Updated at 11:55 p.m. EDT, Mar. 18, 2008
At least 38 Iraqis were killed and another 77 were wounded during continued bombings throughout the country. Meanwhile, the International Organization for Migration reported finding that about 2.7 million Iraqis were displaced since the U.S. invasion of the country and that their situation is deteriorating both within Iraq and in host countries. Also, the main Sunni bloc boycotted a reconciliation conference.
A car bomb in Mosul killed three people and wounded 45 others.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed one person and wounded 13 others in the Shaab district. In Binouk, a separate bomb killed three people and wounded six others. Seven more people were wounded in Yarmouk during another bombing. Also, five unidentified bodies were recovered.
The toll from yesterday’s bombing in Karbala rose by nine to 52 deaths.
A roadside bomb planted near an Iskandariya checkpoint exploded, killing an Awakening Council (Sahwa) member and wounding a second one.
Two fishermen were killed and a third was wounded during an encounter with an Iranian patrol in the al-Fao area. Iran and Iraq share a waterway at the southeast border.
Two Sahwa members were killed during a drive-by shooting in Baiji.
A policeman was killed during a raid near al-Isahaqi.
A policeman was kidnapped at a fake checkpoint in Samarra.
In Bani Saad, a hostage was freed and a kidnapper arrested.
Seven hostages were freed near Amara, and their kidnappers were captured.
Diwaniyah suffered a rocket attack, but no casualties were reported.
U.S. forces killed seven suspects and arrested eight others in central and northern Iraq.
Three policemen were killed and three more were wounded during an IED attack in Abu Saida.
Gunmen kidnapped a civilian in Kirkuk.
In Riyadh, a gunmen was captured as he was booby-trapping a car.
U.S. forces detained Rasheed al-Ziydan, the chief of the National Front of Iraqi Tribes, during a raid in Hajj Ali village.
The Iraqi Army arrested 51 suspects across Iraq. Two suspects were arrested in Kirkuk. Another 13 were captured in Basra. In Babel province, another seven were detained. A gunman was arrested in Baghdad. An army officer was arrested in Diyala. Meanwhile, 50 detainees were freed in Salah ad Din province.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis