Tuesday: 23 Iraqis Killed, 38 Wounded

Updated at 8:00 p.m. EDT, May 20, 2008

Iraqi troops peacefully entered Sadr City today to coordinate a security takeover with Sadrist representatives. At least 23 Iraqis were killed and 38 more were wounded in other incidents. No Coalition deaths were reported.

Iraqi troops arrived en masse in Sadr City as part of a cease fire agreement that allows them to take over security in the area. No bloodshed was reported, but at least 100 bombs have been recovered during the operation.

In Baghdad, two dumped bodies were found. A bomb on a minibus killed two passengers and wounded five more in Rustamiyah. In Zayouna, a roadside bomb injured two people. A bomb targeting a U.S. patrol on Qanat St. left no casualties. Also, 14 suspects were detained and Austrian-made missiles were confiscated.

Mortar fire killed three and wounded nine in Balad Ruz.

An attack on an Awakening Council (Sahwa) patrol left five members dead in Dhuluiya.

In Mandali, a female suicide bomber detonated her cargo near the home of a tribal and Sahwa leader. He was injured, along with eight others, but his five-year old niece was killed.

U.S. forces killed an al-Qaeda leader in Samarra, while 20 suspects were detained across Iraq.

Police in Fallujah surrounded the home of a suicide bomber. He killed himself and three family members. Two others were also wounded. A similar incident was reported yesterday.

In Basra, a photojournalist was released after a month in police custody. He was detained when trying to photograph a blast scene. In a separate incident, a policeman was shot dead last night.

In Suleimaniyah, a fight broke out over a vengeance killing. Three people were injured and an Iraqi army captain was handed over to authorities.

One woman was injured when shrapnel from Iranian artillery fire struck her in a village near the border.

In Rutba, a female suicide bomber killed a Sahwa member and left seven others with injuries at a police station.

Gunmen killed a cleric during a drive-by shooting in Mosul.


Compiled by Margaret Griffis

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.