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  • Saddam's 'Army of Muhammad'

    01/21/2005 6:03:54 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 10 replies · 446+ views
    FPM ^ | January 20, 2005 | MEMRI
    The following are excerpts from the televised confessions of Muayed Al-Nasseri, who commanded Saddam Hussein's "Army of Muhammad" throughout 2004. The confessions were aired by an Iraqi TV channel that operates from the UAE, Al-Fayhaa TV, and were monitored and translated by the MEMRI TV Project. The following are excerpts; to view the clip, visit [1] 'The Army of Muhammad was Founded by Saddam Hussein After the Fall of the Regime' Interrogator: "What is your name?" Muayed Al-Nasseri: "Colonel Muayed Yassin 'Aziz 'Abd Al-Razaq Al-Nasseri, commander of the Army of Muhammad, one of the resistance factions in Iraq. The...
  • Are North Koreans fighting in Syria? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds.

    03/26/2016 5:41:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    WaPo ^ | March 25, 2016 | Adam Taylor
    Are North Koreans fighting in Syria? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. By Adam Taylor March 25 This week, representatives of Western-backed Syrian opposition delegation in Geneva told Russian state media that President Bashar al-Assad had a surprising new ally on the Syrian battlefield: militia units from North Korea. "Two North Korean units are there, which are Chalma-1 and Chalma-7," Asaad az-Zoubi, head of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) to Syrian peace talks in the Swiss city, reportedly told Tass news agency on Tuesday. In any other context, the presence of soldiers from the internationally isolated and geographically distant...
  • North Korean Soldiers Assist Assad in the War Against the Syrian People

    10/16/2015 8:31:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Syria Mirror ^ | 7/20/2015
    North Korean Soldiers Assist Assad in the War Against the Syrian People. 7/20/2015 At 09:21 AM Activists and eyewitnesses confirmed that 5 buses full of fully armed Korean soldiers were seen in the capital Damascus, heading towards Jobar and Eastern Ghouta. It's not the first time Assad has used korean, not to mention the Shiite and Asian militias, fo fight in his side, Many media sources confirmed that korean soldiers from what is called Tshulima units has been assigned as Assad's personal details two years ago, after the large advance opposition forces achieved inside the capital Damascus. Tshulima special unit...
  • BBC: 'Saddam's deputy' in anti-US call (Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri)

    07/15/2008 1:16:37 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 171+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 15 July 2008 19:26 UK 18:26 GMT, | BBC Staff
    'Saddam's deputy' in anti-US call The US blames Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri for attacks on its troops A message purported to be from the fugitive deputy of executed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has called on insurgents to make a final push against US forces. The message attributed to Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri urged Iraqi fighters to "make this year... decisive for victory". The message also called on US President George W Bush to "come clean about the scale of US losses". Ibrahim is the most senior member of Saddam Hussein's regime still at large. The message, aired by Dubai-based satellite broadcaster...
  • "The Army of Muhammad" Confesses: We Received Aid in Money and Arms from Syria and Iran

    01/18/2005 8:42:39 AM PST · by TexKat · 10 replies · 949+ views
    MemriTV ^ | 1/14/05
    The following are excerpts from the televised confessions of Muayed Al-Nasseri, who commanded Saddam Hussein's "the Army of Muhammad" throughout 2004. The confessions were aired by the Iraqi TV channel that operated from the UAE, Al-Fayhaa TV, on January 14, 2005. Interrogator: What is your name? Muayed Al-Nasseri: Colonel Muayed Yassin 'Aziz 'Abd Al-Razaq Al-Nasseri, commander of the Army of Muhammad, one of the resistance factions in Iraq. The Army of Muhammad was founded by Saddam Hussein after the fall of the regime, on April 9, 2003. At first, Yasser Al-Shab'awi was put in charge, until his captured in July...
  • 35 Iraq Officials Held in Raids on Key Ministry

    12/17/2008 8:56:15 PM PST · by james500 · 7 replies · 714+ views
    NYTimes via Drudge ^ | DEC 17 2008 | CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and TARIQ MAHER
    Up to 35 officials in the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior ranking as high as general have been arrested over the past three days with some of them accused of quietly working to reconstitute Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party, according to senior security officials in Baghdad. The arrests, confirmed by officials from the Ministries of the Interior and National Security as well as the prime minister’s office, included four generals, one of whom, Gen. Ahmed Abu Raqeef, is the ministry’s director of internal affairs. The officials also said that the arrests had come at the hand of an elite counterterrorism force...
  • How Saddam tracked foes in U.S.

    07/14/2003 2:48:47 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 19 replies · 149+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 14 2003 | DAVE NEWBART
    The documents kept by the Iraqi Intelligence Service were meticulous in detail and sweeping in scope. In some, Iraqi intelligence officers in the United States are directed to use informers to track the "criminal'' actions of one current and one former Chicago area resident, both Assyrian Christians from Iraq who founded an anti-Saddam Hussein political party. Another accuses the group of being influenced by "imperialists'' and "Zionists.'' Others include the exact dates of the group's meetings and conventions in Chicago and elsewhere, the names of the people who ran the events, those in attendance and what statements were made. Trips...
  • Al Qaeda and its role in the Iraq insurgency

    07/13/2007 3:12:30 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 6 replies · 616+ views
    The attempts to minimize the role played by al Qaeda in Iraq in the larger Sunni insurgency took a significant step over the past week. Clark Hoyt, the public editor of the New York Times, claimed that the media had become complicit in the government's attempts to paint the entire Sunni insurgency with an al Qaeda brush. Also this week, Malcolm Nance published an article at the Small Wars Journal claiming al Qaeda is being given too much credit for the violence in Iraq. In the article, titled "Al Qaeda in Iraq--Heroes, Boogeymen or Puppets?," Nance claims al Qaeda is...
  • Dictator H. chavez's personal Arab Hezbollah minister

    10/07/2012 2:28:40 PM PDT · by Milagros · 11 replies
    Venezuela’s Tarek El-Aissami The Americas Report | Oct 03, 2008  By Nicole Ferrand [...] Mr. El - Aissami is a Venezuelan national of Syrian descent who, before becoming Minster of Interior and Justice, occupied the position of Deputy Interior Minister for Public Security. His father, Carlos Aissami, is the head of the Venezuelan branch of the Iraqi Baath political party. Before the invasion of Iraq, he held a press conference in which he described himself as a Taliban and called Osama Bin Laden, "the great Mujahedeen, Sheik Osama bin Laden." Tarek's great-uncle Shibli el-Aissami was a prominent ideologist and...
  • Mysterious outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in Venezuela kills 10

    10/03/2014 10:32:38 PM PDT · by wtd · 17 replies
    MercoPress ^ | 10/2/2014 | UTC
    [] VENEZUELA : Mysterious outbreak of hemorrhagic fever syndrome in Venezuela kills ten "An outbreak of a mysterious hemorrhagic fever syndrome in the Venezuelan state of Aragua and the country’s capital Caracas has left ten people dead in the last three weeks." Similar to Ebola, this syndrome causes patients to experience high fever, skin rashes and bleeding. It has been described as an aggressive disease that leads to a fatal deterioration of health within 72 hours. Doctors have urged government authorities to declare a state of emergency in Aragua state; however they have received resistance from a surprising source. The...
  • #3843 - Brawl between Jordanian Ba'thists and Staff of Iraq Embassy

    06/01/2013 4:01:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 20/5/13
  • Obama's Chilling Crew--The legal harassment of those investigating Tony Rezko.

    04/28/2009 5:42:30 AM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies · 1,672+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 4-28-09 | Andrew Walden
    Obama's Chilling Crew   By Andrew | Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Why is there so little media investigation of the financing behind Barack Obama’s early political sponsor—and now convicted felon—Tony Rezko?      The dual US-Syrian citizen Rezko--who assisted Obama in the purchase of his Chicago mansion--was heavily funded by loans from Iraqi-British ex-Baathist billionaire Nadhmi Auchi.  According to testimony at Rezko’s trial, Obama met Auchi at an April 3, 2004 event at Rezko’s home during Obama’s 2004 US Senate campaign.  The Times of London reports discovering, “state documents in Illinois recording that Fintrade Services, a Panamanian company, lent...
  • Yemeni opposition calls govt. to expel Syrian ambassador [genocide by fascist Syrian regime]

    02/08/2012 3:34:30 AM PST · by Milagros
    YemenOnline ^ | Feb.5.12
    The people in Syria are being subjected to genocide by the Al-Asad fascist Syrian regime and the world has to take immediate responsibility for the ...
  • Arab Fascists Inc. BAATH / SSNP / HEZBOLLAH axis

    10/18/2011 2:08:07 AM PDT · by Righting · 3 replies
    Arab Fascists Inc.: * SSNP * BAATH * HEZBOLLAHAnd the SSNP / Hezbollah / Syria axis  SSNP supports Baathist tyrant: Assad (2011)LEBANON: Pro-Assad enforcers attack protesters in Beirut [Video] Syrian Baath and SSNP thugs attack protestors supporting the syrian revolution in Beirut‏ Aug 3, 2011 – The Lebanese daily English-language newspaper Daily Star cited a Lebanese security source saying that many members of the SSNP continued to chase two cars belonging to anti-regime demonstrators to Beirut's Khaled Alwan Square, where they beat their passengers with sticks and belts. Thugs attack Protest in Lebanon ! Baath and SSNP spread Terror to...
  • Video Reveals Disloyalty in Syrian Army

    07/16/2011 3:55:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/7/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    A video shows Syrians soldiers allowing protesters to board their tanks, but the army killed 40 more demonstrators the past two days and crushed an attempt in a Damascus suburb to from a shadow government. The video was taken in eastern Syria Saturday. Video The spread of violence to the capital may be the beginning of the end of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has lost virtually all sympathy outside of Russia, Iran and Lebanon. Syrian forces killed at least 23 people in Damascus and it suburbs on Friday, the worst carnage in the capital since the beginning of the...
  • Saddam Hussein Hanging LIVE Thread

    12/29/2006 9:11:00 AM PST · by AVNevis · 5,137 replies · 250,317+ views
    Since it now seems very imminent, I decided that it was an appropriate time to start this up. Links to information and pictures (if we get them) can be posted here.
  • Syrian First Lady Wants to Meet Obamas

    07/04/2009 2:46:02 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 26 replies · 1,029+ views
    CBS ^ | July 2, 2009 | Sean Alfano
    Syria's first lady has put out the welcome mat for the Obamas, a further sign that the once frosty relations between the two nations is thawing. In an interview with Britain's Sky News, Asma al Assad envisioned her husband, Bashar, and Barack Obama joining forces. "The fact is President Obama is young," al Assad said, "and President Assad is also very young as well, so maybe it is time for these young leaders to make a difference in the world." Asma was born in London and moved to Damascus after marrying Bashar al Assad nine years ago. Last week, the...
  • Iraq Resists Pleas by U.S. to Placate Baath Party

    04/26/2009 5:56:09 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 421+ views
    The NY Times ^ | April 25, 2009 | SAM DAGHER
    BAGHDAD — On April 18, American and British officials from a secretive unit called the Force Strategic Engagement Cell flew to Jordan to try to persuade one of Saddam Hussein’s top generals — the commander of the final defense of Baghdad in 2003 — to return home to resume efforts to make peace with the new Iraq. But the Iraqi commander, Lt. Gen. Raad Majid al-Hamdani, rebuffed them. After a year of halting talks mediated by the Americans, he said, he concluded that Iraq’s leader, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, simply was not interested in reconciliation. The American appeal —...
  • Report: 35 Iraqi Officials Arrested Over Coup Plot

    12/18/2008 4:11:57 AM PST · by Joiseydude · 24 replies · 940+ views ^ | Thursday, December 18, 2008
    Up to 35 officials in the Iraqi Ministry, some ranking as high as general, have been arrested in an alleged secret scheme to reinstate Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, the New York Times reported Thursday. The raids took place over the past three days and were carried out by an elite counterterrorism force that reports directly to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the report said. The arrests included four generals, one of whom, Gen. Ahmed Abu Raqeef, is the ministry’s director of internal affairs.
  • Saddam and the Third Reich (Tonight on History Channel 9 PM EST)

    03/09/2008 6:15:03 PM PDT · by ThreePuttinDude · 12 replies · 1,208+ views ^ | Sunday, March 9 2008 @ 9pm est
    Saddam and the Third Reich Few people realize that the Baath party was actually formed upon the principles and organizational structure of the Nazi party. Iraq, because of its oil and hatred of Jews, was an important battleground between the Axis and Allied powers in World War II. Nazi propaganda was broadcast throughout Baghdad, and Iraqis often went on rampages against Jews throughout the war. One of the most ardent Nazi supporters during WWII was named Khairallah Talfah. Talfah was Saddam's uncle. After the war, many of the key Iraqi Nazi supporters, all of whom evaded prosecution, wound up involved...
  • Saddam's deputy tells his followers Americans are facing defeat in Iraq (al-Douri)

    07/08/2007 10:46:42 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 27 replies · 685+ views
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD: An audiotape said to be of Saddam Hussein's deputy said his group will keep fighting until the last foreign soldier withdraws from Iraq, saying the Americans are being defeated. The audiotape purportedly from Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was obtained by The Associated Press in Baghdad on Sunday. It was impossible to determine its authenticity, but several Iraqis familiar with al-Douri's voice said they believed it from his. It was also unclear when the audiotape was made but the comments referred to Saddam as a "martyr." He was hanged Dec. 30 for his role in the deaths of more...
  • Did Saddams WMD Go to Syria? Part V

    06/22/2007 3:01:31 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies · 1,024+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-22-07 | Scott Malensek
    What exactly was moved out of Iraq? Two weeks before the war started, Hans Blix presented a report called, Unresolved Disarmament Issues. For those who don’t trust or believe the Bush Administration’s claims about WMD, this report is a much better description of the alleged threat that Saddam’s Regime posed. After the war, the Iraq Survey Group scoured the country looking to answer the Unresolved Disarmament Issues and to assess the threat of WMD posed by Saddam’s regime. Combined, the before and after reports are a little under 1200 pages. The difference between the two-that is to say the Remaining...
  • Sunni leader: U.S. could stop insurgency

    03/23/2007 9:50:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 892+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/23/07 | Shafika Mattar - ap
    AMMAN, Jordan - A prominent Iraqi Sunni leader said Friday that the insurgency in Iraq could end if the U.S. showed determination to stop the influence of pro-Iranian Shiite militias there. "The Americans must act seriously and abolish those militias, confiscate their weapons, arrest their criminals and at the same time stop the Iranian influence which is penetrating all of Iraq, including the government," said Sheik Majeed al-Gaood, a prominent tribal leader in Anbar province, the heartland of the Sunni insurgency. Al-Gaood is a leading member of a Sunni family that plays a major role in tribal politics in Anbar....
  • Sadaam Hanging - DOWNLOADABLE Video with actual Audio including the DROP

    12/31/2006 12:48:15 AM PST · by davidosborne · 43 replies · 31,410+ views ^ | TODAY | edited by to download video use capture software such as...
  • Al Qaeda`s Neo-Nazi Connections

    03/02/2004 5:42:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies · 13,200+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | 2/25/2004 | William Grim
    On the surface there would seem to be little to unite the Aryan racialists of the neo-Nazi movement with the terrorists of radical Islam. To the neo-Nazis, Muslims are almost all members of ``inferior`` races; and to the Islamic terrorists, the neo-Nazis are almost without exception either atheists or members of fringe quasi-Christian sects. But the reality is that there has been close cooperation between Muslim extremists and Fascists ever since the founding of the Nazi movement in the 1920`s. For all of their differences, Muslim extremists and Nazis have always been united by a common group of beliefs and...
  • The Iraq Petroleum Company 1914-1982

    04/26/2006 8:52:24 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 2 replies · 2,738+ views
    Department of Political Science Najah National University The aim of this paper is to investigate the development of the Iraqi oil industry between 1914 and 1982. This will entail a survey:' Iraq's relations with Western oil companies, its role within OPEC, its involvement in the Middle Eastern arena, and its domestic politics. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of what is today called the Iraqi Petroleum Company against the background of these other developments. Over time, the general trend discerned is one:-: increasing nationalization of oil production, the extent of which -' determined by internal, regional, and global circumstances....
  • Insurgents killed during failed attacks

    04/02/2006 2:27:36 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 3 replies · 382+ views
    Multi-National Force, Iraq ^ | April 2, 2006 | 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS
    MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION - NORTH 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION TIKRIT, IRAQ (FOB SPEICHER) APO AE 09363 April 2, 2006 Release A060402c Insurgents killed during failed attacks TIKRIT, Iraq – Four insurgent gunmen were killed and another wounded after two failed attacks against Iraqi and Task Force Band of Brothers Soldiers near Balad April 1. Three gunmen attacked an Iraqi Army unit east of Balad the morning of April 1. The Iraqi Soldiers returned fire, breaking up the attack and trapping the gunmen in a nearby house. A patrol from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division arrived and came under...
  • Document: Afghani Taliban Consul Spoke of a Relationship Between Iraq and Bin Laden See Translation

    03/16/2006 7:44:29 AM PST · by jveritas · 221 replies · 29,565+ views
    Pentagon: Pre-War Iraq documents ^ | March/16/06 | jveritas
    The documents of pre-war Iraq were published this morning on the Pentagon website, I did a quick search and I found a very interesting document written in Arabic and not yet translated to English. I did the translation and I found the following: This document is a letter written by a member of Saddam Intelligence apparatus (Al Mukabarat) on 9/15/2001 (shortly after 9/11/2001) where he addressed it to someone higher up and he wrote about a conversation between an Iraqi intelligence source and a Taliban Afghani Consul. In the conversation the Afghani Consul spoke of a relationship between Iraq and...
  • Catholic priest shot dead in church in Turkey (ROP again.)

    02/05/2006 8:43:23 AM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 51 replies · 1,985+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 5, 2006
    ANKARA (Reuters) - An Italian Roman Catholic priest was shot dead in his church in the Turkish Black Sea city of Trabzon on Sunday, police said. They gave no more details, but CNN Turk television said police were looking for a young man aged about 17 years old seen fleeing the scene. CNN Turk showed a small crowd of onlookers near the Santa Maria church where the priest was killed. The state Anatolian news agency identified the dead man as Andrea Santaro, aged 60. Other Turkish media said he had been in Turkey about five years. Anatolian quoted Trabzon governor...
  • Syria Backs Nuclear Iran

    01/19/2006 6:23:57 PM PST · by blam · 128 replies · 1,187+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-20-2006 | Patrick Bishop
    Syria backs a nuclear Iran By Patrick Bishop in Damascus (Filed: 20/01/2006) Syria yesterday backed Iran in its nuclear confrontation with the West as their leaders met in Damascus in a defiant show of solidarity. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Bashar al-Assad The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, welcomed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said the Iranian leader had the right to acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. In turn, Mr Ahmadinejad asserted his host's right to freedom from foreign interference. Both men face confontations with the United Nations Security Council. The West is pushing for the International Atomic Energy Agency to refer Teheran to...
  • US tries to loosen Shiite grip in Iraq

    01/16/2006 8:10:35 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 586+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Charles Levinson
    Sunni Arabs gain American backing in negotiations to form a new government.BAGHDAD – One month after Iraq's Dec. 15 election, a shift is afoot that will probably weaken Shiite political clout as the country's factions enter serious negotiations to form a new government. Increasingly, the US is throwing its weight in Iraq behind Sunni Arabs, about 20 percent of the country, to ensure they are part of a new coalition government. Analysts say the US is convinced reconciliation with Sunni Arabs will help stop the insurgency. There is also an American unease with the growing influence of Iran on Iraq's...
  • Syria - Syrian vice-president Khaddam resigns

    12/30/2005 11:50:40 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 852+ views
    Agence France Presse | December 30, 2005
    Veteran Syrian Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam, widely regarded as the architect of his government's Lebanon policy before its troop pullout in April, announced his resignation on Friday. "I have decided to resign," he told the Dubai-based satellite television Al-Arabiya in an interview from Paris. Khaddam first asked to resign at a congress of Syria's ruling Baath party in June, but there had been no word since on whether President Bashar al-Assad had accepted the resignation. At the time, he criticised Syrian foreign policy leading up to the withdrawal from Lebanon after a 29-year deployment under international pressure over...
  • Saddam: 'I Am Not Afraid of Execution'

    12/05/2005 8:55:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 89 replies · 4,004+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/5/05 | Hamza Hendawi - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein told the judge at his trial Monday that "I am not afraid of execution" during an unruly court session in which the first witness took the stand and testified that the former president's agents carried out random arrests, torture and killings. The outburst was one of several by Saddam or his co-defendants at the trial that also saw a brief walkout by his defense lawyers. At one point, Saddam appeared to threaten the judge, saying: "When the revolution of the heroic Iraq arrives, you will be held accountable." Chief Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin replied: "This...
  • Coalition Forces Capture High-Level Baath Party Leader

    11/15/2005 5:15:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 481+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2005 – Coalition forces captured the leader of the New Baath Party in Diyala province, Iraq, during a Nov. 9 patrol, officials announced today. Coalition members apprehended Hamid Sharki Shadid along with physical evidence at his home. Shadid is a former member of the Baath Party in Diyala province and is suspected of being responsible for all insurgent Baath Party activities in that area. Coalition forces believe he can provide crucial information on the whereabouts of former Staff Gen. Jamal Karki, a suspected Baathist insurgent, and Abd-al-Baqi al-Saadun, who has been a fugitive since the fall of...
  • The Salafization of the Iraq Conflict

    10/19/2005 8:07:53 AM PDT · by Wiz · 5 replies · 502+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | 2005 Oct 18 | Stephen Ulph
    An interesting note posted on a jihadi web forum complements a recent analysis by U.S. Maj. Gen. Richard Zahner on the course of the insurgency in Iraq. In an interview published by The Washington Post on September 28, leading military intelligence officer Gen. Zahner neatly defined the events in Iraq as "an insurgency hijacked by a terrorist campaign." In Zahner's view, which marks a shift in perception by the U.S. military command, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al-Qaeda in Iraq group has supplanted Iraqis loyal to the deposed president Saddam Hussein as the insurgency's "driving element." Instead, the Saddam Hussein loyalists (former...
  • Plea deal will see Aziz walk free in exchange for his testimony on Saddam atrocities

    10/15/2005 8:33:06 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 32 replies · 1,147+ views
    Telegraph ^ | October 16, 2005
    Tariq Aziz, once Saddam Hussein's most trusted lieutenant, has agreed to testify against the ousted dictator during his forthcoming trial for war crimes, according to his lawyer and American officials. In return for his co-operation, Aziz, 69, Iraq's foreign minister during the Gulf war and deputy prime minister throughout Saddam's 24-year rule, will have the most serious charges against him dropped and be allowed to spend his dotage in exile. The outline plea agreement, under which he will plead guilty to minor charges, was reached after more than two years of delicate negotiations during which Aziz also revealed important intelligence...
  • Chemical Weapons, Drug Smuggling, and Other Crimes of the Yemeni Dictator

    10/14/2005 5:26:09 AM PDT · by bc4gwb · 321+ views
    Armies of Liberation ^ | 10/13/2005 | Jane Novak
    Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is scheduled to visit the United States in November for a round of meetings with President Bush and other high ranking US officials. As the representative of the Yemeni people, Saleh deserves a great deal of respect and hospitality. Yet it has become increasingly apparent that the regime, under the total domination of President Saleh, is engaged in a wide variety of criminal activities to the detriment of regional stability and the Yemeni people themselves. Drug Smuggling: One regionally destabilizing regime activity is drug smuggling. A variety of illegal drugs are smuggled via the Indian...
  • Learning from Walesa. Difficult choices for a democratic Syria.

    09/20/2005 12:42:02 PM PDT · by lizol · 276+ views
    National Review ^ | September 20, 2005 | Farid Ghadry
    Learning from Walesa Difficult choices for a democratic Syria. By Farid Ghadry A disturbing trend has emerged recently on the part of a number of analysts, policymakers, and pundits: They are condemning the nascent democratic opposition in Syria to a premature stillbirth. These observers argue that revolutionary anti-Baath organizations like the Reform Party of Syria could not possibly command the popularity and respect of the populace to mount any credible challenge to Baath dictatorial hegemony. Essentially, what they are saying is that because of such drawbacks, native opposition to the Baathist authoritarian regime is futile, and that the U.S. and...
  • Allawi discusses Syria border militants

    06/27/2005 10:51:35 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 365+ views
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - The militants crossing into Iraq from Syria are not backed by the Syrian government, Iraq's former interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said Monday. Allawi, who headed the Iraqi government from June 2004 until April, came to Cairo to raise support for his plan to hold a pan-Iraqi conference to end the insurgency. "The answer to the tension in Iraq cannot be through a military solution or by force alone," Allawi said after talks with President Hosni Mubarak. Last week, the United States and Iraq reiterated that Syria was not doing enough to stop foreign fighters from...
  • Syria Test-Fires 3 Scud Missiles, Israelis Say (excerpt)

    06/02/2005 7:18:50 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 17 replies · 747+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 3, 2005 | Steven Erlanger
    Excerpt - TEL AVIV, June 2 - Syria test-fired three Scud missiles last Friday, including one that broke up over Turkish territory and showered missile parts down onto unsuspecting Turkish farmers, Israeli military officials revealed Thursday. These were the first such Syrian missile tests since 2001, the Israelis said, and were part of a Syrian missile development project using North Korean technology and designed, the Israelis contend, to deliver air-burst chemical weapons. The missiles included one older Scud B, with a range of about 185 miles, and two Scud D's, the Israelis say they believe, with a range of about...
  • Iraqi government allocates reward for Al-Abaidi's capture

    05/25/2005 1:52:31 AM PDT · by Wiz · 1 replies · 124+ views
    Kuwait News Agency ^ | 2005 May 24
    BAGHDAD, May 24 (KUNA) -- The Iraqi government allocated USD 200,000 for those who give information on whereabouts of Ahmed Hasan Kaka Al-Abaidi who was a key figure in the Baath Party of the ousted regime. A statement by the Iraqi government, issued on Tuesday, said Al-Abaidi was trying to revive the Baath Party after collapse of Saddam's regime. Al-Abaidi's has frequently visited Syria, obtaining arms and finance for the Iraqi insurgency, the statement said. He met key figures of the ousted regime such as Mohammed Younis Al-Ahmed and Izzat Ibrahim Al-Douri, claimed to be using Syria as a safe...
  • WSJ: Iraq's Enemies, by Dan Senor

    05/13/2005 5:49:00 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 575+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 13, 2005 | DAN SENOR
    The first democratically elected Iraqi government was not even fully born when already its obituaries were being written. The front page of the New York Times last week reported of a "striking display of divisions," of "polarizing negotiations" and the "serious embarrassment" that the difficulties in finding suitable Sunni Arab cabinet ministers was causing. The implication of such reports is that without "credible" Sunnis in the cabinet, the government's legitimacy will be impaired, its efforts to defeat the current terrorist onslaught will be hobbled, or both. Before we get too breathless, some perspective is in order. First, Sunni Arabs now...
  • NYP: WHAT TOOK SO LONG, by Amir Taheri

    05/01/2005 5:37:38 AM PDT · by OESY · 20 replies · 784+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 1, 2005 | AMIR TAHERI
    Talk to anyone interested in the future of Iraq these days and you are likely to hear a note of frustration. "What are they doing in Baghdad?" asks a senior British official, expressing London's feelings about the long delay in the formation of the new Iraqi government which has just been unveiled. It took almost three months, from the day Iraqis turned out in record numbers to vote in their first free elections, for Prime Minister-designate Ibrahim al-Jaafari to submit his ministerial list to the three-man presidential council for approval before presenting it to the National Assembly. There is concern...
  • NYP: LEBANON'S HOPE, by Amir Taheri

    04/28/2005 5:36:37 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 521+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 28, 2005 | AMIR TAHERI
    With just four days be fore the deadline set by the United Nations' Security Council was to expire, Syria completed its military withdrawal from Lebanon this week, ending an occupation that had began almost 30 years ago. The event, a setback for President Bashar al-Assad's Ba'athist regime, is a major victory for pro-reform forces in both Lebanon and Syria. In Lebanon, the pro-reform movement has already scored a number of victories. It has brought down a Syrian-appointed prime minister, forced the creation of a neutral caretaker Cabinet and quashed attempts at postponing next month's election. The opposition has also forced...
  • Trying to Extract a Drama From the Blog of an Iraqi- [NYT Favorable Review for Ba'athist Blogger]

    03/18/2005 12:00:07 PM PST · by TastyManatees · 3 replies · 439+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3/18/05 | Jason Zinoman
    Trying to Extract a Drama From the Blog of an Iraqi By JASON ZINOMAN "Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog From Iraq" is not a very good play, but it's worth your attention for two reasons. It's the only political drama in New York written from the point of view of an Iraqi who lived through the American invasion, and, for better or worse, it inaugurates an entirely new (and seemingly inevitable) theatrical genre - the blog play. Melding two chic cultural forms, the documentary drama and the blog, the Six Figures Theater Company has turned the online writings of Riverbend, the...
  • ZOT! U.S.: IRA must disband now

    03/09/2005 6:05:20 AM PST · by Rogers324 · 237 replies · 4,699+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, March 9, 2005
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (Reuters) -- The United States has demanded that the IRA disband after the guerrilla group's astonishing offer to shoot the killers of a murdered Northern Ireland Catholic man. "It's time for the IRA to go out of business," U.S. special envoy Mitchell Reiss said Wednesday. For the IRA's political ally Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland's biggest Irish nationalist party, the U.S. demand was yet another blow to its democratic credentials. Reiss told BBC radio: "It's time for Sinn Fein to be able to say explicitly, without ambiguity, without ambivalence, that criminality will not be tolerated. "You can't sign...
  • AAR... Ward Churchill protest

    03/02/2005 12:15:34 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 30 replies · 3,156+ views
    We did it... We protested churchill. There was a collection of pro-Churchill moonbats that showed up, and we protested them as well.
  • More trouble for Ward Churchill

    02/27/2005 7:37:24 AM PST · by alienken · 95 replies · 4,406+ views
    TROUBLE SPEAK Ward Churchill copied 'original' art piece Takes a swing at TV reporter who confronted him -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: February 26, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 Professor Ward Churchill Adding to a growing list of allegations, controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill appears to have violated copyright law by claiming a reknowned artist's work as his own. Churchill, whose integrity has been challenged since news broke earlier last month of his paper blaming victims of 9-11 for the attacks, made an Indian-theme serigraph in 1981 called "Winter Attack" and printed 150 copies. But one of the buyers,...
  • Churchill fatwah accuses CIA and FBI of terrorism and of being a secret police

    02/21/2005 10:58:56 AM PST · by Snapple · 26 replies · 1,707+ views
    Orlando Direct Action Homepage ^ | No date given | Ward Churchill
    Ward Hill as a member of the schismatic Boulder/Denver branch of AIM [American Indian Movement] as spent his whole life trashing the FBI and police. Here is what he said in his "Roosting Chickens" article. He is an anarchist who publishes his books through anarchist publishers. He wants to trash our law enforcement and intelligence organizations so that we will be destroyed. He doesn't want to make them better. He want the USA off the planet. He has often depicted the FBI and CIA as terrorist organizations.
  • Operation Infinite Freep... Ward Churchill coming to UW-Whitewater on March 1st

    02/10/2005 1:55:38 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 48 replies · 2,727+ views
    Ward Churchill is the professor from Colorado University who called the dead in the World Trade Center "Nazis" and also said that the US deserved 9/11, and that we should have not fought back. Prof Churchill may get fired from the University of Colorado-Bolder He may appear on March 1st, time pending, if the administration approves of it.