Updated at 12:08 p.m. EDT, May 24, 2008
At least 27 Iraqis
were killed and 29 more were wounded in the latest violence. Sadrist officials
warn that the cease fire between the Mahdi Army and the al-Maliki government is
in danger if Iraqi security forces do not stop violating it and harassing Sadr
followers. No Coalition deaths were reported.
Iraqi soldiers killed
as many as one person and wounded three others when they fired at religious
worshippers in Basra yesterday. Followers of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
had been told not to gather at Mile-5 Square because a weapons cache had
been found nearby recently. The incident strains
an already tenuous cease-fire. The Sadrists contend that the al-Maliki government
is unfairly singling them out to undermine them in upcoming elections. Similar
incidents occurred at other
prayer services elsewhere. In a separate incident, gunmen killed
the owner of a currency exchange office.
In Baghdad, a bomb
attached to a bus killed
three passengers and wounded six more in Mansour. Two
people were wounded during a rocket blast near Adhamiya. Also, three
dumped bodies were recovered.
army captain was killed and five soldiers were wounded during an attack on
their base near Khanaqin.
In Husseiniyah, two
gunmen were killed during a clash that erupted as security forces arrived
to detain them on suspicion of killing
U.S. troops, responding to an IED attack in Mosul,
two civilians and wounded a child; six
American soldiers were wounded. A local administrator survived an assassination
attempt, but his driver
and two policemen were wounded; this was the fourth attempt on his life in
the last ten days. Two
Iraqi soldiers were wounded during a roadside bombing outside of town. Four
Iraqi soldiers were killed in an IED blast. Also, 108 detainees were freed
after proving their innocence.
female bodies were found in Kirkuk. A bicycle bomb left no
family members were injured when a Katyusha rocket blasted their Jalawla
An Awakening Council (Sahwa) member
was killed during an attack on Sahwa headquarters in Had Maksar.
Marines and two Iraqi policemen were wounded during a bombing in Fallujah.
An attack on a Sahwa base in Buhriz left two
members with wounds.
U.S. forces killed
three al-Qaeda suspects and detained 17 others across Iraq.
killings and suicides surged
in May in Kurdish regions of Iraq.
driver was shot dead when he failed to stop at a checkpoint in Arbil.
In Shohada, gunmen killed
three members of the same family.
Compiled by Margaret