Monday, December 25, 2006
WAR NEWS FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2006
"In the back of your mind you think about it, but there are no holidays in
A total of 29 bodies were found shot dead, with most showing signs of torture, in different districts of
A car bomb killed at least 10 people and wounded 15 when it exploded on a busy commercial street in a mainly Shi'ite district of Baghdad.
A suicide bomber killed three people and wounded 20 others when he blew himself up aboard a crowded bus in the Shi'ite Talibiya district in northeastern
Gunmen killed two Shi'ite brothers on Sunday in the town of
Gunmen wounded three policemen when they attacked a police checkpoint on Sunday in Jurf al-Sakhar, about 85 km south of
Gunmen killed a police lieutenant colonel and wounded three other policemen in a drive-by shooting in the town of
A total of seven bodies, including three policemen, were found in different districts of
Gunmen killed one civilian after they stormed his house on Sunday night in Mussayab, 60 km south of
A suicide bomber targeting a police checkpoint near the main entrance of
A suicide bomber blew up at an Iraqi army checkpoint south of Ramadi on Monday, and clashes then erupted between gunmen and soldiers, a police officer said on condition of anonymity. Mortars exploded in the area, he said.
Clashes between security forces and militiamen loyal to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr killed six people and seriously wounded one on Sunday in the southern Iraqi town of
A sniper shot and killed a police commando in
Police found the handcuffed, tortured bodies of 38 men throughout the country on Sunday, more apparent victims of sectarian violence.
Police deaths: Some 12,000 Iraqi policemen have been killed since the ouster of Saddam Hussein , the country's interior minister said Sunday…
At a news conference in
…Police and police recruits have been frequent targets of insurgent attacks. In one of the worst single attacks, a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives near a line of national guard and police recruits waiting to take physicals in February 2005. The blast in Hillah, about 60 miles south of
‘Renegade’ police: Backed by tanks and armored personnel carriers, British troops conducted a raid in the city of
Leaders of the police station's serious crimes unit were suspected of involvement with local death squads, and seven were apprehended three days ago in raids, said Lt. Jenny Saleh of the British Royal Navy in
"We had intelligence to indicate that the serious crimes unit would execute its prisoners in the coming days, so we decided to intervene," Saleh said without elaborating.
British troops were fired on as they approached the station and killed seven gunmen, said Maj. Charlie Burbridge, a British military spokesman.
British and Iraqi forces transferred all 76 prisoners at the police station to another detention facility in downtown
Christmas trees: Nouri Dawoud has one of the most dangerous jobs in
Second Lt. Johnny Craver was 37 when he died two months ago, killed in
"I don't even want to have holidays this year,"
For families dealing with the loss of a fallen soldier, "the holidays bring out the best and bring out the worst" of emotions, Price said. The warm feelings associated with the season often make people dealing with death and loss feel worse, leading many churches to hold somber Blue Christmas services to help those left behind.
Superintendent John Metzler Jr. says his staff has added early morning, midday or late-afternoon funerals to the daily schedule of more than two dozen funerals in order to accommodate services for GIs lost on distant battlefields.
Authorities have cleared the way for mourning families to spend more time at grave sites and to honor lost loved ones with special tributes outside the regimented practices of graveside military honors.
The personalized tributes have included bagpipers and graveside statements by comrades who were with the soldier when he or she died.
"Our goal is never to rush the family," Metzler says.
Of the more than 2,960 GIs killed in
The 624-acre cemetery contains the remains of veterans from every major American conflict back to the Revolutionary War.
"We look for off-hours to squeeze the additional services into our normal workload," Metzler said in an interview in his office overlooking some of the 230,000 white headstones standing row-upon-row across rolling fields on a hill overlooking the nation's capital.