Updated at 12:05 a.m. EDT, April 20, 2008
At least 95 Iraqis
were killed and 183 were wounded in the latest attacks. Many were killed or
injured in Sadr City where fighting between the Mahdi army and security forces
continues. Two American soldiers were killed in separate incidents. Meahwhile,
the Australians are delaying
their withdrawal, while civil war is breaking
out between Sunni factions.
American soldier was killed when an IED exploded yesterday in Salah
ad Din province. The DOD reported the death
of an American soldier the day before in Sama village during a small arms
Police in Sadr City reported receiving 12
bodies and treating 71 people for injuries during overnight clashes between
the Mahdi army and security forces. Hospital officials said
they treated of 130 people for injuries. Late in the day, rockets hit
the Sadr Hospital, but the number of casualties was not reported. Health officials
did report that three women
were killed and 40 others were wounded in today's clashes.
two gunmen were also killed
during an airstrike. A mortar killed
one person last night on al-Nidhal Street. During security operations,
Iraqi soldiers were killed and 39 were wounded, while 12
gunmen were killed and 18 more were detained. Gunmen wounded
and Interior Ministry official. One
dead body was found.
The heaviest fighting in weeks was reported
in Basra, only a day after Iraqi security forces harassed Shi'ite cleric
Moqtada al-Sadr's followers. No casualties were reported, but government forces
claim to have captured Hayaniya,
which is a Mahdi army stronghold; however, the militia observed a unilateral cease-fire
and offered no resistance. A spokesman from Sadr's office called
the humanitarian situation in the neighborhood, "tragic."
decapitated bodies were found in a state of decomposition in Diwaniyah.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb killed
two and wounded 12 others. Two
dumped bodies were found. Gunmen wounded
three people during a drive-by shooting. Also, an IED killed
one civilian and wounded five more this afternoon.
one person was killed
and four were wounded during a car bombing. In Tirkalan, a roadside
bomb killed a policeman
and wounded two more.
A firefight near Nassiriya in Suq al-Shiyoukh
gunmen, four security personnel and one civilian dead. One
gunman and two security personnel were injured.
was found in Mussayab.
Eight suspects were arrested
In Arbil, a journalist was killed reportedly
over a family dispute.
Also, 40 families were who were forcibly relocated
from Khalis have returned home.
was killed and three others were wounded during a roadside bombing in Baquba.
Twenty-two suspects were detained
in Mosul and Baiji.
The official spokesman for Ninewah
security operations survived an assassination
Compiled by Margaret Griffis