Updated at 11:14 p.m EDT Aug. 25, 2007
As Iraq readies for an important religious holiday, extra security measures have been set in place. Despite the measures, a car bombing in Baghdad has killed or wounded dozens of people. Also, U.S. forces have uncovered a site that may have been used for militant executions. Overall, 35 Iraqis were killed and 46 wounded in the latest round of violence, and the DOD reported on the death of a GI in an IED explosion on Wednesday.
In Baghdad, an indefinite vehicle curfew is in place ahead of a Shi’ite religious observance. A car bomb killed seven people and wounded 30 near the shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kazhim in the Khadimiya neighborhood. U.S. and Iraqi troops arrested nine in Amil and Shula. Also, 10 dumped bodies were found scattered in various neighborhoods.
Clashes broke out in Sadr City when U.S. forces arrived to arrest four members of one family. At first, gunmen would not allow the troops entry, so helicopter support was called in. One person was killed.
U.S. troops attempting a helicopter landing in western Kut were driven back to the aircraft as they came under attack from Mahdi Army members. Two civilians were killed when the GIs returned fire in the heavily populated al-Jihad area.
In Mosul, three policemen were wounded during a bomb attack in al-Masarif. Another explosive device, this one in al-Baath, targeted a U.S. patrol but wounded a civilian instead. A civilian was wounded in al-Maarid during a third bombing. One PUK member was killed, another was wounded, during an explosion.
A drive-by shooting in Najaf left one dead.
Two suspects were killed and seven were arrested in villages between Baghdad and Kirkuk.
U.S. forces killed three suspects and arrested 17 more in Muqdadiyah.
A "terrorist financier" was arrested during a U.S. raid in Samarra.
Two militant leaders were arrested in separate operations in Baghdad and Taji.
In Baiji, two separate roadbombs killed an Iraqi soldier and a civilian, five others were wounded.
No casualties were reported after Turkish artillery rained on northern locations.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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