Updated at 12:45 a.m. EDT, Mar. 18, 2008
As U.S. Vice President
Dick Cheney took a somewhat secretive
visit to Baghdad today, Karbala experienced a major bombing attack that killed
dozens of people. Several bomb explosions were also heard across the capital.
Overall, 63 Iraqis were killed and about another 111 were wounded across
the country. Seven Iranians were killed in the Karbala attack as well. Meanwhile,
American soldiers were killed in an IED attack while on a route-clearing
mission north of the capital.
At least 43
people, including seven Iranians were killed in Karbala when an explosion,
possibly perpetrated by a female suicide bomber, blasted a coffee shop. Another
73 people were wounded. Meanwhile,
Sadrists are asking
the central government for relief from persecution by local officials. Followers
of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr are observing a unilateral ceasefire but are
allowed by him to defend themselves if needed.
In Baghdad, five
youngsters were killed and 11 others were wounded when mortar shells fell
upon a soccer field. A bomb on a minibus killed
three people and wounded 11 in the Karrada district. In Mansour,
a bomb killed a policeman and
wounded a second one as they were on patrol, and a separate explosion wounded
one person. A roadside bomb in Zayouna wounded
three people. A policeman was arrested
under suspicion of planting a bomb a week ago. Two other roadside bombs left no
casualties. Mortars and rockets landing in the Green Zone also left no
casualties. Also, three
dumped bodies were recovered.
In Mosul, shelling left
two wounded in a central neighborhood. A car bomb near a police patrol in
western Mosul injured
six people. Another bomb left no
casualties. Also, three
unidentified bodies were discovered.
of three Awakening Council (Sahwa) members were found in Udhaim.
was gunned down at a checkpoint in Haditha.
An IED wounded
two civilians in Kirkuk.
The U.S. consulate in Babel
came under Katyusha rocket attack, but no
casualties were reported.
was killed in central Basra. Also, a female
body was brought in to the morgue.
U.S. forces killed
two al-Qaeda suspects in central Iraq.
an al-Qaeda suspect north of the city.
bodies were found in Madaen.
member was injured during an attack on a checkpoint in al-Alam.
Kirkuk, eight suspects were arrested.
Another 25 were detained
in Arab Kashkul.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis