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U.S,Britain discuss Iraq Pullout.

BAGHDAD, January 22 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – The US and main war ally Britain are engaged in talks on detailed Iraq withdrawal plans at the earliest date possible, with most Americans showing low expectations about the Iraqi general elections.

Classified memos are circulating in Washington , Baghdad and London on pullout scenarios after the January 30 polls, The Guardian reported on Saturday, January 22, quoting a British Foreign Office source.

“Of course, we think about leaving Iraq . There is no point in staying there. There are continually plans in Whitehall , Washington and Baghdad to withdraw when we can.”

The source, however, said there was yet no document defining the forces withdrawal by July 2005 or any other date.

“That would be a mug's game. There are documents all over the place with different scenarios. Until recently, the British government was working to a rough target date of June next year but that appears to have been abandoned as over-optimistic.”

A British defense source earlier stressed that it would take until the end of the year to withdraw forces and military equipment even if a decision to pull out was taken today.

Britain has about 9,000 troops stationed in southern Iraq , forming a small fraction of the US-led occupation forces.

Low Expectations

Chalabi, a one-time Pentagon protégé would be arrested after `Eid holiday.(Reuters)

Despite continued arguments by high-level Bush administration officials that the January elections would further stabilize the volatile situation in war-torn Iraq , a recent poll showed that most Americans have low expectations about the vote.

Thirty-four percent of the Americans said violence would continue in Iraq even after the polls, 25 percent said things would get even worse while only 34 percent said security would improve, reported Agence France Presse (AFP).

The poll, by Harris Interactive, surveyed 2,209 American citizens on January 11-16 and has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

Several US analysts and officials predicted on Tuesday, January 11, the controversial polls to lead to more chaos and instability.

Iraqi voters are to choose a 275-member assembly, which will be charged with writing a permanent constitution.

If adopted in a referendum later this year, the constitution would form the legal basis for another general elections to be held by December, 2005.

Representatives of several Iraqi parties and leading political figures have been campaigning for a six-month delay of the vote over the increasing deteriorating security conditions.

The Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS), the highest religious authority in Iraq , pressed for a boycott of the elections, citing the impossibility of organizing fair elections held under current deteriorating conditions.

Also, the Islamic Party, a major Sunni political player, recently backtracked on its earlier decision to vie, dealing a huge blow to the process.

Controversial Chalabi

In another development, interim Defense Minister Hazim al-Shaalan told Aljazeera news channel that Ahmad Chalabi, one-time Pentagon protégé in the run up to Iraq invasion and leader of the Iraqi National Congress (INC), would be arrested after `Eid Al Adha holiday.

“We will arrest him and hand him over to Interpol. We will arrest him based on facts that he wanted to malign the reputation of the defense ministry and defense minister,” he said.

“Our measures will start after `Eid,” announced the minister.

Shaalan told the London-based Arabic-speaking daily Asharq al-Awsat on Friday, January 21, the arrest was linked to charges Chalabi leveled against him of embezzling $500 million from the defense ministry and of links to the ousted regime of Saddam Hussein.

Chalabi is also accused of killing thousands of opposition figures in the Iraqi city of Arbil and driving a wedge between the two main Kurdish parties; the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Shaalan said.

An arrest warrant was issued by an Iraqi investigating magistrate against Chalabi lat August on charges of counterfeiting old Iraqi dinars, which were removed from circulation after the ouster of Saddam's regime.

In 2003, the US military flew Chalabi from exile into Iraq at the head of a militia dubbed the “Free Iraqi Forces”.

But he lost favor in Washington after accusations from senior US officials of passing on classified US intelligence to Iran .

Chalabi's intelligence reports bolstered Washington 's pre-war claims that Saddam stockpiled weapons of mass destruction, a charge used to justify military action that has so far proven to be ungrounded.

Since his break with the United States and the interim government, Chalabi has been playing up his credentials as an independent who stood up to the occupation authorities.
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Chinese Hostages Released

By Andrew Marshall

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Insurgents in Iraq released eight Chinese laborers they had taken hostage and threatened to kill, as guerrillas attacked more Shi'ite targets ahead of Jan. 30 elections.

A video tape produced by the insurgents and seen by Reuters correspondents showed the Chinese standing or kneeling in two rows in the desert, holding their passports open for the camera. A man with his face covered by a traditional checkered headdress then shook hands with each of the hostages before they walked off camera. China's embassy in Baghdad later confirmed the eight had been released, China's official Xinhua news agency said.

On Tuesday, the guerrilla group holding the men said it would kill them within 48 hours unless Beijing -- which opposed the war in Iraq -- explained why they were in the country.

Guerrillas fighting U.S.-led troops and Iraq's American-backed government have kidnapped more than 100 foreigners over the past year. Around a third have been killed.

They are also waging a campaign of suicide attacks and ambushes ahead of Iraq's Jan. 30 elections, targeting Iraqi security forces, Shi'ite groups and election officials.

WEDDING BLAST

Late on Friday, a suicide attack on a Shi'ite wedding party south of Baghdad killed at least 11 people.

Witnesses said the bomber drove an ambulance filled with explosives toward the tent where the wedding was being held and blew up the vehicle. Local doctors said 11 people were killed and 27 injured, and the toll was expected to rise.

The victims were members of a Shi'ite tribe. Survivors said the final death toll could be as high as 25.

Just hours before the attack, a suicide car bomber killed 14 Shi'ite worshippers as they left a Baghdad mosque.

Shi'ite Muslims have been repeatedly attacked ahead of the election. The polls are expected to cement the new political dominance of the 60 percent Shi'ite majority after years of oppression under Saddam Hussein. Many Sunni Arabs, the ruling class under Saddam, fear they will be marginalized.
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Friday, January 21, 2005

Police station destroyed

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A dozen gunmen have blown up a police station in the the town of Hit (heet), north of Baghdad.

The station was nearly empty because of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha (eed al-AHD'-hah) and no injuries are reported.

Police say insurgents stormed the building, planted explosives and then set them off.

Iraqi police and security forces have been frequent targets for insurgents who consider them collaborators with the American occupiers.

As feared, the level of violence has been increasing in Iraq as the January 30th national elections approach.

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Iraqi interim government Deputy President Rowsch Nuri Shaways said during a meeting with Chinese Vice President Zeng Qinghong on Thursday that he regrets the abduction of eight Chinese citizens by militants in his country.

Shaways, on a previously scheduled visit to China, said that the Iraqi people and government have strongly condemned the militants for holding the Chinese from Fujian Province.

Zeng stressed that China's leaders consider resolving the situation a matter of great importance, and said the government and people hope the Iraqi government will use all possible means to assure the safety of the hostages and help reunite them with their families.

Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), expressed similar wishes in a meeting with Shaways.

Shaways, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, is one of two deputy presidents of the interim government of Iraq, which is preparing for national elections on January 30. He arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for a five-day working visit.

Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said the government is working day and night on the hostage issue. "Every hour, we are in contact with our embassy in Baghdad," he stated.

In Iraq, the Chinese Embassy is in constant touch with the Iraq Muslim Presbytery, which assisted in securing the release of seven Chinese hostages last April.

Chinese officials also visited the presbytery's chairman, Harih Al-Dhari, requesting his assistance in locating the hostages and appealing to the kidnappers for their release.

The kidnappers have demanded the Chinese government clarify its position on Iraq as a condition for the hostages' freedom.

Arab TV stations and websites on Wednesday broadcast the stance of the Chinese government on Iraq and its people after a press conference held by Chinese Ambassador Yang Honglin on Tuesday evening.

The pan-Arab al-Jazeera TV channel, which showed a videotape of the eight Chinese flanked by masked gunmen, also aired an interview with Chinese Foreign Ministry officials.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said on Thursday that there was nothing new to report on the status of the hostages, but reiterated that all government departments were doing their utmost to secure their release.

(China Daily, China.org.cn January 21, 2005)

Western Iraq explosion

BAGHDAD, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded near a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in western Baghdad before Friday prayers, causing several casualties, a police source said.

But the source said it was not immediately clear if anyone was killed. Some casualties were taken to a nearby hospital, witnesses said.

Guerrillas bent on derailing Iraq's Jan. 30 elections, expected to be dominated by the Shi'ite majority who were oppressed during Saddam Hussein's rule, have mounted several attacks on Shi'ite shrines and clerics in the past few months.

Iraqi officials and Shi'ite leaders have blamed the attacks on militants and accuse them of trying to drive the country towards civil war.
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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Iran to defend itself

Khatami: Iran Prepared to Defend Itself
Thu Jan 20,10:27 AM ET
(AP) - Iran has plans to defend itself should the United States make any aggressive moves, President Mohammad Khatami said Thursday, but he added that the possibility of an attack "is very low" because Washington has too many problems in Iraq. Khatami's remarks in an interview with state-run television marked the most senior response to recent reports suggesting the United States may be considering military action against Iran. (SEE BOTTOM PAGE)

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(01/20) Iran Launched Hunt Operations to Find US Commandos
Posted Wednesday, January 19, 2005

PARIS 20 Jan. (IPS) Iranian authorities have launched a massive, but discrete operation aimed at finding and arresting possible American commandos that an American investigative journalist said are now operating inside Iran. Though officials continued on Wednesday to issue strong, but unconvincing and incoherent warnings against the report, but Iran Press Service has learned from informed sources that the report is taken “very seriously”. The report, signed by prize-winner, investigative journalist Seymon Hirsh and published in the “New Yorker” magazine says US commandos have been operating inside Iran, selecting nuclear and other sensitive military sites for possible air strikes with the help of Pakistan. The authorities dismissed the report as a “psychological warfare” and absurdly “baseless”......
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British troops,Iraqis wounded in Basra blast

British troops, Iraqis wounded in Basra blast
20 Jan 2005 20:07:39 GMT
Source: Reuters
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BASRA, Iraq, Jan 20 (Reuters) - An explosion at the entrance to a logistics base in British-controlled southern Iraq wounded five British soldiers and several Iraqi civilians on Thursday, the British military said in an emailed statement.

The attack occurred during the afternoon at an entrance to the Shaibah logistics base about 10 km (6 miles) west of Basra, Iraq's second largest city, in the far south of Iraq.

"We can confirm that an incident took place this afternoon, at approximately 1620 hours local time, at the Shaibah Logistic Base about 10 kilometres Southwest of Basrah City," the statement said. "An explosion occurred near to one of the entrances to the base."

It said that it was not yet clear what caused the explosion.

"We can confirm that 5 (five) soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment were injured," the statement said.

"Four remain in the British Military Hospital at Shaibah while one is being evacuated to a U.S. medical facility in Kuwait for further treatment."

A group led by al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said in an Internet statement it was behind what it called a suicide attack to avenge alleged abuse by British soldiers of Iraqi prisoners.

"Three lions from the martyrs' brigade of al Qaeda Organisation of Holy War in Iraq attacked the base for British occupation forces in Shaibah area in Basra. This operation is in response to the harm inflicted by British occupation forces on our brothers in prison," the statement said.

The group, which has claimed some of the deadliest attacks in Iraq, vowed in the statement to continue its "holy war".

Three British soldiers, Corporal Daniel Kenyon and lance corporals Darren Larkin and Mark Cooley, are accused of abusing Iraqi detainees and face a variety of charges including battery, indecency and disgraceful conduct.

Photos which emerged during their military trial on Tuesday showed naked Iraqi men apparently forced to simulate sex and evoked the scandal involving U.S. soldiers at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison.

Attacks on British bases in Basra are common, with insurgents frequently firing mortars at camps in the city.

Britain has around 9,000 troops based in southern Iraq, mostly in Basra, where many Iraqi civilians are employed at the British military's bases.
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polling day

Security issues may threaten the January 30 Iraq election but preparations continue, regardless. Ballot boxes and voting screens worth millions of dollars are beginning to arrive in Baghdad.

The equipment will be sent to more than 5,000 polling stations across the country. The Iraqi government has allocated some 250 million dollars for the election inside Iraq and another 90 million dollars for the overseas vote. Tens of millions of dollars have also been pledged by the international community. American intelligence sources predict that the elected government will almost certainly ask the US to set a specific timetable for withdrawing its troops. This will put pressure on the Bush administration, which has declined to do this so far.

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Casualty Figures.

From the Pentagon as of January 14th 2005,figures have been released at some 1361 U.S personnel killed and just over 10,000 wounded from the Iraq war and occupation.Is this a true reflection of the actual casualties or a manipulation of the figures ? The Iraq war from its inception was domestically and internationally unpopular especially as it went specifically against the will of the United Nations regarding pre-emptive war on the grounds of so called WMDs.The first casualty of war is always the truth.The war itself was instigated by the Neoconservatives in the U.S and it is they who control the Pentagon and military administration,Mr Rumsfield and Mr Wolfowitz themselves have control of the information flow out of Iraq,that will be inclusive of casualty figures released by Centcom.Is it in their interest to manipulate casualty flows ? In my opinion, most definately,purely on the reasons that the higher the casualties the greater the resolve of Americas domestic population, starting to not only question the Iraq invasion but also the occupation and the reasons why America is still in Iraq,a hardening of public opinion against occupation and grounds to call the troops home.The greater the casualties the louder the voices will become to withdraw.This will in effect forclose on the PNAC doctrine of pre-emptive wars around the world,which is the Neocons dream.Much is at stake for them.The true casualty figures will only be known by those at the Pentagon and a few selected personnel.Gauging previous articles and statements made from various individulas and organisations since March 2003,casualty figures can be pieced together to give a truer reflection on what the real cost in servicemans lives are.
In November 2003 a Surgeon at the Ramstein medical base in Germany stated that it had received 9,500 casualties from Iraq needing surgery including over 3000 amputations.In the same month a chief administrator at Baghdad airport stated that it had shipped out around 22,000 injured servicemen and women.In April 2004 the Veterans association stated that it had received 26,633 disability claims from servicemen returning from Iraq.Two months later on the Mcglochlin political show aired by CNN,discussion was on a casualty figure centred around 27,000.That in its own confirms the other statistics given above.From various blogs and articles from surgeons,doctors and medical staff,it seems they were dealing with around 50 casualties a day,somewhere in the region of 1,500 a month.Now here is where i have to start speculating and peice the information together as Sherlock Holmes would do.Since April 2004 Najaf exploded in violence twice and the same can be said for Fallujah each incident taking approximately a month to contain.Both Najaf and Fallujah caused extensive resistance not only too those areas but extended out to other areas in Iraq,so that from that, there would be an increase in casualties,i would put it at double the average,around 3,000 each for these 4 months totaling 12,000 casualties.From April 2004 to today January 2005 is ten months,using the template average of 1,500 casualties per month is 15,000 and adding a further 1,500 casualties per month for those four explosive months in Najaf and Fallujah gives a further 6,000.Therefore that leaves a total of 21,000 casualties from April 2004 to date,add that to the Veterans association figures of 26,633 casualties pre April 2004 giving a total of 48,000 casualties.Using a rough guide of 1 soldier killed for every 8 wounded gives a figure of 6,000 killed.
In my opinion the true casualty figures of Iraq is around 6,000 servicemen killed and 48,000 wounded.Totaling 54,000.If my figures are accurate then the pentagon is only reporting,making public 20% of the casualties.Many people will state this can not be possible.They cannot hide that ammount.Vietnam was a good reflection initially 6,000 Kia were reported later that rose to 58,000 and later a further 40,000 were deemed missing in action.So if Vietnam is anything to judge,then most certainly casualty figures are manipulated for public consumption.

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Wolfowitz wanting to reduce casulty figures.

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The number two Pentagon official said reducing American casualties in Iraq was more important than bringing US troops back home -- and pointed to the rising Iraqi death toll as evidence this strategy was working.

"I'm more concerned about bringing down our casualties than bringing down our numbers," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said in an interview with PBS television's "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" program. "And it is worth saying that since June 1, there have been more Iraqi police and military killed in action than Americans."

Wolfowitz said he was encouraged by the fact that Iraqis continued to volunteer to join the country's fledgling security forces, despite their losses at the hands of Islamist insurgents.

The number of Iraqi troops and police officers being trained by the US military has now reached 120,000, according to the deputy defense secretary.

But he acknowledged "there are problems in the quality" of the Iraqi recruits, who he said have a tendency to disappear from their units without permission.

The United States is also being urged by Britain to announce a possible timetable for the withdrawal of troops, a London-based newspaper said.

British officials believe that the time has come to give an "indicative timetable" for departure over the next 18 months or so, the Daily Telegraph said Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

There would be no firm deadline for the withdrawal, and it would depend on Iraqi armed forces becoming able to deal with security in the country, meaning foreign troops would not leave until around mid-2006, the report said.

British officials argue that however tentative a timetable, it would boost Iraq's transitional government and undermine claims from insurgents that Washington intends to occupy the nation indefinitely, the paper said.

"Giving a timetable would be an important political signal that we intend to leave Iraq," what was named as a "well-placed Whitehall source" -- meaning an official rather than a member of the government -- told the newspaper.

"The main Iraqi parties are already talking about when coalition forces should be drawn down. American knows it will have to deal with the issue soon."

Britain's government was hopeful that Washington could be prodded into making a formal announcement within the next few months, the report added.

Training Iraqi security forces capable of confronting the spreading insurgency in the country is the central element of a US exit strategy nearly two years after the March 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

US officials have repeatedly said creating a legitimate Iraqi government as a result of a free and fair election and standing up a viable security force are the main conditions for a eventual US pullout from the country.

Outgoing Secretary of State Colin Powell has suggested the United States will be able to begin drawing down its forces in Iraq by the end of the year.

But neither President George W. Bush nor Wolfowitz have confirmed Powell's comments.

Instead Wolfowitz said that by the middle or the end of the year, "there will be a substantial increase in what Iraqis themselves can supply."

But he said he was not certain whether this will lead to a reduction in the US troop level, which has been boosted to more than 150,000 in advance of the January 30 election.

The deputy defense secretary also suggested that the US decision to go to war with Iraq was motivated in part by a willingness to ward off criticism of the Bush administration in case of a new terrorist attack against the United States with weapons of mass destruction.

"If we had been wrong the other way and if the threat had really been imminent and we had been hit with an anthrax attack here that was tied to Iraq and the president had done nothing about it, what would people then say?" he retorted when asked to comment about unfound weapons of mass destruction.

"I mean, it would make the criticism of failure to prevent 9/11 just look like child's play."

An independent commission report on the September 11 attacks criticized the US government for failure to see and correctly interpret signs that Al-Qaeda fighters were preparing to strike in the United States.

floored elections

The Independent Online: More than 750 people crowded into a hall tucked behind Westminster Abbey to hear the debate. It asked: "Have critics of the Iraq war been vindicated?"

The Government fielded Eric Joyce, the Labour MP for Falkirk West, before the fiercely partisan audience, which heckled him at every opportunity.

Mr Joyce was joined by Independent columnist Johann Hari, a supporter of the Iraq war, to argue against the paper's Middle East correspondent, Robert Fisk, and the American journalist Charles Glass on the panel chaired by Simon Kelner, The Independent's editor-in-chief.

Fisk may have surprised some in the audience when he said: "The critics of the war have not been vindicated. I never believed the British and American governments would lie to us so much. I never believed that the insurrection would so quickly gather pace and be so disastrous to the occupation, and I never believed the occupation would be so flawed and so brutal."

He said the upcoming "flawed" elections would be as unrepresentative in their results as polling organised by Saddam Hussein's regime, "not because the people are forced to vote what they are told to vote, but because the Shiites will indeed vote, and the Kurds will indeed vote, but the Sunni minority will not vote because either they are intimidated or because they don't want to".

Asked whether coalition troops should withdraw from Iraq, Fisk called for the Americans to set a pullout date. "They've got to talk to the insurgents - and they will - and then they must go."

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Iraqi Resistance report

Produced by Muhammed Abu Nasar from the Free Arab Voice.

Al-Fallujah.

Al-Fallujah resident, outraged at loss of his home, shoots two US soldiers to death before American troops gun him down.

Two US soldiers were killed in al-Fallujah at 9:15am Tuesday morning by an outraged Iraqi citizen who had returned to the city and found that his home had been totally demolished.

A neighbor of Mr. Ahmad Hudayb, who was gunned down by US occupation troops after shooting two of them, said “Shaykh Ahmad Hudayb, may God rest his soul, returned to his house in the ad-Dubbat neighborhood in the east of al-Fallujah and found it totally destroyed. He started to cry, and to think of his house as a sacrifice for which God might reward him, and he called American soldiers over to talk to them about what happened to his house and why it was demolished.”

The neighbor went on, “Two of the soldiers were sitting in a house next door to Shaykh Hudayb’s but they arrogantly ignored him and didn’t even glance at him. He appealed to them again and again, wanting to ask them about how he might get compensation, how much it might be, and when he might get it. But one of the soldiers only screamed in his face and told him to get out into the street.”

“Then suddenly,” the neighbor continued, “we saw Shaykh Ahmad running at the soldiers and we thought he was going to have words with them after they had refused to come up to him and talk. But as soon as he got near them, he saw one of the soldier’s guns lying on the ground about five meters away from them. He snatched it up and fired off 30 rounds into the heads of the two Americans, killing them instantly. Then a bunch of soldiers who had been standing in a nearby street came running in and shot him to death.”

Ar-Ramadi.

Resistance executes spies in ar-Ramadi.

Iraqi Resistance forces executed four lackeys collaborating with the US occupation in the city of ar-Ramadi on Tuesday. The Resistance ambushed two collaborators, who were Shi‘i on a street in the city and killed them according to the Irish “Breaking News” website. A hand written note left by the Resistance attackers on the two corpses said that the attack took place as the two collaborators were returning home from the US base in ar-Ramadi.

The two, Ahmad ‘Alwan Husayn and ‘Ali Husayn Jasim, were from the so-called Madinat as-Sadr section of Baghdad and admitted to being spies for the American occupation forces. The note left by the Resistance on the bodies warned anyone who becomes a lackey of the Americans that their fate will be death.

Earlier on Tuesday, four other bodies were discovered and a note with them confirmed that they had been collaborators with the occupation forces.

Al-Hadithah.

Stunning Resistance assault on US forces at Hadithah dam Tuesday evening.

Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US military column made up of several armored vehicles, Humvees, and personnel carriers in the city of al-Hadithah, 300km west of Baghdad on Tuesday. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the attack took place near the al-Hadithah hydroelectric dam at 6:15pm Tuesday and that 24 US troops were killed and more than 30 others wounded.

The witnesses, members of the Iraqi police and the dam guard force, told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam that about 40 Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked the column with rockets, bazookas, hand grenades, medium weapons, and anti-personnel rockets as the Americans were moving towards the dam. The correspondent reported that the Resistance waited until the Americans were going through the narrow entrance to the dam and at that point opened up on them from behind the earthen embankments that were thrown up to keep the Euphrates River contained at times of high water.

A member of the dam guard force told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance had sent the dam guards and the local police emphatic warnings that they not interfere in any way in the expected fighting. The source said, “One of the attackers told me that they were waiting for this column since morning and they had to carry out this attack but that they didn’t want to kill any innocent policemen.”

The source went on, “So we went far away and watched what was going to happen. Then, within 10 minutes we saw the lights of the American vehicles in the distance. They were coming towards us. The Resistance fighters charged forward shouting “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! (God is greatest!) and calling for God’s help and they opened fire very heavily with various weapons. The Americans responded violently but it didn’t do them any good because the Resistance fighters were all behind the cover of the embankments.”

The source said that US vehicles began to catch fire one after the other under the Resistance barrage. “The fighting lasted for about half an hour and left two troop transports with all aboard in flames. One American armored vehicle and three Humvees were also destroyed.”

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam wrote that he personally saw the smouldering vehicles, but that the American forces had sealed off the attack site by the time he got there, preventing him from taking any pictures except from afar.

Witnesses told the correspondent that nine Iraqi Resistance fighters were martyred in the battle, and this was confirmed by a commander of the Brigades of the 1920 Revolution when he told Mafkarat al-Islam, “we buried nine martyrs a little while ago.”

The correspondent reported in a dispatch posted at 8:05pm Tuesday, Mecca time, that the US forces had sealed off the city of al-Hadithah and were carrying out thorough house-to-house searches looking for the Resistance fighters who carried out the attack and their weapons. He said that the Americans came into the city in a state of hysteria, broadcasting calls over loudspeakers saying, “to the terrorists, if you are men come out to us and don’t hide like women. Let there be a face off between us.”

The Resistance did not respond to the US forces’ provocations and that caused the crazed Americans to open fire indiscriminately on the houses of local residents. US aircraft meanwhile dropped noise bombs into the city.

Baghdad.

Resistance bomb attacks in ad-Durah.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 6:30am Tuesday, destroying a US Humvee and killing three US troops and wounding a fourth.

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in the Hur Rajab area of ad-Durah at 12:30pm, destroying a US Humvee and killing three US troops.

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded on the highway in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 8:30am Tuesday, disabling a US military truck loaded with supplies for the occupation troops, and wounding the driver.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb planted in the middle of a dirt road in the ‘Arab Jabbur area of ad-Durah exploded at 3:30pm, destroying a US Humvee and killing four American troops. US troops then encircled the area and arrested 18 local residents.

Resistance bombing in ad-Duwaylibah.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the Khan ad-Darri area of ad-Duwaylibah at 9:10am Tuesday, destroying a US Zia truck loaded with US troops and a US Humvee. Eyewitnesses said that the blast left 14 American troops dead, one of them an officer. US forces opened fire indiscriminately on surrounding houses, wounding nine civilians. The US troops also arrested seven local people.

Resistance bombing near al-Mahmudiyah.

A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb planted in the middle of a road in the as-Sayyid ‘Abdallah area west of al-Mahmudiyah exploded at 10:30am Tuesday, destroying a US Bradley armored vehicle and killing three US troops.

Resistance bombing in az-Za‘faraniyah.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in az-Za‘faraniyah southeast of Baghdaad at 1pm, disabling a US Bradley armored vehicle and killing one US soldier and wounding three more.

Bomb attacks in al-Mushahadah.

Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded on a main street in al-Mushahadah at 7:15am Tuesday, destroying two civilian trucks loaded with supplies for US occupation troops. One US soldier was killed and three more wounded in the attack.

Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in al-Mushahadah in the area of at-Taji north of Baghdad at 2:30pm local time, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and a Humvee and killing seven US troops and wounding two more.

Resistance bombings in ar-Ridwaniyah.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in ar-Ridwaniyah at about 7am Tuesday, destroying a Humvee command car and killing three US troops, one of them an officer.

Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded near the Zaynab works in ar-Ridwaniyah at 7:30am, destroying two US Humvees and killing six US troops and wounding two more. US forces encircled the area searching for the Resistance fighters and arrested 11 people. It took two hours for the Americans to remove their wreckage from the area.

Resistance bombing in al-Khalis.

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in al-Khalis at 10:15am Tuesday, destroying a Humvee and killing two US troops and seriously wounding two more. US forces closed the road for an hour and a half during which time they hauled away their wreckage.

Resistance bombing in as-Suwayrah.

Two heavy Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs that were linked together exploded on al-Janub Street in as-Suwayrah at 7:30am, destroying a US armored personnel carrier and killing five US troops and wounding three more. US troops then encircled the area and within two hours hauled away the wreckage.

Resistance bomb attacks in Abu Ghurayb.

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded on the Old Road in Abu Ghurayb at 11:40am, destroying a Humvee and killing four US troops. A civilian car was also set ablaze and its driver killed.

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in the ash-Shihah area of Abu Ghurayb at about 8:15am Tuesday, destroying a Humvee and killing four US troops. US forces opened fire indiscriminately at houses in the area, killing two people believed to be Resistance fighters and wounding five other people. Within an hour of the attack, the Americans had hauled their wreckage away.

Resistance bomb attack in Hur al-Basha.

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in the Hur al-Basha area at about 4:15pm, destroying a US Humvee and killing three US troops and seriously wounding one more.

Resistance bomb in az-Za‘faraniyah.

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in the az-Za‘faraniyah area at about 5pm Tuesday, destroying a Humvee and killing all aboard the military vehicle as well as two civilians. A civilian car was also disabled.

Battle in Baghdad’s al-Karakh District.

Fighting broke out on Hayfa street in Baghdad’s al-Karakh district at about 8:30am Tuesday. Iraqi Resistance fighters fired rockets and light weapons and hurled hand grenades at US troops and puppet “national guards,” destroying a pickup belonging to the puppet guards and disabling one US Bradley armored vehicle. Two US troops and six puppet guards were killed and three guards severely wounded. Two Resistance fighters were martyred and four others seriously wounded when the were shot by American snipers.

Car bomb targets SCIRI headquarters.

Iraqi puppet police sources reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in front of the offices used by the Shi ‘ chauvinist collaborationist “Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq” (SCIRI) and their armed gang known as the Badr Brigades in al-Jadiriyah in Baghdad at about 8:30am Tuesday.

The car passed through the checkpoint at the front gates and exploded within the concrete barricade wall set up around the headquarters. The blast killed seven Badr Brigade gunmen and wounded five more. Four Iraqi puppet police were also killed, as were four passers by, according to Mafkarat al-Islam.

According to the puppet police who spoke to Reuters, one person was killed and seven wounded in the bombing.

The SCIRI is led by the American lackey ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Hakim and its Badr Brigade gunmen joined US troops for the invasion of Iraq in spring 2003.

Resistance assassinates SCIRI collaborationist official.

Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles killed an official in the so-called collaborationist, Shi‘i chauvinist “Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq” (SCIRI) as he came out of his house in the al-‘Amil neighborhood Baghdad at 9am Tuesday. Two aides who were accompanying the collaborator official were wounded.

Four more Iraqi tribes announce boycott of sham US-backed “elections.”

Four Iraqi tribes have recently announced that they will be boycotting the US-backed election farce set for 30 January, in protest against the US occupation and the lack of security in the country.

The al-Bu Rashiah, al-Bu Hasan al-‘Ali, al-Bu ‘Alwan, and al-Bu Fahd tribes issued statements in Amman, Jordan, confirming that they were joining the Sunni ad-Dulaym tribes in declaring their boycott of the sham election. The ad-Dulaym tribal confederation is easily the larges of Iraq’s Bedouin tribes.

The statements of the tribes said that the foreign forces present in the country are going to be occupation forces even if the name “multinational forces” is applied to them by order of a UN Security Council resolution.

The tribes, according to a report in the Egyptian al-Ahram newspaper, announced that they do not recognize the government of US-installed “interim prime minister” Iyyad ‘Allawi, “considering it nothing but a tool in the hands of the occupation.”

The tribes pledged to ignore all resolutions issued by the ‘Allawi regime, accusing it of violating its obligations to the Iraqi people and not respecting them.

Observers regard this new boycott declaration to be another powerful blow to the sham election, following the announcements by most Sunni political parties and groups that they would be boycotting the event as well.

Chinese workers constructing facilities for US occupation forces abducted. Resistance group demands explanation for their presence from Beijing.

The Chinese embassy in Baghdad confirmed on Tuesday that eight Chinese working in Iraq had been kidnapped last week The confirmation came after an Iraqi Resistance group called “the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, the an-Nu‘man Brigades” released a video tape on the internet showing the eight Chinese hostages who were employed building installations for the US occupation forces.

In the video, parts of which were broadcast by al-Jazeera satellite TV, a spokesman for the Resistance group called on the Chinese government to clarify its position in Iraq, as it says that it opposed the US invasion and opposes the US occupation while it sends workers to occupied Iraq to build installations for the American occupation forces.

The American Associated Press (AP) reported that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said the eight hostages were ordinary Chinese citizens who went to Iraq individually seeking employment. He said they failed to find work and were leaving Iraq in a rental car when they were kidnapped. But the official New China News Agency Xinhua reported that the men were construction workers helping to rebuild a plant in the southern Iraqi city of an-Najaf.

The AP reported that in a handwritten note delivered with the tape, the Resistance group said it abducted the men as they were on their way out of the country. “After interrogation, we found that they are working for a Chinese construction company that is working inside American sites in Iraq,” the note said.

The note indicated the group might release the hostages because China did not participate in the war. “The movement decided to free these Chinese soon on condition that they will not go back to their work with the occupation forces. And we hope the Chinese company will not deal with these forces,” the message said.

Reuters reported that the Resistance spokesman on the tape said that “The position of the Chinese government toward our cause was clear - not taking part in invasion forces and their aggression against our country.” Therefore the presence of the Chinese working for the American occupation required an explanation.

“We call on the Chinese government to clarify its position on them and other Chinese. We will kill them 48 hours after their pictures are televised unless that is done,” Reuters quoted the Resistance spokesman on the tape as saying.

Resistance assassinates “election candidate” in Baghdad on Monday.

The American Associated Press (AP) reported Tuesday that masked Iraqi Resistance fighters shot and killed Shakir Jabbar, a Shi‘i representative of the Constitutional Monarchy movement led by ash-Sharif ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn. Jabbar was a candidate in the sham “election” farce being staged by the US on 30 January to try to give their occupation a coat of democratic legitimacy.

Fighting in the Baghdad area on Monday.

Fighting broke out on Hayfa Street and in al-Fahhamah and al-Mushahadah in Baghdad’s al-Karakh District at about 1:30pm Monday. The Resistance fighters fired BKC machine guns and hurled hand grenades in their attack. Five US troops and 13 puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” were killed and five other puppet guards wounded. Four Resistance fighters were martyred.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the highway in the al-Ghazaliyah area on Monday at 1:15pm local time, destroying a GMC command car belonging to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and killing and wounding Americans.

Iraqi Resistance fighters firing rockets attacked US troops on Airport Road in the al-Furat neighborhood of Baghdad at 2pm Monday, destroying two Humvees and disabling a Bradley armored vehicle. The attack left six US troops dead and a seventh wounded.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the Salman Bak area at 8:30am Monday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing two US troops and wounding a third.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in al-Yusufiyah at 9am Monday, destroying a Humvee and killing one US soldier and wounding three more.

Iraqi Resistance fighters hurled hand grenades at US troops in Baghdad’s al-A‘zamiyah area at 9:30am Monday, wounding four puppet “national guards.”

An Iraqi Resistance bomb planted in a dead dog exploded on the highway in the al-Hurriyah ad-Dawli‘i area at about 7am Monday, destroying a GMC command car and an armored vehicle and killing three US intelligence officers.

Several Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in Abu Ghurayb at about 10:15am Monday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and a Humvee and killing five US troops and wounding three more.

Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded by the side of a road in a US military vehicle crossing in the Kharnabat area of Abu Ghurayb at 4:10pm Monday, destroying two US Bradley armored vehicles and killing five US troops and wounding three more.

Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US military column in the al-Karaghul area of ar-Ridwaniyah at about 10:30am Monday, and then Resistance fighters attacked the Americans firing C5K rockets, destroying two Bradley armored vehicles and killing eight US troops. Three Resistance fighters were also killed in the fighting.

Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated bombs and then attacked US forces with rockets near the third bridge in ar-Ridwaniyah at 3:15pm Monday, destroying a Zia truck loaded with US troops and a Humvee. Fourteen American soldiers were killed and five more wounded.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-Qatta‘ area of ar-Ridwaniyah at 4:30pm Monday, destroying a US Bradley armored vehicle and killing four US troops.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the middle of a road in Dawlibah at about 2:30pm Monday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing four US troops. American forces encircled the area and opened fire indiscriminately but did inflicted no damage.

Two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the middle of a road in the ‘Arab Jabbur area at 2:15pm Monday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing three US troops and cutting off the leg and hand of a fourth soldier.

An Iraqi Resistance car bomb blew up at a joint check point in al-Latifiyah at about 12:30pm Monday, killing 11 US troops and wounding four more of them and killing eight puppet “national guards” and wounding 10 more of them.

Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded on al-Janub Street in as-Suwayrah at 3:15pm Monday, destroying two US Humvees and killing at least three US troops.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the ‘Uwayrij area opposite the silo past the US Sukkaniya headquarters south of Baghdad at 4:30pm Monday, killing one US soldier and wounding two more.

Iraqi Resistance fighters fired rockets at US forces and destroyed two US military trucks loaded with supplies for the occupation troops in the Balad area north of Baghdad, killing two US troops and wounding a third at 4pm Monday.

Iraqi Resistance fighters at the ad-Darwish intersection on the highway in as-Sayyidiyah at about 11:30am Monday attacked and killed a lieutenant colonel and a major in the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards.”

Al-Latifiyah.

Resistance bombing in al-Latifiayh.

Several Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded in al-Latifiyah at 7am destroying a US Humvee and a pickup belonging to the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” and killing three US troops and seven puppet guards. One US soldier was also wounded.

Samarra’.

Powerful Resistance bomb targets US column in Samarra’ Tuesday morning.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as a US vehicle was passing through the ash-Shurtah neighborhood in central Samarra’ at about 10am Tuesday, killing three US troops and seriously wounding two more. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent, who was near by at the time of the blast, said that the blast was very powerful, and that it destroyed one American armored vehicle and flipped over the Humvee that had been right behind it. No one in the Humvee was killed, however.

Tikrit.

Resistance bombards US southern base in Tikrit.

Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha rockets into the US southern position in Tikrit in Salah ad-Din Province at 11:40am, sending clouds of smoke rising into the sky.

Kirkuk.

Resistance bomb targets US troops on “safe” Kirkuk street.

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in the ad-Dibs area north of Kirkuk at about 3pm Tuesday, destroying a US Humvee and killing three US troops and wounding a fourth. The road where the bomb exploded had been regarded as one of the safest roads in the area.

Mafkarat al-Islam received confirmation of the report of the attack from Mr. ‘Isa Hammud, a member of the collaborationist Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah militia, who commented that what he called “Sunni terrorists” had come to Kirkuk and begun attacks on the occupation forces, whom he called the “multinational forces.”

Mosul.

Archbishop released by abductors. Kidnapping thought linked to his “blessing” American occupation troops.

The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul reported that a number of armed men on Monday evening kidnapped the Archbishop of the Syrian Catholic Church Basil Jurjis (whose name is also listed as Basile Georges Casmoussa) from his house next to the church in the city. On Tuesday he was released, according to the Missionary Service News Agency MisNA.

According to the correspondent, the people of Mosul believe that the Resistance abducted the churchman in order to punish and educate him. During the Christmas period Jurjis gave “blessings” to some of the US occupation troops in their al-Ghazlani base north of Mosul according to local residents.

In an interview with MisNA, Jurjis was quoted as saying, “I was treated with huge respect,” and added that he thought his abduction was “a case of mistaken identity.” MisNA quoted Jurjis as saying of his abduction on Monday afernoon: “I was on a pastoral visit in the city and I had just left a house following a blessing when, at 17:05 local time, I saw a car in the middle of the road; two gunmen got out and took hold of me and forced me into the boot of the car.” Confirming that his captors were Iraqi, the archbishop said he spent the night in hostage before being asked to give his personal details – particularly his name and address – this morning.

MisNA reported: “The prelate then told his captors to contact his brothers using his mobile phone. They called Monsignor Petros Mouché, vicar-general of the diocese of Mosul; during the telephone call monsignor Casmoussa spoke briefly with monsignor Mouché, reassuring him that he was in good health.” The missionary agency reported that at 12.30pm Tuesday the kidnappers took the archbishop to al-Wahdah Street in east Mosul and left him there. The prelate then took a taxi and returned home. “Now I am at home and I am fine,” the agency quoted him as telling them.

MisNA also quoted monsignor Emmanuel Delly, the Caldean patriarch of Baghdad, as saying of the Archbishop’s kidnapping and that of another priest some days earlier “are not deliberate attacks against Christians.”

Earlier, the Iraqi Resistance in Mosul had issued a statement that was distributed to mosques and four churches in which they declared that they were not behind the attacks on churches that had taken place in the city, accusing the Zionist Mossad and the US forces of being behind bombings that have targeted those Iraqi Christian establishments. The Resistance statements said that the aim of such sabotage was to sow sectarian discord and conflict between Iraqi Muslims and Christians. The statement did warn, however, that if the Resistance sensed that local Christians were sympathizing with or growing close to the occupation, that would wind up with their turning into lackeys of the aggressors.

The statement therefore warned Mosul Christians against any such collaboration and indicated that their fate depended on that, saying “we will strike with an iron hand an Christian who is tempted to join the entourage of the Americans.”

Al-Hillah.

Polish invader soldier killed in Resistance roadside bombing.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported from al-Hillah in southern Iraq that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a Polish invader column at 6:30am Tuesday, killing one Polish soldier and wounding a second.

The correspondent reported that the blast occurred outside al-Hillah on the main road to al-Iskandariyah north of the city as the column was heading towards the Polish aggressor base in that area. The explosion also disabled one Polish Jeep. Witnesses told the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent that the blast came from a Resistance roadside bomb planted beside a rain-water drain.

Karbala’.

Resistance attack on Bulgarian aggressor patrol leaves three dead.

An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter wearing an explosive belt threw himself at a patrol of Bulgarian aggressor troops on al-Husayn Street near a hotel in the southern city of Karbala’ at 2pm Tuesday. The Resistance fighter detonated his belt, killing three Bulgarian invaders and seriously wounding two more.

The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the local puppet police and the Bulgarian troops have doubts that the attack was carried out by a martyrdom fighter because they say they have found his body and was not torn apart like those of the targeted aggressor troops. The wounded Bulgarians identified the body as being that of the attacker, however according to eyewitnesses who spoke to Mafkarat al-Islam.

The Iraqi puppet police and Bulgarian invader forces have slapped a lid of secrecy upon the attack, declining to report it or to allow journalists to approach the scene. Even the so-called “Iraqi news agency” which is supervised by the Americans was not allowed near the scene.

Al-Basrah.

Candidates in sham elections assassinated in al-Basrah.

A candidate running on the list of puppet “prime minister” Iyyad ‘Allawi in the sham “elections” to be held on 30 January was assassinated in al-Basrah. The American Associated Press (AP) reported that ‘Ala’ Hamid was shot to death on Monday in front of his family, according to members of ‘Allawi’s political party. Hamid also was the deputy chairman of the Iraqi Olympic Committee.

Another candidate killed in al-Basrah was Riyad Radi who was running in the elections with ‘Allawi’s support. Masked men opened fire Radi as he drove his car with his family on Sunday, killing him.

The US is pressing for the theatrical election farce to be held under their bayonets in order to throw a coat of “democracy” over the occupation regime it has installed in the country.

Iraqi Resistance bombardments.

At 6am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 82mm mortar rounds into the US Sukkaniya headquarters in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah, sending clouds of smoke rising into the sky.

At 7:30am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven 120mm mortar rounds into the US base in Baghdad’s ar-Rustamiyah area, sending clouds of smoke into the sky.

At 7:45am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone,” sending smoke rising into the sky, as usual.

At 11am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Katyusha rockets into the headquarters of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in at-Taji, north of Baghdad, sending smoke rising into the sky as helicopters landed and took off evacuating casualties.

At about 11:30am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired a Grad rocket into the US al-Bakr base in the city of Balad, north of Baghdad, sending plumes of smoke rising into the sky.

Around 3:30pm Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired 16 various missiles, including four Katyusha rockets, two Grad rockets, four 120mm mortar rounds and eight more mortar shells at the area of Saddam International Airport.

At 4:45pm Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 82mm mortar rounds into the US headquarters in Sukkaniya in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah, sending smoke into the sky.

At 5:30am Iraqi Resistance forces fired five Katyusha rockets into the US Sukkaniya base in the ad-Durah area, sending smoke rising into the sky.

At 11:30am, Resistance forces fired five 120mm mortar rounds into the US al-Bakr base in the Balad area north of Baghdad, sending smoke rising into the sky.

At 12:15pm Iraqi Resistance forces fired a Grad rocket into the US base in the former headquarters of the Iraqi chiefs of staff in the al-‘Amiriyah area of Baghdad, sending clouds of smoke rising into the sky for half an hour.

At about 3pm Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five mortar rounds into the US base at Saddam International Airport, sending smoke rising into the sky.

At 3pm, Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 120mm mortar rounds into the southern and northern US bases in Tikrit simultaneously, sending smoke into the sky over both.

At about 6:30pm Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 60mm rockets into the US headquarters in the as-Saddamiyah Palace in Baghdad’s al-Karakh District. After the attack, US forces opened fire indiscriminately at neighboring buildings, but failed to inflict significant damage.


US blames high stakes for Iraq violence

US blames high stakes for Iraq violence
AFP: 1/19/2005

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (AFP) - A wave of deadly bombings in Iraq shows how determined terrorists there are to derail elections scheduled for January 30, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Wednesday.

"It shows that the terrorists and Saddam's loyalists recognize how high the stakes are in Iraq. They doing everything they can to try to derail the transition to democracy and disrupt the upcoming elections," he said.

"That's why it's important that we do everything we can to help the Iraqi people move forward on elections. This election which is coming up is an important first step ... on the path to democracy," he said.

At least 20 people were killed when insurgents went on a bloody seven-car bomb rampage in Iraq Wednesday, targeting the Australian embassy in Baghdad and Iraqi security forces.

McClellan said US President George W. Bush had spoken by telephone with interim Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawar to discuss security preparations for Iraq's elections "and the importance of encouraging the broadest possible participation."

Bush has spoken frequently to Iraqi leaders in the run up to the election, holding at least three conversations with Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and twice with al-Yawar since early January.

01/19/2005 15:47 GMT - AFP

car bomb kills 26 in Bghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least four car bombs exploded in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 26 people and wounding 21, the U.S. military said.
The military said a car bomb attack near the Australian embassy killed two Iraqis. A car bomb near a hospital half an hour later killed 18, including five Iraqi police, it said.

A third car bomb killed two Iraqi security guards near Baghdad's international airport, and a fourth killed two civilians and two Iraqi soldiers at a military complex in Baghdad.

The U.S. military said the loss of life could have been worse if security forces had not responded so quickly.

"All of these car bombers were stopped by security forces before they could reach their intended targets," said Lieutenant-Colonel James Hutton of the 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad. "While the any loss of life is tragic, it could have been a lot worse."

Clashes in Ramadi.

RAMADI, Iraq, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Clashes broke out in three areas of the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Wednesday after insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades at a U.S. patrol, witnesses said.

U.S. forces backed by at least 10 armoured vehicles reinforced positions as helicopter gunships and warplanes flew over the eastern part of the city, an area that has witnessed frequent fighting.

There was no immediate word on casualties but witnesses said the guerrillas destroyed a U.S. Humvee and civilians were caught up in the fighting.

The Ramadi fighting came after insurgents detonated a suicide truck bomb outside Australia's embassy in Baghdad and hit Iraqi security targets with at least three car bombs, killing 26 less than two weeks before Jan. 30 elections.

U.S. Marines captured the former rebel bastion of Falluja in November but guerrillas continue to mount attacks from a stronghold in Ramadi, 110 km (68 miles) west of Baghdad.

Insurgents have stepped up bombings and assassinations ahead of the polls, which they believe are heavily influenced by the interim Iraqi government's American allies.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Iraq News Brief.Jan 18th.

Attackers spraying gunfire and throwing grenades ambushed a checkpoint manned by the Iraqi national guard at al-Nawar south of Baquba at 6am,killing 7 guards,3 were burnt beyond recognition and 1 beheaded whilst kneeling in the prayer position.A further 4 Iraqi soldiers were wounded by small arms fire in Buhritz.An explosion at the Beji police headquarters north of Tikrit killed 6 police officers and wounded 19 people.In the same province unknow gunmen attacked 3 trucks carrying military supplies,all 3 trucks were destroyed and one of the drivers reported missing.North of the country gunmen assassinated Al-Hiyali a member of the Mosul Law Council.Meanwhile 2 schools one situated in Kirkuk and the other in Basra which are to be used as polling stations in the January 30th elections came under Rpg and Mortar attack both causing limited damage.A Katyusha rocket slammed into a home near a local goverment building where 2 Kurdish leaders were meeting in northern Iraq,no casualties were reported.In Suwaira which is 25 miles south east of Baghdad 2 Iraqi goverment auditors driving on a notorious stretch of road in an area dubbed the "triangle of death" were assassinated by gunmen.In the western Iraqi town of Ramadi a car bomb exploded as U.S troops were investigating another device,causing casualties amongst the U.S troops.The military did not give any further details.A communiques from the military confirmed the deaths of 2 U.S soldiers from a road accident in Baghdad a further 2 soldiers were killed Monday in the Al-Anbar province west of the country,the military gave no further details on both incidents.The Vatican has confirmed the kidnapping in Mosul of Archbishop Casmoussa,66 of the Syrian Catholic Church and is calling on the kidnappers to free him immediately.Centcom announced the deaths of 3 U.S soldiers.
Resistance activity from the independant Arabic news services of Mafkarat al Islams reporters who are embedded in towns and areas throughout Iraq stated that Mondays resistance attacks resulted in some 50 coalition casualties along with dozens of Iraqi guards and police.Resistance elements fired some 13 Grad and Katyushah rockets at U.S troop concentrations inside Fallujah,the bombardment lasted for over an hour, later a chinook helicopter accompanied by 2 apache gunships landed in the area to evacuate the casualties.
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Monday, January 17, 2005

iraq and the American Flag.

Why is the American flag placed backwards on the uniforms of U.S service personnel in Iraq?
Symbols play an important subconscious part in all our lives and to some degree affect us individually,communally,socially and nationally.From Christians with the crucifix,to logos on the companies that we work for or brand names placed on consumer goods.Each symbol is a statement in what we associate with and has an underlying meaning.A nations flag is no different reflecting the values of the citizens of that country,the flag being a rallying point and unifying factor for all the people under it,honoured and respected both domestically and internationally.The American flag was formed through a war of independance against the British and a civil war which in time led to the creation of the constitution and the bill of rights.The American flag being made up of red and white stripes and stars representing the individual states situated in the top left.The flag represents Americas past struggles and has always denoted truth,justice,virtue,morality,freedom and the American way.The opposite of these is dishonesty,injustice,immorality and slavery.On every soldiers uniform in Iraq there is an American flag and every flag is backwards the stars are situated top right.Does this have a meaning? The nations flag represents honour,why wear it backwards surely that is sacrilege to an American.Would a Christian rally round an inverted cross ? or a corporation invert its own logo ? or the consumer product brandnames be printed backwards? surely not as it would degrade those products and associations giving them a very different meaning.
Next time you view Photographs from Iraq take a closer look at the soldiers uniforms,every uniform has a flag sewn into it and every flag is backwards.
I do not know the reason as to why the flag is backwards,maybe Americans should be asking that question.
I would appreciate readers views and comments with regard to this issue.

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Iraq News Brief.Jan 17th.

Iraqi national council member Dr.Salamah Al-Khafajii on Sunday escaped an assassination attempt in Baghdad reported by the interior minisitry,without giving any further detail.In the northern city of Mosul,U.S troops and Iraqi guards made several raids into specific districts of the city in an effort to try and secure the area before the Jan 30th elections.Eleven suspected insurgents were detained including an alledged cell leader,quantities of weapons and bomb making materials were confiscated in the raids.Iraqs top Shiite cleric,Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani reiterated his support for the Unified Iraqi Alliance list which is widely expected to dominate the Jan 30th elections,one of his aides revealed.
"Grand Ayatollah Al Sistani stresses the need to hold the elections at the scheduled date and confirms his support for list 169,"Sheikh al-Abudi said Sunday.He was refering to the Unified Iraqi Alliance,a grouping of major Shiite parties and is headed by Abdel Aziz Hakim.Turkey has cautioned Iraqi authorities to reject the registration of Kurdish voters in the northern oil rich city of Kirkuk who are not legally entitled to vote.The Turkish official spoke after the Kurds reached a deal with the Iraqi goverment clearing the way for an estimated 100,000 Kurds expelled from Kiruk under Saddam Husseins regime to vote.The deal effectively tips the balance of power to the Kurds in the ethnically volatile city.
The son of an aide to Al Sistani was assassinated south east of Baghdad on Sunday.Ali al Khatib,the 30 year old son of the Sheikh,was shot dead by a gunman in an internet cafe in the town Naamaniyah.U.S General Carter Ham blamed former elements of Saddam Husseins regime now residing in Syria for the rise of attacks against occupation troops inside Iraq,Syria denied the allegations.Irans former president,Rafsanjani in his weekly sermon broadcast on radio and television said that,"The Muslims should take advantage of the political openness and kick Americans out of the region"."
Centcom announced the death of 1 U.S serviceman Sunday in the west of Baghdad,the death has been recorded as non hostile.
Resistance activity from the independant Arabic news services of Mafkarat al Islams reporters who are embedded in towns and areas throughout Iraq stated that Sundays resistance attacks resulted in some 141 Coalition casualties along with over 30 Iraqi police and guards,it states that some 19 humvees,5 bradleys,1 abrams tank,2 armoured vehicles,5 supply trucks and 1 cobra helicopter were destroyed or disabled in the days fighting.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Iraq News Brief.Jan 16th.

The news brief from the days events in Iraq as portrayed by the worlds media,are as follows.Resistance elements armed with AK-47s and mortars attacked the governate building in the western city of Ramadi,the attack killing a single U.S soldier and wounding an undetermined number.An Iraqi driver of the international Red Cross was killed near Baghdad.The driver who was in his 40s and married with 4 children disapeared while on duty late Thursday west of Baghdad and his body was found Saturday.The circumstances of his slaying remain unclear.U.S forces announced on Saturday that one of its helicopter gunships was forced to make an emergency landing whilst providing logistical support to U.S troops north of the city of Mosul,it added that the two pilots aboard were rescued after they escaped unhurt.Portugal has confirmed its Iraq troop withdrawal starting next month.Lisbon said it would "end the mission at the planned date" for "operational planning reasons"and would ensure there was "adequate coordination with the Iraqi authorities".Lisbon said it would continue to support the post war process,notably by helping to train Iraqi security forces in coordination with NATO.U.S soldier Charles Graner was sentenced to ten years behind bars and dishonourable discharge from the army for the notorious abuses of Abu Gharib prisoners which he claimed he was ordered to carry out.The ten man military jury at Fort Hood,Texas delivered the sentence one day after convicting Specialist Graner in the abuse scandal that caused worldwide outrage and tarnished the reputation of U.S troops in Iraq.The 36 year old military policeman was seen as the ringleader of the abusers.Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will be soon taken to the U.S military base Udeid in Qatar.He is being moved to Qatar for security reasons related to the elections dated January 30th.The Iraqi group Ansar al-Islam denied on Saturday that it was behind the killing of an aide to top Shi-ite Muslim cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.Thousands of Moqtada Sadre supporters across Iraq protested against fuel and electricity shortages,as the Shiite leaders movement started to flex its political muscles ahead of the elections."Where are human rights?","where is the oil and gas?","where are the health services and electricity?",shouted the protestors,some of whom came symbolically equipped with candles and lanterns.
Mafkarat al-Islam independant arabic media outlet who has embedded reporters in towns and cities across Iraq,reported resistance attacks and ambushes on Coalition troops west and north of Baghdad,resulting in 151 U.S casualties and including the destruction of 14 humvees,5 bradleys,5 apc s and 1 unnamed helicopter.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Iraq News Brief.Jan 14th.

The news brief from the days events in Iraq as portrayed by the mainstream media,are as follows.Gunmen killed the director of the Baghdad election centre, another in a serious of attacks against election officials.Also the Democratic Islamic party announced that its candidate had been targeted for the second time in two weeks.The Dutch base in Samawah came under mortar attack,though there has been no report of casualties.Saboteurs attacked the oil pipeline in northern Iraq near the refinery at Baiji,this making the 186th attack on oil infastructure since the start of war and has hampered the oil export.Iraqi police are on the lookout for 28 prisoners that escaped on route to the notorious Abu Gharib prison complex.The prisoners overpowered the guards,beating four of them on the bus they were travelling in and made their escape.Several people were killed in a car bomb that exploded north of Baghdad and 8 were injured when an Abrams tank collided with a bus.U.S troops burned down commercial shops in Al-Radwaniyah district west of Baghdad,saying that they had come under attack from that area.Separately attackers fired on a bus carrying Iraqi national guards members west of Baghdad,kidnapping 15 guards and leaving the bus in flames.
From the Arab media it is stated that hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens who are off Iraqi descent,will be allowed to vote in the forth comming elections.
The Independant Islamic media Mafkarat Al Islam reported another bloody day of resistance activities resulting in some 107 casualties amongst U.S troops along with the destruction of 13 Humvees,10 Bradleys,5 Trucks,1 Abrams tank and 1 Blackhawk helicopter.

