Tuesday: 2 US Soldiers, 16 Iraqis Killed; 19 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 6:50 p.m. EDT, Sept. 8, 2010

A Kurdish Iraqi soldier killed two U.S. soldiers in one of four reported attacks on American targets. At least 16 Iraqis were killed and 19 more were wounded as well. Meanwhile, six months have passed since national elections, yet the new government has not been selected. Also, looted artifacts are slowly being returned to Iraq.

Two U.S. soldiers were killed and nine more were wounded in an attack inside a Iraqi army compound controlled by Kurds. The base is located in Tuz Khormato, which is populated mostly by Kurds and Turkmen. Witnesses at the base said the shooting happened after an altercation between the Americans and a soldier of Kurdish descent; however, a day earlier U.S. troops were involved in search operations in the Iraqi soldier’s neighborhood, and that might have enraged him. The soldier, who was identified as Soran Rahman Saleh Wali, was shot dead. His brother, a policeman on the Tuz Khormato force, was detained in connection with the incident. An overnight raid of the soldier’s home provided no other suspects.

Separately, two American soldiers were wounded during a hand grenade attack in Tikrit, that also left four Iraqis with injuries; the gunman was killed. Five gunmen were killed and two more were wounded in an attack on a U.S. convoy in Nasariya. An earlier bomb attack on a U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team, also in Nasariya, left no casualties. It has been one week since the U.S. "withdrew" combat troops from the country.

In Baghdad, gunmen killed a TV journalist in Harthiya. A sticky bomb wounded five in Doura. A bomb attack on police in Bayaa left two Iraqis dead and six wounded. Two policemen were wounded in a drive-by shooting last night; the culprits were arrested.

Police in Samarra discovered three bodies belonging to one family.

Two bodies were found in Kirkuk.

In Mosul, gunmen killed a woman.

A fugitive was captured in Hawija.

Two suspects were arrested in Riyadh.

The council in Wassit province dismissed the governor after he failed to satisfy questions over alleged corruption.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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