Updated at 12:10 a.m. EDT, April 14, 2008
At least 46 Iraqis were killed and 29 were wounded in the latest violence. Sadr City finally quieted down after a couple weeks of intense fighting, but light clashing was still reported. No Coalition deaths were reported, but at least two Coalition soldiers were injured during a friendly fire incident in Baghdad.
In Baghdad, four men were seen planting a roadside bomb in New Baghdad. A U.S. air strike killed two of the suspects. A second missile was shot at the remaining men but missed them and instead hit a Coalition vehicle and residential housing. Three Iraqis and two Coalition soldiers were wounded in the incident, while the two gunmen fled.
Elsewhere in Baghdad, two bombs were safely defused. An IED injured two policemen in Karrada. Two dumped bodies were found. Meanwhile, three gunmen were killed and 14 were detained, while one Iraqi soldier was killed and five more were wounded during security operations. The Green Zone received mortar fire.
Fighting finally eased in Sadr City a day after Sadrist officials in Najaf advised the Mahdi militia to avoid confrontations with Iraqi or Coalition troops, but light clashes were reported. Although a blockade of the city was to have been lifted entirely yesterday, Iraqi forces were still blocking some exits.
An Awakening Council (Sahwa) member was killed and another was wounded during a roadside bomb attack near Kirkuk. Another Sahwa member was killed in another bombing incident near town. At least three other Sahwa members were wounded during another incident. Another bomb left no injuries near the health directorate. Also, one dumped body was found.
In Khalis, a man was killed, while his wife and child were wounded.
A bomb killed one person and wounded another in Abu Saida.
In Baquba, a civilian was killed.
Someone planted a bomb in a car belonging to a Fallujah town council deputy chief. He and his 11-year-old son were seriously injured.
In Basra, a policeman was gunned down and two bodies were found. A local al-Qaeda leader was captured. Fourteen suspects were also detained. Also, light clashes between government forces and the Mahdi army were reported.
As many as 13 al-Qaeda suspects were killed during a joint Iraqi-U.S. raid on their camp near Tikrit.
One suspect was killed and 11 were captured in northern Iraq.
Three suspects were detained near Balad. One of them, an Iraqi, is thought to be an Iranian intelligence operative.
Near Kut, a vehicle containing weapons was seized.
Also, 1300 policemen were fired from their jobs in Basra and Wassit provinces due to their actions during the “security crackdown” last month.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis