Thursday: 3 GIs, 2 Britons, 46 Iraqis Killed; 21 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 10:49 p.m. EDT, Aug. 9, 2007

The tens of thousands of pilgrims converging on Baghdad today were not met with any attacks. Violence elsewhere was also light. Overall, at least 46 Iraqis were killed or found dead and another 21 were wounded. Also, three American and two British servicemembers were killed in separate events.

The DOD reported on the death of a soldier yesterday in Baghdad. A Marine was killed during combat operations in Anbar province on Tuesday. A second Marine died on Tuesday from a non-combat-related incident in Anbar. Also, an IED attack left two British soldiers killed and two more seriously wounded in the Rumaylah oilfields west of Basra.

In Baghdad, nine dumped bodies were found. A roadside bomb killed three people and wounded two others in a southern neighborhood. In Yarmouk, gunmen wounded three Iraqi soldiers. A mortar round killed one person and wounded two when it landed in Bayaa; a separate bombing killed a man and his wife while three others, including a five-year-old child, were wounded. Seven Iraqis were killed and one injured during a mortar attack in East Rashid. Also, a U.S. airstrike in northern Baghdad caused a large conflagration.

Gunmen killed a former member of the Baath party in Najaf.

Militants in Salah ad Din province blew up two small bridges.

British forces killed a gunman in Basra. A mortar attack left one policeman and an unspecified number of civilians injured.

In Baquba, police were able to stop a suicide bomber from detonating his cargo in a marketplace. Twelve bodies were brought in to the morgue; they had been found in separate locations and in various states of decomposition.

Also, a sheikh in Tikrit was arrested along with six bodyguards; he stands accused of plotting bomb attacks, including a major one in Amerli last month.

Three al-Qaedi suspects and a foreign fighter were killed in separate incidents in Balad.

Just north of Baghdad in Salah al Khalaf, a car bomb killed seven people and injured eight near a market on Tuesday.


Compiled by Margaret Griffis

Author: Margaret Griffis

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