Tuesday: 120 Iraqis, GI Killed; 34 Foreigners Killed in Plane Crash

Updated at 12:30 a.m. EST, Jan. 10, 2007

In Iraq today, at least 120 people were killed or found dead and another 18 were injured during violent attacks. At least 34 more were killed during a plane crash. Also, one American soldier was shot dead in Diyala province.

A Moldavian cargo plane carrying Turkish workers crashed near Balad, killing at least 34 people. The cause is unknown, but it crashed near a U.S. military base. Among the passengers were 29 Turks, three Moldavians, one Russian, one Ukranian and one American.

In Baghdad, combined operations between U.S. and Iraqi forces continued in the Haifa Street area as part of a security plan laid out by Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. In the latest clashes, 50 militia members were killed and 21 arrested. About 130 militants have died since Saturday in this area. In another combined raid, this one in Balad Ruz, an unspecified number of militia troops were killed. Also, three militia members were killed during an incident at a mosque that is connected to a raid in Tahrir.

In other developments in the capital, 41 bodies were dumped throughout the city. Eight people were killed and 10 injured when Iraqi civilians in the al Jihad district repelled an attack by gunmen. An Iraqi working for UNICEF, Janan Jabero, was gunned down in his car late Monday night. The Iraqi army freed eight kidnap victims on Omar street. And, a house exploded in Sadr City, killing three adults and two children; witnesses said that the demolition was caused by a U.S. air strike.

In Mosul, five bodies were found. The head of the customs department in northern Iraq, Abdul Ghafour al-Jouburi, was kidnapped. Also, a bomb wounded four civilians in an industrial district, and a young girl was injured during a separate roadside bomb blast.

In Kirkuk, Iraqi army troops attacked two gunmen as they were trying to pass through a checkpoint; no word on casualties.

One person was killed and three more family members wounded when mortars fell on their Mahmudiya home.

At least six more bodies were discovered in unspecified locations.


Compiled by Margaret Griffis

Author: Margaret Griffis

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