Updated at 8:41 p.m. EDT, Mar. 15, 2008
At least 20 Iraqis
were killed and 55 more were wounded in the latest violence. One
American soldier was killed today in Baghdad during a small arms attack.
Also, clashing and other attacks continue in and around the city of Kut where
the Mahdi Army and security forces have battled since Tuesday. This is the first
significant violation of a unilateral ceasefire Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
imposed on his followers.
In Baghdad, a bomb in Wathiq Square
one person and wounded eight more. Two
bodies were found.
In Kut, a new mortar attack wounded
six people. Also, five
were killed and 15 were wounded during renewed clashing at separate locations.
As many as 70 people were arrested
following clashes between Mahdi Army members and security forces this week. West
of the city, gunmen attacked a patrol, killing
one policeman and injuring eight others.
people were killed and nine more were wounded when a grenade was thrown at
a minibus in al-Hay yesterday. One person was playing with the grenade
when it exploded.
dozen mortars landed near the U.S. consulate near Hilla. One
Iraqi woman was killed and eight more were wounded.
army uniforms stormed a home in Iskandariya, where they killed
a man and kidnapped two of his relatives.
was found in Numaniya.
Four vehicles were damaged during clashes
between gunmen and security forces in Basra. No
casualties were reported.
U.S. soldiers killed
two suspects near Samarra.
One of the casualties in yesterday's
bombing in Rubiaa has died.
In Fallujah, 53 detainees were released
after no evidence against them could be found.
A roadside bomb wounded
five policemen in Kirkuk.
In Mosul, a car bomb explosion
wounded three civilians.
was gunned down near Baquba in the village of Huwayder.
a man's home.
A roadside bomb in Balad Ruz wounded
people were injured during shelling in al-Salam.
dumped bodies were found across Diyala province.
by Margaret Griffis