Updated at 12:40 p.m. EST, Nov. 5, 2006
Today, the U.S-backed Iraqi High Tribunal sentenced
Saddam Hussein to death. Pending appeals, his half-brother and another
senior official will be executed as well. Several
other officials received prison sentences or were acquitted. Military authorities
also reported the deaths of another U.S. servicemember on Saturday. Protestations
and celebrations are ongoing throughout the country, but two
Sunni television stations were ordered shut down after authorities accused
them of inciting violence. A police official also reported recovering 72
bodies by daybreak. Overall, at least 89 Iraqis were killed and another
71 wounded in violent acts today.
The U.S. military reported that on Saturday gunmen in western Baghdad shot
dead an American soldier. Also, a
Marine was killed during combat in an unspecified location in Anbar
Province. A second Marine
was killed in a non-combat related event in Fallujah.
In Baghdad, police spokesman Lt. Thaer Mahmoud reported that 72
bodies had been recovered by daybreak; he gave no details on their deaths,
but this is an almost daily occurrence in the capital. According to police,
one woman had
died and 15 others were wounded by celebratory gunfire. Iraqi security forces
backed by U.S. troops clashed with gunmen in the Zaafaraniyah neighborhood;
people were wounded. In the predominantly Sunni Azamiyah district three
people died and another eight were wounded in clashes with gunmen. An Iraqi
army officer was killed in a separate clash in the Fadhil district. Three
people were killed and 11 wounded when mortars landed in the Sunni Adamaya
neighborhood. In Shi’ite Abu Dsheer area, mortars also fell, killing
two and wounding four.
In Baquba, two
people were killed and six wounded when police fire upon a crowd of protestors
U.S. helicopters were used in an attack on Balad. Two
people were killed and five others, including two Iraqi policemen, were wounded.
A bomb near a truck killed
the driver and wounded two others in Kirkuk.
were wounded in Hawija when a bomb exploded near a police patrol. Two of
the injured were policemen.
During a raid by coalition forces in Yusifiyah, one suspected al
Qaeda leader was killed.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis