Updated at 11:41 p.m. EDT, June 20, 2008
At least 17 Iraqis
were killed and 37 more were wounded in the light violence on the prayer day.
The security crackdown in Amara continues without violence, but Sadrists complain
Iraqi forces are violating ceasefire conditions. Also, one
American soldier was killed and five more were wounded in three separate bombings
in Diyala province.
Although Amara has remained
peaceful into the second day of a "security crackdown," Sadrists are complaining
that the U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are conducting random detentions of Shi'ite
cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's followers. This is in violation of a truce agreed to
by the central government and al-Sadr followers. A senior province official was
Over 200 policemen were detained
and six other suspects were also captured.
In Baghdad, three people
were killed and eight were wounded during a car bombing in Harthiya.
U.S. forces killed four suspects
and detained 18 more in and around the capital. Roadside bombs targeting U.S.
troops in Beirut Square and Doura failed
to leave casualties. Also, a dumped
body was discovered.
In Mosul, a suicide
bomber wounded five policemen in al-Wehda. Eleven
policemen were wounded in a separate bombing. Two
bodies, belonging to a woman and her child were found. Also, five suspects
Two bodies were
discovered in an Iskandariya mosque. The two were kidnapped two years ago.
In Baquba, an I.E.D. killed
an Iraqi soldier and wounded three others.
a university student in Buhriz.
body of a 40-year-old woman was found in Aziziya.
of a policeman was found near the al-Khadhraa water project.
Gunmen blew up two homes in Saidiya. The homes were abandoned but a passerby
was injured in the explosion.
A roadside bomb in Duluiya injured
In Khan Bani Saad, 68 displaced families were
able to return
to their homes.
Reconstruction efforts in Hit are halted
until the end of an investigation into corruption allegations.
A bomb was
under the Kirkuk pipeline.
Also, Turkish media reported
killed two Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) rebels in southeastern Turkey.
by Margaret Griffis