Updated at 11:30 p.m. EDT, Sept. 18, 2007
At least 69 Iraqis were killed and 83 more injured during numerous bombings and armed attacks throughout the country. The oil infrastructure was also targeted. Five GIs were reported killed and three were wounded in separate incidents.
Three Task Force Lightning soldiers were killed and three more were wounded during an explosion in Diyala province today. In Ninevah province, a Task Force Lightning soldier was killed in a vehicle accident. Also, on Saturday a soldier died from non-combat related injuries.
In Baghdad, nine dumped bodies were recovered. A double car bomb killed 11 and wounded 30 near the Health Ministry in Bab al-Muadham. A car bomb in the Ur neighborhood killed eight and wounded 15 others. Another car bomb, this one in Zayouna, killed two people and wounded five more. A roadside bomb killed a civilian and wounded two policemen in Za’afaraniya. Another explosion killed a policeman in central Baghdad. Also, a suicide bomber killed a civilian in Baladiyat.
During a police raid in Shurqat, a policeman and two militants were killed; four suspects were detained.
The morgue in Baquba reported receiving a total of eight dumped bodies from separate locations. Shelling killed one person and wounded three members of the Baquba Salvation Council. Two people were wounded in a different mortar attack. Also, gunmen attack a family riding in their car; three members were killed and two were wounded.
Three bodies bearing gunshots and torture marks were found near Qaim.
Yesterday in Iskandariya, a man was killed and his son wounded during an armed attack.
The deputy governor of Salah ad Din province escaped a bomb attack in Tikrit with only light injuries; two bodyguards were also wounded. Also, an armed attack left three dead and two injured. A blanket curfew is now in place.
No casualties were reported during shelling in Basra. Imam Emad Abdul Kareem was injured and a bodyguard was killed during an assassination attempt on him; he is a representative of Grand Ayatollah Sistani.
U.S. forces killed three suspects and detained 13 during operations near Arab Jabour.
At least 20 oil tankers were set ablaze on the Falluja-Samarra highway; many of the drivers escaped abduction. An explosion and fire on a portion of the Kirkuk-Baiji oil pipeline sent smoke billowing into the sky and spilled oil into the Tigris River, while damaging a second parallel pipeline.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis