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May 18, 2008
Sunday: 1 US Soldier, 28 Iraqis Killed; 56 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 7:50 p.m EDT, May 18, 2008

Clashes reignited in Sadr City, but otherwise Iraq was relatively calm today. At least 28 Iraqis were killed and 56 more were wounded in violence limited mostly to the capital. One American soldier was killed and another wounded in Salah ad Din province when their patrol struck a roadside bomb.

Fighting resumed in Sadr City where four people were killed and 38 more were injured. An al-Sadr source said that Iraqi forces opened fire on people at a marketplace, killing seven of them. Three others were killed when they attacked U.S. forces

In Baghdad, a car bomb killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded six others in Zayouna. Four people were wounded when a mortar struck Iskan. Two gunmen were killed after they attacked U.S. forces in northwestern Baghdad. No casualties were reported after rockets fell in the Green Zone. Two civilians were injured during an IED attack in Ataifiyah. An IED targeting a U.S. patrol near al-Kindi hospital injured two civilians instead. Also, a fire consumed a number of stores in the Amil marketplace, but no casualties were reported after U.S. forces detonated an IED found there. Also, four dumped bodies were found.

A U.S. air strike in Khan Bani Saad killed six suspects and destroyed a weapons cache.

Coalition forces in Mosul prevented a car bombing, and a large arms cache was found separately.

Fifteen suspects were detained in central and northern Iraq.

Four suspects were captured in Makhmour.

The police chief in al-Rashad was arrested under suspicion of collaborating with gunmen.

Fifty people were detained in Maysan province.

No casualties were reported near Suleimaniyah where Iranian sources continue to bomb suspected Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) rebel locations.

In Basra, a grenade was tossed at an entertainment store. No one was hurt. Another bomb blasted a building housing the Iraqi Labour Union and the Iraqi Communist Party, but no casualties were reported. Clashes between police commandos and and gunmen left four people with injuries.

 

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