Wednesday: 9 US Soldiers, 25 Iraqis Killed; 10 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 6:30 p.m. EST, Jan. 9, 2008

Nine American soldiers were reported killed on an otherwise extremely quiet newsday. At least 25 Iraqis were killed, mostly gunmen, and 10 Iraqis were wounded in separate events. Also, the World Health Organization released their report on the number of civilian casualties since the invastion. They say that between 104,000 to 223,000 people have died in violent attacks.

Six MND-North soldiers were killed after entering a booby-trapped home in Diyala province today; another four were wounded. Also, three American soldiers were killed and two more were wounded during combat operations in Salah ad Din province yesterday.

Three dumped bodies were recovered in Baghdad. A roadside bomb in an eastern area blasted an American patrol but no casualties were reported.

Three people were wounded when a pair of roadside bombs exploded at two churches in Kirkuk. Just three days ago three churches and a convent were targeted by bombs in Mosul.

U.S. forces killed 20 suspects and arrested 10 during major operations near Muqdadiya.

Gunmen attacked a police commando checkpoint in Samarra. One gunman was killed and two were arrested.

An IED in Khalis injured a policeman.

Gunmen in Abu Saida opened fire on a car, injuring two people inside it.

Four people were injured when an IED exploded at a Baquba marketplace.

The body of an al-Qaeda leader was discovered in Mosul.

In Busayefi, U.S. air forces dropped two 500-pound bombs on a home, which was destroyed.

Diyala police released 84 detainees who were found innocent of charges. Meanwhile U.S. forces arrested a teacher in Fallujah. In Kirkuk, five suspects were detained. Karbala police arrested at least 22 suspects, including the mayor of al-Ghadeer.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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