News, March 2008
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
Yaqen.net 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
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.
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.
Police patrols found two unknown corpses dumped
in Baghdad during the past twenty four hours, an Interior ministry
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”.
Roadside bomb kills
civilian, wounds 2 in Baghdad
A roadside bomb explosion killed a civilian and
wounded two in Baghdad on Saturday, the Iraqi police said.
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
Kirkuk attack casualties up to 14
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
3 blasts target U.S. patrols in Mosul
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.
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