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News, September 2008
US Soldier, 30 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, US Soldier Killed in an Accident, According to September 28, 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."
Yaqen.net reported the following news:
- A US soldier was killed by a sniper fire in Tikrit today.
- 23 Iraqis were killed, dozens were injured in four explosions. In Al-Shurta area, 12 people were killed, 35 were inured. In Al-'Amel neighborhood, one person was killed. Then, ten people were killed, 30 were injured, in two explosions in Al-Karrada neighborhood.
- A policeman was killed, two others were injured in an attack in Mosul.
- A police officer was killed, another was injured in an attack on a checkpoint near Al-Falloujah.
- 2 Iraqi soldiers were killed, ten were injured in an attack in Balad Ruz, northeast of Ba'aqouba.
Officer escapes attempt on life in Kirkuk
September 28, 2008 - 09:16:45
A police officer on Sunday survived an assassination attempt in
southern Kirkuk province, a senior security source said.
One of the officer’s guards was wounded in the attack, the brigadier
6 civilians, soldiers killed or wounded in Diala attacks
September 28, 2008 - 09:00:22
Six civilians and soldiers were killed or wounded in two separate attacks in Diala province, a local security official said on Sunday.
“Today, three civilians were killed in Bani Sa'ad district center (30 km south of Ba'aqouba),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq.
“Meanwhile, three Iraqi army personnel were wounded today when an
improvised explosive device targeted their patrol vehicle in Baladroz
district (45 km east of Baaquba),” the same source added.
3 Iraqi soldiers wounded in Baghdad blast
September 28, 2008 - 08:37:28
Three Iraqi servicemen on Sunday were injured in a blast that ripped
through western Baghdad, a police source said.
Baghdad is the capital of Iraq and Baghdad province. With a municipal population estimated at 7,000,000, it is the largest city in Iraq. It is the second largest city in the Arab world (after Cairo) and the second largest city in southwest Asia (after Tehran).
District official, 3 escorts wounded in attack
September 28, 2008 - 07:41:30
The head of Diala’s al-Saadiya district and three of his escorts on Sunday were wounded in an explosive charge attack in the downtown of the district, a security source said.
“Today, an improvised explosive device (IED) targeted a vehicle carrying the head of al-Saadiya district (35 km southwest of Khanaqin), Ahmed Zarkoushi, in the downtown neighborhood of al-Khadraa, wounding him and three of his escorts,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq.
U.S. soldier dies in vehicle accident
September 28, 2008 - 07:24:40
A U.S. serviceman died
when his vehicle overturned in southeastern Baghdad, the U.S. army said.
“The accident is currently under investigation,” the statement noted.
A total of 23 troops died this month, including nine of non-combat
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