Updated at 11:50 p.m. EST, Nov. 20, 2006
After a particularly gruesome Sunday, Monday brought the deaths of 146 Iraqis. Another 32 Iraqis were wounded in violent events throughout the country. Also, two American servicemembers were killed over the weekend and two Iraqi Shi’ite ministers plus several prominent educators were targets of attack as well.
The U.S. military today released information on two GI deaths: A Marine was killed yesterday in Anbar province, and an MP died from injuries sustained on Saturday when a roadside bomb blasted his vehicle. Also, gunmen in Ramadi attacked Coalition forces in several locations; a retaliatory airstrike killed one gunman and another was killed when he tried to flee. And in Sadr City, U.S. forces conducting a raid damaged a mosque, but no casualties were reported.
In the capital, several attacks of note too place. At least 60 bodies were found in and around the city, including fourteen dumped bodies found just south of Baghdad. Another seven bodies were found downstream in the Tigris River. The body of TV comedian Waleed Hassan was discovered with three bullet wounds to the head; he starred in his popular sketch show "Caricature." Another Iraqi deputy health minister was targeted by gunmen today; Hakim al-Zamily was unhurt but two of his guards were killed near the Fadhil area. Junior Minister Mohammed al-Oreibi’s convoy was the target of a roadside bomb; two of his bodyguards were injured in the attack.
Several bombings also took place in Baghdad. In front of a central Baghdad restaurant, a roadside bomb killed a policeman and wounded three others. A separate roadside bomb intended for a police patrol instead wounded 3 civilians near a highway in central Baghdad. In a Jamal district marketplace, another roadside bomb killed three people and wounded five others.
In Baquba, gunmen killed a senior policemen in front of his home. In a separate incident, another senior police and his driver were also gunned down. Gunmen also attacked a police patrol, killing one officer and wounding three others. Six civilians were also killed by random gunfire.
In Iskandariya, a roadside bomb meant for a police patrol killed two civilians and wounded three others instead.
In Mosul, police reported the recovery of 47 corpses. Also, a suicide car bomber drove into a joint Iraqi army and police checkpoint; three soldiers were killed and four others were wounded. Gunmen also shot dead Professor Ahmed Hamid al-Taie, head of the clinic department at Mosul University.
In Ramadi, a suicide car bomber exploded his cargo near a police checkpoint; the explosion killed two people, including a policeman, and wounded six others, including four policemen. Also, a mortar round fell near a court and wounded three people.
Between Hillah and Baghdad, Dr. Fulayeh al-Ghurabi was killed in a drive-by shooting. He was a professor at Babil University in Hillah.
Four were killed in Diyala province, when gunmen attacked their bus.
Gunmen killed Hussein Qadar and a colleague as they were leaving a store in south Kirkuk. He was the administration director at Kirkuk University’s College of Education.
And in Tikrit, police found eight bodies; five had belonged to men who were kidnapped yesterday.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis