Monday: 2 US Soldiers, 17 Iraqis Killed; 43 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 12:15 a.m. EDT, June 24, 2008

Two American soldiers was killed and three were wounded during an incident near Baghdad. Also, at least 17 Iraqis were killed and 43 more were wounded in violent attacks across Iraq. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki promises to enfore the law after a security operation in Amara is completed.

One American soldier was killed and three more were wounded during a small arms attack just outside Baghdad in Madaen. One gunman was killed and an Iraqi interpreter was wounded. The soldiers were attending a local council meeting when a disgruntled official opened fire on them.

In Mosul, gunmen killed a policeman and a woman; two civilians were also wounded. A university student was killed in a drive-by shooting. An off-duty policeman was shot dead while at a market. Three Iraqi soldiers were wounded as they were trying to defuse a bomb. A bomb exploded near an army patrol, wounding an Iraqi soldier and five civilians. Also, two suspects were arrested and a weapons cache was confiscated.

Last night, mortars struck a U.S.-backed Awakening Council (Sahwa) checkpoint in Udhaim. Ten members were killed and 24 more were wounded in the attack. This may be the same incident that was reported yesterday out of Khalis.

In Baghdad, two dumped bodies were found. Three policemen were wounded when they came across a roadside bomb in Waziriya. No casualties were reported after U.S. troops came across roadside bombs in Qahira, Adil and Kadhimiya. Also, four suspects, including a wanted bomber, were captured.

Two people were wounded during a roadside bombing in Baquba.

A woman was wounded during a mortar attack in Kut.

North of Hilla, 27 suspects were detained in various neighborhoods.

Three suspects were arrested near Karbala. Also, five policemen were arrested for their involvement in helping a criminal escape.

Two roadside bombs were defused in Kirkuk, and a suspect was detained.


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.