Updated at 7:40 p.m. EST, Dec. 14, 2007
At least 25 Iraqis
were killed or found dead and eight more were wounded on an extremely quiet
prayer day. Meanwhile, one hostage was freed in Diwaniya. Also, two U.S. soldiers
were killed in separate incidents yesterday. Fridays are the Muslim prayer
day, and many journalists consider it their day off work.
soldier was killed in a small arms attack in Baghdad yesterday. South
of Baghdad yesterday, a roadside bomb killed
an MND-Center soldier.
In Baghdad, two
dumped bodies were found. No
casualties were reported after a bombing in Mashtal. Another bomb targeted
a Joint Forces convoy in Bab al-Sham; the area was cordoned
off and no news of casualties was reported.
belonging to a civil defense policeman was discovered in al-Hayakel, Wassit
Three bombs were defused
In nearby Mansouriat Al-Muqdadiyah, three
gunmen were killed and two villagers were wounded during a clash.
free a hostage and arrested four kidnappers in al-Shamiya.
Kirkuk, gunmen wearing army uniforms killed
a civilian during a drive-by shooting.
Near the Syrian border in Anbar
province, a suicide
bomber wounded six policemen during an attack on their station.
14 suspects and detained 30 others during security operations; 99 displaced
families were assisted in returning to their homes in Baghdad. U.S. forces killed
three suspects and captured 12 others.
Compiled by Margaret