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US Soldier, 20 Iraqis Killed, Including 3 by Death Squads, According to September 2, 2008 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 (which is an opportunity for US forces command to sever relations with these fighters).

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:

- Two civilians were killed in two blasts in Al-Muqdadiya, Diala Province.

- A child was killed, his father was injured in an attack on a police checkpoint in Kirkuk.


Second car bomb leaves 4 Iraqi army casualties in Ninewa
Ninewa - Voices of Iraq
Tuesday , 02 /09 /2008  Time 9:37:11
NINEWA, Sept. 2 (VOI) -

One Iraqi soldier was killed and three others wounded by a suicide car bomb in the northern city of Mosul, a security source said.

"A car bomb driven by a suicide bomber went off against an Iraqi army patrol in Baghdad Road, south Mosul, leaving one soldier killed and three others wounded," a Ninewa security source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).

Unknown gunmen kill Iraqi soldier in Ninewa  

Ninewa - Voices of Iraq

Tuesday , 02 /09 /2008  Time 9:37:11

    NINEWA, Sept. 2 (VOI) -

An Iraqi army soldier was killed in the northern city of Mosul, a security source said. "Unknown gunmen opened fire on an Iraqi army patrol in 17 Tamuz district, west Mosul, killing one of the patrol servicemen," a Ninewa security source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).

U.S. soldier dies in Baghdad-military  

Baghdad - Voices of Iraq

Tuesday , 02 /09 /2008  Time 9:37:11

BAGHDAD, Sept. 2 (VOI) -

The U.S. army on Tuesday announced one of its servicemen died of non-combat causes, recording the first casualty in September. "Multi-National Division Center reported a non-combat related death in Baghdad Sept. 2,"said U.S. military statement received by Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).

The soldier's death brings the dead toll for U.S. army the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq since the beginning of military operations in Iraq in March 2003 to 4,151 according to VOI's statistics.

News Summary
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Tuesday , 02 /09 /2008  Time 9:37:11
BAGHDAD, Sept. 2 (VOI)

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

* Politics & Security:

TEHRAN, An Iraqi delegation finalized three days of direct negotiations with the Iranian side by agreeing on some understandings on some issues including border demarcation, according to the delegation leader, First Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Muhammad Hadj Hammoud.
KIRKUK, A force from the Kirkuk districts' police department seized on Tuesday an amount of weapons in a village in the northern part of the city, the department chief said.
BAGHDAD, An Iraqi newspaper on Tuesday focused on the handover of the security responsibilities from the Multi-National Force (MNF) to the Iraqi authorities in Anbar province.
NINEWA, Four civilians, including two girl children, were killed and four others wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vehicle near an Iraqi army checkpoint in eastern Mosul city on Tuesday, police said.
NINEWA, Casualties from Tuesday's earlier suicide car bomb attack near an Iraqi army checkpoint rose to seven deaths and seven others wounded, mostly civilians, an army source said.
BAGHDAD, Two people were killed and eight others injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near a police patrol in central Baghdad on Tuesday, a security source said.
BAGHDAD, A member of parliament from Ninewa province on Tuesday accused the Peshmerga forces of attempting to "Kurdize" some areas in Mosul city, which was denied by a Kurdish parliamentarian who highlighted coordination between the Kurdistan region's security forces and the central government.
WASSIT, The al-Zahra hospital mortuary on Tuesday received two unidentified bodies salvaged from a river north of Wassit province, a medic said, adding one of the bodies was clad in military uniform.
BAGHDAD, The al-Kindi hospital in central Baghdad on Tuesday received one corpse and 11 wounded in an improvised explosive device attack near the hospital, a medic in Baghdad's al-Rasafa health department said.
DIALA, A four-member family was kidnapped by an unidentified armed group northeast of Ba'aqouba city on Tuesday, a police source in Diala said.
BAGHDAD, Two persons were killed and six others were wounded on Tuesday in an explosive charge attack that ripped through a western Baghdad neighborhood, Iraqi police said.
KARBALA, Police forces on Tuesday released a female hostage half an hour after she was kidnapped by two men in southern Karbala, a local police chief said.

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