Roundup of violence in Iraq - 23 December

The daily Iraq violence roundup is compiled by McClatchy Newspapers correspondents in Baghdad from police, military and medical reports. This is not a comprehensive list of all violence in Iraq, much of which goes unreported.


Forty-seven bodies found in Baghdad, some with signs of torture. Eight bodies were found on Rusafa side of Baghdad, the eastern side. Thirty-nine dead bodies were found on Karkh side of Baghdad, the western side.

Around midday an explosive targeted a police vehicle in Al Yarmouk neighborhood, west central Baghdad. No casualties reported.

Around 6 p.m. local time a bomb exploded in front of a shop in Al Baiaa neighborhood, a Shiite majority neighborhood south west of Baghdad. The blast destroyed the already closed shop. The owner, a Shiite, was killed a few days ago.

Around 8:30 p.m. an IED exploded targeting an Iraqi army vehicle near Al Nahdha bus station, Mohamed Al Qassim Highway. The blast claimed the lives of 2 Iraqi soldiers and injured 3.


Abu Saida Al Kabeera city, northeast of Diyala's province capital, Baqouba, witnessed sectarian and tribal violence through the last few days. Residents said their city is under attack by Sunni insurgency groups for the last 3 days. Police said recent attacks against the city claimed the lives of 5 Iraqi citizens, including one policeman. Residents said the violence has increased today as 14 shops were set to fire and increased numbers of kidnappings in the city and its outskirts.