Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
News, September 2008
US Soldier, 15 Iraqis Killed, Petraeus Hands Command to Odierno, Sahwa Fighters Threaten to Resume Resistance, According to September 16, 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:
- US-recruited Sahwa fighters threatened that they would go back to resistance against US-backed government if they are not absorbed in the government army and police forces. The announcement came as the Maliki government has demonstrated reluctance to implement recommendations of the outgoing US forces commander, Petraeus, to absorb them as a reward to them for stopping their resistance to US forces.
- Two policemen were killed, three were injured by a roadside bomb east of Baghdad.
- US-UK military airbase in Al-Bateera, Missan Province, was attacked with rockets.
- Policemen killed a man in Basra accusing him of belonging to Al-Qaeda.
amsi.org reported the following news:
- Three corpses of Iraqis executed by death squads were found in Baghdad, a fourth was found in Mosul.
- A US forces convoy was targeted by a roadside bomb in Mosul.
- A US soldier was killed in Balad military base, in "non-combat conditions," as the tenth death in September, increasing the official death count of US soldiers in Iraq to 4,158 (which does not include those who die of their wounds later).
- An Iraqi soldier was killed, three were injured in an attack south of Ba'aqouba.
Following is a summary of news reports posted until 10:00 p.m.
Baghdad local time Tuesday:
Following is a summary of news reports posted until 04:00 p.m.
Baghdad local time Tuesday:
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