Updated at 8:52 p.m., EDT, Mar. 16, 2008
As U.S. presidential
hopeful Sen. John McCain visited
Iraq, another 21 people were killed and 29 were wounded in a new round
of violence. No Coalition casualties were reported.
one person was killed and two
more were wounded when a car bomb was detonated in the Mansour district.
Iraqi security forces freed
two captives and captured eight suspects. Also, five
dumped bodies were recovered.
In Mosul, a suicide
bomb attack on the Kurdistan Democratic Party offices left
12 wounded. Shelling in a residential area wounded
security personnel were killed and three more were wounded during clashes
blamed on the Mahdi Army in Baquba.
belonging to an Iraqi contractor, was found in Numaniya.
bomb in Hawija wounded
two people. Another car bomb left no
A schoolmaster was kidnapped
Two Iraqis soldiers were kidnapped
In Huwayder, five
gunmen and three policemen were killed during a clash. Three
other people were also wounded.
man was killed during a roadside bombing in Khanaquin.
in Basra received the bodies
of a police officer and two Iraqi soldiers.
U.S. forces released
300 detainees from Camp Cropper as part of the general amnesty program.
Also, residents of Arbil observed
a five-minute moment of silence to mark the loss of over 5,000 Kurds during a
chemical attack in 1988. Meanwhile, the Turkoman community in Kirkuk is expressing
concerns over the increase in the Kurd population of the city; they believe it
will lead to the inclusion of Kirkuk in the Kurdish autonomous region.
by Margaret Griffis