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  • Baath in Iraq declares war on ISIS

    07/23/2014 3:23:01 AM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 27 replies
    Shafaq News ^ | 23 July 2014
    Outlawed Baath party in Iraq announced, the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria “ISIS” organization because of the last displacement of Christians from Mosul city, the second largest city in Iraq, which is controlled by ISIS since 10th of last June. Observers had expected the occurrence of differences between groups allied to ISIS organization in cities and areas they control after the 10th of last June due to the views of ISIS which adopts the "Islamic Caliphate", and refuses anyone who don’t pay allegiance as well as what is known of the organization of fighting groups and...
  • Obama's Chilling Crew--The legal harassment of those investigating Tony Rezko.

    04/28/2009 5:42:30 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 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...
  • Anti-Islamism in an Islamic Civil War

    02/13/2013 3:55:58 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 8 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1.24.13 | Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
    Recently a video emerged in which pro-Assad militiamen can be seen beating and shooting a prisoner to death. What might seem remarkable is that the militiamen are insulting Islam in the process, mocking the takbir — that is, the cry of “Allahu akbar” — the Islamic conception of paradise for martyrs. In the first half of the video, one of the executioners — disparaging Muhammad — shouts, “F—k you and your prophet.” Later, another of them yells, “Damn your God.” It may come across as odd that pro-Assad militiamen would disparage the Islamic religion in such a crude manner, but...
  • Debunking the Carter Ruck defence of British-Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi ( + REZKO et al)

    07/01/2009 11:09:45 AM PDT · by 1066AD · 5 replies · 346+ views
    Hawaii Free Press / WikiLeaks ^ | 5/29/2008 | Andrew Walden
    May 29, 2008 By Andrew Walden (Hawai'i Free Press) Nadhmi Auchi, seen here with the Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich (middle) at a 2004 Chicago dinner in Auchi's honor arranged by Antonin Rezko (potentially, right)[1]. All three men have been convicted of corruption related charges (Auchi 2003, Rezko 2008, Blagojevich 2009).[2] “A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser (dual US-Syrian citizen Tony Rezko) just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses. The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi,...
  • U.S. Killed Terrorist on Wanted List, Pakistani Officials Say

    01/16/2010 1:46:42 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies · 793+ views ^ | JANUARY 15, 2010 | ZAHID HUSSAIN
    A CIA-operated drone strike on a suspected militant hideout last weekend killed one of FBI's most-wanted terrorists who had been involved in 1986 hijacking of an U.S. airline, a senior Pakistani offical said. Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim, a Jordanian of Palestinian origin who had a bounty of $5 million on his head, was killed in the strike in North Waziristan on Sunday, along with another Jordanian who was identified as Mahmoud Zaydan, the official said. Mr. Rahim was released from a Pakistani prison a few years ago after a conviction for his role in the Sept. 5, 1986, hijacking of...
  • VIDEO: Iraq PM Courts Baathists Who Worked With Saddam Hussein

    I'm not sure what to think about all this. On the one hand, extending an olive branch to the Baath Party may help to continue the healing process in Iraq. On the other hand, extending an olive branch to the Baath Party may help to incite violence and a renewal of extremism. Just last December, 35 former Baathists were arrested for conspiring to reconstitute the party of Saddam. Perhaps, moderate Baathists can be viewed like "moderate Taliban" -- it's an illogical oxymoron. Al Jazeera reports: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's latest call for reconciliation with members of the former regime came...
  • 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...
  • Baath - al Qaeda cooperation recently included suicide attacks using aircraft

    12/12/2007 2:44:55 PM PST · by ikez78 · 27 replies · 467+ views
    Regime of Terror ^ | 12-12-07 | Mark
    Baathist - al Qaeda collaboration extends beyond borders of IraqA recent Treasury Department designation and an October arrest in Italy appear to indicate that Baathist and al Qaeda members in both Europe and the Middle East have discussed and attempted various forms of suicide attacks on coalition forces which include the use of aircraft in suicide attacks. As first pointed out the Counter Terrorism Blog, on December 6 the U.S. Treasury Department announced the designation of 7 individuals for their support of the insurgency in Iraq and/or their support of former regime officials. The designations named Fawzi Mutlaq Al-Rawi (al...
  • Iraq: Baathists 'disown al-Qaeda'(To open "Dialogue" With Iraq Government!)

    08/22/2007 9:56:13 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 52 replies · 1,634+ views
    ADNKronos International ^ | 8-22-07 | ADNKronos
    Baghdad, 22 August (AKI) - The leader of Iraq's banned Baath party, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, has decided to join efforts by the Iraqi authorities to fight al-Qaeda, one of the party's former top officials, Abu Wisam al-Jashaami, told pan-Arab daily Al Hayat. "AlDouri has decided to sever ties with al-Qaeda and sign up to the programme of the national resistance, which includes routing Islamist terrorists and opening up dialogue with the Baghdad government and foreign forces," al-Jashaami said. Al-Douri has decided to deal directly with US forces in Iraq, according to al-Jashaami. He figures in the 55-card deck of "most...
  • The Fifth Column's Return to Iraq-Hate America Left meet with pro-Ba'athist members of parliament

    08/30/2006 7:14:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies · 1,792+ views ^ | August 30, 2006 | Ben Johnson
    Cindy Sheehan, Tom Hayden, and the Hate America Left meet with pro-Ba'athist members of the Iraqi parliament to discuss “peace.” TO FIND PEOPLE WHO HATE AMERICA AS MUCH AS THEY DO, the Fifth Column Left had to go halfway around the world to meet with Iraqi political leaders who call terrorism “honorable national resistance” and say foreign jihadists “are guaranteed Paradise” – and at least one of whom has ties to militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr. By the end of the trip, the American leftists would echo these sentiments. Somehow most of the media – occupied with interminable coverage of Hurricane...
  • CNN: Baathists working hand in hand with US troops

    06/09/2007 6:31:33 AM PDT · by ASC2006 · 59 replies · 1,568+ views
    CNN via You Tube ^ | June 9 2007
    Baathist insurgents and Sunni nationalists fight al-Qaeda together with US forces.
  • CBS: Baathist insurgents fighting together with US troops

    06/08/2007 7:50:47 PM PDT · by ASC2006 · 13 replies · 943+ views
    CBS reports Baathist insurgents and Sunni nationalists are fighting al-Qaeda together with US forces
  • Naming names: The Saddam-al-Qaida connection

    06/06/2007 6:14:12 AM PDT · by ikez78 · 78 replies · 2,813+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 6, 2007 | WND
    WASHINGTON – It has been denied, downplayed, overlooked, forgotten, disregarded and omitted from the public record. But a thorough review of open-source material demonstrates conclusive and widespread cooperation between former members of Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime and terrorists from the Iraqi al-Qaida network. Dozens of former Saddam Hussein loyalists captured by U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq were found to be working with al-Qaida or linked to their operations.
  • Naming names: The Saddam-al Qaida connection Captured Baathists and Islamo-terrorists

    06/06/2007 11:06:39 AM PDT · by Bladerunnuh · 13 replies · 832+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 06-06-2007
    WASHINGTON – It has been denied, downplayed, overlooked, forgotten, disregarded and omitted from the public record. But a thorough review of open-source material demonstrates conclusive and widespread cooperation between former members of Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime and terrorists from the Iraqi al-Qaida network. Dozens of former Saddam Hussein loyalists captured by U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq were found to be working with al-Qaida
  • Iraqi allies, U.S. split on Baathist policy

