Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
News, September 2008
3 US Soldiers, 24 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, According to September 3-4, 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."
Yaqen.net reported the following news:
- A police officer was killed in northeast Mosul.
- 3 Iraqi soldiers were killed in an attack in Mosul.
- A US vehicle was burned in Kirkuk.
- A US soldier was killed by a sniper in a Biji market, in Salahuddin Province.
- A US supplies truck was attacked in Baghdad by the 1920s Brigades fighters.
- A US personnel carrier was damaged in an attack on the airport road in Baghdad, by Al-Rashideen Army fighters.
- One Iraqi soldier was killed, four were injured in a bomb in Diala.
- One person was killed, seven were injured in a Babil blast.
- Two Iraqi soldiers were injured in a Ninawa explosion.
- 6 Iraqi policemen were killed, ten were injured by US fire in Al-Tarimiya, north of Baghdad. The policemen fired at a US forces boat without knowing that it belongs to US forces. Then, a US helicopter came and started firing at the Iraqi police post.
- A US patrol was attacked with a roadside bomb north of Baghdad, leading to the destruction of a Hummer vehicle.
- One Iraqi was killed, another was injured when their car struck a roadside bomb in Ba'aqouba.
- Four people were killed in an attack in Mosul.
Following is a summary of news reports posted until 10:00 p.m.
Baghdad local time Thursday:
Following is a summary of news reports posted until 04:00 p.m.
Baghdad local time Thursday:
U.S army on Thursday announced two of its servicemen were killed in roadside bomb in Baghdad, in an attack using an improvised explosive device in eastern Baghdad at approximately 12:15 p.m. Sept. 4, said U.S army 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 4,154 according to VOI's statistics.
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