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September 23, 2008
Tuesday: 1 US Soldier, 19 Iraqis Killed; 27 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 8:10 p.m. EDT, Sept. 23, 2008

At least 19 Iraqis were killed and 27 more were wounded in the latest attacks. The bombings continue in Baghdad, but not as many were reported there as in recent days. Also, a U.S. soldier was killed during a small arms attack in Salman Pak.

Gunmen attacked a U.S. patrol in Salman Pak, killing U.S. one soldier and injuring three more. Four gunmen were killed when U.S. troops returned fire. Reports from Iraqi police state that two U.S. soldiers were killed and that they were in the process of searching an Iraqi woman.

In Baghdad, one person was killed and three others were wounded when a bomb was detonated on Nidhal Street. A pipe bomb in Suleikh left four people wounded, mostly children. A pair of roadside bombs in Ameriya wounded an Awakening Council member and his son. One dumped body was found. Six "special groups" suspects were captured. Also, a man was killed yesterday in Adhamiyah when a bomb blew up under his car. On Sunday, two people were killed in a shootout, also in Adhamiyah.

In Mosul, seven people were wounded when gunmen blew up the home of a Sunni Arab parliamentarian; the lawmaker is on the provincial elections law committee. A stray bullet left one man dead. One body bearing gunshot wounds was discovered. Another body was found separately. Three suspects were detained. Also, a roadside bomb targeting a police patrol left no casualties.

Gunmen blew up a home belonging to a displaced family that had just returned to Baquba. One woman was killed and eight other family members were wounded.

A roadside bomb killed a man in Iskandariya. His wife and son were wounded as well.

Two people were killed in roadside bomb blast in Khanaqin.

In Siniyah, U.S. forces accidentally killed an Awakening Council leader while looking for gunmen. The troops had come under small arms fire after a roadside bombing. No U.S. causalties were reported.

A man killed a suspect and wounded a policeman when he attacked them at a courthouse in Suleimaniya. The dead man was accused of killing a Kurdish family.

In Basra, a man planting a bomb was killed when it was detonated prematurely. Another bomb left an unknown number of casualties.

A weapons cache was found in Makhmour. A bomb was defused separately.

U.S. forces detained three wanted men and four other suspects across Iraq.

A man suspected of being an al-Qaeda leader was detained in Baquba.

The Interior Ministry has hired 2,000 Awakening Council members to work as policemen in Diyala province. Another 3,000 jobs as soldiers are reserved for them as well.

A modified media law was passed in the Kurdish Autonomous Region. Earlier versions that punished journalists for defamation and other offences were rejected due to public outcry.

In military news, a judge has ordered the U.S. military to honorably discharge a soldier who had a religious awakening while in Iraq that left him a conscientious objector to war. Meanwhile, almost 1,500 U.S. detainees have been so far released in September under a Ramadan amnesty plan.

 

Compiled by Margaret Griffis

 
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