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News, October 2008
12 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, 19 Corpses Found in Mass Graves, Al-Dhari Warns of US Mandate, According to October 20, 2008 News Reports
Editor's Note (Below)
Yaqen.net reported the following news:
- 10 bodies of Iraqis executed by death squads were found in a Falloujah mass grave today.
- A policeman was killed, another was injured by a roadside bomb targeting their patrol in Mosul.
- 5 members of one family, including two women, were killed in Sa'adia, Khaniqin, east of Ba'aqouba, when a US armored vehicle ran over their car.
- The General Command of the former Iraqi Army announced an attack on a US convoy, which resulted in the destruction of a tank carrier and a fuel tanker on the Mosul-Duhuk road.
- Six family members were injured when their car was hit by a roadside bomb east of Mosul.
- Shaikh Hareth Al-Dhari, Chairman of the Iraqi Association of Muslim Scholars, said that the proposed US-Iraqi security agreement is a de facto permanent US mandate in Iraq. The Arabic text of the interview he gave to the Qatari newspaper, Al-Arab, can be found on the following link: http://www.yaqen.net/?p=12004
- 2 policemen and three civilians were injured in a roadside bomb west of Baghdad.
Amsi.org reoported the following news:
- US forces announced that a US soldier was killed in a non-combat incident.
- 6-9 corpses were found in a mass grave in Al-Latifiyah, north of Hillah.
- A body of an unknown Iraqi was found east of Baghdad.
3 gunmen killed in blast in Diala
October 20, 2008 - 12:39:47
DIALA / Aswat al-Iraq:
Three gunmen were killed when an improvised explosive device they were planting northeast of Baaquba city went off on Monday, a police source in Diala province said.
“Three gunmen were killed in a blast of an IED they were emplacing in the area of al-Assaf, Mandili, Diala province,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq, adding the three gunmen were suspected members of al-Qaeda network.
Meanwhile, the same source added, policemen captured a wanted man in a security operation conducted in al-Tahrir neighborhood, central Ba'aqouba.
Ba'aqouba, the capital city of Diala, lies 57 km northeast of Baghdad.
2 killed, 7 wounded in Baghdad blast
October 20, 2008 - 09:12:23
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq:
Two civilians were killed and seven others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in the eastern Baghdad area of al-Fadiliya on Monday, an Iraqi police source said.
“The IED targeted a civilian passenger vehicle in al-Fadiliya, eastern Baghdad, leaving two civilians killed and seven others, including two women, wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq.
Only God knows how many Iraqis are killed everyday. The following represents part of the reporting but readers are advised that the actual number of deaths should very much exceed what's reported.
Concerning deaths of US soldiers, only those US citizens who die in Iraq are included in the statistics. There are no published statistics about US soldiers who die of their injuries after that. There are no published statistics about the deaths or injuries of the private army soldiers (security contractors), or about those without US citizenship.
It is noteworthy that May 20, 2008 news reports showed that death squads which execute Iraqis on daily basis are no longer hiding themselves. Previously, Sunni leaders pointed to Mahdi Army and Badr militiamen as the perpetrators. Now, death squads are composed of the US-recruited Sahwa fighters and policemen.
On September 6, 2008, news reports mentioned the killing of nine Iraqis who were arrested by Al-Muthanna Brigade of the Iraqi Army stationed in the city of Al-Falloujah. There corpses were found with bullets shot on their heads and chests. This incident is evidence that the sectarian-based Iraqi forces have been functioning also as death squads, which killed Iraqis for suspicion of belonging to resistance organizations, without any legal procedures or trials.
Despite the fact that there are scores of organizations involved in the Iraq war, the Iraqi government officials prefer to refer to them as Alqaeda gunmen for propaganda purposes, as mentioned in the June 4, 2008 news report. For accuracy purposes, the term "Alqaeda gunmen" may be replaced with "Iraqi fighters."
Finally, on daily basis, US-led forces arrest scores of Iraqis in an attempt to pre-empt them from resistance. Tens of thousands of Iraqis are still there in US detention camps and in the prisons of the US-backed Iraqi government. Daily records of these arrests can be obtained from the following three Iraqi sources of news: yaqen.net, amsi.org, and Voices of Iraq.
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