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Killings Database – Year 2008



The Adwar (II) Killings



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“[…] Eight family members, including three women, were killed in a US air strike near executed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit on Friday, sparking anti-American demonstrations. The US military confirmed an aerial strike against a house, but said the target was an Al-Qaeda operative and not the women inside. It placed the death toll at seven, one fewer than the number given by local authorities. Large crowds protested against the US raid after Friday prayers in the city, capital of Salaheddin Province. ‘America is the enemy of God,’ protesters chanted. The US military acknowledged that three women were among the dead but added that following the pre-dawn raid troops rescued an Iraqi child from the rubble and evacuated him to a nearby base for medical treatment. […]”


Excerpt of an AFP article from September 20th, 2008.

After the Killings - carrying the dead


Media Reports


September 20th, 2008 - US Strike Wipes Out Eight Members of Same Iraqi Family

1 news article by Agence France Presse


September 19th, 2008 - US Raid Kills 7; Iraqis Say They Were Civilians

2 news articles by the Associated Press & Deutsche Presse Agentur



Government Reports


September 19th, 2008 - Coalition forces kill terrorist bomber (Tikrit)

Press Release by the Press Desk of the Multi-National Force, Iraq


“[…] A suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist alleged to lead improvised explosive device facilitation and brag about his victims was killed by Coalition forces during an operation in the Tikrit area Friday.


“Coalition forces were led to the building after intelligence reports indicated the terrorist was in Ad Dawr, a town about 140 km northwest of Baghdad. His network operated in the Tigris River Valley and is suspected of conducting suicide bombings. The targeted terrorist allegedly worked for the suspected ‘emir’ of Diyala, detained on Sept. 2 […]. The terrorist is assessed to be the IED ‘Emir’ in the Muqdadiyah area.  There have been over 25 IED incidents causing 38 casualties in the Muqdadiyah since Aug. 1, 2008.


“After arriving at the target, forces surrounded the building and called for its occupants to surrender. Despite nearly an hour of multiple calls and warnings that the force would engage them, the individuals inside refused to come out.


“An armed man appeared in the doorway, and coalition forces, perceiving hostile intent based on the man’s actions, engaged him. Later he was determined to be the suspected terrorist.


“During the operation, and in accordance with applicable rules, supporting aircraft engaged and killed three additional terrorists suspects. Three women were also killed. An Iraqi child was rescued from the rubble by Coalition Forces and was evacuated to a nearby base where he is receiving medical treatment.


“Surveillance teams observed two other people running from the building and taking shelter in a neighboring mosque. Coalition forces called for support from Iraqi forces, who aided by entering the mosque and apprehending one suspect. At no time did Coalition forces enter the mosque, which was not damaged during the operation.


“‘Sadly, this incident again shows that the AQI terrorists repeatedly risk the lives of innocent women and children to further their evil work,’ said Col Jerry O’Hara, MNF-I spokesman. […]”


Aftermath of the Killings

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Photo Credits




1) Men carry the lifeless body of a person killed in an overnight raid in the town of Adwar, near Samarra, Iraq. The US military said in a statement that they were targeting a man believed to be the leader of a bombing network in the area and that ground forces killed the main suspect and called in an airstrike that killed three additional suspected insurgents along with three women. Iraqi officials and neighbors say the family had no connection to the insurgency. - September 19th, 2008 - Hameed Rasheed/Associated Press;


Aftermath of the Killings


1) Iraqis inspect a heavily damaged house razed during an overnight raid in the town of Adwar, near Samarra, Iraq. - September 19th, 2008 - Hameed Rasheed/Associated Press;

2) Iraqis stand by blood stains after an overnight raid in the town of Adwar, near Samarra, Iraq. - September 19th, 2008 - Hameed Rasheed/Associated Press;

3) The bodies of people killed during an air strike lie inside a house in Dour, 140 km (87 miles) north of Baghdad. U.S. forces backed by attack aircraft killed four suspected militants and three women in a raid on a house in Salahuddin province in northern Iraq on Friday, the military said. - September 19th, 2008 - Sabah al-Bazee/Reuters;


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