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US Soldier, 21 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, Including 5 Executed by Death Squads, According to September 17, 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:

- Three Iraqi soldiers were killed in an attack near Biji.

- Assistant to the Nenawa Governor was assassinated by gunmen in Mosul.

- Two corpses of Iraqis executed by death squads were found in Kirkuk.

- US forces announced the death of a US soldier in Baghdad.

- The death toll of Al-Harithiya car bombing increased to 8, and 25 injuries.

- The 1920s Brigades announced several attacks on US forces. reported that the US soldier who died today was the ninth this month, increasing the official death toll to 4,160 since 2003.

- Three corpses of Iraqis executed by death squads were found in Baghdad today.


2 car bomb attacks leave 25 casualties in Baghdad
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Wednesday , 17 /09 /2008  Time 10:14:23
BAGHDAD, Sept. 17 (VOI)-

At least Five persons were killed and 20 others were wounded on Wednesday in two car bomb attacks in al-Harithiya region in western Baghdad, a police source said.

"Two cars rigged with explosives went off near al-Jibji hospital in al-Harithiya region in western Baghdad, killing five persons and injuring 20," the source, who asked for anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq (VOI).
He did not add further details.

Baghdad witnessed today a series of explosions, during which several people were killed and injured.
Baghdad is the capital of Iraq and Baghdad province. With a municipal population estimated at 7,000,000, it is the largest city in Iraq. It is the second largest city in the Arab world (after Cairo) and the second largest city in southwest Asia (after Tehran).

Located on the Tigris River, the city dates back to at least the 8th century, and probably to pre-Islamic times.
Once the center of Dar al-Islam (the abode of Islam), Baghdad has been a center of violent conflict since 2003 because of the ongoing Iraq war.

Baghdad's population is a mix of Sunnis and Shiites. It is mainly divided into two sides: the west (al-Karkh) and the east (al-Rasafa).

SH (S)

News Summary

National - Voices of Iraq
Wednesday , 17 /09 /2008  Time 10:14:23
BAGHDAD, Sept. 17 (VOI)

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

*Politics and Security:

BAGHDAD, Casualties from the two explosions that ripped through western Baghdad earlier today have risen to 33, a security source said on Wednesday.

BAGHDAD, Iraqi security forces arrested 20 wanted individuals and defused six roadside bombs in Baghdad through the past 24 hours, a military spokesman said.

NINEWA, Unknown gunmen opened fire targeting a Muslim cleric, eastern Mosul, seriously wounding him, a security source from Ninewa province said on Wednesday.


News Summary

Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Wednesday , 17 /09 /2008  Time 10:14:23
BAGHDAD, Sept. 17 (VOI) -

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

* Politics & Security:
KIRKUK, Three persons were killed and another one was injured in an armed attack by unknown gunmen in southwestern Kirkuk, a police source said on Wednesday.
KIRKUK, A total of eight persons, including a number of wanted men, were arrested during a joint security raid in southern Kirkuk, the chief of local police said on Wednesday.
BAGHDAD, A policeman was killed and five persons were injured when an improvised explosive device went off in eastern Baghdad, a police source said.
BAGHDAD, Three people were wounded on Wednesday in a bomb explosion in central Baghdad, the second in the Iraqi capital today, a police source said.
BASRA, Policemen on Wednesday managed to free a kidnapped woman and arrested her kidnappers in west of Basra and freed another kidnapped person but without arresting his kidnappers in eastern Basra, the media office of the Basra police said.
BAGHDAD, At least Five persons were killed and 20 others were wounded on Wednesday in two car bomb attacks in al-Harithiya region in western Baghdad, a police source said.
SALAH EL-DIN, Six civilians were wounded on Wednesday in a bomb blast, while gunmen kidnapped an owner of a store in Baiji district in northern Salah el-Din, a police source said.
NINEWA, Iraqi army forces found a stockpile of ammunitions in Ninewa province, the Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) said on Wednesday.

NINEWA, Joint forces on Wednesday waged security raids in eastern Mosul, where they arrested four suspected gunmen, a police source said.
SH (I)

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