Updated at 7:25 p.m. EST, Dec. 7, 2006
At least 11 U.S. servicemembers died in three separate incidents in Iraq on Wednesday. A 12th soldier died on Thursday from wounds received on Wednesday. Meanwhile, at least 93 Iraqis were killed or found dead, 114 more were wounded, and 10 were kidnapped in several violent events. Also, military authorities reported that another soldier was killed on Dec. 3 in Baghdad. And, the bipartisan Iraq Study Group today released its recommendations on how the United States should proceed in Iraq.
Five American troops were killed in Anbar Province and another five were killed in a Kirkuk. Both incidents occurred today and were the result of separate roadside bomb attacks. Another U.S. soldier was shot dead while manning a machine gun nest in Ramadi and a 12th; three other people were wounded and 14 militiamen killed during ensuing clashes. The U.S. military also announced the death of a soldier who was killed in Baghdad on Dec.3.
In other military news, a British soldier was injured during a clash between gunmen and British troops in Basra; earlier, mortars blasted the British base at the Shatt al Arab hotel, but no casualties were reported. A U.S airstrike killed one suspected militiaman in Khanaqin, and another detainee died of natural causes at Camp Cropper.
The violence continued apace today in Baghdad: At least 48 bodies were recovered throughout the city. Clashes in a western section erupted after mortars injured five people in the mostly Sunni Adil neighborhood. At the al Haraj market in central Baghdad, mortars killed 10 people and wounded 54 others. Mortars also fell in western Baghdad, injuring two. A suicide bomber detonated his cargo on a minibus in the Sadr City district; three people were killed and 16 wounded there. A bomb planted on Mohammed al Qassem road injured nine people. Another bomb targeting a police patrol in east Baghdad found no victims. In western Baghdad, gunmen broke into a school and killed the headmaster. And gunmen also injured Brig. Gen. Muhsin al-Yassri and killed his driver in a drive-by shooting in the Mansour neighborhood; he is the Higher Education Ministry’s security chief.
The bodies of three bound and blindfolded gunshot victims were discovered on a street in Mahmudiya.
A bomb exploded inside an Iskandariya shop; the owner and three others were killed, 12 were wounded.
Gunmen shot dead a police captain and injured one in his retinue in Hawija.
A bomb blast outside the Khalis hospital was immediately followed by a drive-by shooting that left three dead and four wounded. Three children were among the wounded. One person was killed and eight injured when gunmen attacked a minibus north of the city.
Late Tuesday in Suwayra, falling mortar rounds killed one person and injured two others.
At least 10 civilians were abducted from a Muqdadiyah bus station.
Also, the situation in Siniya continues to be tense. Casualty numbers remain unreported.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis