118 Killed, 53 Wounded in Iraq Clashes

At least 118 people were killed across Iraq today. One of them was a Tunisian al-Qaeda leader. Another 53 were wounded. These are likely conservative figures, as the actual number will not be known before the Iraqi government takes control of Anbar province.

In Ramadi, a local police source reported that 75 al-Qaeda militants have been killed in and around the city. Apparently, a Tunisian al-Qaeda leader is among the dead. Another emir was also killed. At least 16 people were killed in a truck bombing. Another 16 civilians were killed in the mayhem there or in Falluja. A suicide bomber failed to harm a sheikh who was his target.

Militants retained control in parts of Falluja, where they raised their own flag and declared it a new independent state. Some neighborhoods reported heavy bombing. At least 28 people received injuries. The total number of police or pro-government tribesmen who have been hurt or killed was not released, but at least two policemen were killed and six more were wounded.

In Mosul, a bomb killed a civilian and wounded another. A separate bomb killed a soldier.

Two soldiers were killed and a third was wounded in an armed attack in Baquba.

An I.E.D. killed one policeman and wounded 10 more in Jurf al-Sakhar.

One policeman was killed and five others were wounded in an attack on a police station in Tarmiya.

Gunmen in Ouja attacked a convoy carrying the deputy governor of Salah ad Din province; he was not hurt but two bodyguards were injured.

In Baghdad, two gunmen were killed.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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