Monday: 24 Iraqis Killed, 66 Wounded

by , September 13, 2010

Updated at 11:35 p.m. EDT, Sept. 13, 2010

Fighting between suspected al-Qaeda elements and Iraqi security personnel continued in a small town just northeast of Baghdad. Including those casualties, at least 24 Iraqis were killed and 66 more were wounded in the latest violence. One U.S. soldier was also wounded. As happened yesterday, almost all attacks were in Diyala province. While Diyala remains one of the most unstable provinces thanks to continued al-Qaeda presence, it is unlikely that other volatile areas such as Mosul have gone completely without incidents since the end of Ramadan.

Amnesty International and the British government are both concerned with ongoing allegations of torture and illegal detentions in Iraq, particularly since U.S. handed over detainees to their Iraqi counterparts.

Clashes continued in al-Hadid, leaving scores dead and wounded. Four security personnel were killed and 22 others were wounded since yesterday’s fighting. Eleven gunmen were killed and 32 more were wounded as well. Thirty-two gunmen were also arrested. This is the third day of fighting and attacks in the town near Baquba. Iraqi forces were forced to call in for American assistance and about 49 U.S. servicemembers were involved in the operation. One U.S. soldier was wounded.

In Baghdad, four policemen were wounded during a blast in Aden Square. Gunmen killed a police officer in Jameaa. In Ghazaliya, a sticky bomb blast killed an intelligence officer. Gunmen killed an employee working for the provincial government’s office. The al-Rashieen Army announced a rocket attack on the U.S. embassy which embassy officials later denied.

Police in Anbar province announced a successful end to Eid security operations. This morning, however, a bomb in Amiriyat al-Fallujah killed a policeman and wounded two of his relatives, including his mother.

Gunmen killed one person and wounded another Buhriz.

In Mandali, three people were wounded during an explosion.

A blast in Baquba wounded two people including an Awakening Council (Sahwa) member.

Gunmen attacked a vehicle carrying a Sahwa leader in Latifiya, killing him and three family members.

Thirteen suspects were arrested across Diyala province.

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