Updated at 11:50 p.m EST, Jan. 14, 2008
At least 56 Iraqis were
killed or found dead and another 11 were wounded in the latest violence. Most
of the deaths reported today were suspected gunmen in the Diyala province, but
even the now-quiet Anbar province saw multiple attacks. No Coalition troops were
reported killed. Also, the Iraqi defense minister suggested
that U.S. troops may be needed in Iraq until 2018 or even later.
five unidentified bodies
were recovered. Gunmen killed
a judge and his driver as they traveled through Mansour on their way
to his work. Two Iraqi soldiers
were killed in Zaafaraniya. Police commandos announced that on Jan.
2 they had liberated a wounded
kidnap victim near Sadr City; the kidnappers were arrested. Also, Baghdad
mobile phones, purses, and weapons to a motorcycle ban already in effect for the
Ashuraa observances; they also advise not to take children to large gatherings.
Iraqi security forces, backed by U.S. troops, killed
15 suspects and arrested 58 more in Buhriz. Seven
policemen were killed inside a booby-trapped home; at least three
more were wounded. Also, an Awakening Council member was
gunned down outside of town.
A car bomb in Mosul wounded
six people, including three civilians, in the Ghazlani neighborhood.
In al-Tahrir, Iraqi soldiers killed
two men they found planting a bomb. Also, two
dead bodies were recovered.
In Haditha, four
dumped bodies were discovered.
Sadrist leader was gunned down in Basra.
a hostage was freed.
Mortars in al-Rutba caused no
In Fallujah, a mortar shell fell in the al-Wehda
neighborhood but caused no
Hundreds of weapons were confiscated
in Karbala as the Ashuraa religious observance continues. Three people
southwest of town.
Two Coalition troops were slightly wounded
during a bombing at a girls’ school in Baquba.
Iraqi forces killed
U.S. forces announced that security operations in northern
Iraq resulted in at least eight
more deaths than previously reported; at least 60 were killed over the last
week, but some of those deaths may or may not be duplicates. The casualties reported
in Buhriz and al-Bahraz today, and 30 deaths reported last week may or may not
be part of these 60 deaths.
Four suspects were arrested
two suspects in Najaf. Also, U.S. helicopters flew over the city in security
to protect Ashuraa pilgrims.
In Samarra, 73 innocent detainees were
Most of them were arrested in June after an attack on the Askariya shrine.
in Hawija located a large weapons cache and confiscated
An IED targeting a vehicle carrying policemen blew up near Tarmiyah.
No word on casualties.
A child was injured
during a mortar attack in Balad.
Also, the Turkish prime minister
refuses to estimate when Turkish
attacks in northern Iraq may end.
Compiled by Margaret