News, March 2008
100 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, Including 39 by US fire, Fighting Continues Despite Calls for Ceasefire, According to March 30, 2008
Yaqen.net reported the following news:
- Al-Mahdi Army militiamen destroyed the Iraqia TV station in Basra.
- An Iraqi Hummer military vehicle was destroyed in Al-Amiriya, Baghdad.
- US helicopters killed 2 people, injured a third in air attacks in Mosul.
- 3 policemen were killed, two were injured in Mosul.
- Al-Mahdi Army militiamen destroyed an office of one of the two Kurdish parties in Missan.
The Iraq News Agency (INA) reported that US forces killed 55 Iraqis in the past 24 hours, while fighting with the Iraqi forces against Al-Mahdi Army militia. Sixteen of those were reported in yesterday's news. Thus, the new number of Iraqis killed by US forces in fighting in the south is 39.
2 gunmen killed, another wounded in
Mosul by helicopter fire
Two gunmen were killed on Sunday and another was wounded by U.S.
helicopter fire in Mosul city, while police forces there released a
kidnapped citizen and wounded two armed men, official spokesperson of
Ninawa Police Operations Command said.
He added, "Gunmen were attempting to plant a roadside bomb in this
area's main road when the helicopter attacked them."
Abdul-Sattar did not mention any further details in this regard.
Car bomb explosion leaves 13 casualties in Sala al-Din
Five individuals were
killed and eight others wounded when a suicide car bomb exploded near a
checkpoint manned by police and anti-Qaeda awakening council forces in
Salah al-Din province, police said on Sunday.
Beheaded corpse found in
Police forces on Sunday found a civilian's corpse beheaded, east of
Mosul, said the official spokesperson for Ninewa Operations Command.
He added "the victim is a civil servant of al-Hamdaniya electricity
directorate, and the corpse was found with its head and hands cut."
7 al-Qaeda fighters
killed in Mosul
Seven al-Qaeda in Iraq fighters were killed on Sunday in clashes with
police forces west of Mosul city, hours after two policemen were killed
in the same area, said the official spokesperson of the Ninewa
"The raiding force engaged with people inside the house,"
Abdul-Sattar said, noting "seven corpses of gunmen were found inside."
35 killed, 113 wounded
in Nassiriya clashes
Casualties in the clashes that took place in Thi-Qar province during
the past four days reached 35 deaths and 113 others wounded, a media
spokesman for the Thi-Qar police said on Sunday.
"Seven gunmen were wounded and arrested while the death toll in
gunmen's ranks could not be identified. Ninety-five gunmen were arrested
during the past four days of clashes," Rakabi said.
The fighting broke out on Monday night, hours after Iraqi Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced the launching of Operation Saulat al-Forsan
(Knights' Assault), which he said targeted ridding Basra, Iraq's second
largest city and oil hub, of armed groups.
"Security forces cleared the northern districts-al-Shuhadaa, al-Fidaa,
al-Sadr, Sumer and Eridou of gunmen," Rakabi told VOI.
Al-Qaeda gunman killed, 4 wounded
A gunman from al-Qaeda network was killed and four others wounded on Sunday in a security raid conducted jointly by the Iraqi police and army in a village of al-Muqdadiya district, 45 km northeast of Ba'aqouba, police said.
"A joint army-police force conducted a search raid on al-Qaeda
hideouts in the village of al-Jizani, Muqdadiya district, killing one
gunman and wounding four others," an official security source in Diala
police told Aswat al-Iraq Voices of Iraq (VOI) on condition of
anonymity out of security concerns.
Senior police officer killed in
A senior police officer along with an escort were killed on Sunday as
police forces clashed with Qaeda-linked armed group in the northern
Iraqi city of Mosul, a police source said.
The source added Colonel Ziad Qassem Sultan, commander of police 1st
regiment was killed along with one of his escorts.
Iraqi security forces killed four gunmen and arrested 30 others from
the Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadrs Mahdi army in Babel province, 100 km
south of Baghdad, a police source said on Sunday.
The source added among the arrested were two key leaders of Mahdi
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