Thursday: 11 Iraqis Killed, 17 Wounded

Updated at 8:10 p.m. Aug. 19, 2010

At least 11 Iraqis were killed and 17 more were wounded in light attacks that concentrated on security personnel. A day after U.S. combat forces left Iraq, Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza said that Iraqi forces are capable of keeping security but selecting the new government would help. About 56,000 troops will remain to assist the Iraqis; however, the final withdrawal of Americans could be as late as 2020 depending on conditions.

In Kirkuk, a Kurdish Asayesh member was wounded in a clash at a checkpoint that also left one gunman dead and another wounded.Gunmen killed a soldier. A suspect was arrested outside town.

In Mosul, two soldiers were killed. A bomb killed a Peshmerga fighter and wounded four others. A body bearing gunshot wounds was found. A policeman was killed. In Tayaran, a bomb wounded two officers and two soldiers. Two other blasts left no casualties.

A bomb killed two policemen and wounded two others in Ramadi.

In Baghdad, a blast in the Baladiyat neighborhood wounded two civilians. A bomb at a courthouse killed one and wounded three.

In Fallujah, a policeman was killed in a sticky bomb blast near a cement factory. Two Heaven’s Birds suspects were detained.

The U.S. military handed over a base in Nasariya to the Iraqi government and moved about 4,000 American troops to the al-Talil base.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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