Updated at 8:50 p.m. EST, Feb. 22, 2008
At least 30 Iraqis
were killed and another 39 were wounded during increased violence. Meanwhile,
soldier died of a non-combat illness, and several
GIs were wounded during a bombing in Balad. Hostilities at the Turkish border
left at leave five Turkish soldiers and 24 PKK separatists dead as well.
Also, new evidence may show
that British soldiers were engaged in torturing and murdering Iraqi detainees
after a 2004 battle.
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr extended
a unilateral ceasefire he imposed on his Mahdi Army by another six months. The
break in hostilities came last August after a deadly clash with rival group the
Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC) in Karbala. Its purpose was to weed out rebellious
factions within al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, and it is credited with significantly lowering
Turkish troops entered
Iraq to perform security operations against Kurdish separatists, who have been
using northern Iraq to stage attacks against targets in Turkey.
Turkish soldiers were killed and eight more were wounded during clashes in
the border area of Bazia. Another source said that that at least three
more Turkish soldiers were killed, and at least 24
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels also died in clashes. Another 20 rebels
"rendered ineffective". Meanwhile, 2000 Peshmerga fighters headed
to Dohuk to counter the Turkish forces there. These Kurdish fighters are aligned
with Coalition forces and serve as a security force for the Kurdish Autonomous
Region. Aid agencies believe
that most civilians have already left the area.
At a Fallujah mosque,
a suicide bomber killed at least
six policemen and wounded nine more.
In nearby Garma, another
suicide bomber attacked a
checkpoint, killing two people
and wounding three more there.
policemen were killed and eight others were wounded during a suicide
car bombing at Tikrit police station.
In Baghdad, a
bomb in Karrada killed
three people and wounded seven others; a horse also died in the incident.
In Amil, Iraqi soldiers killed
a Mahdi Army leader during a quarrel at a checkpoint.
bodies, bearing gunshot and torture marks, were found in Iskandariya.
Mortar fire in Buhriz killed
one child and wounded eight more.
U.S. forces killed
six suspects and detained six others in Khan Bani Saad. Meanwhile,
gunmen killed a family
of three, including two teenagers.
Three gunmen and a suspect were arrested
in Mosul. A house-bomb left three
Katyusha rocket attacks forced
the closing of the Basra airport, where British troops are based.
Tuz Khormatu, a roadside bomb injured
a truck driver.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis