Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
News, September 2008
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
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 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.
- 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
Civilian killed, unidentified body found north of Hilla
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.
Talafar bombing casualties up to 38
Casualties from the car bomb explosion that ripped through
southwestern Talafar district earlier this morning have reached 38,
mostly civilians, an official source said.
"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.
7 killed, injured in 2 Ba'aqouba attacks
"Meanwhile, another explosive charge went off near Khoraysan River in downtown Ba'aqouba city, killing a civilian and wounding another," the same source added.
Following is a summary of news reports posted until 04:00 p.m.
Baghdad local time Saturday:
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