Thursday: 17 Iraqis Killed, 63 Wounded

Updated at 9:09 p.m. EDT, July 30, 2009

At least 17 Iraqis were killed and 63 more were wounded in attacks across the country. No further deaths were reported at Camp Ashraf, but the Iraqi government finally admitted that some of the residents were killed. No Coalition deaths were reported.

The Iraqi government admitted that several Iranian refugees died at Camp Ashraf during two days of clashes and is investigating the cause of the rioting. Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh denied that excessive force was used in establishing a police outpost. Another official said 11 Iranians were killed overall. Journalists have been refused entry into Camp Ashraf to corroborate claims by either side, but U.S. forces were allowed to provide medical help to the wounde.. Since U.S. forces handed protection of the Iranians early this year, the Iraqi government has waged an expulsion campaign that has included preventing necessary supplies from entering the camp. Members outside the camp are also targets for abuse.

A suicide bomber attempted to strike a well-defended police station near the Syrian border at Qaim. Seven Iraqis were killed and 32 more were wounded in the blast. Four homes came down in the blast, and there may be more casualties under the rubble. Qaim is on what was once a highway that was heavily used by terrorists streaming in from Syria. It is also close to a Syrian town that was the target of a controversial U.S. airstrike last year.

A bomb at a building in Baquba, housing the Sunni political group Reform and Development Movement, killed seven people and wounded 10 more.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb in Kadhimiya wounded 18 civilians. U.S. soldiers in Zaafaraniya randomly opened fire, wounding two civilians.

In Mosul, a bomb wounded a Turkman council member during an assassination attempt. Gunmen killed two traffic policemen.

U.S. forces came under attack in Madaen, but no casualties were reported.

Almost 10,000 detainees remain in U.S. custody. Last years U.S.-Iraqi S.O.F.A. pact forces the U.S. to either release detainees or hand them over to Iraqi custody.

The Justice Ministry released 238 detainees after clearing them of charges.

A Moroccan gunman was arrested while planting a roadside bomb near Tal Keef.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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