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3 US Soldiers, 24 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, According to September 3-4, 2008 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 (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."

=============================== 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.


News Summary
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Thursday , 04 /09 /2008  Time 10:30:04
BAGHDAD, Sept. 4 (VOI)

Following is a summary of news reports posted until 10:00 p.m. Baghdad local time Thursday:

* Politics & Security:

SALAH AL-DIN, A large amount of chemicals used in manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IED) was found in Salah al-Din, a local security source said on Thursday.
BAGHDAD, General David Petraeus, U.S. commander in Iraq, said he would call for the pullout of U.S. combat troops from Baghdad within 10 months in his report to Congress because of declining violence in the Iraqi capital.
BAGHDAD, "Iraqi security forces killed one individual, captured 18 others including two suspects, and freed a captive in different parts of Iraq throughout the past 24 hours," Baghdad's security command noted in a statement received by Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).
NINEWA, Police forces on Thursday discovered a corpse of one of its personnel in Ninewa, a security source said.
BAGHDAD, The U.S. army on Thursday announced two of its servicemen were killed in roadside bomb in Baghdad.
NINEWA, Iraqi army forces seized an arms & munitions cache in the district of Talafar on Thursday, according to the official spokesman for the Ninewa Operations Command (NOC).
AmR (I)

News Summary
National - Voices of Iraq
Thursday , 04 /09 /2008  Time 10:30:04
BAGHDAD, Sept. 4 (VOI)

Following is a summary of news reports posted until 04:00 p.m. Baghdad local time Thursday:

* Politics & Security:

BAGHDAD, The Debaathification Authority on Thursday expressed its surprise with the arrest of its executive director by Iraqi forces, arguing that such measures should have been implemented through an Iraqi court order.
BAGHDAD, U.S. army forces killed one gunman and detained 15 others during operations that targeted bombing cells in the Iraqi capital and the Tigris River Valley.
DIALA, A woman died on Thursday in an explosive charge blast that occurred in the south of Ba'aqouba city, a local security source said.
BAGHDAD, A high-ranking official in the Iraqi Ministry of Transport was gunned down in northeastern Baghdad, an Iraqi police source said on Thursday.
NINEWA, Security forces on Thursday arrested a police officer for his suspected involvement in an explosive charge attack that targeted a patrol vehicle in western Mosul, an official source said.
BAGHDAD, The Iraqi government will begin paying Sahwa fighters their salaries starting next month, an official spokesperson for the government said on Thursday.
Roadside bombing kills 2 U.S soldiers in Baghdad
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Thursday , 04 /09 /2008  Time 10:30:04
BAGHDAD, Sept.4 (VOI) -

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.

AM (S)

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