The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan may well do more to aid Taliban recruiting than to dismantle the group, help spread conflict further into Pakistan, unify radical groups that might otherwise be quarreling amongst themselves, threaten the long-term health of the U.S. economy, and prevent the U.S. government from turning its full attention to other pressing problems. -- Afghanistan Study Group

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Casualty Reports

These names were taken from the Iraqi Civilian War Casualties Survey, which was done in 2003 and covers the period of March 21 to July 31, 2003. All of these names are children aged five or under, and they all died in the early days of the US occupation of Iraq. They all died horrific deaths, and five years later, their parents (if alive) still are grieving these losses.

These lives had barely begun when they were cut short by US violence.......

Muhsen Numan Mmusa al-Ardawy 2 weeks Male shrapnel Basra 4/1/2003

Frsa Gwad Kathem al-Asbae 1 month Female burns al Zawea 3/23/2003

Bnet Hmed Hade Unes 2 months Female shrapnel Thrmston 4/30/2003

Tabarek Hamzaa Taleb 4 months Male missile al Salaam 3/29/2003

Nethem Hbeb Gsem Alsaade 4 months Female shrapnel al Shala 4/5/2003

Noor Saad 6 months Female missile al Naser 4/5/2003

Mohamad Marzuk Farhan al-Ajme 6 months Male bullets Najaf 4/6/2003

Mustafa Ghanem Johe 6 months Male shrapnel alJazeara 5/4/2003

Aumar Mahamed Jaasem 8 months Male bomb Basra 3/23/2003

Zmen Alabden Klel Thaef 8 months Female aircraft attack al Hmam 3/25/2003

Mohsen Basem Naji 8 months M shrapnel al Jazeara 5/4/2003

Ali Talb Gwad Abas 8 months Male al Jrewea 3/28/2003

Rkea Hmza Mnshad Alhgebe 8 months Female shrapnel Kreat 3/28/2003

Yasser Farouq Foaad 9 months Male broken in his head (bomb) 3/25/2003

Zuhair Alali Hussien 9 months Male as result of shock al Baker 3/25/2003

Fatma Khalel 9 months Female missile al Furat 3/26/2003

Rkea Hmza Mnshad Alhgebe 11 months Female bullets al Shrta 3/26/2003

Mstfa Alaa Gasem Algmale 11 months Male tank attack al Ngef 3/28/2003

Tba Ali Hasan 1 year Female shrapnel al Salhea 3/23/2003

Reath Gbar Sbke 1 year Male tank attack al Tthhea 3/25/2003

Heder Ali Abrahem 1 year Male shrapnel al Thraf 4/4/2003

Mahdi Ahmed Mahdi Alanze 1 year Male shrapnel al Gdeda 4/7/2003

Tmara Mahdi Srhan Alankome 1 year Female shrapnel al Dewanea 3/26/2003

Nathem Hamed Mshkwol 1 year Male shrapnel al Sheok 3/30/2003

Zaid Ali Kadem Hamza 1 year Male shrapnel al Markaz 7/26/2003

Mahdey Abed al-Atheem 1 year Male missile Basra 3/23/2003

Mhmed Fleh Mhasan Alshwele 1 year Male bullets Rfaae 3/26/2003

Lwae Sbar Sbe 2 years Male 3/24/2003

Bahaar Ali Kadem 2 years Male missile al Kefell 3/20/2003

Karar Hameed Abed AZi 2 years Male missile Basra 3/22/2003

zayen al-Aabeadeen 2 years Male bomb Basra 3/23/2003

Fatma Mged Mgde 2 years Female aircraft attack Ngef Hedrea 3/26/2003

Ftema Amged Hmada 2 years Female shrapnel al Malmenm 3/26/2003

Mohamed Aalawi Dadem Hamza 2 years Male shrapnel al Kadeimaa 3/26/2003

Mohamed Ali Kadem Hmzaa 2 years Male bomb al Kadeimaa 3/26/2003

Mrttha Adel Mahdi Alaskrat 2 years Male shrapnel 3/27/2003

Murtadhaa Aayad Taleb 2 years Male missile al Salaam 3/29/2003

Mhmed Adel Abas Alashbal 2 years Male aircraft attack Basra 4/2/2003

Eeaser Farwk Fwad Alkfage 2 years Male shrapnel Kmas 4/4/2003

Lela Nama Mke 2 years Female shrapnel Baghdad 4/5/2003

Hasan Heder Saed 2 years Male shrapnel al Tagi 4/7/2003

Mntther Heder Saed 2 years Male shrapnel al Tagi 4/7/2003

Raafet Sami Hirat 2 years Male tank attack al Rashiddia 4/7/2003

Ikbal Aussien Gameel 2 years Female missile al Sader 4/9/2003

Ahmed Amaar Abed 2 years Male burns al Naseria 4/19/2003

Mohamed Baaker Ali Kadem 2 years Male missile Kefell 7/25/2003

Thha Heder Slman Abed 3 years Female shrapnel al Rfaae 3/25/2003

Zhraa Dham Kasem Fleh 3 years Female burns al Nasrea 3/25/2003

Tkea Hnmed Ghed Fthan 3 years Female Hedrea 3/26/2003

Haider Ali Khelaan 3 years Male shrapnel al Sader 3/28/2003

Heder Gwad Shrge Alarthe 3 years Male tank attack al Krm 3/28/2003

Mstfa Hasan Twfek 3 years Male burns al Gdeda 3/28/2003

Hanan Trky Aoda 3 years Female shrapnel al Wahda 3/30/2003

Zoher Dakhel Lafta al-Daamy 3 years Male burns Karbala 4/1/2003

Amar Mohamed 3 years Male missile al Naser 4/5/2003

Abed Ala Raja'a Abed 3 years Male bullet Baya'a 4/7/2003

Zaynab Mosleh Ali 3 years Female bullet Massyab 4/7/2003

Zenab Heder Saed 3 years Female shrapnel al Tagi 4/7/2003

Zina Ali Hirat 3 years Female tank attack al Rashiddia 4/7/2003

Hussin Ali Hassen Hameed 3 years Male shrapnel al Sader 4/9/2003

Samea Raad Hmod Almoswe 3 years Female shrapnel Thrmston 4/30/2003

Maitham Haseeb Jasem 3 years Male missile al Shulla 5/4/2003

Ali Shaker Abed al-Hassan 4 years Male missile Basra 3/22/2003

Kfran Alaa Krem 4 years Female aircraft attack al Mhmod 3/24/2003

Rream Abd Alslam Shnn 4 years Female shrapnel al Shewk 3/24/2003

Mhmed Kathem Abd Hashem 4 years Male shrapnel al Thhea 3/25/2003

Fatma Aesa Atea Albsare 4 years Female tank attack al Gmalea 3/26/2003

Hsen Fleh Mhsen Brea Alshwele 4 years M bullets Stret 3/26/2003

Alk Mhmed Hgem Alarean 4 years Female burns al Nser 3/27/2003

Abd Ala Hsen Lelo 4 years Male shrapnel 7 al Sheok 3/30/2003

Mrttha Wathek Gaseb 4 years Male al Hndea 3/31/2003

Hba Shhab Ahmed Alflahe 4 years Female student shrapnel al Kearen 4/1/2003

Hsen Abas Kathem Alhsebe 4 years Male tank attack Basra 4/5/2003

Mohamad Abass Abd Ali Rahan 4 years Male missle attack al Husseneia 4/15/2003

Alaa Muneer Jabbar 4 years Male 4/17/2003

Resel Mohamad Rathe al-Ardawy 4 years Female shrapnel 4/28/2003

Gasem Mhmed Hmod Gmrat Almoswe 4 years Male shrapnel Thrmston 4/30/2003

Karrar Haider Hamza 4 years Male missile al Zeghaye 3/31/2003

Fatmaa Shaker Abed al-Hassan 5 years Female missile Basra 3/22/2003

Khaled Ghally Hasun 5 years Male missile al Bathaa 3/23/2003

Mhmed Gasem Gabir Alasbhe 5 years Male tank attack al Zawea 3/23/2003

Saad Agel Gbar Haef 5 years Male tank attack al Ngef 3/23/2003

Sajad Wisam Hasan 5 years Male sliver in heart Stret 3/23/2003

Sgad Wsam Hasan al Abraheme 5 years Male shrapnel Stret 20 3/23/2003

Abas Zore Agel 5 years Male burns al Shate 3/24/2003

Ahmed Saber Salih 5 years Male bullet al Biqa'a 3/24/2003

Ashref Katjhem Gasem 5 years Female shrapnel al Shrkea 3/25/2003

Noora Fatah Ismael 5 years Male bullet in head al Saif 3/25/2003

Sajad Jasem 5 years Male bomb al Sader 3/25/2003

Wrda Kald al Zbde 5 years Female shrapnel Stret 20 3/25/2003

Mmhmed Flah Kathem Htab Altae 5 years Male tank attack 3/26/2003

Muktada Abas Nahey 5 years Male bomb al Baker 3/26/2003

Mhmed Abd Alhsen Easen 5 years Male bullets Klat Sker 3/27/2003

Mksm Nthem Abd Alrzalk Hsen 5 years Male shrapnel al Shamea 3/27/2003

Nor Hamed Mshkwol 5 years Female shrapnel al Sheok 3/30/2003

Mhmod Abhem Hashem Alnaeme 5 years Male shrapnel al Thadeen 4/1/2003

Mrem Adel Awda Alhmrany 5 years Female bullets al Usfea 4/3/2003

Asmaael Ohab Asmaael 5 years Male shrapnel 4/5/2003

Hend Ali Abed Alrahman 5 years Female missile al Naser 4/5/2003

Neemah Juadd Kazem 5 years Male shrapnel al Edarah 4/6/2003

Zhraa Abd Gasem 5 years Female shrapnel Kan 4/6/2003

Lena Ali Hirat 5 years Female tank attack al Rashiddia 4/7/2003

Sgad Heder Saed 5 years Male shrapnel al Tagi 4/7/2003

Husien Ali Hasun 5 years Male al Sader 4/9/2003

Ali Hussain Majeed 5 years Male bomb Areedo 4/10/2003

Theaa Smer Gbar Maged 5 years Male shrapnel al Hawe 4/17/2003

Mohammed Taher Ali 5 years Male bomb Laylan 4/28/20

One Iraqi's list of losses

This is the list of family and friends lost by one person employed by the Chicago Tribune, as reported in the story Baghdad, a City Crushed by Grief: A Personal Accounting of Iraqi Dead

*1. Media Majeed, 27, sister, killed April 13, 2006, in Baghdad's Dora neighborhood, by police responding to a nearby attack by insurgents.

* 2. Fuad al-Ghazzawi, 34, cosmetics shop owner, primary school friend, killed by gunmen in 2006 in Dora.

* 3. Mohammed Obeid, 33, book and stationery store owner, high school friend, killed by gunmen, 2006, in Dora.

* 4. Thaer al-Shemmari, 33, bookshop and stationary store owner adjacent to Mohammed. Shot by gunmen in 2005 in Dora.

* 5. Raad, 29, plumber and neighbor, shot by gunmen, 2006 in Dora.

* 6. Salman Khalaf, mid-40s, friend and former army officer, kidnapped 2005, still missing though the family paid ransom.

* 7. Col. Karim al Mihyawi, 40s, friend, assassinated, Dora, 2005.

* 8. His brother, Saad al Mihyawi, mid 30s, real estate broker, found shot dead behind the wheel of his car in Dora, 2006.

* 9. Abd al-Zahra, 40s, dairy products store owner, shot dead 2006 in Dora.

* 10. Aamer Abu Abdullah, late 30s, friend, shot dead in his grocery shop in Dora, 2006.

* 11. Retired police Col. Saad Naeem al-Samarraie, father of an old friend, kidnapped 2006 and still missing.

* 12. Salam Sarteeb, 37, street vendor and neighbor, killed in Dora in August 2005.

* 13. Najim Hilal, 38, friend and oil factory employee, shot dead in Dora on June 5, 2006.

* 14. Waad, 32, businessman, friend and neighbor, shot dead in Dora, 2006.

* 15. Adil Abu Qaisar, 40s, CD shop owner, neighbor, friend, shot dead in Dora, 2005.

* 16. Mohammed Ali Hamza al-Assadi, 60s, university teacher and father of a close friend, shot dead in Baghdad's Saydiya neigbhorhood, 2005.

* 17. Yasser Abdul Amir, 39, agricultural college teacher, friend and neighbor, killed by a suicide bomb in Baghdad's Zayouna neighborhood, January 2008.

* 18. Qasim, late 30s, barber and neighbor, shot dead in Dora 2006.

* 19. Ashraf Abdul Qadir, 22, cousin, shot by U.S. soldiers in Tal Afar, April 13, 2006.

* 20. Hameed Mohammed Saleh, 40, uncle and taxi driver, and his son, Mohammed, 10, killed by unidentified gunmen in Tal Afar, Mosul province, June 11, 2006.

* 21. Abdul Ghani Aslan, 47, uncle and taxi driver, killed in an explosion aimed at U.S. forces in Tal Afar, June 2005.

* 22. Abdul Basit Mohammed Saleh, 35, friend, taxi driver, shot dead in Dora in front of his wife and child, May 8, 2006.

* 23. Zainalabdin Mamdouh, 32, engineer, friend, shot dead in Baghdad's Washash neighborhood, March 2006.

* 24. Basil al-Qaisi, late 50s, retired army officer, father of close friend, shot dead in Saydiya in 2006.

* 25. Atheer Faisal, 30, neighbor, grocery store owner, shot dead on the way to Baquba in 2006.

* 26. Mohammed Wajih, 33, friend, English teacher, shot dead in Dora, 2006.

* 27. Dhurgham Rahim, 30, neighbor, state employee, killed April 13, 2006, by unknown gunmen, a few hours before my sister was killed about 100 meters away.

* 28. Ayad Saleh, 35, engineer, a close friend, kidnapped October 2006 in Salman Pak and still missing.

* 29. Ali Abdul Salam, 18, hotel worker blown up in an explosion aimed at the compound housing our bureau in 2005.

* 30. Omer Abdul Khaliq, 8, cousin, killed when an American tank opened fire in Tel Afar, May 25, 2005.

* 31. Hussein Luqman, 8, cousin, killed in the same incident.

* 32. Abu Ayad, 60s, pickle seller and neighbor, shot dead in Dora, 2006.

* 33. Adel Naji, 30s, neighbor and fellow journalist, killed in Ameriyah in 2006.

* 34. Abdul Jabbar Abdul Sattar, 36, engineer, college friend, shot dead in Dora, 2004.

* 35. Sheikh Qassem, 35, electrician, friend, killed in Ramadi, Anbar province 2005.

* 36. Emad Saif, 31, friend, barber, shot dead in Dora 2005.

* 37. Issam Mahmood al Jaaf, 36, shot by gunmen in Dora 2006.

* 38. Jamal Salman, 30s, electrician, friend and neighbor, shot dead in Dora 2006.

* 39. Rowayed Fa'ez Hanna, 7, next-door neighbor, killed in 2005 when Americans opened fire on his vehicle.

* 40. Ramen Fa'ez Hanna, a few months old, brother of Rowayed, killed in the same incident.

* 41. Dr. Tareq Mohsin Haider, 32, friend and neighbor, chemistry teacher, killed Sept. 3, 2006, when U.S. convoy opened fire on his vehicle, along with his mother and two sisters. His wife was left crippled.

* 42. Saad al Lami, 30s, neighbor and store owner, 2004, killed as he lay in his bed by shrapnel from a bomb aimed at a U.S. patrol.

* 43. Ammar al-Lami, 34, cousin of Saad, killed March 2008 on the road to Amman.

* 44. Nassir Jassem Akkam: 38, friend and businessman, killed in a suicide bombing in Karradeh, March 6, 2008.

There are several new reports of graveyards in the city of Baghdad and how neighborhood graveyards now holds thousands of bodies. These are on the blog earlier this week. There were reports last summer of over 40,000 UNIDENTIFIED bodies buried in Najaf since 2003. Those would only be bodies from Baghdad to Basra. Cities further north would not be sending bodies to Najaf.

This is only a very small part of the overall deaths in Iraq since 2003. May God forgive us.