News, March 2008
27 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, Al-Sadr Isolates himself, US-Iranian Talks Delayed, According to March 7, 2008 News Reports
Yaqen.net reported the following news today:
- One person was killed, 14 were injured when a bomb exploded in front of a house of a policeman in Mosul.
- A US Hummer and Bradley armored vehicles were attacked with roadside bombing in the Al-'Amel and Al-Haddadah neighborhoods in Samarra.
U.S. forces kill, arrest 25 al-Qaeda armed men in central Iraq
(US-led) Coalition forces killed eight gunmen and detained 17 suspects Thursday and Friday during operations allegedly against al-Qaeda fighters opposing US forces in Iraq.
"Northeast of Samarra near the Hamrin Mountains today, Coalition
forces conducted an operation targeting the alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq
leader for the Kana'an village. The targeted individual is reportedly
associated with numerous AQI members in the region. During the
operation, the ground force called for the occupants of several target
buildings to come out and observed them attempting to engage the ground
force," the U.S. army said in a statement received by Aswat al-Iraq –
Voices of Iraq (VOI).
Police find 3 bodies in Baghdad
Iraqi police patrols found three unidentified bodies dumped in
different parts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad during the past 24 hours,
an interior ministry source said on Friday.
The source added "two bodies were found in al-Khadraa and al-Salam neighborhoods in Baghdad's western side of al-Karkh, while the third body was found in Ur neighborhood, eastern Baghdad."
"The bodies bore signs of gunshot wounds to different parts of the body, mainly to the head," he noted. SH
Key gunmen killed in Diala
The "finance minister" and the "governor" of Salah al-Din province in the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq group were killed along with four members others in a U.S. raid on their hideout northeast of Baghdad on Friday, an official military source in Diala said.
"U.S. warplanes pounded a stronghold of al-Qaeda in a village in al-Azhim district, Diala, killing six gunmen, including the so-called minister of finance and governor of Salah al-Din of the Islamic State in Iraq (ISI)," the source, who asked not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
"Sattar Jaber, the so-called minister of finance, and Ammar Hamad
Da'ayan, the so-called governor of Salah al-Din were killed in a U.S.
raid on their hideout in al-Bu Muhammad in al-Khalis district, (15 km)
north of Ba'aqouba, along with four other members of al-Qaeda.
4 pilgrims killed, 4 wounded in
road accident south of Babel
Four pilgrims were killed and four others wounded in a road accident south of Babel while on their way to Najaf on Friday to commemorate the death of the Prophet Muhammad, a security source in Babel province said.
"A vehicle carrying a number of pilgrims to Najaf collided with a Hummer belonging to the Iraqi army in the area of al-Kifl, (40 km) south of Hilla, leaving four killed and four others wounded," the source, who preferred not to be named, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
Blast in western Mosul leaves 21 casualties
A suicide bomber on
Friday morning crashed his explosive-rigged vehicle into a police
station in western Mosul, killing four
policemen and wounding 17 others, an official source in
the Ninewa police said.
Mosul, the capital of Ninewa, lies 405 km north of Baghdad.
Sadr explains reasons behind absence
Shi'i Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr issued a statement on Friday explaining
his long absence to his followers, asserting that the continued presence
of the occupation forces is one of the main reasons that pushed him to
take this isolation.
"Many whom we believed were good followers are not listening to or obeying the instructions of their religious leaders and they are involved in political conflicts," he added.
"Many followers have split from me for many reasons; some of them want to be independent. This does not mean there are not loyal followers," he also said.
"The continued presence of the occupiers pushed me to take this isolation. It is a way to express my protest at what is going on," the Shiite cleric highlighted.
Two weeks ago, Muqtada al-Sadr extended the freeze on his Mahdi Army militia's activities for six months.
Mahdi Army is the military arm of the Sadrist bloc, or Iraqis loyal to Sadr. In August 2007, Sadr announced a unilateral freeze on all military operations by his army, including those against U.S. and allied forces, for six months "for restructuring purposes." SH
Absence of U.S. delegation behind delayed meeting with
Iranians – spokesman
The absence of the U.S. delegation was behind the postponement of a meeting scheduled to be held with the Iranian side, the Iraqi government spokesman said on Friday.
"Representatives from the Iraqi government have already met with the Iranian delegation that arrived in Baghdad for these talks but for unknown reasons the U.S. side did not attend the meeting," Ali al-Dabbagh told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI), adding the Iranian delegation "was ready for the talks."
The fourth round of U.S.-Iranian talks on Iraq was supposed to be
convened on Thursday but was cancelled after the Iranian delegation
arrived in Baghdad and the U.S. side did not show up.
The UNSC on Monday planned to impose sanctions on Iran due to its
rejection to stop its uranium-enriching activities within its nuclear
program. The third package of sanctions involved an embargo on trade
exchange with Tehran over commodities of dual military-civilian use.
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