DAILY WAR NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2006Photo
A painting entitled 'Picnic' by artist Muayad Muhsin, who was both
inspired and enraged by a photo of Donald H. Rumsfeld slumped on an
airplane seat with his army boots up in front of him, is displayed in
Baghdad, Iraq Monday, June 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Samir Mizban) (See below 'Rumsfeld painting in Iraq art exhibit')Bring 'em on
A 49th Military Police Brigade Soldier was killed when insurgents
attacked his convoy with an improvised explosive device at
approximately 8:23 p.m. on June 5 in Baghdad, Iraq. (CENTCOM)Bring 'em on
Cpl. Ryan J. Cummings, 22, of Streamwood, Ill., died June 3, from
wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar
province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment,
1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton,
Calif. (DefenseLink)Defense officials in London say British troops fired baton rounds on about 100 people who were throwing rocks at them in Basra.
However, Iraqi police say the soldiers fired at children throwing
stones, killing a 13-year-old boy and wounding a girl who's 12.OTHER SECURITY INCIDENTSBaghdad:(update) Fifteen of the 50 Iraqis
kidnapped yesterday in downtown Baghdad by gunmen wearing police
uniforms were found wandering in eastern Baghdad, many of them showing
signs of torture.
Police found eight of them together on a major
north-south highway in east Baghdad. Patrols were alerted to search for
others and another seven were found around the area, three of whom had
bullet wounds in their legs. The al-Kindi hospital confirmed that 13
people had been brought in by police for treatment.Four police officers were killed, and another wounded, when gunmen attacked their patrol in Baghdad.
Police sources said the attack took place in the western al-Mansour district of the capital.An
Iraqi civilian was killed and two of his children were injured when a
mortar round landed on their house in the Baladiyat neighborhood in
Iraqi policemen and a civilian were killed when unidentified gunmen
opened fire at a group of policemen in Baghdad's western district of
police officers-- a colonel and a major-- were killed and two policemen
wounded when a roadside bomb went off near their patrol in Baghdad's
eastern district of Zaiyouna.
A police vehicle was also destroyed
in the attack, he said. Another policeman was injured and a nearby
building was set on fire when a roadside bomb went off in the Zuhour
Intersection in western Baghdad.Police found five bodies, two of them women, in different parts of Baghdad.A civilian was killed and four others wounded in a car bomb attack next to an ice-cream shop in Baghdad's Karada district.Two policemen were killed and three were wounded when a roadside bomb hit a patrol in western Mansour district.
A car bomb later went off as firefighters rushed to the scene, injuring one firefighter.An
explosive-laden car detonated on Wednesday near Iraq's Ministry of
Culture in the Zayouna district of eastern Baghdad, leaving a number of
people injured and causing damage to vehicles.
The scale of damage
resulting from the blast which targeted a passing Iraqi police patrol
was not yet available. Witnesses said the area was sealed off.Basra:Gunmen
driving in cars opened fire randomly on passersby Tuesday night in
several locations in Basra, killing 14 civilians and injuring 8 others.
The sources said that the shootings took place at a time when those
streets are usually crowded and that the victims included women and
children.Baqubah:Gunmen stormed two neighbouring shops and killed their two owners in Baquba.Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and four were wounded in Baquba
65 km north of Baghdad. One of them died when a roadside bomb struck
his patrol. Gunmen later opened fire on Iraqi troops coming to evacuate
the wounded, killing the second soldier.Bahriz:Gunmen assaulted a patrol of the Iraqi Army with a bomb blast and gunfire near a fuel station in the town of Bahraz
south of the provincial town of Baacouba. Troops of the patrol engaged
the attackers, killed two of them and wounded another. One soldier died
in the violence.Dinwaniyah:The body of a former Baath party member from Diwaniyah province was found in the capital
, police said, adding that he had been shot.Tikrit:(near) A van was stopped by gunmen in a remote hilly region on the road between Tikrit and Kirkuk.
Two of the passengers who were Shiite were then abducted by the gunmen while the rest were allowed to proceed.A
van containing engineers working for the Northern Oil Company was
stopped by gunmen in a remote hilly region on the road between Tikrit
Two who were Shiite were abducted, while the rest were allowed to proceed.In the centre of Tikrit city, two policemen were shot dead when gunmen opened fire on their car.Three civilians were wounded in a car bomb attack in front of a court in the centre of Tikrit.Mosul:Three
Mosul university students were killed before attending their
examinations today by unidentified militants while the body of a fourth
Iraqi lady was found with bullet hole as she was traveling from Mosul
Iraqi police said that a group of unidentified armed
men entered the inner section of the university located in Prophet
Younis area before the students conducted their examinations and opened
fire on three of them. Police sources stressed that the female student
was killed by a foolish bullet which came from the weapon of one of the
national guards.Three people, including a policeman, were killed in a drive-by shooting in Mosul.Kirkuk:A
police captain was killed and eight others, including five civilians,
were wounded in a roadside bombing targeting a police patrol south of
Police announced that one of its members was killed and six others were
injured in a bomb explosion near a police vehicle south Kirkuk.
source from Iraqi Police told KUNA the bomb exploded in Toz Khormatu
market southern Kirkuk, killing Sulaiman Jawamir and injuring six other
policemen.Hawija:Gunmen killed a Sunni mosque preacher in the town of Hawija, 60 km southwest of Kirkuk.
Karatepe:ITC [Iraqi Turkmen Front] said that 22 Turkmens were killed in Karatepe town, 100 kilometers north of Baghdad two days ago.
ITC stated that a bus was waylaid with barricade erected on the road,
and 26 passengers were separated into groups according to their
religious sects, and then 22 Shiite Turkmens were killed.U.S. CASUALTIES REPORTSStaff Sgt. Darren Harmon, 44, of Newark Del., died in Haditha, Iraq, on June 3, from a non-combat related cause
Harmon was assigned to the Army Reserves 203rd Military Intelligence
Battalion, 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, Aberdeen Proving
Ground, Md. (DefenseLink)Maj. Michael D. Stover, 43, of Mansfield, Ohio, died June 3 from a non-hostile incident in Al Anbar province, Iraq
He was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-371, Marine Wing
Support Group-37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary
Force, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. (DefenseLink)
>> NEWSGermany-based U.S. Army brigade to make initial preparations for a deployment to Iraq
defense officials said on Wednesday, in a sign that an imminent
reduction in forces may be unlikely. Pentagon leaders will make a final
decision later this week on sending the roughly 3,500 soldiers from
their base in Schweinfurt, Germany, to Iraq, said the defense
officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity
Officials on May
8 announced that the soldiers of the 2nd Brigade of the Army's 1st
Infantry Division would remain in Germany indefinitely, in anticipation
of Casey's decision on possible U.S. troop reductions in the second
half of the year. Bush to get $50 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for the first few months of next year
under a House bill a subcommittee approved Wednesday. On a voice vote,
the House defense appropriations subcommittee passed a $427 billion
measure for the Pentagon budget year that begins Oct. 1, including
operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.Nearly 600 Iraqi prisoners released
The detainees were the first of 2,000 prisoners whom [Prime Minister]
al-Maliki promised would be freed from Iraq's most notorious prisons in
an apparent effort to ease anger among minority Sunnis over allegations
of arbitrary detentions and mistreatment of prisoners.RUMSFELD PAINTING IN IRAQ ART EXHIBIT
Muhsin was both inspired and enraged by a photo of Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld slumped on an airplane seat with his army boots up
in front of him.
"It symbolized America's soulless might and
arrogance," said Muhsin, whose similar painting of Rumsfeld will be
unveiled in an exhibition opening in Baghdad on Monday. (...)
Rumsfeld's image is true to life, he sits next to a partially damaged
statue of a lion standing over a human - a traditional image of
strength during the ancient Babylon civilization. The statue's stone
base is ripped open, revealing shelves from which white piece of papers
are flying away, later turning into birds soaring high into an
ominously gray sky.
Muhsin said the symbolism has to do with
Washington's repeated assertions in the months before the March 2003
U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that Saddam's regime had weapons of mass
destruction, the cornerstone in the Bush administration's argument for
going to war. (...)
"They did not find the weapons and, instead,
found the annals of an ancient civilization that turned into birds of
love, peace and knowledge," said Muhsin, himself a native of the area
around the central Iraqi city of Babil, or Babylon, south of Baghdad.
boots deliver a message from America: 'We rule the world,'" Muhsin, 41,
told The Associated Press in an interview. "It speaks of America's
total indifference to what the rest of the world thinks."
said he signed the painting in the middle, instead of the customary
bottom corner, to avoid having it under Rumsfeld's boots.read in full...>> REPORTSISLAM MEMO REPORT (TUESDAY - JUNE 6, 2006 NIGHT)
American occupation forces did manage this afternoon to take complete
control of Thoulouiya [near Tikrit] and the surrounding villages after
days of a tightly-imposed brutal siege.
The Islam Memo reporter
in Thoulouiya confirmed that American soldiers, along with Kurdish
peshmerga soldiers, have captured the remaining districts in Thoulouiya
near the post office after an unbalanced (in strength) heavy fighting,
in which more than 60 Resistance fighters and men of Thoulouiya have
The woman and children of Thoulouiya are now under the
mercy of the American occupation forces who are ransacking and
searching their homes, one by one. The occupation forces have already
captured more than 100 men of the city.
The reporter, who
miraculously managed to escape capture by the occupiers and to leave
the city, reported that the city is now open to the occupation forces
to do what they like in it and without being monitored, after taking
control of the city and the departure of all journalists from it.
reporter confirmed that one woman, Hajja Um Khudhaiyar, did detonate
herself in the midst of occupation soldiers at 7 p.m. tonight when they
had entered her home. The reporter does not have details on the number
of casualties among the occupation soldiers.read in full..."THAT'S NOT A TERRORIST"
was going along the Euphrates River," says Joshua Key, a 27-year-old
former U.S. soldier from Oklahoma, detailing a recurring nightmare -- a
scene he stumbled on shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March
2003. "It's a road right in the city of Ramadi. We turned a real sharp
right and all I seen was decapitated bodies. The heads laying over here
and the bodies over here and U.S. troops in between them. I'm thinking,
'Oh my God, what in the hell happened here? What's caused this? Why in
the hell did this happen?'
We get out and somebody was screaming, 'We fucking lost it here!' I'm thinking, 'Oh, yes, somebody definitely lost it here.'"
says he was ordered to look around for evidence of a firefight, for
something to rationalize the beheaded Iraqis. "I look around just for a
few seconds and I don't see anything." But then he noticed the sight
that now triggers his nightmares.
"I see two soldiers kicking
the heads around like a soccer ball. I just shut my mouth, walked back,
got inside the tank, shut the door, and it was like, I can't be no part
of this. This is crazy. I came here to fight and be prepared for war
but this is outrageous. Why did it happen? That's just my question: Why
did that happen?"
Joshua rejects the U.S. government line that
the Iraqis fighting the occupation are terrorists. "I'm thinking: What
the hell? I mean, that's not a terrorist. That's the man's home we
killed. That's his son, that's the father, that's the mother, that's
the sister. Houses are destroyed. Husbands are detained and wives don't
even know where they're at. I mean, them are pissed-off people, and
they have a reason to be pissed off. I would never wish this upon
myself or my family, so why would I do it upon them?"-- Excerpt from Peter Laufer's book "Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq" (2006)read in full...>> COMMENTARY AND ANALYSISUS TAXPAYERS FUND HUMAN SLAVERY IN IRAQ
the first time since Congress mandated its annual publication, a State
Department report cataloging human trafficking across the globe
includes allegations that American taxpayers financed such abuses.
year's Trafficking in Persons Report... includes a special section on
reforms the Defense Department instituted after an investigation
prompted by "Pipeline to Peril," a series published by the Chicago
Tribune in October that detailed human trafficking into Iraq for
privatized U.S. military support operations.
brokers and subcontractors from Asia to the Middle East have worked in
concert to import thousands of laborers into Iraq from impoverished
countries, often employing fraud or coercion along the way, seizing
workers' passports and charging recruitment "fees" that make it
difficult for workers to escape employment in the war zone.
military leaders in Iraq have acknowledged confirming widespread abuses
against such workers, who are brought to Iraq to do menial labor on
U.S. bases for contractors and subcontractors. Those businesses
ultimately receive their checks from the U.S. government. The abuses
corroborated by military investigators included violations of U.S.
This comes on a day when the New York Times
pays neo-conservative stooge Nicholas Kristof for an article titled "In Praise of the Maligned Sweatshop":
who cares about fighting poverty should campaign in favor of
sweatshops, demanding that companies set up factories in Africa.
Smells like Fascism. Looks like Fascism. Tastes like Fascism...linkUS REDUCED TO USING "TECHNICALS" IN IRAQ
US contractors-- er, mercenaries-- have been using gun trucks that they
welded up themselves. This is what warlords in Mogadishu do.
Not what superpowers do.
More on the Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/photos/defensorfortislinkCINDY SHEEHAN : THE ABOMINATIONS OF WAR
and just about anyone and everyone who criticizes George Bush and this
war are accused of "not supporting the troops." Since my son, Casey,
was killed in Iraq because of lies and to actually make that country
safe for our corporate interests, I have been saying the only way we
can support our troops at this point is to get them the hell out of
this illegal and immoral war.
The massacre in Haditha on
November, 19, 2005, is just another way to underscore the fact that our
troops are being turned into war criminals in what one article called:
"The Worst War Crime of the Iraq War." (Sydney Morning Herald; May 28 ,
2006). In a stunning display of shameless hypocrisy George Bush said of
the (not uncommon) butchering of innocent civilians in Haditha:
troops have been trained on core values throughout their training, but
obviously there was an incident that took place in Iraq,"
Bush also said this following a meeting of his cabinet: the world will see a "full and complete" investigation.
false piece of propaganda that we are fed is that we need to support
the president, especially when we are "at war." I say, "No, way!" Our
kids know the difference between right and wrong before they are sucked
into a military system that dehumanizes our soldiers and forces them to
dehumanize the "enemy" to the point where it is apparently acceptable
behavior to kill children and to cover up the murders. Can we all
assume that little Georgie was never told that cold-blooded murder is
wrong seeing that his family has supported wars and their inherent
crimes for at least three generations?THE "FEW BAD APPLES" ALIBI
has become part of our day-to-day lexicon... something as American as
apple pie. Whatever happens of an unpleasant or nefarious nature, it
must have been caused or created by a "few bad apples." We get to hear
it - or read it - with multiplier frequency these days because of the
high profile cases being witnessed involving the worlds of big
business, politics and the military. (...)
Perhaps the greatest
misuse of the "few bad apples" metaphor takes place in the military
during time of war, when the meaning of honor, duty and country often
becomes a hollow interpretation to villainous lies and
rationalizations. After almost four decades, we still have a parade of
four-star not so gentle men, in and out of uniform, who proudly refer
to the My Lai investigation as "the gold standard." That is something
unfathomable to anyone with half a mind, and a slice of heart, when at
day's end the punishment dished out for the murder of hundreds of
non-combatants (old men, women and children) in a Vietnamese hamlet
shamelessly ended up being a three-and-a-half year confinement to
quarters for a platoon leader. Many of us, I recall, have been for
years referring to this total whitewash as "the Medina standard," and
not "the gold standard." A "few bad apples" in the military? Give me a
The good, or even great, things about this country of
ours are diluted by those among us who insist on being
evil-minimalists. For them everything about us is unquestionably great:
our free enterprise system, how we govern ourselves... and our
military, tireless defenders of our freedoms and our way of life.
That's who we say we are, reality and truth be damned.
if such thing could be justly applied to any large group of people, or
even a nation, should never be a self-imposed superlative. America can
only aspire to be exceptional when much of the world sees us, our
actions, as exceptional... but not until then. If touting this
chimerical uniqueness is part of the nation's psyche, the jingoist joke
is on us. But that's just my take.read in full...THE REAL CULPRIT WAS A CAMERA
a week ago, the Bush administration was bracing itself for the worst.
After six months of covering up the Haditha massacre, the time had come
to face another public audit of the conduct of American occupation
forces in Iraq. Once again, as in Abu Ghraib, the real culprit was a
American eyes are not supposed to see this sort of thing
lest it disturb their inner harmony. The folks back home live under the
comfortable illusion that their armed forces are busy fighting the "bad
guys," promoting democracy, setting up school playgrounds and passing
out candy to street urchins.
Don't expect the average American
to dwell -- let alone show empathy -- for the traumatized Iraqi
survivors in Haditha. Just because the majority of Americans are now
against the invasion doesn't mean they're paying attention to the
details. In this most sanitized of wars, they rarely get a look at
their own dead and wounded. For most, the whole sordid Iraqi affair is
no more than background noise. Half of them still can't place Iraq on
the map and there is a significant minority that still believes Saddam
had weapons of mass destruction.
Imagine the reaction if the
same gang of cold-blooded marines had executed women holding suckling
babes right outside the gates of Camp Pendleton. Would their officers
cover up for them? Would the local reporters take six months to dig up
the details? Would the mayor do a Bush imitation and pretend that he
heard about it from the papers?read in full...>> BEYOND IRAQAfghanistan:More than 250 Afghans were arrested after the anti-foreigner riot in Kabul last week, and 141 are still in custody
, Afghanistan's intelligence chief said Wednesday.A roadside bomb hit a convoy of Afghan soldiers in eastern Afghan mountains, killing three and wounded four.The
coalition said that 13 insurgents were killed either Sunday or Monday
in southern Uruzgan province as a coalition patrol exchanged fire with
Two coalition soldiers were evacuated with non-life threatening wounds, the coalition said.A suicide car bomb hit a military convoy, wounding three U.S. soldiers in eastern Afghanistan's Khost province
, along the mountainous border with Pakistan. Two soldiers were taken to a medical facility. The third had only minor injuries.THE WHOLE TERRORIST WAR AGAINST THE WEST THING IS A FANTASY
things are so obvious that you feel almost embarrassed to repeat them -
but if you don't say them, the propagandists win. So, then:
is a political technique, not an ideology, and any group willing to use
violence in pursuit of its political goals may resort to it. There are
left-wing terrorists and right-wing terrorists; nationalist terrorists
and internationalist terrorists; Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu,
Buddhist and atheist terrorists. In theory, you could have a "war
against terrorism", but it would involve trying to kill everybody who
uses this technique anywhere in the world. The United States is not
trying to do that, so it is not fighting a "war against terror".
President Bush's administration does claim to be fighting is a war
against an international "Islamist" terrorist conspiracy. The motives
of this shadowy but powerful network are anti-Western but curiously
vague. They "hate our freedoms", says Mr Bush. They want to destroy our
values and our way of life, adds his partner, British Prime Minister
There is no shadowy but powerful network waging a
terrorist war against the West: the whole thing is a fantasy. There are
isolated small groups of extremists who blow things up once in a while,
and there are web-sites and other media through which they can exchange
ideas and techniques, but there is no headquarters, no chain of
command, no organisation that can be defeated, dismantled and destroyed.
never was much of an Islamist "terrorist network" anyway - certainly
nothing to compare with the extensive co-operation between the extreme
left-wing "urban guerrilla" groups of the developed world (Germany's
Baader-Meinhof Gang, Italy's Red Brigades, the Japanese Red Army, etc.)
and the various Palestinian groups of secular nationalist radicals in
the 1970-1985 period. Even in al Qaeda's heyday, before the US invasion
of Afghanistan effectively beheaded it in 2001, there were only a few
hundred core members.read in full...QUOTE OF THE DAY
"If you want to see their [U.S. military] terrorism, you don't have to
go to Haditha. Just go out on the street. If you drive too close to
them, you can get killed." -- an Iraqi man named Jabur quoted by ABC News