Updated at 11:55 p.m. EDT, Aug. 22, 2007
Today, 14 Task Force Lightning soldiers were killed when their Blackhawk helicopter crashed during a night operation in northern Iraq. Military authorities believe that mechanical failure caused the crash. In a separate incident, an MND-B soldier was killed and three more were wounded during combat operations in the capital. And, 11 American servicemembers were wounded late in the day in Taji. At least 154 Iraqis were killed and 175 more were wounded during various attacks. Also, reports of shelling by Iranian forces at the northeast border in Sulaimaniyah province continue.
In Baghdad, 15 dumped bodies were recovered. The Interior Ministry reported that 56 al-Qaeda suspects were killed during a military operation in Fadhil yesterday. Residents of Fadhil said that four civilians were also killed and many more were wounded in crossfire during clashes between rival gunmen. A car bomb killed one Iraqi and wounded five more in al-Weshash. Iraqi soldiers killed five gunmen in an unspecified neighborhood. No casualties were reported in a roadside bombing targeting an American patrol on Qadhat Street. In Baladiyat, two residents were wounded during mortar fire. Four people were wounded during a car bombing in Mansour. Also, a journalist was mistaken for an interpreter and kidnapped; she was released several hours later after being beaten.
A roadside bomb killed two people and wounded 12 in Tikrit.
Two militants died when they roadside bomb they were trying to plant in Tuz Khormato blew up killing them.
In Kufa, militants stabbed a female professor to death.
A car bomb in Hawija blasted a convoy belonging to a city council member. One escort was killed and three more were wounded.
Two pipe layers were killed and five wounded when a roadside bomb blasted them near Tal Afar.
The mayor of al-Kharba village was assassinated in front of his home.
Gunmen killed a civilian in al-Asiriya.
One policeman was wounded during a roadside bombing in Kirkuk.
Four Peshmerga fighters were wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Flaifel village.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis