. Also, 18 Iraqis were kidnapped
at a fake checkpoint. Military authorities also reported that one British and
six American servicemembers were killed and another 16 GIs were wounded during
Task Force Marne soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded in an indirect fire
MND-B soldiers were killed and six were wounded in Baghdad when an EFP
was detonated near their patrol. In a separate incident nearby, another MND-B
soldier was killed in a small arms attack. Also, a British
soldier was killed in an IED attack in Basra. At least 80 GIs lost
their lives during July. Although that is the smallest monthly total for Americans
since last November, British forces lost eight members, making July
the fifth deadliest month for the UK since the invasion.
a couple of light days of violence, Baghdad once again was rocked by several
large-scale bombings. A fuel truck enticed victims to line up at a petrol station
in the Mansour district before a suicide bomber detonated his cargo, killing
50 people and wounding 60 more of them. In al-Hurriya Square in the Karrada
district, a suicide car bomb killed at
least 20 people and injured 40 others. Near the Green Zone, a car bomb killed
three people and injured six in the al-Harthiya neighborhood. In the
Doura area, another car bomb killed
three and wounded five more. A car bomb in Yarmouk killed
one person and wounded five others. An IED in al-Mamoun killed
a policeman and injured seven others.
Also in Baghdad, a senior
traffic official was killed in a drive-by shooting. Gunmen also killed
a pair of civilians in the Yarmouk district. No
casualties were reported by mortar fire near the Green Zone. A pharmacist
and her 19-year-old daughter were kidnapped
in al-Salam. U.S. helicopters bombed Zafaraniyah and injured
four people. Two
were killed when mortars fell on Saidiya. And 25
bodies were recovered from various locations.
Iraqi soldiers killed
14 suspects and arrested 89 others in unspecified locations. British forces
an unspecified number of gunmen during a clash in Basra. The head of
the pharmacist's union was released
after being held by gunmen for several days.
In Madaen, three
people were killed and six were wounded when gunmen detonated explosives within
A medical source in Baquba reported that a bomb in a
40 people and wounded 25 others.
soldiers were killed and 14 more were injured in eastern Diyala province
when a booby-trapped car was detonated near their vehicle. They were returning
At a checkpoint in Fallujah, two
policemen were killed and six others, including civilians, were injured.
A roadside bomb killed
an Iraqi soldier and wounded three others in Iskandariya.
Ninewah police chief was uninjured during a roadside bomb attack in Mosul;
other people were wounded in the incident.
In Mahmudiya, two
policemen were injured in an IED explosion.
A former Iraqi air force
was shot and killed in front of his Karbala home.
a civilian was killed
during one of a pair of IED attacks targeting police patrols. Two men were arrested
after a kidnapping attempt on a child.
At a fake checkpoint near Balad,
18 Shi’ite men were kidnapped.
was imposed on Samarra.
Border guards arrested
24 people who were trying to enter Turkey illegally near the Syrian-Iraqi-Turkish
An internally displaced persons camp outside Najaf
to new arrivals, forcing them to look elsewhere for safe lodging. These camps
serve refugees who have been forced to leave their homes due to violence.
Danish forces began their pullout
from Iraq and handing over their operations to British forces.
by Margaret Griffis