At least 18 Iraqis were killed and 15 more were wounded in a number of attacks that focused on Baghdad and nearby cities. Two U.S. soldiers were killed in a non-hostile incident as well. Meanwhile, Iran shelled parts of Iraqi Kurdistan but no casualties were reported there.
Demonstrations continued in Suleimaniya, where two Muslim clerics were arrested today for inciting violence.
Gunmen in Yusufiya stormed the home of a college lecturer who had been killed two years ago. Today they killed six of his sons and wounded his wife and two daughters.
A bomb killed six Sahwa members in Jurf al-Sakhar, who were digging the bomb up in the belief it was a half-buried body.
In Baghdad, a bomb wounded three people, including one civilian, in Mansour. Gunmen killed a Sahwa member in Doura. Also in Doura, a bomb killed a director general and his bodyguard and wounded three more; the director worked at the Interior Ministry. A bomb wounded a director general from the National Investment Commission and wounded his bodyguard also. A policeman was wounded in a shooting in the southwest
A roadside bomb near Kirkuk killed one soldier and wounded two more.
In Mosul, gunmen killed two policemen.
An E.F.P. targeting a U.S. patrol near Nasariya damaged a vehicle but left no casualties.