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News, August 2008
US Soldier, 20 Iraqis Killed, Including 3 by Death Squads, According to September 2, 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 (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."
amsi.org 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
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).
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.
Following is a summary of news reports posted until 04:00 p.m.
Baghdad local time Tuesday:
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