Saturday, June 26, 2004
Iraq War NewsLugar Warns NATO Its Reputation at Stake in Iraq
: "U.S. Senator Richard Lugar warned NATOSaturday that its reputation would stand or fall on itscommitment to act in Iraq, after bickering erupted among alliesover an offer to help Baghdad train its security forces. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqPM asks Bush to return detainees
: "Prime Minister Tony Blair has personally asked US President George Bush to send home the four remaining British detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
"In Ananova: War In IraqBush seeks Iraq help...Security tight in Turkey...Rapper arrested
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorCar bombing, rocket attack targets Kurds, Shiites...Soldier killed
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorIraq Insurgency Showing Signs of Momentum
: "BAGHDAD - As this week's coordinated violence demonstrates, Iraq's insurgent movement is increasingly potent, riding a wave of anti-U.S. nationalism and religious extremism. Just days before an Iraqi government takes control of the country, experts and some commanders fear it may be too late to turn back the militant tide. (Los Angeles Times)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqSix Die in Iraq Violence Ahead of Handover
: "A car bomb explosion killed a manand wounded 40 people in the Kurdish city of Arbil on Saturdayas insurgents kept up a bloody drive to derail Iraq'stransition to an interim government in four days' time. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqThree killed in attack on Iraq offices
: "Insurgents launched a spate of attacks in the strife-ridden northern city of Baqouba, killing three people and wounding two, hospital officials and witnesses said. Six guerrillas were also killed.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqIraqi PM's party office blown up, rebels storm second political party base
: "Rebels blew up the local headquarters of Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi's political party in Baquba and staged a deadly attack on the offices of a major Shiite political party in the city Saturday, witnesses said. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqAnti-Bush protest march
: "A protest march against the arrival of US President George Bush at Ireland's Shannon airport has passed off peacefully.
"In Ananova: War In IraqIraqi Military Won't Get Tanks
: "The lightly armed military taking shape in Iraq is far different from Saddam Hussein's massive force, and the United States appears to want it that way - at least for the time being. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqMehdi Army Ready to Fight Terrorists
: "A day late, as I've been down with the Dreaded Lurgy, but here we have from the AFP via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) the latest from Al Sadr :
Radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army has declared a truce by loud speaker in the Baghdad slum of Sadr City, saying it is ready to help protect important sites from terror attacks.
" Considering the exceptional circumstances that our people face, we have decided to stop from tonight the military operations in Sadr City until we receive new orders ," the militia's central committee said.
" All the Mehdi Army will respect this decision or face expulsion ."
The Mehdi Army is offering to protect Government buildings, hospitals, power stations, water stations, service stations and oil refineries.
Fighting has rocked the Shiite Muslim slum of Sadr City almost nightly since Sadr rose up against US forces in the first week of April.
The statement says the Mehdi Army is ready to protect " all those who might be targeted by terrorists notably in the coming two weeks ," referring to the June 30 handover of power in Iraq.
" The Mehdi Army proves day after day it cares for the greater interests of the oppressed people of Iraq ," it said.
Note that this announcement of ?protection' came before the latest round of attacks which have killed nearly 100 Iraqis.
"In Command Post: IrakForeign Fighters in Fallujah?
: "Accounts vary.
From the AFP via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :
A leading sheikh, Abdallah Janabi, condemns the attacks as launched " under the pretext that Zarqawi is based in Fallujah ".
" There are no foreign fighters here ", he said.
Then there's an account published on Hammorabi , an Iraqi Blog :
The names of the (so called)"mujahdin" (i call them killers)Arab nationalities died in the last American attack on Fallujah on 19-06-2004
1.Muhamed bin Salem Al-asmari Saudi
2.Abdullah bin Baz Al-utaibi Saudi
3.Muhamed Al-zahrani Saudi
4.Sa'ad bin Khaled Al-shahri Saudi
5.Abu Muhamed Al-Kusaimi Saudi
6.Muftaah saed Abu-dajana Emirates
7.Sultaan Mutaseem Al-ashmuri Yemen
8.Zakaria Abu-alabaas Morroco
9.Saed Muhamed Abu-zaaker Algeria
10.Mahmud uthman Al-shaikh Syria
12.Abu Abdullah Somalia
13.Kaari Handalh Somalia
14.Omaar Hamid Khlil Iraq (Kurdistan)
15.Saif Al-Turkstani China
16.Abu Al-waleed Mauritania
Original source for this is ?quoted as one of the Islamic (wahabi) web sites', but I have been unable to find which one. Can any readers help verify or debunk this?
