Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
News, September 2008
19 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, US Hummer Destroyed in Falloujah, According to September 11, 2008 News Reports
Only God knows how many Iraqis are killed everyday. The following represents part of the reporting but readers are advised that the actual number of deaths should very much exceed what's reported.
Concerning deaths of US soldiers, only those US citizens who die in Iraq are included in the statistics. There are no published statistics about US soldiers who die of their injuries after that. There are no published statistics about the deaths or injuries of the private army soldiers (security contractors), or about those without US citizenship.
It is noteworthy that May 20, 2008 news reports showed that death squads which execute Iraqis on daily basis are no longer hiding themselves. Previously, Sunni leaders pointed to Mahdi Army and Badr militiamen as the perpetrators. Now, death squads are composed of the US-recruited Sahwa fighters and policemen.
On September 6, 2008, news reports mentioned the killing of nine Iraqis who were arrested by Al-Muthanna Brigade of the Iraqi Army stationed in the city of Al-Falloujah. There corpses were found with bullets shot on their heads and chests. This incident is evidence that the sectarian-based Iraqi forces have been functioning also as death squads, which killed Iraqis for suspicion of belonging to resistance organizations, without any legal procedures or trials.
Despite the fact that there are scores of organizations involved in the Iraq war, the Iraqi government officials prefer to refer to them as Alqaeda gunmen for propaganda purposes, as mentioned in the June 4, 2008 news report. For accuracy purposes, the term "Alqaeda gunmen" may be replaced with "Iraqi fighters."
Yaqen.net reported the following news:
- A US Hummer vehicle was destroyed by a roadside bomb in Al-Falloujah, all crew members were killed.
- Two people, one of them a policeman, were killed in north Mosul by a car bomb explosion.
- Three employees of the Ministry of Housing were killed by a bomb attached to their minbus, in Baghdad.
INA reported that five Peshmerga Kurdish fighters were killed, two were injured in an attack in Al-Sa'adiya
Following is a summary of news reports posted until 10:00 p.m.
Baghdad local time Thursday:
BAGHDAD, Security forces arrested 42 wanted suspects and defused three roadside bombs in Baghdad throughout the past 24 hours, a military spokesman said.
BAGHDAD, One civilian was killed and three other wounded in a car bombing explosion in southern Baghdad suburb, a police source said.
BABEL, Iraqi commandos forces on Thursday killed an inmate and arrested two others while they were trying to escape from a prison in Babel, a security source said.
NINEWA, Three individuals
from the same family were killed in an armed attacks in the
northern province of Ninewa, a police source said.
Following is a summary of news reports posted until 04:00 p.m.
Baghdad local time Thursday:
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