Tuesday: 1 US Soldier, 61 Iraqis Killed; 56 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 8:30 p.m EST, Jan. 29, 2008

At least 61 Iraqis were killed and another 56 were wounded in attacks mostly targeting civilians and security personnel. Nineteen of the victims were found in a gruesome discovery in Muqdadiyah. The DOD reported that a U.S. soldier died Sunday of wounds received in a roadside bombing last July. Also, President Bush said that a slowdown in troop withdrawal is likely.

A suicide car bomb in Mosul left one dead and as many as 15 Iraqis injured. The target was a U.S. patrol, but no Americans were injured. This attack comes a day after five Americans were killed in a combined attack in the Sumer neighborhood, and as Iraqi troops descend on the city to rid it of suspected al-Qaeda elements. The U.S. military warned that the complexity of the situation in Mosul could mean that it may take a long time to secure the city.

In Baghdad, three dumped bodies were found. A female suicide bomber killed two women and wounded five others (possibly Americans) at an Amiriya area checkpoint. Eight people were wounded during a roadside bombing near the University of Technology. Another 10 people were injured during a roadside bombing near Tahrir Square. In Zayouna, a mortar shell injured three police commandos. Two people were injured as mortars fell on a residential area in al-Fadililya. Three people were wounded during an IED explosion in Yarmouk. Two Katyusha rockets landed in the Green Zone, but no casualties were reported. A roadside bomb targeting a U.S. patrol on Canal St. left no casualties. Also, over 500 people demonstrated against police detentions in the Abu Ghraib suburb.

Nine complete bodies and 10 severed heads were discovered near Muqdadiyah. The bodies were partially decomposed, while the heads were found nearby. Three gunmen were also killed.

Gunmen attacked an official convoy in Saqlawiyah. No casualties were reported during the attack; however, police and Awakening Council members chased the attackers and executed 20 of them. Near the police station, two suicide bombers were shot; the ensuing explosions wounded five policemen.

Three schoolgirls were killed and two more were wounded when they encountered an IED on their way to school near Duluiya.

A a local governor and his bodyguard were injured during an attack on their convoy traveling through Sulaiman Pek.

Gunmen stormed a home in Iskandariya and killed a man residing in it.

Four missiles landed on a U.S. base in Fallujah, but no casualties were reported. Also, two truck drivers were kidnapped and killed between Fallujah and Tharthar.

A bomb was defused in Tikrit, then ten students at the university were arrested.

In Mahatta, two al-Furat news agency workers were killed and a third one was injured.

One Iraqi soldier was killed during a combat mission. Eleven suspects were arrested in and around Baghdad. Two Sadrists were arrested in Diwaniyah. Also, three weapons caches were discovered in Ninewah province.


Compiled by Margaret Griffis

Author: Margaret Griffis

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