Updated at 12:55 a.m. EDT, April 11, 2008
Fighting in Sadr City
has subsided dramatically, but violence still took the lives of 68 Iraqis across
Iraq. Almost half of them were found in a mass grave. At least 74 Iraqis
were wounded as well. An American
soldier was killed during an overnight IED attack in Baghdad, and two
U.S. soldiers were wounded in separate events. Also, the U.S. government has
focus from calling al-Qaeda groups the biggest threat in Iraq.
government is now calling
Iranian-backed "special groups" the biggest threat to Iraqi democracy.
This despite working closely with a party headed by Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, which
is also backed by Iran. Typically, "special groups" refers only to rogue
Mahdi army elements being supplied with Iranian weaponry, but other Shi'ite groups
also receive help from the neighboring country. The decades long power struggle
between these and other dominant Shi'ite groups is being aggravated by Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki's targeting of the Mahdi Army.
A mass grave containing
was found in Mahmudiyah. The bodies were found together in a house and
appear to have been dead for over a year.
In Baghdad, a U.S. airstrike
left five dead and four injured
in Sadr City in one attack; two boys were
among the dead. Another
person was killed and four more were wounded in a second bombing. At least
two other people were wounded
during these or other air strikes. U.S. forces killed
13 suspects across Baghdad yesterday. No casualties were reported
after an IED blasted a U.S. patrol. Also, the Iraqi army blockade of Sadr City
will end on Saturday.
In other incidents taking place in the capital, one
person was killed and four were wounded during a bombing in a central neighborhood.
A roadside bomb near al-Shabb Stadium wounded
six people. Two
police officers were injured during a bombing near Sheik Abdulqadir al-Gailani
Shrine. Three people
were wounded when shells blasted their home in Bayaa. Also, two
dumped bodies were found.
In Mosul, a pair of bombs killed
three policemen and a civilian, while wounded 25 civilians. Amortar barrage
left 12 people injured.
A bomb injured three people
elsewhere. Another bomb injured
a woman. Also, gunmen killed
one civilian and injured his companion.
U.S. and Iraqi forces raided
an al-Sadr office in Numaniya and imposed a curfew on the town. Fifteen
people were detained.
Gunmen wearing Army uniforms killed
two boys in Hawija and wounded
In Riyadh, security forces freed a hostage and
gunmen were killed in Taji during a Coalition raid.
cache was found
A Ministry of Interior representative
and his brother were shot to death while traveling through Tikrit.
head of the Dor Municipal Council survived
an assassination attempt.
A Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) member was
kidnapped on a highway between Amian and Ismawa then killed.
The mayor of Yathrib survived a roadside bombing in Balad. Five
people were wounded during a firefight that erupted afterwards.
by Margaret Griffis