Updated at 12:56 a.m. EDT, May 8, 2007
After a bloody weekend in Iraq, the White House warned Americans to expect more troop casualties and blamed the increase in soldier deaths on a surge of troops used in a 10-week-old security crackdown in Baghdad. Meanwhile, the U.S. military reported that an American soldier was killed during a small arms attack in western Baghdad. The death of a soldier on Saturday was also reported. In other violence, at least 128 Iraqis were killed and another 90 wounded.
In Baghdad, 30 unidentified bodies were dumped in various locations. Five people were killed and two wounded during a bombing in the Saidiya neighborhood. Mortars fell on Bayaa, , Um al-Malif, Jisr Diyala and Medayan, killing six and injuring five all together. In Bab al-Muadem, gunmen killed one civilian and injured two others. No casualties were reported after a bombing went off in central Baghdad.
Security was increased in the capital’s Bayaa and Adhamiya neighborhoods; one gunman and seven Iraqi troops were killed, nine were wounded. U.S. forces detained 15 suspects; Iraqi forces arrested 86 more. Also, on the outskirts of town, a bombing at a checkpoint resulted in eight dead policemen and 12 wounded.
Two people were killed and ten wounded during a mortar attack near Iskandariya.
Two bodies were found near Hilla.
Following clashes near Salman Pak, U.S helicopters fired upon and killed up to 10 gunmen.
A roadside bomb in Mosul injured a policeman.
Near Hawija, the body of a policeman was found.
One person was wounded during a bombing in Kirkuk.
Nine suspects were captured in Balad, including one believed to be financing al-Qaeda operations.
Five civilians were killed in Khalis. The bodies of six Iraqi soldiers were turned in to the morgue, as well. Gunmen attacked a carpenter’s shop, killing the owner and three sons. Also, a married pair of educators were executed in front of their pupils.
Four suspects were arrested in the al-Kisk area after troops discovered explosives underneath an pipeline carrying oil to Turkey; pipelines are a favored target for attacks.
In New Baquba, gunmen killed a police officer.
Two officers were injured in separate incidents near Baquba.
Four people were killed and two others wounded when gunmen attacked a minibus heading to Mandili.
A roadside bomb injured a father and two of his sons in Bani Saad.
A body belonging chairman of the al-Wajihiya town council was found.
Five Iraqi soldiers were killed in Baagh, which is near Mosul.
In Najaf, no casualties were reported after a bombing.
Also, the Islamic State in Iraq claimed to be holding nine security personnel and wanted all Sunni women in jail released in exchange for the hostages.
And, a journalist killed while traveling in a vehicle with U.S. troops was identified as Russian photographer Dmitry Chebotayev.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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