Saturday, 12 January 2008.
US troops kill Iraqi civilian north of al-Fallujah Saturday afternoon.
- US bombing of 'Arab Jabbur a "horrendous, cold-blooded massacre" local residents say. Most victims were women, children. Dozens of families still buried under rubble as US 'security cordon’ around bomb scene prevents rescue and recovery efforts.
- US admits death of Marine in al-Anbar Province Friday.
- Bomb targets US patrol in Baghdad’s Madinat as-Sadr area.
- Two US troops wounded in operations in northern Babil Province Saturday.
US troops kill Iraqi civilian north of al-Fallujah Saturday afternoon.
In a dispatch posted at 7:45pm Baghdad time Saturday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a US patrol shot and killed an Iraqi civilian in his car north of al-Fallujah at 4pm local time Saturday afternoon.
Yaqen reported a source in the Iraqi puppet police who asked not to be identified as saying that a US patrol happened upon an Iraqi in his car near a branch of the Tigris river, near Nazim ath-Tharthar, 20km north of al-Fallujah, and opened fire on the car. The US attack killed the driver.
Afterwards, the Americans searched the man’s car and found no weapons. His corpse was sent to al-Fallujah hospital for delivery to his family.
US bombing of 'Arab Jabbur a "horrendous, cold-blooded massacre" local residents say. Most victims were women, children. Dozens of families still buried under rubble as US 'security cordon’ around bomb scene prevents rescue and recovery efforts.
In a dispatch posted at 1:12pm Baghdad time Saturday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that residents of the 'Arab Jabbur area who witnessed the massive American bombing of their region on Thursday have said that most of the victims of the savage US air assault were women and children.
At dawn on Thursday, 10 January, the United States sent B-1 strategic bombers and F-18 fighter bombers into the area, dropping 38 bombs weighing more than 21 tons on civilian targets in 'Arab Jabbur.
Yaqen reported local residents as saying that the American claims that the raids "killed dozens of gunmen" in the area were totally untrue. Witnesses said that the American attacks struck houses of residents and that most of the dead were women and children. In one home a family of 10 was completely wiped out, the residents said.
The bodies of those victims and an uncalculated number of others still lie buried in piles of rubble, the like of which has not been seen since the start of the American aggression against Iraq, Yaqen reported.
US forces have imposed a "security cordon" around the area where the bombing took place, making it impossible for local residents to do anything to dig out the remains or the dead or to search for survivors possibly still buried under the rubble. Hundreds of US troops in dozens of armored vehicles and Humvees drove into the area after the bombing – which lasted about half an hour – stopped.
The residents of 'Arab Jabbur expressed anger and outrage over the silence maintained by the US-installed puppet regime in Baghdad over the carnage inflicted upon them in the barbarous aerial assault that killed innocent women and children. Local residents appealed to international humanitarian organizations to intervene to help the wounded and recover the bodies of the dead from their ruined homes. They said that what the US had perpetrated on the pretext of chasing "gunmen" was a horrendous, cold-blooded massacre.
Sectarian murder spree continues: two more bodies found dumped in Baghdad Saturday.
In a dispatch posted at 8:52pm Baghdad time Saturday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the Iraqi puppet police had recovered the bodies of two unidentified victims of sectarian murder that had been dumped in eastern and southern Baghdad.
Yaqen reported that one of the bodies was picked up in the Zuyunah neighborhood of eastern Baghdad and the other in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah.
US admits death of Marine in al-Anbar Province Friday.
In a dispatch posted at 7:30pm Baghdad time Saturday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the US had admitted that one more of its Marines had died in Iraq.
Yaqen reported a communiqué issued by the American military as saying that an American Marine had died in a "non-combat incident" in al-Anbar Province on Friday. In keeping with the US policy of concealing facts regarding American losses the US statement provided no other details, not even an indication as to where in the 138,501 square kilometers of al-Anbar the incident occurred.
Bomb targets US patrol in Baghdad’s Madinat as-Sadr area.
In a dispatch posted at 1:45pm Baghdad time Saturday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that three bombs exploded in two incidents in Baghdad on Saturday morning.
Yaqen reported a source in the puppet police as saying that a bomb exploded by a patrol of US troops on Muzaffar Sqaure in the Madinat as-Sadr area of Baghdad. No information on the nature or extent of casualties was available because the Americans cordoned off the area after the blast.
In a separate incident, two bombs went off on Beirut Square, wounding two people and damaging a number of shops.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Armed attack leaves five civilians dead in Tuz Khurmatu Saturday evening.
In a dispatch posted at 8:30pm Baghdad time Saturday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a group of armed men stormed a village near Tuz Khurmatu, 250km north of Baghdad on Saturday evening and killed five civilians.
Yaqen reported a source in the puppet police said that the individuals killed in the attack were all members of one family. The source did not indicate which armed group had carried out the attack or why.
House raids leave two collaborator "Awakening" policemen dead.
In a dispatch posted at 12:35pm Baghdad time Saturday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that armed men killed an officer in the former Iraqi army as well as two members of the collaborationist "Awakening" police in two separate attacks in eastern ad-Dulu'iyah, 97km north of Baghdad at dawn on Saturday.
Yaqen reported a source in the puppet police as saying that armed men attacked a house in the village of ad-Dawudiyah to the east of ad-Dulu'iyah and killed Lieutenant Colonel Ziyad Ibrahim of the Iraqi Army before the US invasion in 2003. Also killed in the attack was Ibrahim’s 14-year-old son. The reason for the double murder was unknown.
The source said that in a second incident, armed men opened fire on another house, located near the first. In that instance the attackers killed the father of the house and three of his sons. The man and one of his sons worked for the collaborationist "Awakening" police.
US, puppet forces carry mount offensive near al-Miqdadiyah Saturday afternoon.
In a dispatch posted at 11:20pm Baghdad time Saturday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that US forces accompanied by their Iraqi puppet army allies carried out extensive operations in the area of al-Miqdadiyah, 85km northeast of Baghdad on Saturday afternoon.
Yaqen reported that the offensive was still underway as of the time of reporting. US and puppet forces carried out a similar offensive in the as-Salam area near Ba'qubah on Friday.
Car bomb wounds four puppet security troops in al-Miqdadiyah.
In a dispatch posted at 4:25pm Baghdad time Saturday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a car bomb exploded by puppet regime security forces in the al-Miqdadiyah area, 85km northeast of Baghdad on Saturday.
Yaqen reported a source in the puppet security forces as saying that the car bomb went off near a checkpoint in the al-Wajihiyah area of al-Miqdadiyah and wounded four of he puppet troops manning the post. All were hospitalized for treatment.
Two US troops wounded in operations in northern Babil Province Saturday.
In a dispatch posted at 9:05pm Baghdad time Saturday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that US forces staged an airborne landing in the ash-Shakhah 4 area 50km south of Baghdad on Saturday.
Yaqen reported as source in the puppet Iraqi army as saying that US and Iraqi puppet troops in helicopters carried out an operation in the area of ash-Shakhah 4 with F-16 fighter-bombers flying air cover. The source said that two of the Americans and one officer in the Iraqi puppet forces were wounded in the operation.
Three high-tension electrical towers sabotaged near al-Mawsil.
In a dispatch posted at 5:25pm Baghdad time Saturday evening, the Yaqen News Agency reported that three high-tension towers northwest of al-Mawsil were blown up in acts of sabotage by unknown parties.
Yaqen reported Engineer 'Umar Khalil, the General Director for Electricity for Ninwa Province as saying that as a result of the destruction of the three towers, the electricity grid was cut off from the generator at the al-Mawsil Dam, reducing electric power.
The directorate of electricity worked hard to link the gas powered al-Mawsil station to the grid so as to make up for the lack of electricity in Bayji. This was finally accomplished, Khalil said, but the loss of the three electrical towers was a setback and a grave threat to electric power in the city.
Bombs explode in al-Mawsil Saturday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 11:30pm Baghdad time Saturday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that two bombs exploded in al-Mawsil, 420km northwest of Baghdad, in two separate incidents on Saturday morning.
Yaqen reported a source in the puppet police as saying that one bomb went off by a puppet police patrol in the al-Muharibeen area to the north of the city. The blast wounded one puppet policeman who was taken to al-Mawsil General Hospital for treatment.
The second bomb went off in the az-Zanjili area of southwestern al-Mawsil near the soft drink factory. No casualties were reported in that attack.
Fighters assault puppet police station in al-Mawsil al-Jadidah.
In a dispatch posted at 10:30am Baghdad time Saturday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that armed men distributed leaflets in the al-Mawsil al-Jadidah area ("New al-Mawsil") threatening to blow up the new puppet police station in the district.
Yaqen reported eyewitnesses as saying that the leaflets gave the puppet police a grace period during which to vacate the station before it is blown up.
Meanwhile, a source in the puppet police said that clashes took place between armed men who assaulted the station and puppet policemen who were allegedly able to beat back the attack.
Puppet regime forces arrest mufti for Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in ad-Diwaniyah.
In a dispatch posted at 2:25pm Baghdad time Saturday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that Iraqi puppet regime forces arrested the Mufti (jurisconsult) of the pro-Iranian Shi'i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi militia operating in the city of ad-Diwaniyah, 180km south of Baghdad.
Yaqen reported an official in the Iraqi puppet regime’s security services, who asked not to be identified, as saying that Huwayn al-Qasir issued religious law rulings permitting the killing of puppet policemen and officials of the US-installed puppet regime in ad-Diwaniyah. The source said he was arrested by puppet regime troops in the course of a raid on a house in the al-Iskan neighborhood and was then taken to be interrogated.
Ad-Diwaniyah has recently been the scene of fighting between the Shi'i sectarian puppet regime forces backed by the US, and their rivals in the pro-Iranian Shi'i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.