Thursday, August 17, 2006


Already this month, 27 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq. July brought the highest Iraqi death count since the beginning of this "war." Keep your eye on the ball folks.

08/17/06 NPR: Patrolling Baghdad for Terror and Trash
U.S. and Iraqi forces go through some of Baghdad's most dangerous districts, seizing weapons, arresting terrorism suspects and hiring residents to clear trash from the streets. The U.S. military describes the sweeps as the most important...
A Multi-National Division – Baghdad soldier died at approximately 7 a.m. today [8/17/2006] when he was hit by an improvised-explosive device south of Baghdad while conducting a dismounted patrol. Release Number: 06-08-01CL
08/17/06 newhouse: One Day in Iraq, One Lifetime to Recover
His legs are gone, but Steven Smith's courageous Army swagger remains intact...April 4 was Smith's first and only day in Iraq...the Humvee he was riding in struck a roadside bomb. The explosion took both of his legs from the knee down
08/17/06 AP: Iraq Doubles Funding for Oil Imports
Iraq has doubled the money allocated for importing oil products in August and September to tackle the country's worst fuel shortage since Saddam Hussein's 2003 ouster, a senior Iraqi official said Thursday.
08/17/06 Reuters: Iraqi army arrest six gunmen in Basra
The Iraqi army arrested six gunmen in Basra and 58 suspected insurgents in different parts of Iraq in the last 24 hours, Iraq's defence ministry said in a statement.
08/17/06 Reuters: Two bodies found dead just north of Falluja
The bodies of two men with gunshot wounds, bearing signs of torture, were found dead just north of Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.
08/17/06 NYTimes: Bombs Aimed at G.I.’s in Iraq Are Increasing
The number of roadside bombs planted in Iraq rose in July to the highest monthly total of the war, offering more evidence that the anti-American insurgency has continued to strengthen despite the killing of the terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
08/17/06 AFP: Iraqi parliament speaker dismisses ouster plans as 'lies'
Iraqi parliament speaker Mahmud Mashhadani has dismissed as "lies" reports that lawmakers were planning to oust him, Jordan's state-run Petra news agency reported.
08/17/06 Reuters: No calm for Baghdad streets (video)
Baghdad's streets and markets continue to be dangerous places for civilians and police. At least three people were killed and 26 wounded when a car bomb exploded near a crowded market in eastern Baghdad, police said.
08/17/06 Centcom: SOLDIER DIES IN AL ANBAR (confirmed)
A Soldier assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division died from wounds sustained due to enemy action while operating in Al Anbar Province Aug. 16.
08/17/06 AP: Car bomb kills 7 in Baghdad's Sadr City slum
A car bomb exploded Thursday in Baghdad's biggest Shiite district, killing seven people and injuring 15, officials said. Iraq's prime minister insisted that Iraqi forces were ready to take over security duties in most provinces despite rising violence.
08/17/06 Kuna: Three Iraqi policemen killed in car bomb attack in Baghdad
Three Iraqi policemen were killed in a car bomb attack in the western suburb of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Thursday...A source at the police said in press remarks a booby-trapped car went off near a police patrol in Mansour area in western Baghdad.
08/17/06 AP: Iraq Violence Feeds Funeral Businesses
Back in 1982, Radhwan Mizaal Ali opened a tiny shop offering funeral supplies. Now he runs six shops, and business is booming. ``Whenever they beat war drums, our business flourishes more,''
08/17/06 Reuters: Roadside bomb kills two civilians in Daquq
A roadside bomb exploded in the town of Daquq, 45 km (25 miles) south of Kirkuk, killing two civilians and wounding a third, police said.
08/17/06 Reuters: Three policemen wounded by roadside bomb in Baghdad
Three policemen were wounded when a car bomb exploded in Mansour district, west-central Baghdad, Interior Ministry sources said
08/17/06 Reuters: Nine people wounded in attack on Kurdish security
Nine people were wounded, including four civilians, when a suicide car bomber targeting Kurdish security forces blew himself up on a road in Sinjar...Police had earlier said five guards were killed in the blast.
08/17/06 Reuters: Iraqi interpreter killed in Mahmudiya
An Iraqi interpreter working on a U.S. military base was killed by gunmen in Mahmudiya, about 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.
08/17/06 Reuters: Lieutenant Colonel killed in Mosul, policeman killed in Falluja
Lieutenant Colonel Abdul-Ilah Abdul-Kareem of Mosul police was gunned down in western Mosul...Gunmen killed a policeman in the city of Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.
08/17/06 Reuters: Iraqi soldier found dead im Balad
One Iraqi soldier securing oil fields was found dead, with 13 gunshot wounds to the head, a day after he was kidnapped in Balad, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
08/17/06 Reuters: Bodies of six blindfolded civilians retrieved from the Tigris
The bodies of six blindfolded civilians with their hands bound and with multiple gunshot wounds were retrieved from the Tigris river in Suwayra, a town 45 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.
08/17/06 AFP: Twenty people wounded in Muqdadiyah
In the town of Muqdadiyah, northeast of Baquba, 20 people were wounded including three policemen when three mortars rounds slammed into a market on Thursday, police said.
08/17/06 AFP: Six civilians killed in Baquba (cont.)
A fifth victim was gunned down by men after they stole his car outside Baquba, while a civilian from the village of Zhagania, north of town, was shot dead in a coffee shop, police added.
08/17/06 AFP: Six civilians killed in Baquba
Another six people were killed in a string of shootings in and around Baquba...Three of the dead were brothers, who owned an agricultural equipment shop, while another was a salesman. The four were shot in the centre of Baquba market.
08/17/06 AP: Car bomb kills four in Baghdad's Sadr City Shiite stronghold
At least four people are dead and a dozen more injured from a car bomb that blew up in Baghdad's Sadr City, the slum that is a stronghold of support for anti-U-S Muslim cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr (mook-TAH'-duh ehl SAH'-dur).
08/17/06 irinnews: Lawyers killed for defending cases “against Islam”
Defending the rule of law and women’s rights is costing some Iraqi lawyers their lives. Since October 2005, 38 lawyers have been murdered and hundreds attacked for defending cases which their enemies say are “against Islam”,
08/17/06 BBC: Displaced Iraqis - Sunni family's story
Jamal Anour, 51, his wife and two children are among tens of thousands of Iraqis who have fled sectarian violence in recent months. The Sunni musician had lived in the Shaab area of Baghdad since the 1980s. Once a mixed district...
08/17/06 VOI: U.S. forces launch arrest campaign in Falluja
The U.S. forces started in the early hours of Thursday an arrests campaign and raids in Falluja, eyewitnesses said. U.S. Hummers accompanied by Iraqi security forces cordoned off in the early hours of Thursday Dubbat neighborhood in central Falluja
08/17/06 Xinhua: Gunmen shoot dead a senior police officer in northern Iraq
Gunmen in Iraq assassinated on Thursday a senior official of Mosul police station while he was going out of his house in the center of Mosul, about 400 km north of Baghdad, a source from local police told Xinhua.
08/17/06 AP: U.S. Soldier Killed In Western Iraq
The U.S. military today said that another of its troops has been killed in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar. The statement says the soldier was killed in combat on August 16, but provides no other details.

Source: Iraq Coalition Casualties

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