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2 US Soldiers, 25 Iraqis Killed on Monday War Attacks, 4 US Soldiers Killed on Sunday, According to March 24, 2008 News Reports

Editor's Note:

US corporate media marked yesterday with the figure of 4,000 US soldiers who lost their life in the Iraq war. This figure does not include deaths of about one thousand American unofficial soldiers, who are referred to as security contractors. The figure also does not include deaths among US soldiers who were killed after their injury.

*** reported the following news today:

- 2 US Soldiers were killed, a third was injured, when their vehicle was destroyed by a roadside bomb in Beiji, Salahudding province today.

- 16 Iraqi soldiers were killed, 74 were injured in three Mosul attacks today.

عبوة ناسفة تستهدف دورية لقوات الاحتلال الامريكية وسط مدينة بيجي
التاريخ : 2008 /03/24 .*. pm08:34           

صلاح الدين / يقين / ذكر مصدر في  الشرطة الحكومية أن عبوة  ناسفة محلية الصنع انفجرت على دورية للاحتلال الأمريكي قتلت جنديين وإصابة  ثالث والحقت  أضرار كبيرة بالعجلة التابعة لهذه القوات  وسط مدينة بيجي .


 وقد نقلت قوات الاحتلال الأمريكي جثث الجنود إلى مستشفى  عسكري قريب.

هذا ولم يصدر عن قوات الاحتلال  ما ينفي او يؤكد  العملية التي أستهدفت قواتهم هذا اليوم .




4,000 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq

Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Monday , 24 /03 /2008  Time 11:26:32
Baghdad, Mar 24, (VOI) –

Four U.S. soldiers were killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on their patrol in southern Baghdad, raising to 4,000 the total number of U.S. servicemen killed since the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. 

"Four Multi-National Division – Baghdad (MND–B) Soldiers were killed at approximately 10 p.m. March 23 after terrorists attacked them with an IED in southern Baghdad while conducting a mounted vehicular patrol," according to a U.S. army statement received by Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).

"One additional Soldier was injured from this attack," the statement read.
The four deaths bring the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq since March 2003 to 4,000, according to statistics released by the U.S. army.

Of this number, 29 have been killed in February 2008, while 40 were killed in January 2008.


Four unknown bodies found in Baghdad  

Baghdad - Voices of Iraq

Monday , 24 /03 /2008  Time 9:34:25

Baghdad, Mar 24, (VOI) -

Iraqi police patrols found on Monday four unidentified bodies dumped in different parts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said. "Police patrols found four unknown corpses dumped in various parts of Baghdad," the source, who asked not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).

"Two bodies were found in al-Zayouna and al-Baladiyat neighborhoods in eastern Baghdad, while the other two bodies were found in al-Shuaala and al-Doura neighborhoods, 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. SH/SR

IED kills, injures 7 army soldiers in Diala

Diala - Voices of Iraq
Monday , 24 /03 /2008  Time 11:17:08
Ba'aquba, Mar 24, (VOI) -

Two Iraqi army soldiers were killed and five others were injured on Monday when in a roadside bomb explosion in northeast of Ba'aquba, an official security source said.
"An improvised explosive device exploded on the main road in Imam Weis region in Khaniqeen district, northeast of Ba'aquba, targeting an army vehicle patrol," the source, who refused to mention his name, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).

"The blast killed two soldiers and wounded five," he added.
Meanwhile, the same source said "police forces launched a crackdown operation in al-Amin and Jaraf al-Malh neighborhoods in Ba'aquba, to search for wanted men."
"Seven suspected gunmen were arrested during the operation," he also said.
Meanwhile, the chief of Baladruz department said "two kidnapped persons were freed during an operation southeast of Ba'aquba."

"The forces managed to wage a crackdown operation inside a number of region in Baladruz, in search for two kidnapped persons," Colonel Fares Radi told VOI.
"The operation ended with the release of the kidnapped; Hamed Elewi Jloub and Hussein Kaka Khan," he noted.
He did not add further details.


Popular committee's senior element killed by U.S. fire in Diala

Diala - Voices of Iraq
Monday , 24 /03 /2008  Time 11:17:08
Diala, Mar 24, (VOI) –

One popular committee's senior element was killed on Monday and another was wounded by U.S. army gunfire south of Baaquba, an authorized security source in Diala province said.

"U.S. forces opened fire on a popular committee's pedestrian patrol at the major market in Bohroz suburb, 5 km south of Ba'aquba," the source said to Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI) on condition of anonymity.

He added, "Popular committee's senior element, Ammar Abdul-Jaleel, was killed in the incident, while one of his fellow elements was wounded."
The source did not reveal further details, and the U.S. side did not comment yet on this issue.

Popular committees were formed in Diala province in 2007. They consist of tribal elements in addition to Sunni armed groups. They allied with Iraqi and U.S. forces in a campaign to track down al-Qaeda fighters in the province.

Dhi-Qar police kill wanted man, arrest another
Dhi-Qar - Voices of Iraq
Monday , 24 /03 /2008  Time 11:17:08
Dhi-Qar, Mar 24, (VOI) –

Personnel from the Special Missions squad killed a wanted man and arrested another after clashes in southern Dhi-Qar province on Monday, a police media official said.
"Clashes broke out between the squad soldiers and two wanted men in the area of al-Lahis, (100 km) southern Dhi-Qar. One of them was killed and the other captured," Maj. Nasser al-Majidi, the media spokesman for the Dhi-Qar police department, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).

"The killed man was wanted on charges of suspected involvement in a murder," Majidi said.
Thi-Qar lies 380 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.


Civilian killed, policeman wounded in clashes in Basra
Basra - Voices of Iraq
Monday , 24 /03 /2008  Time 11:26:32
Basra, Mar 24, (VOI) –

One civilian was killed and a policeman wounded in clashes that erupted in northern Basra on Sunday evening and continued until the early hours of Monday between security forces and gunmen, police said. 

"Violent clashes broke out between a joint Iraqi army-police force and outlaws. The clashes started at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday and continued until the early hours of Monday in the city of al-Qarna, (100 km) northern Basra," an official security source, who asked not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI) by telephone.

"The clashes left one civilian killed and a policeman wounded," the source said, not revealing whether there were casualties among the gunmen.

The oil-rich port city of Basra lies 590 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.


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