Updated at 12:27 a.m. EDT, April 24, 2008
At least 59 Iraqis
were killed and 114 more were wounded in the latest violence, much of it involving
continued fighting between the Mahdi army and Iraqi security forces. Exact figures
are difficult to obtain due to the nature of the clashes. One
American soldier was killed during combat operations in Baghdad, while
the DOD reported the death
of a U.S. soldier from non-combat injuries. The remains
of an American contractor who was kidnapped in 2006 were positively identified.
Also, a former Iraqi Vice President under Saddam Hussein, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri,
has possibly been captured.
Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, second in charge of U.S. forces, says
he hopes Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will stop his followers from conducting
attacks. This is unlikely to happen unless Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki meets
the conditions set forth in recent negotiations, which he has refused to do so
far. The fighting began last month after al-Maliki targeted al-Sadr's followers
in Basra under the guise of a security crackdown. The Sadrists and many Western
analysts believe the operation was initiated in order to undermine al-Sadr's political
base ahead of elections. The crackdown was a failure, and fighting mostly ended
when al-Sadr ordered his followers to observe a unilateral cease-fire he imposed
on them last summer.
Sadr City has mostly been shut off from the rest
of Baghdad due to the clashes. The casualty counts often conflict, but authorities
that at least 400 civilians have been killed in Shi'ite suburb. Another 1,720
people were injured. Water, food, medical supplies and other essential items
are running dangerously
low, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Baghdad, clashes in Husseiniyah left seven
people were killed and 20 were wounded, including civilians. U.S. forces killed
15 suspects in separate events across Baghdad. Five
people were wounded during a roadside bombing in Karrada. Two
civilians were wounded during a roadside bombinb in Zaafaraniyah. In
Shurta, a roadside bomb injured
six people. A roadside bomb in Doura targeted a U.S. patrol, but no
casualties were reported. Three
civilians were injured during a bombing in Yarmouk. Two
gunmen were killed. Also, four
bodies were recovered.
In Sadr City, authorities reported that
eight civilians were killed
and 44 more were wounded.
A coordinated attack in Mosul left
four dead and nine injured.
First, a suicide bomber detonated his vest. When first responders arrived and
car bomb blasted them. In other incidents, another bomb killed
one person and injured four others. Nine
were injured in yet another bombing.. Three
dumped bodies were found. A water employee
was shot and killed. A policeman
was killed during clashes. Gunmen shot at a private car, killing
a man and wounding his wife. Four
people were wounded during a mortar attack. Also, U.S. forces killed
an al-Qaeda suspect and arrested five more.
of two oil security personnel were discovered next to oil pipelines near Tikrit.
A roadside bomb in Kirkuk injured
two policemen, one an officer.
In Diyala province, 38
detainees were released.
Three dumped bodies
were located in Mahmuhdiya.
U.S. forces conducted several raids
in the Shurqat region. One
suspect was killed, 25 were arrested and a large amount of cash was confiscated.
One suspect was
killed and seven were arrested during U.S. raids in al-Jazeera.
injured a teacher
bodies were found in Muqdadiyah.
In Basra, clashes between
the Mahdi army and Iraqi forces continued. Three suspects were arrested.
Mortars in Balad Ruz wounded
Also, Turkish forces bombed
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) locations in northern Iraq.
by Margaret Griffis