GI SPECIAL 2#B31
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW
soldiers look towards Mahdi army positions at the world's largest
cemetery in the holy Shiite city of Najaf Aug. 12. (AP Photo/Tod
“People Are Tired Of Us Being Here”
"People are tired of us being
here," said Lance Corporal Anthony Robert, 21, of Charlottesville,
Virginia. "It's the same as if someone came to the U.S. and
started taking over. You'd do what you'd have to do."
12, 2004, Anne Barnard, The Boston Globe, Ramadi, Iraq
Four months into their tour of duty
at one of the most dangerous American bases in Iraq, young marines
say the slow pace of progress is shaking their faith in their
cards one recent evening while on call to respond to any sudden
outburst of violence,
David Goward and the rest of his squad voiced two growing concerns:
that the U.S. military would linger here indefinitely and that the
troops' very presence was provoking the fighting it was meant to
ready for any battle, they said, but a pervasive sense that Iraqis
do not want their help has killed their enthusiasm for the larger
goals of introducing democracy and rebuilding the country.
think any of us even care what happens to this country," Goward
said, as a half-dozen marines, all stationed here in the capital of
the restive Anbar Province, nodded in agreement. "I'm here to make
sure these guys get home safely. And they're here to make sure I
Senior Marine Corps and Army
commanders in this Sunni Muslim region west of Baghdad, an area they
say must be tamed for the new U.S.-$ backed Iraqi government to
succeed, repeatedly cautioned a reporter that junior-level troops
did not see the big picture. (The truth is these career loving
assholes in command are absolutely shit-your-pants terrified that
the junior level troops DO see the “big picture.” The troops see
it very well indeed: lies about what the war was about, betrayal,
and a war for Empire and oil, while the politicians sit safely back
home and stuff their pockets with corporate money.)
Goward and his squad - and others who echoed them from Ramadi to
Falluja - are sending a signal from the enlisted men who bear the
brunt of the military's burden.
Many are on their second tour of
duty in Iraq and may face a third if U.S. forces are needed,
as expected, to
guarantee security through the election of a permanent Iraqi
government in late 2005.
From Goward's point of view, the
United States has fulfilled its goals in Iraq: toppling Saddam
Hussein, capturing him, handing off formal sovereignty to Iraqis.
"What's left?" he asked.
belongs to Golf Company, part of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine
Regiment, which occupies three bases in downtown Ramadi and has
faced some of the country's largest insurgent attacks.
fended off the most company- and platoon-size attacks, he said, with
4 marines killed and 43 injured.
the marines, it is sometimes hard to see the results.
squad was assigned one recent evening to act as a quick reaction
force. If fighting broke out, they would be first to respond. They
played spades, using an empty cot as a card table. A hole in the
wall showed where a rocket had burst through a few weeks earlier; it
hit the floor without exploding.
about their experiences in Iraq, they first reacted with sheepish
silence; then poured out their own questions about their situation.
haven't seen any improvement since I've been here," said Corporal
Jaime Duenas, 23, of Nogales, Arizona. He contrasted Ramadi to
southern Iraq, where he was stationed last year just after the
invasion and worked with locals happy to see Saddam toppled.
year, it was pretty chill; kids ran up to us and waved," he said.
"Here, kids throw rocks."
"People are tired of us being
here," said Lance Corporal Anthony Robert, 21, of Charlottesville,
Virginia. "It's the same as if someone came to the U.S. and
started taking over. You'd do what you'd have to do."
Lance Corporal Kenneth Burke, 22, of
Lufkin, Texas, looked up from his cards. "OIF-1 had a purpose," he
said, referring to Operation Iraqi Freedom 1, the Marine Corps
deployment in the invasion. "This one, I don't think so."
Burke is one of two marines called
back to Iraq from stateside duties to fill out the ranks of the
squad, which has 10 members instead of the typical 13 because
several of have gone home with injuries.
The squad boasts nine Purple
your day to be in a firefight," Duenas said.
your blood flowing," Robert added.
are disappointed that they spend little of their time working with
Iraqis to rebuild their country. An increase in violence since April
and a U.S. decision to take a lower profile in the area have
The squad members said they had come
to resent Iraqi security forces who seemed unwilling to take risks
and Iraqis who did not want them there.
doesn't matter how much America
it's trying to help," said the squad's leader, Corporal Glen Handy,
26, of Las Vegas. "If we stay 10 years or if we stay one year,
we're going to leave and there's going to be chaos here."
marines are surprised at some of their own ugly emotions. The Army
troops whom the marines replaced told them, "You're going to learn
to hate these people," Goward recalled. "I thought, 'With that
attitude, no wonder you're having a hard time.' But you know what?
They're absolutely right."
Goward, 26, said he would serve in
whatever way his country demanded. But like the rest of the squad,
he does not plan to re-enlist.
been overseas 19 of the last 24 months and had spent just 5 months
with his 2-year-old daughter. He
worries that he will be called up involuntarily - as is permitted
for four years - after his active duty ends.
"Are they going to come back and
die next time?" he asked, pointing to the younger marines.
dangers and frustrations of the job were apparent as Golf's
commanding officer, Captain Christopher Bronzi, met Kennedy on a
street corner one recent morning.
Walking the streets, the marines got
no friendly smiles, just hard stares.
They settled on an old hotel,
but to make it an observation post, they will have to block a busy
alley to foil car bombs, reinforce the roof and cut down some of the
few tall trees for a better view - investments suggesting the
marines will be there for a long time.
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NO JOY HERE:
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW
NAJAF (Islam Online)
IRAQ WAR REPORTS:
Two U.S. Troops Killed In Al-Anbar
BAGHDAD (Reuters) Reporting by Matthew Green & AP
servicemen were killed while carrying out duties in western Iraq.
military statement said one U.S. marine
assigned to I
Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in action and one soldier
fatally wounded during separate incidents Friday in the al-Anbar
province, which includes the volatile cities of Falluja and Ramadi.
Fresh Fighting In Samarra & Hilla
Green BAGHDAD, August 14 (Reuters) & BAGHDAD (Xinhuanet) & AFP From
correspondents in Warsaw, Poland & Najaf
fighting erupted on the eve of a national conference aimed at
advancing Iraq's progress towards democracy
Near the northern town of Samarra,
warplanes screaming overhead dropped 500-pound bombs, while
insurgents responded with rifle fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
More than 40 homes, the municipal
building and the political party offices of Interior Minister Falah
al-Naqib were destroyed.
also raged between U.S. troops and Madhi Army troops in the southern
Shi'ite town of Hilla overnight.
Three police were killed.
clashes broke out on Friday when militiamen loyal to radical cleric
Moqtada al-Sadr attacked police stations and government buildings
with mortars and gunfire, following a demonstration that turned
violent, Hilla police said.
to police and Iraqi hospital sources, the rebel militia managed to
seize two police posts in the town during the night in fighting
which left eight dead and 33 injured.
policemen were killed.
A police source said the militiamen
had killed the chief of the Al-Jabal station, one of the buildings
Resistance War Reports:
Mahdi Resistance Army Seizes Control
Iraqi Army Battalion 606 In Amarah
Goes Over To Madhi Army
WELCOME TO NAJAF. HAVE A NICE DAY.
Army soldier checks the sights on his rifle in Najaf August 14.
Photo by Akram Saleh/Reuters
Iraqi Resistance Report for events
of Friday, 13 August 2004.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial
board The Free Arab Voice
Iraqi Resistance forces of the Jaysh
al-Mahdi have seized control of the city of an-Nasiriyah on Friday,
Iraqi puppet police and the US-backed stooge army to withdraw from
the southern Iraqi city.
The correspondent of Mafkarat
al-Islam in the city reported at 12:10pm Mecca time Friday that the
Jaysh al-Mahdi had seized some 50 control points in the city,
posting 15 to 20 fighters at each position.
correspondent reported that the Jaysh al-Mahdi used rocket-propelled
grenades (RPGs) and C5Ks and that
he had seen the militia in
possession of truckloads of anti-aircraft missiles in
addition to the widely distributed automatic weapons that they
Eyewitnesses reported that the Jaysh al-Mahdi was heavily deployed
in the neighborhoods of ash-Shuhada’ as-Salihiyah, and in the
environs of the highway that runs through an-Nasiriyah.
also reported that large numbers of local residents were flocking to
a large Husayniyah (Shi’i religious center) to prepare for a huge
rally in support of Muqtada as-Sadr as he fights the US aggressor
Friday morning, a caravan of food supplies and 5 million Dinars left
an-Nasiriyah bound for an-Najaf with the aim of bringing aid to the
people of that defiant city under vicious US bombardment.
Battalion of Iraqi government troops
goes over to Jaysh al-Mahdi in al-Amarah.
Sources in the Iraqi puppet army
reported that Battalion 606 under the command of Major General
Hikmat Abd al-Halim in the area of al-Amarah have switched sides
and joined forces with the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi’i
religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.
to al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper the local puppet council in al-Amarah
has threatened to turn against the Iraqi puppet government in
Baghdad if the US attack on an-Najaf continues.
Resistance attacks US column north
Resistance forces launched a powerful attack on a US military column
Friday morning according to eyewitness accounts reported by the
al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The witnesses said
that the US column tried to close the road north of al-Fallujah in
order to hinder the movements of the Resistance in that area. But
they were suddenly surprised at exactly 11:05am with a sudden and
severe attack lasting 10 minutes.
witnesses reported that the US column resumed its march after the
attack but that it had sustained an undetermined number of losses.
Resistance hits US command point
north of al-Fallujah Friday morning.
command point north of al-Fallujah came under Iraqi Resistance
rocket attack on Friday morning at 11:25am. The extent of damage
was not available to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent who
reported the attack, but plumes of smoke could be seen rising from
the place of the attack, indicating that a number of US military
vehicles had been directly hit.
appears to be a coordinated series of attacks, the Iraqi Resistance
launched a heavy and concentrated attack at a US command point south
of al-Fallujah Friday morning, as US troops north of the city were
coming under repeated Resistance assaults as well.
al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the
Resistance fired 120mm mortars at the US command point south of the
city at exactly 12:04pm Friday. In his dispatch posted at 1:00pm
Mecca time, the correspondent wrote that fighting was still raging
around the emplacement at that time.
Basra Mahdi Army Reinforcements Head
Iraqis flash the victory sign as
they leave the southern city of Basra on their way to Najaf.
…and arrive from Kufa
Army soldiers cheer demonstrators from Kufa as they enter Najaf to
show their support for the militiamen battling US and stooge Iraqi
forces after the Friday prayers. (AFP/file/Karim Sahib)
…and arrive from Baghdad
Supporters of Shiite Muslim cleric
Moqtada Sadr (pictures) arrive in Najaf from Baghdad.
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
20 Polish Soldiers Surrounded At
Hilla Get Loose
Aug 13 (Reuters) & AFP 8.14 From correspondents in Warsaw, Poland
Yesterday afternoon 20 Polish
soldiers as well as several dozen Iraqi police found themselves
surrounded by several hundred rebel fighters loyal to radical Shiite
cleric Moqtada al-Sadr at the police post in Hilla, about 5km from
their main base at Babylon.
soldiers were helping the Iraqi police, when their post was
surrounded. Negotiations with the militant forces are under way, but
there is no shooting going on," Polish General Staff spokesman
Colonel Zdzislaw Gnatowski said.
(Reuters) In Hilla, a group of about 20 Polish soldiers ended an
overnight standoff with Sadr supporters and returned safely to camp
early on Saturday from the police station where they had been holed
up overnight, the Polish military said.
Two Highland Graduates Wounded:
Fighting “Too Intense” For
“He’s Getting Tired Of Being Shot
13, 2004 By Debbie Bryce - Journal Writer, Pocatello Idaho State
- Two Highland High School graduates were wounded in action in Iraq
Cpl. Nicholas Carson, a U.S. Marine, called his parents, Chubbuck
residents Jerry and Crystal Carson, by satellite phone Wednesday
night to tell them he had been wounded during a firefight earlier
he didn't want us to hear the news from the Marines," Jerry Carson
Carson is the second soldier from the Pocatello area to be wounded
in Iraq this week.
Michael T.K. Norris was injured Sunday when a bomb exploded as he
and his five-man team drove along an Iraqi road.
father, Tom Norris, was informed early Tuesday.
alive and he's talking. That's encouraging," Tom Norris said.
Carson was leading a team when he and another Marine were injured by
a rocket-propelled grenade, Carson's father said.
"(Nicholas) was hit in the left hand and right shoulder," Jerry
Carson said. "He told me he had a
baseball-sized hole in his shoulder and he thought it would probably
told him the other man was wounded in the leg.
Nicholas Carson told his father
the fighting was too intense to be evacuated. Both victims were
administered pain medication and were later flown to a hospital
for treatment. Jerry Carson said his son could not disclose where
the fighting occurred or from where he was calling.
Michael Norris was driving a
military vehicle when a roadside bomb, referred to as a improvised
explosive device, was detonated by remote control. The explosion
caused the vehicle to land on him, his father said.
suffered second- and third-degree burns and lacerations to his hands
and face. His eye was also ruptured, Tom Norris said.
died in the incident, but other members of the six-man team were
also injured, Tom Norris said.
Norris, the wounded soldier's wife, said he spoke to her Thursday.
good spirits and anxious to get home and see his kids," she said.
Norris said her husband is currently in Germany, but will be flown
to San Antonio, Texas, Saturday.
she is relieved that her husband will be coming home.
"I am ready for him to get better
and get out of the Army. I'm sorry that this is the way he's
coming home, but I'm glad he's coming home," she said.
She hopes the other members of her
husband's team will recover and be able to come home soon.
"He tells me every time he calls
that he's getting tired of being shot at.
It's pretty tough to
know people are shooting at your kid.
I'm just glad he's
still with us and that we're not planning a funeral," Jerry Carson
Carson is the nephew of Brig. Gen. Al Gayhart of the Idaho Army
Another of Gayhart's nephews was
killed in Iraq this past year.
Coalition Troops In And Withdrawn
By The Associated Press
Countries with troops in Iraq:
Korea: 660; additional 3,000 troops being sent to northern Iraq
of Tonga: 44
Countries that are withdrawing or
have withdrawn troops:
423 troops leaving early on Aug. 31 instead of Sept. 20; 20
withdrawn on Aug. 10.
10 currently in Iraq; 140 withdrawn on June 30. Cited reason:
growing domestic opposition and peacekeepers needed elsewhere, such
Republic: 302 withdrawn on May 4. Cited reason: growing domestic
370 withdrawn on May 12. Cited reason: Troops were sent for
reconstruction, not combat.
Nicaragua: 115 withdrawn on Feb. 4. Cited reason: lack of funds.
Philippines: 51 withdrawn on July 19. Cited reason: to save lives of
Singapore: 160 withdrawn on April 4. Cited reason: completed
1,300 withdrawn on May 4. Cited reason: new government fulfilled
Coalition Of Unwilling Growing In
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP)
Attorney General Farid Beirute has
urged the country's top, Constitutional Court to formally reject
Costa Rica's membership in the U.S.-proclaimed coalition of support
for the war in Iraq.
and Deputy Attorney General Ivan Vicente told the court on Thursday
that a declaration of support for the U.S. war would violate at
least two elements of Costa Rica's constitution.
Vicente said the constitution bars
support for military action that is not authorized by the United
Nations and said the statement violates the pacifist constitutional
principles of a country that has no formal armed forces.
Controversy over the issue erupted
when local newspapers noted that the U.S. White House had listed
Costa Rica as a member of the coalition "that has already begun
military operations to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass
President Abel Pacheco and Foreign
Minister Roberto Tovar acknowledged signing a statement of support
for the United States on March 19, 2003, but they insisted it was
support merely for the fight against terrorism -- not for an
invasion of Iraq,
as the U.S. statement implied.
action was widely criticized by Costa Rican news media and the
Constitutional Court received three formal petitions from
individuals and institutions to declare it unconstitutional.
The attorney general is chosen by
the country's congress rather than by the president.
Wapato Marine Killed In Najaf Fondly
10, 2004 By Mike Barber, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
Sgt. Yadir Reynoso remembered to call his mother, Gloria, on her
birthday Aug. 1.
later, the 27-year-old from Wapato in Central Washington was dead,
cut down by small-arms fire during one of the fierce firefights
still raging with Iraqi insurgents in Najaf, Iraq. He was with the
11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force based
at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
was the oldest of their four children, and he was the father of a
4-year-old boy, who lives with his former wife in Yakima.
Reynoso said her brother phoned her
by satellite phone just before surprising their mother on her
birthday two Sundays ago.
Patty and Yadir were
especially close. "We went through school and everything together.
Whenever he had girl trouble, guess who he would call?" she
remembered with affection in her voice.
But this call wasn't like all the
others. Yadir Reynoso, who arrived with his unit in Iraq in May,
seemed a little sentimental but remarkably upbeat, mentioning the
chance to visit religious sites he had only read about in the Bible.
Reynoso didn't talk much about what it was like being in Iraq.
Instead, his calmness struck Patty Reynoso.
'I called just because it was so long since I heard your voice, just
to say hi.' And he was so happy to hear our family had contact with
his son and ex-wife," she said.
At 7 p.m.
tomorrow, a Mass for Reynoso's family -- his parents; sisters Patty
and Jasmin; and brother, Jose Jr. -- will be celebrated at St. Peter
Claver Catholic Church in Wapato. Reynoso's son, Yadir Elias Jr.,
and Reynoso's ex-wife have joined the family in seclusion.
Rolling Coffins Can’t Get Off The
(Good news. The fewer of these
deadly, worthless pieces of shit ever make it into combat, the
2004 By Thomas E. Ricks, WASHINGTON POST
The Army's new medium-weight armored vehicle, the
Stryker, weighs so much that it curtails the range of C-130 military
cargo aircraft that carry it,
and under certain conditions make it impossible for the planes to
take off, a new report for Congress found.
IRAQ RESISTANCE ROUNDUP
10,000 Go To Najaf To Defend Sadr;
“No Freedom Under Occupation”
NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) & August 14, 2004 Associated Press writer Abdul
About 10,000 demonstrators from as
far away as Baghdad also arrived in Najaf on Saturday to show their
solidarity with the militants and promising to act as human shields
to protect the city.
poured into this besieged pilgrimage city, where fighting paused for
the two-day truce talks, to protest against the US-led assault,
denounce Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and embrace Mehdi Army fighters.
rebel leader Moqtada Sadr blamed the caretaker prime minister for
the breakdown of truce talks.
cleric told Al-Jazeera television that "the war on Najaf" had been
launched because he had stood up for people's rights, demanded the
restoration of services and
refused to take part in a national conference opening Sunday.
"Had I agreed to participate with
them and to not ask for the rights of the people, they wouldn't have
done this to me and they wouldn't have targeted me in particular and
targeted Shiism," he said.
"I will never take up any post so
long as the occupation is there. There can be no politics under
occupation, no freedom under occupation, no democracy under
occupation," he said.
can force me to leave or depart you," al-Sadr said.
"We got rid of Saddam [Hussein] only
to have him replaced by something worse than him."
"I am demanding that the
people of Iraq in all provinces to call for the immediate
resignation of the Iraqi government because it is an imperialistic
American government," he said. "We are demanding the occupier to
leave our country."
government will be responsible for the coming massacre in Najaf.
Tanks and convoys are preparing to attack the city in the coming
hours," said Sadr spokesman, Sheikh Qais al-Khazali.
Sunnis March To Show Support For
Shia Resistance Leader
march in the predominantly Arab Sunni Muslim northern city of Mosul
carrying pictures of Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr.
Fear Of Resistance Halts Oil Exports
From Main Southern Pipeline
2004 BAGHDAD (Reuters)
Authorities have halted oil export
flows from the main pipeline in southern Iraq after intelligence
showed a rebel militia could strike infrastructure,
an oil official said on Saturday.
The shutdown kept loadings at
southern oil terminals at half their normal level, undermining the
government's effort to raise revenue as oil prices hit record highs,
partly in response to the instability in Iraq.
Pipeline Blown Up:
Fuel Shortage Hits Baghdad
TOTALLY PISSING IN THE WIND
British soldiers fire mortars to
illuminate the oil pipeline area for surveillance
during a patrol on the southern outskirts of Basra last week.
This only leaves several thousand
miles of pipeline not under surveillance.
14, 2004 Associated Press writer Abdul Hussein al-Obeidi & BAGHDAD
explosion hit a pipeline near Haswa that links the country's
southern oil fields to refineries in Baghdad, setting it on fire,
police Lt. Hadi Obeid said. Insurgents have
sabotaged Iraq's crucial oil industry.
(Ho hum, another day, another
saboteurs blew up a domestic oil pipeline south of Baghdad on
Saturday, an oil official said, the latest in a series of attacks
that have deepened fuel shortages as a Shi'ite uprising against U.S.
The attacks have disrupted
operations at the 110,000 barrels per day Dora refinery feeding
Baghdad and queues have been growing at the capital's petrol
"We are busy repairing pipelines and
dealing with regular explosions,"
said the official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity.
which has the second largest oil reserves, imports $170 million a
month worth of gasoline and other refined products. Rising
resistance attacks have restricted the imports.
been also targeting export pipelines, cutting crude oil exports by
half since Monday
Idiot Stooge Allawi Shoots Self In
2004 By HANNAH ALLAM and TOM LASSETER, Knight Ridder Newspapers
Fateh Kashef al Ghitta, a Shiite political analyst who was involved
in earlier cease-fire negotiations, said
Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi
painted himself into a corner by ordering his fledgling national
security forces to face the Mahdi Army. Shiite troops wouldn't dare
fire at their sacred shrines, while Sunni troops are banned by
religious decree from battling fellow Muslims, al Ghitta said.
The result, he continued, is that
Allawi was forced once again to rely on unpopular U.S. troops to
crush al-Sadr's rebellion, weakening the prime minister's
leadership and raising questions about the extent of Iraqi
time, the negotiations stumbled, but they are continuing now," al
"We didn't believe the Iraqi
National Guard and policemen were fighting near the shrines. It
was the Americans. The Iraqi forces know how sensitive and sacred
these places are."
"I'm proud of them and I'm worried
about them," said Lt. Anis Ali, 34, an Iraqi National Guardsman
overseeing protesters with U.S. soldiers.
"Part of me wishes I could be
Hazem al Araji, a top Baghdad representative for al-Sadr, linked
arms with protesters under the blazing sun and made clear what would
happen if Allawi refused conditions of the truce: "We'll all go to
grew unruly as a U.S. helicopter flew overhead. Protesters sliced
their hands as they thrust back the military's razor-wire cordons.
Talk of al-Sadr's reported injuries to the chest and legs brought
several protesters to tears.
be shields for him, even if the tanks roll over us," said Rajaa
Khayun, 26, part of a women's group supporting al-Sadr. "His
injuries are a medal to him and to us. This shows he is on the path
"It makes me wish I could become a
bomb in the face of the Americans," added Saad Raheem, a 25-year-old
situation in Najaf is a war crime carried out by the United States,"
said Jamal Seyyed Ali, a Sunni Kurd from the northern town of
Sulaimaniyah who came to Baghdad to pray at Umm al Qura.
"The big, arrogant United States
feels it must kill women and children. I want all the Americans to
leave Iraq, along with the Iraqi agents they brought from the West."
Unarmed Shia demonstrators spend the
night in front of the shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf as thousands of
supporters of Sadr flocked to the holy Shiite city. They swear to
die before allowing Occupation forces to go through them to take the
where the cleric and his militia have held out against a US-led
assault for over a week. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
Shias Call For Split From Baghdad
Michael Howard, The Guardian & Marjorie Cohn, T r u t h o u t
Shia leaders in southern Iraq
yesterday called for a breakaway movement from the central
government in Baghdad to protest against the heavy-handed approach
to the insurgency.
deputy governor, Salam Uda al-Maliki, said he backed a breakaway as
the interim government was "responsible for the Najaf clashes."
Nassiriya, meanwhile, Aws al-Khafaji, the representative of Moqtada
al-Sadr, echoed the call. "We
have had enough of Baghdad's brutality," he said. "The
authorities in Nassiriya will no longer cooperate with Baghdad."
He said it was a response to
"the crimes committed against Iraqis by an illegal and unelected
government, and occupation forces."
move, if decided upon by three governorates, could be legal
according to the interim constitution, which Shia leaders rejected
when it was drawn up last March.
Deputy Governor of Basra, Salam Uda
al-Maliki, plans to announce the secession of Basra, Misan and Dhi
Qar from the central government in Baghdad, and the effective
cessation of oil exports.
The separation of these three
southern provinces would likely encourage the Kurds in the north to
seek greater autonomy, enhancing the possibility of civil war.
"This reaction comes in response
to the crimes committed against Iraqis by an illegal and unelected
government, and occupation forces who claimed they came to
liberate Iraq, but it turned out that they have come to kill
Iraqis," Ali Hamud al-Musawi, head of the Misan governing council,
told Al Jazeera Tuesday.
Fiery Sermons Scorch Occupation
Ghazi, IOL Correspondent, AN-NAJAF Iraq, August 14 (IslamOnline.net
& News Agencies)
sermons across Iraq strongly blamed the interim Iraqi government of
Iyad Allawi for taking part in the blatant US aggression on the
Shiite holy sites and Shrines, calling its members as a “bunch of
who toe the occupation line and believe in the US military
juggernaut are nothing but treacherous people, who will lose at the
end of the day,” said Sheikh Abdul Salam Al-Kubaisi at a Baghdad
Al-Kubaisi, a prominent scholar with
the Sunni Muslim Scholars Association, urged the interim government
to leave Iraq immediately “as they no longer belong to the noble
Abdul Ghafour Al-Samarrai, on his part, likened the US occupation
policies in Iraq to the ones adopted by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon in the occupied Palestinian territories.
adopted the same iron-fisted, scorched-earth policies of Sharon.” he
Egyptian Father: If My Son Spied For
US Occupation, I Don’t Want His Body Back
13 August 2004.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial
board The Free Arab Voice
reports that his son had been executed by Iraqi Resistance fighters
for spying on them, the father of an Egyptian killed in Iraq told
the press, “if it’s proven that my son was involved in spying for
the foreign occupiers of Iraq, then I don’t want to claim his body.”
broadcast on Tuesday showed scenes of the Egyptian saying “My name
is Muhammad Fawzi Abd al-Al Mutawalli from the Egyptian Arab
Republic, from the city of as-Sunbulawayn in ad-Daqhaliyah Province.
I worked as a spy for the
Americans inside Iraq. I would throw down disks on positions of the
Iraqi mujahideen and citizens to guide US warplanes to those
targets, and the airplanes would track those discs that I threw down
and bomb the area.” He also said on the tape, “I would
also take women to the airport for the Americans to do whatever they
wanted to with them.”
to Islam on Line, the father, Fawzi Abd al-Al, 67 years old, had not
seen the tape and said he knew nothing about what his son was doing
since he left Egypt 18 years ago to work in Iraq. He said that he
thought his son had died in the American raids on Iraq in 1991,
since all contact with his family was broken off for so many years.
The father said, “If it’s proven
that he was my son and that he was involved in the crime of spying
for the foreign occupiers of Iraq, I will decline to ask the
government to retrieve his body, because if that’s true he will be a
lasting shame on his family and his country.”
Genius At Work
2004 SONYA ROSS,
trouble with insurgencies is once they take hold, they're very
difficult to defeat," said RAND analyst Bruce Hoffman.
Cause And Effect, Duh
Cohn, T r u t h o u t, 13 August 2004
"You cannot resolve a fundamental
political problem by force. The main problem in Iraq remains the
occupation, and when there's an occupation, there's resistance."
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U.S. Loses Millions Of Shiite Allies
08.14.2004 Feza Newspaper Publishing Co.
Shiites began distancing themselves from the US after American-led
forces launched a major offensive in the Iraqi holy city Necef
Prominent Shiite Mohammed Bahrul
Ulum disclosed yesterday that the US, by marching on Najaf,
squandered the goodwill of the millions of moderate Shiites who had
welcomed the US last year.
Ulum, a former Iraqi Temporary
Governing Council member, told Reuters news agency: "Americans
turned Najaf into a ghost town. They seem full of hatred against
Najaf and Shiites."
CIA Man Runs Iraqi Boy Scouts
2004 The Dallas Morning News, LAMPASAS, Texas
In a cool
and dank basement office he calls "The Bunker," Texas businessman
Mike Bradle believes he is working on a long-term solution to the
chaos and carnage - Iraqi Boy and Girl Scouts.
an Eagle Scout, said he is ready to raise $4 million to transform a
bomb-damaged former Iraqi intelligence compound into a training
ground and playground for Iraqi Scouts.
kind of thing is more powerful than any tirade of any terrorist,"
Bradle said of the program, endorsed in February by the former U.S.
administrator in Iraq, Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, and promoted on
the White House Web site.
servicemen and Scout leaders in Baghdad jump-started an Iraqi
Scouting council. The U.S.
government and American donors are paying for it, and a former CIA
operative, William "Chip" Beck, is promoting the program in Iraq.
cartoonist and former naval intelligence officer, is being paid by
the U.S. government but said he volunteers his time on the Iraqi
Scouting program. News releases
from the now defunct U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority in
Iraq and the White House praised the rebirth of Iraqi Scouting but
omitted Beck's 23 years in the CIA's Clandestine Service.
angrily rejected questions linking his intelligence work for the
American government and his role in Iraqi Scouting.
He asked The Dallas Morning News to
exclude his intelligence background from this article because he
said it might endanger his life and the lives of others working with
him in Iraq.
The News decided to publish the
information, in part because his role with the CIA is widely
available in public databases, in video documentaries and on the
Internet. Beck has testified before Congress, written numerous
published articles and most recently served with the Defense
Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office.
officials did not respond to written questions about Beck's
clandestine experience or prospects for Iraqi Scouting.
Malek Gabr, deputy secretary-general
of World Scouting in Geneva, said Beck did not tell him he was a
former undercover agent when he pitched the idea of Iraq's Scouting
rebirth in March.
He said it wouldn't have mattered.
"I have no doubt about his personal
sincerity, and I think his background with the CIA is
insignificant," Gabr said.
Scouting programs exist in 153
countries, but no other nation has offered to contribute to the
Iraqi Scouts. Neither has the World Organization of the Scout
Movement or the Arab Scout Organization.
Farghali, the director of Arab Scouting, which is based in Cairo,
said no Iraqi children are involved in Scouting because of concerns
parents did not agree to let the boys going to the camp or going to
walk in the streets," Farghali said. "We must wait until everything
should be quiet."
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Copter Crashes, Sgt. Killed
13, 2004 United States Department of Defense News Release No. 774-04
Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier.
Daniel Lee Galvan, 30, of Moore, Okla., died Aug. 12 in Salerno,
Afghanistan, when the helicopter he was in developed mechanical
difficulties and crashed. Galvan was assigned to the 2nd Battalion
(Assault), 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Light Infantry
Division, from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
A 2002 US
A.I.D. study found 22.5% of Palestinian children under age 5
suffered from moderate or severe malnutrition. In 2004, a UK
Parliamentary committee concluded after, a six-month inquiry, the
malnutrition was the result of "a deliberate Israeli strategy of
putting the lives of ordinary Palestinians under stress."
Rafah: Days of Shelling and
04 - Apache warplanes and tanks began shelling Block "J" once again
in a new incursion that targeted civilian buildings./ 6 August 04 -
The Israeli Army withdrew from Yebna Camp in Rafah leaving 5 dead,
22 injured, and over 21 demolished buildings. "I don’t know what
they want exactly from us!" said Yasir Juda who was trying to get
out his Mercedes taxi cab that was demolished under the rubble of
his house. "If they want us to leave here, then it is no, because
death is much easier than leaving our country."
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