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Killings Database – Year 2008



The Baghad/Basra Airstrikes



Media Reports

Government Reports

Photo Credits


Background - Baghdad/Basra, March 26th - April 3rd, 2008


“[…] The Iraqi Army said that, as a measure of its success, it had killed more than 120 militia fighters and wounded some 450. Our Iraqi local staff, from talking to hospitals, estimated there had been at least 300 fatalities during the operation. Was the gap between the two figures accounted for by civilian casualties? Certainly, one Basra official, speaking by phone to an Arabic satellite channel, said that after two days of fighting, more than 40 civilians had been killed. A photographer for the AFP news agency said that in the aftermath of an air strike, he saw a woman and two children among eight bodies. Local people said more bodies - civilians - were inside four buildings damaged by the strike. […]”


Excerpt of a BBC News article from March 30th, 2008.

Destroyed house after U.S. airstrike in Sadr City


Media Reports


April 4th, 2008 - Iraqi PM Freezes Raids Targeting Militia

4 news articles by the Associated Press, Agence France Presse, New York Times & Al-Jazeera


April 3rd, 2008 - Strike Kills Family Trio in Iraq

2 news articles by Reuters & the Associated Press


April 1st, 2008 - Iraqi PM: Basra Operation a ‘Success’

1 news article by the Associated Press


March 30th, 2008 - Britain and the Battle for Basra

1 news article by BBC News


March 29th, 2008 - Police Say Basra Airstrike Kills 8

1 news article by the Associated Press


March 28th, 2008 - US Forces Launch Airstrikes in Iraq

1 news article by the Associated Press


March 26th, 2008 - Many Killed by U.S. Strike in Iraq’s Hilla - Sources

2 news articles by Reuters & Associated Press



Government Reports


April 3rd, 2008 - Coalition forces conduct airstrike in Basra, two criminals killed

Press Release by the Multi-National Corps Iraq, Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory


“[…] Coalition aircraft conducted a precision strike on a house in Basra Wednesday, killing two criminals. While conducting operations in support of Iraqi Security Forces, Coalition forces were attacked with small-arms fire by two criminals on a rooftop. The ground force called in supporting aircraft to engage the individuals. An F/A-18 carried out a precision airstrike on the house, and Coalition forces on site confirmed that two enemy were killed in the airstrike.


“Coalition forces are unaware of any civilians killed in the strike but are currently looking into the matter. ‘Coalition forces continue to provide tactical overwatch with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, and support aircraft, on an as-requested basis from Iraqi Security Forces in Basra,’ said Cmdr. Scott Rye, MNF-I spokesman. ‘We go to extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of civilians when conducting operations, unlike criminal elements, who consistently put innocent civilians at risk.’ […]”


March 29th, 2008 - Iraqi Special Operations Forces engage, kill 22 in Basra

Press Release by the Multi-National Corps Iraq, Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory


“[…] Iraqi Special Operations Forces engaged and killed several criminal fighters in Basra March 29. The operation was conducted in support of the Government of Iraq’s efforts to secure and stabilize the city. The ISOF conducted the operation in a known criminal stronghold in western Basra to disrupt criminal activities and capture criminal leaders. […]


“While engaged with hostile forces, ISOF and a supporting U.S. Special Forces team identified additional armed criminal elements in the area. A supporting Coalition forces aircraft identified enemy forces on three roof-tops and engaged with precision gunfire after being cleared by ground forces. Initial reports indicate 16 criminal fighters were killed. […]”


March 27th, 2008 - Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces engage criminal elements in Hillah

Press Release by the Multi-National Corps Iraq, Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory


“[…] Hillah’s Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics unit, advised by U.S. Special Forces, engaged Special Groups criminals in Hillah, killing 14 and wounding 20 March 26.


“Criminals armed with AK-47 assault rifles, rocket propelled grenades and automatic machine guns attacked two companies of Hillah SWAT as they were securing a road intersection. As a firefight developed, a U.S. Special Forces team arrived and, fighting alongside SWAT, began engaging the armed individuals. The criminal group broke contact after delivering intense RPG and automatic weapons fire, and was seen by an Air Weapons Team regrouping in three groups of 20 to 30 men near a mosque.


“The AWT, from 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, reported the armed individuals were maneuvering back toward SWAT and the U.S. SF team, and, due to the hostile intent of the act, engaged the threat from the air. One Hellfire missile was fired, killing five. […]”


The Aftermath of the Airstrikes

Burying the dead

Wounded girl in hospital

Part of U.S. missile


Photo Credits




1) Iraqis look on, at the damage to house by an airstrike, in Sadr City, in Baghdad, Iraq. Several people were injured in the strike. - March 29th, 2008 - Karim Kadim/AP;


The Aftermath of the Airstrikes


1) Men carry a coffin of a person who was killed in last night's airstrike on a tent where a memorial service was hels in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq. Two people died and two were wounded in the attack, according to the witnesses. - March 29th, 2008 - Karim Kadim/AP;

2) A medic helps a girl wounded in an American airstrike, in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq. Ten people were injured in the strike Friday evening. - March 29th, 2008 - Karim Kadim/AP;

3) A man holds a part of the missile found after an airstrike hit a home in Sadr City, in Baghdad, Iraq. Several people were injured in the strike. - March 29th, 2008 - Karim Kadim/AP;


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