Updated at 12:45 a.m. EDT, May 23, 2008
At least 27 Iraqis
were killed and five were wounded during the latest attacks. Among the deadly
inicidents, was a U.S. air strike on a group of frightened shepherds in Baiji,
and the deaths of two journalists. Meanwhile, an incident in which a U.S. soldier
used a Quran for target practice has left casualties in Afghanistan.
cameraman for the Afaq television station was among the 11 people who were reported
killed in Baghdad's Obeidi district yesterday. A spokesperson for the American
military insists that no
civilians were killed in the incident, but numerous witnesses claimed that an
American soldier shot the journalist while he was traveling home. Iraqi authorities
added that he was among three
previously unreported civilians who were killed in the neighborhood.
In Afghanistan, a protest against over the desecration of a Quran by an
American soldier in Iraq left
a Lithuanian soldier and two Afghans dead. As many as 23 others were wounded.
Eight people were killed
in a U.S. airstrike in Baiji. A spokesperson said that troops had witnessed
suspicious activity, but Iraqi authorities reported that the dead included at
least two children and a 60-year-old man. The group were apparently fleeing U.S.
raids in the area. Later, the U.S. military offered apologies for the two children,
but said they were traveling with suspected
In Baghdad, six
dumped bodies were recovered in several neighborhoods. At the Algerian Embassy,
five security guards
were wounded when a bomb was planted on their vehicle. Also, one
policeman and and two soldiers were killed.
Iraqi soldiers were abducted and killed in Mosul.
A large stockpile
of weapons was found
in Sadr City.
of a journalist was found in central Baquba. He had been kidnapped
in Buhriz earlier in the week.
In Karbala, the chief of police
the confiscation of weapons from journalists.
Four gunmen were detained
in Kirkuk, and a
policeman was shot dead.
In Buhriz, 29 suspects were captured.
Security forces detained
25 suspects in Husseiniyah.
Three suspects were arrested
An al-Qaeda leader was arrested
British Defense Secretary Des Browne made
a secret visit to Basra.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis