17th May 23:08
Coalition Iraq casualty report for June 24
There were 18 casualties amongst coalition forces in Iraq today, 6
killed and 12 wounded. The British suffered 6 killed and 8 wounded and
the Americans suffered 4 wounded.
An Iraqi attempted to run down a US soldier at a checkpoint in Dura,
South Baghdad. No casualties.
More on one of the grenade attacks in Baghdad yesterday: 3 American
soldiers were wounded when a grenade was thrown at them in Baghdad when
they were visiting a wheelchair shop after raising money to help a
disabled Iraqi boy. A van with blackened windows pulled up alongside, a
grenade was tossed out the window, and the van sped off into the
crowds. A hostile crowd of 100 Iraqis crowded around, jeering as the
GI's loaded their wounded to be taken away.
British MP's were ambushed twice in Majar al Kabir, 20 miles south of
Amarah, in the Shia South, the first major British combat since the war
"ended". The 2 attacks were in close proximity and at almost
simultaneous. 6 soldiers were killed and 8 were wounded.
In the first attack, there was a demo against the British troops in
town. The MP's shot and killed 4 Iraqis at this demo. The crowd,
enraged, killed 2 MP's on the spot and chased the other 4 back to the
police station. Then many townspeople went home to grab guns and came
back to fight a 2-hr gun battle which left all 4 MP's dead. 25 Iraqi
police fled during the gunbattle and asked the MP's to come with them
but the MP's refused. The MP's were training Iraqi police-traitors to
work for the US Vichy Regime.
The 2nd attack was around 10:30 AM. 20 British paratroopers on patrol
were attacked with withering fire with heavy machine guns, rifles and
RPGs by a large number of Iraqis. 2 Pinzgauer troop carriers were
destroyed and one British soldier was wounded. Scimitar light tanks and
a Chinook helicopter were called in, but as the copter landed, it was
badly shot up by heavy machine gun fire and 7 soldiers were wounded, 3
Another factor in attacks was angry locals upset about heavy-handed
searches in a conservative Muslim town. The Iraqis may have suffered
heavy losses themselves in the 2 prolonged firefights. The region
around Amarah has always had a violent reputation, with criminal
assaults on the hiways and smugglers coming in from Iran. It was a
resistance center to Saddam, and never totally controlled by him. This
was the land of the Marsh Arabs.
US troops were attacked *25* separate times in Iraq in the past 24
In Ramadi, US troops battled Iraqis at a checkpoint and 1 MP was
In another attack in Ramadi, 1 of 2 US MP Humvees traveling on the main
highway was hit with an RPG. 3 MP's were wounded, 1 seriously, because
the RPG was a dud, but if it had exploded, they would all have been
killed because the shot was spot-on.
An RPG was fired near the Headquarters of the US Administration in
Baghdad, but there were no casualties.
A grenade was thrown at a US military police vehicle in Dura, in South
Baghdad, but it bounced off the vehicle, rolled under some Iraqis' car,
and wounded 2 Iraqis.
Attacks in the Sunni triangle have become so common that soldiers
sometimes not even report them to their supervisors anymore unless
someone gets hurt. Soldiers in this region say they are getting shot at
constantly at nite, but the Iraqis are not very good shots.
The British have finally admitted that they are getting shot it in their
zone for some time now, and not just in and around Basra. They admit
that there has been occasional attempted ambushes of their patrols,
along with gun attacks on troop convoys passing on desert roads through
the more remote villages. No casualties had yet resulted, though.
2 Iraqis were killed at a US checkpoint south of Kerbala in the
supposedly peaceful Shia area.
The oil pipeline was attacked AGAIN, this time near Hadithah.
Baghdad Bob captured at a roadblock in Baghdad. I love you, Baghdad
A Saudi dissident from MIRA, a Saudi opposition group, was stabbed in
London by presumed agents of the Saudi regime.
As of 6-24-03, in the past 96 days, since the start of the MIP*, the US
has suffered 1,144 casualties in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan,
Djibouti, Colombia, Israel, Palestine, Pakistan, Yemen, and Jordan - 231
killed, 910 wounded, and 3 POW; or 11.9 casualties and 2.4 killed per
day. For the MIP*, there have been 1,049 US casualties, 1,041 Crusaders
and 8 civilians - 205 killed and 844 wounded, or 10.9 casualties and 2.1
killed per day. The British have suffered 46 killed or missing - 43
British Crusaders were killed; 1 British civilian was killed and 2 are
missing; the British Crusader wounded tally is unknown. A rough though
incomplete estimate of Iraqi civilians murdered in cold blood by the
Crusaders is 7,258. There were 63 US casualties in the past 11 days, 10
killed and 53 wounded. 50 of the 63 casualties were in the MIP*.
A good ****ogy for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be a ****ager
(Israel) killing a kitten (the Palestinians) with a hammer, with the
American press reporting on the horrific, monstrous scratching and
biting ("Palestinian terrorism") inflicted on the poor victimized boy by
the kitten in its frothy, howling, frenzied death throes.
*Massacre of the Iraqi People, also known as the Iraq War
I support the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP):
http://www.pflp-pal.org (often hacked)