Updated at 9:03 p.m. EDT, Sept. 8, 2009
The recent surge in violence has now left four U.S. soldiers dead in separate attacks. At least 17 Iraqis were also killed and 46 more were wounded. The Iraqi army had to intervene in one bombing when relatives of the dead staged a revenge attack on a neighboring village. Also, Turkish soldiers clashed with the PKK in southeastern Turkey.
Three American soldiers were killed in northern Iraq when a roadside bomb blasted their patrol just before noon. Earlier, one U.S. soldier was killed in a blast in southern Baghdad. No casualties were reported after a U.S. patrol was targeted with a rocket-propelled grenade.
A blast in Amerli killed five people, including the head of an anti-terrorism unit and four of his bodyguards. Their relatives then stormed a neighboring Sunni village looking for the perpetrators of the bombing. The Iraqi army intervened before any more people were harmed. Amerli is home to many Shi’ite Turkmen.
In Baghdad, a Health ministry official escaped an assassination attempt on his convoy that left an employee dead instead; the Palestine St. blast also left 12 wounded, including eight bystanders. A bomb in Camp Sara wounded two policemen. A third bomb wounded eight people in Karrada.
In Mosul, a sticky bomb wounded two people. A roadside bomb killed a man. Gunmen killed a soldier at a checkpoint. One man was killed and another wounded as they apparently were moving an explosive device. Three soldiers were wounded in a roadside explosion.
A roadside bomb killed two policemen and wounded three more in Daquq.
A blast killed two policemen and wounded four more in Taza.
In Tikrit, a roadside bomb targeting a deputy provincial governor failed to harm him but the explosion wounded three bodyguards.
A sticky bomb in Baquba wounded two people, including one policeman.
Two policemen were wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Rutba.
A hand grenade was tossed at the home of a Dawa Party official near Diwaniya. No casualties were reported.
Three suspects were detained near Tal Afar.
Eleven suspects were arrested in Basra province.
Two weapons caches were discovered in Kirkuk.
A bomb making factory and arms cache was discovered in Fallujah.
Also, six Turkish soldiers were killed and five were wounded during clashes with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels in southeastern Turkey.