Updated at 6:06 p.m. EST, Dec. 19, 2007
A large bombing in Abbara
was among the numerous attacks that left dozens of casualties throughout Iraq
today. Overall, at least 57 Iraqis were killed and 66 more were wounded
in the latest violence. No Coalition deaths were reported, but Turkey sent hundred
of fresh troops into Iraq to counter the PKK rebels in the north.
300 Turkish troops entered
northern Iraq today to reinforce the 1200 soldiers who have been stationed in
the country since 1996. Some unconfirmed battles with Kurdistan Workers Party
(PKK) rebels were reported.
Meanwhile, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Massoud al-Barazani, said
that Sunday’s air assault was a "horrific crime" against Kurdish civilians.
people were killed and 28 were wounded during a suicide bomber attack at a
café in Abbara.
In Baghdad, five
people were killed, including at least one policeman, during a bombing that
ten others in Bab al-Sharqi. In al-Qahira, gunmen killed
an employee working for the de-Baathification committee and injured
two others. Gunmen also killed
a dean at al-Ma'Moun college in the Qadisiyah neighborhood. Shelling
in Jamiaa wounded
an Iraqi soldier and two civilians. No
casulties were reported after a bombing at Mustansiriyah University
and an IED explosion in Mansour. Also, five
dumped bodies were found.
In Baghdad’s predominantly Sunni Doura
neighborhood, Shi’ite residents are complaining
that the neighborhood Awakening Council is trying to drive them out of the area.
Meanwhile, security forces are shoring
up Baghdad’s defenses ahead of Wednesday’s Eid al-Adha holiday.
suicide car bomber
struck at a Baquba police checkpoint, where two
people, including a civilian, were killed and another 15, including children,
seven Yazidi tribesmen and wounded two more during an attack west of Mosul
near Sinjar. Three
policemen responding to the killing were themselves killed in a roadside bombing.
Also, the explosion sparked a clash in which three
A well-known businessman
was killed and three siblings were wounded during an armed attack near Basra
at the al-Marbad fuel station.
Army leader was killed and three bodyguards were wounded during an armed attack
In Fallujah, U.S. forces killed
a 15-year-old boy who was driving too close to an army vehicle.
female hostage was freed
and two kidnappers were arrested in Amarah.
U.S. air forces dropped
bombs on a large cache of bombs hidden in tunnels near Iskandariya, destroying
In al-Hadar, 10
oil security workers were killed during an armed attack.
three villages near Hawija, where twenty suspects were captured
along with a large cache of arms. In Aziziya, U.S. forces detained
12 suspects. Another seven people were arrested
in northern and central Iraq. Also, 10 al-Qaeda suspects were arrested
in Diyala province.
Meanwhile, 42 detainees were released
in Fallujah; none of the detainees has been charged with crimes. In Karbala,
18 detainees were freed.
And, 75 more suspects were found not guilty and released
Compiled by Margaret Griffis