Sunday: 2 US Pilots, 10 Iraqis Killed; 20 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 7:34 p.m. EST, Feb. 21, 2010

At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 20 more were wounded in various attacks across Iraq. Two U.S. helicopter pilots were killed during a hard landing at a base in northern Iraq. Meanwhile, analysts wonder what the withdrawal of a key Sunni group from March elections will mean for Iraq, and whether it will re-ignite the sectarian bloodshed..

A bomb killed five policemen and injured a sixth as they were guarding a power installation near Khanaqin.

Gunmen in Taji shot at a bus, killing one Shi’ite pilgrim and wounding seven others.

One person was killed and six more were wounded when security guards shot a suicide bomber targeting a Tikrit mosque.

In Mosul, gunmen killed an off-duty policeman. A soldier was killed when he was handling an unexploded mortar shell. No casualties were reported after a bomb exploded near an Iraqiya candidate, but a suspect was arrested nearby.

Three tribal leaders were wounded during a blast at a meeting in Madaen.

A bomb wounded a civilian in Hawija.

In Baghdad, a sticky bomb wounded two pedestrians. A bomb factory was found.

Across Basra province, 57 suspects were detained.

A warrant was issued for an election candidate in Wassit province.

Four Kurdish rebels belonging to the Komouleh group were killed in Iran near the border. Various armed Kurdish groups would like an independent Kurdistan stretched across parts of Iraq, Iran and neighboring countries.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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