Saturday: 22 Iraqis Killed, 10 Wounded

Updated at 1:30 a.m. EST, Feb. 17, 2008

A U.S. general warned that, despite a drawdown, there may be more troops in Iraq by next summer than it did before the surge. At least 22 Iraqis were killed or found dead and another 10 were wounded in the latest attacks. No Coalition deaths were reported; however, another incident involving U.S. troops firing upon Awakening Council members was reported.

U.S. forces killed three Awakening Council members who were attending a meeting in Jurf al-Sakhar. The Awakening Councils consist of Iraqi tribesmen who have turned away from al-Qaeda and are now working alongside U.S. troops; however, a group of them in Jurf al-Sakhar turned in their resignations after the latest friendly fire incident.

Five bodies, bearing torture marks and gunshot wounds, were found east of Ramadi. Another four bodies were discovered southwest of the city.

An Iraqi army soldier was killed during an attack at a Baquba checkpoint. In a separate incident, five suspects were arrested.

In Kirkuk, a car bomb injured two policemen in Tiseen. In al-Shurjah, a policeman was wounded during an IED attack. A bomb in central Kirkuk injured two more policemen.

Two policemen were wounded near Buhriz.

A child was wounded as he picked up a roadside bomb planted in Mahaweel.

Samarra is under a curfew as renovation work on the shrines of Imams Ali al-Hadi and Hassan al-Askari is carried out. Also, an Awakening Council member was gunned down.

Two policemen were injured during an armed attack in Basra. Another police officer was unharmed when a device exploded near him.

A body was found near Hilla.

A car bomb was defused in Mosul.

Twenty detainees were released in Fallujah when authorities were unable to find any links to al-Qaeda. Another fifteen who had been arrested for not carrying proper identification were also released.

In Baghdad, two dumped bodies were recovered.

A man and his son were killed when they entered their booby-trapped home in al-Salam.


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.