Updated at 9:29 p.m. EDT, July 24, 2008
A female suicide bomber
ended this week's relative peace when she attacked an Awakening Council patrol
in Baquba today. Overall, at least 20 Iraqis were killed and 39 more were wounded
in the latest attacks. No Coalition deaths were reported, but U.S. forces came
under fire in Kirkuk and killed a teenager in retaliatory gunfire. Meanwhile,
Turkey targeted PKK locations in northern Iraq, but the number of casualties there
U.S. forces in Kirkuk came under a small arms attack.
They returned fire killing a
teenager sitting in a sedan. One U.S. soldier was wounded. Three suspects
in a separate incident.
suicide bomber attacked a group of Awakening Council (Sahwa) members in Baquba.
Eight of them were killed,
while as many as 30
people were wounded. A Sahwa leader was
among the dead.
In Baghdad, two attacks in the Adhamiya neighborhood
left three Sahwa members dead
and two more wounded; one
gunman was injured as he made his escape. In Zaafaraniya, a bomb wounded
a senior Shi'ite leader and three of his bodyguards. One
dumped body was discovered. Also, U.S. forces captured
20 suspects across the city, while the Iraqi army detained
at least 45 more.
In Mosul, three
bodies were found. A suicide
bomber killed one Iraqi soldier and wounded two more at a checkpoint in al-Intisar.
Two bodies were found
At least 18 more suspects were detained
in Hilla during an ongoing security operation in Babel province. A number
of weapons was confiscated as well.
A kidnapping victim was freed
in Missan province. One of her captors was captured.
katyusha rockets landed on the British base at the airport. No
casualties were reported but British warplanes returned the fire.
A bomb was defused
in Gardhiya shortly before a high-level government official was to drive
through the area. A resident tipped off security forces.
two suspects were captured.
Turkey reported striking
at 13 targets within Iraq belonging to Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels. Although
they did not know how many rebels casualties occurred, the military claimed that
no civilians were harmed. The PKK wants to create an autonomous Kurdish homeland
across parts of Turkey, Iraq and three other nations.
by Margaret Griffis