Clashes Spread to Eastern Iraq; 98 Killed, 34 Wounded

At least 98 people were killed and 34 more were wounded across Iraq. In Diyala province, security forces are trying to prevent militants from taking over Buhriz.

Anbar:

In Falluja, security forces killed 33 militants in the Sijar district. Shelling killed two people and five wounded. Artillery fire killed three militants and wounded two more.

Mortars hit an army headquarters in Ramadi but the number of casualties was not released. Clashes also took place.

The province’s health department released the number of casualties they have, so far, logged during the three months of military activity in the province. They report that 336 people have been killed and 1,562 have been wounded.

Elsewhere:

In Buhriz, where militants are attempting to take over parts the city, security forces killed a militant leader who has been called a junior "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi." Three policemen were killed and three were wounded in security operations that also left three militants dead. Another 14 militants were reported killed separately.

A bomb in central Tikrit killed three people and wounded ten more. A sticky bomb wounded four members of a family, including two children, west of the city. Gunmen killed a civilian. A bomb killed a teenager. A bomb targeting police killed two of them and wounded two more.

A bomb in Yathrib killed three policemen and wounded a fourth one.

A roadside bomb killed two soldiers and wound a third one in Karrar.

In Baghdad, gunmen killed two civilians in Tobchi. An unidentified body was found.

In Mosul, gunmen killed a policeman and wounded another at a checkpoint. A roadside bomb killed a major and wounded two more soldiers. Three civilians were killed in separate attacks.

Gunmen killed a civilian in Abu Ghraib. A Sahwa member was killed in a separate attack.

A bomb wounded two civilians in Muqdadiya.

A sticky bomb killed a policeman in Samarra.

Gunmen killed a civilian in Basra.

In Mahaweel, gunmen wounded a journalist.

Ten militants were killed in a failed attempt on a headquarters near Riyadh.

Security forces killed five militants in Fadhiliya.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

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