Updated at 8:59 p.m. EDT, Mar. 24, 2009
A day after a dramatic surge, the number of casualties dropped off precipitously.
Only four Iraqis were killed and six more were wounded in the latest
reports. Meanwhile, Turkey’s president and the KRG’s prime minister met in Baghdad.
No Coalition deaths were reported.
Turkey's President Abdullah Gul met
Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in Baghdad to discuss their mutual
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) problem. The PKK launches attacks at Turkish
targets from inside northern Iraq. The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) has
suggested granting them amnesty to encourage the rebel group’s dissolution.
Turkey has rejected that plan. Remarkably, recognizing a leader from the KRG is
seen as a great step in ending Turkey’s discrimination against their Kurds and
could help reduce the PKK’s support base.
In Mosul, gunmen killed a policeman. A bomb blast
near a municipal building wounded two people.
A civilian and a servicemember
were injured during a pair of overnight bomb blasts. Gunmen stormed a home
where they killed a 34-year-old
In Baghdad, three young men were wounded during a blast near a bridge
linking Ameriya with Jihad. A bomb in Baladiyat wounded
two people. Also, 13 suspects were detained
and nine bombs were defused.
A recently released detainee
was gunned down in Haditha. He was accused of killing people a year
ago, but was released from Bucca prison only a couple days ago. Other recently
released detainees have been killed in recent weeks too.
Gunmen shot and killed a retarded
man inside his Kirkuk home. Near the airport, a roadside bomb targeting
an Awakening Council (Sahwa) patrol left no
In Hawija, a Sahwa patrol found and safely
defused a roadside bomb.
Four suspects were arrested in connection with
yesterday’s bombing in Jalawla.
Two suspects were detained and 60 bombs were
found in Missan province.
Six al-Qaeda suspects were detained in Buhriz.
Eighteen suspects were detained
across Basra during continuing operations. Over 40 mortar shells were
discovered as well.
Four Soldiers of Heaven suspects were arrested in Hilla. The
group is a messianic cult that believes fighting will hasten the reappearance
of the 12th Imam. They have launched bloody attacks in southern
Iraq, but the leader was killed during one attack last year.
Thirty-nine suspects were released in Ninewa province after being cleared
of all charges.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis