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5 US Soldiers, 19 Iraqis Killed in war Attacks, Including 3 by Death Squads, 6 by US Forces, According to March 22, 2008 News Reports reported the following news:

3 bodies of Iraqis executed by death squads were found in Baghdad.
- 3 US soldiers were killed in an attack in Baghdad, a fourth soldier died of wounds he sustained in an attack, south of Baghdad. (Aljazeera tv reported the death of four US soldiers in Baghdad,  on Saturday, in addition to a fifth who died of wounds he sustained in Mandali, yesterday).
- A policeman, two civilians were killed in Al-Khalis when gunmen attacked a police checkpoint.

One Sahwa element killed in Al-Mansoor
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 22 /03 /2008  Time 9:05:03
Baghdad, Mar 22, (VOI) –

One (US-recruited) Sahwa fighter was killed on Saturday when a mortar shell hit a Sahwa head-office in Al-Mansoor area of Baghdad, an authorized source from the Baghdad police said.
"One mortar shell hit a Sahwa head-office in Al-Motanabi neighborhood of Al-Mansoor area, west of Baghdad, killing one Sahwa element and wounding another," the source told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI) on condition of anonymity.
Sahwa Councils are anti-Qaida tribal armed groups that have a permanent presence throughout many parts of Iraq.

Two U.S. soldiers killed in Baghdad-army
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 22 /03 /2008  Time 9:05:03  
Baghdad, Mar 22, (VOI)-

The U.S. army said on Saturday two service members were killed and a third was wounded in an attack in Baghdad, bringing to 3995 the total number of U.S. servicemen killed since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

"Two Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers were killed when an improvised explosive device struck their vehicle during a patrol northwest of Baghdad March 22. Two Iraqi civilians were also killed in the attack," the U.S. army said in a statement received by Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI).

The statement also added "an MND-B Soldier was injured in the attack and was transported to a Coalition forces medical facility for treatment."

On Friday, the U.S. army also announced the death of a service member and the injury of four U.S. soldiers in "indirect fire south of Baghdad March 21."
The deaths bring the number of the U.S. troops killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 to 3,995 according to statistics released by the U.S. army.
Of this number, 22 U.S. soldiers have been killed so far in March 2008.


Missile attack targets U.S. base in Hilla
Babel - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 22 /03 /2008  Time 9:05:03
Babel, Mar 22, (VOI) –

Four Katyusha missiles fell on a U.S. base in Hilla while five others in its environs on Friday night but left no casualties, a police source in Babel province said on Saturday.

"Four Katyusha rockets fell on a house of a member of the former Baath Party command, which the U.S. intelligence corps took as headquarters in southern Hilla," the source, who asked not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).

"The rockets did not leave any casualties but caused damage to some houses," the source added.
Hilla, the capital of Babel, lies 100 km southwest of Baghdad.


Bomb blast kills civilian, wounds 4 in Kirkuk
Kirkuk - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 22 /03 /2008  Time 9:05:03 
Kirkuk, Mar 22, (VOI)-

At least one civilian was killed and four people, including two policemen, were wounded on Saturday in roadside bomb blast in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, a police source said. 

"A roadside bomb exploded, this morning, near a police vehicle patrol, in Arafa quarter, central Kikruk, killing a civilian and wounding four," the source, who asked not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI).

The source added "two policemen were among the wounded."
Meanwhile, a medical source at Kirkuk hospital said that the situation of the wounded is "stable."
Kirkuk is 250 km northeast of Baghdad.

6 Sahwa fighters killed, 2 wounded by U.S. fire in Samarra
Salah al-Din - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 22 /03 /2008  Time 9:05:03 
Salah al-Din, Mar 22, (VOI) –

U.S. forces killed six (US-recruited) Sahwa tribal fighters and wounded two others by mistake when U.S. warplanes pounded areas in Samarra, an Iraqi police source in Salah al-Din province said on Saturday. 

"A U.S. helicopter opened fire on a Sahwa checkpoint in al-Huwaish area, western Samarra, killing six tribal fighters and wounding two others," the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of security concerns, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).

A media advisor for the Multi-National Force (MNF) confirmed the incident.

"U.S. forces, observing dubious moves by some individuals near a Sahwa checkpoint, opened fire on suspicion that there were gunmen at the checkpoint," Abdullatif Rayan told VOI.

"It later turned out that the men belonged to the Sahwa forces," said Rayan, confirming the figures mentioned by the Salah al-Din police department.

Civilian killed, anti-Qaeda fighter wounded in Salah el-Din
Salah al-Din - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 22 /03 /2008  Time 9:05:03 
Tikrit, Mar 21, (VOI)-

A civilian was killed and an Awakening Council fighter was injured in two separate incidents in Salah el-Din on Friday, a security source said.
“Unknown gunmen shot and killed a civilian at his house in al-Sahel al-Aysar region in al-Shurqat district,” the source, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq (VOI).

“Unidentified gunmen opened fire at anti-Qaeda Awakening Council fighter in Yathreb city, east of Balad, seriously injuring him,” the source added.
“He was rushed for a nearby hospital for treatment,” he said.
He did not provide further details.
Tikrit, the capital of Salah al-Din, lies 175 km north of Baghdad.

Police find 2 unknown bodies in Baghdad
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 22 /03 /2008  Time 9:05:03
Baghdad, Mar 21, (VOI)- Iraqi police patrols found on Friday two unidentified bodies dumped in different parts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.
"Police patrols found two unknown corpses dumped in various parts of Baghdad," the source, who asked not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).
"One Body was found in Ur neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, while the other body was found in al-Houriya neighborhood, western Baghdad,” the source added.
"The bodies found bore signs of gunshot wounds to different parts of the body, mainly to the head," he noted.


Senior officer, 2 escorts killed in attack in Balad
Salah al-Din - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 22 /03 /2008  Time 9:05:03 
Salah al-Din, Mar 21, (VOI) –

A senior officer and two of his escorts were killed and two civilians wounded when his motorcade came under an armed attack in Balad district, Salah al-Din province, on Thursday night, police said. 

"The motorcade of Lt. Col. Sabry Latif, the chief of al-Mahata police in Balad, (80 km) north of Baghdad, came under attack by unidentified gunmen who showered the two-vehicle motorcade with bullets. Latif and two escorts were killed in the attack," a police source, who declined to have his name mentioned, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
"Two civilians who happened to be near the attack site were wounded. Ambulances removed the bodies and the wounded to a nearby hospital," the source said.


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