Today in Iraq – 2006-05-25 08:05:32
DAILY WAR NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2006
Bring ‘em on:A US soldier was killed when his patrol was attacked by small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades south of the town of Balad on Tuesday, the US military said on Wednesday.
OTHER SECURITY INCIDENTS
• A drive-by shooting killed a college student riding a minibus and wounded three other passengers in Baghdad. The attackers then stopped the bus and kidnapped another college student, the officer said.
• In western Baghdad, gunmen in a speeding car shot two brothers who were selling gasoline at the side of a street in the Iskan neighborhood. Many Iraqis buy gas that way to avoid waiting in long lines at petrol stations.
• Gunmen also dead a grocery store owner in his shop, a police officer heading to work and a taxi driver.
• In Baghdad, eight separate drive-by shootings killed nine people: a university professor, two taxi drivers, and a builder.
• Two roadside bombs wounded nine Iraqis, including two soldiers in Baghdad.
• The deputy chief of special protection forces in Baghdad municipality was shot dead while on his way to work by unknown militants. No other details on the incident were available.
• The bodies of eight people who apparently had been kidnapped and tortured by death squads also were found in Baghdad and another area.
• A bomb exploded near the Ministry of Culture causing the injury of three civilians and damaging a car.
• A bomb exploded in eastern Baghdad injuring three women, and a third one blew up near a shop close to Al-Shuhada square in Bakuba without causing any damage.
• Militants shot university professor Ahmad Hussain in Palestine road in Baghdad leading to his death.
• A bomb exploded close to a crowd of Iraqi workers gathered to seek day labouring jobs in a Shi’ite district of Baghdad on Wednesday, wounding a number of people. • The blast in the Kadhimiya area, in the north of the capital, was the second such attack in the past few days that has targeted crowds of mainly Shi’ite men looking for work. Police said it did not appear as if the blast had caused any deaths.
• In Baghdad, 10 drive-by shootings killed 14 people. The victims included a member of Iraq’s national tennis team and two of his friends.
• (Near): Gunmen opened fire on an Iraqi military highway checkpoint near the Taji US military base north of Baghdad, killing an Iraqi soldier and wounding two.
• In Dayera, a rural area about 35 miles south of Baghdad, police found seven bodies of Iraqis who had been shot in the head.
• Another body, also shot in the head, was found in the Iskan neighborhood of western Baghdad.
• A bomb explosion set fire to an oil pipeline in Latifiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad. The pipeline carries oil from a storage area to the Dora refinery in Baghdad, which often is bombed by insurgents.
• In Kirkuk, a militant, was injured as he was trying to attack an Iraqi Army vehicle using a hand grenade. A source from the Iraqi Army told KUNA the militant threw the grenade at the vehicle but it bounced back at him after hitting the car and then exploded injuring him seriously.
• Militants riding a civilian car kidnapped an Iraqi civilian, a brother of a famous doctor, while Iraqi Army arrested a convict in Kirkuk city.
• A drive-by shooting killed a member in Diyala provincial council, and two of his bodyguards in their convoy in northern Iraq.
• (Near): Clashes between two rival tribes south of Baghdad have killed around 16 people. Eighteen people were wounded in Tuesday’s fighting in a village close to the town of Suwayra, about 40 km south of the capital. One police source said the violence was linked to land disputes between the two feuding tribes. Another source said it may have been a clash between a Shi’ite and a Sunni tribe.
• A car bomb near a joint Iraqi/US checkpoint in Falluja wounded four Iraqi policemen.
Lake Thar Thar:
• A gunbattle between US forces and insurgents killed four militants and detained two, one of whom was wounded, northwest of Baghdad near Lake Thar Thar, the US command said Wednesday. It said one of the detained insurgents was Sudanese.
• (Near): In a separate operation Tuesday near Youssifiyah, 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Baghdad, US forces searching for a wanted al-Qaeda in Iraq insurgent killed three members of the group who were riding in a vehicle equipped with grenades, small arms, a suicide bomb vest and foreign passports, the US command said.
DAILY WAR NEWS FOR TUESDAY, May 23, 2006
OTHER SECURITY INCIDENTS
• A roadside bomb damaged one Humvee in a US convoy in the Dora neighborhood. An Iraqi woman and a child were wounded in gunfire that followed.
• A car bomb exploded in New Baghdad, killing two police commandos and three civilians. The attack, which damaged nearby shops and cars, also wounded five commandos and three civilians.
• Gunmen killed a cigarette vendor in a drive-by shooting in the capital.
• Gunmen killed a professor at Baghdad’s Technology University, in northeastern Baghdad.
• An industry ministry employee was shot dead in northeastern Baghdad.
• Three corpses were found in Baghdad: two floating in different spots on the Tigris River, and one of a 10-year-old boy from the neighborhood of Dura in the south, police said. The boy, who was kidnapped on Monday, had been tortured before being shot through the head.
• In west Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on three elderly men, one of whom was blind and another disabled, killing them all.
• In the city centre, a mortar round struck near the Green Zone, killing one person and wounding four.
• In Amiriyah on the capital’s western outskirts, one person was killed and four wounded when a minibus hit a roadside bomb.
• A civilian was killed and four others wounded when a roadside bomb went off in western district of the capital.
• A car bomb caused an unknown number of casualties in the Sadr City district of east Baghdad on Tuesday. The bomb went off at a busy time late in the afternoon at a city square and traffic intersection.
• Gunmen in western Baghdad’s Amriya neighborhood killed an employee working with Iraq’s Facilities Protection Service.
• (near): A drive-by shooting killed three Iraqi day laborers and wounded four as they rode in a minibus to work at a farm near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad.
Ain al- Tamur:
• Iraqi police found the bodies of four people, handcuffed, blindfolded and shot dead, in the town of Ain al-Tamur, about 90 km (55 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.
• Four mortar rounds landed in different districts in Najaf wounding two people.
• Gunmen wounded three mechanics at a car repair shop in Muqdadiya, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Baquba.
• East of Baquba, in Balad Ruz, a bomb went off near the courthouse killing a 10-year-old boy and wounding two others.
• Gunmen riding in a car shot and killed four ironsmiths and wounded one as they were riding in a pickup truck to work in Mosul<. • A former official of the Baath party was killed in a drive-by shooting in front of his house in Mosul. Kirkuk:
• A high school teacher was killed in a drive-by shooting on his way to work near Kirkuk.
• One person was wounded in two bombing attacks in the Kirkuk region. Local authorities located several bombs set to go off.
• In Kirkuk, a member of President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party working for the city education department was gunned down as he drove away from his home.
• Gunmen showered a car driven by an army soldier in Al-Huwaijah. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his serious injuries.
• Two civilians were killed and three others, including two children, wounded when clashes erupted between US forces and insurgents in Ramadi.
• Three mortar rounds landed on a house in the city of Ramadi wounding three people from one family.
DAILY WAR NEWS FOR MONDAY, May 22, 2006
Bring ‘em on:A US Marine was killed in action in Iraq’s volatile western Anbar province, the US Command said Monday.
Bring ‘em on:Three female UK soldiers were injured when the small British camp in Maysan was pounded by 42 mortars and rockets in the most violent and concerted attack yet.
• British forces have endured 41 separate attacks and the deaths of seven colleagues in just over a fortnight.
OTHER SECURITY INCIDENTS
• Body of a police captain who had been shot in the head found in the Aziziya area, south of Baghdad.
• Nine unidentified bodies found in various locations around the capital in the past 24 hours. All the victims had been shot in the head and the bodies showed signs of torture.
• A car bomb exploded near a road in northern Baghdad around noon causing no casualties.
• A car bomb went off in a crowded street in southeastern Baghdad, killing six civilians and wounding three.
• A car bomb went off near a market and health clinic in the capital’s New Baghdad district killing three people and wounding 12.
• Gunmen killed a former Brigadier General in western Baghdad. Two of his relatives were also killed.
• Roadside bomb missed a police patrol in eastern Baghdad Baladiyat’s neighborhood, wounding two civilians.
• A department head in the youth and sports ministry was shot dead by armed men while on his way to work in south Baghdad.
• An unnamed education ministry official was killed in the southwest of the capital.
• Ten civilians were killed in the central Baghdad neighbourhood of al-Keradah when a roadside bomb, apparently targeting a passing US patrol, detonated. No further details were available.
• In Baquba five civilians and a police officer were reported killed in separate attacks.
• Three people were kidnapped in Moqtadiyah.
• Unidentified “insurgents” killed three Iraqi civilians and wounded another four after firing mortar rounds which missed their target and hit a house instead. The attack took place at Mahmudiya, 35 kilometres south of Baghdad.
• Two men were killed by gunmen in a shop in Muqdadiya, 90 km northeast of Baghdad.
• Gunmen killed a police colonel in Samarra, north of Baghdad.
• Four Iraqi police were killed when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in Musayyib, about 70 km south of Baghdad.
• Two Iraqi army soldiers, who were guarding an oil pipeline, were shot dead by armed men in two vehicles near the town of Balad.
• Five bodies were taken to hospital in Balad, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, after clashes with insurgents that erupted in the nearby town of Dhuluiya.
• A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol killed three people and wounded six in the town of Jbela, 65 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad.
• Mortar attack on the Basra airport base.
• One policeman died in hospital after gunmen shot at him in central Hawija, 70 km southwest of Kirkuk.
• University student arrested by the Iraqi police in Kirkuk, “for carrying out terrorist operations in the city”.
Attacks on oil infrastructure: (updated)
• May 7 – attack on an oil pipeline near Mussayab.
• May 10 – attack on an oil pipeline pipeline carrying oil from Daura refinery to Mussayab power station.
• May 15 – attack on pipeline in the Daura refinery.