Updated at 11:55 p.m. EDT, Mar. 19, 2008
As President Bush marked
the five anniversary of the invasion of Iraq with a speech, at least 32 Iraqis
were killed and another 45 were wounded in the latest violence. Two American
soldiers were also killed.
soldier was killed in a vehicle rollover in Diyala province today. Also,
the DOD announced the death
of a U.S. soldier during an incident that is currently under investigation.
In Basra, 17 border
guards were killed in different parts of the city; it is not yet known whether
the attacks were carried out by the same gunmen or otherwise coordinated. A policeman
was gunned down in central Basra. A roadside bomb targeting a senior police
a bodyguard and two civilians instead. A bomb stuck on a taxi killed
the driver and wounded three other people.
A U.S. patrol admitted
to accidentally killing three
Iraqi policemen and wounding a fourth during an incident in Kirkuk.
A female suicide bomber
killed five people and wounded 16 at a market in Balad Ruz.
In Baghdad, gunmen attacked a money exchange business where they killed
the owner, wounded an employee, and stole $115,000. Three
Awakening Council (Sahwa) members and a civilian were wounded at a checkpoint
when gunmen lobbed a grenade at them. In Karrada, a bomb attached to a
car killed a military
official and wounded another.
In Mosul, a suicide
bomber wounded 14 people, including Iraqi soldiers, during an attack on a
patrol in Intisar.
Gunmen attacked a Sahwa checkpoint in Tikrit,
where they killed one member
and wounded two others.
A roadside bomb killed
one policeman and wounded two more in Iskandariya. Another bomb killed
a woman and wounded two others; a second bomb exploded
not long after the first bomb, but a third bomb was defused.
of two Iraqi security guards were found in Karbala.
pipeline was set on fire
Iran shelled locations in northern Iraq believed
used by Kurdish separatists belonging to Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK)
rebels. No casualties were reported.
In Diyala province, 54 detainees were freed
after proving they were innocent of crimes.
Also, U.S. forces now say
they did not arrest the chief of the National Front of Iraqi Tribes, Sheikh Rasheed
al-Ziydan, during a raid yesterday.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis