February 2005 - July 2005

February 2005 - July 2005

EUROPEAN SUPPORT FOR IRAQ-BASED TERRORISM

In recent months, Germany, France, and Italy have become key recruiting centers for smuggling Islamist militants from Europe to Iraq.

In Germany, authorities arrested three Iraqis believed to have been plotting an attack on then interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi in Berlin. The three are suspected of belonging to the terrorist group Ansar Al-Islam, which has links with Al-Qa'ida and Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. German officials believe about one hundred Ansar Al-Islam supporters are in Germany.

In January 2005, French authorities raided several locations in northeast Paris arresting nine Frenchmen and dismantling a terror cell that was recruiting fighters to join the insurgency in Iraq. The cell was headed by Farid Benyettou, 24, whom authorities suspect of preaching jihad in a Paris mosque. His brother-in-law, Yousef Zemmouri, was a leader of the Algerian-based terrorist group Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat and was deported from France in 1998 for his involvement in a foiled terrorist attack on the 1998 World Cup held in France. Among the dozens of foreign extremists being held by the U.S. military in Iraq are three French nationals believed to be connected to this Paris terror cell. Two of them have been identified: Chekou Diakhabi, 19, and Peter Cherif, 22.

Also in January, German police arrested two suspected Al-Qa'ida members, Iraqi Ibrahim Mohammed K., 29, and Palestinian Yasser Abu S., 31, accused of planning suicide attacks in Iraq and trying to purchase uranium from a Luxembourg dealer.

A blow to the effort to bring terrorism charges against those accused in Europe of recruiting potential Iraq-based terrorists came in January 2005, when an Italian judge in Milan drew a distinction between guerrilla warfare and terrorist activity and dropped charges of international terrorism against five North Africans who were arrested in April 2003. The four Tunisians and one Moroccan were accused of being members of Manila and Cremona-based cells that sent Muslim recruits and financial support to paramilitary training camps in Iraq.

Judge Clementina Forleo said a charge of international terrorism can only be brought if there is proof of the organization of attacks aiming to spread indiscriminate terror in the civilian population in the name of a political and/or religious creed. The actions of these defendants, according to the judge, fell under guerrilla activity in the context of the American attack on Iraq, and violent or guerrilla action implemented in a war context is not prosecutable, unless it degenerates into actions of indiscriminate terror against the civilian population. The judge did find three of the defendants guilty of minor offenses. Tunisians Maher Bouyahia and Ali Toumi were sentenced to three years' imprisonment for receiving forged passports and abetting illegal immigration. Moroccan Mohammed Daki was sentenced to one year and ten months for procuring a forged document.

Nevertheless, in April 2005, seven suspected Islamist militants were ordered to stand trial in an Italian court in Florence for belonging to a cell that planned to recruit suicide bombers to carry out attacks in Iraq. Arrested in May 2004, the seven have now been charged with subversive association and of giving logistical support to Ansar al-Islam, one of the most active terror organizations in Iraq.

CHRONOLOGY OF TERRORIST INCIDENTS

IRAQ

January 2:

  • In Balad, north of Baghdad, a car bomb targeting Iraqi National Guardsmen killed eighteen guardsmen and nine civilian bystanders.

January 4:

  • Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for assassinating Ali Al-Haidari, Baghdad's provincial governor, and his bodyguards.
  • A suicide truck bombing on a police headquarters in Baghdad killed eleven people outside.
  • In Mosul, gunmen abducted and killed Omar Mahmoud Abdullah, a senior official of the Iraqi Islamic Party.

January 5:

  • The bodies of eighteen Iraqi Shi'i men, killed a month earlier on their way to work at a U.S. base, were found near Mosul.
  • A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing at least fifteen people.
  • At a checkpoint in Baquba, a suicide car bomber killed six people.
  • The Army of Ansar Al-Sunnah claimed responsibility for a car bomb targeting a U.S. military convoy that killed two Iraqi bystanders in western Baghdad.

January 10:

  • Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for assassinating Baghdad's deputy police chief, Brigadier Amer Ali Nayef, and his son, Lieutenant Khalid Amer, also a police officer, who were traveling in a car on their way to work.
  • In southern Baghdad, a suicide bomber rammed into a police compound killing at least three people.

January 11:

  • Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing in Tikrit that killed seven policemen.
  • South of Baghdad, gunmen shot dead eight people in a minibus.

January 12:

  • In Salman Pak, south of Baghdad, gunmen assassinated Mahmud Al-Madaen, representative of Iraq's most senior Shi'i Muslim cleric, Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, along with his son and four bodyguards.
  • In an ambush outside a Baghdad hotel, gunmen killed six people and abducted a Turkish businessman.

January 13:

  • In central Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on a minibus killing all six Iraqis on board.
  • In a separate incident, gunmen killed the director of a Baghdad election center.
  • In Khan Bani Saad, south of Baquba, a car bomb detonated outside a Shi'i mosque, killing four Iraqi police officers and three civilians, and wounding thirty others.
  • In Mosul, gunmen murdered three officials of the Kurdish Democratic Party.

January 16:

  • In Basra, gunmen shot to death Riad Radi, a candidate running for Basra's provincial council.

January 17:

  • A car bomb in the oil refining town of Baiji, north of Baghdad, killed at least ten police officers.
  • In Baghdad, masked men shot dead Shakir Jabbar Sahla, a Shi'i member of Iraq's Constitutional Monarchy Movement, who was running for Iraq's National Assembly.
  • In Basra, Alaa Hamid, who was running for the Iraqi National Assembly on the list of the Iraqi List Party of President Ayad Allawi, was shot dead in front of his family.
  • In Ramadi the bodies of five civilians, labeled as collaborators, were found.
  • In Mosul, gunmen kidnapped Catholic Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa in front of his church. He was released on January 18.

January 18:

  • In Baghdad, the offices of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), a Shi'i political party, were attacked by a suicide car bomb at the checkpoint outside of its offices. Two people were killed, and nine others were injured.

January 19:

  • Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for the detonation of five car bombs throughout Baghdad that killed at least twelve people. Targets included the Australian embassy, a police station, an Iraqi military post, a security checkpoint, and a bank.
  • In other incidents, gunmen fired on a Baghdad office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan killing one person.
  • In Kirkuk, two kidnapped human rights workers were found shot to death.

January 21:

  • A suicide car bomber killed fourteen Shi'i worshippers during the 'Id Al-Adha holiday and wounded forty others as they left the Al-Taf mosque in Baghdad.

January 25:

  • The Army of Ansar Al-Sunnah claimed responsibility for the assassination of Qais Hashim Shameri, the secretary-general of the Judges Council in Iraq's Justice Ministry. His bodyguard was wounded in the attack.

January 26:

  • Three car bomb blasts near Kirkuk killed at least five people.

January 27:

  • Attacks killed fifteen civilians around Baghdad.

January 29:

  • In Baghdad, a rocket attack on a building in the U.S. embassy compound killed two Americans and wounded five others.
  • In Khanaqin, near the Iranian border, a suicide bomber killed eight people outside a military center used by both Iraqi and American forces.

January 30:

  • In election-day violence in Baghdad, suicide bombings and mortar attacks killed twenty-two people.
  • Fourteen people were killed in attacks throughout the rest of Iraq.

February 7:

  • Suicide bombers killed at least fifteen people outside a Baquba police station.
  • In Mosul, bombers killed twelve people outside a hospital.

February 8:

  • The Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi network claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing among a crowd of potential Iraqi security forces recruits in Baghdad that killed at least twenty-one people.
  • Also in Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on the car of Mithal Al-Alusi, head of the Democratic Party of the Iraqi Nation, killing his two sons and his bodyguard.

February 9:

  • Abdul Hussein Khazal Al-Basri, an Iraqi journalist working for Al-Hurra, a U.S.-funded Arabic television network in Basra, and his four-year-old son Mohammed Abdul Hussein Al-Basri, were shot dead outside of their home.
  • In Baghdad, gunmen assassinated a director in the Iraqi Ministry of Culture and Housing and killed three members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

February 10:

  • A car bomb exploded in central Baghdad, killing at least two people.
  • South of Baghdad, police found the bodies of twenty truck drivers who had been shot dead.

February 11:

  • Nine people were killed after gunmen opened fire on customers in a Baghdad bakery.

February 12:

  • A car bomb exploded in front of a hospital in Musayyib, south of Baghdad, killing nineteen people.
  • In Basra, gunmen shot and killed Taha Al-Amiri, the former chief judge of that city's highest criminal court, and wounded his driver.
  • In Mosul, the bodies of six Iraqis were found.

February 17:

  • Terrorists abducted and killed Haidar and Baha Al-Jazairi, the two sons of the Najaf police chief, General Ghaleb Al-Jazairi.

February 18:

  • Suicide bombers killed at least seventeen people in prayer time attacks on two Shi'a mosques in Baghdad, on the eve of Ashura, the holiest observance of the Shi'a Muslims.
  • In a separate incident, a rocket landed near a police station and close to a mosque in northwestern Baghdad, killing three people in a shop.
  • In Iskandariya, south of Baghdad, seven people inside a mosque were killed when a car bomb exploded outside.

February 19:

  • A suicide bomber detonated himself on board a Baghdad bus killing at least seventeen people and wounding .
  • A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a funeral tent at a Baghdad mosque killing four people and wounding thirty-eight others.

February 23:

  • A car bomb blast in Mosul killed two Iraqi civilians.

February 24:

  • A suicide car bombing at a police station in Tikrit killed at least ten people.
  • In Hilla, a suicide car bombing in front of the headquarters of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a leading Shi'i political party, killed seven people and wounded eight others.

February 25:

  • The body of Raeda Wazzan, a female Iraqi news anchor for the Iraqi state television station Al-Iraqiya, was found shot to death in Mosul.

February 28:

  • A car bomber attacked a crowded commercial district in Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing 125 people.

March 1:

  • In Baghdad, gunmen assassinated Judge Barwez Mohammed Mahmoud al-Merwani and his son, attorney Aryan Barwez al-Merwani, outside of their home. Both were working on the Iraqi Special Tribunal that was established in 2003 to try Saddam Hussein and other former Iraqi officials for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

March 3:

  • Two car bombs exploded near Iraq's Interior Ministry in Baghdad, killing at least five policemen.
  • Also in Baghdad, the bodies of three men were found.
  • In Kirkuk, two Iraqis who worked for a company supplying American contractors were killed.
  • A suicide bomber in Baquba killed one civilian.

March 7:

  • Car bombs, roadside bombs, grenades, and automatic weapons fire in Baquba, Muradiyah, Balad, and Baghdad killed thirty-three people. Much of the violence was claimed by Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi.

March 8:

  • In Baghdad, gunmen killed General Ghazi Mohammed Issa, the deputy chief of the Interior Ministry's naturalization office. Al-Qa'ida in Iraq claimed responsibility.
  • Unidentified gunmen shot the deputy head of Hay Al-Furat Hospital in western Baghdad.
  • A separate attack on a truck convoy killed three civilians.

March 9:

  • Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for a suicide truck bombing near a Baghdad hotel used by Westerners that killed three people and wounded forty, including thirty American contractors.
  • The bodies of at least thirty-nine Iraqis were found in two separate Iraqi locations.
  • Mahdi al-Hafidh, Iraq's planning minister, escaped an assassination attempt, but his two bodyguards were killed.

March 10:

  • A suicide bombing at a Shi'i funeral in Mosul killed forty-seven and wounded more than one hundred others.
  • In Baghdad, gunmen shot dead three policemen, including Colonel Ahmed Abeid, chief of the Salihiyeh police station, his driver, and his guard. Al-Qa'ida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Colonel Ayad Abdul Razaq, police chief of Jisr Dayala in southeast Baghdad, was killed by unidentified gunmen.
  • In Kirkuk, gunmen killed an accountant working for KurdSat, the television station of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Party.

March 12:

  • Two U.S. security contractors were killed by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad.
  • In Sharqat, a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle outside the house of the town's chief of special police forces, killing four people.

March 13:

  • In southeastern Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed two Iraqis.

March 16:

  • Gunmen in Kirkuk shot dead a police brigadier.

March 17:

  • The unidentified bodies of three men and one woman were found near Basra.

March 20:

  • Al-Qa'ida in Iraq claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Mosul that killed General Waleed Khashmoula, director of the Iraqi police Anti-Corruption Department.

March 24:

  • The Islamic Army of Iraq claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Ramadi checkpoint that killed at least nine Iraqi police.
  • In southern Baghdad, five cleaning women were shot dead as they drove home together.

March 28:

  • A car bomber killed seven people near a crowd of Shi'a pilgrims traveling south of Baghdad.

March 31:

  • A suicide car bomber killed two Iraqi civilians at a checkpoint south of Kirkuk.

April 2:

  • A car bomb in Baquba killed five people.

April 5:

  • A car bomb in Baghdad killed an Iraqi civilian.

April 11:

  • An American civilian contractor was kidnapped in Baghdad.

April 12:

  • A suicide car bombing in Mosul killed five Iraqis.
  • West of Mosul, in Tal Afar, a suicide car bombing killed five Iraqis and wounded eight people, including seven children.

April 14:

  • Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for twin suicide car bombings in Baghdad that killed at least fifteen people.

April 15:

  • A car bomb in Baghdad killed at least one Iraqi.

April 17:

  • A suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad killed four people, including an American aid worker.

April 18:

  • Gunmen in Baghdad ambushed and killed Major General Adnan Al-Qaraghuli, an adviser to the Iraqi Defense Ministry, as he drove home with his son, who was also killed.

April 19:

  • In Baghdad, a suicide car bombing outside an Iraqi army recruitment center killed four Iraqi civilians, and armed men shot and killed Fuad Ibrahim Mohammed Al-Bayati, a university professor who was on his way to work at the University of Baghdad.
  • An Iraqi civilian was killed in a roadside bomb incident in Iskandariyah.

April 20:

  • The bodies of fifty-seven people allegedly taken hostage in Madain, on the outskirts of Baghdad, were pulled out of the Tigris River.
  • A suicide bomber attempted to assassinate interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi in Baghdad; the attack killed one policeman.
  • A spate of bomb attacks and drive-by shootings in Baghdad killed at least eight people.

April 21:

  • Militants shot down a Bulgarian commercial helicopter killing eleven people, including six American security contractors.

April 22:

  • A car bomb ripped through a Shi'i mosque in eastern Baghdad killing eleven people.

April 23:

  • In Mosul, an AP cameraman was shot and killed.
  • A car bomb detonated on a busy road in Baghdad killing one Iraqi.
  • North of Baghdad, in Samarra, a roadside bomb killed an Iraqi civilian.

April 24:

  • Two bombs exploded outside an ice cream shop in Baghdad killing at least fifteen people and wounding fifty-seven others.
  • Two suicide car bombs exploded in Tikrit killing seven policemen.

April 27:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Alaa Khalil Ibrahim, who worked in the visa section of Iraq's Interior Ministry, was shot and killed on his way to work in the eastern district of Baghdad. Al-Qa'ida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the attack.

April 28:

  • Iraqi National Assembly member Lamia Abed Khadouri al-Sagri was killed in her house by armed gunmen who broke into her house.
  • Ansar al-Sunnah Army claimed responsibility for shooting dead six Sudanese truck drivers whom it kidnapped.

April 29:

  • Militants set off at least seventeen bombs throughout Iraq killing at least forty-seven Iraqis.

April 30:

  • Four suicide car bomb attacks in Baghdad and Mosul killed at least fifteen Iraqis.

May 1:

  • In Tal Afar, a suicide bombing during the funeral of a Kurdish official killed twenty-five people.
  • In Baghdad, five Iraqi policemen at a security checkpoint were shot to death, a car bomb attack on a U.S. military convoy killed five Iraqi civilians and gunmen killed Ahmed al-Lu'aibi, director general of a Baghdad sewage facility, and two of his guards.

May 2:

  • Four bombs exploded in Baghdad killing twelve people and wounding forty-four.

May 3:

  • Gunmen killed three Iraqi policemen in Samarra.

May 4:

  • Ansar al-Sunnah Army claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in the northern town of Irbil that killed sixty people and wounded 150.

May 5:

  • Al-Qa'ida in Iraq claimed responsibility for three Baghdad attacks: a suicide bombing at an army recruitment center that killed thirteen people, the shooting death of ten policemen and a car bomb aimed at the deputy interior minister that killed one bodyguard.

May 6:

  • A bomb blast at a market in Suwayra killed up to fifty-eight people.
  • A suicide car bomber killed nine policemen in Tikrit.
  • In Baghdad, the bodies of fourteen men shot to death were found.

May 7:

  • Two car bombs exploded near a U.S. private security convoy in Baghdad's business district killing twenty-two people, including two American civilians.
  • Gunmen ambushed a minibus south of Baghdad and killed six Shi'i men.

May 8:

  • In a drive-by shooting in Baghdad, Transportation Ministry official Zoba Yass and his driver were shot to death.

May 9:

  • Two car bombs in Baghdad killed five Iraqis.
  • In a village near the Syrian border, police found the bodies of a senior Iraqi border policeman and five of his relatives.

May 10:

  • A car bomb exploded in central Baghdad killing at least seven people.

May 11:

  • A suicide bomber detonated himself outside a police and army recruitment center in Hawija and killed at least thirty people and injured thirty-five others.
  • Ansar al-Sunna claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing in a Tikrit market that killed at least thirty-three people and wounded eighty.
  • Three car bombs in Baghdad killed at least six people and injured fourteen.

May 12:

  • Defense Ministry official Brig. Gen. Iyad Imad Mahdi and Interior Ministry official Col. Fadhil Mohammed Mobarak (some identify him as Muhammad al-Taie) were shot to death in Baghdad as they drove to work.
  • A car bomb in Baghdad killed fifteen people.
  • A car bomb near a Kirkuk mosque killed two people.

May 13:

  • A car bomb in Baquba killed one civilian.

May 14:

  • Foreign Ministry official Jassim Mohammed Ghani was shot to death outside his home in Baghdad.

May 15:

  • Industry Ministry official Jassam Mohammed al-Lahibi and his driver were shot to death in Baghdad.
  • Near Latifiya, Judge Mahdi Abu Maali and his son were shot to death.
  • The body of Sunni cleric Hassan al-Neimi was found in Shaab.
  • Shi'i cleric Qassim al-Gharawi and his nephew were killed in eastern Baghdad.
  • Two suicide bombings in Baquba killed at least four people.

May 16:

  • In Baghdad, Sunni cleric Quraish Abdul Jabbar was shot to death and the body of Sunni cleric Talal Nayef was found.
  • Over the last several days, the bodies of forty-eight people were found in different locations throughout the country.

May 17:

  • In two separate Baghdad drive-by shootings, Defense Ministry employee Alwan Jabir Risan and anti-corruption officer Alaa al-Deen Wazir al-Obeidi, were shot to death as they were driving to work.
  • Also in Baghdad, Shi'i cleric Mouwaffaq al-Husseini was killed in a drive-by shooting and the body of Sunni cleric Talal Nayef was found.
  • South of Baghdad, former Baath Party member Kanis Mohammed al-Janabi and his three sons were shot to death.
  • North of Baghdad, in Dujail, six Iraqi truck drivers were killed.
  • Three policemen were killed in Mosul.
  • Near Sharqat, the Iraqi army found the bodies of two Iraqi contractors working for the U.S. military.

May 18:

  • In two separate Baghdad drive-by shootings, Interior Ministry official Ibrahim Khamas and Youth and Sport Ministry official Salah Niyazi were shot to death.
  • A Transport Ministry driver was killed in eastern Baghdad.
  • Southeast of Baghdad near Maidan, gunmen shot and killed Shi'i cleric Mohammed Tahir al-Allaq.
  • In Mosul, mortar attacks killed two Iraqis.
  • In Amiriyah, west of Baghdad, the bodies of seven men shot in the head were found.

May 19:

  • In separate incidents in Baghdad, insurgents killed Oil Ministry employee Ali Hamed Alwan al-Dulaimy and Baghdad University professor Qasim Mohammed Al-Umari.
  • In Northeast Baghdad, Sayid Mohammed al-Allaf, an aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, was shot to death.
  • An insurgent attack on the Mosul home of Iraqi National Assembly member Fawaz al-Jarba killed eight people.
  • Two Iraqi police officers were killed by a roadside bomb in Baquba.
  • In Samarra, gunmen assassinated a policeman and his father.
  • In Anbar province, gunmen killed a local police chief.
  • A roadside bomb in Iskandariya killed a policeman.

May 22:

  • In Baghdad, Trade Ministry official Ali Moussa and his driver were shot to death.

May 23:

  • Al-Qa'ida in Iraq claimed responsibility for assassinating National Security Ministry official Wael Al-Rubaei and his driver in Baghdad.
  • A car bombing outside a busy restaurant in Baghdad killed eleven people and injured more than eighty.
  • In Mahmoudiya, a car bomb outside a Shi'i mosque killed at least twenty-one people.
  • In Tal Afar, west of Mosul, two car bombs killed at least fifteen people and injured twenty more.
  • In Tuz Khurmatu, in northern Iraq, a suicide truck bomb near the mayor's office killed five and wounded eighteen.

May 24:

  • In Baghdad, a car bomb detonated beside an Iraqi police convoy killing two people and wounding eight.

May 25:

  • In Mosul, gunmen kill the police chief of Sharqat.

May 26:

  • A car bomb attack in Baghdad killed three Iraqi policemen and two Iraqi bystanders and a drive-by shooting killed Professor Moussa Salum, a deputy dean at Baghdad's Mustansiriya University, and three of his bodyguards.
  • In Baghdad's Qadissiya district, a member of the Shi'i Dawa party, Fakhri Abd Amiri, was found dead with his throat slit.

May 27:

  • Sunni Muslim leader Sabhan Khalaf al-Jibouri was killed in Kirkuk.
  • A car bomb attack on an Iraqi police convoy in Tikrit killed at least two civilians.
  • The Islamic group Ansar al-Sunnah Army released a video of dead Japanese hostage Akihiko Saito, a security consultant.

May 28:

  • A double suicide bombing near Mosul killed at least five people.

May 29:

  • The governor of Iraq's Anbar province, Raja Nawaf Farhan al-Mahalawi, was found dead; he was abducted on May 10.
  • In Kirkuk, senior Kurdish official Ahmed el-Barazanchi, Kirkuk's internal affairs director, was shot to death.

May 30:

  • Al-Qa'ida in Iraq claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing in Hilla that killed twenty-seven people and wounded 100 others.

June 1:

  • A mortar barrage in southern Baghdad killed three Iraqi children and their uncle.
  • A suicide bombing in Mishada killed one person.

June 2:

  • In Tuz Khurmatu, a suicide bomber attacked a restaurant killing at least twelve people and wounding forty.
  • In Kirkuk, a suicide car bombing killed four Iraqis and wounded eleven.
  • Al-Qa'ida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing assassination of Hussein Alwan al-Tamimi, the Deputy Head of the Diyala Provincial Council and four of his guards, in Baquba.
  • In Basra, Shi'i cleric Ali AbdAl-Hussein was shot dead.
  • In Mosul, two motorcycles rigged with explosives detonated near a coffee shop and killed five people and wounded thirteen.
  • In Baghdad, gunmen killed nine Iraqis in a crowded market area.
  • In a village south of Balad, a suicide bomber killed at least ten people and wounded twelve.

June 3:

  • A suicide car bombing near a police station in Hammam al-Ali, south of Mosul, killed two police officers.
  • In Kirkuk, gunmen killed Sabah Qara Alton, a Turkmen member of the city council.
  • In Samarra, gunmen killed an Iraqi contractor working on a mosque.
  • In Baghdad, gunmen killed a man outside a hospital.

June 5:

  • A mortar attack in Tal Afar killed five people, including two children.

June 6:

  • The body of Sunni cleric Salam AbdAl-Karim was found in Basra.
  • In Mosul, a mortar attack killed one person.

June 7:

  • Four bomb attacks in or near the northern Iraqi town of Hawija killed nineteen people and wounded thirty-eight.
  • Outside Fallujah, a mortar attack killed three Iraqis.
  • In Baghdad, a drive-by shooting killed Foreign Ministry employee Marhoune Ismaïl Riyad.

June 8:

  • In Baghdad, gunmen shot to death Industry Ministry officials Zaki Jawad and Mohammed Haider.
  • In a separate incident in Baghdad, gunmen shot to death National Assembly member Fereydoun Abdul Qader and his bodyguard.
  • In Kirkuk, gunmen shot dead Col. Rahim Othman Said, chief of the anti-corruption unit, and his deputy Lieutenant Col. Ghanem Jayad Jabbar.

June 10:

  • A car bomb in Baghdad's Shula neighborhood killed ten people and wounded twenty-seven.
  • The bullet-riddled bodies of twenty-one off-duty Iraqi soldiers were found near the Syrian border.
  • In Basra, gunmen killed the dean of the police academy, Col. Karim al-Daraji.
  • In Falluja, a roadside bomb killed two Iraqis.
  • The bodies of two Sudanese men were found in western Baghdad.

June 11:

  • South of Baghdad, gunmen surrounded a minibus carrying construction workers and shot eleven of them to death.
  • A bomb exploded in a Shi'i cemetery in Najaf killing two Iraqis.
  • In Baghdad, police found the bodies of Oil Ministry employee Saadi Khalaf, journalist Muhammad Khalaf, and their cousin, Esam Fadhil.

June 12:

  • The bodies of twenty-eight people were found in Baghdad.
  • Mortar rounds fired at a funeral in Baghdad killed two people.

June 13:

  • In western Baghdad, an attack on a U.S. military convoy killed a six-year-old girl.
  • In Samarra, a suicide car bombing killed three Iraqi policemen.
  • In Baghdad, gunmen killed a female Interior Ministry employee.
  • In Samarra, a suicide bomber killed three policemen.
  • In Tikrit, a suicide bomber killed two police officers.

June 14:

  • Ansar al-Sunnah Army claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing outside a bank in Kirkuk that killed at least twenty people and wounded more than sixty.

June 15:

  • A car bomb detonated next to an Iraqi police patrol in southern Baghdad killing eight police officers and two others and wounding twenty-four.
  • In Kirkuk, terrorists kidnapped and killed two senior anti-terrorist police officers and the son of one of the men.

