News, March 2008
4 US Soldiers, 21 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, Including 8 Civilians by US Fire, 8 by Death Squads, According to March 31, 2008 News Reports
23 civilians killed, injured in U.S.
bombardment on Sadr City
More than 23 civilians were killed or injured in
a shelling conducted by U.S. helicopters on neighborhoods in central
Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, the director of al-Sadr's office said on
"Ambulances did not respond to the residents'
calls to save the wounded because of the continuation of the ban on
vehicles for the fifth day running, as well as the siege imposed on the
city by U.S.-Iraqi forces," al-Feregi explained.
3 U.S. soldiers
killed in Baghdad, Anbar
A U.S. soldier was killed in a blast that
targeted his vehicle in al-Anbar province, upping to three the number of
U.S. soldiers announced dead in one day (Sunday), the U.S. army in Iraq
said on Monday.
killed in Baghdad
One U.S. soldier was killed on Monday in a bomb explosion near his vehicle patrol in northeastern Baghdad, the U.S. army said on Monday.
"A Multi-National Division Baghdad Soldier was killed when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by an improvised-explosive device at approximately 4 p.m. in northeast Baghdad on March 31," the army said in a statement received by Aswat al-Iraq Voices of Iraq (VOI).
The death brings the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq since the beginning of military operations in March 2003 to 4011.
3 unknown bodies
found in Baghdad
Three unidentified bodies were found in the
Iraqi capital Baghdad by police patrols on Monday, police said.
"Two bodies were found in al-Rasafa; one in each
al-Shaab neighborhood and Jisr Diala region, while the third body was
found in al-Bayaa neighborhood in western Baghdad," the source noted.
Civilian killed, two corpses found in Mosul
Ninewa - Voices of Iraq
A civilian was killed by unknown gunmen on
Monday, while police patrols found the bodies of two civilians in
separate areas in Mosul, a police source said.
Meanwhile, the same source said that "police
patrols found two bodies in eastern Mosul; one in al-Nour neighborhood,
and the other was found in al-Senaa neighborhood."
found in Wassit
Police patrols found on Monday five unidentified
bodies floating in the Tigris River in al-Suwaira town in northern
Wassit, a police source said.
"The bullet-riddled bodies bore signs of torture
and their hands were tied behind their backs," he noted.
3 gunmen killed,
4 wounded, 254 captured in Baghdad
Security agencies killed three "terrorists",
wounded four and arrested 254 others during the past 24 hours in
different areas of the Iraqi capital, the Baghdad operations command
said on Monday.
"Nineteen wanted men were captured in the areas
of al-Kadhemiya, al-Mansour, al-Rashid, al-Rasafa and al-Adhamiya, while
20 others were captured in Sadr City, eastern Baghdad."
The released noted that security forces also
managed to "defuse one improvised explosive device in the al-Rashid-Sharq
intersection, a second in Baghdad al-Jadida (New Baghdad) and a third in
al-Kadhemiya, in addition to seizing a weapons cache in al-Mahmoudiya."
IED kills civilian,
wounds 3 in Diala
One civilian was killed and three others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near a truck in the province of Diala on Monday, police said.
"A roadside IED went off on the main road in Baladruz district, (45 km) southeast of Ba'aqouba, near truck, killing the driver and three civilians inside," a police source told Aswat al-Iraq Voices of Iraq (VOI) on customary condition of anonymity.
Ba'aqouba, the capital of Diala province, lies
57 km north of Baghdad.
210 Iraqis Killed in Basra, 109 in Sadr City, 85 in Dhi Qar, 1434 Injured in the Ongoing US-Led Forces Offensive on Mahdi Army Militia
210 gunmen killed,
600 wounded in military campaign in Basra
Some 210 gunmen were killed, 600 others wounded
and 155 captured since the beginning of Operation
Saulat al-Forsan (Knights' Assault) in the province of Basra last week,
the Iraqi interior ministry said on Monday.
Basra, Iraq's second largest city and oil hub, 590 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, had witnessed immense security unrest a few hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced a plan to impose order in the province.
Fierce battles occurred between security forces and armed groups believed to belong to Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militias.
"Security agencies seized a large amount of
weapons including developed explosive charges, and dismantled three car
bombs and 80 improvised explosive devices (IEDs)," said Khalaf.
109 people killed,
634 others wounded in Sadr city
109 people were killed and 634 others were wounded in the armed confrontations and bombarding operations that took place in Sadr city over the last few days, said the official spokesperson for the Baghdad Health directorate Rusafa (eastern part of Baghdad).
"This is only in Sadr city, and according to the statistics from the two local hospitals Imam Ali and al-Sadr," Qassim Mohammed told Aswat al-Iraq Voices of Iraq (VOI).
The curfew that was imposed on Baghdad for days
was totally lifted on all the city's neighborhoods on Monday 6 am, but
Baghdad Operations Command decided to keep a partial curfew on the
Baghdadi neighborhoods of Al-Sho'la, al-Kadhimiya, and Sadr city, by
allowing only pedestrians to move through these three Sadrists
285 gunmen killed, wounded in Dhi-Qar -
Dhi-Qar province governor on Monday said 85 gunmen were killed, 200 wounded, and 100 arrested in the violent clashes between government troops and armed groups that the southern province has witnessed for five days straight.
Speaking at a press conference in Nassiriya, Thi-Qar province Governor Aziz Alwan said, "What happened in Nassiriya was blatant excess committed by armed groups to take control of banks and rob people of their properties."
Nassiriya, along with several southern cities, has seen heavy fighting between security forces and gunmen following the fierce clashes between government forces and militants believed to be militiamen of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Fighting erupted in Basra and other southern provinces just after the announcement of a a major security operation dubbed as Saulat al-Fursan (The Knights' Assault) by the US-backed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
The governor noted the violent actions were carried out by "outlawed armed groups seeking to undermine people's security." He identified the gunmen as "coming from Najaf, Missan, and Diwaniya provinces."
The governor pointed out that "85 gunmen were killed, 200 others wounded, while 100 militants were arrested", but acknowledged these figures do not represent the final toll as casualties from certain areas have not yet been reported.
Earlier, a Dhi-Qar police source told VOI the casualties from clashes between security forces and gunmen was 7 deaths and 44 injuries among security forces, while 28 civilians were killed and 60 others wounded.
The governor hinted at a plan to disarm the gunmen based on "orders issued by central government officials."
Nassiriya, the capital city of Dhi-Qar province,
lies 390 km south Baghdad.
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