Updated at 11:50 p.m. EDT, April 9, 2008
On the fifth anniversary
of the fall of Baghdad to U.S. forces, Iraqi authorities placed
curfews on the capital and other
cities in order to prevent anti-American activities and protests. At least
49 Iraqis were killed and another 122 were wounded in the latest violence.
Also, seven American soldiers were killed in separate incidents.
An IED attack left one U.S.
soldier dead in Baghdad today. Another
soldier was killed during an IED attack in Salah ad Din province. Also,
American soldier died from non-combat-related wounds this morning. A little
one later another
GI died from non-combat injuries. . An IED attack left one
American soldier dead east of Baghdad yesterday. The DOD reported that
died in an RPG attack on Monday, and another
soldier died in an IED attack on Sunday.
In Baghdad, Shi'ite
cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called off his million-strong march due because of potential
violence from Iraqi security personnel against unarmed demonstrators. A curfew
is in effect and visitors are being turned away from Baghdad. In Sadr City,
at least 23 people
were killed and 83 were wounded during attacks. Shelling left seven dead,
including children, and 27 wounded,
possibly at a funeral.
Also in Sadr City, an unmanned U.S. drone killed
two gunmen. Another seven killed
and 36 were wounded wounded
when mortars fell in a nearby residential area. Mortars struck
in Ghadeer and the Green Zone as well. Also, two
dumped bodies were found.
In Mosul, four
people were killed and 20 were wounded during a pair of car bombings.
gunmen were killed during security operations in Mahmudiya. Four
Iraqi security personnel were killed and 19 were wounded during operation
here and in Baghdad.
and her four sons were killed during a mortar attack in Dhuluiya.
Near Kirkuk, police recovered a body
bearing gunshot wounds and handcuffs. At least one
other dumped body was found, and a civilian
was shot to death.
In Fallujah, the Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP)
was able to hold a peaceful
demonstration against the occupation.
U.S. troops destroyed
a suspected al-Qaeda training camp north of Baghdad and an IED factory
in Diyala province.
In Diyala, 52 people were freed
after proving their innocence. In Baghdad, terrorism charges against AP photographer
Bilal Hussein were dismissed.
Near Arbil, five Islamic State of Iraq suspects were detained.
suspects were arrested
near Mosul in Bahzani village.
Five suspects were captured
in al-Khangar village, near Kirkuk.
In al-Ghatoun, mortars
a woman and two children.
and a civilian were gunned down in Tuz Khormato.
by Margaret Griffis