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14 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, Including 3 Policemen Killed by US Forces, According to March 19, 2008 News Reports


Unknown gunmen killed a cop in Basra  
Basra - Voices of Iraq
Wednesday , 19 /03 /2008  Time 10:55:33
Basra, Mar 19, (VOI) -

Unknown gunmen on Wednesday killed a policeman in central Basra,  a security source said.
"Unknown gunmen shot dead a policeman in Manawi Pasha District, central Basra" a security source told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).
The source identified the policeman as "Yassin Majeed, who worked in the computer department."

Earlier, a security source said Colonel Mazen Abdul Wahed, the director of the training department at the Basra police, survived an assassination attempt when a bomb exploded targeting his motorcade on the commercial street in northern Basra.
Basra saw a number of attacks launched by unknown gunmen against policemen this week.  
Basra, the capital city of Basra province, lies 590 km south Baghdad
MNF admit killing 3 Iraqi policemen
Kirkuk - Voices of Iraq
Wednesday , 19 /03 /2008  Time 10:55:33
Kirkuk, Mar 19, (VOI) –

The Multi National Forces (MNF) in Iraq admitted on Wednesday that MNF troops killed three Iraqi policemen in Al-Rashad suburb, southwest of Kirkuk city.

MNF's media adviser emphasized the MNF's regret for the incident.
"On Wednesday, MNF troops surrounded Al-Rashad suburb, 35 km southwest of Kirkuk, for security purposes, but the troops were surprised when a car penetrated the area at high speeds; a matter that caused the troops to belive that it might be an enemy's car," Abdul-Lateef Riyan told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
He added "U.S. troops responded, and opened fire on the car, killing three Iraqi police elements."
Early on Sunday, a source from Kirkuk city police department said that three policemen, including a lieutenant, were killed by U.S. army fire in Al-Rashad suburb.

U.S. army kills 3 cops in Kirkuk
Kirkuk - Voices of Iraq
Wednesday , 19 /03 /2008  Time 10:55:33
Kirkuk, Mar 19, (VOI)-

Three policemen were killed and another one was injured on Wednesday by U.S. forces south of Kirkuk, a police source said.

“A police patrol in al-Rashad district, southwest of Kirkuk, was heading to al-Huwaiyja, where U.S. forces opened fire on it, apparently by mistake,” the source, who asked for anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq (VOI).
“Three cops, including a lieutenant, were killed and another one was injured in the attack,” he added.
“The bodies were sent to the Kirkuk public hospital,” the source noted.
No word was immediately available from the U.S. army on the incident.
Huwaiyja is 70 km west of Kirkuk, which lies 250 km northeast of Baghdad.


Two killed, injured by roadside bomb in Baghdad
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Wednesday , 19 /03 /2008  Time 10:55:33
Baghdad, Mar 19, (VOI)-

One person was killed on Wednesday and another one was injured in a bomb explosion in central Baghdad, said a police source.
“The bomb exploded in al-Karada region in central Baghdad targeting a vehicle with two persons onboard, killing one and injuring the other,” the source, who wished to be unnamed, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq (VOI).
“The explosion caused severe material damage to the car,” he added.


Suicide bombing targets Iraqi army headquarters, wounds 14 in Mosul  
Ninewa - Voices of Iraq
Wednesday , 19 /03 /2008  Time 10:55:33
Mosul, Mar 19, (VOI)-

At least 11 Iraqi soldiers and three civilians were injured on Wednesday in a suicide bombing that targeted an Iraqi army headquarters in Mosul, northern Iraq, a security source said.

"A suicide bomber detonated a car rigged with explosives targeting an Iraqi army headquarters in al-Intisar neighborhood, eastern Mosul, wounding 11 soldiers and 3 civilians," Brigadier Khaled Abdel Sattar, Spokesman for Ninewa Operations Command, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq- (VOI).
Brigadier Abdel Sattar provided no further details but said that the explosion also damaged nearby houses and buildings.
Mosul, capital city of Ninewa province, is 405 km north of Baghdad.

