Updated at 5:55 p.m. EDT, Sept. 19, 2008
At least 16 Iraqis
were killed and 20 more were wounded in the latest attacks, which included
a U.S. airstrike that killed civilians. No Coalition deaths were reported. Also,
South Korea will pull all
remaining troops stationed in Iraq by the end of the year.
A U.S. airstrike
killed as many as eight civilians
during a raid in Dour. A three-year-old
child was pulled alive from the rubble and rushed to hospital. There are conflicting
reports both to the number of victims and whether or not any of them were the
al-Qaeda militants the U.S. troops were after. A policeman said that the dead
including five men and three women.
In Baghdad, six
people were wounded during a bombing in Yarmouk. A bomb in Safraniyah
In Mosul, a roadside bomb in a western
neighborhood wounded three policemen.
Gunmen in Yabsa stormed a home, killing
the parents and injuring four other family members.
a woman in Tuz Khormato. The Interior Ministry replaced
the police chief with an officer of Arab ethnicity. They added that the chief's
performance was satisfactory but refused to give any reasons for the sacking.
The population of Tuz Khormato is ethnically mixed, and Baghdad has been trying
to assert its dominance over multi-ethnic regions in nearby Diyala and
Ninewa provinces. This switch could be part of that same agenda.
Iraqi and U.S. forces detained
the Abu Saida district chief during a raid on his home. No reasons were
given, but many political and security leaders in Diyala province have been targeted
for detention during recent operations.
In Balad Ruz, two
Iraqi army officers were killed in a roadside bomb blast. A Katyusha rocket
attack left one
dead and six wounded.
bodies were found in Tal Afar.
Ammunition was found
In Kut, a raid netted
a "special groups" leader. A body bearing torture wounds was found.
Migration officials reported
that 102 families that had fled to Karbala due to violence have now returned
to their homes across Iraq.
Eleven U.S. detainees were freed
Compiled by Margaret Griffis