Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
News, September 2008
US Soldier, 41 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, Including 5 Executed by Death Squads, According to September 21-22 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:
- 15 Iraqis were killed, scores were injured in attacks on Sunday, September 21, 2008.
Yaqen.net 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
- One of the guards of deputy prime minister, Burhum Saleh was killed in a “traffic accident” involving Saleh’s convoy in Al-Sulaimaniya.
- 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
- Al-Rashideen Army announced destruction of a
- A policeman was killed, another was injured in Al-Falloujah.
Five Iraqis were assassinated in
the city of
civilian was killed, five were
injured by a car bomb explosion in downtown
woman was killed, two other
civilians were killed in blast in the city of
- An Iraqi
soldier was killed, three were
injured in an attack, north of
Amsi.org reported the following news:
Two Iraqi civilians were killed,
eight were injured in a car bomb blast in Karrada,
civilian was killed, four were
injured by a mortar bomb in western
Three corpses of Iraqis executed
by death squads were found in
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