At least 65 Iraqis were killed and 48 more were injured in the latest violence.
More fighting took place overnight in Sadr City, and a news mass grave was found
in Mahmudiya. Also, an IED killed
an American soldier northwest of Baghdad today.
In Sadr City,
the U.S. military reported killed
13 gunmen in overnight clashes. Police and hospital officials added seven
civilians, who were killed in a Hellfire missile attack, to that tally. As
many as 33 people were treated
for injuries at local hospitals as well. Meanwhile, officials from the al-Sadr
organization told Mahdi
army members in Sadr City to avoid fighting U.S or Iraqi forces as the conflict
is turning into a war of attrition. A blockade, which is scheduled to end today,
has trapped many citizens within the slum, as food and water supplies run out
and garbage piles up.
At least 289 more people have died
so far and 1,448 were wounded since March 25, when battles erupted in this large
section of Baghdad. The clashes began after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki targeted
followers of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr under the guise of a security crackdown.
Although al-Sadr imposed a cease-fire on his followers last summer, they are allowed
to protect themselves from attacks. The crackdown was an embarrassing failure
for al-Maliki, who was hoping to use it to thwart Sadrist chances in upcoming
In Baghdad proper, a roadside bomb in the Hay Ur
neighborhood killed an Iraqi
policeman and wounded five others. Two
Iraqi soldiers were killed and six more were wounded during security operations
in which 15
gunmen were killed, another 15 were detained, and eight
dumped bodies were recovered across Baghdad.
dumped bodies were discovered in two separate locations near Mahmudiya.
A mass grave containing at least 30 bodies was found in the area a few days ago.
In Mosul, the
corpses of three bodyguards working for the Iraqi Islamic Party (IIP) were
found. A roadside bomb killed
an Iraqi soldier west of town. Also, a 12-year-old was arrested
for attempting to plant a bomb.
An Awakening Council (Sahwa) member
was killed and two more were wounded as they were defusing a roadside bomb
A roadside bomb near Kirkuk wounded
a soldier and a Sahwa member.
In Basra, Iraqi security forces
conducted raids in the Qibla district, but no fighting was reported.
displaced families returned
home to Madaen.
Fifteen suspects were detained
In Rutba, a senior al-Qaeda member was detained.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis