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9/11 Criminal : Santorum Suggests New Terror Attacks Will Change View Of War

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 12, 2007

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=== News Update ===

9/11 Criminal : Santorum Suggests New Terror Attacks Will Change View Of War

Former Senator predicts “unfortunate events” within a year that will alter perceptions

Paul Joseph Watson

Prison Planet


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Saturday, July 7, 2007

In an alarming display of fearmongering, former Republican Senator Rick Santorum has suggested that a series of “unfortunate events,” namely terrorist attacks, will occur within the next year and change American citizen’s perception of the war.

Appearing on the Hugh Hewitt radio show, Santorum also hyped the necessity of “confronting Iran in the Middle East,” and predicted that Giuliani, Romney and Tommy Thompson would be the three surviving Republican candidates who would go head to head in the race for the nomination.

Santorum went on to clearly imply that terror attacks will occur inside America which will alter the body politic and lead to a reversal of the anti-war sentiment now dominating the country.

“Between now and November, a lot of things are going to happen, and I believe that by this time next year, the American public’s going to have a very different view of this war, and it will be because, I think, of some unfortunate events, that like we’re seeing unfold in the UK. But I think the American public’s going to have a very different view,” said the former senator from Pennsylvania.

Is Santorum expressing foreknowledge of some coming atrocity or is he merely using a tactic familiar to the leadership of his party – exploiting the fear of terror for the purposes of political rhetoric?

Last month, the new chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party Dennis Milligan said that there needed to be more attacks on American soil for President Bush to regain popular approval.

“At the end of the day, I believe fully the president is doing the right thing, and I think all we need is some attacks on American soil like we had on [Sept. 11, 2001],” Milligan told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “And the naysayers will come around very quickly to appreciate not only the commitment for President Bush, but the sacrifice that has been made by men and women to protect this country,” he concluded.

Yearning for new mass casualty terror attacks for political gain is a GOP strategy – Milligan is merely parroting what was written in a leaked confidential memo that was circulated among senior Republican leaders in late 2005.

“A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and “restore his image as a leader of the American people,” reported Capitol Hill Blue on November 12, 2005.

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http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/july2007/070707changeview.htm

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9/11 Crime – Military Analyst: West Needs More Terror To Save Doomed Foreign Policy

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 12, 2007

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=== News Update ===

 

Military Analyst: West Needs More Terror To Save Doomed Foreign Policy

 

Only attacks on scale of 9/11, 7/7 can bolster resolve according to war studies head

Paul Joseph Watson

Prison Planet


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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The West needs more terror attacks on the scale of 9/11 and 7/7 in order to save a failing foreign policy, according to Lt.-Col. Doug Delaney, chair of the war studies program at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario.

This alarming admission can be found right at the end of a long and academic Toronto Star article about the history of conflict and why the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq are doomed.

“The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), is the military academy of the Canadian Forces and is a full degree-granting university,” according to Wikipedia.

The Star article discusses a new study which surmises that military invasions since World War 2 that require cooperation of the population of a country to succeed hold only a 17% chance of success.

In a paraphrased quote attributed to Delaney, he concludes that “The key to bolstering Western resolve is another terrorist attack like 9/11 or the London transit bombings of two years ago.”

“If nothing happens, it will be harder still to say this is necessary,” adds Delaney.

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“Londoners pull together outside a subway station during the bombings of July 7, 2005. Could such terrorist attacks actually bolster Western resolve?” – reads the caption accompanying the photo in the Toronto Star piece.

By this logic, if terrorist attacks only boost the geopolitical agenda of Western governments then how is it in their interest to prevent them, and of what benefit are they to the actual terrorists – unless the terrorists occupy positions of power?

Delaney’s comments are in a similar vein to former Republican Senator Rick Santorum’s statements to a radio show this past weekend, in which he said that “unfortunate events” would occur along the lines of the recent car bomb attempts in the UK, that will change American’s views of the war.

Last month, the new chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party Dennis Milligan said that there needed to be more attacks on American soil for President Bush to regain popular approval.

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http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/july2007/100707moreterror.htm

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When will these gullible Arabs understand?

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 12, 2007

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When will these gullible Arabs understand?

Khalid Amayreh, thepeoplesvoice.org

 

 

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Occupied East-Jerusalem, july 11, 2007

The decision of the Arab League to dispatch a delegation to Israel to discuss the already moribund Arab Peace initiative can only be interpreted as another exercise in futility, gullibility and impotence.

First of all, Israel itself is utterly uninterested in any genuine peace process that would end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and bring about a just resolution of the Palestinian refugee plight.

Indeed, a country that has built hundreds of Jewish-only colonies on stolen land, and is now mutilating the West Bank with a hateful, gigantic wall that is reducing Palestinian population centers to open-air concentration camps, is obviously not interested in peace and reconciliation, neither with the Palestinian people nor with the Arab and Muslim nations.

Hence, it is only logical to expect the Arab initiative, which promises Israel full normalization of relations with Arab countries in return for a total withdrawal from the occupied territories and a just solution for the enduring refugee plight, will eventually face the same failure and same fiasco that other similar initiatives have met since the William Roger’s plan in the late 1960s.

This is not to say that Israel will not want to talk with the Arab. Israel does want to normalize relations with all Arab states and peoples from Mauritanian to Bahrain provided that they come to terms with Israel’s Nazi-like colonization of Palestine and ethnic cleansing and attempted national annihilation of the Palestinian people.

The Arab League delegation, which includes Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abu al Gheith and his Jordanian counterpart, Abdul Elah Khatib, was supposed to arrive in occupied Jerusalem Thursday, 12 July. However, the Israeli government has decided to postpone the visit for at least two weeks due to “special considerations” pertaining to Israeli premier Ehud Olmert.

The postponement, some observers suggest, should be seen as a proof of Israel’s disinterest, even contempt, of the visit.

Earlier, the Israeli government has asked Egypt and Jordan to expand the Arab “contact group” to include other countries such as Saudi Arabia.

There is only one interpretation of the Israeli request, namely that Israel wants to normalize relations with all Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, while the Nazi-like occupation of Palestine and the Nazi-like treatment of Palestinians remain unchanged.

Olmert, a deceitful man with virtually no moral credibility, has said that he sees “positive points” in the Arab initiative, an allusion to the normalization clause.

However, he and other members of his government have made it very clear that a complete withdrawal from the occupied territories was out of question, that ending the occupation of East Jerusalem was out of question and that allowing significant numbers of Palestinian refugees to return home was out of question.

In a certain sense, Olmert is being honest since Israel doesn’t consider the West Bank “occupied” land but rather a “disputed” territory.

The fact that the West Bank is already dotted with hundreds of Jewish-only settlements, inhabited by racist-minded Talmudic fanatics who view non-Jews as animals whose lives have no sanctity or value, makes it extremely difficult if not outright impossible for any Israeli government to leave the entirety of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem..

Moreover, East Jerusalem, the contemplated capital of the contemplated but unlikely Palestinian state, has already been reduced to a ghetto, surrounded on all sides by Jewish settlements.

And given the clear drift toward religious and right-wing chauvinism among Israeli Jews, it would a kind of day-dreaming to expect Israelis to agree to give up the Arab town back to its lawful owners even in return for a 100% -peace.

More to the point, if Jerusalem is “red line” for Israelis, government and peoples alike, the implementation of the right of return for Palestinian refugees is even a redder line.

Indeed, Israel and Zionism are about expulsion and deportation and ethnic cleansing of non-Jews, and allowing the refugees to return home would be Zionism’s ultimate antithesis.

Hence, a voluntary and willful acceptance by Israel of the return of a significant number of Palestinian refugees to their former homes and property in what is now Israel would be even beyond day-dreaming.

So, if Israel is going to tell the Arab League delegation “No to Jerusalem, No the right of return and no to withdrawal to the 1967 borderline,” then for God’s sake why dispatch a delegation to Israel in the first place.

Under such circumstances, one is prompted to ask if the Arab League and Arabs in general have to bear another humiliation at the hands of these war criminals in West Jerusalem?

This is a question I put to the Secretary-General of the Arab League Amr Mousa, who should be acquainted with the smallest details of Israeli intransigence and hostility to peace.

I realize that the Arabs might want to score a public relations achievement by showing the world that they are exhausting all possible efforts for peace and that Israel is the one that rejects peace.

But such a desperate feat will only be an expression of powerlessness and wishful thinking. The world knows that Israel doesn’t want peace, but this hypocritical and immoral world is simply not willing to call the spade a spade whenever it is in Israeli hands.

Hence, it is vital that the Arabs put an end to all these undignified and embarrassing contacts with Israel, and start exploring another strategy that would bring about both peace and freedom for Palestine.

Needless to say, this strategy lies first and foremost in achieving strategic parity with Israel, a country that understands only the language of brute force.

In the final analysis, the Arabs are acting as beggars, and beggars, as we all know, can’t be choosers.

Only when the Arab and Muslim states in the Middle East possess a strategic force, will Israel start thinking about peace.

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July 11, 2007 © 2007 Khalid Amayreh

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Hamas’ stand – An official of the movement describes its goals for all of Palestine

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 12, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Hamas’ stand

An official of the movement describes its goals for all of Palestine

Mousa Abu Marzook, LA Times


MOUSA ABU MARZOOK is the deputy of the political bureau of Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement.

July 10, 2007

Damascus, Syria ­ HAMAS’ RESCUE of a BBC journalist from his captors in Gaza last week was surely cause for rejoicing. But I want to be clear about one thing: We did not deliver up Alan Johnston as some obsequious boon to Western powers.

It was done as part of our effort to secure Gaza from the lawlessness of militias and violence, no matter what the source. Gaza will be calm and under the rule of law ­ a place where all journalists, foreigners and guests of the Palestinian people will be treated with dignity. Hamas has never supported attacks on Westerners, as even our harshest critics will concede; our struggle has always been focused on the occupier and our legal resistance to it ­ a right of occupied people that is explicitly supported by the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Yet our movement is continually linked by President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to ideologies that they know full well we do not follow, such as the agenda of Al Qaeda and its adherents. But we are not part of a broader war. Our resistance struggle is no one’s proxy, although we welcome the support of people everywhere for justice in Palestine.

The American efforts to negate the will of the Palestinian electorate by destroying our fledgling government have not succeeded ­ rather, the U.S.-assisted Fatah coup has only multiplied the problems of Washington’s “two-state solution.”

Mr. Bush has for the moment found a pliant friend in Abu Mazen, a “moderate” in the American view but one who cannot seriously expect to command confidence in the streets of Gaza or the West Bank after having taken American arms and Israeli support to depose the elected government by force. We deplore the current prognosticating over “Fatah-land” versus “Hamastan.” In the end, there can be only one Palestinian state.

But what of the characterization by the West of our movement as beyond the pale of civilized discourse? Our “militant” stance cannot by itself be the disqualifying factor, as many armed struggles have historically resulted in a place at the table of nations. Nor can any deny the reasonableness of our fight against the occupation and the right of Palestinians to have dignity, justice and self-rule.

Yet in my many years of keeping an open mind to all sides of the Palestine question ­ including those I spent in an American prison, awaiting Israeli “justice” ­ I am forever asked to concede the recognition of Israel’s putative “right to exist” as a necessary precondition to discussing grievances, and to renounce positions found in the Islamic Resistance Movement’s charter of 1988, an essentially revolutionary document born of the intolerable conditions under occupation more than 20 years ago.

The sticking point of “recognition” has been used as a litmus test to judge Palestinians. Yet as I have said before, a state may have a right to exist, but not absolutely at the expense of other states, or more important, at the expense of millions of human individuals and their rights to justice. Why should anyone concede Israel’s “right” to exist, when it has never even acknowledged the foundational crimes of murder and ethnic cleansing by means of which Israel took our towns and villages, our farms and orchards, and made us a nation of refugees?

Why should any Palestinian “recognize” the monstrous crime carried out by Israel’s founders and continued by its deformed modern apartheid state, while he or she lives 10 to a room in a cinderblock, tin-roof United Nations hut? These are not abstract questions, and it is not rejectionist simply because we have refused to abandon the victims of 1948 and their descendants.

As for the 1988 charter, if every state or movement were to be judged solely by its foundational, revolutionary documents or the ideas of its progenitors, there would be a good deal to answer for on all sides. The American Declaration of Independence, with its self-evident truth of equality, simply did not countenance (at least, not in the minds of most of its illustrious signatories) any such status for the 700,000 African slaves at that time; nor did the Constitution avoid codifying slavery as an institution, counting “other persons” as three-fifths of a man. Israel, which has never formally adopted a constitution of its own but rather operates through the slow accretion of Basic Laws, declares itself explicitly to be a state for the Jews, conferring privileged status based on faith in a land where millions of occupants are Arabs, Muslims and Christians.

The writings of Israel’s “founders” ­ from Herzl to Jabotinsky to Ben Gurion ­ make repeated calls for the destruction of Palestine’s non-Jewish inhabitants: “We must expel the Arabs and take their places.” A number of political parties today control blocs in the Israeli Knesset, while advocating for the expulsion of Arab citizens from Israel and the rest of Palestine, envisioning a single Jewish state from the Jordan to the sea. Yet I hear no clamor in the international community for Israel to repudiate these words as a necessary precondition for any discourse whatsoever. The double standard, as always, is in effect for Palestinians.

I, for one, do not trouble myself over “recognizing” Israel’s right to exist ­ this is not, after all, an epistemological problem; Israel does exist, as any Rafah boy in a hospital bed, with IDF shrapnel in his torso, can tell you. This dance of mutual rejection is a mere distraction when so many are dying or have lived as prisoners for two generations in refugee camps. As I write these words, Israeli forays into Gaza have killed another 15 people, including a child. Who but a Jacobin dares to discuss the “rights” of nations in the face of such relentless state violence against an occupied population?

I look forward to the day when Israel can say to me, and millions of other Palestinians: “Here, here is your family’s house by the sea, here are your lemon trees, the olive grove your father tended: Come home and be whole again.” Then we can speak of a future together.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-marzook10jul10,0,1675308.story?coll=la-opinion-rightrail

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Puppets In The Hands of Corporate Media

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 12, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Puppets In The Hands of Corporate Media

Ramzy Baroud


July 10, 2007

To speak of an alternative media is to acknowledge the deficiency of the prevailing media, the mainstream, in addressing the issues, catering to the concerns, and responding to the woes of the general public, the overwhelming majority of people who are almost completely disregarded by the corporate media everywhere.

It is disheartening, to say the least, that at a time of unpopular wars, corrupt elites and a widening gap between rich and poor, the corporate media still finds it tasteful to follow the mischievousness of Paris Hilton, now that Britney Spears is getting back in shape after her drug mishaps, or discuss at length and tirelessly the most recent scandals or spectacular performances at Britain’s Big Brother or American Idol.

This is, of course, problematic if one is to consider the role of the citizenry in sustaining a healthy democracy, which itself requires an educated and well-informed public. When the public sphere becomes a puppet in the hands of the corporate media, whose profits and losses are often determined by friendly relations with the state, then a meaningful change in the lives of peoples of democratic societies is simply untenable.

The corporate media is, by definition, forged and sustained with corporate funds, by wealthy individuals whose objective is to amass more wealth, rather than ensure that freedom of speech serves as a guarantor for personal and collective freedom, social cohesion – as opposed to alienation – and democracy. Unlike theocratic or authoritarian societies, which simply stifle freedom of expression altogether, the conduct of the media in Western societies is legitimate from a legal standpoint: it violates no written rules, but the end result is the same.

In Taliban’s Afghanistan, people knew little of the outside world because TVs and satellite dishes were tabooed. In the US, most people, no matter how will intended, also know little of the outside world. Their perception is almost entirely concocted based on bits and pieces from CNN’s sound bites, Jay Leno’s comedy and Hollywood’s stereotypes.

But it should be recognised that democratic societies, although being robbed in so clever a way from their own meaningful democratic platforms are more than capable of tipping the balance in favor of free speech – as opposed to nations that are violently coerced not to exercise the same right.

Indeed, the more the US administration and its corporate media benefactors attempt to consolidate their control over public opinion, under various pretences, notwithstanding, the need for unity in the ‘war on terror’ – thus justifying the ostracising of dissidents – the more agitated Americans insist on their right to exercise their free speech, refusing to succumb to the new skewed logic of the time. Thus, the need for an alternative media.

Increasingly so, alterative media is breaking away from being a mere local expression of dissent, and is emergent as global initiatives; from international newspapers to progressive publishing houses, there is indeed an intense and genuine effort at countering the corporate media in a collective and equally global fashion. I spoke with two leading individuals whose work is felt around the world, but still, require the support of the public for their missions to truly succeed.

Wendy Kristianasen, the editorial director of LMD, Le Monde diplomatique’s English edition, told me: “I think it comes down to this: we publish wonderful writing that illuminates the state of the planet in a fresh way. LMD specialises in the very best journalism – things nobody knows about until after we’ve exposed them and important stories other papers miss altogether. And the analysis is sharp, and authoritative.”

“Everyone has heard of Le Monde diplomatique, they know of it as the famous Paris monthly, radical and independent. What they don’t know is that the paper has dozens of foreign editions around the world, in thirty languages, making for a global readership of one and a half million.” One of its many foreign editions is, of course, in English, and it can be easily obtained from www.mondediplo.com.

Dr. Roger van Zwanenberg is the Chairman and Publisher of Pluto Press Limited ( www.plutobooks.com ). This tireless individual, through his company, disseminates scores of most valuable books to countless bookstores and academic institutions the world over. His office on London’s Archway Road is reminiscent of a dungeon, but a lot of good comes out of it.

He commented during a recent conversation: “Pluto is 20 years old this year. We are a dying breed, an independent book publisher producing 60 new, non fiction, books a year. In a world where book publishing and selling are part of the great global media conglomerates, Pluto struggles to remain viable and alive.

Our niche, our rationale and our advantage in the marketing place of the world, is that we tackle the great issues of our day… the grandeur of Imperialism, war and peace locally and globally, the tyranny of oppression, and the domination of one people by another…. the great issues as seen through socialist writers’ eyes. Our readers expect not only relevant books, high quality professional production, and modest prices. This is what our house proudly stands for, and why we have a good chance to succeed to remain against the odds of a globalised world.”

Online, CounterPunch.org remains one of the most important and respectable commentary website anywhere. But since no single article can give a full account of the best alternative media available today, CommonDreams.org is an excellent place to start; this homepage list of alternative media is simply exhaustive.

It’s important to note that the success or failure of the alternative media is wholly reliant on the engagement and the support of the public, who would, ultimately have to make a choice: what issues to care about? What books to read? What music to listen to? And what news are worthy of attention: health coverage, education, war and peace, or Paris Hilton’s prison fiasco. The choice is ultimately ours.

© 2007 The Peninsula

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http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/07/10/2433/

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Iraqi child prostitutes, horny perverts and the hypocritical American media

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 12, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
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=== News Update ===

Iraqi child prostitutes, horny perverts and the hypocritical American media

Meanwhile in Palestine and Iraq


July 11, 2007

Last night I was reading the comments on the Angry Arab and I clicked on this link that someone posted there. It’s about sex tourism in Syria, about the girls (very, very young girls) who are forced to sell their bodies in Syria because of this disgusting war. All of the girls have a sad story, they have watched their families be slaughtered and are now forced to do what they must to take care of their children, siblings, sick parents, etc. (Isn’t liberation nice?)

When I first watched it I was completely outraged that there were so many men (very wealthy men) who were willing to exploit these young girls. There is one scene where a man is literally throwing money into the air–it was obscene, a wanton display of perverted arrogance. I was also pissed that Al Jazeera hasn’t done more to expose the men that are traveling to Syria on the weekends to have sex with these young girls. All of the Arabs I know are horrified by what is happening in Iraq, all of the Arabs I know think that what the Iraqi people are going through is a disgusting crime–so, I think that Al Jazeera should air something about the plight of these women in order to expose the perverted men that are traveling to other countries in order to get laid with child war refugees. I want those bastards to be shamed for what they are doing.

So, I got into a pretty heated conversation with someone last night about this video, he was incensed equally by the exploitation of these young girls and by the seemingly detached coverage by MSNBC in reporting about the whole sordid sex tourism story–I completely agree with him. It was as though reporter was saying, “wow, look at these horrible Arab men taking advantage of these young girls…” as if the fact that these young girls need to sell their bodies for money isn’t the fault of the criminal invasion of Iraq. And of course as if American men don’t travel all around the world to have sex with 12 year old Asian sex slaves.

So where is Laura Bush? Is she done liberating Afghani women yet? When will she speak out against what these poor Iraqi girls have to do in order to survive? When will Laura Bush apologize to these girls for the fact that the U.S.A has forced them into child prostitution? Does she think that she has sexually liberated these girls? Is she going to go to all the Arab (or Muslim) countries and liberate all the Arab and Muslim girls from their toys and hijabs so that they can travel to other countries and entertain Bush’s Saudi friends with forced child prostitution? Maybe Laura will hand select which girls are sent to Bandar Bush. Read more if you can stomach it.

‘50,000 Iraqi refugees’ forced into prostitution: Women and girls, many alarmingly young, who fled the chaos at home are being further betrayed after reaching ‘safety’ in Syria.

Desperate Iraqi Refugees Turn to Sex Trade in Syria: Back home in Iraq , Umm Hiba’s daughter was a devout schoolgirl, modest in her dress and serious about her studies. Hiba, who is now 16, wore the hijab, or Islamic head scarf, and rose early each day to say the dawn prayer before classes. But that was before militias began threatening their Baghdad neighborhood and Umm Hiba and her daughter fled to Syria last spring. There were no jobs, and Umm Hiba’s elderly father developed complications related to his diabetes.

Iraqi Woman Forced Into Prostitution: Nineteen-year-old Nafisa Ridwan says she was forced to work as a sex worker to feed her younger brothers after her father died in an attack in the capital, Baghdad. With her mother seriously sick with a heart condition and without anyone to look after the family, she had to resort to prostitution after failing to find other work.

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http://palestineandiraq.blogspot.com/2007/07/iraqi-child-prostitutes-horny-perverts.html

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 12, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 10 July 2007


Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

Tuesday, 10 July 2007.


  • US-backed sectarian troops arrest hundreds in Abu Ghurayb.
  • Dozens of mortar shells rain down on “Green Zone” in ferocious mortar barrage Tuesday, leaving three reported dead, 23 more wounded.
  • Murderous US attack that left 30 civilians dead condemned by AMSI.
  • US admits seventh Iraqi prisoner dies in American custody this year.
  • Sectarian torture, murder spree continues: 26 more tortured bodies found dumped in Baghdad.
  • US forces blast house in al-Mada’in, burying family of nine Tuesday afternoon.

Al-Anbar Province.
Abu Ghurayb.

US-backed sectarian troops arrest hundreds in Abu Ghurayb.

In a dispatch posted at 9:29pm Baghdad time Tuesday evening, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that for four days the puppet “al-Muthanna Brigade” had been carrying out a campaign of mass raids and arrests in the middle of the Abu Ghurayb district, about 30km west of Baghdad.

The AMSI reported that the puppet troops had arbitrarily arrested hundreds of local residents, in particular youths, aiming at getting as large a number as possible regardless of age.

Local residents in Abu Ghurayb had been demanding that the al-Muthanna Brigade be transferred out of their area, as it is particularly sectarian in its approach, hurling sectarian curses and threats at the Sunni population, storming into the local houses with marked violence and hostility, and then subjecting families and women to humiliation. Rage is mounting among the local population, the AMSI correspondent reported.

Baghdad.

Dozens of mortar shells rain down on “Green Zone” in ferocious mortar barrage Tuesday, leaving three reported dead, 23 more wounded.

In a dispatch posted at 10:35pm Baghdad time Tuesday night, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that more than 30 mortar shells blasted into the top-security district set up by the Americans around the Republican Palace in downtown Baghdad – the area that the US occupiers have dubbed the “Green Zone.”

Reuters, as monitored by Mafkarat al-Islam, reported puppet police sources as saying that 40 mortar rounds and rockets had slammed into the four-square-mile American “safe zone.”

The AMSI reported a source in the puppet police as saying that at least three people were killed and another 23 wounded in the ferocious afternoon attack on the “Green Zone” that began at about 4pm and lasted until 4:15pm local time. Some witnesses said that most of the shells landed near the offices of puppet “Prime Minister” Nuri al-Maliki.

In a dispatch posted at 8:06pm Makkah time Tuesday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam quoted Reuters as saying that two of the dead were Iraqi collaborators and one a Filipino.

AMSI reported that plumes of smoke billowed into the sky as the shells struck home, but American officials clung to their policy of concealing facts regarding losses in Iraq. In a dispatch posted at 4:50pm Makkah time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported an official from the US embassy inside the “Zone” as telling the media that he “could not comment” on whether the American embassy had been hit or whether there had been any dead or wounded.

Sectarian torture, murder spree continues: 26 more tortured bodies found dumped in Baghdad.

In a dispatch posted on its website Tuesday, Quds Press reported that the Iraqi puppet police had recovered the bodies of 26 more Iraqi victims of sectarian murder dumped in various parts of Baghdad.

Sources in the puppet police told Quds Press that the bodies had been bound and blindfolded and showed signs of torture, a trademark of the Shi‘i sectarian militias and the US-backed puppet “security forces,” most of whose members are drawn from the sectarian militias.

Quds Press reported the source as saying that most of the bodies were found in al-Karakh in Baghdad, an area where the Jaysh al-Mahdi Shi‘i sectarian militia, which is close to the US-installed puppet regime and its security forces, is widely deployed.

With the latest batch of bodies, the number of victims of sectarian murder found in Baghdad in July has now reached 137 according to official statistics of the puppet police.

Murderous US attack that left 30 civilians dead condemned by AMSI.

In a statement posted on its website Tuesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) denounced US occupation forces for an attack that left 40 civilians dead or wounded last Saturday.

The AMSI declared in the statement: “at a time when the American military administration claims to be trying its soldiers for their crimes in Iraq, in a brazen deception aimed at fooling the world into thinking that it is concerned with human rights, its occupation forces from time to time commit atrocious massacres of our innocent people, using weapons of massive death and destruction. Perhaps now there will be still more trials so that the US can laugh again at humanity with its vaunted justice.”

The AMSI statement continued: “American occupation warplanes struck the village of al-Hajj Munashid in the ‘Uwayrij area to the south of Baghad on Saturday night, 7 July 2007, killing about 30 people and wounding 10 more – among them women, children, and elderly persons – destroying and burning down seven homes and heavily damaging still others.”

“This terrorist crime,” the AMSI statement went on, “was committed by the occupiers amidst a studied silence and continued media blackout, and at a time when the Americans’ stooges and followers are waging battles and political struggles with each other in order to try to secure the largest possible petty gains and political offices.”

“Meanwhile,” the AMSI stated, “the American machine of blood and death and the sectarians every day reap more lives of those within their reach.”

AMSI, the highest Sunni Muslim religious authority in occupied Iraq, declared: “The Association of Muslim Scholars condemns this cowardly criminal act that reveals once again to the whole world the ugliness and hideousness of the occupation and holds it [the US occupation] and its current [puppet] government completely responsible for it.”

The AMSI concluded its statement by warning that the Iraqi people would never forget such crimes and that the perpetrators would face a reckoning for all that their hands have reaped.

US admits seventh Iraqi prisoner dies in American custody this year.

In a dispatch posted at 8:31pm Baghdad time Tuesday evening, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the US military had admitted that another Iraqi whom they had been holding prisoners at Camp Cropper at Saddam International Airport outside Baghdad had died.

The AMSI reported the “National Iraqi News Agency” NINA as saying that this was the seventh Iraqi prisoner to die in American custody this year. In all three Iraqis have died in prison Camp Cropper and four more have died at prison Camp Bucca located in Umm Qasr near al-Basrah in southern Iraq.

A communiqué issued by the US military occupation forces announced that the latest prisoner died at prison Camp Cropper on Saturday, 7 July. The statement claimed that he died of wounds inflicted by other prisoners, and said that the death was under investigation. After the completion of the investigation, the American announcement declared, the body of the victim would be sent home to his family.

The last US admission of deaths of Iraqi prisoners was issued on 24 June 2007, when the deaths of two prisoners were announced.

On 10 June 2007 Shadha al-‘Abbusi, a woman deputy in the American-installed puppet “Iraqi Parliament,” disclosed that 40,000 people were being held in prisons in Iraq – 20,000 by the US occupation troops and 20,000 by the puppet regime’s security forces – and she described the conditions of their imprisonment as “tragic.” In December 2006, the office of Shaykh ‘Abd as-Salam al-Kubaysi reported that there were 37,000 prisoners in Iraq and said that they were being subjected to a “slow death.”

Major General in charge of puppet security forces in al-Mawsil abducted in Baghdad.

In a dispatch posted at 8:07pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that armed men abducted a high-ranking official in the puppet administration of the northern city of al-Mawsil while he was on a visit to his family in Baghdad.

The AMSI reported a source in the puppet regime as saying that armed men captured Major General ‘Abd ar-Razzaq Asil, the Director of the so-called “Center for Joint Security” in al-Mawsil, while he was on a visit to his family in the al-A‘zamiyah district of Baghdad.

Salah ad-Din Province.
Yathrib.

Three puppet police killed in Resistance ambush in Yathrib Tuesday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 3:25pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed an unmarked car carrying four puppet policemen in the Yathrib area, about 70km north of Baghdad on Tuesday morning.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the puppet security services as saying that the attack lefte three puppet policemen dead and a fourth wounded. All four men worked at the puppet police academy in Tikrit.

Samarra’.

Resistance assault leaves five puppet troops dead Tuesday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 3:25pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters in three civilian cars assaulted a checkpoint, manned by puppet army troops of the Samarra’ Road Protection puppet forces, on the Baghdad – Samarra’ highway, 118km north of Baghdad, before noon on Tuesday.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the puppet security services as saying that the attack destroyed the checkpoint and left five puppet troops dead and three more wounded. In the past week the puppet Road Protection forces in Samarra’ have been the target of several deadly Resistance attacks.

Diyala Province.
Al-Mada’in.

US forces blast house in al-Mada’in, burying family of nine Tuesday afternoon.

In a dispatch posted at 4:01pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that US forces blasted the home of a resident of the ad-Dir‘iyah district of al-Mada’in, about 25km southeast of Baghdad at about 3:30pm local time Tuesday afternoon.

The AMSI reported eyewitnesses as saying that the Americans struck the home of Taha Razzuqi ‘Abbud, burying his family of nine persons under the rubble.

AMSI noted that the civilians in the district and their belongings have been the target of savage and continuous attacks by US and puppet regime forces in recent weeks.

Ba‘qubah.

In a dispatch posted at 12:52pm Baghdad time midday Tuesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that unknown armed men kidnapped 15 local residents in the al-‘Askari neighborhood of Ba‘qubah, 65km northeast of Baghdad.

The AMSI reported that armed men stormed into a number of houses in the al-‘Askari neighborhood near the Tazah Dairy and abducted 15 residents, taking them away to an unknown destination.

Al-Miqdadiyah.

Resistance bomb damages puppet police vehicle in al-Miqdadiyah.

In a dispatch posted at 12:52pm Baghdad time midday Tuesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a puppet police patrol in al-Miqdadiyah, 85km northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday morning.

The AMSI reported a source in the al-Miqdadiyah puppet police as saying that the bomb went off by the side of the main road to Ba‘qubah as a puppet police patrol drove past. The explosion damaged one patrol vehicle.

Resistance fighters assault puppet police post in al-Miqdadiyah Monday night.

In a dispatch posted at 12:52pm Baghdad time midday Tuesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters assaulted a puppet police patrol post in the city of al-Miqdadiyah, 85km northeast of Baghdad on Monday night.

The AMSI reported a source in the al-Miqdadiyah puppet police as saying that the outpost came under attack during the night and that two of the puppet policemen there were wounded.

At-Ta’mim Province.
Kirkuk.

Resistance mortar attack wounds puppet policeman near Kirkuk Monday night.

In a dispatch posted at 12:43pm Baghdad time midday Tuesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that Iraqi Resistance forces fired two mortar shells into the village of al-Bashir in the Tazah area of Kirkuk on Monday night.

The AMSI reported a source in the puppet police as saying that two mortar shells landed in the village, wounding a puppet policeman and damaging a tractor. The puppet policeman was hospitalized for treatment.

In a separate incident, three Katyusha rockets slammed into the area around the highway running south to Baghdad at 10pm Monday night. A witness reported that the first rocket landed opposite his family’s markets, the second on al-Quds Street. The witness did not know where the third rocket came down. Later, he said, puppet police patrols located the area from which the rockets had been launched.

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