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Iraq - Thousands of Shiites gathering in Baghdad for pro-Hezbollah demonstration
AFP via Babelfish translation | August 4, 2006

Posted on 08/04/2006 1:52:40 AM PDT by HAL9000

Thousands of Shiites prepare to ravel for Hezbollah in Baghdad

BAGHDAD - Several thousands of Iraqi Shiites started to gather Friday in Baghdad where a demonstration of support for the party Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah, in conflict with Israel, must take place after the prayer of midday, a journalist of AFP noted.

Several hundreds of bus and cars filled Shiites come from all the country have converged for Thursday with Sadr city, the district Shiite disinherited of the North-East of Baghdad.

Holding up Iraqi flags and of Hezbollah, the young militants Shiites, of which some had covered a white shroud to post their determination to die as a martyr, answered the call of Moqtada Sadr, Iraqi radical the Shiite chief.

Militiamans vêtus of black excavated all the demonstrators, of fear of an attack, while the Iraqi police force and the army remained with the variation.

"We are here to testify to our support for Hassan Nasrallah (chief of Hezbollah, note) and for the people of Lebanon. It is necessary to put a term at the Israeli attacks, even if it is at the price of our life ", ensured Mahmoud Fadahawi.

"Our slogans denounce America, which does not do anything to improve the situation and lets the Israelis kill the inhabitants of Lebanon", this 40 year old Shiite come from the west of Baghdad added.

Ali Diniwayi is him come from Kout, to 175 km in the south of Baghdad.

"We came in a convoy from 10 buses, to take part in this peaceful gathering and to associate to us the victorious war that today Hassan Nasrallah carries out to Lebanon", it explained.

The American army reinforced the safety measures around Sadr city, a bastion of Moqtada Sadr and its militia, the army of Mehdi.

The tension is all the more high as a short armed confrontation opposed Thursday afternoon of the militants of Moqtada Sadr and the American soldiers.

"the Americans shot at not armed demonstrators who went from Najaf to Baghdad to take part in the gathering in support for Hezbollah, making a death and 16 wounded", Sahib Al-Ameri, general manager of the Foundation for the martyrs of God ensured, near to Moqtada Sadr.

According to the American army, the soldiers opened fire after a tower of guet was the target of shootings coming from a van, on the road between Najaf, the Holy City Shiite, and Baghdad, close to Mahmoudiyah, to 30 km in the south of the Iraqi capital.

"They shot at our soldiers, we made only counteract in self-defence", indicated the commander Steve Stover, spokesman of multinational division in Baghdad, specifying that "two terrorists" had been killed.

The militia of Moqtada Sadr had in particular faced the American soldiers in 2004 with Najaf and Sadr city.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hezbollah; iraq; lebanon; moqtadaalsadr; sadr; shia; shiites

1 posted on 08/04/2006 1:52:41 AM PDT by HAL9000
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To: Allegra

Over here . . .


2 posted on 08/04/2006 1:56:19 AM PDT by Flyer (Don't question the questioner)
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To: HAL9000; Allegra; All

Allegra:

What time is "church" over on Friday??....(EST ??)

...and a HAL9000 BTTT !!


3 posted on 08/04/2006 1:59:19 AM PDT by musicman
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To: musicman
What time is "church" over on Friday??....(EST ??)

In about an hour. Around 2 p.m. We're eight hours ahead of EST.

It's very quiet right now.

4 posted on 08/04/2006 2:08:30 AM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: Flyer
The militia of Moqtada Sadr had in particular faced the American soldiers in 2004 with Najaf and Sadr city.

They ain't seen nothin' yet.

Get 'em, Good Guys!!

5 posted on 08/04/2006 2:11:56 AM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: HAL9000

There is a real frickin' irony to us being in one country protecting the largely Shiite population while all countries with large Shiite populations (i.e. Iraq, Iran and Syria) show support for people firing missiles into cities trying to hit civilian targets.

Not that it changes our mission, but its got to be irritating to the troops on some level.


6 posted on 08/04/2006 2:14:34 AM PDT by gondramB (Named must your fear be before banish it you can.)
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To: musicman; Allegra
Baghdad, Iraq — Current local time: 1:11 PM on Friday, August 4

I just type Baghdad time in Google when I want to know what Allegra's time is. It's easier than math!

7 posted on 08/04/2006 2:14:58 AM PDT by Flyer (Don't question the questioner)
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To: Allegra

I am shocked - mind you! shocked! that I didn't see you at the rally.
I especially like the reference to the "victorious war" against Israel.
I guess they do not understand the meaning of all the practice fire is between the bridge & the circle.........
What's happening on your turf in the GZ?


8 posted on 08/04/2006 2:23:10 AM PDT by LFOD (IRAQ - Back in downtown Baghdad)
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To: HAL9000

...target rich environment...


9 posted on 08/04/2006 2:26:55 AM PDT by Khurkris (Things look different from over here.)
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To: HAL9000
Time to show the Iraqis who keeps the peace. Pull Coalition Forces north into Kudistan and south into Kuwait. Then let the Sunni/Shiite love fest begin. Neither side has the self-control to resist an opportunity that would allow the settling of grievances going back a thousand years (it's a succession war - Mohammed died without a succession plan).

If Iran or Syria attempt to intervene...that's what American air power is for.

And please, let's not have anyone acting surprised that the Israeli/Hisbollah fights are really part of this. How blind can you be?

Drawing Syria and Iran openly into the fray only makes plain what is already occurring surreptitiosly. This is a clash of civilizations.

The Islamics want to drag us back into their 7th century culture because the other outcome - that they join the 21st century global economy - is not possible. Aside from oil, what can they offer? We won't be importing Saudi made cars or Iranian made microwave ovens anytime soon.

Their brigand culture spawned a violent religion and stifled their cultural growth. It requires that we stomp them the same way we stomped the German Nazis and Japanese Imperialists, crushing their ablility to make war, and forcing them to remake their culture from the ashes of defeat.

If anyone has a better suggestion. I await your reply.

10 posted on 08/04/2006 2:31:50 AM PDT by etcetera
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To: HAL9000

I only hope there's another bridge stampede.

Ooh, I'm going to heck for that one.


11 posted on 08/04/2006 2:34:10 AM PDT by Frances_Marion
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To: LFOD
I am shocked - mind you! shocked! that I didn't see you at the rally.

Why, I'm posting from the Ali Baba Internet Cafe in Sadr City right now! You were supposed to meet me at Ferdoz Square for the rally. Where are you? It's about to start and I can't hold this great spot I got for us much longer!

;-)

12 posted on 08/04/2006 2:34:13 AM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: Allegra
Look up & to your left. I'm in the minaret hanging my feet over the ledge holding a beach ball.
13 posted on 08/04/2006 2:38:41 AM PDT by LFOD (IRAQ - Back in downtown Baghdad)
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To: etcetera

I like this plan.

I think Saddam was the right guy for the job. Hindsight is 20/20.


14 posted on 08/04/2006 2:38:57 AM PDT by Frances_Marion
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To: LFOD
Look up & to your left. I'm in the minaret hanging my feet over the ledge holding a beach ball.

Well, hey! You got a better spot than I did. I'll be right up! I've got the beer. (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!)

15 posted on 08/04/2006 2:46:29 AM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: Flyer

>>I just type Baghdad time in Google when I want to know what Allegra's time is. It's easier than math!<<

That's a good trick, thanks.

BTW, I just learned another google trick

Fuzzy Search - Search for ~music player, and google searches for music player, mp3 player, audio player, and other words that have similar meanings to music

I've been trying to figure out how to make google tell me what it considers synonymns - for example, searching for liberal returns 271 million hits while ~liberal returns 796 million.


16 posted on 08/04/2006 2:46:36 AM PDT by gondramB (Named must your fear be before banish it you can.)
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To: HAL9000

17 posted on 08/04/2006 2:49:34 AM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: gondramB
Fuzzy Search

Thanks! I learn something everyday on FR.

18 posted on 08/04/2006 2:53:41 AM PDT by Flyer (Don't question the questioner)
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To: etcetera

Can't disagree -- your assessment, tho' sad, is approximately correct.

*DieHard*


19 posted on 08/04/2006 2:56:24 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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To: LFOD; Allegra

Stay safe. Thanks for your reports.


20 posted on 08/04/2006 2:57:01 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: PGalt; LFOD

Thanks. Actually, we're just being smart-a's right now. LOL


21 posted on 08/04/2006 3:06:12 AM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: Khurkris

Yes, very convenient.


22 posted on 08/04/2006 3:21:58 AM PDT by VanShuyten (One of my hungry and forebearing friends was sounding in the bows just before me.)
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To: All
The rally is under way now. We're listening on local radio. (Someone is translating for me; my Arabic isn't that good.)

Apparently, it's getting a bit wild. There is flag burning, there are pictures of Nasrallah, Hezbollah flags...

If I hear anything more interesting, I'll post.

23 posted on 08/04/2006 3:31:25 AM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: HAL9000

The pudgy cleric needs to go. Can't he emigrate to Qom or something?


24 posted on 08/04/2006 3:32:34 AM PDT by sauropod (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." PJO)
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To: sauropod
The pudgy cleric needs to go. Can't he emigrate to Qom or something?

I'd rather see him emigrate to Hell.

25 posted on 08/04/2006 3:36:50 AM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: Allegra

Question: Would this be a perfect opportunity to eliminate a horde of terrorists?


26 posted on 08/04/2006 3:37:37 AM PDT by houeto
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To: sauropod
The pudgy cleric needs to go. Can't he emigrate to Qom or something?

He needs to emigrate to 'paradise'.

27 posted on 08/04/2006 3:43:40 AM PDT by houeto
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To: houeto
Question: Would this be a perfect opportunity to eliminate a horde of terrorists?

That's what we thought when we first heard about this a few days ago.

Target-rich environment.

28 posted on 08/04/2006 3:50:08 AM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: Frances_Marion
Saddam was the right guy for the job.
What, the Shiites of Iraq would do more than paying $25,000 per suicide bomber the way Saddam did?

29 posted on 08/04/2006 3:56:41 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: All
We're hearing that it's a peaceful demonstration.

The Iraqis think it's because Americans are posted all over the place around Sadr City.

30 posted on 08/04/2006 4:15:10 AM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: Allegra

Thank you for your reports! I meant to thank you on the other thread but I think you were "out sick" when I made my generalized lurker's thanks to a few special posters.

I hope you all remain safe there and that the Mookie Madness Band stays quiet.


31 posted on 08/04/2006 4:21:03 AM PDT by livius
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To: HAL9000
Iraq - Thousands of Shiites gathering in Baghdad for pro-Hezbollah demonstration

Ruh roh!!
32 posted on 08/04/2006 4:27:35 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: HAL9000; Allegra; All
Not surprising in the least bit. They always protest very loudly in large numbers which immediately leads to outright denial and distortions of truth and fact which is triggered by a group of non-Muzzies kicking some Muzzie group's 'military' force.

Has anyone ever known a kid when they were younger that was always running his mouth, pcikin' a fight and then always got his a$$ whopped??

33 posted on 08/04/2006 5:08:49 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: Allegra

"I'd rather see him emigrate to Hell."

As usual, dead on target! Hope all is well with you. GOD bless ALL of you! Be safe!

LLS


34 posted on 08/04/2006 5:08:53 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: Frances_Marion
I think Saddam was the right guy for the job.

I dare ya to say that in Tahreer Square in Baghdad.

Or any number of other similar locations.

35 posted on 08/04/2006 8:21:09 AM PDT by Allegra (FReeping LIVE! from "the other war zone.")
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To: etcetera
Pull Coalition Forces north into Kudistan and south into Kuwait. Then let the Sunni/Shiite love fest begin.

It sounds just like Murtha's Cut-and-Run plan.

36 posted on 08/04/2006 10:38:03 AM PDT by HAL9000 (Happy 10th Anniversary FreeRepublic.com - Est. Sept. 23, 1996 - Thanks Jim!)
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interactions with the USA start like this:

And eventually become this:

A feller can dream, can't he?

37 posted on 08/04/2006 10:44:49 AM PDT by kinghorse
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To: Khurkris
"...target rich environment..."

Easy pickings for the Sunnis.

38 posted on 08/04/2006 10:51:33 AM PDT by blam
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To: HAL9000

Religion of Peace bump


39 posted on 08/04/2006 9:09:40 PM PDT by Dajjal
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

The Shiites of Iraq = The Shiites of Iran. We've handed Iraq right over to Iran, you'll eventually realize this...unfornately, it's going to take a projected 1 trillion dollars in tax payer money and who nows how many american lives. Who's creating havoc against Israel as the moment? Hezbollah, a Shiite entity.

Our friends the Saudis gave thousands of dollars to the families of suicide bombers as well...when will we be invading Saudi Arabia?


40 posted on 08/24/2006 4:28:08 PM PDT by Frances_Marion
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To: Frances_Marion

It's still not too late--they haven't executed him yet.


41 posted on 08/24/2006 4:30:18 PM PDT by Uncle Vlad (You cannot protect the peoples' civil liberties if you refuse to protect the people.)
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To: Allegra
I dare ya to say that in Tahreer Square in Baghdad. Or any number of other similar locations.
I dare you to say ANYTHING there. Maybe you haven't noticed....2,000+ American troops killed during this occupation...hundreds of American and international civilians killed or kidnapped. Over 300 billion in taxpayer dollars spent with a projection of 1 trillion. No wmds. Oh, wait, it wasn't the WMDs, it was because of the Kurds. Nevermind our friends Turkey massacre Kurds as well. Oh wait, it's because Saddam was a danger to his neighbors...like Kuwait, who was slant-drilling Iraqi oil fields...Saddam asked our ambassador in 1990 what our reaction would be if he invaded Kuwait, and was told ""We have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait." The US State Dept said this in 1990: "We do not have any defense treaties with Kuwait and there are no special defense or security commitments to Kuwait." PSYCHE! Looks like a huge setup to me.
42 posted on 08/24/2006 4:46:40 PM PDT by Frances_Marion
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To: Frances_Marion
I dare you to say ANYTHING there.

I say pretty much anything I want here. I get into political discussions with the Iraqis on an almost daily basis. And my head is still attached just fine, after nearly three years.

Then again, I'm not some DU leftie who thinks stupid things like Saddam was a nice guy who was just misunderstood. If I wanted to read the sort of stuff you're ranting, I could pick up a copy of the New York Times.

Are you sure you didn't accidentally take a right when you meant to take a left on your way over to DU?

43 posted on 08/24/2006 10:13:50 PM PDT by Allegra (RIP FReeper FLYER. You will be greatly missed.)
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