The Iraq Bulletin
In solidarity with the people of Iraq struggling under foreign
News from Iraq this week: July 22 to 28
Saturday July 22
4 U.S. soldiers accused of murdering
suspected insurgents during a raid in Iraq said they were under
orders to `kill all military age males.`
Sunday July 23
detainees were routinely subjected to beatings, sleep
deprivation, stress positions and other forms of abuse by US
interrogators, according to a Human Rights Watch report that
offers first-hand accounts from three former soldiers.
Monday July 24
The US military plans to maintain US forces in Iraq at current
levels even as it concentrates more troops in Baghdad to deal
with rising violence.
Tuesday July 25
When Tony Blair called the fighting in
Lebanon a catastrophe the response of his Iraqi counterpart was
blunt. The Israeli onslaught was, in fact, beyond catastrophe
and would only boost extremism in Baghdad, Nouri al-Maliki said
on his first official visit to London. He said that the broader
effect of the two-week-old war would spur `a great push towards
fundamentalism and extremism` in the region.
Wednesday July 26
Residents of Basra began to flee when the
fighting became too much. But when they arrived in Mosul, they
found even worse conditions.
Thursday July 27
Mortars, rockets and a car bomb blasted
Baghdad`s upscale Karradah district Thursday, killing at least
31 people and wounding 153.
Friday July 28
US troops in a relatively quiet
Shiite area south of Baghdad have come under increasing attack
by groups linked to Shiite.
Civilians reported killed by
military intervention in Iraq since invasion*:
Total number of US soldiers killed
in Iraq since invasion = 2571
Total number of US soldiers wounded
in Iraq since invasion= 19157
Total number of UK soldiers killed
in Iraq since invasion = 114
Total number of soldiers from other
nations killed since invasion = 115
*This estimate is only of English language media reported deaths.
A peer reviewed epidemiological survey (Roberts
et al., The Lancet, Vol 364 Issue 9448 pp 1857 1864)
estimated that in the 18 months following the invasion 100, 000
excess deaths or more have occurred. Violence accounted for
most of the excess deaths and air strikes from coalition forces
accounted for most violent deaths. Criticisms of IBC methodology
can be found at
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