Saturday: 8 Iraqis Killed, 3 Wounded

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki put the country on high alert ahead of the formal end of U.S. combat operations on Tuesday. Still, at least eight Iraqis were killed and three more were wounded in light violence today. Also, a U.S. servicemember was wounded while protecting the reconstruction team in Amara, while another U.S. soldier was injured in a blast in Basra.

The Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility for eight attacks targeting security personnel across the country on Wednesday.

Former prime minister and leading candidate to take the premiership again, Ayad Allawi, said he fears a major crisis will occur over Iran. He added, however, that they can be and should be spoken to in order to reduce tensions.

Two policemen and two gunmen were killed during clashes in Qayara. Another policeman was wounded in the fighting. Five suspects were arrested in a subsequent search.

In Mosul, a body was found.

Two policemen were killed in an attack in Sinjar.

A roadside bomb in Hawija wounded two people.

A gunman was killed in Tal Afar when a bomb he was handling exploded prematurely.

A suspect was arrested in Mutlaq.

In Fallujah, a bomb was found and defused on a vehicle belonging to a security official.

Eight explosives belts were found in Amara.

Authorities in Najaf posted 24,000 extra security personnel to protect pilgrims observing the anniversary of the First Imam.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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