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Round-up of daily violence- Thursday 23 August 2007

The daily Iraq violence report is compiled by McClatchy Newspapers Special 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. It's posted without editing as transmitted to McClachy's Washington Bureau.

Baghdad

- Around 8 a.m., mortars hit the Green Zone ( IZ) . No casualties reported.

- Around 9 a.m., a roadside bomb exploded at Na’iriya area of New Baghdad neighborhood ( east Baghdad) killing 1 person and injuring 5 others.

- Police found (12 ) dead bodies in the following of Baghdad’s neighborhoods ( 8 ) in west Baghdad( Karkh bank) ; 2 in Amil, 2 in Huriyah , 1 in Saidiyah , 1in Mansour , 1 in Jihad and 1 in I’laam. While ( 4 ) were found in east Baghdad ( Risafa bank); 2 in Sadr city , 1 in Ur and 1 in New Baghdad.

- Soldiers from Troop C, 3rdSquadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, were targeted by insurgents while patrolling inJisr Diyala, southeast of Baghdad, Aug. 21. U.S. Soldiers were unhurt, but twolocal children were caught in a roadside bomb explosion, killing one child andinjuring another.Capt. Darrell Melton, Troop C commander, a native of San Antonio,described the incident.“The trail Bradley gunner was waving at two kids who were riding their bikesand were waving at my guys,” Melton said. “The next thing the Bradleycommander knew, one of the kids was gone in a puff and he was thrownbackward in the hatch. When he looked back, the other kid was crawling on theground.”Melton said his Soldiers immediately dismounted their Bradley FightingVehicle and cautiously approached the wounded child. It is not uncommon forimprovised explosive devices to be emplaced in groups and detonated on firstresponders coming to provide aid.“He (the wounded child) crawled a few feet, when the medic on site, despitethe danger, ran out to him, picked him up and ran back to the Bradley toadminister first aid,” Melton said.The medic was able to stabilize the wounded child, Melton said. Troop Cthen evacuated the child to a U.S. Army medical facility nearby.Such incidents are not unique to Troop C. Soldiers from Company A, 1stBattalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, came upon a grieving family in the course of aroutine combat patrol Aug. 13 in Salman Pak.Capt. Chris Pearson, of Birmingham, Ala., met with a local banking official inSalman Pak to discuss issues and prospective solutions concerning the bankingindustry in the local area. After the meeting, a town councilman approached himwith a father who had lost his son earlier in the day to a roadside bomb.Pearson said he did not talk directly to the father, but the councilmanexplained the father just wanted to bury his son in accordance with Muslimtradition.“I expressed the Coalition’s condolences,” Pearson said. “Even though theIEDs target police or Coalition Forces, they can hit children and families. Theyare the ones that suffer.”The councilman informed Pearson that the family was having trouble gettingthrough checkpoints and requested U.S. Soldier assistance in traveling to thecemetery.“Just to make it easier, we had them travel with us,” Pearson said.After dropping off the family, Pearson’s element began movement to CombatOutpost Cahill, north of Salman Pak. While traveling to COP Cahill, Pearson’sunit received word that the grieving family had run into another IED as they werereturning from the burial. No one was seriously injured in the second incident.Pearson further explained that National Police, local Iraqi Police, governmentalleaders and Coalition Forces all play a role in maintaining security in the area.When Pearson’s unit arrived in March, the local populace and Iraqi SecurityForces had not yet developed a trusting relationship.“There are still a lot of improvements that need to be made,” Pearson said.“Everyday it gets better. There are highs and lows. They’ve begun attendingmeetings together and as long as they are communicating, it’s helpful.”

Anbar

- On Tuesday ( August 21) , a suicide bomber targeted a police check point at Dam street in Falluja (62 km west of Baghdad) injuring two people and he was killed by police.

Kirkuk

- Police found a dead body on Wednesday night for a civilian man ( 40 to 45 years old) at Ajaj village of Riadh district ( west of Kirkuk).

- Wednesday night, a car bomb targeted a convoy for a member of Hawija council board ( west of Kirkuk) injuring one guard who was transferred to hospital.

- Wednesday night, police arrested the media man of 1920th battalions in Kirkuk during a raid in Wahid Huzayran ( June 1st ) neighborhood in Kirkuk city.

Mosul

- Wednesday night, Iraqi army killed four gunmen during clashes took place at Noor neighborhood ( downtown Mosul city). In addition to that ,the army defused two car bombs at Harmat ( west Mosul) , Iraqi army said.

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