Updated at 12:15 a.m. EST, Nov. 17, 2007
A large U.S.-Iraqi raid
on two villages south of the capital marked an otherwise quiet prayer day. Overall,
22 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 24 more were wounded. One
U.S. soldier was killed in a vehicular accident while in Kuwait.
and Iraqi forces launched
a pre-dawn assault on al-Owesap and al-Betra. Over 750 combined
troops targeted the two Sunni Arab villages looking for al-Qaeda fighters, some
possibly involved in the kidnapping of U.S. soldiers in May. No
casualties were reported so far. Also, a pair of 2,000-pound bombs were dropped
on an island on the Euphrates River thought to be an al-Qaeda staging area.
In Baghdad, four
dumped bodies were recovered. A pair of roadside bombs killed
one and wounded four outside a motorcycle shop in the Nahdha neighborhood.
An hour earlier, a civilian
was shot and wounded in the same location. Also, a television reporter was
al-Qaeda suspects were killed in Muqdadiya as villagers and police
drove them out of the city.
belonging to two brothers were found hours after they disappeared from Sadiyah.
was killed and his brother wounded during an armed attack as they were leaving
their home in Amara. In a separate incident, the policeman’s son had been
kidnapped and held for 45 days before being safely released.
caches were found
In al-Siniyah, Iraqi soldiers randomly firing upon
a crowd injured five
policemen were injured during an IED explosion in Kanaan.
Baquba in Behdeed, an IED injured
three civilians. In the Thiyabat region, six
people were injured by a separate roadside bomb. Three
policemen were killed during another IED explosion north of town. Also, a
woman was killed when gunmen fired upon the headquarters of a group sympathetic
to U.S. forces.
U.S. forces killed
two suspects, one wearing a suicide vest, and detained four more south
of Baghdad. In Kirkuk, 12 suspects were captured.
A dozen more were detained
Also, 17 Turkish tanks were spotted
moving towards the Iraqi border. Although tensions between Iraq and Turkey have
subsided somewhat, Turkey continues to hunt Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)
members within its border provinces and has not eliminated the threat of a cross-border
Compiled by Margaret Griffis