News, March 2008
48 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, Including 6 Executed by Death Squads, According to March 23, 2008 News Reports
Yaqen.net reported that a US Hummer military vehicle was destroyed by a roadside bomb in Tikrit, resulting in the killing or injuring the crew.
The Iraq News Agency (INA) reported that the number of Iraqi army officers and soldiers killed in the Mosul suicide attack reached 16.
IED near Kirkuk kills
4 Iraqi servicemen
Four Iraqi army servicemen, one holding the rank of lieutenant, were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near their patrol north of Touz Khormato district, southwest of Kirkuk, on Sunday, police said.
"An IED targeted an Iraqi army 4th Division
patrol in the village of al-Maftoul, (25 km) north of Touz Khormato
district, killing three soldiers and an officer in the rank of
lieutenant," a security source, who did not want to be named, told Aswat
al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
Kirkuk, a city of mixed ethnic and religious
groups of Kurds, Turcomans, Assyrians, Shiites, and Sunnis lies 250 km
northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
Rocket attack leaves
5 killed, 8 wounded in eastern Baghdad
Five civilians were killed and eight others
wounded when a Katyusha rocket landed on a residential section in
eastern Baghdad on Sunday, police said.
A police source had said a Katyusha missile, fired by unidentified men, left four civilians wounded after landing on a house in Sadr City, eastern Baghdad. "The rocket attack caused damage to a number of houses," he said.
Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone came
under attack with Katyusha missiles early on Sunday morning, but no
organization has yet claimed responsibility for the incident. The U.S.
army, which confirmed the attack, did not provide any details.
Armed attack in Baghdad leaves
7 dead, 16 wounded
Seven people were killed and 16 others wounded
in an armed attack in southeastern Baghdad on Sunday, police said.
Mosul suicide blast leaves 43 casualties
The death toll from the
suicide truck bomb attack that targeted an Iraqi
army headquarters in western Mosul on Sunday rose to 13 soldiers and 30
others, including 12 civilians, wounded, an official police source in
The same source had earlier said the attack left
five Iraqi soldiers killed and 30 others, including five civilians,
Fortified Green Zone mortared in Baghdad
An Iraqi security source said several mortars
hit the fortified Green Zone, central Baghdad, on Sunday morning, and he
could not say if there were casualties because of the attack.
The U.S.-protected Green Zone in central Baghdad
houses the Iraqi government offices and the compound of the U.S. and
killed, 14 others wounded in mortars attacks in Baghdad
One civilian was killed and 14 others were
wounded on Sunday when three mortar shells hit three different places in
the Iraqi capital, Baghdad Operations Command said.
He added "One civilian was killed and 14 others
were wounded in the three attacks."
Since February 2007, Iraqi security forces,
supported by U.S. Army troops, conduct a wide-range security plan in
Baghdad – capital of Iraq, called Fardh Al-Qanoon (Law Imposing) plan,
which aims at hunting down armed groups in Baghdad.
Six unknown bodies
found in Baghdad
Iraqi police patrols found on Sunday six unidentified corpses dumped in different parts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad , an Iraqi police source said.
"Iraqi police patrols found six unknown bodies of people who were killed in mysterious circumstances, at various places of Baghdad," a source from the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (MOI) told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
He added "Four of those corpses were found at
Al-Rusaffa (eastern) side of Baghdad, two of them in Palestine Street,
one in Zayiona neighborhood, and one in Al-Sha'ab neighborhood, while
the other two bodies were found at Al-Karkh (western) side of the city,
one in Al-Amil and one in Al-Bayya neighborhoods."
officer killed in Diala
Commander of a local police commandos force was
killed on Sunday along with a escort when unknown gunmen attacked him in
Diala's capital city of Ba'aqouba, a security source said.
The source added "the gunmen opened a volley of
bullets at his car, killing him along with one escort."
Meanwhile, clashes broke out on Sunday
afternoon, in Ba'aqouba city, 57 km northeast of Baghdad, between police
forces and gunmen, believed to be from al-Qaeda Organization.
killed, 18 wounded in separate incidents in Ninewa
An Iraqi army officer was killed and 10 others,
including three army soldiers, wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on
an army patrol in eastern Mosul on Sunday, police said.
The wounded were rushed to a hospital for
treatment while the body was removed to a morgue, the source said, not
adding further details on the incident.
Earlier on Sunday, a suicide car bomb attack
that targeted an Iraqi army headquarters in al-Haramat area killed 13
Iraqi servicemen and wounded 30 others, including 12 civilians.
Car bomb blast leaves
5 killed, 8 wounded
Five people were killed and eight others wounded in a car bomb attack in al-Shoala area, northern Baghdad, Iraqi police said on Sunday.
"The explosive vehicle went off near an intersection in al-Shoala, killing five civilians and wounding eight others," the source told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI) on condition of anonymity.
"The wounded were rushed to nearby hospitals
while police sealed off the scene of the attack," the source added.
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Forty people were killed and 59 others injured in acts of violence in different areas of Iraq during the past 24 hours, security sources said.
An Iraqi interior ministry source told Aswat
al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI) that a Katyusha missile fell on the al-Kamaliya
area in eastern Baghdad, and hit civilian houses, killing five and
wounding eight others, adding women and children were among the victims.
Another Iraqi police source told VOI that
unidentified gunmen opened fire on civilians in the southeastern Baghdad
area of al-Za'afaraniya, killing seven people and wounding 16 others,
including women and children.
In Mosul, northern Iraq, an official police
source told VOI that the death toll from the suicide truck bomb attack
that targeted an Iraqi army headquarters in western Mosul on Sunday rose
to 13 soldiers and 30 others, including 12 civilians, wounded.
In Diala, east of Baghdad, a security source
told VOI that U.S. warplanes pounded the village of Nahr al-Sabah,
Baladruz district, (45 km) southeast of Baaquba, killing 15 gunmen of
23,000 Iraqi detainees in U.S.
detentions – U.S. official
More than 23,000 Iraqis are detained in U.S. detention centers in Iraq, including 1,720 Qaeda elements and 7,000 takfirists, said a U.S. official responsible for the detention centers on Sunday.
Major General Douglas Stone explained in a press
conference in Baghdad that there are 240 Arab citizens among the
detainees, who came to Iraq from neighboring countries to conduct armed
operations against the Multi National Forces (MNF) and Iraqi people.
Stone said, "During the past period, arrest operations increased as military operations increased, along with the surge in troops. Currently, arrest operations are fewer, as the number of released detainees is increasing."
He underlined that a detainee's release is based on the condition that they will not rejoin any military operations.
Stone revealed that there is existing evidence that could convict ten percent of the detainees, and they will be tried by the Iraqi judiciary system, and that 700 detainees are attributed to the Iraqi government, and will be held accountable under the General Amnesty Law.
He also welcomed the United Nation's (UN) intention to visit U.S. detentions in Iraq, "We have no obligations or reservations regarding the UN's visit to U.S. detentions in Iraq to follow up on detainees' conditions and affairs," stressing, "Red Cross representatives and the Iraqi Minister of Human Rights Wijdan Salem carry out regular visits to the detention centers."
Stone asserted that all detainees in U.S. detention centers in Iraq are registered in the Red Cross and Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights' records.
Concerning violence in detention centers, Stone said "violent and riot acts were minimized after the measures that we took to separate detainees who belong to 'terrorist' or extremist organizations from others," revealing that a detainee survived an assassination attempt carried out by Qaeda elements detained within one of the centers.
According to Stone, last year witnessed five security violations and violent operations inside the detention centers, but he did not mention further details in this regard.
Stone explained, "The initial period of a
citizen's detention process is at the brigade, and it does not last more
than two weeks, after which they are transferred to the division where a
specialized committee monitors the case after six months. This is the
Stone referred that 40 Arab detainees were
released from U.S. detentions in Iraq, since May 2007 until February
2008, under supervision of the Iraqi government.
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