Updated at 7:01 p.m. EDT, Sept. 18, 2008
At least 20 Iraqis were killed and 34 more were wounded in the latest violence. No Coalition deaths were reported, but a helicopter crash that took the lives of seven U.S. soldiers yesterday has been ruled an accident.
In military news, a U.S soldier charged with conspiracy to murder has plead guilty and received a 7-month sentence for his actions. Also, a parliamentary panel in Germany is trying to determine whether German spies contributed to the 2003 invasion of Iraq in such a way that the information led to direct military action by the United States.
In Baghdad, a bomb injured seven guards in Mustansiriya. Two policemen were wounded during a bombing in Karrada. In Doura, five Iraqi soldiers were wounded during a bombing. A morter struck a garage in Amana without leaving casualties. Two bodies were found. Also, 48 suspects were captured.
In Mosul, two family members were killed and two more were injured when gunmen stormed their home. A man’s body was found. Clashes between gunmen and security personnel left one bystander dead. A roadside bomb explosion killed three Iraqi soldiers. A bomb blast injured a policeman. Two retired security personnel were killed in separate incidents. Police found two bodies. Also, a university student was injured during an attempted kidnapping.
A roadside bomb blast injured two people in Hawija.
Two bodies were recovered near the Iranian border in Shawan. The two had been tortured.
A woman’s body was found near Kirkuk in Chiman.
A bomb blast in Suwayra left one man with injuries.
In Tal Afar, a policeman was injured during a bombing. Nine civilians were wounded in a pair of bomb blasts. Also, gunmen attacked a family, killing the man and injuring his wife and daughter, as they were picking up their passports.
A government employee was wounded during a drive-by shooting in Kirkuk.
Two suspects were killed near Nasariya as they were rigging a car with explosives. Police said that one of the men was a death squad leader.
A “special groups” leader was killed and four other suspects were detained near Hilla.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis