Updated at 11:10 p.m EST, Jan. 10, 2008
At least 25 Iraqis
were killed and 24 more were wounded in the latest round of violence. Most
of them were gunmen or security personnel. Meanwhile, the International Organization
for Migration reported
that only a trickle of Iraqi refugees has returned home. Also, millions of Iraqis
the Ashura holy day.
U.S. troops undertook a massive
airstrike near Baghdad in Arab Jubour. Planes dropped 40,000 pounds
of explosives on 40 targets in the area, but the number of casualties is unknown.
In Baghdad, a pair of explosions killed
two policemen and a soldier at Nasr Square; another
11 people were wounded. An Iraqi health ministry bodyguard
was killed in Doura. On Palestine Street, a bomb killed
one person and wounded four more. Also, three
bodies were recovered.
Near Muqdadiya, no casualties were reported
when a roadside bomb blasted Coalition troops, but four
gunmen were killed and three more were wounded after air troops were called
in for support. Four
other gunmen were killed in a separate security operation.
a roadside bomb killed
two Iraqi soldiers and wounded four more.
was killed as he was trying to plant a roadside bomb in Jalawla; four
others were arrested.
In Baquba, a roadside bomb wounded
a civilian in the Zaghniya neighborhood.
A bomb in Bani
U.S. troops on a helicopter over Yusufiya witnessed
men planting a roadside bomb and killed
four of them.
In Samarra, an attempt to smuggle precious objects
from two mosques was foiled.
A roadside bomb in Mosul killed
In Mahmadaniya, tighter security measures
are in place over fears of car bombings.
44 innocent detainees in Ninewah province, and U.S. troops freed
the major of Hawija after holding him for one month.
three Awakening Council members in Baquba and arrested
a tribal chieftain, along with four sons, in Khalidiya. Iraqi forces arrested
30 in Baghdad. Two al-Qaeda members were arrested
in Baquba as well. Also, one
suspect was killed in an unspecified location in northern or central Iraq.
A report from the International Organization for Migration said
that a "minute percentage" of Iraq’s estimated three million refugees
have returned home and warn that, as more time passes, the chances are less likely
they will return. About 1.2 million of the refugees were internally displaced.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis