News, March 2008
Killing All Over Iraq: US Soldier, 97 Iraqis killed in War Attacks, Armitage Blames Bremer, According to March 26, 2008 News Reports
Aljazeera tv reported at 4:00 pm ET that the clashes between the Mahdi army militiamen and Iraqi foces in Basra and other southern cities resulted in the death of 40 people and the injury of 240 (The semi-official Iraqi news agency, VOI, below did not report anything about these clashes).
It also reported that US air raids on Hillah resulted in killing 11 people and injuring 28 others, according to official statements. However, eyewitnesses reported the death of 29 people.
US air raids on Tikrit resulted killing 7 people.
Yaqen.net news agency reported that one person was killed, eight were injured by a missile hitting a house in Al-Kut.
Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported that Mahdi Army Militia leader, Muqtada Al-Sadr, called on the US-backed prime minister, Maliki, to leave Basra, as his presence led to the clashes between the two sides.
Judge Manaf Mahdi Al-Azzawi and four of his family members were killed in a US air strike on his house in Tikrit, eight neighbors were also injured.
14 people were killed, 128 were injured in Sadr city as a result of the clashes between Iraqi forces and Mahdi Army militiamen.
Former US Deputy Secretary of State, Richards Armitage, was interviewed at the US government-owned Arabic TV station, Al-Hurra, in the 5th anniversary of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. He said that Paul Bremer was the sole author of the decision to disband the Iraqi army, which has been considered one of the major US mistakes in Iraq after the invasion.
Armitage said that nobody knew about the Bremer decision, including President Bush, Department of Defense, Department of State, and the CIA.
If Bremer did not represent the President and did not coordinate with anyone of the above mentioned US government agencies or departments, then who was he representing? Who suggested him to the President to be the ruler of Iraq? For what reasons?
US Soldier, 21 Iraqis killed in War Attacks, According to VOI, Excluding Clashes Between Mahdi Army Militiamen and Iraqi Forces in Basra
Five casualties as Mahdi militia clashes with police in Baghdad
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
At least one person was killed and four more were wounded on Wednesday as militants of the Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's militia clashed with police forces in eastern Baghdad, a source from Iraqi Interior Ministry said.
"Clashes erupted, this afternoon, between police
forces and gunmen from Mahdi army near Sabah al-Khayat square in al-Sha'ab
neighborhood," the source told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).
Meanwhile, the same source said that a mortar round landed, this afternoon, in Palestine Street, eastern Baghdad, wounding four civilians.
The Iraqi capital has been witnessing tensions after
followers of the Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for "civil
disobedience," protesting what they termed a campaign by the government
targeting Sadrists throughout Iraq, and particularly in Basra.
Katyusha attack kills,
wounds eight in Kut
At least three civilians were killed and five others wounded, all members of the same family, on Wednesday when a Katyusha rocket fell on their home in Kut city, 180 km southeast of Baghdad, a police source said.
The attack occurred in Dour al-Shaoun quarter and the
wounded "were in critical condition," the source, who declined to have
his name mentioned, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).
Suicide bombing targets anti-Qaeda fighters near Tikrit
At least nine people, including seven anti-Qaeda (Sahwa) fighters were wounded on Wednesday as a suicide bomber detonated a car rigged with explosives at a checkpoint near Tikrit, a police source said.
The explosion occurred "on the main road leading to
Mosul near al-Awjah village."
Government-backed-Sahwa (Awakening) councils are
tribesmen who fought al-Qaeda in the predominantly Sunni areas.
gunmen killed, 3 captured in Diwaniya
Two gunmen were killed and three others were arrested in armed confrontations between security forces and gunmen at the center of Diwaniya city on Tuesday, commander of al-Baqr Emergency Brigade said on Wednesday.
"Clashes took place on Tuesday afternoon, between
security forces and gunmen, on streets 30 and 60 in the center of
Diwaniya city," Colonel Ghasan Mohammed told Aswat al-Iraq Voices of
Mohammed referred that clashes are still ongoing, and
a curfew will be imposed on Diwaniya city, starting from Wednesday 6 pm
and until a further announcement in this regard.
Diwaniya, capital city of Diwaniya province, is 180 km
south of Baghdad capital city of Iraq.
casualties increase to 26
Two people were killed and six others were wounded when al-Karada neighborhood in Baghdad was mortared for the second time on Wednesday, police sources said.
"Two people were killed, and six others were wounded when a number of mortar shells hit different locations in al-Karada neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon," a police source told Aswat al-Iraq Voices of Iraq (VOI).
The source added, "Mortars hit the areas near to the Shiite shrine of Sayid Idreass, and near al-Hurriya Square."
This attack increased the bombarding casualties in al-Karada on Wednesday to five dead people, and 21 injuries, according to Iraqi police sources.
Earlier on Wednesday, mortar shells hit al-Karada
neighborhood, killing three people and wounding 15 others.
gunmen killed, 64 suspects arrested over last 24 hours
Iraqi security forces killed two gunmen, arrested 64 suspected gunmen, and defused two car bombs and four explosive charges in Baghdad over the last 24 hours," the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
Two gunmen were killed in Salah el-Din and 64
suspected armed men were arrested during operations in Baghdad, Mosul,
Salah al-Din, Diala, Kirkuk, and Fourat, the ministry said in a
statement received by Aswat al-Iraq Voices of Iraq (VOI).
Iraqi soldiers killed in Missan
Two Iraqi soldiers were killed late Tuesday in armed confrontations between army forces and unknown gunmen, a security source said on Wednesday.
Armed clashes broke out between Iraqi army troops and
unidentified armed men near the intersection of Jisr al-Joumhouriya in
central Amara, during which two soldiers were killed and three Hummers
were destroyed, the source told Aswat al-Iraq Voices of Iraq (VOI) on
condition of anonymity.
Civilian casualties in IAF strike in Tikrit U.S. army
The U.S. army said on Wednesday that a number of
civilians were killed or injured in Air Force attack targeting al-Qaeda
gunmen in the city of Tikrit.
25 killed, injured in
mortar attacks in Baghdad
At least seven people
were killed and 18 others were wounded on Wednesday in mortar shell
attacks on two separate areas in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, said a
During the past two days, several regions and
neighborhoods in Baghdad were subjected to a series of mortar shell
attacks, during which scores were killed and injured.
casualties in U.S. raid in Tikrit
U.S. forces raided a residential area in northern Tikrit and shelled it with incendiary bombs, injuring ten civilians, all women and children, a security source said on Wednesday.
U.S. forces raided al-Qadissiya region in al-Dubar
neighborhood on the wee small hours of the morning and used sound and
incendiary bombs in the clashes with gunmen, the the matter that set
some houses on fire, the source, who asked for anonymity, told Aswat
al-Iraq Voices of Iraq (VOI).
The forces still surrounding the region and
preventing Iraqi police and army forces from approaching, he noted.
Mortar attack leaves 5
casualties in Baghdad
A number of mortar shells landed on the fortified
Green Zone in central Baghdad, killing a
civilian and injuring four others, eyewitnesses said on
A fourth shell landed on the building number 17 in 28 Nissan compound near the foreign ministry, killing a civilian and wounding four, another witness said.
During the last two days, the Green Zone was subjected to a series of attacks with mortar shells and Katyusha rockets.
The Green Zone in central Baghdad is the seat of the
Iraqi government offices and the compound of the U.S. and British
U.S. death toll in Iraq
Baghdad, Mar 26, (VOI)-
The U.S. army
in Iraq said on Wednesday that one
serviceman was killed by a hostile fire attack in
Of this number, 28 U.S. soldiers have been killed so
far in March 2008.
3 U.S. Embassy employees
wounded in mortar attack
Iraqi police sources and eyewitnesses said that the Green Zone in Baghdad was mortared on Wednesday.
Official spokesperson for the Multi National Forces in
Iraq (MNF) revealed that three of the U.S. Embassy employees were
wounded in the attack.
Eyewitnesses said "smoke columns that could be seen
from a distance appeared at the site of the attack in the Green Zone."
According to eyewitnesses that work in the Green Zone,
the area was subject to discontinuous bombarding that started on
Wednesday's morning, and continued in to the afternoon.
He explained that each dispatch consisted of four to
During the last two days, the Green Zone was subject
to a series of mortar attacks, without Knowing the casualties.
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