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News, May 2009
US Soldier, 8 Iraqi Policemen, One Soldier Killed, 10 Injured in Attacks, Al-Baghdadi Airs Message Denying Arrest
May 12, 2009
Yaqen.net reported the following news:
- A US minesweeper was damaged in a bomb attack west of Baghdad.
- Aljazeera TV and Al-Fajr website aired an audio message by Abu Omar Al-Baghdadi, the Emir of the Iraqi Islamic State organization. Al-Baghdadi said he is alive and free, contrary to the claims of the Maliki government that he was arrested. Another message from him will be aired at Al-Furqan website.
Now, sound and audio experts will be analyzing the authenticity of the sound, like they do every time Bin Ladin or Al-Dhawahiri air a message.
- US forces announced the death of a US soldier who was killed in Samarra, as a result of formerly sustained wounds.
- A roadside bomb attack resulted in damaging a US military Zell vehicle, in Al-Karma, near Al-Falloujah.
- Seven people were killed, nine were injured as a result of the Kirkuk attack on police.
Kirkuk blast kills 6, wounds 4
May 12, 2009 - 08:02:29
KIRKUK / Aswat al-Iraq:
Six policemen on Tuesday were killed and four civilians were wounded as a result of the car bomb blast that occurred earlier today in downtown Kirkuk city, according to an army official.
“Today, a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb targeting an emergency police patrol vehicle near the engineering faculty in downtown Kirkuk city, killing six patrolmen and wounding four others, according to an initial count,” the commander of the second regiment in Kirkuk province, Maj. Najm Faroun al-Obeidi, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The explosion caused damage to nearby houses and stores,” Obeidi noted.
Earlier today, a police source said that a booby-trapped car went off near the engineering faculty in al-Ghirnata neighborhood, central Kirkuk, leaving an unknown number of casualties. Kirkuk, an oil-rich and mixed city of Kurds, Turkmen, Christians and Arabs, lies 250 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
Gunmen attack army checkpoint, kill soldier in Mosul
May 12, 2009 - 05:27:11
NINEWA / Aswat al-Iraq:
Unknown gunmen on Tuesday attacked an army checkpoint in Mosul and killed one of the soldiers, according to a security source.
“Unidentified gunmen opened fire at a checkpoint of the Iraqi army in al-Nahrawan neighborhood in western Mosul, killing one of the checkpoint’s elements,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
He gave no further details.
Mosul, the capital of Ninewa, is located 405 km north of Baghdad.
6 Iraqi soldiers wounded near Ba'aquba
May 12, 2009 - 10:55:47
DIALA / Aswat al-Iraq:
Six Iraqi servicemen on Tuesday were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) targeted their patrol vehicle near Ba'aquba city, according to a local security source.
“Today, an explosive device targeted an Iraqi army infantry patrol in Naft Khana area of Khanaqin district (155 km northeast of Ba'aquba), wounding six patrolmen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Ba'aquba, the capital city of Diala province, lies 57 km northeast of Baghdad.
Roadside bomb burns U.S. fuel tanker in Tikrit
May 12, 2009 - 10:49:48
SALAH AL-DIN / Aswat al-Iraq:
Fires on Tuesday ate U.S. fuel tanker when a roadside bomb targeted a U.S. convoy north of Tikrit city, said a source from Salah al-Din police.
“The attack took place on the highway, 5 km north of Tikrit,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The destiny of the tanker’s driver is unknown,” he said. The U.S. forces have not commented yet on this issue. Tikrit, the capital city of Salah al-Din province, lies 175 km north of Baghdad.
MH (P) / SS
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