Updated at 8:45 p.m. EST, Mar. 21, 2009
At least five Iraqis were killed and 11 more were wounded in the latest
reported attacks. No Coalition deaths were reported, but a bomb blast targeted
a U.S. patrol in Baghdad.
Almost all Awakening Council (Sahwa) guards are now under the
authority of the Iraqi government. The U.S. still has about 10,000 men to
transfer to the Iraqi payroll. The U.S. had paid the men to join forces with
the U.S., even though many had fought alongside al-Qaeda previously. This led
to a massive reduction in violence. Because the Sahwa councils are Sunni-led,
their transfer to Iraqi authority is seen as a positive effort at
A rare roadside bomb blast in Amara killed one policeman and
wounded three others.
A roadside bomb killed a Sahwa member north of Hilla.
In Mosul, the body of a former army officer
was found. Two gunmen were killed
during a clash wiht police.
In Baghdad, a pair of roadside bombs wounded three people
yesterday evening in Karrada. A roadside bomb targeting U.S. troops in
Zayouna left no
casualties, but a later bomb blast wounded
A neighborhood police
chief was wounded in Tikrit when a roadside bomb blasted his
vehicle. Last night, another blast in the same neighborhood left no injuries.
U.S. forces arrested
a civilian during a raid in Iskandariya.
In separate operations across Missan province,
security forces arrested
three people and confiscated 45 cannon shells.
Ten al-Qaeda suspects were arrested in Baquba.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis