Updated at 2:45 p.m. EST, Feb. 8, 2008
At least 31 Iraqis were killed or found dead and 17 more were wounded in the latest violence. Clashes took place in a pair of Diyala province cities and a mass grave was found just outside Baquba. Five American soldiers were killed in two separate incidents. Also, an imam in Kufa accused U.S. forces of abusing a ceasefire in order to harass followers of Moqtada al-Sadr.
Four American soldiers were killed today during an IED explosion northwest of Baghdad. Another American soldier was killed and three more were wounded during a bombing in At Ta’Mim province.
Men wearing police uniforms stormed a home in Baquba, where they killed five people, including a woman, before blowing up the building. Clashes took place between 1920 Revolution Brigades and Iraqi police, but no casualties were reported.
Outside Baquba, police found a mass grave containing eight bodies. Three of the dead were women.
An explosion in Kirkuk killed two civilians and three policemen.
The body of an imam was discovered at a Basra morgue. The imam had been kidnapped, along with his son and another person, from his al-Jameiat home. The son and the third victim were released. In a separate incident, four Christians were kidnapped from a church in central Basra.
Three policemen were injured during a car bombing in Hawija.
In Mosul, gunmen murdered a college student at a bus stop.
The head of an Awakening Council in Mishada was assassinated last night.
A clash in Fallujah left one gunman dead and one policeman injured.
Clashes between “concerned local citzens” and police in Buhriz left no casualties.
A large cache of ammunition was found in Numaniya.
In Saqlawiyah, one policeman was killed an 10 injured during a clash at a checkpoint.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis