Updated at 1:26 a.m. EST, Feb. 22, 2008
As the country awaits
news on whether Shi'ite Moqtada al-Sadr will extend his ceasefire, at least 38
Iraqis were killed and another 16 were wounded in the latest attacks. New
developments at the Turkish border also occurred. Also, two GIs were killed and
four British soldiers were wounded in separate incidents.
was killed today in combat in Anbar province, and one
American soldier was killed during a blast yesterday in Baghdad. Also,
four British soldiers were wounded
during a roadside bombing in Basra.
In northern Iraq, Kurdish Peshmerga
fighters, who are allied with the Coalition, reportedly clashed
with Turkish forces that were moving tanks from their base within Iraq to another
location, but Peshmerga officials later denied this. Meanwhile, Turkish forces
also shelled locations used
by Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) rebels. The casualties in either incident are unknown.
Tomorrow, Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will announce
whether a unilateral ceasefire will continue. The ceasefire contributed heavily
to a reduction in sectarian attacks in the latter half of 2007. Should the ceasefire
be lifted, it could mean an increase in violence. The cleric instituted the ceasefire
after a deadly clash in Karbala in order to weed out disruptive elements within
his Mahdi Army.
bodies, ten of them belonging to Iraqi soldiers, were discovered in a mass
grave near Baquba. A second mass grave contained the bodies
of six men and three women.
In Baghdad, five
dumped bodies were found. A roadside bomb wounded
three civilians near Shabb stadium. In Besateen, shelling injured
two people. A police
officer was killed and two others were wounded during an armed attack in Waziriya.
Gunmen killed a driver
near Sadr City. In Karada, a home used as a bomb factory was discovered.
A car bomb in Mosul wounded
was gunned down in Numaniya.
A hostage was freed
In Basra, the Iraqi army clashed with gunmen
in different neighborhoods of the city. The number
of casualties is unknown. A separate attack on a four-wheel-drive vehicle
left two Iraqis dead and four more wounded.
suspect was killed and 20 more were detained during Coalition operations across
northern and central Iraq.
In Anbar province, a
brigadier general was killed, along with his driver, and a bodyguard was wounded
during a roadside bombing.
A car bomb at a marketplace south of Fallujah
killed one civilian
and wounded a second person.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis