Thursday: 13 Iraqis Killed, 10 Wounded

Updated at 7:50 p.m. EST, Jan. 1, 2009

At least 13 Iraqis were killed and 10 more were wounded on the first day of complete Iraqi control of security. The country formally took control of the Green Zone and likewise the rest of Iraq during a ceremony today; however, U.S. troops will remain in the Green Zone for three more months.. Meanwhile, Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani issued a strongly worded statement blaming Arabs for the growing rift between the two ethnic groups.

In Mosul, a suicide truck bomber killed three policemen and wounded five others. Gunmen killed an off-duty policeman. A roadside bomb wounded two civilians.

Three gunmen were killed during clashes in Hawija.

One man was killed and another was wounded in near Hawija in Bayjeen district when the bomb they were planting detonated prematurely.

A roadside bomb wounded three civilians in Nahda.

In Jalawla, two Iraqis soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack.

In Baghdad, U.S. troops fired on a television station employee, seriously wounding her.

A body was found in Khanaqin.

Gunmen in Bab Sinjar killed a civilian.

Police liberated the son of a Falluja tribal chief south of town. His kidnappers admitted they wanted ransom money. Weapons were also seized.

Four suspects were arrested in Nasariya.

A missile struck a Coalition base in Kirkuk yesterday but no casualties were reported. A sticky bomb attached to the Police Academy Chief’s car left no casualties when it was detonated.


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.