Saturday: 2 US Soldiers, 3 Iraqis Killed; 11 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 6:10 p.m. EDT, May 9, 2009

At least three Iraqis were killed and 11 more were wounded in the latest violence. In one attack a police general was killed in Basra even a security forces claimed the province was safe enough for foreign workers. Two U.S. soldiers died in separate incidents.

One U.S. soldier was killed in Balad of unreported causes. A second U.S. soldier died in a vehicular accident in Baghdad.

A senior security official claimed that all areas of Basra province are now under control and security forces could guarantee the safety of foreign workers; however, gunmen killed a police general in the town of Zubair today. A bomb was defused there as well. Also, security forces arrested 10 wanted men during a continuing operation that have netted dozens of suspects in recent weeks throughout Basra, but may actually be part of a harassment campaign against rival militia groups. Accurate casualty figures from the province have always been elusive and violence there remains underreported.

In Mosul, gunmen killed an off-duty policeman and wounded three civilians at a market. One civilian was wounded in a roadside bomb blast.

Five civilians were wounded during a blast in Saidiya.

Near Makhmour, the body of a young man was discovered.

A woman and a child were wounded in Amara during a Katyusha rocket attack.

Twenty suspects were arrested in an ongoing operation in Diyala province.

Eighteen suspects were detained in Fallujah, while 30 others were were cleared of charges and released.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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