Updated at 12:13 a.m. EDT, May 12, 2008
Casualties in Sadr City
have tapered off as the truce between the Iraqi government and Shi'ite militiamen
appears to be holding. Still, at least 37 Iraqis were killed and 38 more were
wounded in violence across Iraq. Meanwhile, Turkey launched
air and artillery attacks into northern Iraq. No Coalition deaths were reported.
In Sadr City, the truce announced yesterday appears to be working.
Only sporadic violence was reported on Sunday, but 15
people were killed and 25 were wounded before word of the truce reached all
quarters. A spokesman for U.S. forces said,
"this agreement really doesn't change anything for us" but operations in the city
would be scaled back to see if the truce is holding. They killed
one gunman during a clash.
The fighting begin in March when Prime Minister
Nouri al-Maliki imposed a security crackdown in Basra. Followers of Shi'ite Moqtada
al-Sadr believed the crackdown was meant to sideline their political party ahead
of elections. The fighting spread across southern Iraq, but ended there after
negotiations between Sadrists and the government in Baghdad were successful. In
Sadr City, however, U.S. forces became involved because of rocket of mortar fire
that was directed at the International Green Zone.
In Baghdad, U.S.
forces killed eight gunmen
in Adhamiya over the weekend. Six
civilians were wounded during a roadside bombing in Salhiya that targeted
a finance minister. Two people
were wounded during a roadside bombing on Palestine Street. One
dumped body was found in Saidiya.
Near Mosul, U.S. forces killed
two gunmen but a woman and child were also killed in the operation.
Two bodies were found near
Kirkuk. Two people were
wounded during a bombing in a central neighborhood. Also, gunmen killed
a soldier and kidnapped a civilian in separate incidents.
gunmen were killed and 12 arrested during two separate operations in Ninewah
province. Another gunman
was killed in al-Kasak.
In Basra, Iraqi servicemembers
a photojournalist attempting to photograph the aftermath of a roadside bombing.
Ten policmen were accused
of absuing their authority in Karbala.
An Awakening Council (Sahwa)
checkpoint was attacked in Baquba. Gunmen killed
one councilmember and wounded two others.
launching air and artillery strikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels
in northern Iraq. They operations took place after rebels entered Turkey and attacked
a police station Friday night. Casualty figures were not given.
by Margaret Griffis