Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
News, September 2008
US Soldier, 37 Iraqis Killed, 66 Injured Karada and Balad Ruz Bombings, According to September 15, 208 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 forces patrol was attacked east of Mosul.
- A US Hummer was destroyed in an attack in Al-Saqlawiya by Jaish Al-Muslimeen fighters.
- A US minsweeper vehicle was destroyed by a roadside attack south of Baghdad by Jaish Al-Rashideen fighters.
Amsi.org reported the following news:
- A checkpoint manned by US-recruited Sahwa fighters was attacked in the Sulaikh area with bombs.
- An Iraqi soldier was killed, three were injured south of Ba'aqouba.
- Al-'Azza tribal chief in Diala was assassinated.
- One cholera case was reported in Baghdad, 40 were reported in Hilla. This increased the number of cases to 21 in Baghdad and 120 in Hilla.
- Corpses of two brothers were found in Mosul.
- US forces announced the death of another soldier in non-combat conditions, without details. Yesterday, a similar announcement was made for another non-combat death. With this announcement, six US soldiers have been killed in Iraq in September, increasing the official death toll to 4,157 (which does not include those who die of their wounds later).
INA reported that 20 Iraqis, including 8 policemen, were killed, 31 were injured by a suicide bomb in Balad Ruz, east of Ba'aqouba. The suicide bomber targeted policemen gathering in a banquet celebrating release of a man, called Adnan Shukouri, from a US prison.
casualties up to 47
The death toll from Monday's earlier two car bomb attacks in central
Baghdad's al-Karada neighborhood rose to
12 dead and 35 wounded, Iraqi police said.
Two explosive vehicles detonated successively near the personal status court in al-Karada, central Baghdad, earlier on Monday, killing three civilians and wounding 10 others.
An Iraqi health ministry medic told VOI that a Baghdad hospital has received three corpses and 19 wounded people as a result of a double car bomb explosion that rocked the Iraqi capital.
A while later, the Iraqi police said the casualties rose to five
deaths and 25 others wounded.
Following is a summary of news reports posted until 10:00 p.m.
Baghdad local time Monday:
Following is a summary of news reports posted until 04:00 p.m.
Baghdad local time Monday:
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