Updated at 8:00 p.m. EDT, May 20, 2008
Iraqi troops peacefully
entered Sadr City today to coordinate a security takeover with Sadrist representatives.
At least 23 Iraqis were killed and 38 more were wounded in other incidents.
No Coalition deaths were reported.
Iraqi troops arrived
en masse in Sadr City as part of a cease fire agreement that allows them
to take over security in the area. No bloodshed was reported, but at least 100
bombs have been recovered
during the operation.
In Baghdad, two
dumped bodies were found. A bomb on a minibus killed
two passengers and wounded five more in Rustamiyah. In Zayouna,
a roadside bomb injured two
people. A bomb targeting a U.S. patrol on Qanat St. left no
casualties. Also, 14 suspects were detained
and Austrian-made missiles were confiscated.
Mortar fire killed
three and wounded nine in Balad Ruz.
An attack on an Awakening
Council (Sahwa) patrol left five
members dead in Dhuluiya.
In Mandali, a female
suicide bomber detonated her cargo near the home of a tribal and Sahwa leader.
He was injured, along with eight
others, but his five-year
old niece was killed.
U.S. forces killed
an al-Qaeda leader in Samarra, while 20 suspects were detained across
Police in Fallujah surrounded the home of a suicide bomber.
He killed himself and three
family members. Two others
were also wounded. A similar incident was reported yesterday.
a photojournalist was released
after a month in police custody. He was detained when trying to photograph a blast
scene. In a separate incident, a policeman
was shot dead last night.
In Suleimaniyah, a fight broke out
over a vengeance killing. Three
people were injured and an Iraqi army captain was handed over to authorities.
One woman was
injured when shrapnel from Iranian artillery fire struck her in a village
near the border.
In Rutba, a female
suicide bomber killed a Sahwa member and left seven others with injuries at
a police station.
a cleric during a drive-by shooting in Mosul.
by Margaret Griffis