Updated at 12:25 a.m. EDT, Mar. 30, 2008
At least 171 Iraqis
were killed and 289 were wounded across Iraq. These casualty figures may include
updated numbers from previous days of fighting in the Mahdi Army clashes. Still,
a significant number of people were killed or injured since yesterday, including
a several PKK separatists near the Turkish border. Two
American soldiers were killed during an IED attack in Baghdad this afternoon.
Also, Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr made
his first public appearance in almost a year.
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
appeared in a TV interview
to comment on the "liberation" of Iraq. This is the first time that
the slimmed down al-Sadr has appeared in public since last May.
ten people were wounded
during a mortar attack in Sadr City. In Amil, a roadside bomb killed
a policeman and wounded three others. Mortars killed
one person and wounded 12 in eastern Baghdad. U.S. troops killed
48 gunmen since yesterday. A gunman launching an RPG near the al-Koraiaat
when it misfired. Also, mortars left no
casualties when they landed in the Green Zone.
death tally for clashes in eastern Baghdad, including Sadr City, now stands at
133 dead and 647 wounded. This ups the figures from yesterday by 40
dead and 196 wounded, but exact figures difficult to determine as different
groups give their own estimates.
Also, 40 policemen have refused
to fight their "brothers" in the Mahdi Army and handed over their weapons.
In Basra, eight people
were killed and seven were injured, including women and children, during Coalition
air strikes. An Iraqi helicopter was shot
down, but there is no word on casualties. At least 39 of the dead in Basra
to have been civilians.
Iraqi security forces killed
21 suspects in Karbala and detained others during clashes.
members of the same family died during a mortar attack in Bani Saad.
policemen were killed at an outdoor market in Mosul.
ongoing clashes left three people
dead, including two policemen, and two
Clashes today in Nasiriya left 28
killed and 59 injured.
Turkish officials said that 15
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) separatists were killed as they were making
their way into Turkey from Iraq. Long-range land weaponry was used. That was followed
Compiled by Margaret Griffis