News, March 2008
44 Iraqis Killed, Including 3 Executed by Death Squads, Mosul Archbishop, According to March 13, 2008 News Reports
Yaqen.net reported the following news today:
- A US Hummer military vehicle was damaged as a result of a roadside bomb explosion north of Al-Hillah, Babyl Province.
The Iraq News Agency (INA) reported the following news today:
- 18 Iraqis were killed, 64 were injured as a result of an explosion in Bab Al-Sharqi, in central Baghdad.
- US forces killed a 10-year-old girl by mistake, and two civilians in Diala, southeast of Baghdad.
Police patrols find 3 unknown bodies in Baghdad
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Police patrols on Thursday found three unknown corpses dumped in Baghdad, an Interior ministry source said.
“Police patrols discovered three unknown bodies
in different parts of Baghdad”, an Interior Ministry source, who
requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq-Voices of iraq(VOI).
Police, (US-recruited) Sahwa forces kill
al-Qaeda commander in Salahuddin
Joint (US-recruited) Iraqi and Sahwa council fighters on Thursday killed a commander in al-Qaeda network in Samarra, north Iraq, Salahuddin security source said.
“Joint Iraqi forces and Sahwa council fighters conducted a raid operation to one of the al-Huweish neighbourhood houses, western Samarra, where intelligence tips stated the presence of al-Qaeda commander Ghazwan al-Jarad inside it”, Salahuddin police official told Aswat al-Iraq-Voices of Iraq(VOI).
The official pointed out “the joint forces clashes with operatives ensconced inside the house, killing (the alleged) al-Qaeda commander”.
Death toll of central Baghdad bombing
rises to 8
The toll from a car bomb in central Baghdad's commercial area rose to eight deaths and 40 injuries, Iraqi police said on Thursday.
“A car rigged with explosives was remotely detonated in al-Khayam street in al-Bab al-Sharqi region in central Baghdad, injuring five civilians,” General Qassem Atta, spokesman for the Baghdad’s operations, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
He did not add more details.
Two gunmen and two
Sahwa fighters killed in Salah al-Din
Two gunmen and two elements of (US-recruited) Sahwa (Awakening) Councils were killed on Thursday in two separate attacks in Tikrit city.
"An armed group attacked a combined checkpoint
of Iraqi police and Sahwa on the highway, west of Tikrit," said a source
from Salah al-Din Police operations, who spoke to Aswat al-Iraq – Voices
of Iraq – (VOI) on condition of anonymity.
In another attack, and according to the same
source, "A group of gunmen, using two cars, opened fire on a checkpoint
in Al-Hajaj area of Baiji suburb, killing one Sahwa fighter and wounding
3 'Sahwa' members wounded in Kirkuk
Three elements of Sahwa (Awakening) Councils
were wounded on Thursday in an attack on their patrol.
Iraqi journalist killed by unknown
gunmen in Baghdad
One Iraqi journalists was killed on Thursday by
unknown gunmen in central Baghdad, the Syndicate of Journalists said.
The incident came one month after the
assassination of Chief of the Syndicate of Journalists Shihab al-Temimi
in al-Wazieriya neighborhood in northern Baghdad.
2 civilians killed,
7 anti-Qaeda fighters wounded in Kirkuk
Two civilians were killed and seven
(US-recruited) Sahwa Council fighters were injured on Thursday when a
suicide bomber blew himself up in southwest of Kirkuk, a police source
This is the second bombing attack in the northern province in less than hour as a suicide attacker had detonated a car rigged with explosives earlier targeting a joint patrol of Iraqi army and Awakening Council fighters in al-Rashad region, 35 km southwest of Kirkuk, killing on Iraqi soldier and injuring ten.
The Awakening Councils are (US-recruited)
anti-Qaeda fighters working in coordination with the Multi-National
Force-Iraq (MNF-I) and the Iraqi government.
Suicide bomber kills, injures 11
soldiers in Kirkuk
One Iraq soldier
was killed and ten more were injured on Thursday when a
suicide bomber blew up a
car bomb in southwest of Kirkuk, a police source said.
“The wounded were rushed to the Kirkuk public hospital for treatment,” he added.
The Awakening Councils are
(US-recruited) anti-Qaeda fighters working in coordination with
the Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) and the Iraqi government.
Katyusha rockets leave 6 casualties in
Two civilians were killed and four more were wounded when a number of Katyusha rockets hit separate areas in Kut, a police source said on Thursday.
“A total of eleven Katyusha rockets landed on
houses in al-Haydariya, al-Mashrouua and al-Shuhadaa neighborhoods in
central and northeastern Kut, killing two civilians and injuring four.”
The source told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq (VOI) on condition of
Kut, the capital of Wassit, lies 180 km
southeast of Baghdad.
9 popular committees fighters killed,
wounded in Diala
popular committees fighters were killed and three others
were injured during clashes with al-Qaeda armed group in south of
Ba'aqouba, a police source said on Thursday.
He did not provide further details.
Ba'aqouba, the capital of Diala, is 57 km northeast of
Kidnapped archbishop found dead in Mosul
Ninewa - Voices of Iraq
Police forces on Thursday found the body of the
Archbishop of the Mosul Catholic Chaldean Church Faraj Rahou, who was
kidnapped by unknown gunmen two weeks ago, in northern Mosul, a medic
“The body was sent to the forensic medicine
department in the city,” he added.
The gunmen opened fire on his escorts, killing three and taking the bishop to an unknown place.
Two news items reported by Yaqen.net yesterday and were published in yesterday's issue of ccun.org, but these were not reported by the Iraqi semi-official news agency, VOI. Here they are:
Three U.S. soldiers killed, two wounded
in attack near Nasiriyah
Three U.S. soldiers were killed and two more
wounded when their base was rocketed near Nasiriyah, southern Iraq,
according to the U.S. army.
On Wednesday, the media spokesman for Nasiriyah
police told VOI that the U.S. base to the southwest of the city was
attacked with six Katyusha rockets.
Security forces on Wednesday discovered three
unknown corpses dumped in Diala province, north Baghdad, an Interior
The source noted, “The two bodies bore sins of
gunshots in different parts of the body.”
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