Updated at 8:52 p.m., EDT, Mar. 16, 2008
As U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain visited Iraq, another 21 people were killed and 29 were wounded in a new round of violence. No Coalition casualties were reported.
In Baghdad, one person was killed and two more were wounded when a car bomb was detonated in the Mansour district. Iraqi security forces freed two captives and captured eight suspects. Also, five dumped bodies were recovered.
Two security personnel were killed and three more were wounded during clashes blamed on the Mahdi Army in Baquba.
A body, belonging to an Iraqi contractor, was found in Numaniya.
A schoolmaster was kidnapped in Najaf.
Two Iraqis soldiers were kidnapped in Tikrit.
A Kurdish man was killed during a roadside bombing in Khanaquin.
The morgue in Basra received the bodies of a police officer and two Iraqi soldiers.
U.S. forces released 300 detainees from Camp Cropper as part of the general amnesty program.
Also, residents of Arbil observed a five-minute moment of silence to mark the loss of over 5,000 Kurds during a chemical attack in 1988. Meanwhile, the Turkoman community in Kirkuk is expressing concerns over the increase in the Kurd population of the city; they believe it will lead to the inclusion of Kirkuk in the Kurdish autonomous region.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis
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