Updated at 11:50 a.m. EST, Nov.3,, 2006
In Iraq, there is little doubt now that the holiday break from violence was
just that. At least 107 Iraqis have so far died on Monday and another
120 were wounded. The U.S. death toll for October alone hit 101 today
making this the fourth deadliest month since the war began. An 89th Military
Police Brigade servicemember was killed by a sniper in east Baghdad
today. The military also reported this morning that a Marine
was killed "due to enemy action" in Anbar Province yesterday.
Two American soldiers were
wounded near Ramadi when their vehicle was blasted by a roadside bomb.
In major news, at least 33
were killed in a bombing in Sadr City, and two political assassinations
took place. Also, a South
African was killed in Basra.
In Baghdad’s Sadr City area, day laborers waiting for jobs at a market square
were greeted by a bomb hidden in a trash bin instead; at
least 33 were killed and 59 wounded. Some
reports place the wounded at around 100. Elsewhere, gunmen killed
Essam al-Rawi and his bodyguard near his home in the capital. As well as
the head of the University Professor’s Union, al-Rawi was a senior member of
a hard-line Sunni group, Association of Muslim Scholars, that has boycotted
much of the political process in Iraq and is said to be tied to militia groups.
leader was also murdered. Raad Naem al-Jeheshi was the head of an organization
of former Iraqi prisoners; he was gunned down in the Doura neighborhood.
Car bombing resumed at a brisk pace in Baghdad: Three
were killed and six wounded when a car bomb went off in the Amil district.
In the Hurriya neighborhood, two
were wounded when a car bomb exploded there as well. Yet another car bomb
near the Yarmouk Hospital killed
one civilian and wounded five. Another car bomb exploded in the al-Harthiya
area, two were
killed and another wounded. In the al-Bayaa district, a car bomb killed
seven and wounded 25 others. Also, a detainee
at Camp Cropper, just outside of Baghdad, died of injuries sustained during
an assault by other prisoners, and at least 15
bodies were recovered in southern Baghdad. They were handcuffed and showed
signs of torture.
Suicide bombers twice attacked a checkpoint in Waleed at the Syrian border.
The first attempt resulted in no casualties; however, an hour later a second
six soldiers and wounded
At a police center in Baiji, gunmen killed
two policemen and destroyed one car.
wounded in Mosul when mortars struck an electrical power unit. A roadside
an Iraqi soldier, and four
bodies, including that of a policeman, were discovered in different parts
of the city.
In Balad, coalition forces disarming a roadside bomb killed
two militiamen they noticed nearby.
of six policemen were fished out of the river in Suwayra. The corpses bore
gunshot wounds and signs of torture.
Near Khalis, a roadside bomb blasted a vehicle carrying laborers. Two
were killed and three were wounded.
bullet-riddled bodies bearing evidence of torture were discovered in Mahmudiya.
In Baquba, gunmen killed
four Iraqis, including two policemen, in the Mafraq district. Another four
gunshot-riddled bodies were found in the same area.
A private security company lost
three members in a roadside bomb blast in Basra. After the explosion gunmen
attacked the convoy they were traveling in and an Iraqi
girl died in that battle. An Iraqi
coast guard member was killed, another was wounded, in a firefight with
In Kirkuk, a suicide bomber detonated his belt at a police station. Two
officers and a child were killed, 11 others wounded.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis