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Chronological US History of Terror

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 19, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Sowing And Reaping

The Origins Of Terror

Powerful 2 Minute Video

The cost and consequence of U.S. foreign policy

Posted 07/18/07

Chronological US History of Terror :


  • US overthrows Prime Minister Mossadeq of Iran
  • US install Shah as Dictator


  • US overthrows democratically-elected Presiden Arbenz of Guatemala
  • 200,000 civilians killed


  • US backs assassination of South Vietnamese President Diem


  • American military kills 4 millions people in Southeast Asia

September 11, 1973

  • US Stages coup in Chile
  • Democratically-elected President Salvador Allende assassinated
  • Dictator Augusto Pinochet installed
  • 5,000 Chileans murdered


  • US backs military rulers of El Salvador
  • 70,000 salvadorans and four american nuns killed


  • US Trains Osama bin Laden and fellow fighters to fight Soviet troops
  • CIA gives them $3 billions


  • Reagan administration trains and funds “CONTRAs”
  • 30,000 Nicaraguans die


  • US provides billions in aid to Saddam Hussein for weapons in war with Iran


  • White House secretly gives Iran weapons to war with Iraq


  • CIA agent Manuel Noriega (also serving as President of Panama) disobeys orders from Washington
  • US invades Panama and removes Noriega
  • 3,000 Panamanian civilian casualties


  • Clinton Bombs ‘suspected weapon factory’ in Sudan
  • Factory turns out to be making aspirins


  • Iraq invades Kuwait with weapons from US


  • US enters and Bombards Iraq
  • Bush reinstates Dictator of Kuwait

1991 to Present

  • American planes bomb Iraq on a weekly basis
  • UN estimates 500,000 iraqi childrens die from bombing and sanctions

2000 – 2001

  • US gives Taliban-ruled Afghanistan $ 245 millions in ‘aid’

September 11, 2001

  • Al Qaeda, US create them, uses their expert CIA training to do the 9/11 disaster
  • US knows this very well, but let 3,000 american people die

2001 to Present

  • US blames Afghanistan for the 9/11 disaster
  • 15,000 afghanistan people slaughter cause by US revenge of 9/11

2003 to Present

  • US blames Iraq people and Saddam Hussein for the 9/11 disaster
  • 1 million dead – 3 millions wounds and 2 millions displace cause by US invading Iraq



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US 9/11 Crime : Proof Bin Laden Tape Is 5-Year-Old, Re-Released Footage

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 19, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

US 9/11 Crime : Proof Bin Laden Tape Is 5-Year-Old, Re-Released Footage

Paul Joseph Watson

Prison Planet

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Why did IntelCenter, the middleman between “Al-Qaeda” and the media, a group that has government and Pentagon ties, re-release old footage and why did the media report it as new when it had already aired twice before?



A videotape that was heralded as “new” footage of Osama bin Laden by many quarters of the press has been conclusively proven to be more than 5 year old re-released footage, leading to questions about why the government and the media continue to act as willing propagandists for the terrorists while striking fear into Americans by claiming an attack is inevitable.

Though some reports included the proviso that the tape could contain old footage, the importance and ceremony attached to the re-release of the Bin Laden tape over the weekend left the distinct impression that the footage was new and that it correlated with the alleged increase of “chatter” amongst terrorist organizations indicating that a new attack is imminent, a message that was again pushed by the U.S. government following the release of the National Intelligence Estimate yesterday.

In reality, the tape was being released for the third consecutive time, having first popped up in 2002 before re-airing again in 2003. The footage of Bin Laden was filmed six years ago in October 2001.

The Associated Press ran the tape as a top story on Saturday under the headline “Bin Laden Appears in New al-Qaida Video”.

Euro News, the propaganda arm of the European Union broadcast in dozens of countries around Europe, described the footage as “apparently new”.

“Possible New Message From Osama Bin Laden,” reported ABC News, noting that “a brief clip of an older-looking Osama bin Laden is contained in a new al Qaeda videotape,” when in reality the graying in Bin Laden’s beard was exactly the same as when he appeared in a 2001 videotape, while also wearing the exact same jacket.

The footage was not new and any small amount of cursory research would have verified that fact, and yet the media went full board with the story, creating the illusion that it was new, while rabid Neo-Cons lauded the tape as another reason for keeping U.S. troops in Iraq while fearmongering about upcoming terror attacks at home.

The footage first appeared in May 2002, having been released by a Pakistani security official to the Al-Ansaar Islamic news agency, based in Birmingham, England. This CBS video clip clearly shows the same footage as the apparent “new” tape.

Here is a screenshot from the 2002 tape (right) compared to the new tape (left). Notice the sloping mountain in the left background.



Sources indicate that the footage was shot in either October 2001 or March 2002, with the earlier date being the favorite as Bin Laden’s appearance matches with the footage from a different tape that was released in October 2001.

Al-Jazeera said they had the footage as far back as October 2001, but chose not to air it as they saw it as “not newsworthy” and “nothing more than a PR stunt.” Six years later, and with the footage having been released on two separate occasions already, the western media insinuated that the tape was new and splashed it everywhere as a top headline.

In our previous groundbreaking investigation, we exposed IntelCenter, the middleman between “Al-Qaeda’s media arm” and the press, and the organization that routinely obtains the tapes, as little more than a Pentagon front group staffed by individuals with close connections to the military-industrial complex.

IntelCenter were also behind the release of the “new” Osama tape – having previously released the same footage (the second time it had appeared) in October 2003!

IntelCenter issued a tacit warning that the footage may be re-hashed when they released the “new” tape to the media, but they failed to mention the fact that they released portions of the exact same clips in October 2003. The screenshots of Bin Laden which clearly correlate with the “new” tape were on their website all along, and yet they still labeled the footage as “significant”. IntelCenter knew the tape was definitely old, yet their meandering uncertainty left doubts that the media exploited to the full in claiming the footage may be new.


The screenshot from IntelCenter’s website from a tape released in October 2003 clearly match with screenshots from the “new” tape, a fact completely ignored by both IntelCenter themselves and the mass media.

Even a senior Bush administration official admitted to Newsbuster, “Intelligence agencies have determined the video was previously aired as a portion of a longer show first on MBC TV (Middle East broadcast station) on April 17, 2002,” and yet retractions to the supposition that the footage was new are nowhere to be seen in the media.

“What’s the result of the MSM’s sloppy “air-first-verify-later” approach? The world’s most evil and despicable terrorists are given tons of free air time and print exposure,” adds Newsbuster.

Even if you believe that Al-Qaeda itself is deciding to re-package old footage and constantly re-release it, and that this isn’t a crude propaganda ploy on behalf of IntelCenter in collusion with the Neo-Cons, why are the government and the media consistently affording lavish attention and giving prominence to such activity, aiding the terrorists to spread their propaganda ad infinitum?

It would be foolishly naive to think that the re-release of this tape – for the third time running – has little to do with the fact that the Bush administration has been ramping up the fearmongering and hinting at the inevitability of another attack over the past two weeks – ostensibly for political purposes to mute dissent.

Six months after the failed “surge” in Iraq and with Bush’s approval ratings sliding to all time lows while calls for impeachment reach a crescendo, a slew of information threatening a new Al-Qaeda attack gets released and up pops Osama – in a tape that is re-hashed for a third time – to validate the Neo-Con’s insistence that to leave Iraq is to hand the terrorists a victory. That tape is released by an organization with clear links to the military-industrial complex who had knowingly released the same footage years earlier.

Is all this a coincidence, or does such chicanery and crass manipulation of the electorate and the political process demand an immediate Congressional investigation as to why the U.S. government and its lapdog media fronts are working with the terrorists to artificially boost their profile while scaring the holy crap out of the American people at the most politically opportune moments?



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Rorschach and Awe : US Torturer

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 19, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Rorschach and Awe : US Torturer

By Katherine Eban

Vanity Fair

America’s coercive interrogation methods were reverse-engineered by two C.I.A. psychologists who had spent their careers training U.S. soldiers to endure Communist-style torture techniques. The spread of these tactics was fueled by a myth about a critical “black site” operation.

07/17/07 “Vanity Fair” — — A C.I.A. interrogation team was expected but hadn’t yet arrived. But the F.B.I. agents who had been nursing his wounds and cleaning him after he’d soiled himself asked Zubaydah what he knew. The detainee said something about a plot against an ally, then began slipping into sepsis. He was probably going to die.

The team cabled the morsel of intelligence to C.I.A. headquarters, where it was received with delight by Director George Tenet. “I want to congratulate our officers on the ground,” he told a gathering of agents at Langley. When someone explained that the F.B.I. had obtained the information, Tenet blew up and demanded that the C.I.A. get there immediately, say those who were later told of the meeting. Tenet’s instructions were clear: Zubaydah was to be kept alive at all costs. (Through his publisher, George Tenet declined to be interviewed.)

Zubaydah was stabilized at the nearest hospital, and the F.B.I. continued its questioning using its typical rapport-building techniques. An agent showed him photographs of suspected al-Qaeda members until Zubaydah finally spoke up, blurting out that “Moktar,” or Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, had planned 9/11. He then proceeded to lay out the details of the plot. America learned the truth of how 9/11 was organized because a detainee had come to trust his captors after they treated him humanely.

It was an extraordinary success story. But it was one that would evaporate with the arrival of the C.I.A’s interrogation team. At the direction of an accompanying psychologist, the team planned to conduct a psychic demolition in which they’d get Zubaydah to reveal everything by severing his sense of personality and scaring him almost to death.

This is the approach President Bush appeared to have in mind when, in a lengthy public address last year, he cited the “tough” but successful interrogation of Zubaydah to defend the C.I.A.’s secret prisons, America’s use of coercive interrogation tactics, and the abolishment of habeas corpus for detainees. He said that Zubaydah had been questioned using an “alternative set” of tactics formulated by the C.I.A. This program, he said, was fully monitored by the C.I.A.’s inspector general and required extensive training for interrogators before they were allowed to question captured terrorists.

While the methods were certainly unorthodox, there is little evidence they were necesssary, given the success of the rapport-building approach until that point.

I did not set out to discover how America got into the business of torturing detainees. I wasn’t even trying to learn how America found out who was behind 9/11. I was attempting to explain why psychologists, alone among medical professionals, were participating in military interrogations at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere.

Both army leaders and military psychologists say that psychologists help to make interrogations “safe, legal and effective.” But last fall, a psychologist named Jean Maria Arrigo came to see me with a disturbing claim about the American Psychological Association, her profession’s 148,000-member trade group. Arrigo had sat on a specially convened A.P.A. task force that, in July 2005, had ruled that psychologists could assist in military interrogations, despite angry objections from many in the profession. The task force also determined that, in cases where international human-rights law conflicts with U.S. law, psychologists could defer to the much looser U.S. standards­what Arrigo called the “Rumsfeld definition” of humane treatment.

Arrigo and several others with her, including a representative from Physicians for Human Rights, had come to believe that the task force had been rigged­stacked with military members (6 of the 10 had ties to the armed services), monitored by observers with undisclosed conflicts of interest, and programmed to reach preordained conclusions.

One theory was that the A.P.A. had given its stamp of approval to military interrogations as part of a quid pro quo. In exchange, they suspected, the Pentagon was working to allow psychologists­who, unlike psychiatrists, are not medical doctors­to prescribe medication, dramatically increasing their income. (The military has championed modern-day psychology since World War II, and continues to be one of the largest single employers of psychologists through its network of veterans’ hospitals. It also funded a prescription-drug training program for military psychologists in the early 90s.)

A.P.A. leaders deny any backroom deals and insist that psychologists have helped to stop the abuse of detainees. They say that the association will investigate any reports of ethical lapses by its members.

While there was no “smoking gun” amid the stack of documents Arrigo gave me, my reporting eventually led me to an even graver discovery. After a 10-month investigation comprising more than 70 interviews as well as a detailed review of public and confidential documents, I pieced together the account of the Abu Zubaydah interrogation that appears in this article. I also discovered that psychologists weren’t merely complicit in America’s aggressive new interrogation regime. Psychologists, working in secrecy, had actually designed the tactics and trained interrogators in them while on contract to the C.I.A.

Two psychologists in particular played a central role: James Elmer Mitchell, who was attached to the C.I.A. team that eventually arrived in Thailand, and his colleague Bruce Jessen. Neither served on the task force or are A.P.A. members. Both worked in a classified military training program known as sere­for Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape­which trains soldiers to endure captivity in enemy hands. Mitchell and Jessen reverse-engineered the tactics inflicted on sere trainees for use on detainees in the global war on terror, according to psychologists and others with direct knowledge of their activities. The C.I.A. put them in charge of training interrogators in the brutal techniques, including “waterboarding,” at its network of “black sites.” In a statement, Mitchell and Jessen said, “We are proud of the work we have done for our country.”

The agency had famously little experience in conducting interrogations or in eliciting “ticking time bomb” information from detainees. Yet, remarkably, it turned to Mitchell and Jessen, who were equally inexperienced and had no proof of their tactics’ effectiveness, say several of their former colleagues. Steve Kleinman, an Air Force Reserve colonel and expert in human-intelligence operations, says he finds it astonishing that the C.I.A. “chose two clinical psychologists who had no intelligence background whatsoever, who had never conducted an interrogation … to do something that had never been proven in the real world.”

The tactics were a “voodoo science,” says Michael Rolince, section chief of the F.B.I.’s International Terrorism Operations. According to a person familiar with the methods, the basic approach was to “break down [the detainees] through isolation, white noise, completely take away their ability to predict the future, create dependence on interrogators.” – Continued here



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Lies, More Lies, And Damn Lies : US War Criminal

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 19, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Lies, More Lies, And Damn Lies

By Eric Margolis

07/18/07 “ICH” — — As Americans turn increasingly against President George Bush’s calamitous war in Iraq, and revolt spreads through Republican ranks, the White House is again resorting to its tried and true ploy of fanning grossly inflated fears of terrorism.

The president just made two preposterous claims last week that insult the intelligence of his listeners. First, Bush insisted US forces in Iraq are fighting `the same people’ who staged 9/11.’

Second, withdrawing US forces from Iraq, as the Democratic-controlled Congress is urging, means `surrendering Iraq to al-Qaida.’

These canards mark the latest steps in the Bush administration’s evolving efforts to mislead Americans into believing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are all part of a global fight against al-Qaida.

When marketers want to change the name of an existing product, they first place a new name in small type below the existing one. They gradually shrink the old name, and enlarge the new one until the original name vanishes.

That’s what’s been happening in Iraq. When the US invaded, Iraqis who resisted were initially branded `Saddam loyalists,’ `die-hard Ba’athists,’ or, in Don Rumsfeld’s colorful terminology, `dead-enders.’ Next, the Pentagon and US media called the Iraqi resistance, `terrorists’ or `insurgents.’ The reason for invading Iraq, the White House insisted, was all about removing the tyrant Saddam, seizing weapons of mass destruction, defending humans rights and implanting democracy.

Then, a tiny, previously unknown Iraqi group that had nothing to do with Osama bin Laden appropriated the name, `al-Qaida in Mesopotamia.’

This was such a breathtakingly convenient gift to the Bush Administration, many cynics suspected a false-flag operation created by CIA and Britain’s wily MI6. Soon after, the White House and Pentagon began calling most of Iraq’s 22 plus resistance groups, `al-Qaida.’

The US media eagerly joined this deception, even though 95% of Iraq’s resistance groups had no sympathy for bin Laden’s movement. Watch any US network TV news report on Iraq and you will inevitably hear reporters parroting Pentagon handouts about US forces `launching a new offensive against al-Qaida.’

Al-Qaida in Mesopotamia didn’t even exist before 9/11, but that didn’t stop President Bush from trying to gull credulous voters. He simply ignored the 2006 National Intelligence Estimate that found US-occupied Iraq had become an `incubator’ for violent anti-American groups.

If the US were to withdraw from Iraq tomorrow, the nation would be split between warring Shia, Sunni and Kurdish parties. The fake Al-Qaida in Iraq would end up at the bottom of the totem pole, or be wiped out by other Iraqis. Even Osama bin Laden and his number two, Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri, have blasted the phony al-Qaida in Iraq and called for an end to its attacks on Iraqi civilians.

Polls show that in spite of a mountain of evidence to the contrary, White House disinformation strategy has worked. Today, an amazing 60% of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein was behind the 9/11 attacks.

At least that’s down from the 80% who originally believed this Orwellian big lie in 2003. The White House continues to blur the facts and make Americans believe Iraq and Afghanistan are `central fronts in the global war on terror.’

The fact recent polls found 60% of Americans – and 90% of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan – still believe Saddam and bin Laden had colluded to launch 9/11 is shocking, but not surprising. Ignorance of foreign affairs and mindless flag waving are as American as apple pie.

Tens of millions of Americans are fed a steady diet of political or religious ideology disguised as news from the administration’s house organ, Fox News; from evangelical Christian TV and radio; or from the neoconservative’s version of Pravda, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages. The rest are too busy watching brain-deadening TV pap to pay the least attention to events overseas.

They remain unaware the faux `war against global terror’ is now costing a mind-boggling US $12 billion monthly, according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service. That’s the cost of 3 nuclear-powered `Nimitz’ class 97,000 ton aircraft carriers every month.

The Bush Administration has spent $610 billion dollars since 2001 on its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, making them the second most expensive conflict in US history after World War II.

Last week, US Homeland Security Czar Michael Chertoff allowed he had a `gut feel’ that an al-Qaida attack on America was imminent this summer. At the same time, Washington was abuzz with a leaked US intelligence report that al-Qaida – the objective of the so-called war on terror – had reconstituted and was as strong as prior to 9/11, 2001.

America’s sixteen intelligence agencies spend $40 billion annually, with another $15-20 billion in their hidden `black budgets.’ Homeland Security spends $44.6 billion. In spite of these gargantuan expenditures of a trillion dollars – that’s $1,000,000,000,000 – the best intelligence Czar Cheroff can come up with is `gut feel?’

One suspects Chertoff’s worried stomach has far more to do with the growing Republican Party revolt against the president’s Iraq war than nebulous threats from Osama bin Laden’s loud but tiny group.

Polls show the only area where Republicans still command popular support is the `war on terror.’
So Bush/Cheney & Co are trying to use al-Qaida to scare Americans to vote Republican, just as they did prior to 2004 elections. It worked well last time and got Bush re-elected.

But Americans are increasingly leery of the White House’s crying wolf. Many are also asking how Bush could claim `steady progress’ was being made in his wars when it appears the al-Qaida movement is back to pre-2001 strength, anti-American groups are popping up across Asia and Africa, and Iraq is a bloody mess.

After six years of conflict, 3,600 dead and 25,000 wounded American soldiers, expenditure of $610 billion, tens of thousands of dead Iraqis and Afghans, collapse of Mideast peace efforts, and a Muslim World enraged against the US, nothing positive seems to have been accomplished by a leader who likes to style himself, `the war president.’

As the White House now ponders an attack on Iran, we would do well to recall the famed words of King Pyrrhus of Epirus, `one more such victory and we are ruined.’

Eric Margolis – Foreign Correspondent / Defense Analyst & Columnist



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Life in the ‘red zone’ : US Occupation

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 19, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Life in the ‘red zone’

Anne Nivat, The International Herald Tribune


“I am Shiite,” Ali said. “My uncles and cousins were murdered by Saddam’s regime. I wanted desperately to get rid of him. But today, if Saddam’s feet appeared in front of me, I would fall to my knees and kiss them!”

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

It was hard enough to organize my trip from France to Baghdad. But once there, it proved even tougher to get to get into the “green zone,” the American military and diplomatic headquarters and construction site of a new American embassy that will be the largest in the world.

I had an appointment with an aide to General David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq. A press officer offered to meet me at one of the main checkpoints. I advised him by cell phone how he would recognize me: “Don’t look for a Western-looking woman. I’m dressed like an Iraqi.”

He met me in full combat gear. Between the first checkpoint and the parking lot of the U.S. Embassy, still based in Saddam Hussein’s Republican Palace, a distance of about a mile, I was checked six times. I had come from the “red zone.”

The “red zone”: that is to say, all of Baghdad outside the fortified American enclave. The “no-go zone.” The sprawling capital city that is home to more than 10 million people. That’s where I lived for two weeks to get “the other side” of the story. To do that, I had no choice but to blend in.

Dressed in a loose black tunic with long sleeves called an abbaya, I strapped on sandals, tucked my hair under a scarf tied at the chin and blended into the crowded streets of Baghdad. Only my contacts knew that I was a foreigner and a reporter, and I didn’t tell anyone where I was staying or for how long. I was careful never to speak in public.

My contact and I got around in a gray Peugeot. Ali, whom I knew from a previous trip, had traded in his BMW because it was too conspicuous – residents of Baghdad have to consider how every detail of life could impact on their very survival. They assume as low a profile as they can, then wait fatalistically for the day that “something happens.”

“The only sure thing here is that we have lost our trust. Can you believe that we are terrorized in our own homes?” Ali, 32, chose to remain in Baghdad while the majority of his friends and relatives joined the hoards of refugees in Syria and Jordan (for the less fortunate) or Sweden (for the others).

“I am Shiite,” Ali said. “My uncles and cousins were murdered by Saddam’s regime. I wanted desperately to get rid of him. But today, if Saddam’s feet appeared in front of me, I would fall to my knees and kiss them!”

The temperature outside is nearly 130 degrees, but the capital has no electricity most of the time. Those who own private generators have become the most powerful people in every district. They sell the precious energy eight hours a day.

On the eastern bank of the Tigris River, where I stayed, the government could provide electricity only between 6 and 7 a.m. All the appliances would burst into action, waking up the household. For those who can afford it, a small generator fills in the gaps in power. But a generator consumes up to 20 gallons of gasoline a day, an enormous amount in a time of shortages.

Under Saddam Hussein, 40 gallons of gasoline cost half a dollar. Today, you’d have to pay $75 for the same quantity on the black market – or you could stand in line for four to five days at a gas station and pay about $35.

“You spend all your time preoccupied with either getting gasoline or getting electricity – not to mention worrying about violence,” says Ali. “If they go out, my sisters could be kidnapped or killed by a bomb.I travel by car only if it is absolutely necessary.”

Day after day, morning till night, residents of Baghdad are confined in an oppressive state of waiting. Because there is nothing else to do and no one to trust, everyone hunkers down. Sometimes they race out on foot to buy food or other necessities, but mostly they sit and watch television.

Of Ali’s six sisters, only two are married. Even in these troubled times, Ali’s father continues to receive “applicants” for the other four. But he has decided not to consent to their marriage so long as the U.S. Army is in the country and the Iraqi militias are killing each other. Better, he feels, to keep them safe at home rather than let them move elsewhere, even if it’s to a nice family with a beautiful home, but in a district that may be more dangerous.

Mustansiriya is a mixed Sunni-Shiite district which has begun to splinter under sectarian pressures. More and more Sunni families are moving to the other side of the river, where there is a Sunni majority.

One afternoon, we meet a widow of 30, mother of seven, who is about to leave. “I am going to exchange houses with a Shiite family from Adhamiya,” she says. That’s a stronghold of the Sunni insurrection, the last place Saddam appeared in public after the Americans took Baghdad.

Today, the Americans are building a tall, strong wall around the district, purportedly to protect the Sunnis inside from the Shiite militias around them. “I’m leaving my furniture here, and they’re leaving theirs in their home. After that, we’ll see. . .”

I learn that this type of housing exchange is becoming more common as the country segregates itself along sectarian lines. A new breed of real-estate agents has developed, with lists of properties available for such exchanges. Interested parties sign a contract in which they agree to live in the house of the other family “until the situation improves.”

When will that be? “Even the Americans can’t answer that question,” says Ali.

Everyone is afraid of being kidnapped, tortured or seized. Many people have received threats on their cell phones, which are the insurgents’ preferred means of communication.

Iraq was the last country in the Middle East to get cellular service. Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a mobile phone has become the top status symbol in Iraq. However, since the intensification of sectarian violence, cell phones have also become the means most used to send threats (by text message) or to demand a ransom (by calling the family of the kidnapped hostage). People often change their numbers before they give up altogether and move to a safer district.

Today is Friday, the Muslim holy day. To avoid crowding at the mosques, there is a curfew from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The city practically comes to a standstill during this interval.

I must wait until mid-afternoon to return to Sadr City, the stronghold of Moktada al-Sadr, the Shiite cleric who opposes the American presence in Iraq. I plan to meet a woman doctor who works in the emergency room of the Ali Ben Ali Talib Hospital, one of 14 public hospitals in Baghdad. Rana is only 26, but one doesn’t need to have practiced medicine a long time in Iraq to lose one’s illusions.

“In this district, the patients don’t respect us. They don’t even bother to disarm when they come here, despite all the notices at the entrance,” she says. “Sometimes doctors are directly threatened. You get used to it.”

A non-practicing Shiite, Rana does not wear a veil. In blue jeans and a white blouse, her small, elegant silhouette is easily recognizable in the corridors of the hospital, where she spends four days a week.

It is not surprising that in this ultra-conservative district of Sadr City – an enclave entirely controlled by the Mahdi army, al-Sadr’s militia – many of the patients, mostly illiterate, refuse to be treated by a female doctor.

Exasperated at repeatedly having to justify herself to the patients, Rana dared to go and complain to the representatives of Moktada, with the support of her veiled female colleagues.

To her own surprise, they took her side by not asking her to veil herself. That was probably because there is so great a shortage of doctors. Since 2003, more than 200 have fled the city, and the exodus continue.

Rana makes a bitter observation: “Besides those wounded by gunshots or victims of explosions and attacks, there are more and more cases of young women who have tried to commit suicide. For the most part, they have set themselves on fire with gasoline. They are brides who, in addition to the general tension in the country, cannot cope with their new family life.”

Harassed, exhausted and filled with bitterness, Rana carries on. For $250 a month.

Just before I leave Baghdad by car for Erbil, in the northern Kurdish territory, to fly from there back to Europe, there is a second bomb attack on the Shiite Askariya mosque in Samarra, north of the capital.

An exceptional curfew is declared for 3 p.m. on only two hours notice, causing general panic. Crying women descend on cars, begging for rides to get home in time. Drivers abandon their vehicles in the congestion to get wherever they were going more quickly on foot. The curfew lasted four days – dragging Iraqis even further out of the world.

Anne Nivat is a French journalist whose books include “Chienne de Guerre: A Woman Reporter Behind the Lines of the War in Chechnya” and “The Wake of War : Encounters with the People of Iraq and Afghanistan.”



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Out of the shadows : Holy Fight of Iraq Muslim

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 19, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Out of the shadows : Holy Fight of Iraq Muslim

Seumas Milne, Guardian Unlimited

In Iraq, suicide attacks and sectarian killings grab the world’s attention. But it is the guerrilla war being waged by the Iraqi resistance that is having such a devastating effect on US and British forces. And now these insurgent groups want to create a united front – and a political platform. Seumas Milne talks to some of their leaders in Damascus

Wednesday July 18, 2007

Dr Zubeidy is a hunted man. His picture has been shown on Iraqi TV as a wanted terrorist. Since Shia militia came to his house in Baghdad to kill him last year – and kidnapped and murdered his brother-in-law when they realised that he wasn’t home – he has rarely slept in the same place twice and always carries fake ID. “Fortunately there are many thousands who are also wanted,” he says. “But I have had to move 37 times. It has been very difficult for my children in particular – they have often had to change schools and it has had a psychological impact on them. But they understand what this is all about – they’re also fighting with me in their own way.” A medical doctor in his late 40s, Abd al-Rahman al-Zubeidy was imprisoned under Saddam Hussein for hiding and treating a friend who had got into a fight with an official from Saddam’s Ba’athist regime. He was released in a general amnesty in the run-up to the US-British invasion.

Sitting next to him, Abdallah Suleiman Omary, an engineer with a stubbly beard and reading glasses, draws a map of the al-Ghazaliya area of Baghdad, where he was living until recently, in an attempt to explain the impact of the recent US “surge” in troop numbers on areas where Sunni resistance is strongest. “They have now built a concrete wall blocking all but one road into the district from the Baghdad expressway,” he says. “To get to my house, you have to pass a bridge with a checkpoint, an American base, a gated entrance and a further four checkpoints in one kilometre. Yesterday, they banned all cars in the area because of the fear of car bombs.

“But,” he adds, “we are still able to launch attacks. Weapons are brought in by hand. Fighters watch the soldiers until they leave the checkpoints to buy something – then they follow them and kill them.”

Both men are leaders of the Iraqi resistance – or insurgency, as it is usually known in Britain and the US. Zubeidy is the political spokesman of Ansar al-Sunna, an Islamist armed group with a ferocious reputation in Iraq, and Omary is head of the political department of the 1920 Revolution Brigades, a more nationalist organisation whose name commemorates an uprising against British rule after the first world war.

For four years, the resistance has stayed in the shadows, without a public face and apparently leaderless, while delivering an ever more violent and devastating campaign that has brought the world’s most powerful army to the brink of defeat and changed the balance of global power. As al-Qaida-style suicide atrocities against civilians and Sunni-Shia sectarian death-squad killings have escalated in the past couple of years, they have tended to shift attention away from the guerrilla war against the US and British occupation forces and their client Iraqi army and police. But it is that growing war of attrition – there are now more than 5,000 attacks a month against US forces across Iraq and the past three months have been the bloodiest for US forces since the 2003 invasion (331 deaths and 2,029 wounded) – that has pushed the demand for withdrawal from Iraq to the top of the political agenda in Washington.

Until now, the resistance groups have operated entirely underground and their leaders have communicated with the outside world mainly through internet postings, if at all. (Omary’s group specialises in hi-tech communication and produces photos and videos, some of them reproduced here, which are strongly reminiscent of IRA propaganda of the 1980s.) Now they have decided to speak to the western press for the first time as they prepare to launch a public face and a common political programme in anticipation of eventual American and British withdrawal from Iraq. Seven of the most important Sunni-led armed organisations – excluding al-Qaida and the Ba’athists – have agreed to form a united front and have drawn up a series of demands to form the basis of future negotiations with the occupation forces.

Our meeting takes place in Damascus, arranged through a series of intermediaries. As well as Zubeidy and Omary, one of the political leaders of Iraqi Hamas – a trader from Fallujah who uses the nom de guerre Abu Ahmad – also takes part in a conversation that lasts for nine hours. All three have come recently from Iraq and are wary and uncertain of how open to be in this interview as they edge towards a public profile for the Iraqi resistance. These are the kinds of insurgent leaders who – according to Dan Goure, vice-president of the Virginia-based Lexington Institute and a Pentagon consultant – the US military intelligence is increasingly targeting in the hope of taking out the leadership of what the resistance leaders themselves estimate as a 50,000-strong movement.

At least 1.2 million Iraqis have sought refuge in Syria since the US invasion – the equivalent of about 5 million refugees in Britain – and Syria is regularly accused by the US of supporting or turning a blind eye to insurgent groups operating across the border. Zubeidy insists that they have no direct contact with the Syrian regime – and they certainly don’t advertise their presence in Damascus. “Our organisations depend on stores of weapons left by Saddam Hussein, or we buy them from the Iraqi army through merchants,” says Zubeidy. “We try to avoid links with the Syrians. Either they can sell us out at any time if there is heavy pressure on them, or we risk being completely controlled by them.”

Indeed, all the groups say they have no support from any regime, although they do claim that there has been indirect contact with France about creating the conditions for a public office. And, a couple of years back, Zubeidy says, Iran offered the Islamic resistance groups weapons, money and also help with stopping attacks from the Shia militia, but while he believes al-Qaida accepted, the others did not. “We do not trust Iran. We need help from Arab and other governments. But although Turkey and Saudi Arabia have encouraged the resistance to unite, they are afraid of us”.

“We are the only resistance movement in modern history that has received no help or support from any other country,” Omary declares. “The reason is that we are fighting America.” The 1920 Revolution Brigades spokesman is an articulate and sophisticated operator, who – if he survives the counterinsurgency and sectarian onslaught – clearly has the potential to become an influential voice in a future Iraq. “Our position is that there are two kinds of people in Iraq: not Sunni and Shia, Kurdish and Arab, Muslim and Christian, but those who are with the occupation and those who are against it.” Anyone who takes part in the institutions set up by the occupation, such as the government and parliament, army or police, are regarded as collaborators. “Our organisation began its operations in the first days after the invasion and wherever you find the occupation, you will find us: from Mosul, Baghdad and Samarra to Basra, Hillah and Kirkuk,” continues Omary. “Our group has also carried out attacks on British forces in Basra.” They are not a Sunni sectarian organisation, he insists: “The military leader of the Brigades is a Kurd. Iraq is for all Iraqis and we only distinguish between those who cooperate with the occupation and those who do not. If my brother cooperates with the occupation, I will kill him – but the innocent must not be touched.”

What makes Iraqis join the resistance? “Many people come to the resistance because of their Islamic background, some because of what has happened to their relatives at the hands of the occupation armies,” says Zubeidy. “American forces have committed very big crimes against the Iraqi people. All Iraqis hate the foreign forces and won’t forget what they have done. Generally, British forces have acted as a helper to the US and the British government shares the blame for everything that happened to Iraq. But their actions are seen as having been less cruel than the Americans.”

At the heart of the new insurgent alliance is a rejection of the murderous sectarianism that has come to grip Iraq – and the role of al-Qaida in particular. Most striking is the case of Zubeidy, whose hardline salafist (purist Islamic) group Ansar al-Sunna recently split in half over the issue (his faction is now called the Legitimate Committee of Ansar al-Sunna – Goure says such splits are endemic in the resistance movement). “We wanted to unite with other resistance forces, but the other group is moving closer to al-Qaida and refused. Al-Qaida has brought benefits and problems,” Zubeidy says. “They attack the US occupiers. But every day the problems they bring become greater than the benefits.

“Resistance isn’t just about killing Americans without any aims or goals,” he continues. “Our people have come to hate al-Qaida, which gives the impression to the outside world that the resistance in Iraq are terrorists. Suicide bombing is not the best way to fight because it kills innocent civilians. We are against indiscriminate killing – fighting should be concentrated only on the enemy. They [al-Qaida] believe that all Shia are kuffar [unbelievers] – and most of the Sunnis as well.” They estimate that al-Qaida now carries out between a fifth and a third of all attacks in Iraq.

But they say that it is necessary for the Sunni-based groups to ally with the Shia. “Even though that is not easy,” says Zubeidy. “A great gap has opened up between Sunni and Shia under the occupation and al-Qaida has contributed to that – as have the US and Iran. Most of al-Qaida’s members are Iraqis but its leaders are mostly foreigners. The Americans magnify their role, even though they are responsible for a minority of resistance operations – remember that the Americans brought al-Qaida to Iraq.”

Sectarian division has been inflamed, Omary adds, as part of the “old British imperial tactic of divide and rule”. Who benefits, asks Abu Ahmad, when there are bombs in markets? “It is only the occupying forces and Iran.” All the Sunni-led resistance groups are acutely aware of the threat posed by sectarian division to the future of Iraq and emphasise their strong links to those Shia with fewer links to Iran (what they call Arab “national” Shia), but reject any suggestion of making common cause with the Shia militia and political parties – including the anti-American Mahdi Army, which is thought to be behind many of the current armed attacks on British forces in Basra – because of their participation in the occupation’s political institutions and their role in ethnic cleansing and sectarian killings. The man who came to Zubeidy’s house last year and killed his brother-in-law after demanding a million-dollar ransom claimed to be from the Mahdi Army.

To emphasise their own distance from the kind of atrocities that have become associated in the western imagination with the Iraqi insurgency, Omary mentions the case of Wassef Hassoun, a Muslim Lebanese-American US marine captured by the 1920 Revolution Brigades and released after he swore an oath on the Koran that he would not continue to fight with US forces. “Our people took him from the marine base outside Falluja – they got into the base in a rubbish lorry and took him out with them. They let him go after he pledged not to go back to his unit. We did something similar with an Egyptian lorry driver working for a transport company under contract to the Americans.” Hassoun was later charged with desertion after he failed to return from leave after his release. He is still missing.

During breaks in the conversation, Zubeidy stops to pray, Abu Ahmad fingers his worry beads and Omary shows me a video clip on his mobile phone of the body of a neighbour’s 12-year-old child, Mustafa, with a huge wound in his chest, laid out for mourning in the family home. “He was shot last month by an Iraqi soldier 200 metres from an American base, apparently for fun. The same night, resistance fighters went to the Iraqi soldiers’ billet and killed all of them in the house, half a dozen of them, by cutting their throats.” While all seven of the armed groups joining the new front reject attacks on civilians, they have no qualms about brutal violence against Iraqi police and soldiers, or US and British troops. But aren’t there other, more peaceful ways to try to achieve their aims?

“Peaceful resistance will not end the occupation,” states Abu Ahmad. “The US has made clear that it intends to stay in Iraq for many decades. Now it is a common view in the resistance that they will start to withdraw within a year.” Right or wrong, that is one of the factors that has led to the decision to form the new front, which is planned to be called the Political Office for the Iraqi Resistance. As well as Iraqi Hamas, the 1920 Revolution Brigades and the new Ansar al-Sunna, it is to include the powerful Jaish (army) al-Islami, Jaish al-Mujahideen, Jama’ and Jaish al-Rashideen. The plan is to hold a congress of the seven groups to announce the front’s formation and then move towards the establishment of some form of public presence outside Iraq, though it is hard to see any state being prepared to risk the wrath of the US by hosting such an outfit. “It would need UN protection,” Zubeidy suggests.

They have already agreed that at the heart of the programme will be a commitment to liberate Iraq from all foreign troops; recognise only those who reject the occupation and its institutions as able to represent Iraq; demand compensation from foreign forces for the devastation they have inflicted on the country; declare all decisions taken by the occupying states and its client government null and void; and reject any change in population distribution. The aim is for the front to join other independent anti-occupation forces from across the country to negotiate with the Americans for their withdrawal. A temporary technocratic government would then manage the country during a transition period until free elections could be held for a new independent government. Even Saddam’s revamped Ba’ath party – which now plays what is regarded as a reduced role in the resistance – is an enthusiast for fully competitive elections.

But what if the US doesn’t start to withdraw from Iraq next year, as the resistance groups expect, or merely withdraws to the huge military bases it has built around Iraq to intervene as and when it sees fit? “As long as foreign forces remain in Iraq,” Omary replies, “the Iraqi government will not be independent. And armed resistance will continue.”

· Names have been changed.



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Allahu Akbar!!! Iraq’s new coalition: the insurgents

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 19, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Iraq’s new coalition: the insurgents

Seumas Milne, Guardian Unlimited


Insurgents from the 1920 Revolution Brigades training at Beiji, north of Baghdad.

Damascus, July 18, 2007

Seven of the most important Sunni-led insurgent organisations fighting the US occupation in Iraq have agreed to form a public political alliance with the aim of preparing for negotiations in advance of an American withdrawal, their leaders have told the Guardian.

In their first interview with the western media since the US-British invasion of 2003, leaders of three of the insurgent groups – responsible for thousands of attacks against US and Iraqi armed forces and police – made clear that they would continue their armed resistance until all foreign troops were withdrawn from Iraq, and denounced al-Qaida for sectarian killings and suicide bombings against civilians.

Speaking in Damascus, the spokesmen for the three groups – the 1920 Revolution Brigades, Ansar al-Sunna and Iraqi Hamas – said they planned to hold a congress to launch a united front within the next few weeks and appealed to Arab governments, other governments and the UN to help them establish a permanent political presence outside Iraq.

Abu Ahmad, spokesman for Iraqi Hamas said: “Peaceful resistance will not end the occupation. The US made clear that it intended to stay for many decades. Now it is a common view in the resistance that they will start to withdraw within a year. “

The move represents a dramatic change of strategy for the mainstream Iraqi insurgency, whose leadership has remained shadowy and has largely restricted communication with the outside world to brief statements on the internet and to the Arabic media.

The last three months have been the bloodiest for US forces, with 331 deaths and 2,029 wounded, as the 28,000-strong “surge” in troop numbers exposes them to more attacks; the death toll inflicted by insurgents is widely recognised as having been a key factor in the growing political pressure in Washington for withdrawal from Iraq.

Leaders of the three groups – who did not use their real names in the interview – said the new front, which brings together all the main Sunni-based armed organisations except al-Qaida and the Ba’athists, has agreed the main planks of a joint political programme, including a commitment to free Iraq from all foreign troops, rejection of any cooperation with parties involved in the political institutions set up under the occupation, and a declaration that all decisions and agreements made by the US occupation and Iraqi government are null and void.

The aim of the alliance – which includes a range of Islamist and nationalist-leaning groups and is currently called the Political Office for the Iraqi Resistance – is to link up with other anti-occupation groups in Iraq to negotiate with the Americans in anticipation of an early US withdrawal. The programme envisages a temporary technocratic government to run the country during a transition period until free elections can be held.

The insurgent groups deny support from any foreign government, including Syria, but claim they have been offered funding and arms from Iran and rejected it because of suspicion of Iranian motives. They say they have been under pressure from Saudi Arabia and Turkey to unite and claimed to have had indirect contacts with France about creating the conditions for establishing a political presence outside Iraq.

“We are the only resistance movement in modern history which has received no help or support from any other country,” Abdallah Suleiman Omary, head of the political department of the 1920 Revolution Brigades, told the Guardian. “The reason is we are fighting America.”

Central to the new alliance – which also includes the powerful Jaish al-Islami, Jami (the Iraqi Resistance Islamic Front), Jaish al-Mujahideen and Jaish al-Rashideen – is opposition to the murderous sectarianism that has gripped Iraq under occupation, and the role of al-Qaida in particular.

All three Sunni-based resistance leaders say they are acutely aware of the threat posed by sectarian division to the future of Iraq and emphasised the importance of working with Shia groups – but rejected any link with the Shia militia and parties because of their participation in the political institutions set up by the Americans and their role in sectarian killings.

Abd al-Rahman al-Zubeidy, political spokesman of Ansar al-Sunna, a salafist (purist Islamic) group with a particularly violent reputation in Iraq, said his organisation had split over relations with al-Qaida, whose members were mostly Iraqi, but its leaders largely foreigners.

“Resistance isn’t just about killing Americans without any aims or goals. Our people have come to hate al-Qaida, which gives the impression to the outside world that the resistance in Iraq are terrorists. We are against indiscriminate killing, fighting should be concentrated only on the enemy,” he said.

He added: “A great gap has opened up between Sunni and Shia under the occupation and al-Qaida has contributed to that.”



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A statement by the Iraqi Movement to defend Iraq Arab identity exposing Bush’s lies and hallucinations!

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 19, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

A statement by the Iraqi Movement to defend Iraq Arab identity

exposing Bush’s lies and hallucinations!

Great People of Iraq!

Freedom loving peoples around the world!

Peace loving! Supporters of the peoples’ dignity and self determination!

After more than four years of lies, hypocrisy, duplicity, deceitfulness, treachery and hollow arrogance of Bush and his administration to continue occupying Iraq and refusing to withdraw to achieve their evil objectives and intentions, mainly to usurp the Iraqi oil and use it as a tool for aggression and for hegemony in the region.. After all this, the US congress signed a resolution to withdraw forces according to a time schedule ending next March.

During all these years the rampaging idiot Bush has used every possible means and every expertise and advise, all his most developed armies in an attempt to achieve an imaginary victory in Iraq to get the Petrol and gas bill which was one of the main reasons to launch a war against Iraq.. But Bush will not succeed? Why? The answer is all honorable, pure and loyal Iraqis, all the heroic patriotic Resistance armies and factions wowed and swore, whatever are the sacrifices, to wreck and foil Bush’ project in Iraq and in the region. Will come the day when rampaging idiot Bush will curse the day he was born and will curse his horrible luck and those who drew him in this deadly quagmire.. Bush for sure will then cut and run, defeated and humiliated!

Malicki, Talabani, all the traitors and the puppets gangs in Baghdad, most not forget Iraq history and the people of Iraq endeavors! By God almighty we shall sever your necks and your hands, not only because you are advertising for such an ill famed Bill, but also because you were at the root of the greatest human disaster Iraq and his Resisting people endured.. Yes! Indeed! Condomreeza, your chieftain was awfully right and prophetic when saying that your corpses will be soon hanged on the lights’ posts!

The Iraqi Movement to defend Iraq Arab identity and in the name of millions Iraqis, we tell rampaging idiot Bush and his administration, Malicki and his government that we shall resist you today, and tomorrow and in the next many decades until you leave our soil.. You will witness soon with your eyes proper what shall become of your horrible fate, if you don’t leave and let us live free in our homeland.. Those who tell you that the Resistance will end, is a fool and wrong.. for the Resistance is our way for liberation, honor and dignity..

And what to tell you! You the heroes Resisters! Strike the bloodthirsty debased invaders, hit them hard and where it hurts and inflict their backward crusaders’ army rabble losses and lessons they will never forget! Tell Bush: this is the fate of those who aggress Iraq..

You Malicki and your bandits and who ever puppet ranking with you.. You will not find even a grave on the immaculate soil of Iraq..

God is the Greatest! God is the Greatest! God is the Greatest!

Long live the heroic Iraqi Resistance!

Long live the great Iraqi armed Revolution.. the hope of our people and our nation!

Long live the truth! May the perfidy and the lies be cursed!

The Iraqi Movement to defend Iraq Arab identity
Baghdad, martyr Saddam Hussein’s capital City
On the 15th July 2007

*Translated by Abu Assur. al-moharer



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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 19, 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 17 July 2007

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

Tuesday, 17 July 2007.

  • Fierce fighting rages in Baghdad district midday Tuesday as American-backed “National Guards” back Shi‘i sectarian militiamen in assault on neighborhood, prompting local residents to take up arms in selfdefense.
  • Pro-American Sunni puppet police in al-‘Amiriyah beat elderly man to death.
  • US admits one more Marine killed in Diyala Province.
  • US announces 10th “non-combat” death in Iraq in two-week period.
  • Men in puppet army uniforms raid village, kill 29 villagers near Ba‘qubah.
  • Shi‘i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi gunmen burn down homes, drive out villagers in the middle of the night in drive to partition Iraq.
  • Resistance fighters launch simultaneous attacks on all puppet “Lion Brigade” centers in al-Mada’in Tuesday afternoon.
  • British bombers devastate ad-Dir‘iyah area near al-Mada’in as Britain makes new and expanded contributions with its aircraft to Americas campaign of destruction waged against recalcitrant population.


Fierce fighting rages in Baghdad district midday Tuesday as American-backed “National Guards” back Shi‘i sectarian militiamen in assault on neighborhood, prompting local residents to take up arms in self-defense.

In a bulletin posted at 1:47pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that at that hour fierce fighting in Place 883 in the ad-Dubbat area of the al-Jihad neighborhood between local residents and attacking Shi‘i sectarian militias backed up by puppet “Iraqi National Guards.”

The AMSI reported eyewitnesses as saying that the militias and puppet “Guards” attacked the area despite the presence of pro-American Kurdish separatist Peshmergah gunmen who are there to enforce the rule of the American occupation regime. The witnesses said that the local residents rose to defend themselves against the attacking regime-backed sectarians and in the battle the defenders had been able to set one of the attackers’ Humveesn on fire.

The residents of the al-Jihad neighborhood were fighting back against the attacking militia, despite the fact that the sectarian gunmen were being reinforced by the American-backed “Iraqi National Guard.” The local residents were fighting with nothing but small arms against the attackers who are equipped with modern light and heavy weapons and drive modern government cars on which machine guns are mounted.

The US has officially declared that militias are in control of most of the Baghdad districts of al-Bayya‘ and al-‘Amil. The militias are now trying to expand into ad-Dubbat under the flag of the occupation and its stooges, the AMSI correspondent noted. The correspondent noted that the Shi‘i sectarian gunmen usually assault the ad-Dubbat district from al-‘Amil in their continuing attempts to impose their control over more and more extensive parts of the city, in order to prevent the local population – who oppose the US occupation – from defending their country.

Four reported killed in car bombing opposite the Iranian embassy in Baghdad Tuesday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 9:56pm Baghdad time Tuesday night, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that an explosives-packed car blew up in the car park of the Iranian embassy near the top-security area around the Republican Palace – the area dubbed the “Green Zone” by the Americans – in an attack that took place before noon on Tuesday.

The AMSI reported that the roar of the explosion could be hear in many parts of Baghdad and that plumes of smoke billowed into the sky over the parking lot in the Karradat Maryam neighborhood.

A puppet regime source said that four people had been killed and two more wounded in the bombing. After the attack, puppet regime troops and ambulances raced to the area and sealed it off completely. The Iranian embassy itself was not affected by the explosion.

Earelier, in a dispatch posted at 3pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported puppet security sources as saying that the blast came from an explosives-packed car that had been parked in the lot.

The parking lot is used by employees in the puppet regime “ministries” in the area, by people visiting the Iranian embassy, and by workers in the adjacent walled-off top security area around the Republican Palace that the Americans have dubbed the “Green Zone.”

Shi‘i sectarian bloc of Muqtada as-Sadr returns to US installed puppet “parliament” after one-month boycott.

In a dispatch posted at 2:30pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Nassar ar-Rabi‘i, the chairman of the bloc of supporters of Shi‘i sectarian cleric Muqtada as-Sadr in the US-installed “Iraqi Parliament” announced that his people were ending their temporary boycott of the “parliament” that they had announced after the suspicious bombing of the Shi‘i Shrine of the two Imams in Samarra’ on 13 June 2007.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported ar-Rabi‘i as telling Agence France Press (AFP) that the Sadri bloc was ending its boycott of the American-installed puppet “parliament” as of Tuesday.

The Shi‘i fundamentalist bloc – which is close to the Iranian “conservatives” led by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadi-Najad and actively collaborates with the US occupation regime in Iraq – announced in June that it would stay away from the puppet “parliament” until the regime took action to rebuild mosques in the country in particular that of the Two Imams in Samarra’.

Four puppet army troops reported killed in Resistance car bombing.

In a dispatch posted at 2:44pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a puppet army patrol in eastern Baghdad.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported the puppet police as saying that the blast killed four puppet soldiers and wounded five more. In addition, the puppet police asserted, six other people were killed and five wounded in the attack, which took place in Baghdad’s az-Zuyunah neighborhood.

Pro-American Sunni puppet police in al-‘Amiriyah beat elderly man to death.

In a dispatch posted at 12:32pm Baghdad time midday Tuesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that a group of puppet police known as the “al-‘Amiriyah Revolutionaries” beat an elderly man to death near the al-Hasanayn Mosque in the western Baghdad district of al-‘Amiriyah.

The AMSI reported eyewitnesses as saying that the puppet “al-‘Amiriyah Revolutionaries” police raided and searched the home of as-Sayyid ‘Ali Hammadi, Abu Fahd, an elderly man. In the course of their raid, they beat Abu Fahd to death.

The so-called “al-‘Amiriyah Revolutionaries” are one of several local Sunni collaborationist militias and police groups that the US has been putting together for several months in its effort to create an alternative set of security forces to those that it initially formed on the basis of the Shi‘i sectarian militias loyal to Shi‘i clerics who have strong ties to the Iranian regime.

As the US, under the relentless blows of the Iraqi Resistance, increasingly seeks ways to get out of Iraq, Iran has been working through the Shi‘i sectarian militias to step into the shoes of the retreating Americans and to extend Iran’s hegemony over all or most of Iraq once the US finally leaves. Rivals for control over Iraq, the US and Iran continue to work together in support of the puppet Baghdad regime – which is dominated by Shi‘i sectarians – and in “counterinsurgency” activity against the popular Iraqi Resistance movement, which is opposed to all foreign hegemony, be it US, Zionist, or Iranian.

But in recent months the US has tried to create local Sunni puppet police and militia units in order to try to win the “hearts and minds” of the population in Sunni areas and to reduce US dependence on the pro-Iranian Shi‘i sectarians who dominate the existing puppet security forces.

The “al-‘Amiriyah Revolutionaries” recently took part alongside US troops and the puppet “Iraqi National Guards” in a campaign of arbitrary raids in the al-‘Amal ash-Sha‘bi Street area of al-‘Amiriyah.

A similar organization – the al-Anbar Salvation Council in al-Anbar Province – was also set up with the intent of winning support of Sunnis for the US occupation.

The American forces have had considerable trouble with such groups, however, as they are generally regarded by the population as traitors and consequently find themselves resorting to the use of force against the very people whose “hearts and minds” they are supposed to be attracting. The US was recently compelled to dismiss the puppet governor and chief of police in al-Fallujah – both associated with the al-Anbar Salvation Council – after a mass grave containing the bodies of 40 local people who had been arrested by the “Salvation Council” was widely reported.

Tuesday’s murder of Abu Fahd by the collaborationist “al-‘Amiriyah Revolutionaries” is another indication of the lack of success that the US is having in its effort to use collaborators to gain the sympathy of the Iraqi people.

US admits one more Marine killed in Diyala Province.

In a dispatch posted at 8:56pm Makkah time Tuesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US military had announced that another of its Marines had died in occupied Iraq.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported the US military as announcing that one more American Marine had been killed in Diyala Province. In keeping with the American policy of concealing facts regarding its losses in occupied Iraq, the announcement failed to say where in the 17,685 square kilometers of Diyala Province the death occurred nor did it disclose any other facts regarding the incident.

Visit by puppet regime general to Palestinian clinic near al-Baladiyat causes panic.

In a dispatch posted at 10:05am Baghdad time Tuesday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that a large force of about 50 puppet “Iraqi Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir)” in 20 armored cars had surrounded and sealed off the Palestine Medical Complex and the Hayfa Sports Club adjacent to the Palestinian residential area in Baghdad’s al-Baladiyat district.

The AMSI reported that the assault has put the population inside the area into a state of panic and alarm as it appeared that another murderous sectarian attack was about to be launched.

It later appeared that the reason for the military activity was not an impending attack, but that a high ranking general in the puppet “Interior Ministry” was coming to the Palestine medical clinic for treatment. The official remained in the clinic for 20 minutes and then left with his forces.

The same general has shown up in the past under similar circumstances – the last occasion being about a month ago.

AMSI commented that the reason for these visits and all the commotion they cause is unknown, as a high-ranking general would normally be expected to summon a doctor to him or go to one of the modern hospitals in the American-run “Green Zone” rather than go to a neighborhood people’s clinic for treatment.

US announces 10th “non-combat” death in Iraq in two-week period.

In a dispatch posted at 9:16am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the American Defense Department had announced at dawn Tuesday that one more US soldier had died of what it described as “non-combat” injuries in Iraq.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported the US statement as saying that the soldier, a military policeman, was killed in Baghdad on Sunday, 15 July. In keeping with the US policy of concealing the facts regarding its losses in occupied Iraq, the Pentagon failed to say how the soldier died or to offer any further details. The incident was the 10th “non-combat” death in Iraq to be announced in two weeks.

Diyala Province.

Men in puppet army uniforms raid village, kill 29 villagers near Ba‘qubah.

In a dispatch posted at 1:07pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an official in the US-installed Iraqi puppet regime announced that Iraqi puppet army troops, or men dressed in puppet army uniforms, stormed into houses and killed 29 villagers north of Ba‘qubah, which is 65km northeast of Baghdad.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported Colonel Raghib Rawi, an official spokesman of the puppet security operations division in Diyala Province as saying that a large number of armed men in puppet army uniforms surrounded the village of ad-Duwayliyah north of Ba‘qubah on Monday evening and then killed the villagers.

Mafkarat al-Islam noted that Shi‘i sectarian militias have frequently carried out abductions, murders, and massacres while wearing puppet army and security force uniforms – often because they are actually members of those puppet armed services concurrently with their membership in Shi‘i sectarian militias.

Armed men gun down 12 members of family in al-‘Askari neighborhood of al-Miqdadiyah Tuesday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 12:40pm Baghdad time midday Tuesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that unknown armed men killed 12 members of a family in the al-‘Askari neighborhood to the east of al-Miqdadiyah, 85km northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday morning. The attack came hours after Shi‘i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi gunmen had driven several families out of the area and burned down their homes.

The AMSI reported a source in the puppet security forces in the city said that the gunmen stormed into one of the houses in al-‘Askari and opened fire on all the 12 members of the family, including the women and children.

Armed men also attacked a private car in al-Miqdadiyah. A puppet police source in the city said that the gunmen were wearing puppet regime uniforms and set up a check pont in the al-‘Askari area. There they opened fire on a Kia car in which a number of civilians were riding, wounding two women aboard the vehicle.

In another incident, armed men killed two women near a check point that they had set up in the village of Qazaljah, northeast of al-Miqdadiyah.

Shi‘i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi gunmen burn down homes, drive out villagers in al-Miqdadiyah in drive to partition Iraq.

In a dispatch posted on its website Tuesday, Quds Press reported that Shi‘i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen burned down six homes in the al-Miqdadiyah area, about 85km northeast of Baghdad, throwing their residents out.

Sources told Quds Press that the Shi‘i sectarian gunmen attacked the al-‘Askari neighborhood of al-Miqdadiyah on Monday night during the hours when the nighttime curfew is in force. The Shi‘i sectarians expelled the women and children from six houses in the area and then burned the buildings down, forcing the displaced families to get out of the area immediately in the middle of the night.

Two days ago, the al-‘Askari neighborhood was the scene of a similar attack by the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, which is loyal to Shi‘i sectarian fundamentalist Muqtada as-Sadr. In that attack the sectarians burned down 17 houses and a mosque and drove the inhabitants out of the area.

Quds Press reported that at a time when US forces are ostensibly trying to impose “security” on the area around Ba‘qubah northeast of Baghdad, there has been a great deal of violence as the Shi‘i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, together with several units of the puppet Iraqi army that provide support for the Americans have been driving people out of their homes.

The Shi‘i sectarian forces – both the militias and the pro-American puppet army – are engaged in a sectarian “cleansing” operation, trying to purge vast swaths of southern and eastern Iraq of Sunnis in order to pave the way for the partition of Iraq in keeping with plans drawn up by US and Zionist strategists.

Efforts to split Iraq along religious and ethnic lines are part of the plans that US and Zionist politicians have long been cultivating with a view to fragmenting the Arab region.

The idea of “the dissolution of Iraq into a Shi‘ite state, a Sunni state and the separation of the Kurdish part” was voiced by veteran Zionist military correspondent Ze’ev Schiff in Ha’aretz on 2 June 1982 and was a part of the divide-and-rule strategy laid out by Zionist writer Oded Yinon in his “Strategy for Israel in the 1980s,” published in Kivunim (Directions), A Journal for Judaism and Zionism, published by the World Zionist Organization in occupied Jerusalem in February 1982. (It was translated by the late anti-Zionist writer and activist Israel Shahak and is widely available.)

The idea of splitting the Shi‘ah in Iraq from the rest of the country was a cornerstone of the neo-Conservative strategy laid out in “A Clean Break” a paper drawn up by American Zionist government officials Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, and Paul Wolfowitz in 1996 for the then Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Then in 2000 the neo-Conservative Project for a New American Century wrote Rebuilding America’s Defenses on the basis of the “Clean Break.”

The American version of the strategy for a partition of Iraq appeared in the article “The Three-State Solution” published in The New York Times on 25 November 2003 by Leslie Gelb (President Emeritus of the US Council on Foreign Relations). The same idea was reiterated, this time with “bi-partisan support” in the article by Gelb and US Democratic Senator Joseph Biden in “Unity through Autonomy in Iraq,” in The New York Times on 1 May 2006.

Then on 8 October 2006 the London Sunday Times reported that the partition of Iraq along religious and ethnic lines was one of the suggestions that the Baker-Hamilton commission was advancing.


Resistance fighters launch simultaneous attacks on all puppet “Lion Brigade” centers in al-Mada’in Tuesday afternoon.

In a bulletin posted at 9:25pm Baghdad time Tuesday evening, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that Resistance fighters attacked all the checkpoints manned by puppet so-called “Interior Ministry Lion Brigade” troops in al-Mada’in, 25km southeast of Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon.

The AMSI reported that Resistance men simultaneously attacked all the centers that the puppet “Lion Brigade” occupies in al-Mada’in, sparking violent battles and inflicting heavy losses in dead and wounded on the puppet troops.

British bombers devastate ad-Dir‘iyah area near al-Mada’in as Britain makes new and expanded contributions with its aircraft to Americas campaign of destruction waged against recalcitrant population.

In a bulletin posted at 10:43am Baghdad time Tuesday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that British Tornado bombers had cut off the ad-Dir‘iyah area from nearby al-Mada’in – about 25km southeast of Baghdad, when they dropped heavy bombs on the road linking ad-Dir‘iyah with the surrounding area.

Eyewitnesses said that at about 10am local time Tuesday morning, Tornadoes dropped a number of heavy bombs on the main road from ad-Dir‘iyah causing large-scaled destruction. The area has been coming under intense bombardments and attacks and is blockaded on a virtually daily basis because the local population is known to be opposed to the US occupation.

The AMSI reported that British bombers have lately been carrying out new missions far from the British-occupied areas around al-Basrah in far southern Iraq. British aircraft have been involved in bombing homes in the ad-Dir‘iyah area and in dropping heavy bombs, some of them weighing several tons. These attacks have claimed dozens of dead and wounded among the civilian population.

Life has been paralyzed for the residents of ad-Dir‘iyah as a result of daily bombardments, the destruction of houses, markets and shops, the continuous bombings, and the daily arrests.

Babil Province.

Mortar barrage wounds civilians in al-Mahawil Monday night.

In a dispatch posted at 9:53am Baghdad time Tuesday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that five people were wounded, including women and children when mortar shells blasted into the at-Tahiriyah area north of al-Mahawil about 65km south of Baghdad on Monday night.

The AMSI reported a source in the puppet police as saying that injured people were taken to the al-Mahawil hospital for treatment.

The puppet police also said that two bodies, one of a puppet soldier and one of a local resident, had been found in the area of al-Mahawil late on Monday night.



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