Security Incidents for Thursday, May 31, 07
(1) MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier from a non-hostile, unspecified cause on Tuesday, May 29th. We are assuming the death occurred in Baghdad.
(2) Earlier today, an article appeared on the website for Watertown (New York) station WWTI that cited a Fort Drum official as saying that two 10th Mountain Division soldiers were killed south of Baghdad, supposedly on Tuesday, May 29th. Now MNF-Iraq has issued a press release that states that two Multi-National Division - Center soldiers were killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near their dismounted patrol "today". The release is dated Wednesday, May 30th, and does not give a place of death. Because MND-C troops are operating south of Baghdad, and because 10th Mountain Division troops are attached to MND-C, we are inclined to believe that these reports are describing the same two deaths. For now, we'll use May 29th as the date of death until the DoD issues their formal confirmation of death.
(3) MNF-Iraq is reporting that a Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier who was seriously wounded in an IED attack northwest of Baghdad (likely in the Taji area) on May 28th, died of his injuries in a Baghdad military medical facility on Tuesday, May 29th.
(4) MNF-Iraq is also reporting the deaths of two Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldiers in an IED attack in a southwestern neighborhood of Baghdad on Wednesday, May 30th. Two other soldiers were wounded in the attack.
(5) According to an article from Reuters AlertNet, NATO has now confirmed that seven soldiers were aboard the Chinook helicopter that was shot down in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, May 30th: five crewmen and two military passengers. The aircraft went down in the Kajaki region of Helmand Province. According to the report, enemy fighters ambushed troops who were responding to the scene of the crash, and an air strike had to be called in.
#1: A Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldier died from a non-battle related cause May 29.
#2: Two Multi-National Division-Center Soldiers were killed while on dismounted patrol when a roadside bomb exploded today
#3: Multi-National Division – While conducting combat operations in the southwest section of the Iraqi capital, two Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers were killed when an improvised explosive device detonated May 30. Two other Soldiers were also wounded in the attack.
#4: Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Division – While conducting combat operations northwest of the Iraqi capital, a Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldier was seriously wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated May 28. The Soldier was taken to the Combat Support Hospital but died of wounds May 29.
#5: U.S. forces backed by helicopter gunships clashed with suspected al-Qaida gunmen in western Baghdad in an engagement that lasted several hours. The fighting in western Baghdad's Amariyah neighborhood exploded after residents there called for U.S. help. Members of al-Qaida, who consider the district part of their so-called Islamic State of Iraq, were preventing students from attending final examinations, shooting randomly and forcing residents to stay in their homes, according to an official of the district council. He spoke on condition of anonymity fearing retribution from al-Qaida. Clashes continued into Thursday afternoon, and the council official said the al-Qaida leader in the region, known as Haji Hameed, was killed and 45 other fighters detained. There was no immediate word on the fighting from the U.S. military.
#6: Five gunmen killed Wednesday an Iraqi national police officer outside a bank in the Sheik Marouf neighborhood of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the US military disclosed Thursday. Five gunmen shot dead Lt. Col. Mohammed Shaka Mohammed as he prepared to enter the bank to make a withdrawal. A US-led coalition forces patrol nearby responded to the sounds of small-arms fire. A firefight between the extremists and coalition forces ensued, with one of the gunmen killed. Three civilian vehicles were damaged and there was light damage to surrounding buildings.
#7: A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol wounded three policemen in al-Khadhra district in western Baghdad, police said
#8: Gunmen attacked a police commando patrol, killing a policeman and wounding three others in the Jihad district of southwestern Baghdad, police said.
#9: Around 11.30 am, a roadside bomb exploded at Baladiyat neighborhood( east Baghdad) when an American patrol passed through this area. No casualties recorded.
#10: Around 1 pm, gunmen opened fire on police patrol at Jihad neighborhood( south west) killing 1 policeman and injuring three others.
#11: Around1.30 pm, mortars hit Amil neighborhood ( south west Baghdad ) without casualties recorded. Diyala(66 Km north of Baghdad)
#12: A suicide car bomb detonated at a temporary vehicle checkpoint in the Adhamiyah District of the Iraqi capital, wounding eight U.S. Soldiers and three Iraqi civilians, including a child May 30.
#13: A GWENT father-of-two working as a security guard in Iraq was killed when his vehicle was blown up by an insurgents' roadside bomb just two days before he planned to return home. Kenneth David Clarke, 39, suffered multiple burns in the attack on June 11 last year. Ex-soldier Mr Clarke, from Brynmawr, was in the lead vehicle of a five-strong convoy of lorries transporting ammunitions to and from American Forces base 100 miles north of Baghdad. His widow Karen Clarke told Newport Coroners Court her husband had been unhappy working for Dubai-based company Rover Global Services and was concerned for his safety. He was due to return home on June 13.
#14: In separate incident, a roadside bomb detonated near a U.S. patrol in the Baladiyat district in eastern the capital, according to the source. He, however, added that it was not clear whether there was any casualty among the U.S. soldiers as the troops blocked the area, preventing the Iraqi police from approaching the scene.
#15: 21 bodies in west Baghdad ( Kharkh bank ) ; 4 in Amil , 4 in Bayaa , 3 in Doura , 2 in Jihad ,2 in Saidiya , 2 in Hurriyah , 1 in Jamiaa , 1 in Yarmouk. While there were 8 bodies in east Baghdad ( Rusafa bank) ; 4 in Fadhil , 2 in Sadr city , 2 in Ur. Anbar ( 110 km west of Baghdad)
#16: An Associated Press Television News cameraman was shot twice and killed in Baghdad on Thursday while walking to a mosque near his home on his day off. Saif M. Fakhry, 26, was the fifth AP employee to die violently in the Iraq war and the third killed since December.
#1: "Residents of Ulaybat village alerted the police that they found four bodies of farmers dumped in their field in early Thursday," the source told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq. "The corpses had gunshot wounds in different parts of the body and all of them were blind-folded with hands were tied behind their back," he noted.
#1: Meanwhile, the same source said that "unidentified gunmen opened fire this morning against a civilian in the main marketplace of Khalis city, killing him immediately and fled to unknown place." The source did not identify the dead man or the cause of the killing.
#1: 20 civilians were wounded in clashes that erupted this afternoon between armed groups and U.S. forces in Baaquba," the source, who asked not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq. He said "the clashes broke out when gunmen attacked a U.S. vehicle patrol near al-Mafriq area in northern Baaquba." The U.S. forces fired back and engaged in clashes with the attackers, the source said. The source, who could not say if there were casualties among the U.S. troops or gunmen, told VOI "20 civilians were wounded in the cross-fire."
#1: Gunmen attacked the house of Ubaid al-Masoudi, a tribal leader, injuring him and his wife in the town of Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said
#1: Early Thursday, gunmen killed Dr. Muhammad Aziz, who works as a lecturer at Fine Arts Academy in Basra.
#2: Thursday morning, a dead body was found for a servant at Usama bin Zaid mosque in Zubair district ( 35 km west of Basra)who was kidnapped Wednesday evening from his neighborhood at Hay Al-Askri in Zubair .
#1: Police killed one gunman and arrested two others after attacking their patrol in Tikrit, 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
#2: Thursday morning, a policeman was injured in Tikrit by a sniper fire while he was on duty at a check point near Tikrit's bridge
#1: Mosul city mortuary received the bodies of five men, including three Iraqi soldiers, in the northern city of Mosul, a hospital source said.
#1: Around 3 pm of Wednesday afternoon, a roadside bomb exploded in front of a policeman's house at Irouba neighborhood in Kirkuk having some damage to the house only.
#2: Wednesday evening at 7.30 pm, gunmen opened fir on people in Kirkuk at Tisaeen neighborhood nea Kirkuk education directorate injuring two civilians .
#3: Wednesday night , gunmen opened fire on a sedan car on Kirkuk –Biji motor way injuring one civilian and kidnapping an official employee.
#4: Around 10 50 am, a roadside bomb targeted an army patrol near Siuf roundabout at Arafa neighborhood in Kirkuk injuring two policemen and two people who were accidentally nearby. Basra ( 549 km south of Baghdad)
#1: One man was killed in a rocket attack in Tal Afar, police said
#2: A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol killed an officer and wounded another soldier in Tal Afar, police said.
#3: A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol wounded four policemen on the road between Sinjar and Tal Afar, 420 km (260 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A suicide bomber hit a police recruiting center in Fallujah on Thursday, killing at least 25 people and wounding 50, police said. At least 10 policemen were among the dead in the Fallujah attack, which occurred about 11 a.m., according to a police official in the city who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. Police said the bomber detonated his explosives vest at the third of four checkpoints as he stood among recruits who were lining up to apply for jobs on the force. The center had only been opened on Saturday in a primary school in eastern Fallujah
#1: A suicide truck bomber killed five people and wounded 15 in Ramadi, 110 km (70 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.
#1: It is with much sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that a British soldier was amongst the seven ISAF soldiers killed on Wednesday 30 May 2007 when the Chinook helicopter that they were travelling in went down near Kajaki in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan.
Seven ISAF soldiers are known dead after a Chinook helicopter flying an ISAF mission went down in Helmand province near Kajaki just after 9 p.m. May 30. The entire crew of five died in the incident; there were also two military passengers who died. One Afghan civilian was injured by small arms fire after the crash.
A BRITON, five Americans and a Canadian died when a Chinook helicopter was apparently shot down in Afghanistan's most volatile province.
#2: Taliban guerrillas ambushed a convoy on Thursday in Afghanistan's southern province of Zabul and killed 16 police officers, an interior ministry spokesman said, the deadliest such attack against the police recently.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Security Incidents for Thursday, May 31, 07
Posted by whisker at 6:53 AM
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Photo: Iraqi's mourn during a burial service for a victim after a raid, in Najaf, 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of
REPORTS – LIFE IN
American forces raided Shiite militia strongholds in eastern
The US military reported two raids in Sadr City, one of which netted two members of a kidnap gang and the other a six-strong "terrorist cell" accused of smuggling guns, shells and roadside bombs from Iran.
Witnesses outside the downtown ministry building where the kidnapping took place, said the operation appeared well organised and was carried out by gunmen in official vehicles and uniforms. "They went inside and escorted out the foreigners, but one managed to hide in the basement," said one of ministry's security guards, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals. US forces arrived on the scene an hour later, cordoned off the area and conducted a number of searches, witnesses said. The American troops took the foreigner away, along with several more finance ministry guards.
US forces in
Under-resourced state hospitals struggle to cope with the carnage from suicide attacks and car bombings. Conditions in
When Suha Abdel-Azim, 38, received a letter from her boss saying she had to stop working for security reasons, she couldn't believe it. After three years as an engineer for a local company, she was fired without compensation. "I was shocked when they told me I was being fired. I was an excellent worker and had done many fantastic and profitable projects but they didn't want a woman with them any more. They tried to explain, saying it was too dangerous for the company to employ women: the company had received threats," Suha said. "I tried to convince them that I could work from home. I have two children to bring up, and have been alone since my husband was killed by insurgents in 2004 for working for a foreign company, but in vain. They just sent me home," she said. Suha is now unemployed. She has been trying to find a job but as a woman she is finding it difficult.
For other women in
Women have also been prohibited by Shia militias from teaching other women. The threat has become real after two teachers - one in the mostly
Thousands of people went to the streets in the southern
“We’re caught in the middle here,” says her husband. The middle, for families like this, is between the largely Shiite national police and hard-core Sunni insurgents. He’s grown oranges and dates for years but this year he wasn’t able to spray the trees – his wife shows me a fig with worms in it. Gaines sits down on a wooden bench and waits. It’s a simple house – the rooms radiate out from an interior courtyard with benches cushioned by folded quilts. The huge poster of
REPORTS – IRAQI MILITIAS, POLITICIANS, POWER BROKERS
Even the Iraqi government today admitted that it could barely trust its own interior ministry police. Speaking on the BBC's Today programme, Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari was frank in spelling out the shortcomings of the interior ministry, well-known for its infiltration by Shia militias from the Mahdi army and other groups. As Mr Zebari pointed out, yesterday's brazen kidnapping was a sophisticated operation, requiring substantial numbers of people to seal off the building, set up roadblocks and to get into the building with such confidence. [When the Interior Ministry was kidnapping and murdering Iraqi civilians, few seemed to note or care. And they have been doing it for years now. – dancewater]
The letter tossed into Mustafa Abu Bakr Muhammad's front yard got right to the point. "You will be killed," it read, for collaborating with the Kurdish militias. Then came the bullet through a window at night. A cousin had already been gunned down. So Muhammad and three generations of his family joined tens of thousands of other Kurds who have fled growing ethnic violence by Sunni Arab insurgents here and moved east, to the safety of Iraqi Kurdistan. "We had our home in
REPORTS – US/UK/OTHERS IN
The United States and
U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker told the Iranians they had to stop arming, funding and training Shiite militants. "We can do that ourselves," said Crocker. "We don't need to farm this out."
Ten American soldiers were killed in
Iraqis also observe Memorial Day -- seven days a week, 365 days a year. "We don't have cookouts like the Americans," said Jassim al-Ali of
Cindy Sheehan has resigned as the "face" of the anti-war movement. "I was the darling of the so-called left as long as I limited my protests to George Bush and the Republican Party," said Sheehan, adding that liberals began attacking her as well when she "started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party." Liberal blogging mastermind Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos said he was sorry that Sheehan felt that way, but conceded, "We still have Dennis Kucinich to shit on."
Quote of the day: "To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace." - Tacitus
Posted by Dancewater at 7:21 PM
Boys stand amongst the rubble of a damaged house after a raid by U.S. soldiers in Baghdad's Sadr City May 30, 2007. U.S. forces detained five suspected insurgents and one suspected cell leader during a raid in Sadr city in northeastern Baghdad, the U.S. military said. The raid targeted members of a network suspected of importing roadside bombs and weapons from Iran. REUTERS/Kareem Raheem (IRAQ)
(1) The DoD has announced a new death, not previously reported by CENTCOM. Marine Lance Corporal Emmanuel Villarreal, 21, of Eagle Pass, Texas, died in a non-hostile vehicle accident at Kuwait Naval Base in Kuwait on Sunday, May 27th
(2) The DoD has announced a new death, not previously reported by CENTCOM. Army Specialist Mark Ryan C. Caguioa, 21, of Stockton, California, was severly wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Baghdad on May 4th. He was medically evacuated to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, but died there of his injuries on Thursday, May 24th. Caguioa's godmother has written a lovely tribute to her godson at her blog. She says that he was his mother's firstborn ... and that he will be buried this coming Saturday at the San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio.
#1: Turkey has sent large contingents of reinforcement soldiers, tanks and armored personnel carriers to its border with Iraq as debate heated up over whether to stage a cross-border offensive to hit Kurdish rebel bases.
#1: Hundreds of American and Iraqi troops have conducted a series of raids in Baghdad. They're apparently searching for five British citizens abducted from a government building yesterday. Residents of Sadr City said the area was sealed off overnight and troops carried out a series of arrest raids that lasted until dawn. Police say two civilians were killed and four others injured in crossfire from gunbattles that broke out during one raid.
#2: Elsewhere today, two people were killed in a roadside bomb attack on a convoy carrying a police commander south of Baghdad.
#3: A civilian was also killed in another roadside bombing targeting a passing police patrol in the Sadr City area of the Iraqi capital
#4: Three people were wounded by a mortar attack in Jamiaa district of western Baghdad, police said
#5: Gunmen killed Colonel Mohammed Shakir, the officer in the directorate of the external roads in the ministry of interior affairs. The incident happened near Buratha mosque in Utefiyah neighborhood north Baghdad around 3,40 pm.
#6: 1 civilian was killed and 3 were injured when a mortar shell hit Al Rasheed wholesale market south Baghdad around 4,15 pm.
#7: 4 civilians were injured in an IED explosion in Amiriyah neighborhood west Baghdad around 5,30 pm.
#8: 1 Iraqi army soldier was killed and 2 others injured in an IED explosion targeted their vehicle in Al Jami’s neighborhood west Baghdad around 6,30 pm.
#9: 23 bodies were found in Baghdad today. 21 bodies were found in Karkh, the western part of Baghdad in the following neighborhoods (10 bodies in Amil, 3 bodies in Doura, 3 bodies in Bayaa, 2 bodies in Mansour, 1 body in Kadhimiyah, 1 body in Shalchiyah, 1 body in Ali Al Salih). 2 bodies were found in Sadr city in Rusafa, the eastern side of Baghdad.
#1: The town commissioner Uday Al Khadran said that the police had orders to arrest one of the wanted men from Al Ably family and when they arrived the place, they were attacked by a sniper which led to the death of 3 policemen. He added that the situation developed when a bother of one of the killed policemen broke in the hospital where tow snipers were taken and he killed them. After that many gunmen related to Al Ably family spread in the town and heavy clashes happened which required the involvement of the Iraqi army and the MNF.
#1: Ten people were killed, including four policemen and an Iraqi soldier, on Wednesday in gunfights that erupted in a small town north of Baghdad during a raid to arrest suspected Sunni Arab insurgents, police said. Police imposed an indefinite curfew in Khalis, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, in volatile Diyala province, after the clashes broke out. Five other people, including three policemen, were wounded. Mortar rounds were being fired in the fighting, police said. "The situation now in the town is very dangerous," a police source told Reuters.
#1: Gunmen wounded three policemen when they attacked a checkpoint on Tuesday in the town of Iskandariya, 40 km south of Baghdad, police said.
#1: In Amarah, 320 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Baghdad, gunmen mowed down Nazar Abdul-Wahid as he stood on a city street, according to a police official in the city who refused to give his name for fear of retribution from militants. Abdul-Wahid worked as a reporter for several Iraqi newspapers and the Voices of Iraq Internet news agency. The 33-year-old father of two was standing on the sidewalk in central Amarah when gunmen in a pick up truck shot him dead at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Abdul-Wahid also was chairman of a non-governmental organization for young journalists that is funded by the Iraqi government.
#1: A roadside bomb targeting police commandos wounded four policemen on Tuesday in Madaen, 45 km south of Baghdad, police said.
#2: Gunmen killed Brigadier General Ala’a Abdul Razzaq Qasim (a member interior ministry intelligence) and two of hid guards in AL Mada’in town south east Baghdad around 3,30 pm.
#1: Unknown armed men in three civilian cars managed to capture salaries of an Iraqi army unit, 350 million Iraqi dinars, in an ambushed prepared for two army vehicles,” the source, who asked not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq. “The gunmen stopped the two vehicles, which were carrying six officers, from a military unit in al-Nasr neighborhood, southwest of Karbala, disarmed them, confiscated the money and fled to unknown place,” the source explained. “The police arrested the six officers and started an investigation on the incident,” he noted, adding no further details.
#1: A roadside bomb targeting a police intelligence officer's convoy killed two of his bodyguards and wounded three others, including the officer, police and medical sources said
Salah Ad Din Prv:
#1: “Four senior officers from Tikrit’s Western Region Customs, Salah ad-Din province, have disappeared while in their way to Tikrit coming from Baghdad,” the source told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).He said that the officers were most likely kidnapped on the road between al-Dujail district and Samarra, 120 km north of Baghdad. “The officers are: Chief of the 2nd Customs Police Department Brigadier Khedr Mahdi, two colonels and a fourth officer,” the source noted.
#2: Meanwhile, the same source said that unknown armed men shot and killed an Iraqi soldier, Mohammad Ibrahim Jasem, on Wednesday in al-Mazaree region in Salah ad-Din province.
#1: Five bombs went off consecutively targeting two U.S. patrols in Balad city, destroying a U.S. hummer and minesweeper, a police source said on Wednesday. “Three roadside bombs planted by unidentified gunmen on the main road in Yathereb district, east of Balad, went off in succession on Wednesday, targeting a U.S. vehicle patrol and destroying a minesweeper,” the source, who asked not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq. “Fierce clashes erupted after the blast between gunmen and the U.S. forces,” he added, noting that the U.S. forces were shooting randomly, killing two passing by civilians.”
#2: Two more bombs exploded on Tuesday night targeting a U.S. military vehicle in al-Qadissiyah neighborhood in Balad city, destroying a hummer,” the source also said.The U.S. forces are cordoning off the neighborhood and “U.S. choppers are still hovering over the area,” he explained.
#1: 3 policemen were injured in 2 IEDs explosions targeting their patrol. The source said that the police patrols responded to a call from one of the farmers who informed about fire in one of the farms near Basheer village today early morning and while the police patrols were in the way to the place, the two IEDs exploded causing the injury of the policemen
#1: A source in the Iraqi police in Hawija district (45Kms west of Kirkuk) sadi that the head of the judicial committee of Hawija had survived from an assassination attempt implemented by gunmen who shot his convoy near Al Khan village on the street of Kirkuk- Hawija north of Baghdad before mid day. The source said that 3 gunmen were killed and one of the guards of judge was killed while two others were injured.
#1: A woman was killed and two policemen were wounded in clashes between gunmen and police in Mosul, police said
#2: A roadside bomb targeting a U.S. patrol wounded two civilians in Mosul, 390 km north of Baghdad, police said.
#3: Two Iraqi policemen were wounded on Wednesday when a car bomb exploded near their patrol vehicle in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a police source said. "A car bomb detonated today afternoon near a police vehicle patrol in al-Maaridh area in eastern Mosul, wounding two policemen," Brigadier Abdel Karim al-Juburi, head of Ninewa police command's operation room, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq
#4: Meanwhile, head of the police operation room told VOI "two bodies crammed with explosives were found in al-Thawrah neighborhood in western Mosul today." A U.S. vehicle patrol cordoned off the area and managed to defuse the explosives planted inside the two bodies, Brigadier al-Juburi noted.
#1: An officer in the Iraqi army was injured when an IED exploded targeting a joint force of Iraqi army and the MNF. The explosion happened in the intersection of Kirkuk- Rashad street west of Kirkuk city at 9,30 am police said. The source added that the targeted vehicle was damaged.
#2: A vehicle of the Iraqi army was damaged in an IED explosion targeted an Iraq patrol near Zghetoon valley on Kirkuk
Al Anbar Prv:
#1: At least nine Iraqi civilians have been killed in a mortar attack apparently targeting a US military base in the city of Fallujah today. The mortars missed their target and slammed into a court building and a residential neighbourhood.
“A mortar round hit the Falluja court in al-Jumhouria neighborhood this morning, killing five persons and injuring 20
#2: another mortar shell landed on a residential house in al-Baath neighborhood in central Falluja, killing a civilian and wounding three others from the same family,” the source,
#3: “A third mortar shell hit a U.S. base in central Falluja,” the police source also said, adding no further details on casualties.
#4: Unknown armed men on Tuesday night stormed the house of Abul Rahman al-Essawi, a journalist, in Abu Saleh town in Ameriyah Falluja district, south of Falluja, and opened fire against him and his six-member family, killing them immediately,” the source, who asked not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq
Abdul-Rahman al-Essawi was killed Monday afternoon when gunmen broke into his home about 15 kilometers (10 miles) west of Fallujah, a former insurgent stronghold in Anbar province. Al-Essawi was shot to death along with his wife, son, father, mother and three other relatives, said Dr. Anas al-Rawi of Fallujah General Hospital where they bodies were taken. Other family members told an Associated Press reporter in Fallujah that al-Essawi was working as a reporter the online NINA news agency and as the media representative of Anbar Salvation Council. The council was formed recently among Sunni tribes in Anbar to fight al-Qaida in Iraq.
#1: Coalition and Afghan forces, acting on intelligence reports, were conducting a raid early Wednesday on a compound suspected of housing Taliban fighters near the eastern city of Jalalabad when they came under fire, the coalition said in a statement. A brief gunbattle killed six militants and wounded another, it said, adding that no civilians or coalition forces were wounded. Four militants were detained for questioning, the statement said.
#2: Also Wednesday, a roadside bomb killed four policemen and wounded another in the southern province of Uruzgan, provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Qassim Khan said.
#3: A roadside bombing killed three Afghan guards working for a U.S. security company in Helmand province of southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, an official from the company Rahmatullah told Xinhua. The incident took place in Gereshk district at noon, killing three guards of the private U.S. Protection and Investigation (USPI), Rahmatullah said.
Posted by whisker at 6:52 AM
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Photo: A boy lights candles on a street, for the victims of recent shelling in the Shiite neighborhood of Karradah,
REPORTS – LIFE IN
Of the 120 reported killed or found dead nationwide on Tuesday, 35 were bodies dumped or buried in a newly dug mass grave in Diyala province. A morgue official in Baqouba, the provincial capital, and a spokesman at the provincial police operations center in the province both reported the same figure, but refused to be named fearing reprisal from al-Qaida militants and Shiite militias battling for control of the region.
The Shi'ite militias that forced Azhour Ali Mohammed from her home in
Arab Iraqis fleeing to Kurdistan have become an increasingly strong indication of the deteriorating situation in
REPORTS – IRAQI MILITIAS, POLITICIANS, POWER BROKERS
An eyewitness to the 14 Sunni men being detained by the Mehdi army spoke with IPS, requesting his name withheld. He believes the
REPORTS – US/UK/OTHERS IN
At least half a dozen British security companies work in
Back home in
Quote of the day: "You who make harmony in the ultimate reaches of the universe, teach us to make harmony within ourselves, among ourselves and peace for all the children of Abraham and all who dwell upon this planet." ~ Rabbi Arthur Waskow of
Posted by Dancewater at 10:17 PM
(1) MNF-Iraq is reporting the deaths of two Task Force Lightning soldiers in a helicopter crash in Diyala Province on Monday, May 28th. Although the body of the release does not state whether the incident was a result of enemy action or a case of mechanical failure, the title of the release does say "Task Force Lightning Soldiers attacked".
(2) MNF-Iraq is also reporting the deaths of six Task Force Lightning soldiers when "explosions" occurred near their vehicles in Diyala Province on Monday, May 28th. Three other soldiers were wounded in the attack.
(3) Yesterday, we had placed Arkansas National Guardsman Spc. Erich Smallwood in one of these slots for lack of a better place to put him. As Smallwood doesn't appear to match any other previously announced death, we've moved him to a slot of his own and are considering him a new death, not previously reported.
(5) The British Ministry of Defense has now posted confirmation of the death of a 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment soldier from enemy action in Helmand Province on Monday, May 28th. The NATO posting for the death can be found here.
#1: Escalating fighting and sectarian violence are forcing hundreds of families in Iraq to flee their homes on a daily basis, aid agencies say. According to a report released on Sunday by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), an estimated 822,810 Iraqis are now displaced within their country.
#1: Gunmen wearing police uniforms abducted at least three western lecturers from a finance ministry building in Baghdad today. The German computer experts were addressing ministry personnel in the city centre building when the kidnappers burst in, a witness told Reuters. Led by a police major, the gunmen entered the conference room shouting: "Where are the foreigners, where are the foreigners?" the witness said.
Five Britons are among a group of foreigners kidnapped in Baghdad Tuesday, the BBC reported. The Foreign Office had said earlier that it was 'urgently' looking into reports that four British security guards were among a group of seven Westerners kidnapped in Iraq. All seven, including three computer programmers thought to be German, were reportedly taken from a finance ministry building in central Baghdad, said the Foreign Office. But the BBC reported later that their correspondent had been told by sources in the Iraqi capital that five Britons and one German were involved.
#2: Earlier today, at least 22 people were killed and 55 others wounded in a bomb explosion in a parked bus in central Baghdad, police said. The blast happened near a major intersection in Tayaran Square, a busy commercial area usually filled with markets. Many day workers, mostly poor Shias, often wait in the square for work.
#3: A civilian was killed and five people were wounded in a car bomb attack targeted the Iraqi police in downtown Baghdad on Tuesday, a well-informed police source said. "A booby-trapped car parking at the busy downtown Baghdad square of Taiyaran, detonated around 1:00 p.m. (0900 GMT) near a police patrol," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The attack killed a civilian and wounded five others, including two policemen, the source said.
#4: A second car bombing in the Amil district in western Baghdad killed 15 people and wounded 36, police said. No further details on the second blast were immediatly available. Cars were riddled with shrapnel, pushcarts flipped upside down and smoke rose into the sky, witnesses said. Firefighters rushed to the scene and rescuers tried to pull the wounded out of cars, they said.
Casualties from the car bomb explosion that took place on Tuesday afternoon in Baghdad’s southwestern neighborhood of al-Aamal increased to 37, including 22 dead and 15 wounded, a security source said.
#1: An American helicopter went down in restive Diyala province, killing two soldiers.
#2: Six Task Force Lightning Soldiers were killed when explosions occurred near their vehicles while conducting operations in Diyala Province, Monday. Three other Soldiers were also wounded in the incident and were taken to a Coalition Forces’ medical treatment facility
#1: The Baaquba public hospital received 21 unidentified bodies on Tuesday, a medic from the Diala health department said. "The hospital's forensic medicine received 21 bodies found by policemen or reported by residents in the city," the source, who asked not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq
#1: Police retrieved the bodies of five men, two of whom were decapitated, from the Tigris river in the town of Suwayra, 40 km south of Baghdad, police said
#1: Unidentified gunmen opened fire at Capt. Munther Rahim in the area of al-Jumhuriya in Basra on Monday evening, killing him instantly," the source, who refused to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI) by telephone. He said Rahim used to work as director of a criminal intelligence department in Basra.
#2: In a separate incident two policemen were wounded during the early hours of Tuesday when a Joint Coordination Center building in al-Haikimiya, central Basra, came under shelling attacks, the source added.
#3: Another policeman was injured in clashes on Tuesday between the British forces and gunmen in the area of al-Qibla, (8 km) west of the city," the source said
#1: police patrols in Balad district, Salah al-Din, found on Tuesday a civilian's body that showed signs of having been shot, the source said, giving no further details
#1: In other violence, gunmen in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad, set up fake checkpoints on the outskirts of the city and abducted more than 40 people, most of them soldiers, police officers and members of two tribes that had banded together against local insurgents, police said.
#1: Two policemen were killed and three others wounded when an explosive charge went off near their patrol in the city of al-Shurqat, 80 km south of Mosul, on Tuesday, a police source said.
#2: (?) Gunmen killed two policemen and wounded three in the town of Shirqat, 80 km south of Mosul, police said.
#1: Unidentified gunmen killed the editor-in-chief of a weekly newspaper published in Kirkuk in front of his house in the predominantly-Turkoman neighborhood of al-Musalla, northern Kirkuk, a police source said. "Mahmoud Hassib al-Qassab, the editor of al-Hawadeth weekly, was an ethnic Turkoman and the fourth journalist to be killed in Kirkuk this month," the source told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq
#1: U.S. warplanes pounded a residential area in Mosul wounding four civilians, a police official in Ninewa province said on Tuesday. "U.S. aircraft bombarded the al-Islah al-Ziraaie neighborhood, southwest of Mosul, on Monday night, seriously wounding a woman and three men," Brig. Abdul-Kareem al-Juburi, director of the Ninewa police command's operations room, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI) on Tuesday. The attack also caused severe damage to a number of residential buildings, Juburi added.
Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Unknown gunmen booby trapped the bridge linking al-Amiriya and al-Khalidiya city, 30 km southwest of Falluja," the source, who refused to have his name mentioned, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI). The perpetrators planted explosive charges at the edge of the bridge, which caused severe damage to the structure when detonated. However, the source did not indicate whether any casualties resulted from the blast.
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Monday, May 28, 2007
Photo: A medic helps an injured Iraqi woman at
REPORTS – LIFE IN
The day his mother and brother died is permanently one that eight-year-old Iraqi Ziad Irhaima will never forget, as the cauterised stump of one of his arms serves as a permanent reminder. Irhaima’s lost family members are only two of the countless and largely anonymous victims of the more than four years of bloodshed that has convulsed Iraq and inflicted deep and lasting wounds on its children. The UN children’s fund Unicef has called for an additional $42 million to fund child health initiatives and warned of the dire state of children’s health in the war-torn country. The spectre of disease is all the more frightening because of the gutting of the country’s public health system, which has suffered from a mass exodus of doctors and other trained professionals. The violence and displacement has also cut off thousands of families from health care, preventing children from receiving treatment for the physical and psychological wounds inflicted by the appalling violence. “I will never forget the image of my mother and brother lying on the ground covered with blood,” Ziad says, referring to the aftermath of a car bomb intended for the local courthouse in his hometown of
…… The relentless violence in
An Iraqi deputy claimed that US and British fighter jets bombarded civilian areas in
Islamic extremists who believe that the Internet can spread immoral and un-Islamic behaviour say that they will sabotage plans by the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to link the country’s science centres electronically and offer free Internet access to students. “On the Internet, the youth can find different kinds of information, many of which is unhealthy. Couples strike up friendships through the Internet and spread vice,” said Abu Muhammad, who said he is a spokesman for the Islamic Army, an armed insurgent group in
After four years of liberation we've got a lot of things and we've realized a lot of achievements like: We don't like the government which we've elected and it's obvious that we regret voting for it. We started feeling ashamed of saying that we are Muslims because of all of the continuous crimes that have contorted true Islam. But the world needs to know that the Iraqi Muslims are not behind these crimes as we have been living together for hundreds of years and we haven't witnessed this kind of sectarian and racist issues. We mustn't forget the freedom and the respect that we've gained as individuals from the Iraqi leaders and the leaders of other countries. The President of Iraq has left to the
Mustafa Abdul-Muta'al, 42, says he cannot bear seeing his nine-member family live as displaced persons. He blames his plight on the government which did not compensate him after his house was destroyed two years ago in an insurgent attack in Ramadi. Abdul-Muta'al says he is tired of hearing promises that his compensation will soon be paid. With his wife suffering from cancer and two sons seriously malnourished, he is desperately trying to find a way to win his rights and take his family back to a safer place.
"We had a prosperous life and for years we lived in our house with full security. After an attack in my neighbourhood in Ramadi, my house was totally destroyed and one of my sons died during the assault. He had remained behind in Ramadi to look after the house while we had fled to
REPORTS – IRAQI MILITIAS, POLITICIANS, POWER BROKERS
At his home in Ramadi, capital of Anbar province and a onetime Iraqi insurgent stronghold, Sheik Shakir Saoud Aasi is enjoying after-dinner cigars with his guest of honor, battalion commander Lt. Col. Craig Kozeniesky of the 2/5 Marines. Around the room, Marines and Iraqi tribesmen and police are sitting together, swapping jokes and stories. Some of these Iraqis were probably shooting at Americans less than a year ago. Now they and the Marines are fighting side by side against Al Qaeda. "We are not just friends but also brothers," the sheik tells Kozeniesky. "This is a new beginning for both of us." Kozeniesky can only agree: "Things have changed dramatically." A 5-year-old Iraqi boy in traditional robes and headdress is racing around the room and vaulting into
………. But even as the Americans rejoice in Ramadi's transformation, they worry that it may not last. [No kidding. – dancewater]
Shiite Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is reported to be keen to put a new face to his movement already embroiled in sectarian revenge and death squads. Since his resurfacing following nearly four months of absence from Iraqi political scene, the young and charismatic Shiite leader has held several meetings with his aides to “restructure the movement whose ranks has been infiltrated by enemies,” officials close to the cleric said. Speaking on condition of anonymity, they said Sadr’s sudden emergence and his meetings have been prompted by the defection of one of his most senior aides, former Health Minister Ali al-Shammari. Shammari, who had resigned his post on Sadr’s orders for his movement to leave the government, has sought asylum in the
REPORTS – US/UK/OTHERS IN
On Thursday, May 24, the US Congress voted to continue the war in
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker described as positive the outcome of the U.S.-Iranian talks that were held on Monday in
Employees of Blackwater USA, a private security firm under contract to the State Department, opened fire on the streets of Baghdad twice in two days last week, and one of the incidents provoked a standoff between the security contractors and Iraqi forces, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. A Blackwater guard shot and killed an Iraqi driver Thursday near the Interior Ministry, according to three
….. Blackwater's security consulting division holds at least $109 million worth of State Department contracts in Iraq, and its employees operate in a perilous environment that sometimes requires the use of deadly force. But last week's incidents underscored how deeply these hired guns have been drawn into the war, their murky legal status and the grave consequences that can ensue when they take aggressive action.
……. A statement released by the military said that the "security unit" requested assistance and that Apache helicopters attached to the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, arrived before ground forces. Mohammed Mahdi, 37, an employee at a veterinary drugstore, said the combined American forces unleashed a fury of gunfire near the Amanat, the municipal headquarters located in the heart of downtown
Among the hundreds of messages that my wife and I have received, two bore directly on this question. Both held me personally culpable, insisting that my public opposition to the war had provided aid and comfort to the enemy. Each said that my son's death came as a direct result of my antiwar writings. This may seem a vile accusation to lay against a grieving father. But in fact, it has become a staple of American political discourse, repeated endlessly by those keen to allow President Bush a free hand in waging his war. By encouraging "the terrorists," opponents of the
…….. Not for a second did I expect my own efforts to make a difference. But I did nurse the hope that my voice might combine with those of others -- teachers, writers, activists and ordinary folks -- to educate the public about the folly of the course on which the nation has embarked. I hoped that those efforts might produce a political climate conducive to change. I genuinely believed that if the people spoke, our leaders in
In the shadow of 9/11, dissent has been at pains to demonstrate its patriotic vigor. While holding on to some inchoate sense of America's wholesomeness, we prefer to see the nation as having been misled into war rather than bear responsibility for our own willing acquiescence. In truth, American troops are now stuck in
While the foreign policy think-tank Chatham House declares
…….. Perle, Bolton and co often pontificate on the unique moral evil of terrorism. But in their contempt for human life and their appetite for war they are not that different from Osama bin Laden. Unlike Osama, they will not be found in the
WHEN all else fails, those pious Americans who conceived and directed the
Quote of the day: Memorial Day orators will say that a G.I.'s life is priceless. Don't believe it. I know what value the
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