Updated at 7:30 p.m. EST, March 4, 2009
At least 16 Iraqis
were killed and 40 were wounded in the latest attacks. No Coalitino deaths
were reported. Also, the Turkish foreign minister hinted
that Ankara would allow Washington to use Turkish territory for the withdrawal
of U.S. forces from Iraq.
In Baghdad, a suicide
bomber attacked a police patrol in the Karrada neighborhood, where
people were killed and 10 more were wounded. A bomb in Saidiya wounded
three people. A second bombing in in Karrada apparently wounded
six people. Also, 10 suspects were captured.
In Mosul, security forces continued
their latest offensive against al-Qaeda elements, but that did not stop a suicide
car bomber from taking
the lives of two policemen and wounding another 21 at a checkpoint today.
Another bomb left no casualties.
a civilian. A sniper killed
an Iraqi soldier. Police freed
a 17-year-old girl who had been kidnapped two days ago. Also, another hostage
was liberated and two gunmen
a sheikh, his wife and two sons near Samarra. The sheikh and one son
were Awakening Council (Sahwa) members. Another report listed
the dead as the sheikh's daughter-in-law and grandson.
Police found a
body belonging to one of four
oil employees who were kidnapped a week ago near Kirkuk. Two of the other
kidnap victims were released. The dead man's father is the editor of a newspaper.
In Kirkuk itself, gunmen killed
Three suspects were captured
Three suspects were detained
east of Baquba in Mansour.
A number of rockets were seized
south of Amara, and 400 mortars were found
in the city.
A police officer
was found dead, of an apparent suicide, in Kut.
handed over 32 detainees to
Iraqi authorities, who subsequently released them. Another 31 detainees were freed
by U.S. forces, who captured them last year in Hamdaniya. Iraqi forces released
159 detainees from Mosul's jails as well.
Compiled by Margaret