"In Command Post: IrakProtesting Bush...Dead man walking...Schwarzenegger in the dog house
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorTerror-mastermind targeted...Bush faces protests...Ryan drops out
in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror
Monday, June 21, 2004
Iraq War NewsBritain to probe claims Iraqi bodies were mutilated
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorJudge Declares Abu Ghraib a Crime Scene
: "A military judge on Monday declared the notorious Abu Ghraib prison a crime scene that cannot be demolished as President Bush had offered. He also refused to move the trial of a soldier accused of abusing inmates. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqFour U.S. Soldiers Killed in Attack West of Baghdad
: "Four U.S. soldiers have been founddead west of Baghdad, apparently killed in an attack by Iraqiinsurgents, witnesses said on Monday. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqFirst Basra pipeline repaired, oil pumped to terminals
: "Oil started flowing again to Iraqi sea terminals for export after a pipeline torn up last week by saboteurs was repaired, an official of the US-led coalition in Iraq told AFP. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqIraq: How Many Captives?
: "Hours after terrorists released a video threatening to behead a South Korean hostage in Iraq, a report surfaced that the same kidnappers may be holding as many as ten other foreigners captive. The report has not been officially confirmed.
"In CBS News: Iraq CrisisJudge declares Abu Ghraib a crime scene
: "A military judge on Monday declared the notorious Abu Ghraib prison a crime scene that cannot be demolished as President Bush had offered. He also refused to move the trial of a soldier accused of abusing inmates.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqAbu Ghraib prison will stand...Hostages in Iraq...Clinton book
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorIraq begins pumping oil to Basra export terminal
in Katu.com: Iraq & TerrorGenerals face Abu Ghraib hearings
: "A judge says the defence team of a soldier accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners can question top US generals.
"In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)Report: Others Held With S. Korean in Iraq
: "As many as 10 foreigners are being held captive with a South Korean recently abducted by militants in Iraq, a South Korean news report said Monday. (AP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqHead of US forces in Iraq to be questioned in prisoner scandal
: "A military judge said the defence team of a US soldier accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners will be allowed to interview the head of US-led forces in Iraq and ordered that Abu Ghraib prison where the alleged outrages took place should remain open. (AFP)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqLawyer Wants Bush on Witness Stand Over Iraq Abuse
: "A lawyer defending a U.S. soldiercharged with abusing prisoners in Iraq said on Monday he wouldseek to put President Bush and Secretary of Defense DonaldRumsfeld on the witness stand. (Reuters)
"In Yahoo! News: War with IraqAl-Qaida ties to Iran, Pakistan cited
: "WASHINGTON ? The chairman of the Sept. 11 commission said Sunday that al-Qaida had much more interaction with Iran and Pakistan than it did with Iraq.
"In Kansas City Star: IraqJudge denies hearing in prison abuse case
: "A lawyer for one of three soldiers accused in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal asked a military judge Monday to order a new hearing into charges against his client because the turmoil of Iraq prevented him from being able to question witnesses. The judge denied the request.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqSaudis wonder about municipal election
: "A father and son stop in front of a clearly marked "Ballot Box." The son asks, "Daddy, what's a ballot box?" The father opens a money bag, and responds: "It's for a charitable society. Here, put this riyal in it." The cartoon, which appeared in Al Watan newspaper in November, pokes fun at the Saudis' lack of experience in elections.
"In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on IraqSadr invited to Iraqi conference
: "The committee preparing next month's Iraqi national conference says it has invited the radical Shia cleric, Moqtada Sadr.
"In BBC: Conflict with Iraq