Casualty Figures.

From the Pentagon as of January 14th 2005,figures have been released at some 1361 U.S personnel killed and just over 10,000 wounded from the Iraq war and occupation.Is this a true reflection of the actual casualties or a manipulation of the figures ? The Iraq war from its inception was domestically and internationally unpopular especially as it went specifically against the will of the United Nations regarding pre-emptive war on the grounds of so called WMDs.The first casualty of war is always the truth.The war itself was instigated by the Neoconservatives in the U.S and it is they who control the Pentagon and military administration,Mr Rumsfield and Mr Wolfowitz themselves have control of the information flow out of Iraq,that will be inclusive of casualty figures released by Centcom.Is it in their interest to manipulate casualty flows ? In my opinion, most definately,purely on the reasons that the higher the casualties the greater the resolve of Americas domestic population, starting to not only question the Iraq invasion but also the occupation and the reasons why America is still in Iraq,a hardening of public opinion against occupation and grounds to call the troops home.The greater the casualties the louder the voices will become to withdraw.This will in effect forclose on the PNAC doctrine of pre-emptive wars around the world,which is the Neocons dream.Much is at stake for them.The true casualty figures will only be known by those at the Pentagon and a few selected personnel.Gauging previous articles and statements made from various individulas and organisations since March 2003,casualty figures can be pieced together to give a truer reflection on what the real cost in servicemans lives are.
In November 2003 a Surgeon at the Ramstein medical base in Germany stated that it had received 9,500 casualties from Iraq needing surgery including over 3000 amputations.In the same month a chief administrator at Baghdad airport stated that it had shipped out around 22,000 injured servicemen and women.In April 2004 the Veterans association stated that it had received 26,633 disability claims from servicemen returning from Iraq.Two months later on the Mcglochlin political show aired by CNN,discussion was on a casualty figure centred around 27,000.That in its own confirms the other statistics given above.From various blogs and articles from surgeons,doctors and medical staff,it seems they were dealing with around 50 casualties a day,somewhere in the region of 1,500 a month.Now here is where i have to start speculating and peice the information together as Sherlock Holmes would do.Since April 2004 Najaf exploded in violence twice and the same can be said for Fallujah each incident taking approximately a month to contain.Both Najaf and Fallujah caused extensive resistance not only too those areas but extended out to other areas in Iraq,so that from that, there would be an increase in casualties,i would put it at double the average,around 3,000 each for these 4 months totaling 12,000 casualties.From April 2004 to today January 2005 is ten months,using the template average of 1,500 casualties per month is 15,000 and adding a further 1,500 casualties per month for those four explosive months in Najaf and Fallujah gives a further 6,000.Therefore that leaves a total of 21,000 casualties from April 2004 to date,add that to the Veterans association figures of 26,633 casualties pre April 2004 giving a total of 48,000 casualties.Using a rough guide of 1 soldier killed for every 8 wounded gives a figure of 6,000 killed.
In my opinion the true casualty figures of Iraq is around 6,000 servicemen killed and 48,000 wounded.Totaling 54,000.If my figures are accurate then the pentagon is only reporting,making public 20% of the casualties.Many people will state this can not be possible.They cannot hide that ammount.Vietnam was a good reflection initially 6,000 Kia were reported later that rose to 58,000 and later a further 40,000 were deemed missing in action.So if Vietnam is anything to judge,then most certainly casualty figures are manipulated for public consumption.
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Friday, January 14, 2005

Iraq News Brief.Jan 13th.

If Abu-Garib and the torture that occured there not unforgiveable or worrying to how far immoraly and degraded we in the West have become.Those in the highest seats of power that sit in our own communities and Nations have now come up with the idea of introducing Salvadorian death squads into Iraq to assinate anyone deemed a proven or unproven problem to the administration.This can hardly be promoting the Democratic values that were promised to the Iraqi people and is what it is a ruthless Dictatorship with the lowest form of morals.On a brief note of the days events through Western Media channels.8,500 refugees fromm the Original 200,000 have returned to the City of Fallujah over the last few days,wether they are able to stay because of the destruction there and the continued and sporadic fighting,we will all have to wait and see.Quietly without fanfare the U.S administration abandoned its search for WMDs in Iraq last month and has thus so far refused to appologise for the invasion with regard to the WMD aspect.53 Political parties along with 30 individuals have withdrawn their candicacy and have asked their supporters to boycott the forth coming elections,more parties are expected to follow suit in the next few days,this is an enormous blow to the occupying powers,as any vote and elected party will be deemed null and void,unacceptable by the indigenous Iraqi population as a whole.
In Baghdad a Turkish business man was kidnapped and 6 of his Turkish employees killed.Centcom reported the death of a single soldier for the day.
Mafkarat-Al-Islam reports the resistance of the day throughout Iraq,here is a short brief on some of the events it reported.A heavy resistance bomb exploded in the Kharnabat area of Abu-Gharib on Thursday destroying a Bradley armoured vehicle and killing 4 U.S troops.In Haifa Street Baghdad at 2pm Iraqi resistance armed with Rockets disabled a Bradley Armoured vehicle killing 1 U.S soldier at the same time resistance with Bkc machine guns killed 3 U.S snipers who were leaving a building they were occupying.In the Ad-Durah district of Baghdad resistance attacked and destroyed 2 Bradley fighting vehicles and 3 Humvees killing 17 U.S troops and wounding a further 5.An Abrams Tank was destroyed by an IED in Taji,3 U.S troops were killed.Fighting erupted near the Darwish restaurant in As Sayyidiyah at around 10pm,resistance forces on one side U.S troops and Iraqi Police on the other.The fighting left a Bradley,Humvee and 2 Land cruisers destroyed and 8 U.S soldiers and 13 Police dead along with 5 resistance fighters.In total of their reporting across Iraq 146 U.S soldiers were killed along with 32 wounded,1 British,2 Polish Soldiers and 4 Cia were also killed.23 Humvees,13 Bradleys,1 APC and 3 Abrams Tanks were Destroyed or disabled.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Iraq News Brief.Jan 12th.

Lets take a brief recap on yesterdays events.Not much was reported on mainstream meadia as focus is till on the Tsnami disaster.The Japanese camp at Samawah came under mortar attack although no casualties have been reported.In Mosul resistance ambushed a convoy of U.S and Iraqi vehicles causing the deaths of 3 Iraqi National Guard members.NATO has agreed to airlift supplies and military equipment to Iraq and the Iraqi Goverment.The Iraqi resistance produced a video where they taunted the U.S goverment and made a direct appeal to troops in Iraq to lay down their weapons and sanctuary will be given to them in either Mosques or schools,on a similar note one Marine who refused to return to Iraq for a second tour and was hunted by police inside the U.S,shot and killed 1 police officer and injured a second before being killed himself.Henry Kissenger was dismissed as a CIA advisor and Centcom admitted the death of 1 U.S soldier.Mafkarat-Al-Islam reporters inside Iraq paint a very different picture of the days events,here are a few paragraphs from their reporting.A Apache helicopter gunship was shot down by a hand held Strela missile at 6pm over the Nazal District of Fallujah,the Apache exploded in mid air and crashed to ground emmbeding itself in house all crew members were killed.An Iraqi resistance IED exploded by a U.S column in Ar-Ramadi destroying 2 Humvees and killing 7 U.S soldiers.In Baghdad fighting broke out at 5.30pm in the al-Amil neighbourhood Resistance forces attacked with Heavy machine guns and Rocket propelled grenades U.S troops who had concealed themselves in the Halah Bint Middle school,a Humvee and Bradley fighting vehicle were destroyed killing 3 U.S Soldiers and injuring a further 3.In the Dujayl district of Baghdad resistance detonated a large IED as a convoy was passing then followed up attacking with light machine gun and rockets destroying 2 supply trucks and a fuel tanker and killing 5 U.S soldiers.In Taji North of Baghdad resistance shot down a Cobra helicopter all crew members were killed.By Abu-Gharib resistance elements ambushed a military column first by detonating an IED then following it up with rockets and light mortars,2 Humvees and 3 Bradleys were destroyed,11 U.S Soldiers were killed and 7 injured.In Tikrit a military supply truck and Humvee were attacked and destroyed killing 6 U.S soldiers.
In total Mafkarat-A-Islams reporters across Iraq reported over a 120 attacks on coalition troops for the day,some 181 U.S Soldiers were killed and 57 Injured along with 23 Humvees that were destroyed,7 Bradleys,3 APCs,1 Abrams Tank,1 Cobra and 1 Apache Helicopter.The reporting between the different medias is very different,with a Presidential Inauguration in 7 days and an Iraqi election in 17 days is the media covering up,playing the situation down in Iraq? Probably.
Will the elections go ahead on the 30th ? probably although it has been said that 4 provinces out of the 18 in Iraq will not be involved in the election.What these people omit to say is that 60% of the Iraqi population live in these 4 provinces.Will the people except the election result ? Probably not.What happens then ? The resistance and fighting will no doubt continue.The U.S has got itself into a terrible predicament of its own making.It Must leave,wants to leave,but cant leave.What is in store for the Iraqi people is further bloodshed as the country sadly spirals further into anarchy.Nobody truly knows how the situation will turn out and our politicians how grandly got us all involved with Iraq are now suddenly burying their heads in the sand,hoping it will all go away as it has turned out to be a complete disaster on the grandest of scales.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Iraq News Brief.Jan 9th-11th

Another bloody 3 days in Iraq as Iraq heads towards melt down.The Mafkarat-Al-Islam reporters who are embedded in Iraqi towns,cities,villages and resistance units themselves are reporting an extreme upsurge in resistance activity.Fighting has been raging over the last 3 days in these areas across the length and breadth of Iraq,Fallujah,Ramadi,Hit,Hadithah,Baquaba,Baghdad,Latiyfah,Yusifyah,Tikrit,Mosul,Samarra,Habbaniyah,Abu Gharib,Mahmudiyah,Iskandariyah,Samawah,Mahwil,Basra,Ad-Dura,Ridwaniyah,Mushahadah,Salman bak,Al-Ishqi,Balad,Taji,Dujayl and Amarra.Here are a few paragraphs from the Mafkarat Reporters the last few days.
"Nine U.S soldiers were killed and two wounded on Jan9th 2005 in the Town of Hit when an a Apache Helicopter mistakenly took the soldiers as being Resistance fighters and fired Hell-Fire missiles at their position".In Latiyfah that same day,Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a U.S foot patrol with Rockets and RPGs killing ten soldiers.U.S forces then opened fire indiscrimanately injuring four civilians.In Salman Bak a resistance IED exploded destroying two Humvees and killing 5 U.S soldiers and wounding three.Here are a few of the reports for January 10th 2005.
In Al Fallujah on Ash-Sharikah street at 4pm a resistance sniper shot and killed a U.S soldier making it the sixth sniper victim in two days.
In Abu-Garib a U.S Military convoy made up of various Military vehicles were ambushed by the Resistance using RPG7s and RPG8s along with heavy machine guns,six Humvees and one fuel tanker were destroyed in the attack,23 U.S soldiers were killed.
In Salman Bak 2 IEDs Exploded destroying a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and killing all 4 U.S troops.In Baquabah an Abrams Main Battle Tank and Humvee were attacked and destroyed 9 U.S soldiers were killed and 2 Resistance fighters were killed in the engagement.In Samarra the Deputy Police Chief was assainated by the resistance.January 11th 2005.Fierce fighting erupted between U.S forces and the resistance just North of Ar Ramadi the correspondent reported that he had seen 4 Abrams tanks ablaze and 3 Humvees totally destroyed 12 dead and 7 wounded U.S soldiers littered the area.An Apache Helicopter that was giving support was shot down by a strela hand held anti-helicopter missile.Fighting raged in the area intensively all day until the U.S forces retreated from the area,the days battle left 30 U.S military vehicles destroyed and 128 U.S soldiers killed,57 resistance fighters were killed in the battle,Remaining resistance fighters seized the abandoned U.S weapons and stripped the Body armour of each dead soldier.
Resistance destroyed a small U.S military patrol boat with RPG9s on the Euphrates river near Hadithah killing all 4 crew members.In Baghdad 2 IEDs exploded destroying a Bradley fighting vehicle and Humvee killing 7 U.S Soldiers.In Balad 2 IEDs were detonated destroying 2 Humvees and disabling an Abrams Tank,8 U.S soldiers were killed.This is just a fraction of what has been reported the last 3 days.In total 621 U.S soldiers have been killed across Iraq along with 59 Humves,19 Bradleys,8 APCs,11 Abrams Tanks,32 other Military vehicles,1 Chinook and 3 Apache helicopters,1 patrol boat that have been destroyed.
Most of us aware that the situation in Iraq is not good,even our controlled media can not get away with painting a rosy picture.But how bad is it ? If Mafkarat-Al-Islam reporters are a trueish version of what is actually happening on the ground,then this is not resistance it is open combat a full blown war.Western U.S media are lying about what is occuring,the pentagon is hiding the truth on casualties and the Tsnami is a convenient way to focus public attention away from Iraq temporarilly.
Legitimate elections where the vote is free and fare can not possibly go ahead with the level of violence.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Fallujah2005

Fallujah Iraq what a complete disaster that has turned out to be.It was deemed necessary to invade the town of Fallujah by the U.S administration and occupying forces inorder to create stability in the Al Anbar province and break the back(will and faith) of the Insurgent.For my Blog I will use the true term Resistance.for 3 weeks before its invasion Fallujah suffered almost constant bombardment,either by artillery,mortar or ariel with the use of (so called) sophisticated weaponary.On the 8th November 2004 15,000 U.S Soldiers(mainly marines) ,3000 mercenries and 2000 Iraqi Police and Soldiers accompanied by up to 2000 Military Vehicles ranging from the Cumbersome M1A Abrams Heavy battle tank to the Bradley fighting vehicle.The assault was on 8 different areas simultaneously North,East,West and South.Western media was involved and Emmbedded reporters were placed alongside the troops.This enabling the U.S military to control the information flow out of Fallujah.The Troop invasion into Fallujah was resisted feircely by what is termed as the Mujahadeen in basic terms a proportion of the towns citizens defending their own homes and property alongside ex-republican guard troops,Sunni and Shia religious patriots and Islamic fighters from outside Iraq.Fighting raged constantly and one week later the town was deemed taken.Embedded camera crews and reporters recorded the events of the town being taken which played on our western media,That the Resistance there had been crushed.We all witnessed dead and injured resistance fighters on the streets,but suspiciously we saw very little dead or injured U.S troops.This played on all our T.Vs for 3 or 4 days as the propaganda was continuously played.It has been said that the true casualty of war is the truth,propaganda is an intricate part of warfare and the media is only too happy to play along with this.Now we are into January 11th, 200,000 of the Fallujah residents are still refugees staying in tents outside the Town.Western Media has almost disapeared from reporting Fallujah and casualties are still coming out of the City.Now these 2 events-scenarios are contrary to each other.If the resistance was brocken and the city taken and a great victory by the U.S military and that the Town is under control,then why are 200,000 2 months later still sitting in tents outside ? Why are casualties still being reported there ? Why has western reporting completely disapeared from Fallujah,now non existent ? All of these do not add up.That troubled me,i realised that Western Media,namely Fox,BBc and others are tightly controlled and will always play events to the will of the Governing establishments.I needed to look at alternative media reporting namely independant Middle Eastern media,to gauge more of what really happened.The Situation from their reporting is very different.To how we receive it.
Mafkarat-al-Islam is one such source that itself has reporters inside Fallujah.
From their reporting Fallujah has not been taken and never has,the U.S military never gained any significant control of Fallujah and Fighting has been virtually constant there these last 2 months and that the U.S military has taken enormous casualties.Ranging between 6500 and 7500 dead and injured troops along with over a 1000 destroyed Military vehicles.That is very different from the casualties the pentagon gave of around 300.The truth probably lies inbetween.For myself i tend to err on the Mafkarat-al-Islam reporters who have their reporters inside the Town.Here is an example of what they have to say about an event inside Fallujah these last few days dated Jan 6th 2005.
"In a dispatch timed at 8.59 Mecca time Thursday evening reported that after extremely hard and bloody fighting,U.S forces pulled back from the ash Shudada and Al Jubayl neighbourhoods in Fallujah,which they had extensively assaulted since Thursday Morning,Fighting raged from about 8.00am to 5.00pm and before that,the Americans had over run resistance position in the Nazal neighbourhead of which resistance withdrew".
Shaky Abu Abdullah added that resistance were burying the Martyrs of that days battle of which some 145 resistance fighters were killed.Abdullah stated that some 450 U.S troops had been killed and some 200 wounded in the days battle Jan6th 2005.More than 140 U.S tanks and Fighting vehicles had been destroyed along with 53 Humvees,5 U.S helicopters had been Shot down,3 being Apache Gunships.44 U.S troops were captured by resistance fighters that day although 26 were executed when resistance was forced to leave the neighbourhood.
In the days Fighting The U.S had used internationally banned Chemical and biological weapons on resistance positions(which is the reason the U.S POWs were executed)."
This is only a part of the reporting from Iraq from Independant Arab reporters emmbeded with Resistance units.In my Blog i will on a daily basis place reports from these reporters.
So the facts confirm that Fallujah has not been taken as too the reason why the resisdents are still camped outside,A news black out from the Area and continuous fighting.
The Whole Fallujah escapade by the U.S administration has been a disaster from begining to not quite the end.Fallujah is a small town it is 4 kilometers long by 3.5 kilometers wide a massive military machine with every type of weaponary backed up with up to 20,000 various soldiers invade on the premise to break the back of the resistance.The Town has not been taken,an enormous amount of resources has been used in its failure and the resistance has bogged down the U.S military there and infact terminally brocken the back of the U.S forces (will and morale).
Upto 7000 civilians Women and Children have been killed,200,000 people have become refugees a town has been bombed to bits yet not taken.Thousands of U.S soldiers have been killed or maimed.All for what ?
The Resolution to this can only be by political means and not Military means,everytime a civilian is killed or a house bombed local citizens become more angry which in itself breeds resistance and strengthens resolve against occupation.The more Draconian and violent the U.S are to the Iraqi people the stronger and more deadly resistance will be for them.
On my Blog i will place inserts daily from alternative news from inside Iraq itself.If you have enjoyed or found this blog interesting,then come back and pass it on.






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