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April 9, 2008
Wednesday: 7 US Soldiers, 49 Iraqis Killed; 122 Iraqis Wounded

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, an 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 a GI 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.

Three gunmen were killed during security operations in Mahmudiya. Four Iraqi security personnel were killed and 19 were wounded during operation here and in Baghdad.

A woman 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.

Eleven suspects were arrested near Mosul in Bahzani village.

Five suspects were captured in al-Khangar village, near Kirkuk.

In al-Ghatoun, mortars killed a woman and two children.

A policeman and a civilian were gunned down in Tuz Khormato.

 

Compiled by Margaret Griffis

 
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