Updated at 7:05 p.m. EDT, July 16, 2008
Mosul continues to suffer
excessive violence compared to other regions. Most of today's reported casualites
were from the northern city. Overall, 29 Iraqis were killed and 126 more were
injured. Also, a U.S.
Marine was killed in combat in Anbar province. Meanwhile, the U.S. troop
"surge" has officially ended
with the last combat brigade leaving the country. This still leaves 150,000 American
servicemembers in the country.
A car bomb killed
18 and wounded 90 at a market in Tal Afar. Seven children were among
In Mosul, two
people were killed and nine more were wounded in a car bombing in the Doura
al-Hamam area. A suicide car bomber targeting a U.S. patrol near Maared
six Iraqis instead. A roadside bomb targeting a second U.S. patrol wounded
two Iraqis near the Muthanna intersection. Gunmen killed
an Iraqi soldier who was guarding a school. Also, mortars wounded
another two Iraqis in a southeastern neighborhood.
Mosul is believed
to be the last urban bastion of al-Qaeda operatives. After the surge in U.S. troops
took place in Baghdad, many militants fled to Mosul. A security operation meant
to rid the town of gunmen is still ongoing.
A roadside bomb wounded
a member of an Awakening Council in Iskandariya. Gunmen killed
In Baghdad, a female
suicide bomber killed three people and wounded seven others at the home of
an Abu Ghraib municipal leader who is trying to establish an Awakening
Council. Four people were wounded
during a roadside bombing in Salhiyah. In Ghazaliya, another roadside
bomb wounded two people.
A dumped body was found.
Iraqi forces captured
Gunmen in Hashimiya killed
a child and wounded his brother.
In Basra, gunmen wounded
a Shi'ite cleric and his
driver when they attacked his vehicle.
US forces captured
at least 23 suspects across Iraq.
Three wanted suspects were detained
near Karbala. Three kidnapping gangs were also captured.
In Diyala, 72 innocent detainees were released.
A rocket was defused
in Kut, and a number of weapons were seized.
Security of the province of Qadisiyah (formerly known as Diwaniya) was
formally handed over to
Iraqi forces today. A preventative curfew was lifted.
Kurdish lawmakers walked
out of parliament in order to spoil a vote on election reform. At issue is
a proposed referendum on allowing Kirkuk to join the semi-autonomous Kurdish region.
The walkout left parliament without a quorum, so they were unable to vote on a
provincial election law. Lately, residents of Kirkuk have staged demonstrations
calling for the election to take place on time in October.