Saturday: 7 Iraqis Killed; 2 Iraqis Wounded; 2 US Black Hawks Crash

Updated at 5:02 p.m. EDT, Oct. 4, 2008

In Baghdad, two U.S. helicopters collided during landing but left only a few causalties. Elsewhere, at least seven Iraqis were killed, including a suspected senior al-Qaeda leader. Only two Iraqi wounded were reported today. Also, 38 people were killed in clashes and air strikes between Turkish soldiers and PKK rebels around the Turkish border. Due to the Eid al-Fitr holiday, reports of violence are scant.

Two U.S. Black Hawks collided during a landing at a base in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah neighborhood. One Iraqi soldier was killed. Two Americans were wounded along with two Iraqis.

Clashes and air strikes in Turkey and northern Iraq killed at least 15 Turkish soldiers and 23 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) separatists. Another 20 Turkish soldiers were wounded, and two more are missing. The clashes began at an outpost in Turkey. Turkey then retaliated with air strikes on suspected rebel bases in northern Iraq.

Poland officially marked the end of its mission in Iraq during a ceremony at their camp just outside Diwaniya. The 900 troops will be sent home by the end of the month.

In Baghdad, U.S. soldiers killed a suspected al-Qaeda leader and a female bystander during an operation on Friday in Adhamiya.

Three bodies were found in Mosul. A Christian was shot to death inside his store. Also, 14 suspects were detained.

A suspected al-Qaeda leader was captured in Suwayra.

In Jalawla, the Iraqi army took over a building being used by as a headquarters by the Kurdistan Toilers’ Party (not to be confused with the PKK). Jalawla has recently seen a number of incidents between the Iraqi army and local officials.

The MNF detained 10 suspects in central and northern Iraq.


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.