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US Soldier, 41 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, Including 5 Executed by Death Squads, According to September 21-22 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:

- 15 Iraqis were killed, scores were injured in attacks on Sunday, September 21, 2008. also reported the following news on Monday, September 22, 2008 War Attacks:

- Five children were killed, three were injured by a roadside bomb south of Mosul.

- US soldiers killed the leader of US-recruited Sahwa fighters inside his home, in Al-Seeniya area, in Salahuddin Province. The killing happened following a roadside bomb explosion targeting a US forces patrol near his home. US soldiers searched some houses in the area and killed him.

- One of the guards of deputy prime minister, Burhum Saleh was killed in a “traffic accident” involving Saleh’s convoy in Al-Sulaimaniya.

- US air planes bombed several areas of Al-Hilla in a pre-emptive strike to abort an attack on the US military base in the city. No reports yet about casualties.

- Two civilians were killed by a roadside bomb exploding under their car, in northeast of Ba’aqouba.

- Jihad and Change Front announced 3 videotaped attacks on US forces, destroying a Hummer west of Baghdad, sniping a US soldier in Al-Anbar, and damaging a hummer vehicle in the city of Hit, in Al-Anbar Province.

- Al-Rashideen Army announced destruction of a US minesweeper, northwest of Baghdad.

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

- A policeman was killed, another was injured in Al-Falloujah.

- Five Iraqis were assassinated in the city of Basra in two days, most of them were killed by bombs attached to motorbikes.

- US forces found two corpses of Iraqis executed by death squads, south of Mosul.

- A civilian was killed, five were injured by a car bomb explosion in downtown Baghdad.

- A woman was killed, two other civilians were killed in blast in the city of Al-Hillah.

- An Iraqi soldier was killed, three were injured in an attack, north of Mosul. reported the following news:

- Two Iraqi civilians were killed, eight were injured in a car bomb blast in Karrada, Baghdad.

- One civilian was killed, four were injured by a mortar bomb in western Baghdad.

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

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