News, May 2008
US Soldier, 21 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, Including 5 Executed by Death Squads, According to September 17, 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:
- 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.
amsi.org 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
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.
Baghdad witnessed today a series of
explosions, during which several people were killed and injured.
Located on the Tigris River, the city dates
back to at least the 8th century, and probably to pre-Islamic times.
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).
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.
Following is a summary of news reports posted
until 04:00 p.m. Baghdad local time Wednesday:
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