Updated at 7:40 p.m. EDT, April 30, 2008
Although more bodies
are stacking up in the aftermath of his security crackdown, Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki continues to threaten
the Mahdi army. At least 71 Iraqis were killed and another 155 were wounded
in the latest round of violence. Five American soldiers were killed in
U.S. servicemembers were killed when they came across an IED in Baghdad.
American soldier was killed in an IED attack in Baghdad this morning.
Also, the DOD reported that one
U.S. soldier died of injuries unrelated to combat. An exlosion in Ninewah
province left another American
soldier dead. April was
the deadliest month for U.S. troops since September.
Prime Minister al-Maliki
forth several conditions that the Mahdi army will likely not accept before
he is willing to end a failed security crackdown that many believe was designed
to sideline Sadrists ahead of elections. The crackdown, which began in Basra in
March, triggered a backlash that left hundreds dead and thousands injured, including
American soldiers. U.S. authorities report that at least 925 Iraqis were killed
aand 2605 were wounded so far. The initial fighting ended in most cities except
Sadr City, but the militias remain in control of Basra.
In Sadr City,
hospital authorities reported as many as 35
dead and 129 wounded in the last 24 hours.
In Baghdad, four
people were found dead. Mortars wounded
four people. In Hay al-Amil, mortars injured
six people. U.S. forces killed
10 gunmen. Two people
were wounded when mortars fell in Bayaa. In Amil, mortars injured
six civilians. U.S. forces killed
two people in Abu Dsheer. A roadside bomb in Ur left no
casualties. No casualties
were reported after mortars fell in the Green Zone. Increase activity by
gunmen in Amil and Mashtal forced
the closing of schools.
A roadside bomb in Hawija blasted an Awakening
Council (Sahwa) patrol, killing
two and wounding two others.
a woman during a home invasion in Kut.
In Mosul, a body
was discovered. Two suspects were detained.
The tortured and shot bodies
of a man and woman were discovered in Tikrit.
A roadside bomb
injured six women in Buhriz.
A Sahwa fighter was wounded accidently
A raid lead to the arrest
of 35 suspects in Tuz Khormato.
Four suspects were arrested
In Diyala province, 112 detainees were freed
after establishing their innocence. Also, 14
Iraqi and six foreign al-Qaeda suspects were killed.
113 detainees under the General Amnesty Law.
by Margaret Griffis