DAILY WAR NEWS FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2006
Photo: Ratings based on governance, security and economic situations
Stable: Fully-functioning government; strong economic development; local security forces maintain rule of law
Government functions, but with some concerns; economy developing
slowly, with unemployment problems; security under control but with
potential for instability
Serious: Government not
fully formed; economy stagnant; unemployment high; routine anti-Iraq
forces activity, assassinations and extremism
Government not functioning or only single strong leader; no
infrastructure for economy to develop; high levels of anti-Iraq forces
activity, assassinations and extremism
Assessment made in January 2006. Sectarian violence in Iraq has surged since February.
Bring 'em on: US soldier killed in Baghdad by roadside bomb.
Bring 'em on:
US military announced that Rafid Ibrahim Fattah was killed by US forces
on March 27 near Baquba. They claim he was a major al Qaeda figure in
Bring 'em on: Marine died due to enemy action near Baghdad.
Bring 'em on:
Iraqi Army Commander in Kirkuk Air Vice Marshal Anwar Amin said the
presence of the Multi-National Force in Iraq for three to five years is
necessary to insure the stability of Iraq. The military official, in
charge of guarding oil facilities in Kirkuk, told reporters that the
departure of these forces can cause a disaster, noting that the MNF
helped eliminate a number of racial conflicts inside the Iraqi Army,
combined of Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmen.
Bring 'em on:
Iraqi security forces arrested today a suspected terrorist for killing
at least 40 people in Diyala governorate, a source of the Iraqi
National Security Ministry told KUNA. The source said that the suspect,
Sattar Jabbar, was disguised as a First Lieutenant in the Iraqi police.
Also, Investigations on last week's bombing in Najaf revealed
information about the person behind the explosion, which killed 12
people and injured another 42. According to sources, security forces in
Najaf confirmed that Faeq Al-Ghazali is the first suspect in the Najaf
bombing and he is also accused of the assassination of Moahmmad Baqer
Al-Hakim in an operation that killed more than 90 people in 2003.
Bring 'em on:
US military claims it killed one insurgent and wounded another on
Wednesday in Hawija. The U.S. military said it had killed a former
officer in the Iraqi Air Force under Saddam Hussein's rule, and
detained three suspects on Thursday night after they fired on U.S.
troops during a raid.
UPDATE: At least 15 killed and 18 injured by car bomb that exploded in a market in Baghdad on Thursday.
Security Incident: Brother of top Sunni politician killed in drive-by attack.
Two civilians shot dead in Hawija and two more civilians died in
explosions there. In Mahmudiyah, a bomb exploded next to a convoy of
police commandos, killing one and wounding another. Five bodies found
around Baghdad, showing signs of torture.
Gunmen stormed the house of a Sunni family in Basra and killed seven
people. An Iraqi Navy officer and his friend were killed by drive-by
shooters in downtown Basra. Mahmoud al-Hashimi, whose brother head
Iraq’s largest Sunni Arab political party, as listed above, was slain
in Baghdad. This report says a companion with him was slain also. US
military report that there were four suicide bombers at the attack on
the mosque in Baghdad last week that killed at least 85 worshippers. An
engineer and a translator working with British troops in Basra were
kidnapped and found dead. Another engineer is still missing. The son of
the Mosul police officer, who was shot and killed yesterday, joined his
father in death. He also was shot in the incident. Four other people
killed in random shootings in the Baghdad area.
17 Iraqi officers from Najaf were killed in police convoy ambush. The
assault was on a convoy of 50 to 60 new police cars that had been just
picked up in Taji. US forces had told them to use a detour because they
had discovered a bomb on the road. All the police cars were destroyed,
and journalists were barred from going into the Najaf hospital to see
the wounded. (See update below) A car bomb in a market in the town of
Sabea al-Boor killed 15 people. Witnesses say that bystanders prevented
a second car bomb from exploding. 18 other people were killed by gunmen
or found dead around the country on Friday, and this toll included
seven Sunni employees of a construction company in Basra. (This may be
the same incident as listed below, or there may be two incidents.)
Security Incident: Car bomb explodes at Mosul police station, injuring seven.
Remains of an unidentified body found near a river in Bardi, northern
Kirkuk city. Iraqi women killed by gunmen near a mosque in Qawriyah
area, and she was shot in the head. Several explosive devices were
disabled in western and southwestern Kirkuk. Two oil leakage occurred
in two pipelines between Kirkuk and Riyadh. Gunman abducted police
superintendent west of Kirkuk. A police officer was assassinated by
unknown gunmen in Kirkuk.
of two German engineers seized in Iraq 11 weeks ago are seeking a
ransom of 12 million dollars, the news magazine Focus reported on
Arab political leaders said Thursday that nearly 90 Sunnis had been
reported abducted or killed over the past two days by groups with
possible ties to the nation's Interior Ministry forces. The facts
remain sketchy and difficult to confirm
UPDATE on Najaf police attack:
#1: (near Baghdad) A
large group of policemen transporting police vehicles near Baghdad were
hit by a roadside bomb and authorities were still trying to determine
casualties...The sources said they feared at least 30 policemen were
either dead or missing
senior official in the Najaf governor's office said only 35 of the 80
members of the convoy had made it back to the city. The others (45)
were either dead or unaccounted for, he said. Most of the vehicles were
#1: Back in Baghdad, police discovered the body of a handcuffed man, shot in the head, in the southern neighborhood of Dora.
on Thursday, seven truck drivers were wounded when assailants opened
fire on their convoy north of Baghdad, medical officials said.
person was killed and another wounded when a car they were placing
explosives in detonated in eastern al- Ameen neighbourhood, police said.
nearly simultaneous explosions destroyed the Sharif Ridha shrine in
Baquoba, about 30 miles northeast of Baghdad. The attack did not kill
or injure anyone but left the Shiite shrine's dome in ruins.
least four worshippers were killed and eight wounded on Friday when two
bombs exploded at two Sunni mosques in the Iraqi city of Baquba, police
in cars killed three Iraqi contractors working for a U.S.-Iraqi
military base in Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
roadside bomb killed two Iraqis and wounded four British soldiers near
the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Friday, a British military
spokesman said. The Iraqis were killed as their car was passing by a
British patrol targeted by the bomb Four other civilians also wounded.
employees of a building company in the southern Iraqi city of Basra
have been kidnapped and killed, a police official said on Friday. The
official said they were kidnapped on Thursday and then killed.
#1: Three Iraqis, including a police major from the northern oil centre of Kirkuk, were killed in drive-by shootings Friday.
said they found the bodies of four men with multiple gunshot wounds
after they were kidnapped by gunmen near Dujail, 90 km (55 miles) north
policemen were wounded when their patrol was struck by a roadside bomb
in Hawija, 70 km (45 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, a joint U.S.-Iraqi
military centre said.
Sunnis Accuse Iraqi Forces of 68 Murders Amid Political Deadlock
Muslim Scholars Association said those killed had been detained from
the southern Baghdad Al-Dura neighborhood on April 4, according to a
statement dated Tuesday. "The forces of the interior ministry commandos
arrested on April 4, 68 Iraqis, including four Christians," the
statement said, citing residents of the area as its source. "The bodies
of all these citizens were found today tortured and mutilated in a kind
of atrocity of state terrorism that is without precedent in human
history," it said. Sunni politician Saleh Mutlak, of the National
Dialogue Front which holds 11 parliament seats, on Thursday also
condemned the action and charged that "government forces had detained
these people from Al-Dura." A Christian politician, allied with another
Sunni Arab party then announced that another 400 people had been
detained from the same neighborhood soon after the bodies were found.
"Just a day after the bodies of the 68 people were found dumped, forces
belonging to the government raided Dura and detained 400 people," Mina
Yussef said. Iraq's interior minister on Wednesday acknowledged the
existence of so-called death squads within certain security forces but
denied any link with his own ministry.
Sunni Leaders Say 90 Abducted or Slain in Iraq
Arab political leaders said Thursday that nearly 90 Sunnis had been
reported abducted or killed over the past two days by groups with
possible ties to the nation's Shiite Muslim-led Interior Ministry
forces. In one incident, as many as 25 men just released from detention
allegedly were whisked away by gunmen in SUVs. The Sunnis also allege
that 20 corpses turned up in Baghdad, all of them people allegedly
abducted by security forces on the morning of April 4. The facts remain
sketchy and difficult to confirm, and the political groups making the
claims have in the past exaggerated figures and accounts. Two ranking
members of Iraq's security forces said they knew nothing about the
fresh reports of abductions and deaths. But the allegations, broadcast
over radio stations and posted on political Web sites, likely will
further inflame tensions between Iraq's Sunni minority and Shiite
majority. The reports come as each group's political leaders try to
depict the other side as carrying out sectarian violence in an attempt
to gain leverage in the country's ongoing power struggle.
Iraqi CBS Cameraman Released After One Year Imprisonment by US Forces
consider the case of CBS cameraman Abdul Ameer Younis Hussein. In April
2005, he was shot in the hip by an American sniper while filming the
wreckage of a car bomb in Mosul. US troops then detained him, claiming
he had tested positive for explosive residue and that images in his
camera linked him to the insurgents. He was imprisoned in Abu Ghraib
for more than a year without due process. Abdul Ameer was released just
last week after an Iraqi criminal court acquitted him of collaborating
with insurgents, citing a lack of evidence. No charges were made public
until the trial itself. The case is not an isolated one. The Committee
to Protect Journalists documented seven cases in 2005 alone in which
U.S. forces detained Iraqi journalists for many weeks or months without
charge or due process.
Terrorist 'Chief’ is US Spin
mastermind Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi is a largely fictitious bogeyman
invented to help an American propaganda war in Iraq, it was claimed
last night. Senior US military and intelligence officers admitted they
have "overstated" the importance of the Jordanian-born al-Qaeda chief.
Evidence has emerged that spin doctors also bombarded the "home
audience" with exaggerated stories about al-Zarqawi, who is rumoured to
have personally decapitated British hostage Ken Bigley in 2004. At a
meeting at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas Colonel Derek Harvey, a former
military intelligence officer, said foreign rebels were "a very small
part of the numbers". He said: "Our focus on al-Zarqawi has enlarged
his caricature - made him more important than he really is. The
long-term threat is not al-Zarqawi or religious extremists, but former
regime types and their friends."
Learning to Count: The Dead in Iraq
many Iraqis have died as the result of the Anglo-American invasion and
occupation of their country remains an unresolved question in the
anti-war movement. It is a question the pro-war camp avoids. Yet what
more important question is there? Mr. Bush has cited a figure which is
obviously taken from the popular anti-war web site Iraq Body Count
(IBC), which proudly refers to its work on its home page as "The
worldwide update of reported civilian deaths in the Iraq war and
occupation." This project estimates a minimum and maximum death count,
which as of April 12 had the minimum number of Iraqi dead at 34,030 and
the maximum at 38,164. We shall provide a brief description of their
biased and flawed methodology after looking at the true level of
casualties in Iraq. We begin with a more accurate number provided by
the British medical journal The Lancet on October 29, 2004. The
published results of their survey "Mortality before and after the 2003
invasion of Iraq: cluster sample survey" stated, "Making conservative
assumptions, we think about 100,000 excess deaths, or more have
happened since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Violence accounted for most
of the excess deaths and air strikes from coalition forces accounted
for most violent deaths." The report also added that "Most individuals
reportedly killed by coalition forces were women and children," and
that "Eighty-four percent of the deaths were reported to be caused by
the actions of Coalition forces." The report, whose findings have been
strongly criticized, not surprisingly, by pro-war camps as well as,
surprisingly, by researchers at Iraq Body Count, has been backed by
established, credible sources. Not long after the Lancet released their
findings, on November 19, 2004, the Financial Times wrote: "This survey
technique has been criticized as flawed, but the sampling method has
been used by the same team in Darfur in Sudan and in the eastern Congo
and produced credible results. An official at the World Health
Organization said the Iraqi study 'is very much in the league that the
other studies are in.'"
The lead author of the Lancet report,
Les Roberts, reported more recently on February 8, 2006, that there may
be as many as 300,000 Iraqi civilian deaths. One of the world's top
epidemiologists who lectures at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of
Public Health, Roberts has also worked for the World Health
Organization and the International Rescue Committee. Further
underscoring these results from the Lancet report were comments made by
Bradley Woodruff, a medical epidemiologist at the US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, who was quoted in the Chronicle of
Higher Education on January 27, 2005: "Les has used, and consistently
uses, the best possible methodology." The article continues, "Indeed,
the United Nations and the State Department have cited mortality
numbers compiled by Mr. Roberts on previous conflicts as fact - and
have acted on those results. (He) has studied mortality caused by war
since 1992, having done surveys in locations including Bosnia, Congo,
and Rwanda. His three surveys in Congo for the International Rescue
Committee, a nongovernmental humanitarian organization, in which he
used methods akin to those of his Iraq study, received a great deal of
attention. 'Tony Blair and Colin Powell have quoted those results time
and time again without any question as to the precision or validity,'
Juan Cole Translates Article on Muqtada al-Sadr
al-Sadr has called for greater unity with the Sunni Arabs so as to form
a political front "on nationalist foundations." He also called on his
followers not to join in the struggle of "foreign parties (including
Iran") that are trying to settle their conflicts with the United States
in Iraq." Muqtada al-Sadr signalled that he differs from Iranian policy
in Iraq. His communique said that his followers should "decline to join
in any Western plots designed to steal our security and unity, whether
the prime minister is Jaafari or someone else." He added, "Do not join
with foreign parties that desire to settle their accounts with America.
Be responsible." Responding to charges that his Mahdi Army is
cooperating with Iranian intelligence to make trouble, Al-Sadr
declared, "Creating problems for this reason is forbidden, rather it is
religiously prohibited (haram)." He said anyone who did not obey him on
this issue is a "rebel."
US Offer Babylon Damage Apology
senior US marine officer says he is willing to apologise for the damage
caused by his troops to the ancient Iraqi site of Babylon. US forces
built a helicopter pad on the ancient ruins and filled their sandbags
with archaeological material in the months following the 2003 invasion.
Colonel Coleman was chief of staff at Babylon when it was occupied by
the First Marine Expeditionary Force. The 2,000 troops who were
deployed there did immense damage as they set up camp amidst the ruins
of old temples. A helicopter pad was constructed at the site. The
vibration from landings led the roof of one building to collapse. The
soldiers also filled their sandbags with archaeological artefacts, just
because they were lying around and easy to pick up. The head of the
Iraqi State Board for Heritage and Antiquities, Donny George, is angry
and says the mess will take decades to sort out. Col Coleman argues
that whatever his troops did, the alternative would have been far
worse. If they hadn't moved in, Babylon would have been left at the
mercy of looters, he says.
Military to Protect US Aid Teams in Iraq
military forces will provide security for new reconstruction teams
being set up in Iraq's provinces to coordinate U.S. aid, the State
Department announced yesterday. The announcement followed months of
disagreement between the Pentagon and the State Department over whether
to use U.S. troops or private security guards to ensure the safety of
dozens of diplomats, aid workers and other civilian specialists who
would staff the new outposts. State has argued that the teams warrant
U.S. military protection, but the Pentagon, eager to reduce the number
of U.S. troops in Iraq, had resisted committing to the new mission. One
senior State Department official involved in the interagency dispute
said a general understanding was reached after Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice pressed concerns about relying on private guards, and
after it became clear that State could get the funding and the
personnel for the teams and was moving ahead with them. Plans to
establish the groups, known as provincial reconstruction teams, or
PRTs, were announced last fall and billed as an important initiative
for rebuilding Iraq. A similar program has been tried in Afghanistan
with some success. In Iraq, the idea is to staff the teams with
political, economic, legal and civil-military relations specialists who
can help not only distribute aid but also advise regional Iraqi
officials, thereby fortifying provincial governments that had little
authority under Saddam Hussein. But since three pilot groups were set
up quickly -- in Mosul, Kirkuk and Hilla -- in November, the Pentagon
and the State Department have haggled over a number of security,
staffing and funding issues.
Japan Court Nixes Suit Over Troops in Iraq
Japanese court on Friday rejected a lawsuit filed by about 3,200
citizens caliming that Japan’s troop dispatch to Iraq was
unconstitutional. Japan's government has sent about 550 troops to
southern Iraq since early 2004 to purify water, repair schools and help
in other humanitarian tasks — the country's largest overseas military
operation since the end of World War II. Prime Minister Junichiro
Koizumi's government says the mission is strictly humanitarian, and
that the deployment is needed to help stabilize the Middle East
country. The plaintiffs had claimed that the deployment violated
Japan's pacifist constitution, which prohibits the use of force to
settle international disputes. They also said the Iraq war was a war of
invasion that violates international law, and resulted in the deaths of
many civilians, Kyodo News agency said, adding the plaintiffs had
demanded some $270,000 in emotional damages. Nagoya district Court
spokeswoman Yumiko Kobayashi confirmed that the court had dismissed the
Deceit By the Truckload
is the greatest international scam in Australia's history. David Marr
and Marian Wilkinson reveal the inside story on the wheat board
kickbacks. BETWEEN them, a pitiless dictator and UN sanctions had
reduced Iraq to ruin. The currency was destroyed. Millions were
starving. Hospitals had no medicines, no bandages and no anaesthetics.
Faced with a death toll of half a million children since sanctions
began, the US secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, remarked: "We
think the price is worth it."
But the world grew so restive at
the sight of this man-made catastrophe unfolding in Iraq that a
compromise was forced on the US. The oil-for-food program was designed
to feed Iraq while starving Saddam Hussein of hard currency until he
gave up his weapons of mass destruction. Within hours of the resolution
passing the UN Security Council, the salesmen of the Australian Wheat
Board were back on the road to Baghdad. These were crazy, dangerous
journeys that ended in brief meetings, long lunches and huge wheat
deals. As American bombs and missiles rained down on Baghdad in
December 1998, the board clinched deals to sell more than 2 million
tonnes of grain.
Not So Fast Colin Powell
week I read an article by Rorbert Sheer, that said Colin Powell now
says that he and his department's top experts never believed that Iraq
posed an imminent nuclear threat, but that Bush followed misleading
advice from Dick Cheney and the CIA in making the claim. To that I say,
not so fast Mr Powell, the time to come clean has long passed. In fact,
the window of truth-telling time for you ended when the first US
soldier was killed in Iraq. This admission proves that Colin knew the
truth and could have stopped the freight train long before it made it
Whose Side Are We On?
United States is reaching a breaking point with the Shiites in Iraq.
The quiescence to date of this dominant and relatively united sectarian
force has been the key factor in the U.S.'s ability to keep the lid on
in Iraq so far. That is now changing. The Shiites have never had any
particular love for the United States. They are bitter about what they
saw as their betrayal by the United States after the first gulf war,
when the elder President George W. Bush called for uprisings against
Saddam and then stood by while Saddam's forces brutally put the
insurrection down, with huge Shiite losses. As for the United States,
after the Iranian revolution in 1979 and the crisis of American
diplomats held hostage in Tehran, a mantra developed in Washington:
"Shiite bad, Sunni good." The Shiites were the anti-American
revolutionaries in the region. But after the emergence of Al Qaeda,
9/11, the outbreak of the Sunni insurrection against the U.S.
occupation in Iraq and Iraqi Shiite quiescence, Washington's working
mantra was reversed: it became "Shiite good, Sunni bad." Today it is
hard to tell who the good guys are.
One thing was clear on the
eve of the war in Iraq: The Shiites would favor the overthrow of Saddam
and a brief U.S. occupation only if Washington promised to deliver
power into the hands of the Shiite majority via the ballot box. This
has now come to pass. …… Thus for most Shiites the quickest way to gain
national legitimacy and acquire nationalist credentials may be to join
the call for an end to the U.S. occupation. …… Now that Zalmay
Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, has delivered Bush's jarring
message that the current Iraqi prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, is
not acceptable to Washington and should not seek a second term, the
Shiite break with Washington may be nearing. …… It may make some sense
for the United States to help overcome Sunni fears and grievances by
siding with their calls for more Sunni power. But the current Shiite
political dominance is quite legal, based on a constitution the United
States helped draft. It reflects the absolute demographic majority of
Shiites. And for the moment at least, sectarian loyalties are the
coinage of daily politics and the primary source of security for each
citizen. That leaves scant room for compromise.
However clever Ambassador Khalilzad's efforts at divide-and-rule may be, few of his options are good.
US Allies Are Behind the Death Squads and Ethnic Cleansing
American overlords at last seem to have grasped the danger posed by
their friends' militias. But it may be too late. Much ink, as well as
indignation, is being spent on whether Iraq is on the verge of, in the
midst of, or nowhere near civil war. Wherever you stand in this largely
semantic debate, the one certainty is that the seedbed for the
country's self-destruction is Iraq's plethora of militias. In the apt
phrase of Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador in Baghdad, they are the
"infrastructure of civil war". ….. Khalilzad's denunciation of the
militias was an extraordinary turnaround, given that the focus of US
military activity since the fall of Saddam Hussein has been the battle
against foreign jihadis and a nationalist Sunni-led insurgency.
Suddenly the US faces a greater "enemy within" - militias manned by the
Shia community, once seen by the US as allies, and run by government
US officials now view the militias differently.
Phasing them out by integrating their members into the official forces
of law and order is seen as risky, unless the leadership changes. In
February this year the new Pentagon line was that integration could
result in security forces that "may be more loyal to their political
support organisation than to the central Iraqi government", according
to a new study, Iraq's Evolving Insurgency and the Risk of Civil War by
Anthony Cordesman, an Iraq expert at Washington's Centre for Strategic
and International Studies. Now the US is trying to ensure that
political control over the interior and defence ministries is jointly
managed by an all-party security council. …..The crucial question is
whether the militias can be rolled back at this late stage. Having
allowed them to defy their initial banning orders, as well as Iraq's
new constitution, which outlawed them, can the US persuade or force its
Iraqi allies to disband them? Confronting the Sunni insurgency means,
in crude terms, confronting an enemy. Confronting the biggest militias,
Badr and the Kurdish peshmerga, means the US must confront its friends.
(And I wonder when people will wake up and realize that using violence
to solve problems only leads to more violence and more problems, and in
consideration of the fact that humans now have the ability to destroy
the entire planet and human race, this is NOT a road we want to
continue on. I am amazed that people tell me that pacifism "just won’t
work" even without trying it out seriously…… when the alternative
clearly seems totally self-destructive. – Susan)
ACTION: Call your congressperson and both your Senators and tell them
to end the war in Iraq and not to attack or bomb Iran. Keep the
pressure on. If they have spoken out against the war, call and thank
them. Below are some reasons why we have to end this war.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"I took an oath when I joined the Navy. I swore to uphold and defend
the Constitution of the United States of America from all enemies,
foreign and domestic. Nowhere does it state that I must blindly follow
the orders of unjust or immoral leaders. This is the reason that I am
compelled to speak out against our use of Depleted Uranium. It is the
biggest, invisible danger that our troops and the Iraqi people face and
most insidious. What we are committing is a silent genocide of both
planet and people." - Kim Hawkins - Gulf War Veteran