Updated at 11:40 p.m. Feb. 7, 2008
Today's battle in Sadr City may hint
at the direction anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will take when his unilateral
ceasefire comes to an end
in a few weeks. Although there were few casualties in that clash, the ceasefire
is of great importance. Overall, at least 29 Iraqis were killed and another
42 were injured during small incidents mostly in central Iraq. Also, three
new U.S. soldier deaths were reported.
A roadside bomb killed
an American soldier in Baghdad yesterday. Also, the DOD released the names
two U.S. soldiers who were killed in an incident already reported as having
killed a third American troopmember.
In Sadr City, clashes between
suspected Mahdi Army militiamen and security forces left as many as three
civilians injured, including women and children. One
person was killed and sixteen suspects were detained. More importantly though,
Moqtada al-Sadr's reaction may signal that he is willing to extend a six-month
ceasefire. The ceasefire is one of, if not the main, reason that attacks are down
across the country. At the very least, he is insisting that it be observed until
he says otherwise.
In Baghdad, five
dumped bodies were discovered. Gunmen killed
three government employees and wounded three more during a drive-by shooting.
In Mansour, a roadside bomb wounded
three policemen as they were attempting to defuse it. A car bomb was found
in Hurriyah, where it was safely
detonated. Gunmen killed
the driver of a car in al-Qahira; the car then crashed and four
passengers were slightly injured. Also, two large weapons caches were found
Awakening Council members were killed and seven more were wounded when a minibus
exploded in Khannasah village, near Madaen. Also, a roadside bomb wounded
In Muradiyah, suspected as-Qaeda killed
three brothers and wounded
five others, after clearing the women and children from the family home. The
brothers are believed to be Awakening Council members. In a separate incident,
a roadside bomb killed
one child and injured four children.
A roadside bomb killed
the chief of police in Siniya.
Eight communications towers were
ablaze in Mosul. No casualties were reported. The towers belong to
several mobile phone companies. Two
police officers were injured during a IED attack this morning. Another three
policemen were injured during an IED exposion in Masarif.
U.S. patrol in Kanaan fired upon a car, killing
one passenger and injuring two others.
In al-Dhiba’i village,
near Tikrit, gunmen killed
four men. One was the brother of a city council member, and another was an
engineer at Tikrit University.
Two hostages were freed
in Basra, and the kidnappers were detained.
children were injured by a bomb as they were shepherding in al-Shaiki.
Near Khalis, U.S. forces killed
five suspects. An al-Qaeda
suspect was killed in Mosul and six others were detained. Fifteeen
suspects were detained
in Muqdadiyah. In Tuz Khormato, three more were arrested.
In Karbala, another pair of suspects were detained.
Also, Iraqi and Polish forces arrested
three suspects in Diwaniyah.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis