Friday, November 30, 2007

Mini Mini Battlefield Digest: Afghanistan, Week 48


More refugees from Swat Valley area (Mingora), as Pakistani military tries to fight Taliban. (AP Photos/Mohammad Zubair)



Battlefield News, Afghanistan


Political Developments and Major Campaign Resource Shifts

  • Roggio: President Karzai said contact from Taliban leaders has increased over the past year. NATO's logistics have not been affected by Pakistan's state of emergency. The Senlis Council calls for the doubling of NATO troops, the removal of caveats, and NATO operations in Pakistan's NWFP. -Thursday, November 22, 2007
  • WaPo: A White House assessment of the war in Afghanistan has concluded that wide-ranging strategic goals that the Bush administration set for 2007 have not been met, even as U.S. and NATO forces have scored significant combat successes... -Sunday, November 25, 2007
  • AP: The Dutch government on Friday was expected to announce a two-year extension of its mission with the NATO-led force in southern Afghanistan. -Friday, November 30, 2007
  • ANI: Pakistani security forces today notched up a major success against the Baloch nationalists when they shot and killed senior Baloch leader Balash Khan Marri. -Friday, November 23, 2007
  • Roggio: Osama bin Laden urged NATO forces to leave Afghanistan. -Thursday, November 29, 2007
  • Roggio: Almost half the members of the parliament walked out over the investigation of the Baghlan suicide bombing and resulting actions by security guards. -Monday, November 26, 2007
  • Roggio: The Taliban beheaded a man in the Jaghato district in Maidan Wardak province. -Wednesday, November 28, 2007
  • COIN: Actions, Reactions, Counteractions, etc.
    • Roggio: The Taliban recaptured the Gulistan district in Farah province. -Friday, November 23, 2007
    • Roggio: Afghan and ISAF forces recaptured the Gulistan district in Farah province. -Sunday, November 25, 2007
    • Roggio: The Taliban beheaded seven police officers after overrunning their checkpoints in Kandahar's Arghandab district; six other police are missing. -Friday, November 23, 2007
    • CBC: Canadian commanders said Friday that troops have secured a strategically important area in the volatile Zhari district in southern Afghanistan. -Friday, November 30, 2007
    VIOLENCE: Tactical Developments
    • dpa: Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint and beheaded seven policemen and took away another six agents in the early hours of Friday in southern Kandahar province, local police said. -Friday, November 23, 2007
    • AP: The U.S.-led coalition killed 14 road construction workers in airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan because of mistaken intelligence reports, Afghan officials said Wednesday. [ISFA denied this claim, in ongoing saga of fog-of-war and posturing]. -Wednesday, November 28, 2007
    • AFP: A suicide car bomb aimed at US-led coalition soldiers exploded Tuesday in an upmarket Kabul area that is home to foreign embassies and aid agencies, killing at least two Afghans, police said. -Tuesday, November 27, 2007
    • AP: A bomb hit a border police convoy Sunday in southern Afghanistan, killing two policemen and injuring a third, officials said. The roadside bomb struck the police convoy in the morning in Kandahar provinces's Spin Boldak district... -Sunday, November 25, 2007
    • AP: A Taliban suicide attacker killed seven people, including three children and an Italian military engineer, when he blew himself up Saturday in a scenic Afghan town near Kabul, officials said. -Saturday, November 24, 2007
    • Xinhua: Gun battle between Taliban insurgents and Afghan police in Afghanistan's central Ghazni province has left a dozen persons including 11 insurgents dead, a local official said Saturday. -Saturday, November 24, 2007
    • AP: A suicide attack targeting Italian soldiers building a bridge resulted in the deaths of one soldier and six Afghans, including three children who had gathered to watch the construction Saturday, officials and witnesses said. -Saturday, November 24, 2007
    US Military Justice/Violence/Casualty
    • theaustralian: Australian commando Luke Worsley, of Sydney, has been killed in a close-quarters battle with Taliban forces in Afghanistan...the soldier had died at 7.30am eastern Australian time, after being shot during a raid on a compound 10km east of Karim Towt -Friday, November 23, 2007
    • NATO: An ISAF servicemember died this morning from injuries sustained in a vehicle-rollover last night in southern Wardak Province. The servicemember was medically evacuated to an ISAF treatment facility in Khost Province where the member died. -Sunday, November 25, 2007
    • Roggio: One Australian solider and three civilians were killed during fighting in Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province. -Friday, November 23, 2007
    • AP: Two Danish soldiers were killed Thursday in a gunbattle with Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan, the Scandinavian country's military said. The soldiers were part of a Danish reconnaissance unit that came under fire in Gereshk Valley... -Thursday, November 29, 2007
    • AP: A roadside bomb struck an Afghan army vehicle in an eastern province Monday, killing four soldiers and wounding two, an official said. Four civilians were killed in another blast near the capital. -Tuesday, November 27, 2007
    • Bloomberg: Two Danish soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan in September were the victims of so-called ``friendly fire'' from British troops, TV2 reported, without saying how it obtained the information. -Monday, November 26, 2007
    • Xinhua: Four Afghan soldiers were killed as a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province Monday, spokesman of provincial administration Deen Mohammad Darwish said. -Monday, November 26, 2007
    • CanWest : Three Canadian soldiers were injured Tuesday morning when their light armoured vehicle hit a suspected homemade bomb just outside Kandahar city. -Wednesday, November 28, 2007
    Economic Developments, Reconstruction, and General Good News

    [this space purposely left blank because of lack of de-classified, systematic data]


Enemy Casualty Lists: Week 48

Today, we lack metrics to know if we are winning or losing the global war on terror. Are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than the madrassas and the radical clerics are recruiting, training and deploying against us?
-October, 2003, SecDef Rumsfeld
3rd of 101st on Patrol South of Baghdad (triangle of death)
BAGHDAD - Iraqi troops arrested the son of a leading Sunni politician and dozens of his associates after a car bomb was discovered near his compound and keys to the vehicle were found on one of his bodyguards, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Friday.

WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST: ENEMY CASUALTIES AND DENTENSIONS IN IRAQ

Counted Enemy Casualties, IRAQ
Counted Captured: 299; Killed: 26; High-value: 13
Thursday, November 22, 2007: Captured: 18; Killed: 20
BaghdadThe Iraqi Army and police killed 19 al Qaeda fighters in an operation in Diyala. Coalition forces killed one al Qaeda operative and detained 10 during operations in central and northern Iraq. Iraqi police detained eight insurgents in Baghdad.
Friday, November 23, 2007: Captured: 45
Diyala: Ad Diwaniyah; Kirkuk; SamarraCoalition forces captured seven members of an al Qaeda propaganda cell in in Samarra. An Iraqi Emergency Response Unit detained five extremists during an north of Diwaniyah. US and Iraqi forces captured 33 insurgents near Kirkuk.
Saturday, November 24, 2007: Captured: 75; Killed: 9; High value: 2
Baghdad; Balad; Kirkuk; SamarraIraqi security forces launched operations in Kirkuk and Samarra; fifty al Qaeda fighters have been captured. Iraqi Security Forces killed eight insurgents and detained 14 in Baghdad. Coalition forces killed one al Qaeda operative and detained 10 during operations central and northern Iraq. Iraqi Forces detained an IED maker and an al Qaeda in Iraq mortar specialist during raids near Balad.
Sunday, November 25, 2007: Captured: 58; Killed: 10; High value: 2
Baghdad; Samarra; Diyala: KhalisCoalition forces killed 10 al Qaeda operatives and captured eight during operations north of Samarra; another 24 operatives were capured during raids on al Qaeda's media, courier, and foreign fighter networks. Coalition forces captured Special Groups leaders in Khalis and Ar Rashidiyah. Iraqi Security Forces detained 21 insurgents and defused 11 roadside bombs in Baghdad. A Diyala tribal council captured five al Qaeda fighters in Rasoul.
Monday, November 26, 2007: Captured: 16; High value: 3
Diyala: Ad DiwaniyahCoalition forces detained 10 al Qaeda operatives during raids along the Tigris River Valley in Iraq. Iraqi Forces detained an al Qaeda commander and two Special Groups operatives and found 18 IEDs during three separate operations; three more Shia extremists were arrested in Diwaniyah.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007: Captured: 28; Killed: 3; High value: 3
Kirkuk; MosulTwenty-eight al Qaeda fighters were captured in Kirkuk. US forces killed a senior al Qaeda leader in Mosul and two al Qaeda leaders north of Baiji.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007: Captured: 39; High value: 2
Diyala: Ad Diwaniyah; Baghdad; Kirkuk; SamarraCoalition forces captured 12 al Qaeda operatives identified two senior al Qaeda leaders killed in Kirkuk and Samarra earlier this year. Iraqi Security Forces captured an al Qaeda cell leader in Al Saker and 18 fighters in Kirkuk; another three were captured in Baghdad. Five Mahdi Army fighters were captured in Diwaniyah along with a large weapons cache.
src Bill Roggio - Read - Support

WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST: ENEMY CASUALTIES AND DENTENSIONS IN AFGHANISTAN

Counted Enemy Casualties, Afghanistan
Counted Captured: 25; Killed: 99; High-value: 1



Friday, November 23, 2007
GhazniISAF forces killed several extremists and captured two while targeting a foreign fighter facilitation cell in the Nawa district of Ghazni province.
Saturday, November 24, 2007: Captured: 6; Killed: 11
Kapisa; ZabulAfghan Army commandos killed six Taliban fighters and captured six during an operation in the Tagab Valley of Kapisa Province. Coalition forces captured five Taliban during an operation targeting weapons smugglers in Zabul Province.
Sunday, November 25, 2007: Captured: 12; Killed: 76
PaktiaCoalition airstrikes killed 76 Taliban fighters as they massed near the Pakistani border in the Patan and Chauni regions in Paktia province; Afghan forces captured an additional 12.
Monday, November 26, 2007; Killed: 11
GhazniEleven Taliban, including two commanders, and one policemen were killed in fighting in Ghazni province.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007: Captured: 7
PaktiaAfghan commandos captured seven Taliban during an operation in Zormat district in Paktia province.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Afghan National Security Forces destroyed a weapons cache in the Sherzad District in Nangahar Province.
Thursday, November 29, 2007; Killed: 1; High value: 1

ISAF states it targeted and killed a Taliban commander, not construction workers during a strike in Nuristan.
src Bill Roggio - Read - Support

Weekly Casualty Lists: Week 48

The collateral impact of war:

-Half of Afghan parliament, unable to deal, walks out (Roggio) in angst over Baghlan incident a week ago in which security guards over-reacted to an attack, killing large number of civilians.
-Stress on U.S. soldiers continues unabated: Filed under "what was asked of us", IBC reports - "The number of civilians killed by US forces during November is now 75, including 2 children."

WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST: MNF-IRAQ

-------Name, AgeSrv BranchHometown

Rank, Unit

Location; Circumstance of Death

John J. Tobiason, 42U.S. ArmyBloomington
Sergeant 1st Class, 847th Adjutant General BN, 89th Regional Readiness Command
Baghdad; 28-Nov-07; Non-hostile - accident

Allen C. Roberts, 21U.S. MarineArcola, IL
Corporal, Marine Attack Squadron 214, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I MEF
Al Asad; 28-Nov-07; Non-hostile - vehicle accident

Name Not Released YetU.S. Armyn.a.
Not reported yet, Multi-National Division - Baghdad
Baghdad (western part); 28-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - small arms fire

Isaac T. Cortes, 26U.S. ArmyBronx, NY
Private, 1stt Squadron, 71st Cavalry Reg, 1st Brigade Combat Team, (Light Infantry) 10th Mountain Division
Amerli; 27-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

Benjamin J. Garrison, 25U.S. ArmyHouston, TX
Specialist, 1stt Squadron, 71st Cavalry Reg, 1st Brigade Combat Team, (Light Infantry) 10th Mountain Division
Amerli; 27-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

Jonathon L. Martin, 33U.S. ArmyBellevue, OH
Staff Sergeant, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Reg, 1st Brigade Combat Team, (Air Assault) 101st Airborne Division
Regensburg, Germany; 22-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST: ISAF-AFGHANISTAN

------Name, AgeSrv BranchCountry

Rank, Unit

Location; Circumstance of Death
Sergio Miguel Vidal Oliveira Pedrosa, 22Portuguese ArmyVila Nova de Gaia-Portugal
Private (soldado), Regimento de Infantaria 10
Wardak Province; 24-Nov-07; Non-hostile - vehicle accident
Daniele Paladini, 35Italian ArmyLecce-Italy
Maresciallo capo/Chief Warrant Officer, 2nd Reggimento Pontieri
Paghman; 24-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - suicide bomber
Luke Worsley, 26Australian ArmySydney-Australia
Private, Special Operations Task Group
Karim Towt - east of (Oruzgan Province); 23-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - small arms fire

WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST: IRAQI CIVILIAN, counted by large event

Counted Civilian Casualties: 271 this week; 307 last week; 229 prior week.
Counted bodies found: 71 this week; 159 last week; 130 prior week.
Thursday 29 November: 24 dead
Afghanistan: Four civilians were killed and eight wounded during bombings in Kandahar province.
Baghdad: roadside bomb kills 1, Shaab; 6 bodies.
Al-Salam: mortars kill 12.
Okashat: 2 policemen killed in battle with gunmen near Syrian border.
Bamo: roadside bomb kills policeman.
Tikrit: gunmen kill Sheikh's son.
Hawija: gunmen attack mayor's convoy, kill guard.
Wednesday 28 November: 16 dead
Afghanistan:The governor of Nuristan province said NATO airstrikes killed 12 civilian road workers.
Baghdad: 3 killed in explosion, Nafal al-Shurta; 3 bodies.
Haqlaniya: 5 killed in mortar attack.
Kirkuk: gunmen kill 2.
Tikrit: gunmen kill mayor.
Hawija: gunmen kill 1.
Mosul: gunmen kill policeman.
Tuesday 27 November: 71 dead
Afghanistan:A suicide bomb in a market in central Kabul killed two civilians and wounded four; Gulbuddin Hekmatyar claimed responsibility for the attack. A British friendly fire incident in late September killed two Danish soldiers in Helmand province.
Baghdad: US forces fire on minibus, kill 4, Shaab; US patrol fires on civilian vehicles, kills 2, Tobchi; woman is killed in grenade attack, Dora; 3 bodies.
Baquba: suicide bomber kills up to 13 at police station; suicide bomber blows herself up at a gathering of Iraqi civilians and US troops, kills 2.
Haditha: rocket hits market, kills 5.
Mosul: 2 killed in clashes; 9 bodies.
Tikrit: 4 bodies.
Nineveh province: 15 bodies of prisoners abducted the previous day by gunmen are found.
Monday 26 November: 19 dead
Baghdad: formerly displaced mother and 2 children killed by gunmen, after returning to their home, Saidiya; 4 bodies.
Mosul: roadside bomb kills civilian; 3 bodies.
Kut: gunmen kill policeman.
Kanan: al-Qaeda attack kills civilian.
Hilla: gunmen kill man in car.
Baiji: US forces open fire on vehicle, kill 2 men and child inside it.
Sunday 25 November: 50 dead
Baghdad: car bombs, roadside bombs kill 18 in Bab al-Muatham, Waziriya, Rostomiya, Rusafa; gunmen kill 11 members of journalist's family (his sisters, their husbands and 7 children) opposing US occupation of Iraq and the al-Maliki government; 5 bodies.
Baquba: gunmen open fire on car, kill 3 members of the same family.
Basra: gunmen kill civilian; 3 bodies.
Mandali: gunmen shoot 2 brothers.
Ramadi: US forces open fire on car, kill man traveling with his wife and children.
Saturday 24 November: 17 dead
Afghanistan:A Taliban suicide bomber killed nine, including six children and an Italian soldier, and wounded 12 during an attack in Kabul province.
Baghdad: 4 bodies.
Falluja: 2 bodies.
Mosul: roadside bomb kills policeman; 2 bodies -a university student and her mother.
Samarra: car bomb kills 3 policemen.
Hilla: 2 worshipers shot dead outside mosque.
Tuz Khurmato: body found.
Wajihia: body found.
Friday 23 November: 74 dead
Afghanistan:One Australian solider and three civilians were killed during fighting in Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province.

WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST: JOURNALISTS IN IRAQ

NameDate
Circumstances
None counted this week.

src: MNF-I, MNF-A, journalists from icasualties.org; Iraqi Civiilan: iraqbodycount.org; Afghan events from Bill Roggio, other sources

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Mini Mini Battlefield Digest: Iraq, Week 47

Kurdistan Goes Sour - Newsweek (see link below)

Items on military justice, this week.

Battlefield News, Iraq

Political Developments and Major Campaign Resource Shifts
  • AsiaTimes: Muqtada moves to stop a Sunni 'surge'
  • Guardian: The British commander in southern Iraq confirmed yesterday that UK officials have been holding talks with supporters of the Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi army in the hope they would be drawn into the political process. -Friday, November 16, 2007
  • WaPo: More than 300,000 Shiite Muslims from southern Iraq have signed a petition condemning Iran for fomenting violence in Iraq, according to a group of sheiks leading the campaign. -Thursday, November 22, 2007
  • Reuters: Iran has agreed to hold a new round of talks soon with the United States on how to improve security in Iraq, Iran's foreign minister said on Tuesday. -Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  • UPI: The Iraqi Health Ministry said more than 80 cases of cholera were reported in Baghdad over the past few weeks. A Health Ministry official said most cases of the disease were reported in impoverished areas that lack water and other necessary services... -Friday, November 23, 2007
  • NPR: While insurgent violence is down in Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi forces continue to face a tough fight in Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq. The surge of American forces into Baghdad pushed some insurgents northward into the Mosul area. -Friday, November 16, 2007
    note: 11/11/07 MCT: Mosul's governer survives 2 assassination attempts
    the governor of Mosul , Dureed Kashmoola and the general brigadier Wathiq Al-Hamadni , the chief in command of Mosul police , survived from two assassination attempts by two roadside bombs , one in the forest area and the second one was few minutes...
  • NPR: Nine months after the start of the U.S. troop surge in Baghdad, signs of life are slowly returning to some neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital. In the Sunni enclave of Amriya on the west side of the city, shops are reopening, and the economy is picking up. -Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  • Newsweek: Kurdistan Goes Sour - As shocking as it was to witness, Nariman Ali wasn't surprised when a mob of his fellow Kurds ransacked and burned the paramount emblem of their people's suffering—the memorial to the more than 5,000 victims of Saddam Hussein's 1988 chemical... -Saturday, November 17, 2007
  • dpa: Poland will withdraw all its troops from Iraq by the end of 2008, new Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in his first address to the Polish parliament on Friday. -Friday, November 23, 2007
  • BBC: An estimated 1,000 people a day are returning across Iraq's borders having previously moving abroad to escape the violence, Iraqi authorities say. Most of the returnees are coming from Syria - and very few from Jordan... -Wednesday, November 21, 2007
  • AP: Thousands of Iraqi refugees in Syria have applied for resettlement in the United States, a U.N. refugee agency official in the Syrian capital said Wednesday. -Thursday, November 15, 2007
  • AP: Soldiers strained by six years at war are deserting their posts at the highest rate since 1980, with the number of Army deserters this year showing an 80 percent increase since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. -Friday, November 16, 2007
  • AP: Iraq's prime minister lashed out at the country's Sunni Arab vice president in an interview published Tuesday, drawing attention to a bitter rift between two key politicians from rival sects at a time the U.S. is pressing for Iraqi unity. -Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  • Reuters: Reuters: U.S Commander says surge working in badlands south of Baghdad: "There's way too much emphasis on civil war and sectarian violence, because we're not seeing it. What we are seeing is violence," Major-General Rick Lynch said, adding that a lot of the violence was due to "thugs and criminals" vying for power, rather than insurgents -Friday, November 16, 2007

COIN: Actions, Reactions, Counteractions, etc.
  • KUNA: Undersecretary at the Iraqi Interior Ministry Adnan Al-Asadi on Wednesday said that the Ministry's internal affairs directorate has discharged, within the past few years, some 18,000 of its staff [!] as part of its reform process. -Wednesday, November 21, 2007
  • timesonline: Iraq’s most infamous Shia death squad commander was accused yesterday of masterminding the kidnapping of five British citizens who have not been heard from since their abduction in Baghdad three months ago. -Saturday, November 17, 2007
  • Reuters: Three Iraqi footballers secretly left their team hotel in Australia hours after playing a weekend Olympic qualifying match and plan to seek asylum, an Iraqi football official said. -Sunday, November 18, 2007
  • Reuters: The provincial governor of Muthanna province accused U.S. troops of opening fire on civilian cars south of Baghdad, wounding six people, and threatened to suspend ties with U.S. officials over the attack. -Sunday, November 18, 2007
  • NYTimes: With violence in Iraq on the decline and a quarter of American combat brigades scheduled to leave by July, commanders plan to give the remaining brigades an expanded role in training and supporting Iraqi forces -Friday, November 23, 2007
  • NYTimes: Five months ago, Suhaila al-Aasan lived in an oxygen tank factory with her husband and two sons, convinced that they would never go back to their apartment in Dora, a middle-class neighborhood in southern Baghdad. -Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  • MCT: In the expanse of gray desert east of Baghdad, an Iraqi Army brigade marched Sunday in matching boots and uniforms with M-16 rifles slung over their shoulders, showing off their new formation to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. -Sunday, November 18, 2007
  • LATimes: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki is proposing a $7.4-billion boost in public spending next year in an aggressive budget designed to stimulate industry and speed up repairs of this country's tattered roads, sewers and utilities. -Thursday, November 22, 2007
  • KUNA: Kurdish victims of the Anfal campaign bayed for blood yesterday as Iraq indicated the hanging of "Chemical Ali", one of the masterminds of the slaughter, may be delayed indefinitely. Anger was directed not only at the Iraqi government... -Sunday, November 18, 2007
VIOLENCE: Tactical Developments
  • Reuters: Three suspected al Qaeda militants, including two sisters, beheaded their uncle and his wife, forcing the couple's children to watch, Iraqi police said on Friday. The militants considered that school guard Youssef al-Hayali was an infidel because... -Friday, November 23, 2007
  • Reuters: The body of police major Saad Jumaa was found near Samarra after he was kidnapped on Monday, the Joint Iraqi-U.S. Coordination Centre said. -Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  • Reuters: Two rockets or mortars were fired at the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, where the U.S. embassy and Iraqi government headquarters are located, police said. The U.S. military could not immediately confirm the report. -Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  • Reuters: Teenagers on a motorbike threw a hand grenade at a police checkpoint in Yarmouk in western Baghdad, wounding a soldier, police said. -Thursday, November 22, 2007
  • Reuters: Suspected al Qaeda militants attacked the house of Kadhim al-Mehdawi, the head of a Sunni tribe and kidnapped his 13-year-old son on Monday in the town of Muqdadiya, 90 km (55 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police and his relatives said. -Thursday, November 15, 2007
  • Reuters: Six members of the same family were killed when a Katyusha rocket hit their house in the oil hub of Basra, 550 km (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said. Three of the dead were children. -Monday, November 19, 2007
  • Reuters: Police discovered a weapon cache in a Shi'ite mosque in the town of Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, on Monday, police said. (Editing by Paul Tait) -Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  • Reuters: Iraqi soldiers detained 35 suspected militants in Kerbala, 110 km (70 miles) southwest of Baghdad, the Iraqi government said in a statement. nother three people were detained while they were planting explosives and weapons including... -Thursday, November 22, 2007
  • Reuters: Gunmen kidnapped the manager of a grain company in Dhi Qar province on the road between Nassiriya and Basra, 375 km (235 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said. -Friday, November 23, 2007
  • MNF: Three Multi-National Division-North soldiers were killed as a result of an suicide vest attack while conducting operations in Baqubah, Diyala Province, Nov. 18. The names of the deceased are being withheld pending next of kin notification... -Sunday, November 18, 2007
  • MCT: Around 8 a.m., gunmen assassinated Dr. Musa JaĆ¢'afar , the head of the Geological survey , killing one of his companions and injuring the other at Baratha mosque intersection in Uttaifiya -Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  • independent: Three times more journalists have been killed in Iraq than in both world wars many deliberately targeted by militias. Kim Sengupta reports on a forgotten death toll that is still rising -Sunday, November 18, 2007
  • dpa: In Amarah, the capital of Maysan province, 390 kilometres south of Baghdad, gunmen shot dead a police officer and injured his brother as they were leaving their home on Friday, media reports said. -Friday, November 16, 2007
  • CBS: They are the casualties of wars you don't often hear about - soldiers who die of self-inflicted wounds. Little is known about the true scope of suicides among those who have served in the military. But a five-month CBS News investigation discovered... -Wednesday, November 21, 2007
  • AP: U.S. helicopters dropped 600 troops into two villages south of Baghdad before sunrise Friday, launching an assault on militants believed to be involved in the May kidnapping of three American soldiers, the military said. -Friday, November 16, 2007
  • Gunmen killed a woman principal of a high school in a drive-by shooting in the Shi'ite district of Kadhimiya in northern Baghdad, police said. -Thursday, November 15, 2007
US Military Justice/Violence
  • WaPo: Federal authorities have convened a grand jury to investigate multiple shootings involving private security contractors in Iraq, including a Sept. 16 incident in which guards for Blackwater Worldwide killed 17 civilians at a Baghdad traffic... -Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  • NYTimes: Federal agents investigating the Sept. 16 episode in which Blackwater security personnel shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians have found that at least 14 of the shootings were unjustified and violated deadly-force rules in effect for security contractors... -Wednesday, November 14, 2007
  • AP: The highest-ranking U.S. serviceman to face court-martial involving combat since Vietnam was due to answer charges Friday of failing to investigate the killings of 24 Iraqis, including women and children. -Friday, November 16, 2007
  • AP: The leader of an anti-al-Qaida Sunni group is accusing U.S. troops of mistakenly killing dozens of his fighters during a battle north of Baghdad. The sheik told Al-Jazeera television that he had tried repeatedly to call American commanders... -Wednesday, November 14, 2007
  • AP: The Iraqi military on Tuesday took a hard stance against 33 foreigners and 10 Iraqis detained after a shooting involving their convoy run by a U.S.-contracted firm in Baghdad, saying they were accused of opening fire randomly and wounding an Iraqi woman. -Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  • AP: Iraqi soldiers detained two American and one Italian security guards along with several other foreigners traveling Monday in a private security convoy after they opened fire in Baghdad, wounding one woman, an Iraqi military spokesman said. -Monday, November 19, 2007

Economic Developments, Reconstruction, and General Good News

[this space purposely left blank because of lack of de-classified, systematic data]

  • CSM: Ammar al-Hakim is presiding over an Iraqi Shiite building boom. His austere Shaheed al-Mihrab Foundation has raised 400 mosques in Iraq since 2003. It's building the largest seminary here in the holy city of Najaf and opening a chain of schools... -Monday, November 19, 2007

Systematic evidence of violence stlil slim, drips and drabs

TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING ON

The lack of systematic information from Iraq is something that this blog was started to point out.

Here's a lesson in the perils of reading the headlines and making conclusions about the violence levels.

AP: Maj. Gen. James Simmons, a deputy corps commander, told reporters that the number of roadside bombs either found or exploded nationwide had fallen from 3,239 in March to 1,560 last month. The October figure was the lowest since September 2005, he added. -Thursday, November 15, 2007

But, these ripped from the headlines, suggest a huge amount of the violence attributable to bombs of one kind or another

  • Xinhua: A roadside bomb went off near a town in Salahudin province north of Baghdad on Thursday, wounding five Iraqi soldiers, a provincial police source said. -Thursday, November 15, 2007
  • Reuters: U.S. helicopters killed two men planting a roadside bomb south of Baghdad on Friday, the U.S. military said. -Sunday, November 18, 2007
  • Reuters: One person was killed and seven were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a small bus in Baladiyat district in eastern Baghdad, police said. -Monday, November 19, 2007
  • Reuters: A roadside bomb wounded two people on Palestine Street in northeastern Baghdad, police said. -Monday, November 19, 2007
  • Reuters: A roadside bomb wounded two people in the Talbiya district of eastern Baghdad, police said. -Thursday, November 22, 2007
  • Reuters: A roadside bomb targeting an army patrol wounded two soldiers in central Baghdad, police said. -Thursday, November 22, 2007
  • Reuters: A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol wounded three people, including one policeman, in central Baghdad...A roadside bomb targeting a police commando patrol wounded two policemen in the Diyala Bridge district of southern Baghdad, police said. -Thursday, November 22, 2007
  • Reuters: A roadside bomb killed one policeman and wounded another in the city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. -Thursday, November 22, 2007
  • CNN: A roadside bomb killed three Iraqi children and injured seven as they gathered around American troops handing out toys on Sunday, police and government officials told CNN. Three U.S.soldiers were also killed in the explosion in Baquba... -Sunday, November 18, 2007
  • AP: Violence continued Friday, with one civilian killed by a roadside bomb outside a motorcycle shop in central Baghdad, police said. Four others were wounded by the blast and transferred to a nearby hospital, they said. -Friday, November 16, 2007
  • AFP: A roadside bomb attack targetting a US patrol near Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone killed two Iraqi civilians and wounded three on Wednesday, security officials said. -Wednesday, November 14, 2007
  • A roadside bomb wounded two people in Kesra neighbourhood in northern Baghdad, police said. -Sunday, November 18, 2007
  • A roadside bomb wounded two people in Ameen district of southeastern Baghdad, police said. -Sunday, November 18, 2007
  • A roadside bomb hit a police commandos patrol near al-Tayaran Square in central Baghdad on Saturday, wounding two policemen, police said. -Sunday, November 18, 2007
  • Reuters: A truck bomb exploded near the house of a tribal leader, killing one person and wounding three others in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. The leader, a member of a local tribal council overseeing neighbourhood... -Wednesday, November 21, 2007
  • Reuters: A parked car bomb wounded five people, including two children, when it exploded near the house of a policeman in the oil refinery city of Baiji, 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. -Monday, November 19, 2007
  • Reuters: A parked car bomb near the Atta Allah mosque killed two worshippers and wounded two others in Jurf Al Sakhar, 85 km (50 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. -Friday, November 23, 2007
  • LATimes: A car bomb targeting an undersecretary in the Ministry of Finance exploded just after 5 p.m., killing 10 bystanders and injuring 21 people at Hurriya Square in the Karada district of central Baghdad -Sunday, November 18, 2007
  • AP: Farther south in Tikrit, a bomb exploded inside a police station, killing one policeman and wounding two others, according to police and doctors at a nearby hospital. -Sunday, November 18, 2007
  • AP: Explosives hidden in a parked car went off around 11am near an Iraqi police patrol in Mosul, killing three civilian bystanders and wounding at least 16 people, according to police Brig Mohammed al-Wagga. Five of those wounded were policemen... -Sunday, November 18, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Wartime Journalism - The Most Dangerous Conflict in History?

But one landmark which passed virtually unnoticed was that the Iraq conflict has become the deadliest by far for the media trying to cover it, with more than 200 journalists killed to date. To put this in perspective, two were killed in the First World War, 68 in the Second, 77 in Vietnam and 36 in the Balkans. And the toll in Iraq shows no sign of declining. It is, if anything, rising. Five journalists were killed in separate attacks in just one day last month. "Covering Iraq," says Chris Cramer, the president of CNN International, " is the single most dangerous assignment in the history of journalism." - The Independent


The little "re-education" joy rides continue, too, with one this week for an Iraqi journalist.




STRANGE DAYS

BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military is planning to seek a criminal case in an Iraqi court against an award-winning Associated Press photographer. But the military is refusing to disclose what evidence or accusations would be presented.

An AP attorney today strongly protested the decision, calling the plans a "sham of due process."

The journalist, Bilal Hussein, has already been imprisoned without charges for more than 19 months.


In Washington, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell ... asserted the military has "convincing and irrefutable evidence that Bilal Hussein is a threat to stability and security in Iraq as a link to insurgent activity" and called Hussein "a terrorist operative who infiltrated the AP."

The Known Flow of "Foreign Fighters"

From the NYT (graphic).

[Oh, the "liberal media": Baghdad’s Weary Start to Exhale as Security Improves, in the NYTimes].

Mini Mini Battlefield Digest: Afghanistan, Week 47


Two new police recruits help an injuried colleague as others, holding wooden guns, take position during a training session at the Canadian Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) compound in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)


Battlefield News, Afghanistan

Political Developments and Major Campaign Resource Shifts

  • Reuters: Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday Taliban insurgent leaders were increasingly contacting him to try to find ways of making peace. Afghan and Western military leaders and diplomats recognize talks will ultimately... -Thursday, November 22, 2007
  • Roggio: The Afghan denfense minister said the US will speed up the transfer of weapons for the army. -Saturday, November 17, 2007
  • Roggio: NATO support for the Afghan mission is waning. -Monday, November 19, 2007
  • Roggio: The Global Islamic Media Front demanded Germany and Austria withdraw their troops from Afghanistan. -Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  • AsiaTimes: The Afghan government and its international partners are struggling to bolster the country's security forces, fighting the twin problems of boosting the numbers of the national army and trying to disband illegal armed groups. -Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  • Reuters: France on Thursday denied a report that it is setting aside roughly 1,000 troops for possible deployment in Afghanistan, a move that would be a boon to the United States, which wants NATO countries to do more there. -Thursday, November 15, 2007
COIN: Actions, Reactions, Counteractions, etc.
  • Roggio: The Taliban recaptured the Gulistan district in Farah province. -Friday, November 23, 2007
  • The Taliban beheaded seven police officers after overrunning their checkpoints in Kandahar's Arghandab district; six other police are missing. -Friday, November 23, 2007
  • Roggio: British soldiers have pushed to the outskirts of the Taliban controlled district of Musa Qala in Helmand province. "Several" Taliban fighters and facilitators were killed in Helmand's Garmsir district. -Thursday, November 15, 2007
  • smh: The Taliban has a permanent presence in more than half of Afghanistan and the country is in serious danger of falling completely into its hands, according to a report by an independent think tank with long experience in the area. -Thursday, November 22, 2007
  • Reuters: the conflict in Afghanistan has reached "crisis proportions," with the resurgent Taliban present in more than half the country and closing in on Kabul, a report said on Wednesday. -Wednesday, November 21, 2007
  • AP: The United States military transferred 20 Afghan prisoners from its detention facility at Bagram Air Base to the custody of the Afghan Defense Ministry, a ministry statement said Wednesday. -Wednesday, November 21, 2007
  • AP: The famed bookseller of Kabul "whose family life was chronicled by a Norwegian journalist" has published a scathing response to that best-selling book, accusing the author of creating lies about him and abusing his hospitality and friendship. -Tuesday, November 20, 2007
VIOLENCE: Tactical Developments
  • AP: Up to two-thirds of the 77 people killed and 100 wounded in a suicide bombing last week were hit by bullets from visiting lawmakers' panicked bodyguards, who fired on a crowd of mostly schoolchildren for up to five minutes, a preliminary U.N. report says. -Saturday, November 17, 2007
  • smh: Pamela Constable in Baghlan examines the conflicting accounts of a bombing's aftermath. Mohammed Asadullah, a high school teacher in this quiet northern town, was lining up his students to greet a group of visiting politicians... -Thursday, November 22, 2007
  • A US F-15 fighter jet squadron is back in operation in Afghanistan after being grounded. -Thursday, November 15, 2007
  • Roggio: ISAF forces and Afghan police capatured two foreign fighter facilitators in the Deh Chopan district of Zabul province. -Friday, November 16, 2007
  • dpa: Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint and beheaded seven policemen and took away another six agents in the early hours of Friday in southern Kandahar province, local police said. -Friday, November 23, 2007
  • AP: Afghan and foreign troops called in air strikes after clashing with suspected Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan, leaving some 55 insurgents dead, police said Wednesday. -Wednesday, November 21, 2007
  • AP: Taliban militants tortured five abducted policemen in southern Afghanistan and then hanged their mutilated bodies from trees in a warning to villagers against working with the government, officials said yesterday. -Monday, November 19, 2007
  • AP: A suicide bomber struck outside a governor's residence in southwestern Afghanistan on Monday, killing six policemen and wounding 14 people, an official said. -Monday, November 19, 2007
  • AP: A military court on Thursday ordered seven Polish soldiers held for three months while investigators look into allegations of war crimes in the killing of Afghan civilians. -Thursday, November 15, 2007
Economic Developments, Reconstruction, and General Good News

[this space purposely left blank because of lack of de-classified, systematic data]

  • OttawaCitizen: Six years after the fall of the Taliban, the reconstruction of Afghanistan is a booming business for the private sector, but much of the work is still going to big foreign firms, say Afghan officials and development workers. -Friday, November 23, 2007

Enemy Casualty Lists: Week 47

Today, we lack metrics to know if we are winning or losing the global war on terror. Are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than the madrassas and the radical clerics are recruiting, training and deploying against us?
-October, 2003, SecDef Rumsfeld
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk addresses the Parliament presenting his government program, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Nov. 23, 2007. Tusk said Friday his government plans to withdraw Poland's troops from Iraq next year, but will continue its mission in Afghanistan.( AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST: ENEMY CASUALTIES AND DENTENSIONS IN IRAQ

Counted Enemy Casualties, IRAQ
Counted Captured: 398; Killed: 90; High-value: 8
Wednesday, November 14, 2007: Captured: 81; Killed: 6; High value: 1
Karbala; Diyala: KhalisThe Iraqi government closed the main office of the Association of Muslim Scholars. Coalition forces killed the emir of Tarmiyah and captured 26 during raids throughout Iraq. US forces captured seven insurgents in Jisr Diyala. Karbala police arrested 48 suspected insurgents, including five Sadrists. The Iraqi Army killed five al Qaeda operatives in Khalis and captured another 30 throughout Diyala province.
Thursday, November 15, 2007: Captured: 23; High value: 2
Salahadin: Iraqi police and soldiers captured 12 insurgents and discovered an IED factory in Salahadin. Coalition forces captured 10 al Qaeda operatives and the Diyala leader of the Special Groups during raids nationwide. Iraqi police captured an al Qaeda leader in Wasit province.
Friday, November 16, 2007: Captured: 36; Killed: 2
Diyala: Ad Diwaniyah; Karbala; Kirkuk; Diyala: KhalisUS and Iraq troops launched an offensive on the Anbar-Karbala provincial border. Coalition forces killed two al Qaeda operatives and captured 12 during raids nationwide. Police detained 12 insurgents as a security operation kicked off in Diwaniyah. Iraqi police and US troops captured 12 insurgents near Kirkuk. Al Qaeda in Iraq took credit for the suicide attack that killed tribal leaders in Khalis last week.
Saturday, November 17, 2007: Captured: 72; Killed: 19; High value: 1
Baghdad; Diyala: Ba`qubah; MosulOperation Iron Hammer in the north has netted hundreds of al Qaeda fighters and over 50 weapons caches. Iraq Security Forces captured 35 insurgents during operations in Baghdad. US and Iraqi forces captured 14 al Qaeda fighters in Baqubah and 13 insurgents in Mosul. Coalition forces killed six al Qaeda operatives and captured 10 in raids nationwide. Coalition forces killed one Special Groups operative captured another during an operation in Rashidiya, while another eight have been captured in East Baghdad.
Sunday, November 18, 2007: Captured: 44; Killed: 17; High value: 1
Diyala: Ad Diwaniyah; Baghdad; Diyala: KhalisCoalition forces captured 27 al Qaeda foreign terrorist and propaganda operatives in raids nationwide. The Iraqi Army captured two al Qaeda fighters in As Sa’diyah, six in Anbar, and eight insurgents in Baghdad. Seventeen insurgents have been sentenced to death in Diwaniyah. A Mahdi Army commander was captured in Khalis.
Monday, November 19, 2007: Captured: 49; Killed: 8; High value: 1
Baghdad; Mosul; Baghdad: AdhamiyahCoalition forces captured a senior Special Groups leader in Diyala during operations in the Adhamiyah area of Baghdad. Coalition Forces killed eight al Qaeda operatives and captured 13 during a series of operations in the Diyala River Valley; a torture house and several caches were also found. The Iraqi Army captured 35 insurgents in Mosul.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007: Captured: 64; Killed: 12; High value: 1
Karbala; Mosul; TikritIraqi forces captured the Oil Minister for al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq. Coalition forces killed five al Qaeda operatives and detained 11 during raids in central and northern Iraq. Twelve al Qaeda were killed and five captured during operations targeting al Qaeda networks along the Tigris River Valley in Iraq; a senior al Qaeda leader in Mosul was among those killed. Sixteen al Qaeda operatives were captured in Tikrit. Thirty-one Mahdi Army fighters were captured during operations in Karbala.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007: Captured: 11; Killed: 6; High value: 1
Coalition forces killed six al Qaeda operatives and detained 10 during operations in central and northern Iraq. Iraqi Special Operations Forces captured six "extremists" during raids in the south and another seven during raids in the north. Iraqi police arrested an al Qaeda leader in Anbar province.
src Bill Roggio - Read - Support

WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST: ENEMY CASUALTIES AND DENTENSIONS IN AFGHANISTAN

Counted Enemy Casualties, Afghanistan
Counted Captured: 12; Killed: 25; High-value: 0
Thursday, November 15, 2007: Captured: 1
ZabulAfghan and ISAF forces captured one foreign fighter facilitator during an operation in the Qalat district of Zabul province.
Friday, November 16, 2007; Killed: 25
UruzganAfghan police and US troops killed 20 Taliban fighters in the Deh Rawud district of Uruzgan province and another five were killed in the Nayesh district.
Saturday, November 17, 2007: Captured: 11; Killed: 33
Helmand; KandaharUS forces killed 23 Taliban fighters and captured 11 while disrupting a weapons transfer in the Garmsir district in Helmand province. Ten Taliban fighters were killed in the Zari district of Kandahar.
Sunday, November 18, 2007; Killed: 100
Kandahar; UruzganAn Afghan police commander said over 100 Taliban have been killed during fighting in Kandahar's Zari district since Saturday. The Taliban murdered five policemen captured several months ago and hung them from trees in Uruzgan. A suicide bomber killed only himself in an attempted attack on US forces in Nangahar province.
Monday, November 19, 2007; Killed: 40
KandaharCanadian troops stormed the town of Sangisar in Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban; up to 40 Taliban were killed.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007: Captured: 1; Killed: 14
Kabul; UruzganUS and Afghan troops killed 14 Taliban fighters after a company-sized formation attacked in Uruzgan. Afghan police detained a suicide bomber in Kabul.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007; Killed: 50
UruzganNATO and Afghan forces killed over 50 Taliban in fighting in the Charchino and Dihrawud districts in Uruzgan province. The Senlis Council warned that the security situation has reached "crisis proportions" and the Taliban's resurgence across the state has been "proven beyond doubt."
src Bill Roggio - Read - Support

Weekly Casualty Lists: Week 47

Three British soldiers and two Canadian soldiers killed this week.

WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST: MNF-IRAQ

-------Name, AgeSrv BranchHometown

Rank, Unit

Location; Circumstance of Death

Melvin L. Henley Jr., 26U.S. ArmyJackson, MS
Specialist, 603rd Aviation Support BN, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Divisi
Baghdad (Camp Stryker); 21-Nov-07; Non-hostile

Alfred G. Paredez Jr., 32U.S. ArmyLas Vegas, NV
Sergeant, 1st BN, 8th Cavalry Reg, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
Baghdad (eastern part); 20-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

Name Not Released YetBritish Armyn.a.-UK
Not reported yet, Special Air Services
Baghdad (southeast of); 20-Nov-07; Non-hostile - helicopter crash

Name Not Released YetBritish Armyn.a.-UK
Not reported yet, Special Air Services
Baghdad (southeast of); 20-Nov-07; Non-hostile - helicopter crash

Alejandro Ayala, 26U.S. Air ForceRiverside, CA
Staff Sergeant, 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron
Kuwait; 19-Nov-07; Non-hostile - vehicle accident

Marius L. Ferrero, 23U.S. ArmyMiami, FL
Private 1st Class, 1st BN, 38th Infantry Reg, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
Ba'qubah; 18-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - suicide bomber

Jason T. Lee, 26U.S. ArmyFruitport, MI
Corporal, 1st BN, 38th Infantry Reg, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
Ba'qubah (died in Balad); 18-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - suicide bomber

Christopher J. Nelson, 22U.S. ArmyRochester, WA
Corporal, 1st BN, 38th Infantry Reg, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
Ba'qubah; 18-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - suicide bomber

Mason L. Lewis, 26U.S. ArmyGloucester, VA
Sergeant, 26th Brigade Support BN, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division
Baghdad; 16-Nov-07; Non-hostile - accident

Peter H. Burks, 26U.S. ArmyDallas, TX
2nd Lieutenant, 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Reg
Baghdad; 14-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

Derek R. Banks, 24U.S. Army National GuardNewport News, VA
Specialist, 237th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer BN, 91st Troop Command, Virginia Nat
San Antonio, Texas; 14-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

Kenneth R. Booker, 25U.S. ArmyVevay, IN
Sergeant, 2nd BN, 23rd Infantry Reg, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
Mukhisa; 14-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

Steven C. Ganczewski, 22U.S. ArmyNiagara Falls, NY
Sergeant, 3rd BN, 75th Ranger Reg
Baghdad; 14-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST: ISAF-AFGHANISTAN

------Name, AgeSrv BranchCountry

Rank, Unit

Location; Circumstance of Death
Michel Levesque, 25Canadian ArmyRiviere-Rouge-Canada
Private, 3rd battalion of the Royal 22nd Regiment
Kandahar (45 km NE of); 17-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack
Nicolas Raymond Beauchamp, 28Canadian ArmyPont-Rouge-Canada
Corporal, 5th Field Ambulance
Kandahar (45 km west of); 17-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack
John Mcdermid, 43British ArmyGlasgow-UK
Captain, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Sangin District (Helmand Province); 14-Nov-07; Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST: IRAQI CIVILIAN, counted by large event

Counted Civilian Casualties: 307 this week; 229 last week; 283 prior week.
Counted bodies found: 159 this week; 130 last week; 100 prior week.
Thursday 22 November: 46 dead
Baghdad: 4 bodies.
Hawr Rijab: up to 18 'Awakening' Council guards reported killed in attack by gunmen.
Baquba: 3 village residents killed in attacks by gunmen on two villages.
Abu Saida: 8 residents killed during clashes with militants.
Mosul: car bomb kills 2; roadside bomb kills policeman; decapitated body of University lecturer from Tikrit is found.
Kirkuk: member of municipal council is shot dead; decapitated body found.
Basra: 2 shot dead.
Wednesday 21 November: 67 dead
Baghdad: gunmen kill interior ministry secretary; 9 bodies found, 6 in mass grave in back garden in Saidiya.
Ramadi: suicide car bomb kills 6; mass grave is found, containing 40 bodies.
Hawija: US forces raid house, kill 4 peasants from the same family.
Baquba: 3 bodies.
Mosul: 2 bodies.
Tuesday 20 November: 31 dead
Baghdad: 6 killed in separate incidents, Mansour, Atifiya, Bayaa; 6 bodies.
Zighania: gunmen attack home, kill 3 brothers.
Dhuluiya: 3 bodies.
Basra: 4 bodies.
Monday 19 November: 40 dead
Afghanistan:Security guards may have killed many of the children after [panic] firing on a crowd after the suicide attack in Baghlan. A suicide bomber detonated outside the governor's house in the town Zaranj, in Nimroz province; six police were killed and 14 wounded.
Baghdad: roadside bomb kills 1, Baladiyat; 3 bodies.
Basra: mother and 5 children are killed when a rocket hits their house; body found.
Baquba: gunmen attack police station, kill 3 policemen; 3 bodies.
Falluja: 3 killed by car bomb.
Samarra: 4 bodies.
Tikrit: 5 bodies of policemen found.
Sunday 18 November: 31 dead
Afghanistan:An Afghan police commander said over 100 Taliban have been killed during fighting in Kandahar's Zari district since Saturday. The Taliban murdered five policemen captured several months ago and hung them from trees in Uruzgan. A suicide bomber killed only himself in an attempted attack on US forces in Nangahar province.
Baghdad: car bomb kills 10, Karrada; taxi driver shot dead by US forces; 4 bodies.
Mosul: suicide car bomber attacks police checkpoint, kills 4.
Baquba: roadside bomb kills 3 children as they flock around US patrol handing out gifts.
Samarra: US forces open fire on cars, kill 3.
Saturday 17 November: 61 dead
Afghanistan:Up to nine police may have been killed in a Taliban attack in the western province of Ghor.
Baghdad: an estimated 39 bodies found -around 33 inside a deserted building and 6 in various areas of the capital.
Mosul: gunmen kill 5 civilians; 5 bodies.
Baquba: gunmen kill civilian; 6 bodies found in surrounding villages.
Amara: gunmen kill 2.
Friday 16 November: 31 dead
Afghanistan:Five police were killed in a suicide attack in the Zari district of Kandahar.
Baghdad: roadside bomb kills 1, Nahda; 4 bodies.
Diyala: roadside bomb kills 3 policemen.
Shaikhy: gunmen attack village, 7 villagers die in clashes.
Sadiya: the bodies of 2 brothers found.
Anbar: 10 bodies.

WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST: JOURNALISTS IN IRAQ

NameDate
Circumstances
None counted this week.

src: MNF-I, MNF-A, journalists from icasualties.org; Iraqi Civiilan: iraqbodycount.org; Afghan events from Bill Roggio, other sources