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Round-up of Daily Violence in Iraq, Friday 4 July 2008

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 McClatchy's Washington Bureau.

Baghdad

Two roadside bombs targeted a police patrol in Garage al-Amana area, eastern Baghdad Friday afternoon injuring four civilians.

Two unidentified bodies were found in Baghdad by Iraqi Police today; one in Kathimiyah and the other in Talbiyah.

Basra

One civilian killed and two wounded by American fire on the highway west of Basra city, according to spokeswoman for the MNF-I, Southern Region Iraq. Captain Ford, clarifies, "A civilian vehicle carrying three civilians approached a U.S. military convoy on the highway Basra-Nasiriyah, 40 km to the west of Basra which caused the soldiers in the American convoy to fire warning shots at the vehicle. The firing caused the death of one of the civilians and the injury of the other two."

Diyala

U.S military forces storm the house of Hasen Atiyah al-Iqabi, leader in the Mahdi Army in Mahdi neighbourhood, Muqdadiyah district 38 km to the east of Baquba at 3.30 Friday, and were engaged in an armed fight by his four elder sons. Al-Iqabi's daughter, six years old was killed as was his son of eight years; his four elder sons and wife were injured. The U.S. forces then left the house taking with them the injured people for treatment as their target, al-Iqabi, was not in his home. U.S military forces storm the house of Hasen Atiyah al-Iqabi, leader in the Mahdi Army in Mahdi neighbourhood, Muqdadiyah district 38 km to the east of Baquba at 3.30 Friday, and were engaged in an armed fight by his four elder sons. Al-Iqabi's daughter, six years old was killed as was his son of eight years; his four elder sons and wife were injured. The U.S. forces then left the house taking with them the injured people for treatment as their target, al-Iqabi, was not in his home, said Iraqi police. "I can confirm that two children were killed and three other individuals were injured during a Coalition forces operation that resulted in the capture a known Special Groups commander in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, July 4. Coalition force medics provided immediate medical attention to the injured adult and two children who were then airlifted to a military medical treatment facility. The criminal was detained at his home while first aid was rendered to the injured. This criminal, a known Special Groups commander, has thorough knowledge of terrorist activities and leadership throughout the Diyala province. Coalition forces regret the loss of life and injuries that were a result of this operation. The incident is under investigation." said the U.S. military.

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