Monday: 24 Iraqis Killed, 66 Wounded

At least 24 Iraqis were killed and 66 more were wounded in new violence. The worst attack occurred in Anbar province where, as Awakening Council members abandon their security role, attacks have resumed after a relatively peaceful spell. Also, Kitaeb Hezbollah warned of attacks if U.S. troops fail to withdraw at the end of next year.

Nineteen people were killed in a pair of blasts in Ramadi. The first explosion occurred when a suicide car bomber drive a mini-bus to the gate of a government compound. The second blast came from an explosives-filled barrel or a second bomber. About 55 others were wounded. At least 20 cars were destroyed and buildings in the neighborhood were damaged.

In Baghdad, a bomb planted outside a policeman’s Saidiya home exploded, wounding him and another person. Gunmen in Mansour fired on an Interior Ministry vehicle, wounding the driver and a civilian bystander.

A roadside bomb targeting a U.S. patrol in Dujail killed a Christian woman and wounded her companion. Three family members were killed when a roadside bomb blasted their car outside town.

In Mosul, three people were wounded in a roadside bomb blast near a police center. A rocket fell in a field in al-Ghazlani where it killed 30 sheep.

An army officer was killed and three soldiers were wounded in a blast on a highway between Baquba and Khalis.

A stun grenade exploded near an Arbil church, but no casualties were reported.

A suspected Islamic State of Iraq cell was captured in Khalis, and their weapons were seized.

Fifteen suspects were arrested in al-Zab.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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