Updated at 11:26 p.m. EDT, Sept. 17, 2008
The Ramadan spike in
bombings continues with another series of explosions in the capital. At least
18 Iraqis were killed, and another 79 were wounded across Iraq. Ten
U.S. soldiers died in separate incidents. Also, Turkey's cabinet is seeking
a new mandate to launch attacks on Kurdish guerillas based in northern Iraq.
Today, a Chinook helicopter crashed west of Basra, killing
seven American soldiers. One U.S.
soldier was killed in a non-combat incident. Another U.S.
soldier was killed in a non-combat incident today as well. Also, one
American soldier died of an illness.
In other U.S. military news,
three American soldiers were
charged with murder in connection with the deaths of four Iraqis last
year. Four other soldiers were charged with conspiracy. The victims were detainees
in U.S. custody.In a separate incident, an American
soldier is being held in connection with the deaths of two other Americans
who died Sunday in a non-combat event. The soldier allegedly shot a superior and
a fellow soldier.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki admitted
that a U.S.-Iraqi security deal is no longer imminent.
An Interior Ministry
that since Diyala province in under control, operations would now focus on Mosul.
However, a security operation was already launched in Mosul this year and failed
to provide adequate results. Meanwhile, Diyala still suffers violent attacks,
some of them allegedly at the hands of security forces.
eight people were killed and
25 others were wounded when a pair of bombs was detonated successively in
Harthiya. In Zayouna, a bomb killed
a policeman and wounded five others. In Karrada, a bomb wounded
six people. Three people
were wounded during a second bombing in Karrada. Six
people were wounded when a bomb targeting an army patrol blew up in eastern
Baghdad. In Mansour, gunmen lobbed a hand grenade at a group of people,
wounding four of them. Two
dumped bodies were found. Seven
people were injured during shelling in Shabb. Gunmen killed
two people and wounded two more in Zaafaraniyah. Also, twenty suspects
Gunmen attacked a car near Rashad, killing
three passengers and injuring a fourth.
In Baiji, six
people were wounded when a bomb was detonated at a marketplace. A storeowner
In Mosul, the deputy
governor was killed while at a mosque in al-Falah. Gunmen killed
a student last night. A muslim
cleric was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Muthanna. One
Iraqi soldier and three civilians were wounded yesterday in previously unreported
bomb attacks. Two policemen
were wounded during a roadside bombing today. Also, four suspects were detained.
A bomb killed the leader
of an Awakening Council (Sahwa) in Ramadi.
civilians were wounded during a bomb blast in Tal Afar last night.
Three soldiers were
wounded in a separate bombing today.
Eight suspects were detained
A weapons cache was found
in Ninewah province.
Two kidnap victims were liberated
in separate incidents in Basra province. Some of the kidnappers were apprehended.
by Margaret Griffis