Updated at 10:35 p.m. EST, Jan. 5, 2008
U.S. officials today confirmed
that an Iraqi soldier shot two American soldiers to death the day after
Christmas. Another American
soldier was killed today in an IED explosion. Meanwhile, at least 23
Iraqis were killed and 39 more were wounded in the latest violence. Also,
Iraqi newspapers have ceased
publication over the weekend to observe Iraqi Army Day, so reports may be
scant until Monday.
An Iraqi soldier shot and killed two American soldiers
on Dec. 26 in Mosul. Their deaths had already been reported, but the details had
not been released until today. The troops had been on a joint patrol when, for
unknown reasons, the Iraqi soldier fired upon the Americans. Three
American soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter were wounded as well. The shooter
fled, but was later captured along with another soldier. It is believed that the
Iraqi had ties to a Sunni militant group that has yet to join forces with Coalition
troops as other militant groups have already done.
U.S. soldier was killed today after an IED blasted his vehicle in Diyala
In Baghdad, 12
dumped bodies were found in separate neighborhoods. In Adhamiya, three
rubbish collectors and a girl were wounded during a mortar attack. Also, a
roadside bomb blasted a minibus on the Al-Salam Bridge in southern Baghdad;
seven people were wounded.
IED at a market in Jalawla injured
18 civilians, two critically.
people were killed and four were wounded near Saidiya when a roadside
bomb blasted a minibus. Women and children were among the casualties.
roadside bomb in Baquba killed
one person and wounded three others in the Othmaniya neighborhood.
council members were wounded by a second blast.
gunmen was killed and nine more were captured during security operations.
Kirkuk police raided a house where they found
a girl who had been held hostage for almost a month. The kidnappers were arrested.
A Fallujah tribal
chief was killed in a drive-by shooting.
belonging to a young man from Arbil was found in Sargaran.
in Rutba sealed
off the city after reports of a car bomb.
A transmission tower between
Baiji and Baghdad was bombed,
causing loss of electricity to the area.
Five new support councils were
in Diyala province to combat al-Qaeda and other armed groups. Gunmen killed
a truck driver in a northeastern section of the province.
casualties were reported after the American consulate in Basra was
Also, Missan province prepared
a new security plan to protect pilgrims during the upcoming Ashuraa religious
observances. In Karbala, security raids have already produced
a cache of arms that could have been meant for the Shi’ite pilgrims who will be
entering the city during the holiday.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis