Muslim in Suffer

Bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem. Assalamu\’alaikum Warohmatullahi Wabarokatuh!

Archive for March 28th, 2008

DECEPTION AND DEFIANCE FROM U.S. ADMINISTRATION, NOT SADDAM HUSSEIN

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 28, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

DECEPTION AND DEFIANCE FROM U.S. ADMINISTRATION, NOT SADDAM HUSSEIN

decade2.jpg
This pack of lies is still being used by U.S. government

Thursday-Saturday, March 27-29, 2008

On Sunday, May 16, 2004, Colin Powell, in an interview for NBC’s “Meet the Press,” actually came clean about the deceit used to prime the U.S. public for a war against Iraq. He acknowledged that information fed to him and the CIA by Iraqi defectors about Iraqi mobile biological weapons facilities was untrue. Powell said:

It turned out that the sourcing was inaccurate and wrong and in some cases deliberately misleading. And for that I am disappointed and I regret it.

Powell seemed to apologize to the American people and to the media. However, no apology from him or any U.S. official has ever been made to the Iraqis, whether to the former government or to the people, for lying that led to the destruction of the country and the deaths of more than a million.

The same defectors gave false information about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs and they assured the U.S. government that Iraqis would welcome U.S. troops as liberators and that the Iraqi military would surrender en masse. In other words, everything they said was untrue.

One defector, Saeed al Haideri, said he worked at illegal chemical, biological and nuclear weapons facilities in Iraq. His information was widely spread among the U.S. administration. However, what was not mentioned is the scrutiny he underwent with the CIA and the results. Shortly after giving his information, Saeed was given a lie detector test that he failed conclusively. He was rejected as unreliable by U.S. intelligence agencies. Earlier that year, he was taken to Iraq to show U.S. officials the location of the illegal facilities. He could only show them factories that were known to be associated with the conventional Iraqi military. He did not identify any site with illegal weapons. In other words, he was a fraud.

Nine months after the CIA discredited Saeed’s input, the White House came out with a report called “A Decade of Deception and Defiance … Saddam Hussein’s Defiance of the United Nations.” Unbelievably, the document used Saeed’s testimony as proof for its case about going to war against Iraq.

Even the New York Times was suckered in. In a front page article of December 20, 2001, the daily paper used information that was based on an interview with Saeed in Bankok, Thailand. It stated:

Mr. Saeed’s account gives new clues about the types and possible locations of illegal laboratories, facilities and storage sites that American officials and international inspectors have long suspected Iraq of trying to hide.

The article was re-printed or cited by various news media worldwide. Again, we have the age-old tale of a falsehood being read by everybody, while the retraction, if published at all, appears buried in the newspaper in 8-point type some time later.

The report itself is preposterous. Anyone reading it today will construe it as false propaganda. Even when it was published, there should have been enough signs to point to devious intentions that any good journalist could identify.

It would take an entire book to show the deception in this 21-page document, so I will only refer to a few items. Under the subtitle “Biological Weapons,” the report stated:

In 2001, an Iraqi defector, Adnan Ihsan Saeed al-Haideri, said he had visited twenty secret facilities for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. Mr. Saeed, a civil engineer, supported his claims with stacks of Iraqi government contracts, complete with technical specifications.

We know today that this was a lie, but not one person contacted the Iraqi government to ask about Mr. Saeed. It is incredible to think that the U.S. government took the word of someone who just showed up with information without checking the background of the person. He told the administration what it wanted to hear.

Here’s another gem:

The al-Dawrah Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine facility is one of the two known biocontainment level-three facilities in Iraq that have an extensive air handling and filtering system. In 2001, Iraq announced that it would begin renovating the plant without UN approval, ostensibly to produce vaccines that it could more easily and more quickly import through the U.N.

Sounds like a legitimate gripe, but if one knows the background, it appears to be a legitimate action on the part of the Iraqis.

For decades, there was no foot-and-mouth disease in Iraq because the country produced an excellent vaccine that it used with its own cattle as well as supplied for export to many nations. In 1993, because of the U.N. resolutions, the Iraqis had to cease making the vaccine.

Within a few years, hoof-and-mouth disease became rampant in Iraq, destroying most of its cattle and denying the people a food source. Iraq, through the U.N., tried to import vaccine. Eventually, Iraq was able to order 100,000 liters of the vaccine, from a plant in Sudan. Guess what? Just before the order was ready for shipment, the facility was blown up by U.S. cruise missiles. Clinton ordered the plant’s destruction on the allegation that it was making chemical weapons. The incident was widely reported, but the actual reason for the destruction received scant publicity. Since the incident, the U.S. government has quietly compensated the factory owner. The real target was the vaccine, not chemical weapons.

In a further attempt to halt the spread of hoof-and-mouth disease, Iraq attempted to import live bulls to further the reproduction of cattle. Hoof-and-mouth disease is particularly deadly with male cattle.

On November 29, 1999, the U.S. stopped the order (contract No. 600787) for 15 live bulls from France. The reason given was that the bulls fell under the “dual-use” category of imports — items that could be used for either civilian or illegal military use by Iraq. It takes a vivid imagination to consider how live bulls could be used as a weapon of mass destruction.

Few people know or care to know of the entire scenario behind statements made by the U.S. administration. In this instance, it appeared that Iraq, by renovating the vaccine facility, was trying to bring its defunct biological weapons program back. However, the facts surrounding that statement show that the U.S. was attempting to continue to starve the Iraqi people, both from without and within.

Here’s another statement from the White House report that we all know today to be farcical, if the results of the war were not so devastating:

Saddam Hussein continues its attempts to procure mobile biological weapons laboratories that could be used for further research and development.

Notice that when talking about Saddam, the report used the word “its” instead of “his.” Quotes from U.S. soldiers have shown that some use the word “it” or “its” instead of “him” or “his” in discussing the abuse of Iraqi POWs at the hands of Americans at Iraqi prisons. The de-humanizing of Iraqis continues.

Under the subtitle “Nuclear Weapons” comes this brilliant statement:

Saddam Hussein could build a nuclear bomb within months if he were able to obtain fissile material.

Any country on Earth could do the same. The wording made no reference to intent or desire; it said “could.”

This report is laden with outright lies and many ambiguous statements. References given to the information are mostly from U.S. government sources, not independent agencies. And the words “supposedly,” “allegedly” and “reported” are used liberally without documentation.

There is one underlying fact that makes this report even more vile: it is published in its entirety for anyone to read. Not one change has been made concerning the lies of Mr. Saeed and the truth that has emerged since its September 2002 publishing. Today, anyone can go to the White House website and read it or download it in a PDF file. The address is: www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/09/iraqdecade.pdf

This obscene pack of lies is still being used by the U.S. administration to justify its destruction of Iraq. The re-writing of Iraq’s history by Washington, D.C. is comprehensive and abhorrent.

source: http://www.malcomlagauche.com/id1.html

===

-muslim voice-
______________________________________
BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

Report Of WTC Collapse Cover-Up Justifies Call For New Inquiry

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 28, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

Report Of WTC Collapse Cover-Up Justifies Call For New Inquiry

Paul Joseph Watson

Prison Planet


Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth experts demand questions answered

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Richard Gage AIA, the founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and hundreds of other industry experts’ call for a new investigation into the collapse of the WTC twin towers and Building 7 is gaining strength following revelations of falsification and cover-up in relation to the FEMA-funded inquiry into the destruction of the buildings on 9/11.

As we reported earlier, the American Society of Civil Engineers – an organization that was funded by FEMA to investigate the collapse of the twin towers on 9/11 – has been accused of engaging in a cover-up to protect the government, with critics charging the organization falsified conclusions that skyscrapers could not withstand getting hit by airplanes.

In a recent sit-down video interview conducted by Alex Jones, Gage gave a succinct presentation bringing forth the best evidence for controlled demolition being the cause of the three buildings’ implosion on September 11.

As Gage highlights during the interview, numerous prominent architects and other industry experts have called for a new investigation into the collapse of the twin towers and WTC 7.


Richard Gage details the evidence for demolition in an exclusive new PrisonPlanet.tv video presentation.

These include James Quintiere, Ph.D., former Chief of the Fire Science Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), who last year said that “the official conclusion that NIST arrived at is questionable.”

“Let’s look at real alternatives that might have been the cause of the collapse of the World Trade Towers and how that relates to the official cause and what’s the significance of one cause versus another,” he added.

Charles Pegelow, BS CE – Civil Engineer with more than 25 years experience in structural design and analysis and project management of construction of major projects, including large steel structures, also added his support to a new inquiry.

Pegelow stated that the “FEMA / Kean Commission Report was a flawed investigation and it needs to be reopened.”

Joel S. Hirschhorn, former full professor Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison; senior official at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment; Director of Environment, Energy and Natural Resources at the National Governors Assoc., has also called for a new investigation to bring out the truth behind 9/11.

The Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth website lists scores of other experts who have added their voice to the call for a fresh inquiry and Gage lists their credentials during the video interview.

Today’s fresh controversy, allied to last month’s revelations about 9/11 Commission executive director Philip Zelikow’s ties to the White House and his efforts to shield the Bush administration from responsibility for the terror attack, only lend new weight to calls for an independent inquiry – complete with subpoena powers – into the terror attacks.

source: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/march2008/032608_justifies_call.htm

===

-muslim voice-
______________________________________
BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

I’m An American Tired Of American Lies

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 28, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

I’m An American Tired Of American Lies

by Woody Harrelson

Source: The Guardian

October 18, 2002

The man who drives me to and from work is named Woody too. A relief to me, as it minimises the chance of my forgetting his name. I call him Woodman and he calls me Wood. He has become my best friend here, even though he’s upset that I have quit drinking beer. He’s smart, funny, and there’s nothing he hasn’t seen in 33 years behind the wheel of his black cab. He drove me for a while before I felt confident he liked me; he doesn’t like people easily, especially if they have a rap for busting up black cabs.

Woodman and I agree about a lot of things, but one thing we can never agree about is Iraq. He thinks the only language Saddam understands is brute force. I don’t believe we should be bombing cities in our quest for one man. We’ve killed a million Iraqis since the start of the Gulf war – mostly by blocking humanitarian aid. Let’s stop now. Thankfully, most of the Brits I talk to about the war are closer to me than to Woodman. Only your prime minister doesn’t seem to have noticed.

I have been here three months doing a play in the West End. I am having the time of my life. I love England, the people, the parks, the theatre. The play is great and the audiences have been a dream. Probably I should just relax, be happy and talk about the weather, but this war is under my skin – it affects my sleep.

I remember playing basketball with an Iraqi in the late 80s while Iran and Iraq were at war. I didn’t know at the time that the US and Britain were supplying weapons to both sides. I asked why they were always at war with each other and he said something that stayed with me: “If it were up to the people, there would be peace. It’s the governments that create war.” And now my government is creating its second war in less than a year. No; war requires two combatants, so I should say “its second bombing campaign”.

I went to the White House when Harvey Weinstein was showing Clinton the movie Welcome to Sarejevo, which I was in. I got a few moments alone with Clinton. Saddam throwing out the weapons inspectors was all over the news and I asked what he was going to do. His answer was very revealing. He said: “Everybody is telling me to bomb him. All the military are saying, ‘You gotta bomb him.’ But if even one innocent person died, I couldn’t bear it.” And I looked in his eyes and I believed him. Little did I know he was blocking humanitarian aid at the time, allowing the deaths of thousands of innocent people.

I am a father, and no amount of propaganda can convince me that half a million dead children is acceptable “collateral damage”. The fact is that Saddam Hussein was our boy. The CIA helped him to power, as they did the Shah of Iran and Noriega and Marcos and the Taliban and countless other brutal tyrants. The fact is that George Bush Sr continued to supply nerve gas and technology to Saddam even after he used it on Iran and then the Kurds in Iraq. While the Amnesty International report listing countless Saddam atrocities, including gassing and torturing Kurds, was sitting on his desk, Bush Sr pushed through a $2bn “agricultural” loan and Thatcher gave hundreds of millions in export credit to Saddam. The elder Bush then had the audacity to quote the Amnesty reports to garner support for his oil war.

A decade later, Shrub follows the same line: “We have no quarrel with the Iraqi people.” I’m sure half a million Iraqi parents are scratching their heads over that. I’m an American tired of lies. And with our government, it’s mostly lies.

The history taught in our schools is scandalous. We grew up believing that Columbus actually discovered America. We still celebrate Columbus Day. Columbus was after one thing only – gold. As the natives were showering him with gifts and kindness, he wrote in his diary, “They do not bear arms … They have no iron … With 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.” Columbus is the perfect symbol of US foreign policy to this day.

This is a racist and imperialist war. The warmongers who stole the White House (you call them “hawks”, but I would never disparage such a fine bird) have hijacked a nation’s grief and turned it into a perpetual war on any non-white country they choose to describe as terrorist.

To the men in Washington, the world is just a giant Monopoly board. Oddly enough, Americans generally know how the government works. The politicians do everything they can for the people – the people who put them in power. The giant industries that are polluting our planet as well as violating human rights worldwide are the ones nearest and dearest to the hearts of American politicians.

But in wartime people lose their senses. There are flags and yellow ribbons and posters and every media outlet is beating the war drum and even sensible people can hear nothing else. In the US, God forbid you should suggest the war is unjust or that dropping cluster bombs from 30,000ft on a city is a cowardly act. When TV satirist Bill Maher made some dissenting remarks about the bombing of Afghanistan, Disney pulled the plug on him. In a country that lauds its freedom of speech, a word of dissent can cost you your job.

I read in a paper here about a woman who held out the part of her taxes that would go to the war effort. Something like 17%. I like that idea, though in the US it would have to be more like 50%. If you consider money as a form of energy, then we see half our taxes and half the US government’s energy focused on war and weapons of mass destruction. Over the past 30 years, this amounts to more than ten trillion dollars. Imagine that money going to preserving rainforest or contributing to a sustainable economy (as opposed to the dinosaur tit we are currently in the process of sucking dry).

I give in to Woodman, and we stop for a few beers. He asks me what I’d do in Bush’s shoes. Easy: I’d honour Kyoto. Join the world court. I’d stop subsidising earth rapers like Monsanto, Dupont and Exxon. I’d shut down the nuclear power plants. So I already have $200bn saved from corporate welfare. I’d save another $100bn by stopping the war on non-corporate drugs. And I’d cut the defence budget in half so they’d have to get by on a measly $200bn a year. I’ve already saved half a trillion bucks by saying no to polluters and warmongers.

Then I’d give $300bn back to the taxpayers. I’d take the rest and pay the people teaching our children what they deserve. I’d put $100bn into alternative fuels and renewable energy. I’d revive the Chemurgy movement, which made the farmer the root of the economy, and make paper and fuel from wheat straw, rice straw and hemp. Not only would I attend, I’d sponsor the next Earth Summit. And, of course, I’d give myself a fat raise.

Woodman drops me at home and I ask if he likes my ideas. He offers a reluctant “yes”. As he pulls away he yells out, “But I’d never vote for a man who can’t handle a few pints at the end of the day!”

. Woody Harrelson appears in On an Average Day at the Comedy Theatre, Panton Street, London SW1 until November 3. Box office: 020-7369 173

http://www.hippy.com/article-224.html

===

-muslim voice-
______________________________________
BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 27 March 2008.

Posted by musliminsuffer on March 28, 2008

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

=== News Update ===

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 27 March 2008.

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

Thursday, 27 March 2008.

  • Fighting rages in Baghdad Thursday morning, afternoon, despite massive involvement of US, Iraqi regime troops.
  • “Green Zone” bombarded again midday Thursday.
  • US troops seal off impoverished Madinat as-Sadr district of Baghdad, launch offensive against Jaysh al-Mahdi beginning Thursday morning.
  • US admits one soldier, two US civilians wounded in heavy mortar barrage on “Green Zone” Wednesday.
  • US admits death of American soldier in western Baghdad on Wednesday afternoon, the second admitted US death on Wednesday.
  • US helicopters carry out strikes in al-Hillah, killing 60 people, many of them civilians, as part of air support for offensive against Jaysh al-Mahdi.
  • Jaysh al-Mahdi militia destroys al-Karmah Bridge, cutting supply line to al-Basrah.
  • Iraqi Regime reportedly opens talks with Sadr Movement to end fighting in al-Basrah. Al-Maliki publicly rejects dialogue, pledges continuation of war on Sadr Movement.
  • Oil pipeline blown up southwest of al-Basrah Thursday morning.
  • London admits death of British soldier in Iraq.
  • Fighting spreads to az-Zubayr Wednesday. Regime Interior Minister threatens to dismiss, try security men who fail to “fight with determination” against the Jaysh al-Mahdi.

Baghdad.
Total lockdown ordered for Baghdad until Sunday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 10:33pm Baghdad time Thursday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a total curfew had been imposed on all parts of Baghdad beginning Thursday evening and lasting until Sunday morning.

Mortar shell blasts into police station in western Baghdad.

In a dispatch posted at 7:40pm Baghdad time Thursday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that Yaqen reported a source in the al-A‘lam district police as saying that a mortar shell landed on the al-A ‘lam police station in western Baghdad. Yaqen reported the source as saying that the attack caused no casualties.

Mortar shells kill three in car park Thursday afternoon.

In a dispatch posted at 7:40pm Baghdad time Thursday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that three mortar shells had landed on the al-‘Allawi Car Park in western Baghdad.

Regime issues statistics on Baghdad fighting.

In a dispatch posted at 7:40pm Baghdad time Thursday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported a source in the Iraqi regime’s Interior Ministry as claiming that 19 people had been killed and 307 wounded in the 72 hours since the US-backed regime had launched its drive to wipe out the Jaysh al-Mahdi in Baghdad.

Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters attack US troops, Iraqi regime forces in western Baghdad district.

In a dispatch posted at 7:05pm Baghdad time Thursday evening, the Yaqen News Agency reported that fighting erupted between the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia and US troops together with their Iraqi regime allies when the Jaysh al-Mahdi burned down a government checkpoint at the entrance to the at-Tubji area of western Baghdad at midday Thursday.

Fighting rages in Baghdad’s ash-Shu‘lah district.

In a dispatch posted at 7:05pm Baghdad time Thursday evening, the Yaqen News Agency reported that fighting broke out between Iraqi regime forces and the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi in the Baghdad district of ash-Shu‘lah at noon on Thursday.

Fighters destroy government Humvee in al-Hurriyah district Thursday afternoon.

In a dispatch posted at 6:27pm Baghdad time Thursday evening, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that violent fighting raged in the Baghdad district of ad-Dawli‘i in the al-Hurriyah ath-Thalithah area of eastern Baghdad after a Humvee was set ablaze there.

Regime spokesman kidnapped.

In a dispatch posted at 6:20pm Baghdad time Thursday evening, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that unknown armed men abducted the civilian spokesman for what the US-backed Iraqi regime calls the Plan to Impose Law and Order.

Jaysh al-Mahdi attacks checkpoint manned by Iraqi regime forces in Baghdad district midday Thursday.

In a dispatch posted at 4:32pm Baghdad time Thursday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a medical source in al-Yarmuk Hospital as saying that three people had been wounded in fighting between the US-backed regime and the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in the ash-Shurtah ar-Rabi‘ah district of southwestern Baghdad.

Yaqen reported the source as saying that the three wounded people had been admitted to the hospital for treatment as a result of the battle.

Eyewitnesses in ash-Shurtah ar-Rabi‘ah told Yaqen that fighting raged in the district around noon Thursday. Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters bombarded a checkpoint manned by US-backed regime forces, and then attacked the regime troops with light and medium weapons. Two more explosions could be heard in the area. Streets in ash-Shurtah ar-Rabi‘ah quickly emptied as people rushed home for cover.

Mass demonstrations demand end to offensive against Jaysh al-Mahdi.

In a dispatch posted at 3:19pm Makkah time Thursday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Madinat as-Sadr and al-Kazimiyah areas of Baghdad were the scene of mass demonstrations in support of the Sadr Movement and demanding that the US-backed government of Nuri al-Maliki halt its offensive against the organization.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported that demonstrators in al-Kazimiyah carried a mock coffin with Nuri al-Maliki’s picture on it wrapped in an American flag and labeled “the new dictator.” The protestors called for a vote of no-confidence to bring down al-Maliki’s government and for a cease fire with the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.

Shaykh Iyyad al-Ka‘bi of the Sadr Office said: “the demonstration today is to demand no-confidence in the government of al-Maliki which has displayed its abject failure. Al-Ka‘bi demanded that al-Maliki resign because he has become “subservient to the occupation” and had “burned all his political cards.”

Fighting rages in Baghdad Thursday morning, afternoon, despite massive involvement of US, Iraqi regime troops.

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 8:23pm Thursday afternoon Beijing time (3:23pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that fierce fighting continued in Baghdad on Thursday, as the US-backed regime continued pressing its offensive aimed at wiping out the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.

Xinhua reported that mortar barrages targeted on various parts of the city were still going on at the time of reporting, despite the massive deployments of Iraqi regime troops and American occupation forces in the Iraqi capital to take part in the drive against the anti-occupation forces.

Jaysh al-Mahdi militia attack army checkpoint, wounding four government troops.

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 8:23pm Thursday afternoon Beijing time (3:23pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that armed men attacked a check point manned by Iraqi regime troops on Muzaffar Square in the Madinat as-Sadr area of eastern Baghdad – a stronghold of the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.

Xinhua reported a source in the regime police as saying that four of the government army troops were wounded in that attack.

Car bomb near hospital kills two Iraqi civilians in Baghdad midday Thursday.

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 8:23pm Thursday night Beijing time (3:23pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a car bomb exploded near the ash-Shaykh Zayid Hospital in central Baghdad at noon on Thursday.

Xinhua reported a source in the government police as saying that the blast killed two civilians and wounded five more in varying degrees.

Car bombs have frequently been employed as a method of attack by the al-Qa ‘idah organization.

Four wounded when mortar shell explodes near Museum Square.

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 8:23pm Thursday afternoon Beijing time (3:23pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a mortar shell landed in Museum Square in central Baghdad.

Xinhua reported a source in the government police as saying that four people were wounded in that explosion.

Regime-backed Badr Brigade militia battles anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in Baghdad Thursday.

In a dispatch posted at 2:15pm Baghdad time Thursday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that fierce fighting raged between the Iraqi regime’s Badr Brigade Shi ‘ sectarian militia and the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in the districts of Baghdad al-Jadidah, al-Ghadir, and Zuyunah. The battles were still under way as of the time of reporting.

Yaqen reported eyewitesses as saying that several rockets had landed in various parts of Baghdad al-Jadidah, al-Ghadir, and Zuyunah. They were thought to have been launched from the Madinat as-Sadr district. The barrage was followed by fighting between the militias. The Badr Brigades thereby joined in the US-backed Iraqi regime’s offensive against the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.

Mortar shells slam into US base in southeastern Baghdad.

In a dispatch posted at 1:30pm Baghdad time Thursday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that five mortar shells blasted into a US base in ar-Rustamiyah, in the southeastern part of Baghdad.

“Green Zone” bombarded again midday Thursday.

In a dispatch posted at 12:30pm Baghdad time Thursday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that mortar shells again rained down Thursday on the top-security fortress-like area around the Republican Palace in Baghdad – the district dubbed the “Green Zone” by the Americans.

Yaqen reported eyewitnesses as saying that a loud explosion was heard near the “Green Zone” compound that houses the headquarters of the US occupation forces in Iraq and that plumes of black smoke billowed over the facility. As of the time of reporting, no US statement regarding the latest bombardment had been issued.

Baghdad district of al-Kazimiyah closed to all non-residents.

In a dispatch posted at 11:44am Baghdad time Thursday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the Shi‘i district of al-Kazimiyah was sealed off to all but residents in an effort by the US-backed regime to keep control of districts of the Iraqi capital gradually slipping from its grasp.

US troops seal off impoverished Madinat as-Sadr district of Baghdad, launch offensive against Jaysh al-Mahdi beginning Thursday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 11:15am Baghdad time Thursday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that US forces sealed off all entrances and exits from the Madinat as-Sadr area of Baghdad early Thursday morning and proceeded to launch an offensive there against the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.

Yaqen reported ‘Abd az-Zahrah as-Suway‘idi, an supervisor in the Sadr Office in Madinat as-Sadr, as saying that fighting erupted between the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia and US occupation forces in the al-Jamilah area and around “83 Square” in eastern Baghdad on Thursday morning. Light and medium weapons were being used in the fighting, he said, adding that the combat started after US troops sealed off the Madinat as-Sadr district from the outside world.

Madinat as-Sadr, one of Baghdad’s poorest districts, where unemployment is rampant, is a stronghold of the anti-occupation movement of young Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia. Following a visit by US Vice President Dick Cheney, the American-dominated Iraqi regime launched a nation-wide offensive against the Jaysh al-Mahdi on Tuesday. US forces have taken an increasing role in the offensive – believed connected with US plans to lay the groundwork for a confrontation with Iran – as Iraqi regime forces falter in battles with the highly-motivated militia.

Electricity knocked out in Baghdad, central, southern Iraq due to US-led offensive against Jaysh al-Mahdi.

In a dispatch posted at 10:40am Baghdad time Thursday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that most electric power generating stations in the central and southern parts of Iraq had been knocked out of commission by the fighting ignited by the US-backed offensive against the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, now in its third day.

US admits one soldier, two US civilians wounded in heavy mortar barrage on “Green Zone” Wednesday.

In a dispatch posted at 10:30am Baghdad time Thursday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the US military had announced that one of its soldiers, two US civilians, and one Iraqi regime soldier had been wounded Wednesday when 16 mortar shells blasted into the top-security “Green Zone” area where the US occupation has its headquarters in Baghdad.

Twenty Iraqi regime troops in grave condition flown to Baghdad for treatment Thursday.

In a dispatch posted at 10:02am Baghdad time Thursday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that Baghdad’s al-Yarmuk Hospital had received 20 severely wounded Iraqi regime troops who had been injured in the fighting in the southern Iraqi city of al-Basrah.

US admits death of American soldier in western Baghdad on Wednesday afternoon.

In a dispatch posted at 9:27am Baghdad time Thursday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the US military admitted that one more of its troops had been killed in western Baghdad on Wednesday afternoon.

Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters blast and destroy home of military commanders of US-backed offensive in Baghdad district Wednesday evening.

In a dispatch posted at 9:18am Baghdad time Thursday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that that the son of Major General ‘Ala’ Nuri, the commander of the Logistics Support Brigade of the Iraqi regime army, said on Wednesday that armed men attacked their home in the al-‘Amil neighborhood of Baghdad before Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir) had a chance to move the family of the army commander to a safer part of the Iraqi capital.

The attack came as the US-backed regime pursued its offensive aimed at wiping out the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.

The son of the General said that both his father, and his uncle, Major General Baha’ Nuri were leading operations in the ash-Shurtah ar-Rabi‘ah district of Baghdad against the Jaysh al-Mahdi.

The AMSI reported an eyewitness as saying that armed men also destroyed the home of the Major General Fawzi with rocket-propelled grenades and then set it ablaze. The witness, a resident in the al-‘Amil neighborhood, said that Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen attacked the home of the major general on Wednesday evening and clashed with people inside the building before the regime’s Shock Troops arrived to escort the family away. Then the Jaysh al-Mahdi returned to the house and blasted it with rocket-propelled grenades, totally destroying it.

Salah ad-Din Province.
At-Tarimiyah.

US forces encircle area north of Baghdad following fierce fighting Thursday.

In a dispatch posted at 10:10pm Baghdad time Thursday night, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that fierce fighting erupted between armed fighters and US troops in the as-Salman area and the al-Yabis Project area in at-Tarimiyah, 30km north of Baghdad.

Al-Ishaqi.

Bombs destroy Iraqi regime Humvee in al-Ishaqi area Thursday.

In a dispatch posted at 4:10pm Baghdad time Thursday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that two bombs exploded by an Iraqi regime Humvee in the al-Ishaqi area, 80km north of Baghdad.

Babil Province.
Al-Kifl.

Jaysh al-Mahdi militia seizes control of offices of Iraqi regime political parties in al-Kifl.

In a dispatch posted at 3:10pm Baghdad time Thursday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that Jaysh al-Mahdi militia seized control of headquarters of the Da‘wah Party and the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) – parties of the US-backed Iraqi regime – in the al-Kifl area, 130km south of Baghdad, on Thursday.

Bomb kills three regime policemen in al-Kifl.

In a dispatch posted at 1:15pm Baghdad time Thursday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by an Iraqi regime police vehicle in the al-Kifl area, about 130km south of Baghdad.

Al-Mahawil.

Iraqi regime forces call in US air support as battle intensifies north of al-Hillah.

In a dispatch posted at 1:15pm Baghdad time Thursday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that fierce fighting was raging at that hour between Iraqi regime forces and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in the al-Mahawil area, 65km south of Baghdad.

Al-Hillah.

Iraqi regime police reported killed, wounded as Jaysh al-Mahdi battles US-backed forces in al-Hillah Thursday afternoon.

In a dispatch posted at 5:07pm Baghdad time Thursday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that two Iraqi regime policemen were killed and 12 more wounded in battles with the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in southern al-Hillah, 100km south of Baghdad, on Thursday.

US helicopters carry out strikes in al-Hillah, killing 60 people, many of them civilians, as part of air support for offensive against Jaysh al-Mahdi.

In a dispatch posted at 7:59am Makkah time Thursday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi regime security forces have reported that dozens of people have been killed in an American air attack that was intended to support the on-going offensive against the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in the city of al-Hillah, 100km south of Baghdad

Mafkarat al-Islam reported that casualty reports were still contradictory, but that media sources had indicated that 60 people had been killed, of them about 15 civilians, who were in residential areas that were under attack by the US-backed regime’s security forces. Those sources said that fierce fighting had been raging for about five hours in that area before the deadly American air strike took place.

One report said that the American raid, which went on for about an hour, had destroyed six houses. An American spokesman said that US helicopters had been called in to provide support for Iraqi regime Special Police Units fighting in al-Hillah. The Americans claimed that there had only been four people killed in the attack.

The sources said that ambulances were having trouble getting to the victims, due to the intensity of continuing combat.

On Monday the US-backed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki flew into the British base at al-Basrah Airport to supervise an offensive against the Jaysh al-Mahdi that he launched on Tuesday with the stated aim of “cleansing” al-Basrah of the Jaysh al-Mahdi.

On Wednesday, Hazim al-A‘raji an aide to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, to whom the Jaysh al-Mahdi is loyal, announced that the Sadr Movement was ready to send a delegation to negotiate with al-Maliki if he agrees to get out of al-Basrah.

At-Ta’mim Province.
Kirkuk.

Attack leaves Peshmergah officer, two Peshmergah gunmen dead near Kirkuk.

In a dispatch posted at 3:40pm Baghdad time Thursday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that armed men attacked a vehicle carrying an officer and three members of the US-backed Kurdish separatist Peshmergah gunmen in the Daquq area to the southwest of Kirkuk (which is 250km north of Baghdad.

Karbala’ Province.
Karbala’.

Jaysh al-Mahdi battles US-backed regime police in Karbala’, setting checkpoints, police cars ablaze.

In a dispatch posted at 11:50am Baghdad time Thursday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that two policemen, one of them an officer, were killed and eight others wounded in fighting between US-backed regime forces and the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in the Shi‘i holy city of Karbala’, 110km south of Baghdad.

Maysan Province.
Al-‘Amarah.

Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters destroy four Iraqi regime Humvees, abandoned by troops in face of Jaysh al-Mahdi attack north of al-‘Amarah Thursday.

In a dispatch posted at 5:49pm Baghdad time Thursday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that fighting erupted between US-backed Iraqi regime forces and the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in the city of al-‘Amarah, 290km southeast of Baghdad, when a column of government troops tried to cross a bridge north of the city.

Al-Basrah Province.
Al-Basrah.

Jaysh al-Mahdi militia destroys al-Karmah Bridge, cutting supply line to al-Basrah.

In a dispatch posted at 4:37pm Baghdad time Thursday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the Jaysh al-Mahdi had destroyed the al-Karmah Bridge that crosses the Shatt al-‘Arab waterway and serves as a supply route to the Iraqi regime forces in the southern city of al-Basrah.

Al-Maliki publicly rejects dialogue, pledges continuation of war on Sadr Movement.

In a dispatch posted at 8:20pm Baghdad time Thursday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that US-backed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had publicly declared that the campaign against the Jaysh al-Mahdi would continue and rejected talks or negotiations with the Sadr Movement.

Iraqi Regime opens talks with Sadr Movement to end fighting in al-Basrah.

In a dispatch posted at 3:19pm Makkah time Thursday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a deputy representing the Muqtada as-Sadr Movement in the Iraqi Parliament announced that the Iraqi regime and Sadr Movement had begun discussions to stop the fighting in al-Basrah.

Oil pipeline blown up southwest of al-Basrah Thursday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 2:59pm Makkah time Thursday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an oil pipeline in the az-Zubayr area 20km southwest of al-Basrah was blown up on Thursday.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the Iraqi regime security forces as saying that a large fire had erupted on the pipeline transporting crude oil to the ash-Shu‘aybah refinery. The source said that the line was blown at 9am Thursday morning in the ad_Dawajin area on the outskirts of az-Zubayr, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky.

London admits death of British soldier in Iraq.

In a dispatch posted at 9:20am Baghdad time Thursday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the British Ministry of Defence had announced that one British soldier had died of wounds received in clashes in the early hours of Wednesday morning

Fighting spreads to az-Zubayr Wednesday. Regime Interior Minister threatens to dismiss, try security men who fail to “fight with determination” against the Jaysh al-Mahdi.

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 9:50am Thursday morning Beijing time (4:50am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that fierce fighting took place in the az-Zubayr area, about 20km southwest of al-Basrah city, on Wednesday. At least one government policeman was killed and another wounded.

Xinhua reported a source in the al-Basrah Province regime security forces as saying that fighting between the regime police and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia spread to az-Zubayr on Wednesday. Detachments of Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen attacked a police station in the al-‘Arabi section of northern az-Zubayr leaving at least one policeman dead ad a second wounded. Other police stations and army posts were also attacked in az-Zubayr but no information on the nature or extent of casualties in those battles was available.

Eyewitnesses said that the streets in az-Zubayr were completely empty Wednesday after gunfire began to resound in the area. Earlier, life in the area had remained normal despite the fighting in nearby al-Basrah where the US-backed regime had embarked on its offensive to “cleanse” the city of the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi.

In other news, the Muqtada as-Sadr Offices in al-Basrah denied claims that any of its fighters had laid down their weapons and surrendered to the regime’s security forces in keeping with the American-backed Prime Minister’s ultimatum to surrender within 72 hours.

A source in the Sadr Office who asked not to be identified said that there was no truth whatsoever in such government claims. He said that such allegations, about Jaysh al-Mahdi men complying with the regimes’ ultimatum, were part of the US-backed regime’s psychological warfare and had nothing whatever to do with reality. On the contrary, the source said, the reverse was the case. A large number of Iraqi regime troops and policemen were refusing to fight against the Jaysh al-Mahdi.

In apparent confirmation of that assertion, the semi-official al-‘Iraqiyah TV station reported the regime’s Interior Minister Jawwad al-Bulani as saying that it had been decided to expel all members of the police who failed to fight “with determination” against the Jaysh al-Mahdi, adding that they would be put on trial for shirking their duty. The government-backed TV station also claimed that regime forces had begun to take control of the situation in some neighborhoods of the city of al-Basrah.

As of Thursday morning, 38 people had been killed and 134 wounded in two days of fighting following the launch of an American-backed offensive aimed at destroying the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in al-Basrah.

Police chief in al-Basrah Province survives bomb attack Wednesday night.

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 4:19pm Thursday afternoon Beijing time (11:19am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb had exploded by the motorcade of Major General ‘Abd al-Jalil Khalaf the al-Basrah Province Police Commander after midnight in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Xinhua reported a source in the provincial government security forces as saying that Khalaf survived the attack, in the al-Jubaylah area, 5km north of al-Basrah city proper, but that three of his bodyguards had been killed.

Earlier, the deputy commander of the police in the city, Brigadier General ‘Aydan Matar, had survived bomb attack on his motorcade in the middle of the city on Wednesday evening.

Fierce fighting continued in al-Basrah on Thursday morning, the third day since the launch of the US-backed offensive against the Jaysh al-Mahdi.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2008/0308/iraqiresistancereport_270308.htm

Sources:
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23668&1bfae61b75681ca26e397d92c2dc0b48
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23667&9761fe37790b46278afa5d1b9d969774
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23664&41b342e48a1a606f78aaa9d744ceb2a9
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23661&9a263d370ec54bcf334e0367e50a7240
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23660&359f626daa5c6acc12591fb22f4a1da3
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23659&4e94376e71f82d8e6cb86b901e3f8cb1
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23658&714a653b13bae237b2ae943f10a88384
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23657&eeb19eb5960e6331de83e2f8b1727e74
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23652&d1b84e029b9ee44c5877758f64683a1e
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23651&9430eb3ceb5847bca948e5e126f8bf33
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23650&d92493e81d66494617fa4dc8faf52a66
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23649&51e9b51029182d66df3c50819539d283
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23643&61a2b88252c204ff4b6ec65efe83732b
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23642&19563b48ac589e8abe2ec58aad2c5879
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23641&a4aef944f393aee3c76a68de320738d1
http://www.iraq-amsi.org/news.php?action=view&id=23640&e7f0eeb3dd27b9cac12082fee434c132
http://www.arabic.xinhuanet.com/arabic/2008-03/27/content_604673.htm
http://www.arabic.xinhuanet.com/arabic/2008-03/27/content_604432.htm
http://www.arabic.xinhuanet.com/arabic/2008-03/27/content_604294.htm
http://www.arabic.xinhuanet.com/arabic/2008-03/27/content_604100.htm
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61614
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61611
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61609
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61608
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61603
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61599
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61596
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61592
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61591
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61594
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61589
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61585
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61582
http://www.islammemo.cc/article1.aspx?id=61576
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6531
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6529
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6528
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6527
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6526
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6525
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6524
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6523
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6522
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6521
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6518
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6517
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6516
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6514
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6512
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6510
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6509
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6508
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6506
http://www.yaqen.net/?p=6505
http://www.freearabvoice.org
http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?header=res1&mod=gis&rep=rep

===

-muslim voice-
______________________________________
BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »