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US Soldier, 37 Iraqis Killed, 66 Injured Karada and Balad Ruz Bombings, According to September 15, 208 News Reports

Editor's Note:

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."

=============================== 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. 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.


Baghdad explosion casualties up to 47
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Monday , 15 /09 /2008  Time 10:17:37
BAGHDAD, Sept. 15 (VOI) –

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.

"The deaths from the two car bombs that went off today near a courthouse building in al-Karada increased to 12 dead and 35 wounded," the source, who did not want his name mentioned, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
“The two explosions set a number of vehicles ablaze and caused severe material damage to nearby buildings,” he added.

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.
Al-Karada neighborhood is a Shiite area in downtown Baghdad. It lies in Baghdad's eastern intersection of al-Rasafa.


News Summary
National - Voices of Iraq
Monday , 15 /09 /2008  Time 10:17:37
BAGHDAD, Sept. 15 (VOI) –

Following is a summary of news reports posted until 10:00 p.m. Baghdad local time Monday:

*Politics & Security:

BAGHDAD, The official spokesperson for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense (MOD) on Monday said that Iraq's security forces will receive the two security folders of Babel and Wassit provinces from the Multi National Forces (MNF) during the coming two weeks.

BAGHDAD, A police force on Monday defused an explosive device placed in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a police source said.

BAGHDAD, 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.

BAGHDAD, MP said on Monday that it was agreed to include the UN proposal with article 24 from the provincial council elections law.

BAGHDAD, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday discussed with the visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates the latest developments in the Iraqi arena, according to a statement released from al-Maliki’s media office.

NINEWA, Policemen arrested 13 suspected gunmen and found a car bomb in their possession in southwestern Mosul, the official spokesman for the Ninewa operations command said on Monday.

NINEWA, Two civilians were wounded in a bomb blast targeted a U.S. vehicle patrol in eastern Mosul, a security source said on Monday.

NINEWA, A gunman was injured in clashes with police in Mosul on Monday, the official spokesman for the Ninewa operations command said.


News Summary
National - Voices of Iraq
Monday , 15 /09 /2008  Time 10:17:37
BAGHDAD, Sept. 15 (VOI) –

Following is a summary of news reports posted until 04:00 p.m. Baghdad local time Monday:

*Politics & Security:

BAGHDAD, Casualties from the car bomb explosion that ripped through downtown Baghdad's al-Jadiriya area yesterday evening have reached eight, the Iraqi police said.

BAGHDAD, Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashimi on Monday welcomed the transfer of the Sahwa (Awakening) tribal forces' file to the Iraqi government pertaining to proposals to incorporate them into security forces.


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