Updated at 11:45 p.m. EST, Jan. 15, 2008
At least 15 Iraqis
were killed and 38 were wounded in mostly small bombings. No Coalition deaths
were reported. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise
visit to Iraq and praised reconciliation efforts there. Also, Turkish jets
resumed attacks on targets
in northern Iraq.
In Baghdad, a top judicial official failed to
stop his convoy at a checkpoint in al-Salhiyah; an ensuing gunbattle left
five schoolchildren dead.Clashes in the Fadhil district left the head
of a neighborhood patrol dead and six others wounded. In Karrada, a
pair of roadside bombs wounded
eight people. Police said that five
civilians were wounded during a U.S. air attack, but U.S. force denied this.
casualties were reported after mortars fell on the Green Zone. Also,
six dumped bodies
Security forces in Shurqat killed
a suicide bomber before he could stage his attack. In a separate incident,
was killed and eight others were wounded when a bomb on a truck carrying onions
An oil refinery near Basra was set ablaze after
Katyusha rockets or other explosives were expoded at the installation; at least
people were wounded. An oil spokesman, however, said that sparks from a Coalition
helicopter were to blame for the accidental fire. In a separate incident, an unmanned
British plane went
down due to bad weather conditions.
A Kirkuk police
official was wounded during a roadside bombing in Hawija.
casualties were reported after police detonated a car bomb in the Nablus
neighborhood. A car bomb in al-Mithaq was set ablaze when police fired
upon it, but no
casualties were reported in that incident either. Also, a body
found in al-Intasar belongs to a man who was kidnapped last week in Somer.
A vehicle ban was imposed
in Karbala for the rest of the Ashuraa holidays.
casualties were reported
when mortars fell on a home next to a police station in Fallujah.
Security forces arrested
35 suspects in Kirkuk and Hawija. Ten were detained
in al-Masalma. Two gunmen were arrested
in Mosul as well.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis