Saturday: 2 US Soldiers, 3 Iraqis Killed; 11 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 7:32 p.m. EDT, June 13, 2009

At least three Iraqis were killed and 11 were injured on a quiet day in Iraq; however two U.S. soldiers were reported killed in separate incidents. Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces said that they are prepared to take over from U.S. troops, but those in Mosul are far from ready. So far 100 bases have been returned to Iraqi authority. Also, two more U.S. contractors were freed pending an investigation into an unknown matter; conflicting reports had the men accused of murder, arms possession or drug offences at various times.

One U.S. soldier was killed and three more were wounded while attempting to defuse a roadside bomb in Samarra; an Iraqi was also killed. Separately, a roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier in Baghdad last night.

A roadside bomb killed a girl and wounded seven others in Baiji.

In Mosul, two civilians were injured when a bomb intended for an army patrol was detonated. Another bomb left no casualties.

Two patrolmen were wounded during a bomb blast in southern Kirkuk.

The body of a young man was discovered yesterday in Tikrit.

A sticky bomb was found attached to an Awakening Council leader’s car in Fallujah. Although the device exploded, no one was injured. A young kidnap victim was liberated; five suspects were arrested in connection with the abduction of the child three months ago.

Three special groups members were captured in Numaniya. “Special groups” refers to militants the U.S. believes are supported by Iran.

Six suspects were detained and three Katyusha rockets were seized across Missan province.

An arms cache was found near Kut.

An improvised-bomb factory was discovered in northern Dhi Qar province. Over a ton of explosives was found and more than 100 rockets were confiscated as well.

Over 1,200 Diyala policemen protested being discharged from service. They also complained about not receiving their salaries.

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Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has
been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.