Monday, April 09, 2007

4 Years Later, In Baghdad

I'm going to print the whole list, just for perspective

A log of developments from across the country on fourth anniversary of Baghdad's fall. A total of 25 people were killed or found dead in Iraq on Monday, according to police and morgues.

_4 a.m. Police in Baqouba said U.S. forces shot at an ambulance, believing someone in the vehicle had opened fire on them. The driver and the patient were not hurt.
_4:30 a.m. Clashes erupted again in Buhriz, about 35 miles north of Baghdad, between gunmen and al-Qaida in Iraq fighters. Thirty civilians and gunmen were wounded, Diyala provincial police said. Al-Qaida casualties were not known.
_9 a.m. A roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. patrol in the Al-Nile district, 12 miles north of Hilla. There were no known casualties, police said.
_9:30 a.m. Police in Hilla south of Baghdad found the bullet-riddled, handcuffed and blindfolded body of an unidentified man, a spokesman for the Babil provincial police said.
_10 a.m. A roadside bomb targeting an American patrol exploded in Jebala, 40 miles south of Baghdad. A Babil province police spokesman said it was not known if there were any U.S. casualties because American forces sealed the areas.
_10 a.m. Gunman in a car shot and killed a civilian in Musayyib, 40 miles south of Baghdad, according to Babil provincial police.
_10 a.m. Diwaniyah police south of Baghdad said U.S troops raided the Badr Brigade militia office and detained four guards. The militia is the military wing of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the most powerful Shiite political party in the country, with deep links to Iran U.S. and Iraqi forces continued patrols of two Diwaniyah neighborhoods in the fourth day of an operation there to clear it of Mahdi Army militia forces loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
_10 a.m. Gunmen ambushed the car of Dr. Abdul Hamza Hameed as he was on his way to work at the al-Hashimaya hospital in Hilla. The physician was pulled out of the car and spirited away, Babil province police said.
_10:15 a.m. Tens of thousands of demonstrators started their march from Kufa toward the old city of Najaf. They were carrying Iraqi flags and handing out leaflets reading: "Yes to Iraq. Yes to Islam. Yes to Muqtada. Occupiers should leave Iraq." Police were massed in concentric cordons around the demonstration.
_10:30 a.m. A mortar round hit Baghdad's southern Dora district near the al-Sadreen Shiite mosque, killing one person and wounding two others, a Dora police officer said.
_10:30 a.m. Baqouba police reported finding the body of Sheik Ahmed Ibrahim, the imam at the al-Twubaa Sunni mosque. Police said the sheik was shot in the head and chest and had been tortured.
_10:45 a.m. A sniper shot and killed a civilian and a policeman in the Baghdad's southern Dora neighborhood, Iraqi police said.
_11 a.m. Police in Diwaniyah said U.S. and Iraqi forces detained 24 militants.
_11:30 a.m. A U.S. patrol was targeted by a roadside bomb in central Diwaniyah. It missed the soldiers but killed one civilian and wounded four, police said.
_1 p.m. The demonstration in Kufa and Najaf ends without incident after three hours.
_2 p.m. The U.S. military reported capturing "14 suspected terrorists during operations Monday targeting al-Qaida in Iraq foreign fighter facilitators and members of vehicle-borne improvised explosive device cells." The operations were north and west of Baghdad in Beiji, Tarmiyah and Karmah.
_3:20 p.m. Diwaniyah police said the toll from the U.S.-Iraqi operation there against the Mahdi Army was 14 dead and 47 wounded since Friday. The figure includes both militants and civilians but gives no breakdown.
_4 p.m, Iraqi soldiers set fire in 2 civilian cars in central Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad. The solders apparently feared the cars contained bombs, police said. The blazes were extinguished by the owners of the cars.
_4:08 p.m. U.S. Army Col. Michael Garrett, with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division, told reporters in Diwaniyah one American soldier was killed and U.S. forces continued operations there.
_5 p.m. Drive-by shooters killed Sheik Gelan Abdullah, member of Khalis city council and the preacher at the Sunni mosque. He was killed near his home in Hibhib, about 50 miles north of Baghdad, police said.
_9:10 p.m. The Interior Ministry says police found seven bodies in Baghdad that were shot after being tortured. All were handcuffed and blindfolded.
_10:03 p.m. Col. Tariq Yousif Theeyab, head of security forces in Anbar province, said 12 trucks loaded with chlorine gas have been seized at the border with Syria Nine trucks carrying ammonium oxide also were held. The truck manifests said the chemicals were for the Ministry of Water Resources, but because of a series of suicide truck bombings using chlorine, the shipments were impounded while further checks were made.
_10:06 p.m. Hadi al-A'tabi of Kut morgue said the facility had received three bullet-riddled, tortured bodies that were pulled from the Tigris River near Suwayrah, 25 miles south of Baghdad.

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