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3 Mossad Agents, 35 Iraqis Killed in War Attacks, Including 9 Executed by Al-Muthanna Death Squad, According to September 5-6, 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.

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."


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Yaqen.net reported the following news:

Saturday:

- A policeman was killed by a blast in in Al-Khadra, east of Mosul.

- A policeman was killed in a gun attack in Ba'asheeqa, Mosul.

- The British military base in Al-Basra airport was attacked with mortars.

Friday:

- US forces announced on Saturday that a US soldier was killed in Baghdad in non-combat conditions on Friday, increasing the number of deaths to four in September.

- 9 corpses of Iraqis, who were arrested by Iraqi forces Brigade of Al-Muthanna, in Al-Falloujah were found in the city today with bullets in the head and chest areas, evidence of execution.

(This incident is evidence that the sectarian-based Iraqi forces have been functioning as death squads, which killed Iraqis for suspicion of belonging to the resistance organizations, without charges or trials).

- Abdul Ameer Hassan Abbas, a council in the Iraqi Defense Ministry, was assassinated in Zayoona, east of Baghdad.

- Sajjad Mal Allah Ja'afar, an Iraqi soldier, was killed by fire from a joint Iraqi-British force, which exchanged fire with him while attempting to search his home in Al-Basra Friday. Then, his father and his brother were arrested.

- Yass Khudhair Abbas, a senior police officer, died in Kut of wounds sustained in an attack a week earlier.

- Three Israeli Mossad agents, seven Iraqi resistance fighters, and a number of Black Water recruited Iraqi guards were killed in a resistance operation in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The Mossad agents were protected by a nearby police station, Black Water Iraqi guards, and Kurdish Assayesh intelligence agents.

The operation seemed to be aiming at capturing the Mossad agents, not killing them. However, the intervention of Kurdish Assayesh agents led one resistance fighter to detonate his suicide bomb killing everybody in the house.

Israeli media admitted and published the story of the Wednesday attack.

Israeli presence in Iraq started to be noticed after the US 2003 invasion but it concentrated on Kurdistan and the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, where Israelis have been buying property disguised as Iraqi businessmen.

(Israel has been the main supporter of the Kurdish rebellion since the 1960s. In 1968, Mustafa Barzani visited Israeli to express gratitude for the Israeli assistance, promising Israelis to enable them to exploit the Kurdish oil resources in case of the success of the rebellion).

- The US military base in Al-Habbaniya, in Al-Anbar Province, was attacked with rockiets.

amsi.org reported the following news:

- 26,000 Iraqis remain in Iraqi prisons, 80% of them have never been charged or tried, just arrested under suspicion, then tortured during investigation, and remained in the Iraqi army and police prisons and detention camps. Since 2003, about 340,000 Iraqis were detained without charges or trials.

- Three people died of Cholera in the city of Al-Hillah.

- Two corpses of Iraqis executed by death squads in the city of Hit


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Civilian killed, unidentified body found north of Hilla
 
Babel - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 06 /09 /2008  Time 5:44:46
BABEL, Sept. 6 (VOI)

A civilian man was shot when unknown gunmen opened random fire and one unidentified body was found in two separate incidents north of Hilla city on Saturday, a Babel police source said.

"A civilian man was killed when unidentified gunmen opened random fire in the area of Jassman, al-Iskandariya district, (50 km) north of Hilla," the source told Aswat al-Iraq Voices of Iraq (VOI) on customary condition of anonymity.

"The gunmen managed to escape to an unknown place," the source added, not giving further information about the shooting.

In another incident, policemen found an unidentified body in the area of al-Mahnawiya, al-Mahawil district, (20 km) north of Hilla, the same source said.

"The body had the neck tied in a noose and the face and head hit by seemingly an axe," the source noted, not giving more details.

AmR (S)/SR

Talafar bombing casualties up to 38
 
Ninewa - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 06 /09 /2008  Time 4:53:31
NINEWA, Sept. 6 (VOI)

Casualties from the car bomb explosion that ripped through southwestern Talafar district earlier this morning have reached 38, mostly civilians, an official source said.

"The toll from the suicide bombing that occurred today in front of al-Pasha Restaurant in al-Mu'allimeen neighborhood, southwestern Talafar (60 km west of Mosul) is up to six dead and 32 wounded, mostly civilians," the source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI).

"Fifteen of the wounded are in critical condition and have been transferred to Duhuk Hospital in northern Iraq," the source noted.

Earlier today, an Iraqi army source told VOI that three civilians were killed and 30 others were wounded when an explosives-rigged car detonated in southwestern Talafar district.

SS (S)

7 killed, injured in 2 Ba'aqouba attacks
 
Diala - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 06 /09 /2008  Time 4:53:31
 
DIALA, Sept. 6 (VOI) Seven civilians were killed or wounded in two separate explosive charge attacks that occurred in downtown and near Ba'aqouba city, a local official source said on Saturday.
 
"Today, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in Bani Zayd area, Bahraz district (5 km south of Ba'aqouba) near a civilian vehicle, killing two civilians and injuring three others," the source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI).

"Meanwhile, another explosive charge went off near Khoraysan River in downtown Ba'aqouba city, killing a civilian and wounding another," the same source added.

SS (S)

News Summary
 
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 06 /09 /2008  Time 4:53:31
BAGHDAD, Sept. 6 (VOI)

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

* Politics & Security:

BAGHDAD, The head of the Iraqi National Congress (INC) survived an assassination attempt when a car bomb targeted his motorcade in western Baghdad, according to an official statement.
 
BASRA, Security forces arrested 13 individuals, during raid operations in different parts of Basra province, an official source said on Saturday.
 
DIALA, Seven civilians were killed or wounded in two separate explosive charge attacks that occurred in downtown and near Ba'aqouba city, a local official source said on Saturday.
 
NINEWA, A total of 33 civilians were killed or wounded in a car bomb explosion that ripped through southwestern Talafar district, an Iraqi army source said on Saturday.
 
BAGHDAD, Iraqi newspapers on Saturday commented on a new book entitled 'The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008' by Bob Woodward in which the author said that the current Iraqi government has been the subject of U.S. spying operations, with a newspaper discussing what it described as a possible military coup in the country.
 
NINEWA, Casualties from the car bomb explosion that ripped through southwestern Talafar district earlier this morning have reached 38, mostly civilians, an official source said.
 
NINEWA, An improvised explosive device (IED) went off near an Iraqi police patrol in northern Mosul on Saturday but left no casualties, a security source in the province said.
 
BAGHDAD, Fifteen people were killed and 53 others wounded in acts of violence that broke out in different areas of Iraq during the past 24 hours, according to security sources.
 
KIRKUK, An Iraqi force on Saturday seized 90 kg of the highly-explosive TNT near a village southwest of Kirkuk province, the Kirkuk districts' police chief said.
 
AmR (I)
 


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