Three family members killed, injured in Babel
Babel - Voices of Iraq
Wednesday , 19 /03 /2008  Time 10:55:33
Hilla, Mar 19, (VOI)-

A woman was killed and two members of her family were injured on Wednesday in an explosive charge explosion in northern Babel, a police source said.
“An improvised explosive device went off near a civilian vehicle on the main road in Muwelha region in al-Askandariya district, north of Hilla, killing a woman and injuring two persons from her family,” the source,  who preferred to remain anonymous, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq (VOI).

“The blast also destroyed their vehicle,” he added.
“Another bomb exploded shortly after the first explosion without casualties,” he also said.
“Police forces defused a third bomb, planted near the explosion scene,” the source highlighted.
Hilla, the capital of Babel, is 100 km south of Baghdad.

Female bomber kills 3, wounds 8 in Diala
Diala - Voices of Iraq
Wednesday , 19 /03 /2008  Time 10:55:33
Ba'aqouba, Mar 19, (VOI)-

At least three persons were killed and eight others were injured on Wednesday when a female suicide bomber blew herself up amid a popular marketplace in southeast of Baaquba, a security source said.

“A female suicide bomber blew up an explosive belt strapped to her body amid a popular marketplace in Baladruz, southeast of Ba'aqouba, killing three persons, including a policeman, and injuring eight, including two policemen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of (VOI) on condition of anonymity.
Colonel Fares Radi, chief of the Baladruz police department, had said earlier a female suicide bomber blew herself up on Wednesday morning amid a popular marketplace in southeast of Ba'aqouba, leaving unspecified number of casualties.
Baladruz is 45 km southeast of Ba'aqouba, the capital of Diala, which lies 57 km northeast of Baghdad.


Resisting U.S. forces main goal – Sadrist
Cairo, Wednesday , 19 /03 /2008  Time 10:55:33
Cairo, Mar 19, (VOI)-

Spokesman for the Sadrist bloc, Salah al-Ubeidi, said on Wednesday in Cairo that resisting U.S. forces is the Sadrists’ goal and they will never abandon it, asserting that Shi'i leader Muqtada al-Sadr always emphasizes on this issue.

In an interview with Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq (VOI) correspondent in Cairo, al-Ubeidi, who takes part in the Iraqi Muslim scholars meeting, said “resistance is our target and we will never give it up.”

Last Saturday, Shi'i and Sunni clerics wrapped up their two-day meeting in Cairo, where they talked proposals and suggestions to batch up differences and smooth out the political and sectarian tension to reach a consensus.

Regarding the U.S.-Iranian conflict, the Sadrist spokesman said “the conflict between them erupted before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 and the mistrust between the two sides negatively affect Iraq.”

He said he met with some clerics in Cairo to put an end to the sectarian crisis in Iraq.
“The Sadrist bloc took some important practical steps, mainly freezing Mahdi army activities for one year and this is an opportunity for everyone to close up differences and work to find a solution for Iraq’s problems,” al-Ubeidi explained.

Mahdi Army is the military arm of the Sadrist bloc, or Iraqis loyal to Sadr. In August 2007, Sadr announced a unilateral freeze on all military operations by his army, including those against U.S. and allied forces, for six months "for restructuring purposes."

Last month Sadrist officials in Baghdad and Karbala said Sadr extended the freeze on the militia's activities for six months.

Concerning the absence of Muqtada al-Sadr, the spokesman said that he did not withdraw from the political arena, but he is in daily direct contact with the committees supervising al-Sadr office in Najaf and in other province.

“He still the leader if al-Mahdi army and the responsible for al-Sadr offices throughout Iraq,” he added.

Regarding the place, where the Shiite leader exists, al-Ubeidi said “everyone asks for an answer for that question, but I’m not authorized to answer it.”

The Sadrist bloc, which held 30 out of a total 275 seats in the Iraqi parliament, is a Shiite Islamist religious political party in Iraq. It is named after its leader Muqtada al-Sadr.


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