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British Soldier, 12 Iraqis Killed, Including 4 Executed by Death Squads, 5 from One Family, 3 Attacks on US Patrols, According to March 1, 2008 News Reports reported the following news:

- A US surveillance plane was downed by Iraqi fighters in Al-Tharthar, Saturday.
- US forces killed 5 Iraqis from one family inside their home in Diala. The family belongs to the mayor, Suhail Nejm Thunain, mayor of Khuraisat, Diala. A woman and a child from the family, who survived, were arrested by US forces.

British soldier killed in rocket attack in Basra  
National - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 01 /03 /2008  Time 10:26:27
Baghdad, Mar 1, (VOI)-

A British airman was killed in a rocket attack on a military base in Basra, the British Ministry of Defense said on Saturday.

“The serviceman, attached to the Royal Air Force's 903 Expeditionary Air Wing, was killed in the attack at about 2130 local time (1830 GMT) on Friday” the British Ministry of Defense (MOD) said in a press release received by Aswat al-Iraq-Voices of Iraq- (VOI).

The death of the British airman takes the toll of U.K. troops killed in Iraq to 175. The last fatality was a member of 1st Battalion the Scots Guards, killed in December.
British troops transferred control of Basra province to the Iraqi authorities last November, four and a half years after the U.S.-led invasion of the country.
The handover was considered a significant milestone towards Britain's final withdrawal from operations in Iraq.

The U.K. troops stationed in Basra and was the second largest multi-national forces (MNF) contingent in Iraq.

After withdrawing half of the troops, there are now more than 4,000 UK troops in Iraq, working in training and supervising the building of Iraqi forces.
Earlier, the U.K. government said it plans to reduce that number to 2,500 during the spring of this year.
Police find two unknown bodies in Baghdad
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 01 /03 /2008  Time 10:26:27
Baghdad, March 1, (VOI)-

Police patrols found two unknown corpses dumped in Baghdad during the past twenty four hours, an Interior ministry source said.
“Police patrols found two unknown bodies in Baghdad’s western side-Karkh” an Interior ministry source who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq-Voices of Iraq (VOI).

The source pointed out “the first body was found in Saba’a al-Boor, north-western Baghdad, while the second was discovered in Seydiya, western Baghdad”.
“The bodies bore signs of gunshots in different parts of the body”, he added.

Roadside bomb kills civilian, wounds 2 in Baghdad  
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 01 /03 /2008  Time 10:26:27
Baghdad, Mar 1, (VOI) –

A roadside bomb explosion killed a civilian and wounded two in Baghdad on Saturday, the Iraqi police said.

"An improvised explosive device went off on the main road in Mahmoudiya district, southern Baghdad, leaving a civilian killed and two others wounded," a police source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
"The blast damaged a civilian vehicle parked near the explosion site," he added.

Bodies of 2 civilians found north of Falluja
Anbar - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 01 /03 /2008  Time 10:26:27
Anbar, Mar 1, (VOI) –

Policemen found corpses of two civilians north of Falluja on Saturday, an official police source said.

"The bodies, of two civilian residents of al-Anbar province, were found in Zhiraa Dijla area, (20 km) north of Falluja," the source, who declined to have his name revealed, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).

"The bodies, which showed signs of having been tortured and shot, were removed to the Falluja public hospital, where examinations showed the killing occurred nearly a week ago," the source added.

Falluja, the largest city in the predominantly Sunni province of al-Anbar, lies 45 km west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.


Kirkuk attack casualties up to 14  
Kirkuk - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 01 /03 /2008  Time 10:26:27
Kirkuk, Mar 1, (VOI) –

Casualties from Saturday's earlier attack on a bus carrying Shi'i pilgrims south of Kirkuk rose to two deaths and 12 others wounded, a medic in a Kirkuk hospital said.

"Two people, including a woman, were killed and 12 others injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen on a bus carrying civilians returning from the Arbaeen pilgrimage near Soliman Pak area, (130 km) south of Kirkuk, on Saturday morning," the medic, who preferred not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).

A source from the Kirkuk police had told VOI that one civilian was killed and 10 others wounded in the attack.

Kirkuk, a potpourri of ethnic Arabs, Kurds, Turcomans, Assyrians and other minorities, lies 250 km northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The Arbaeen, which coincided with February 28, is a religious occasion marking the 40th day after the death of Imam al-Hussain, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and the third holiest figure for Shiite Muslims, in the battle of Taf in Karbala in the Hegira year 61 (680 in the Gregorian calendar).

Karbala, said to house the tombs of Imam al-Hussein and his brother Imam al-Abbas, lies 130 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.


3 blasts target U.S. patrols in Mosul  
Ninewa - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 01 /03 /2008  Time 10:26:27
Ninewa, Mar 1, (VOI) –

Two car bombs and an improvised explosive device (IED) targeted U.S. patrols in different areas of Mosul city on Saturday, wounding one civilian an leaving no U.S. casualties, an official defense ministry spokesman said.

"A car bomb went off at the al-Ma'arid intersection, eastern Mosul, targeting a U.S. patrol but causing no fatalities or injuries," Brig. Khaled Abdul-Sattar told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).

"Another car bomb attack that targeted a U.S. convoy in eastern Mosul left only one civilian wounded and caused minor damage to nearby residential buildings," Abdul-Sattar added.

He said another U.S. patrol was the target of an IED attack in al-Muthanna area, eastern Mosul, he said, adding the blast left no casualties.
Mosul, the capital of Ninewa province, lies 405 km north of Baghdad.


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