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News, September 2008
10 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, Including 4 Executed by Death Squads, According to September 27, 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.
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."
Civilian killed, gunman arrested separately in Mosul
September 27, 2008 - 07:05:40
A civilian man was
killed when an improvised explosive device planted by unidentified
persons inside his vehicle went off on Saturday while a gunman was
arrested in a raid separately in the city of Mosul, a
security source said.
In the area of al-Corniche, central Mosul another IED went off but
left no casualties, the source added, noting the explosion did not
target security or military forces.
Meanwhile, a source from Ninewa police said security forces arrested
a gunman in a search raid in eastern Mosul.
5 Hezbollah Brigades members captured in Baghdad – U.S. army
September 27, 2008 - 07:04:40
The U.S. army in Iraq said that its forces on Saturday captured five members allegedly belonging to the so-called Hezbollah Brigades network in New Baghdad area, in the southern part of the Iraqi capital.
The five suspects were arrested in three separate places without
incident, the release read, noting “more than 30 members of Hezbollah
Brigades were arrested during the past couple of months”.
4 bodies found, Sahwa official escapes attempt
September 27, 2008 - 03:54:52
Policemen on Saturday found bodies of four people suspected members of al-Qaeda network east of Ba'aqouba, while a US-recruited Sahwa (Awakening) tribal fighters corps official escaped an assassination attempt in the city, a security source in Diala said.
“Policemen, in cooperation with the local citizens, found on Saturday bodies of four persons suspected members of al-Qaeda who have been killed two days ago while booby-trapping a vehicle south of Baladruz district, (45 km) east of Ba'aqouba,” the source, who asked not be named, told Aswat al-Iraq.
“The four charred bodies were removed to the mortuary in the city,”
the source noted.
3 wounded in IED blast in Baghdad
September 27, 2008 - 02:02:01
An improvised explosive device (IED) ripped through the western Baghdad district of al-Mansour on Saturday, leaving three people wounded, an Iraqi police source said.
“The IED went off near the Sayyed al-Haleeb souks (markets), injuring three civilians,” the source, who asked that his name not be mentioned, told Aswat al-Iraq.
5 killed, 12 wounded in Iraq violence in 24 hours
September 27, 2008 - 01:41:09
Five people were killed and 12 others wounded in attacks that occurred in different areas of Iraq during the past 24 hours, according to security source.
In al-Anbar province, unidentified gunmen in a vehicle attacked a checkpoint of al-Karma district police, east of Falluja, near a cement factory on Friday, killing a policeman and seriously wounding three others.
In Salah al-Din, the mayor of Touz Khormato district said an Emergency Police force in Tikrit conducted a raid targeting wanted men at a restaurant in the northern part of the district, in the eastern part of Tikrit.
“The security personnel clashed with the wanted men, three of whom were arrested,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq, adding three security men were wounded.
In Mosul, unidentified gunmen opened fire on Saturday at Issa Hammoud, a member of the municipal council of al-Bia'aj district, (126 km) west of Mosul, while he was driving his vehicle with his family on the main road linking Bia'aj and Sinjar district, (120 km) west of Mosul. He and his wife were wounded in the attack and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
In another incident, an Iraqi army force killed two gunmen during a late hour of Friday evening while attempting to attack an army checkpoint in Adan neighborhood, eastern Mosul.
In the district of Jalawlaa, Diala province, a
policeman and a member of the Kurdistan
Democratic Party were killed and two policemen others wounded in armed
clashes between the Emergency Police personnel and gunmen from the
autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barazani’s KDP.
September 27, 2008 - 02:53:22
SALAH AL-DIN - Four police personnel on Saturday were wounded and three wanted persons were arrested during a search raid in northern Touz Khormato, a senior police source said.
NINEWA - A municipal council member on Saturday was wounded along with his wife in an armed attack west of Mosul city, a senior official said.
NINEWA - Two gunmen were killed in eastern Mosul on Saturday while one civilian man and his wife injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in al-Ghabat area in the western part of the western Iraq city, according to a security source within Ninewa police.
DIALA - A policeman and a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party were killed and two policemen others wounded in armed clashes between Emergency Police personnel and gunmen from the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barazani’s KDP in Jalawlaa on Saturday, a security source said.
BAGHDAD - Five people were killed and 12 others wounded in acts of violence that occurred in different areas of Iraq during the past 24 hours, according to security source.
BAGHDAD - An improvised explosive device (IED) ripped through the western Baghdad district of al-Mansour on Saturday, leaving three people wounded, an IRaqi police source said.
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