Updated at 11:50 p.m. EDT, Mar. 21, 2008
At least 25 Iraqis
were killed and 20 were wounded in the latest attacks. Meanwhile, clashes
in Kut and Baghdad threaten to end a unilateral ceasefire observed by the Mahdi
American soldier was killed and four more were wounded in a rocket or
mortar attack south of the capital.
Clashes between Mahdi Army "outlaws"
and police continue in Kut where two
policemen and two gunmen were killed in the latest violence. Leaders from
the al-Sadr movement have distanced themselves from the fighting and have warned
followers that more attacks may be on the way. The violence has also spread
to Baghdad and endangers a unilateral ceasefire imposed
by Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
deaths were reported in the Baghdad attacks, but five
civilians were wounded, and 17 policemen were briefly held my militiamen.
Meanwhile, a legislator from the Sadrist bloc in Parliament accused the government
of planning to "liquidate" Sadrists in Babel province. In Diwaniya, 12 Sadrists
Authorities believe the ceasefire is one of the main reasons that violence has
subsided in Iraq over the last seven months.
In Mosul, a decapitated
body was found, and the body
of a policeman was found hours after he was kidnapped. Also, two
Iraqi soldiers were wounded in a bomb blast. After gunmen fled Baghdad following
the surge of American troops there, Mosul became one of the most dangerous cities
in Iraq. Officials say that
over a dozen "incidents of violence" occur there on a daily basis. Also,
a suspect was arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a Chaldean Catholic
In Baghdad, two
dumped bodies were found. U.S. forces killed
six gunmen. Also, 13 detainees were released
as a goodwill measure.
officer and two escorts were killed during an armed attack in Balad.
civilians were wounded.
In Yathrib, an Awakening
Council (Sahwa) member was injured during an armed attack.
broke into a home and killed
a man in al-Hoori.
little boy was injured when an IED blew up near him on a highway between
Tikrit and Baghdad.
U.S. forces killed
seven suspects and arrested 20 others across northern and central Iraq.
Five suspects were arrested
An armed group took over a mosque in Madaen, but
casualties have been reported.
The military base in Diwaniya
an rocket attack, but no casualties were reported.
Ammo was discovered
In Diyala, 25 suspects were arrested.
were wounded in Mandali during an armed attack on their vehicle.
Della Abbas village, gunmen wounded
children were injured in Dour when a mortar shell fell in a residential
Also, three Kurdish civilians were killed and five were wounded
after an argument with police that occurred
in Turkey near the Iraqi border.
Compiled by Margaret