    02/24/2007 4:59:14 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 1 replies · 239+ views
    LA Times ^ | 24 February 2007 | Paul Richter
    Serious new divisions have emerged between the Bush administration and its Iraqi allies over the Baghdad government's refusal to enact a reform that the White House considers crucial to its new strategy for bringing the country's violence under control. In spite of a commitment by Iraq's prime minister to its passage, legislation that would ease rules barring former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party from government service has been blocked by the country's Shiite-dominated parliament. U.S. officials repeatedly have expressed confidence that Prime Minister Nouri Maliki would work for passage of "de-Baathification" reform. However, they have begun to express disappointment...
  • Baghdad McDermott Wants Baathist Back in Power in Iraq

    01/06/2007 9:28:26 PM PST · by DakotaRed · 38 replies · 927+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 5, 2006 | David Postman
    One man’s obsession with Iraq Seattle Times chief political reporter By David Postman January 5, 2006 WASHINGTON — Dal LaMagna has packed up his second home in New York and moved to a house a short walk from the Capitol to begin a one-man, self-financed lobbying campaign to get the U.S. out of Iraq. #snip# McDermott said he asked U.S. officials in Jordan to give visas to two Iraqis he wants to bring to D.C. But he said he has been unable to make that happen. LaMagna says getting Iraqis to Washington is key. "They need to say to the...
  • A collection of 9/11 tributes

    09/11/2006 4:12:54 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 2 replies · 973+ views
    A collection of 9/11 tributes I’ll add to the list below, and if you have any you’d like to add to this (or any other sort of tribute/remembrance), please do so here. Either leave a comment with the link, or link to this post and send a trackback. 9/11: The 5th Year Anniversary Tribute Blood of Heroes September 11th, Uncensored From Brain Terminal: Crystal Morning: September 11th, 2001 From William Teach: 9/11 Plus 5 From Crusader: WTC Tribute More from YouTube: 911 tribute September 11th - Five Years Later: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 September 11th - Flash...
  • Military Officers Attempted a Coup in Iraq

    08/06/2006 11:10:15 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 36 replies · 2,377+ views
    New York Sun ^ | August 7 2006 | ELI LAKE
    The government of Iraq is secretly holding a Baathist cabal of military officers it claims attempted a coup against Prime Minister al-Maliki. The plotters were rounded up July 5 with the help of American military authorities after the Iraqi government's security warning center sent word to Mr. Maliki, who was in Kuwait on his first official visit as head of state, two highly placed Iraqi sources said. The prime minister quickly canceled a scheduled trip to Amman, Jordan, and returned to Baghdad to attend to the matter. At the time, Mr. Maliki's staff told reporters that the prime minister was...

    07/23/2006 7:55:57 PM PDT · by hope · 67 replies · 3,576+ views
    The Omega Letter | 7-22-06 | Hal Lindsey
    Oracle Commentaries 7/22/2006 Urgent Intelligence Update UNCOVERED: RUSSIAN-SYRIAN-IRANIAN AXIS For students of Bible prophecy, even the title of this communiqué should set off alarm sirens. I just received some electrifying intelligence data. First, from the Debka-Net-Weekly’s briefing. And second, from some personal intelligence sources (I carefully guard) that confirm Debka’s report. Russia, Iran and Syria have entered a defense pact that is in the process of altered the balance of power in the entire Middle East. Russia’s part in the pact has been kept relatively secret for a long time. But the facts reveal a long steady Russian commitment...
  • Exiles plot to overthrow Syria's Baathist regime

    06/05/2006 4:22:40 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 13 replies · 556+ views
    The Times ^ | June 5, 2006 | Richard Beeston
    LEADING Syrian opposition figures, led by the country’s former Vice-President, gathered in London yesterday for a two-day conference to plot the overthrow of the Baathist regime of President Assad.The unprecedented gathering, which the Foreign and Commonwealth Office insisted was not co-ordinated with any British officials, was led by Abdel Halim Khaddam, who predicted that Syria’s increasingly dictatorial leadership would one day soon be toppled by a popular revolt. Speaking to The Times under tight security in a suite at the Dorchester in Park Lane, where the dissident National Salvation Front movement was launched, Mr Khaddam said that corruption and the...
  • Code Pink Insurgents & Uday Apologists Road Show in Greenbelt, MD Tonight - Weds, March 29, 2006

    03/29/2006 8:26:41 AM PST · by tgslTakoma · 51 replies · 3,155+ views
    The D.C. Chapter of Free Republic invites all FReepers and lurkers in good standing to join with us tonight as we attend this public event: From above linked source: The Prince George’s Peace and Justice Coalition will host one of a group of Iraqi women now touring the United States.Eman Ahmad Khamas(*) will give a firsthand account of how the occupation of Iraq has changed everyday life there, and explain why she and her sisters on the tour want the U.S. to withdraw from their homeland. This begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt....
  • Alert: Code Pink Insurgents Take Circus Act On the Road - Is Your Town On The List?

    03/22/2006 4:31:48 PM PST · by tgslTakoma · 22 replies · 766+ views
    Medea Benjamin's multiple Marxist Organizations make it somewhat difficult to find out what they're up to, with their "Iraqi Women" tour. I just found this itinerary listed on Global Exchange's website. Medea Benjamin, Code Pink, Global Exchange, Women Say No To War,, have been peddling this tour as being voices of real Iraqi women. Not true, and I will add more about this in comments to follow on this thread. But since some of these events are tonight, I wanted to post this announcement quickly, in case some of you all wanted to attend and/or protest these events. My...
  • Iraqi Reformist: The Iranian and Syrian Regimes are Fascist

    12/27/2005 9:48:28 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 6 replies · 442+ views
    Iran va Jahan ^ | December 28, 2005 | The Middle East Media Research Institute
    In a posting on the reformist website, Iraqi reformist Dr. Abd Al-Khaleq Hussein, whose articles are regularly posted on the site, criticized the Iranian and Syrian regimes and their actions in Iraq and Lebanon. He wrote that these regimes were fascist in the true sense of the word, and that no stability, democracy, or economic prosperity would be possible in the region as long as they existed. The following are excerpts from his article:(1) The Syrian and Iranian Regimes are Fascist – Literally, Not Metaphorically "Some believe that describing the Iranian Islamic regime and the Ba'th Party's Syrian regime...

    12/19/2005 2:45:25 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 15 replies · 679+ views
    AKI ^ | 19-Dec-05
    Baghdad, 19 Dec. (AKI) - The US authorities in Iraq have ordered the release from prison of 25 senior members of Saddam Hussein's former Baath party. The ex-officials will be transferred to neighbouring Jordan, one of the lawyers defending them told the Chinese news agency Xinhua. Many members and supporters of the former party are involved in the Iraqi insurgency. Under Saddam Hussein's rule, Iraqis could not reach senior positions in the government or in schools without being card-carrying members of the Baath party. But after the fall of the regime in 2003, the US administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer,...
  • Militant Groups Denounce Iraqi Elections (And they say we're "Satanic")

    12/12/2005 12:00:32 PM PST · by Dark Skies · 17 replies · 722+ views
    Breitbart (Associated Press) ^ | 12/12/2005 | MAAMOUN YOUSSEF
    CAIRO, Egypt - Five Islamic militant groups, including al-Qaida in Iraq, denounced the Iraqi elections as a "satanic project" that violates God's law and vowed to continue their war to establish an Islamic government in the country. But the Internet posting made no threats to disrupt Thursday's parliamentary elections, unlike previous statements before balloting in January and October, when militants warned they would attack polling stations to stop people from voting. ADVERTISEMENT The statement's authenticity could not be independently verified. If authentic, it was a rare instance of several of Iraq's militant groups joining together to announce their stance. "The...
  • Al-Qaida chief: Iraq insurgents must unite

    12/06/2005 11:14:31 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 23 replies · 648+ views & AP ^ | December 7, 2005
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Al-Qaida's second-ranking figure called on Iraqi insurgent groups to unite and claimed President Bush is deceiving the American people about successes against Islamic militancy, according to a videotape broadcast Wednesday. Ayman al-Zawahri, in a broadcast carried on the Arab television network Al-Jazeera, urged Iraqi Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen "whose hands were not tainted by Americans" should come together to fill "the gap that will be left by the Americans departure" from Iraq. "I call all mujahedeen groups to unite and work closely to achieve the coming victory" in Iraq, he said.

    11/26/2005 1:14:15 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 6 replies · 688+ views
    LONDON [MENL] -- Aides of deposed President Saddam Hussein, under the guise of Al Qaida fighters, have been leading the insurgency against the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq. Islamic sources said many of the Al Qaida-aligned cells that have appeared over the last two years stemmed from units in the Saddam military. The sources said Baathist operatives have adopted Islamic identities to exploit support among Muslims for Al Qaida. The Baathist strategy was formed during Saddam's rule, the sources said. They pointed to the "Return to Faith Campaign" directed by then-Iraqi Vice President Izzat Ibrahim Al Douri, which sought to curry...
  • Kurd Says-Ahead 'Darkest Wave of Terror'

    10/27/2005 7:49:36 AM PDT · by AmericaUnite · 10 replies · 850+ views
    Arbil Khabat in Sorani Kurdish via Laura Mansfield ^ | 10-26-05 | published by Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party
    Iraqi Kurdish Commentary Says 'Darkest Wave of Terror' Ahead The author of the following article, from Khabat, the daily newspaper published by Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party, expects to see a much darker wave of terror break out in Iraq now that the Iraqi constitution was accepted in the referendum. The terrorist groups of Al-Qa'da in Iraq and the remnants of Baathists had bet on the rejection of the constitution on 15 May 2005 by two thirds of the voters in the provinces of Anbar, Tikrit and Mosul. But as the Kurds and most Iraqis anticipated, it wads not so. It...
  • 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...
  • Defending Iraq

    10/08/2005 10:23:23 PM PDT · by Hunden · 7 replies · 328+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 5 October 2005 | Entifadh K. Qanbar
    [downloaded as a .pdf file from "Qanbar remarks"] The biggest danger to Iraqi citizens and the Iraqi government is terrorism.  Thus, the main task of the Iraqi army is not to fight wars with foreign countries, but to fight terrorism.   To defeat terrorism in Iraq, we need to establish a military force based on a doctrine that recognizes the nature of the enemy and what is required to defeat him.  We need to be prepared for a long term war.  Therefore, our necessary starting point is to understand the roots of terrorism in Iraq and the terrorists’ methods and means and how to defeat...
  • Anti-war rally in downtown Los Angeles -- PICTORIAL (Hating-America Rallies)

    09/27/2005 8:37:14 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 62 replies · 2,380+ views
    Various | Sep 27th, 05
    I don't understand what a Mexican flag has to do with our war in IraqLots of Mexicans, wow!Halloween?I do whatever for a pennyI'd suggest you to live in Cuba then
  • Iraqi security arrests 73 militants, including several Baathists

    09/05/2005 6:21:58 AM PDT · by Wiz · 10 replies · 641+ views
    BAGHDAD, Sept 5 (KUNA) -- Iraqi security forces on Sunday arrested 73 militants and confiscated large amounts of weapons and booby-trapped cars in raids throughout the country, a statement by the government stated Monday. The statement said 30 militants were arrested in Tallafar after police forces returned fire that targeted a police station. A sniper was killed and a site for making explosives and containing gas-masks as well as light weapons ammunition was discovered in the same incident. The statement said security also arrested five terrorists in Diyala and Miqdadiyah and added four of them were members of a cell...
  • WSJ: 12,000 Heroes (Iraqi civilians killed by jihadists)

    06/10/2005 5:36:29 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 570+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 10, 2005 | Editorial
    Ever since the beginning of major combat operations in Iraq in March 2003, the media have kept a precise count of U.S. casualty figures, which now stand at nearly 1,700 killed and more than 6,400 wounded. There's also been plenty of tendentious speculation about the number of Iraqis killed by coalition action, the purpose of which is to cast Iraq's liberation as an unmitigated horror for Iraqis. What has not been so carefully tracked, however, is the number of Iraqis killed by insurgent violence: the worshippers murdered as they pray in their mosques, the ranks of unemployed mowed down as...
  • Opponents of Syrian Ba'athists murdered before party conference

    06/05/2005 12:39:47 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 3 replies · 350+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | June 5, 2005 | Inigo Gilmore
    Syria's ruling Ba'athist regime has launched a brutal crackdown on dissenters in the run-up to a landmark gathering of senior party leaders this week.Damascus's feared secret police have detained at least 14 opposition figures and have been blamed for the murders of two more. Last Wednesday, the body of Sheik Mohamed Maashuk Khaznawi, a prominent Kurdish leader, was found dumped on a street three weeks after he vanished. According to his family, he had been tortured. Hours later, Samir Qassir, a prominent Lebanon-based journalist, was killed when a bomb exploded in his car in Beirut. The streets of Damascus have...
  • Iraqi Scientist Not Working on Bombs

    11/08/2003 1:05:55 PM PST · by TexKat · 6 replies · 375+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 11/8/03 | CHARLES J. HANLEY
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - An Iraqi scientist killed in the U.S. invasion and now linked by arms hunter David Kay to possible nuclear weapons research was working on an advanced gun, not atomic bombs, fellow physicists say. They and eyewitnesses also say Khalid Ibrahim Sa'id was killed not when he tried to "run a roadblock," as asserted by Kay, but when a U.S. tank crew blasted his civilian car without warning on an open street. These accounts of the physicist's research and death, provided by 10 Iraqis and supported on key points by U.N. arms inspectors, challenge a core element of...
  • How Long Will We Be in Iraq? - (sergeant in U.S. Army, heading back to Iraq, talks about it)

    05/21/2005 9:58:21 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 25 replies · 1,033+ views
    Recently, Wolf Blitzer of CNN was interviewing new Prime Minister Jalal-Talibani of Iraq about the situation that the newly formed government council is facing now that Iraq is a democracy. Blitzer asked Jalal-Talibani when he thought the United States would bring the troops home. Jalal-Talibani told him that he forsees that U.S troops will be in his homeland for at least another two years. When the pime mnister said this, the look on Blitzer's face seemed to say: "You must be kidding." He looked as if he couldn't believe his ears. But I exclaimed to myself: "Another two years!" That...
  • Desert Reveals Saddam Savagery

    05/02/2005 7:11:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 756+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 02, 2005
    WITH paintbrushes, forensic specialists are carefully brushing away dirt from a human skull covered with sandy soil, one of 1500 believed to be buried in seven mass graves uncovered in this desolate stretch of the Iraqi desert, now patrolled by Australian troops. In a nearby trench dug by US investigators, a mass of black tangled hair gives a second skull an almost life-like appearance. A third skull appears to be screaming, mouth wide open. Skulls and bones, clothing and other belongings found in shallow graves offer valuable clues to investigators gathering evidence against Saddam Hussein and others from the former...
  • Ex-French minister is probed over oil-for-food (Pasqua)

    04/27/2005 4:09:43 PM PDT · by Shermy · 7 replies · 2,622+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 27, 2005 | Claudio Gatti
    Charles Pasqua, a former French minister of interior, has emerged as one of the highest-ranking targets of the widening investigations into the Iraq oil-for-food scandal. United Nations, US and French investigators are examining Iraqi documents that show officials in Baghdad were instructed to transfer his lucrative oil allocations to an offshore company, to shield him from criticism. Mr Pasqua's alleged role has emerged as inquiries turn to the role of foreign governments in the corruption within the humanitarian aid programme. France and Russia, which opposed the 2003 invasion, have long been accused in the US of being too close to...
  • 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...
  • For Kurdish leader, there can be no dialogue with Baathist cutthroats and assassins

    03/03/2005 3:15:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 261+ views
    Asia News ^ | 3 March, 2005 | Bernardo Cervellera
    Saywan Barzani, Kurdish representative to Europe: “Greater effort required from US and government against the Baathist network”.Paris (AsiaNews) -- Baathist “kidnappers, torturers and cutthroats” are the problem facing Iraq today. It is a question of “extremist terrorists” who want to “destabilize the country to the core,” and with whom “there can be no dialogue.” This according to Paris-based Saywan Barzani, Kurdish government representative in Europe, in an interview with AsiaNews. Barzani, nephew of Massoud Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, calls on Iraq’s government and coalition troops to increase efforts against a network of 3000 Baathist militants, and their...
  • Iraq: Nationalist Insurgents using SAMs to gain control of the sky (Barf Alert!)

    02/12/2005 5:08:49 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 4 replies · 438+ views
    The India Times ^ | February 9, 2005 | Balaji Reddy
    Iraqi nationalists in recent days have gone after the US led coalition aircrafts that can be harmed with Russian made Surface to Air Missiles (SAM) and man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). On Jan. 27, a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter went down near the Iraqi-Jordanian border, and the next day a U.S. Army OH-58 observation helicopter crashed in Baghdad. On Jan. 30, a British Royal Air Force C-130 went down near the town of Taki while on its way to Balad Air Base from Baghdad International Airport (BIA). Additionally, in a news story, which U.S. Central Command denies,...
  • Fateful meeting lights blue touchpaper (Galloway, wife; Zureikat)

    04/23/2003 4:43:16 PM PDT · by Shermy · 22 replies · 1,414+ views
    The Herald (Scotland) ^ | April 23, 2003
    MP's wife introduced him to Saddam sympathiser, writes CAMERON SIMPSON and AARON HICKLIN GEORGE Galloway first met the shadowy figure of Fawaz Zureikat through his Palestinian wife. The fateful meeting was to propel the man who goes under the soubriquets of "Gorgeous George" and the "MP for Baghdad Central" into one of the biggest crises of his colourful career. Dr Amineh Abu-Zayyad, 36, a Jerusalem-born scientist who married Mr Galloway in a secret ceremony in London in February 2000, had gone to the same university in Jordan as Mr Zureikat. Mr Zureikat's name first surfaced in a letter from Mr...
  • More signs of Syria turn up in Iraq

    12/24/2004 8:59:38 PM PST · by Stoat · 23 replies · 1,760+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 23, 2004 | Nicholas Blanford
    More signs of Syria turn up in Iraq The Iraqi ambassador to Syria tells the Monitor that photos of high-ranking Syrian officials were found in Fallujah. By Nicholas Blanford | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor DAMASCUS, SYRIA - When US troops stormed the rebel-held city of Fallujah last month, they uncovered photos of senior Syrian officials that have further strained the already tense relations between Syria and Iraq, according to the Iraqi ambassador to Syria.Several captured insurgents were found in possession of the photographs, confirmation, according to Iraqi officials, that some elements in the Syrian regime - perhaps...
  • US may strike at Ba'athists in Syria, official tells 'Post'

    12/23/2004 6:57:30 PM PST · by truthandlife · 42 replies · 1,210+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/24/04
    The US is contemplating incursions into Syrian territory in an attempt to kill or capture Iraqi Ba'athists who, it believes, are directing at least part of the attacks against US targets in Iraq, a senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post. The official said that fresh sanctions are likely to be implemented, but added that the US needs to be more "aggressive" after Tuesday's deadly attack on a US base in Mosul. The comment suggested that the US believes the attack on the mess tent, in which 22 people were killed, may have been coordinated from inside Syrian territory. "I...
  • The Future Iraq Deserves (Ahmad Chalabi On Iraq's Future Of Pluralism And Democracy)

    12/21/2004 9:29:03 PM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 330+ views ^ | 12/22/04 | Ahmad Chalabi
    Despite the lack of security in Iraq today, a democratic, pluralistic Iraq is the only acceptable outcome. Iraq's unity can be best secured through the involvement of all groups in the political process. The concerns being voiced by many in the international community, of the fear of Sunni marginalization and Shiite domination, were the same concerns that allowed Saddam to last as long as he did. Those arguments are reappearing today, to close the door of hope and opportunity for the Iraqi people. But Saddamism without Saddam is simply not an option. Iraq's people are already realizing their objective of...
  • Saddam says: Good morning, I have some questions ("Chemical Ali" Scared, Shaking)

    06/30/2004 4:46:00 AM PDT · by kattracks · 219 replies · 791+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/30/04 | Michael Georgy
    BAGHDAD, June 30 (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein, who brutalised Iraqis for decades, said good morning and sought to ask some questions when the United States handed him over to Iraqi justice on Wednesday, a witness said. Saddam, who was captured hiding near his hometown of Tikrit in December, looked in good health as he appeared before an Iraqi judge in the first legal step towards a trial for the cruelties he inflicted during his 35 years of power. "Saddam said good morning and asked if he could ask some questions," Salem Chalabi, a lawyer leading the work of a tribunal...
  • NYT: War Figures Honored With Medal of Freedom (taste the bitterness at the Times)

    12/15/2004 5:44:55 AM PST · by OESY · 8 replies · 764+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 15, 2004 | DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 - President Bush on Tuesday bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on three of the central architects and executors of the war in Iraq, one of the president's strongest efforts yet at putting a formal stamp of success on a war whose outcome is still a question. The recipients were Gen. Tommy R. Franks, the overall commander of the invasion of Iraq; L. Paul Bremer III, the chief civilian administrator of the American occupation of the country; and George J. Tenet, the longtime director of central intelligence who built the case for...
  • Fighting the good fight

    11/26/2004 12:13:35 PM PST · by lancer · 8 replies · 502+ views ^ | 11/26/04 | Charles Krauthammer
    WASHINGTON -- In 1864, 11 of the 36 United States did not participate in the presidential election. Was Lincoln's election therefore illegitimate? In 1868, three years after the security situation had, shall we say, stabilized, three states (not insignificant ones: Texas, Virginia and Mississippi) did not participate in the election. Was Grant's election illegitimate? There has been much talk that if the Iraqi election is held and some Sunni Arab provinces (perhaps 3 of the 18) do not participate, the election will be illegitimate. Nonsense. The election should be held. It should be open to everyone. If Iraq's Sunni Arabs...
  • Amir Taheri: Getting Iraq's Election Right -- Help keep the voting fair & free

    11/24/2004 5:24:46 AM PST · by OESY · 1 replies · 433+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 24, 2004 | AMIR TAHERI
    ...Last week in London, President Jacques Chirac admitted that getting rid of Saddam "may well have been good idea" — then added a big "but" about the wisdom of early elections in Iraq. His argument for delay was based on the claim that he wanted "broader participation" in the elections.... The camp of Saddam nostalgics, including Chirac and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, have... portrayed the hostage-takers and head-choppers who terrorize parts of Iraq as "la resistance" and insisted that they should have a place in shaping the future of the country.... With Bush re-elected, chances of sabotaging Iraq's elections vanished....
  • WSJ: Finishing in Fallujah - This time the offensive shouldn't stop for political reasons.

    11/05/2004 5:44:17 AM PST · by OESY · 12 replies · 630+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 5, 2004 | Editorial
    John Kerry and most of the major media tried to make President Bush's handling of Iraq the issue this election year. They lost big. Despite the dicey security situation there and a constant drumbeat of bad news, American voters showed steadier nerves and more common sense than critics who tried to portray every setback as evidence of "criminal incompetence."... We can hardly expect to win the counterinsurgency so long as Iraqis have more reason to fear the consequences of working with us than those of working against us. To their credit, both President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi...