During what has been a bloody 72 hours in Iraq, at least 27 people, including 22 police, were killed on 14 February when guerrillas armed with mortars raided the police headquarters in Fallujah. An estimated 20 prisoners were also freed in the raid.
A US civilian was killed and three injured on the same day when gunmen opened fire on a taxi travelling from Babylon to Baghdad. The victims were reported to be from a religious group.
In a breakthrough for the US-led coalition, former Baath party official Mohammad Zimam Abd Razzaq al-Saadun was arrested on 15 February. Al-Saadun was number 41 on a list of most-wanted Iraqis issued by the US.