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Sep 23rd, 2008

2 Bombs Hit Baghdad, Killing 1 and Wounding 7

Attacks targeted Iraqi police and army patrols

U.S. soldiers secure the site of a car bomb explosion on Sept. 22, 2008 in the Karrada district of Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo credit: Wathiq Khuzaie / AP — Getty Images)

Sept. 23, 2008

BAGHDAD — Two roadside bombs apparently targeting Iraqi security forces struck separate areas of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least one civilian and wounding seven others, Iraqi officials said.

The first explosion occurred about 9 a.m. in northern Baghdad as a police patrol passed through the area, but it missed its target and hit a civilian car instead, wounding four people, a police officer said.

Another roadside bomb struck near an Iraqi army patrol in central Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding three others, according to police and hospital officials. …


U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq

As of Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at least 4,169 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. …

Latest identifications:

Seven soldiers died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2008 when their helicopter went down in the vicinity of Tallil, Iraq. Killed were:

  • Chief Warrant Officer Corry A. Edwards, 38, Kennedale, Texas
  • Sgt. Daniel M. Eshbaugh, 43, Norman, Okla.
  • Staff Sgt. Anthony L. Mason, 37, Springtown, Texas
  • 1st Sgt. Julio C. Ordonez, 54, San Antonio
  • Chief Warrant Officer Brady J. Rudolf, 37, Oklahoma City
  • Cpl. Michael E. Thompson, 23, Harrah, Okla.
  • Capt. Robert Vallejo II, 28, Richland Hills, Texas.

Edwards, Mason, Ordonez and Vallejo were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, Texas Army National Guard, Grand Prairie, Texas. Eshbaugh, Rudolph and Thompson were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, Oklahoma National Guard, Lexington, Okla.

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Security Developments in Iraq

Following are security developments in Iraq on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, as reported by Reuters.

NEAR BAQUBA – Police found three mass graves containing tens of bodies in two areas south of Baquba, 40 miles northeast of Baghdad, the government said in a statement. Numerous mass graves have been found in Iraq in the past year, often containing victims of a wave of sectarian violence that swept the country during 2006-2007.

BALAD RUZ – Police arrested seven members of a suicide cell near Balad Ruz, 55 miles northeast of Baghdad, the government said in a statement.

MOSUL – A morgue in the city of Mosul received two bodies with gunshot wounds, police said.

BAGHDAD – The Iraqi army killed two gunmen and arrested 81 others in the last 24 hours in different parts of the country, the Defense Ministry said.

BAGHDAD – A car bomb killed at least two people and wounded five others in the Karrada district of central Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – A mortar bomb killed one person and wounded four others in western Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – A car bomb wounded two people when it exploded near an Iraqi army patrol in Jamiaa district in western Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL – Gunmen killed two brothers and wounded a third when they opened fire in a market in Mosul, 240 miles north of Baghdad, on Sunday, police said.

SUWAYRA – Police recovered a body showing signs of torture from the Tigris River in Suwayra, 30 miles southeast of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – A U.S. soldier died after a small-arms fire attack on his patrol in Baghdad.

An Iraqi mother weeps over the body of her dead daughter outside the morgue in the city of Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, on Sept. 22, 2008. According to witnesses the 3-year-old child was shot dead by accident when a roadside bomb detonated as an Iraqi army patrol drove past. The army opened fire and a civilian car carrying the child and her family was hit. (Photo credit: STR / AFP / Getty Images)



2 Afghan Officials Killed in Bomb Blast

Sept. 23, 2008

KABUL, Afghanistan — Police say a roadside bomb has killed a district chief and a police chief in southern Afghanistan. …

Militants regularly attack Afghan and foreign troops with roadside bombs. Southern Afghanistan is the center of the Taliban-led insurgency. More than 4,500 people — mostly militants — have died so far in the insurgency-related violence this year.


60 Die in Pakistan Militant Crackdown

Sept. 23, 2008

KHAR, Pakistan — Security forces backed by helicopter gunships and artillery killed more than 60 insurgents in northwest Pakistan in offensives aimed at denying al-Qaida and Taliban militants safe havens, officials said Tuesday.

The attacks come amid intense U.S. pressure on Pakistan to crack down on militants blamed for attacks both at home and on coalition forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

A truck bombing over the weekend at a luxury hotel in the capital Islamabad that killed 53 people underscored the threat extremists pose to the nuclear-armed nation. …

Some officials believe the weekend bombing of the Marriott Hotel may have been a response to the Bajur operations, which the army says has left more than 700 suspected militants dead.

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