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US Soldier, 11 Iraqis Killed in Suicide Bombings and War Attacks, Anti-War Protests in Britain, Spain, According to Early March 16, 2008 News Reports reported the following news:

- 2 policemen were killed, three were injured in clashes with Al-Mahdi Army militiamen Al-Huawaider village, Ba'aqouba.

-  A police colonel and three of his guards were killed by gunmen in Al-Qibla area, west of Basrah.

- A body of a murdered Iraqi man was found in Al-Ablah area, in Basrah.

- 2 Iraqi soldiers were killed, a third was injured, when their Hummer vehicle was destroyed by a roadside bomb in Al-Shirqat, in Salahudding Province.

- Anti-war protests were organized in London, Madrid, and various British and Spanish cities, condemning the NATO invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the siege of Gaza Strip.

Protesters called for the withdrawal of NATO troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories.

British MP called for the trial of Tony Blair and George Brown as war criminals and called for the withdrawal of British forces from Iraq and Afghanistan.


U.S. soldier killed in Baghdad

Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Sunday , 16 /03 /2008  Time 6:01:00
Baghdad, Mar 16, (VOI)-

The U.S. army said a service member was killed in an attack with small-arm fire in southwestern Baghdad.

"A Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldier was killed at approximately 3:30 p.m. March 15 after being attacked by small-arms fire in southwestern Baghdad in combat operations," the army said in a statement received by Aswat al-Iraq –Voices of Iraq- (VOI). 

The death brings the number of the U.S. troops killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 to 3,988 according to statistics released by the U.S. army.
Of this number, 15 U.S. soldiers have been killed so far in March 2008.

Mansour blast targeted foreign security firm's patrol – official

Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Sunday , 16 /03 /2008  Time 5:12:17
Baghdad, Mar 16, (VOI) –

Sunday morning's explosive vehicle attack by a suicide bomber targeted a patrol of a foreign security firm working in Iraq, the Baghdad security operations command said.
"No count of casualties from the car bomb, which went off at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, has yet been received," Maj. General Qassem Atta, the command's chief and the official spokesman for the Fardh al-Qanoon (law imposing) security plan, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).

A police source earlier said the Mansour blast left one civilian killed and two others wounded.

"A car bomb went off on al-Amirat street in the Baghdad district of al-Mansour on Sunday morning, killing one civilian, injuring two others, and causing damage to civilians' property," the source told VOI.

The source did not elaborate on details of the explosion or the target for this attack.


Car bomb explodes near Kirkuk

Kirkuk - Voices of Iraq
Sunday , 16 /03 /2008  Time 6:01:00
Kirkuk, Mar 16, (VOI)-

A car bomb exploded on Sunday morning in Hawija district, 70 km southwest of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk with no casualties reported, a police source said.

The source, who refused to reveal his name, told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI) "the car bomb was remotely detonated near the district's northern overhead pedestrian bridge, without casualties."

The source did not reveal more details, but said that the explosion damaged nearby houses.

Attack targets Kurdish party office in Mosul

Ninewa - Voices of Iraq
Sunday , 16 /03 /2008  Time 6:01:00
Mosul, Mar 16, (VOI)-

At least nine people were injured on Sunday in a suicide bombing that targeted a Kurdish party office in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a police source said.

"A suicide bomber blew himself up targeting the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic party adjacent to the Criminal Investigation Bureau in the city of Mosul on Sunday morning, wounding nine people, including two policemen," the source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI).

For his part, Khosro Curran, official in charge of branch XIV of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul, said the attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body at the entry to a headquarter of his party in Mosul, wounding a guard.
The Kurdish official said "the attack occurred in the Prophet Younis area."


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