June 16:

  • In western Baghdad, a car bomb exploded next to an Iraqi police convoy killing at least six police and wounding twenty-five others.
  • In Mosul, gunmen shot to dead Judge Salem Mahmoud al-Haj Ali and his driver.

June 17:

  • A car bomb outside a mosque in Habaniyah killed four people.

June 18:

  • Outside Mahmoudiya, the body of Sunni leader Sheikh Arkan Shaalan Jassim al-Edwan was found.
  • In eastern Baghdad, a farmer found seven bodies in his field.
  • In Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed an Iraqi girl.

June 19:

  • Al-Qa'ida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a restaurant in Baghdad that killed at least twenty-three people and wounded thirty-six others.
  • A suicide car bomb in Baghdad's Kadhimiya district killed at least four people and injured twenty-two.
  • Gunmen shot to death two police officers in western Baghdad.
  • Gunmen shot to death an electrical engineer on his way to work at the Doura oil refinery southwest of Baghdad.
  • In Latifiya, gunmen attacked two civilian vehicles and kidnapped six Iraqis; two of the six were found shot to death.

June 20:

  • In Irbil, a suicide car bomb inside a police compound killed at least sixteen people and wounded 103.
  • In Baghdad, Al-Qa'ida in Iraq claimed responsibility for multiple attacks on a police station that killed eight policemen and an infant.
  • In Halabja, a suicide bomber killed a security chief and his three bodyguards.
  • In a web posting, Ansar al-Sunnah claimed responsibility for the killing of a foreign contractor working for an American-Iraqi reconstruction firm and his six Iraqi guards near Ramadi.

June 21:

  • In Baghdad, Iraqi Islamic Party member and engineering professor Abdul Sattar Khazraji was shot to death.

June 22:

  • In Baghdad, gunmen killed Jassim al-Issawi, a judge and law professor at Baghdad University, and his son.
  • Ansar al-Sunnah Army claimed responsibility for a series of car bombs in Baghdad that killed at least twenty-three people.
  • In Madain, a roadside bomb killed two policemen.

June 23:

  • Four car bombs in Baghdad killed at least fifteen people and wounded twenty-eight.
  • Gunmen in Baghdad killed Lt. Col. Majid Faisl Aziz, a member of the Interior Ministry's major crimes division.
  • In Iskandariyah, gunmen killed three family members.

June 24:

  • Militants attacked a police station near Ramadi and killed eight policemen.
  • The bodies of six farmers were found near Baquba.
  • In Baghdad, gunmen killed Shi'i cleric Samir al-Baghdadi.

June 25:

  • A suicide bombing in Samarra killed at least nine people.
  • In Baghdad, mortar rounds struck a crowded café killing five people, gunmen killed two policemen and the body of a slain policeman was found.
  • On a road south of Amarah, gunmen killed three policemen.

June 26:

  • Three suicide bombings in Mosul killed at least thirty-five people.
  • In eastern Baghdad, a mortar round exploded at a house killing a woman and two children and gunmen killed police Col. Riyad Abdul Karim, assistant police director of emergency services in Baghdad's Rusafa district.

June 27:

  • In Baghdad, a car bomb killed four people and wounded twenty-nine others.

June 28:

  • In Baghdad, a car bomb killed Shi'i member of parliament Dhari al-Fayadh, his son, and three bodyguards.
  • In Musayyib, a suicide bomber killed three people at a police guard station in a hospital.
  • In Kirkuk, a car bomb killed two bodyguards in a failed attempt to assassinate the chief of traffic police.

July 1:

  • In Baghdad, gunmen killed Shi'i cleric Kamal Ezz al-Deen al-Ghuraifi and two bodyguards outside a mosque and a car bomb exploded near the offices Prime Minister Jaafari's Islamic Dawa Party, killing one person.
  • In Mosul, the body of Iraqi television producer Khalid al-Attar was found.

July 2:

  • A suicide bombing outside an Interior Ministry building in Baghdad killed twenty people.
  • Al-Qa'ida in Iraq claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing in Hillah that killed six policemen and injured twenty-six people.

July 8:

  • In several attacks in Mosul, a police officer and eight civilians were shot dead.

July 9:

  • In Amiriyah, west of Baghdad, gunmen killed police Capt. Saad Mihsin Abdul Sadah.
  • In Baiji, a family of four were shot dead. In Baquba, roadside bomb killed one person.

July 10:

  • A suicide bomber killed at least twenty people at an army recruiting station in Baghdad.
  • A mother and her eight children were killed at their home in southern Baghdad.
  • The body of Iraqi karate association chief Ali Shakir was found in the Tigris River, two days after he was kidnapped.
  • Along the Syrian border, two suicide car bombers killed at least seven Iraqi customs officials. Near Mosul, a suicide car bombing killed five police officers.
  • In Kirkuk, a suicide car bomber that had targeted a convoy carrying the head of the city council killed four people.

July 11:

  • Armed men stormed an Iraqi army checkpoint near Baquba killing three civilians and nine soldiers.
  • Four bullet-riddled bodies were found in a river in Latifiyah.

July 12:

  • In Baghdad, armed men stormed a house and killed four Iraqi human rights activists and gunmen assassinated police Col. Amir Mirza.
  • A bomb exploded at a mosque in Jalowla, near the Iranian border, killing two people and wounding sixteen. A car bomb in Kirkuk killed three people.

July 13:

  • A suicide car bombing in Baghdad killed twenty-seven people, mostly children.

July 14:

  • In Baghdad, a suicide bomber attacked a government compound killing two and a convoy of the Iraqi police's major crimes unit was attacked, killing two policemen and wounding four and the bodies of eleven Sunni Iraqis were found.
  • In a village south of Kirkuk, three policemen were killed in a drive-by shooting.

July 15:

  • A suicide car bomber struck an Iraqi army base in Baghdad, killing eight Iraqis, including civilians and security personnel.
  • Anther suicide car bomb killed six policemen and wounded forty-five people.
  • At a checkpoint near Baquba, gunmen killed three Iraqi policemen.
  • The bodies of five men shot to death were found on the outskirts of Baghdad.

July 16:

  • In Musayyib, a suicide bomber detonated himself near a fuel truck killing ninety people.

July 17:

  • Four bombings in the Baghdad area killed twenty-two people.

July 18:

  • In three shooting incidents in Baghdad, gunmen killed sixteen people.
  • In Samarra, gunmen killed a police colonel and an Interior Ministry official.
  • In Mosul, gunmen assassinated Abd Al-Ghani-al-Naimi, whose brother is a member of the Iraqi parliament.

July 19:

  • Gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Iraqi workers to a U.S. air base near Baquba, killing thirteen.
  • In Baghdad, gunmen shot and killed three Sunni Arab members of the committee drafting Iraq's new constitution-Mujbil al-Sheikh Isa, Aziz Ibrahim and Dhamin Hussein Ileywi.

July 20:

  • In Mosul, gunmen ambushed a police patrol and killed seven officers.
  • In Baghdad, a suicide bomber killed at least eight people and wounded twenty-eight.

July 21:

  • In Baghdad, gunmen assassinated three members of the Qadisiyah provincial council and Ministry of Trade employee Salman Lazim Shikara was killed in a drive-by shooting.

July 22:

  • A series of drive-by shootings in Baghdad killed eight people.
  • A bomb near Latifiya killed two people.

July 24:

  • A suicide truck bombing at a police station in Baghdad killed twenty-five people and the deputy head of the Khadamiyah police station, Lt. Col. Imad Hatam Khalaf, was shot to death.
  • In Kirkuk, gunmen assassinated Police Lt. Col. Nour-al-Din Mohammed.
  • In Balad, former provincial council member Khalis al-Halloub was shot to death.

July 25:

  • In Baghdad, a car bomb attack near a hotel killed twelve Iraqis, and a suicide car bomb at a checkpoint killed two Iraqi police officers.

July 26:

  • A mortar fired on Baghdad's southern outskirts killed two policemen, and a rocket attack in Khilla killed three policemen.

July 27:

  • A suicide car bombing outside a Baghdad hospital killed at least five people and wounded ten.
  • The Algerian government confirmed that two of its diplomats, Ali Belaroussi and Azzedine Belkadi, had been killed by their kidnappers. Al-Qa'ida in Iraq had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and murders.

July 28:

  • Northwest of Baghdad in Haditha, the assistant chief of police was shot dead.

July 29:

  • In the northern Iraqi town of Rabia, a suicide bomber killed at least fifty people and wounded thirty-five others amid a crowd of Iraqi army recruits.

July 30:

  • In Baghdad, a suicide car bomb near the Iraqi National Theater killed seven people.
  • A roadside bomb attack against a British Embassy convoy killed two private security guards.
  • The bodies of three Baghdad International Airport employees were found with their throats slit.

July 31:

  • In Haswa, south of Baghdad, a car bomb killed five people and injured ten. Gunmen ambushed the convoy of Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi and killed one of his bodyguards.

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