Updated at 2:45 p.m. EST, Feb. 8, 2008
At least 31 Iraqis were
killed or found dead and 17 more were wounded in the latest violence. Clashes
took place in a pair of Diyala province cities and a mass grave was found just
outside Baquba. Five American soldiers were killed in two separate incidents.
Also, an imam in Kufa accused
U.S. forces of abusing a ceasefire in order to harass followers of Moqtada al-Sadr.
American soldiers were killed today during an IED explosion northwest of Baghdad.
Another American soldier was killed and three more were wounded during a bombing
in At Ta'Mim province.
Men wearing police uniforms stormed a home in Baquba,
where they killed five people,
including a woman, before blowing up the building. Clashes took place between
1920 Revolution Brigades and Iraqi police, but no
casualties were reported.
Outside Baquba, police found a mass
grave containing eight bodies.
Three of the dead were women.
An explosion in Kirkuk killed
two civilians and three policemen.
of an imam was discovered at a Basra morgue. The imam had been kidnapped,
along with his son and another person, from his al-Jameiat home. The son
and the third victim were released. In a separate incident, four Christians were
kidnapped from a
church in central Basra.
policemen were injured during a car bombing in Hawija.
gunmen murdered a college student
at a bus stop.
of an Awakening Council in Mishada was assassinated last night.
A clash in Fallujah left one
gunman dead and one policeman injured.
Clashes between "concerned
local citzens" and police in Buhriz left no
U.S. forces killed
eight suspects and detained 26 in northern and central Iraq; four of
them were captured
in Baghdad. Three suspects were arrested
in Tal Afar.
A large cache of ammunition was found
In Baghdad, a mortar that fell in Doura left
no casualties. Also,
three dumped bodies
were recovered. There were no casualties during a U.S. raid
on the Dentistry School at Mustansiriya University.
policeman was killed an 10 injured during a clash at a checkpoint.
by Margaret Griffis