Updated at 11:50 p.m. EDT, Oct. 5, 2007
In an unusually active
Friday, 62 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 62 more were wounded. Two
incidents involving U.S. forces are the focus of controversy today as innocent
civilians may have been killed. Police sources in Basra are admitting that over
a dozen female bodies are found dumped there each month. Also, four GIs were
killed and five were wounded in separate incidents.
MND-B soldiers were killed and two were wounded when an IED blasted them
today in southeastern Baghdad. In Salah ad Din province, an MNC-I
soldier was killed and three more were wounded during an IED attack there.
Also, a sailor
was killed in a non-hostile incident in Bahrain.
U.S. forces conducted
an airstrike in al-Jayzani village near Khalis. Although the targets were
suspected militia members, local police report that women and children were among
the 25 dead and 40 wounded.
Witnesses also report that the armed men were actually guards protecting the village
from al-Qaeda militants.
U.S. forces also shot
dead three civilians at a checkpoint in Abu Lukah. The men are believed
to be members of the North of Hilla Awakening Council who were guarding a deserted
road near a base. Another civilian
was wounded, and a fifth man ran away.
In Basra, two
Sadrist clerics were killed in separate incidents today. Also, the police
that, on average, 15 female bodies are found dumped there each month. He
attributed these deaths to gangs who are enforcing religious law. Most of these
deaths have not been mentioned in the regular media outlets.
unidentified bodies were found in Baghdad.
A roadside bomb
six people in Tuz Khormato.
In Latifiya, a roadside
bearing gunshot wounds was fished out a canal in Kifl. At least one other
body was found.
casualties were reported in al-Shalalat after gunmen fired mortars
at a checkpoint.
South of Kirkuk in Qana, a roadside bomb targeting
a security patrol killed
one civilian and injured five others.
Fallujah police killed
one gunman and arrested a dozen more.
In Samarra, continuing
clashes between Iraqi forces and militia members left another
nine gunmen and two police officers dead. Seven
officers were injured and 38 suspects, including four Saudis, were arrested.
U.S. forces killed
12 al-Qaeda suspects in Baghdad and Yusufiya.
arresting 24 Iraqis who illegally entered Turkey.
by Margaret Griffis