Thursday: 3 Soldiers, 41 Iraqis Killed; 34 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 1:10 a.m. EST, Jan. 4, 2008

Although the surge in bombings continues in Baghdad, the latest attacks have not resulted in any significant amount of casualties. Overall, at least 41 Iraqis were killed and 34 more were wounded across Iraq. Three U.S. soldiers were killed and one was injured in separate incidents. Meanwhile, the Iraqi Army ordered an indefinite vehicle ban throughout Diyala province due to the security situation.

Two American soldiers were killed and another was injured during a small arms attack today in Diyala province. Another U.S. soldier was killed south of Baghdad in an explosion yesterday.

In Baghdad, three unidentified bodies were found. Three people were killed and four were wounded during a roadside bombing in Zaafaraniya. In New Baghdad, a roadside bomb wounded four street cleaners. A Katyusha rocket killed one person and injured two others as it struck Washash. Clashes between Iraqi army soldiers and a neighborhood patrol in Adhamiya left three wounded patrolmen. U.S. forces killed one person, in front of his family, and detained nine others during operations in al-Wehda. Mortar fire killed three people and wounded seven. In Sadr City, no casualties were reported during an explosion that targeted a Sadrist MP. Also, no casualties were reported in a roadside bombing targeting U.S. forces in al-Naayeriya.

Three Awakening (Sahwa) council members were wounded when gunmen attacked their Hawija checkpoint.

In Amiriyat Fallujah, a civilian was kidnapped. Meanwhile, a U.S. soldier was wounded while conducting a controlled detonation of a roadside bomb.

A Peshmerga fighter described as a mental patient stormed an Arbil home, killing four family members and wounding two more.

A body belonging to an Iraqi athlete was found south of Baghdad in al-Wahda.

In Basra, a gunshot-riddled corpse belonging to a woman was discovered. Over a dozen bodies belonging to women who ignore Sharia law are found each month in the city.

U.S. forces killed seven suspects in Muqdadiyah.

In al-Ghalibiyah, U.S. troops fired upon a car that suddenly came at them from a side road. Two people in the car died, but it is not believed that they were intending harm.

U.S. troops shot and killed a man crossing a street near a gas factory in central Baquba.

Three policemen were killed and four were wounded when a rocket-propelled grenade struck their checkpoint in Mosul’s Eden neighborhood.

In Tal Afar, a roadside bomb blasted a convoy carrying the police chief. Two civilians, one a child, were killed when U.S. soldiers returned fire.

Iraqi police in Diyala province detained 29 suspects and confiscated 16 bomb-carrying automobiles. The Iraqi Army ordered an indefinite vehicle ban.

A civilian was wounded in a drive-by motorcycle attack in Tuz Khormato.

Uniformed men abducted three people from a home in Morjana village yesterday. The bodies of a father and son were found today.

One policeman was killed and another injured in an IED attack at Zaghaniyah.

A booby-trapped home in Khalis killed six Iraqi soldiers and wounded two more.


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.