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  • Task Forces Turn Up Former Iraqi General, Weapons Caches

    01/20/2004 11:34:40 AM PST · by Calpernia · 19 replies · 152+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 20, 2004 | CENTCOM reported
    A former Iraqi general turned himself in to coalition forces Jan. 19, reported Combined Joint Task Force 7 today. Gen. Matloob Muslat Sayer, a former high-ranking Baath Party official and paramilitary Fedayeen Saddam member, surrendered himself to Task Force All American, according to a CJTF 7 release. His action was a result of the task force's previous operations against former regime element networks," the release noted. Sayer, his family and associates had reportedly been involved in recent attacks on coalition forces. Soldiers found two AK-47 assault rifles, nine AK-47 magazines and various improvised explosive device-making materials at his home in...
  • CPA Announces $18 Billion Iraq Jobs, Reconstruction Program

    01/19/2004 3:25:56 PM PST · by Calpernia · 12 replies · 141+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 19, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    A senior Coalition Provisional Authority official today announced an $18 billion jobs and reconstruction program for Iraq that aims to create 50,000 jobs by the June 30 handover of sovereignty. The main purpose of the program "is to help rebuild your country," retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. David Nash, director of the CPA's program management office, told Iraqis during a Baghdad news conference. About $12.4 billion is earmarked for 2,300 construction projects spread across Iraq, Nash pointed out, to include roads, schools, power plants and other infrastructure work. Many projects funded by the program, he noted, should be up and...
  • Hussein finally fades for Iraqis (GNFI)

    01/16/2004 5:50:59 AM PST · by xzins · 23 replies · 107+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 16 Jan 04 | SCOTT PETERSON/
    Hussein finally fades for Iraqis By Scott Peterson | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor BAGHDAD – The Methboub family's portrait of Saddam Hussein survived two months after the dictator's fall - tucked away in a back room as if daring them to destroy it - before they were finally able to take it out of its frame and tear it up. But that act hardly brought an end to the Hussein era for this poor Baghdad family of nine that the Monitor first began following in late 2002. Instead, removing images of Mr. Hussein is just one moment...
  • Bremer Says Sovereignty Handover Should Happen on Schedule

    01/16/2004 4:31:15 PM PST · by Calpernia · 7 replies · 140+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 16, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    The Coalition Provisional Authority administrator today said he thinks the handover of sovereignty to the Iraqi people ought to occur on schedule. In Washington to discuss Iraq issues with President Bush, Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III told reporters at the White House that he and Bush discussed preparations for his Monday meeting with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, the president of the Iraqi Governing Council and other CPA officials in New York City about the future of Iraq. Coalition plans to hand over sovereignty to the Iraqis June 30 hit a snag recently. That's when a senior Iraqi Shiite cleric,...
  • Sanchez Urges Saddam Loyalists to Lay Down Arms

    01/16/2004 4:21:47 PM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 139+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 16, 2004 | By K.L. Vantran
    Anti-coalition forces and former regime elements should "lay down their arms and embrace the future," the commander of U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq said in a briefing from Baghdad today. "The former regime is never going to come back," said Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 7. "We're going to be relentless in the pursuit of these targets. We're going to capture or kill them, as is our mission. Those that remain at large, and given the pace that we're moving toward sovereignty, it's time for them to lay down their arms and become...
  • New Iraqi Currency Makes Official Debut

    01/15/2004 10:55:15 AM PST · by Calpernia · 16 replies · 685+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 15, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    Billions of dollars worth of new, hard-to- counterfeit Iraqi dinar bank notes are now officially in circulation throughout the country, the Coalition Provisional Authority reported today. The new money became the official currency of Iraq Jan. 15 after a three-month exchange period that also has involved the destruction of tons of Saddam Hussein-era notes, according to a joint CPA-Central Bank of Iraq news release. "The new dinar is a real improvement over the old," Ahmed Salman Jaburi, deputy governor of Iraq's Central Bank, asserted in the news release. Because the new money has security features that make it hard to...
  • Reconstruction Fund Helps Provide Better Life for Iraqis

    01/14/2004 11:37:25 AM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 174+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 14, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    Millions of dollars dispensed through a U.S. civil affairs fund have fueled myriad reconstruction projects across Iraq, improving the lives of Iraqis in the post-Saddam Hussein era, according to a senior U.S. military civil affairs officer. Army Brig. Gen. David Blackledge, commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command, noted today in a Baghdad briefing that U.S. civil affairs troops in Iraq are playing a vital role in operations "to improve the lives of Iraqis across the country." The Commander's Emergency Response Fund was established in May, the general explained, "to allow commanders to make an immediate impact and address local...
  • Wanted Iraqi Leader Captured In Ramadi (#54)

    01/14/2004 8:09:44 AM PST · by blam · 44 replies · 432+ views
    IOL ^ | 1-14-2004
    Wanted Iraqi leader captured in Ramadi January 14 2004 at 03:51PM Baghdad - United States forces in Iraq have captured a former Baath party leader and number 54 on the US military's 55-most-wanted list, a military spokesperson said on Wednesday. "As a result of aggressive operations this week, the coalition announces the capture of Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad, number 54 on the most wanted list," Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt told a news conference in Baghdad. "He was captured as a result of a combined operation of the 82nd Airborne Division and Special Operations forces," he said, adding that Muhammad was captured...
  • Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing

    01/13/2004 1:19:14 PM PST · by Calpernia · 8 replies · 133+ views
    United States Department of Defense ^ | Monday, January 12, 2004 | Daniel Senor, Senior Advisor, Coalition Provisional Authority
    MR. SENOR: Good afternoon. We have a slight technical glitch. Only one of the plasma screens here will be working. So we should have that fixed within the next couple days. I've just got a brief few words, brief opening statement. Then General Kimmitt will do a short presentation, and then we are happy to take your questions. We are joined by Hamid al-Kifa'i, who, as you -- many of you know, is the spokesperson for the Governing Council. And he is here to answer any questions you have with regard to the Governing Council. Ambassador Bremer today welcomed the...

    01/12/2004 7:07:11 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 10 replies · 129+ views
    CENTCOM ^ | Jan. 12, 2004
    NEWS RELEASEHEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND7115 South Boundary BoulevardMacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894 January 12, 2004Release Number: 04-01-26 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FORMER BA’ATH PARTY MEMBERS DENOUNCE AFFILIATION, TURN IN WEAPONS MOSUL, Iraq – High-ranking members of the Ba’ath Party renounced party affiliation today at a meeting in Tallafar in northwestern Iraq while fellow Iraqis and leaders from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) witnessed. In addition to renouncing their Ba’ath Party affiliation, the officials turned in weapons to Col. Michael Linnington, commander, 187th Infantry Regiment, and Lt. Col. Christopher Pease, commander, 1st Battalion,...
  • Iraq To Issue First New Stamps Since Saddam Hussein Regime

    01/12/2004 11:04:09 AM PST · by Calpernia · 7 replies · 145+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 12, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    Iraqi letters and packages soon will feature updated postage stamps without the face of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein. The new stamps will be issued Jan. 15, Dan Senor, senior Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman, told reporters during a Jan. 10 press conference in Baghdad. Haydar al-Abadi, the Iraqi minister of communication, and Iraqi Postmaster General Ibraheem Kuhdair announced the new stamp that day, Senor said. The new stamp will be the first Iraqi postal stamp issued since the April 9, 2003, fall of Saddam Hussein's government, the U.S. official pointed out. Five million new stamps, Senor said, will become available for...
  • Coalition Leaders Welcome Iraqi Governing Council Policy

    01/12/2004 10:49:33 AM PST · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 88+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 12, 2004 | By K.L. Vantran
    The Iraqi Governing Council's announcement of its new "de-Baathification" policies and procedures Jan. 11 was welcomed by the administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, coalition spokesman Dan Senor said at a briefing in Baghdad today. The Baath Party – also known by its formal name, the Baath Arab Socialist Party -- is the political party of Saddam Hussein. Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III signed the first de-Baathification decree May 16 and delegated authority to the governing council Nov. 4, said Senor. "Ambassador Bremer said the governing council now has full command of de-Baathification," said Senor. "The policy is appropriately tough...
  • Unofficial sources to Al Bawaba: Saddam's presidential secretary ''dies'' in US custody

    01/09/2004 8:52:32 PM PST · by nunoste · 18 replies · 183+ views
    Al-Bawaba ^ | 01-07-2004 | unknown
    Unofficial Iraqi sources told Al Bawaba Wednesday that Abed Hamoud al-Tikriti, presidential secretary of former leader Saddam Hussein died two days ago while in US custody.
  • Former Baath Officials Surrender Arms

    01/08/2004 7:41:59 AM PST · by Hugenot · 184+ views
    SeaMax News ^ | 1/8/2004 | Kristin Billera
    Yesterday near Mosul, Iraq, a number of senior officials of the Baath party, the former political party of the ousted Iraqi dictator, gathered at the Tall Afar American military base to condemn the attacks that had been carried out against American troops. According to Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Pease of the 101st Airborne Division, a number of former Baath party officials turned over weapons that were distributed before the US invasion in March. The handover was part of a plan introduced about three weeks ago by the 101st Airborne Division to rehabilitate Baath party leaders. According to a list published by...
  • Iraq Operations (Strategy Page)

    01/03/2004 12:06:39 PM PST · by billorites · 13 replies · 154+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | January 2, 2004
    January 2, 2004: With over a hundred thousand Iraqis armed and performing security duties, the crime rate had rapidly come down, and most American troops are now concentrating on operations against terrorist and pro-Saddam Iraqis who are still fighting. A data collection system for crimes has also been installed, and it showed that Baghdad's murder rate in October was lower than New York City's (which has the lowest rate of any major city in the United States). Baghdad had six murders per 100,000 population, while New York had seven. This, however, does not count the deaths from American military operations,...
  • U.S. Commander: Iraqis Turning in Weapons

    01/02/2004 12:39:57 PM PST · by saquin · 31 replies · 133+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1/02/04 | Jim Krane
    MOSUL, Iraq - A dozen former leaders of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party have handed in weapons caches in northern Iraq to curry favor with the U.S. military and claim a role in a new Iraqi leadership, the commander of the Army's 101st Airborne Division said.   "They're coming to us, saying they want to be part of the new Iraq," Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. "It has slowly sunk in that Saddam isn't coming back." Separately, the 101st Airborne has paid more than $20,000 in rewards in recent weeks to a...
  • Judges sacked in Karbala

    12/27/2003 8:33:40 AM PST · by Pikamax · 2 replies · 29+ views
    Iraqpress ^ | 12/27/03 | Iraqpress
    Judges sacked in Karbala Karbala, Iraq Press, December 27, 2003 – The civilian authorities in this southern religious city have sacked five senior judges for alleged association with the ousted regime of Saddam Hussein. The dismissal is part of a country-wide purge under which public officials with links to the now disbanded Baath party are given the sack. The move, initiated by the US civil administrator of Iraq and vehemently pursued by his handpicked Interim Governing Council, is said to have led to the sacking of efficient and capable public figures. The measure has also resulted in a massive vacuum...
  • Iraqis Exact Revenge on Baathists; Police Shrug Off Killings of 50 Hussein Loyalists

    12/20/2003 2:51:20 PM PST · by Pikamax · 32 replies · 411+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | 12/20/03 | Alan Sipress
    Iraqis Exact Revenge on Baathists Police Shrug Off Killings of 50 Hussein Loyalists by Unknown Gunmen By Alan Sipress Washington Post Foreign Service Saturday, December 20, 2003; Page A01 BAGHDAD -- Basil Abbas Taee never saw the slip of paper entitled Final Warning. The note, which his sons said was tossed over the gate of his house in southeast Baghdad, cautioned that he was being watched. "If you go out of your home or have connections with other Baathists, you and all your family will be killed as a lesson to all criminal Baathists," the message threatened. It was signed...
  • Ex-Baath Party Official Gunned Down

    12/20/2003 5:15:59 AM PST · by Fzob · 107 replies · 196+ views
    AP ^ | 12/20/03
    Ex-Baath Party Official Gunned Down   BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen attacked two former officials of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, killing one in a hail of submachine gun fire, critically wounding another and killing her 5-year-old son, officials said Saturday.The two separate attacks in the Shiite Muslim city of Najaf appeared to be part of a series of revenge killings against local members of Saddam's regime, which brutally repressed Shiites. On Wednesday, an angry crowd lynched another Baath official accused in a 1991 crackdown against Shiites.On Friday, gunmen killed Ali Qassem al-Tamimi, the district mayor of Najaf's al-Furat neighborhood, as...
  • Angry mob kill ex-Baath party chief

    12/18/2003 9:29:01 AM PST · by Dog · 50 replies · 116+ views
    Iribnews ^ | Dec 18 2003
    Angry mob kill ex-Baath party chief 04:02:50 È.Ù Iraq, Dec 18 - The former regional chief of the deposed Baath Party was beaten and shot dead by an angry crowd near this Shiite holy city, a Shiite official said Thursday. Ali Abdullah Al-Dhalimi had been hiding since invading US-led troops overthrew the Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein in April, said Ahma Daaybel of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) in Najaf. Daaybel said a crowd killed Dhalimi in Kufah, near Najaf, 180 kilometres (110 miles) south of Baghdad.
  • U.S. forces grab Saddam's backers

    12/16/2003 9:34:52 PM PST · by kattracks · 17 replies · 155+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/17/03 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>U.S. forces yesterday moved to crush the guerrillas who sustained Saddam Hussein while he was on the run, nabbing a Ba'ath Party official who served as Saddam's paymaster.</p> <p>As Saddam spent his fourth day in captivity, a clearer picture developed of his role in encouraging an insurgency that has resulted in nearly 200 American deaths since May. 1.</p>
  • Assassins target Saddam's former henchmen

    12/13/2003 5:11:48 PM PST · by Prodigal Son · 23 replies · 53+ views
    Sunday Times ^ | December 14, 2003 | Bob Graham
    Basra- One-time members of Saddam Hussein’s former ruling Ba’ath party are being killed in a wave of score-settling that is adding to the problems of American and British forces trying to restore order in Iraq. It is difficult to say for certain how many people — almost all men — are murdered each day, but a minimum of 15 such assassinations are believed to take place each evening in Baghdad and in the southern city of Basra. In the area around Basra, where British forces are in control, the victims are almost entirely those who helped to suppress the 1991...
  • Council ousts Babylon governor

    12/09/2003 10:26:51 PM PST · by kattracks · 58+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/10/03 | Paul Martin
    <p>HILLAH, Iraq — The strongly pro-American governor in one of Iraq's key regions, Babylon, has been fired on the orders of the Iraqi Governing Council for suspected ties to the Ba'ath Party.</p> <p>The move means the loss of an administrator who was working closely with the U.S.-led coalition — which confirmed him in the post — and who is credited with bringing stability to the central Iraqi province.</p>
  • Former Baathists distance themselves from Saddam

    11/20/2003 5:54:19 PM PST · by Pikamax · 5 replies · 69+ views
    Iraqpress ^ | 11/20/03 | Iraqpress
    Former Baathists distance themselves from Saddam Baghdad, Iraq Press, November 20, 2003 – Members of the outlawed Baath party have formed a provisional leadership to disassociate themselves from the atrocities of the ousted leader Saddam Hussein. The command, established recently, has issued a statement in which it denounces Saddam Hussein as a dictator and distances itself from the current wave of attacks against Iraqi civilians and US occupation forces blamed on his followers. The US-led Coalition Provisional Authority currently administering the country has abolished the Baath party and banned its senior members from holding public positions. But it is not...
  • Spies close in on Saddam’s ailing terror mastermind

    11/15/2003 4:35:40 PM PST · by saquin · 42 replies · 161+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | 11/16/03 | Richard Miniter
    AMERICAN and British intelligence are in secret negotiations to seize Saddam Hussein’s right-hand man. General Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam’s former deputy, is believed to be at the pinnacle of a pyramid of terrorists, mercenaries and supporters of the old regime waging war on allied forces in Iraq. Exclusive interviews with Paul Bremer, who runs the US-led coalition provisional authority, Dr David Kay, head of the Iraqi survey group that is searching for Saddam’s weapons, and senior military and intelligence officers in Iraq have revealed that the Americans have stepped up their efforts to seize al-Douri and stem the flow of...
  • Military: Iraqi Detainee Was Strangled

    10/22/2003 7:46:47 PM PDT · by TexKat · 17 replies · 202+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | 10/22/03 | MICHELLE MORGANTE, Associated Press Writer
    SAN DIEGO - A Baath Party official who died in a detention camp in southern Iraq suffocated after a U.S. Marine reservist grabbed him by the neck and snapped a bone in his throat, according to a military investigation. An autopsy found that Nagem Sadoon Hatab's death on June 6 was caused by "strangulation/asphyxiation," Marine spokesman 1st Lt. Dan Rawson said Wednesday. Hatab suffered a broken hyoid bone, a U-shaped bone that supports the tongue. Lance Cpl. Christian Hernandez and his superior officer, Maj. Clark A. Paulus, are charged with negligent homicide in the death. They have been assigned to...
  • Shia militia arrest top Ba'athist

    09/20/2003 12:16:01 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 3 replies · 185+ views
    Guardian ^ | 09/20/03 | Rory McCarthy in Najaf
    Shia militia arrest top Ba'athist Rory McCarthy in Najaf Saturday September 20, 2003 The Guardian They came after midnight for Karim Ghaith. Outside his two-storey sandstone house in the holy city of Najaf, they shouted out his name, then opened fire. After a gun battle lasting most of the night, Mr Ghaith, a high-ranking member of the former Ba'ath party, was held and taken for questioning on his suspected involvement in attacks on US troops. It looked like another of dozens of raids since the war to capture senior Ba'athists. But the men who detained him early this month were...
  • Iraqi Deck of Evil - Update 9/19/2003

    09/19/2003 4:55:46 AM PDT · by ODDITHER · 3 replies · 117+ views
    Freeper Post - News release from Defense Dept. | 9/19/2003 | Our brave military
    AT LARGE No. 1: Saddam Hussein, president. No. 6: Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Revolutionary Command Council vice chairman, longtime Saddam confidant. No. 7: Hani Abd al-Latif Tilfah al-Tikriti, director, Special Security Organization. No. 14: Sayf al-Din Fulayyih Hasan Taha al-Rawi, Republican Guard chief of staff. No. 15: Rafi Abd al-Latif Tilfah al-Tikriti, director of general security. No. 16: Tahir Jalil Haboush, chief of Iraqi intelligence service. No. 21: Rukan Razuki Abd al-Ghafar Sulayman al-Majid al-Tikriti, head of tribal affairs office. No. 36: Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan, presidential adviser, Saddam's half brother. No. 40: Abdel Baqi Abdel Karim Abdallah al-Sadun, Baath Party regional...
  • U.S. forces detain aide to senior Iraqi official and Saddam confidante (#6)

    09/18/2003 10:03:28 PM PDT · by Apollo · 12 replies · 212+ views ^ | 9/18/2003 | Scheherezade Faramarzi
    <p>MOSUL, Iraq (AP) U.S. forces have detained an aide to one of Saddam Hussein's most trusted advisers who is high on America's most-wanted list of Iraqis, a U.S. commander in northern Iraq announced Thursday. The U.S. military also issued a televised plea for the former Iraqi defense minister to surrender.</p>
  • Marines help Iraqis identify former Baath members-right leadership they'll solve their problems

    09/04/2003 6:43:41 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 17+ views
    Marinelink ^ | 9-4-03 | Army Sgt. Mike Sweet
    AN NAJAF, Iraq(Aug. 23, 2003) -- A new panel established by coalition forces in late August is looking into more than 85 cases involving Ba'ath Party members who are alleged to have performed atrocities against An Najaf, Iraq residents. The Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, based in 29 Palms, Calif., helped create the Baath Party Investigation Committee, a special team of local lawyers and investigators who will aid Iraqi officials prosecute criminal cases against former Hussein loyalists. The committee's task is to sift through evidence and rumors to determine who will face a judge, or clear innocent people...
  • Bomb Blast At Baghdad Police Station Shows US Opponents More Confident

    09/02/2003 3:05:20 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 199+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-3-2003 | Justin Huggler/Seb Walker
    Bomb blast at Baghdad police station shows US opponents more confident By Justin Huggler and Seb Walker in Baghdad 03 September 2003 In an ominous sign of the American occupation's inability to stop the spate of bombings in Iraq, a car bomb went off yesterday in the Iraqi police's headquarters near American soldiers guarding a building next door. At least 15 people were injured in the bombing, and there were unconfirmed reports that one Iraqi police officer was killed. The car packed with explosives would have to have passed right under heavily sandbagged American positions on the wall of the...
  • US decree strips thousands of their jobs

    08/29/2003 8:17:28 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 8 replies · 146+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 08/30/03 | Jonathan Steele
    Anti-Ba'athist ruling may force educated Iraqis abroad Tarik al-Kubaisy, vice-president of the Iraqi Society of Psychiatrists, is a worried man. It's not just that the queue of patients suffering from severe stress disorders in Iraq's war-torn society is growing longer by the day. Nor that a country of 25 million has fewer than 100 psychiatrists and many are planning to emigrate now that Saddam Hussein's restrictions on foreign travel have gone. The other concern for Dr Kubaisy, who was awarded a London University PhD after four years at the Maudsley hospital, is that the Americans have taken away his job....
  • Chalabi calls for security to be handed over to Iraqis after Najaf outrage

    08/29/2003 12:45:46 PM PDT · by Shermy · 23 replies · 603+ views
    AFP ^ | August 29, 2003
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - A member of Iraq's US-appointed Governing Council called on Friday for internal security to be handed over to Iraqis following the killing of top Shiite leader Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Hakim in a devastating car bombing in the holy city of Najaf. Ahmad Chalabi, leader of the Pentagon -backed Iraqi National Congress (INC), blamed remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime and supporters of the al-Qaeda terror network for the attack, which came a little over a week after another deadly bombing wrecked the UN headquarters in Baghdad. "This is not an inter-Shiite affair," Chalabi told AFP, flatly rejecting the...
  • Mark of Saddam spells death in a city bent on revenge

    08/25/2003 7:44:37 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 3 replies · 204+ views
    Sydney Mornign Herald ^ | 8/25/03 | Paul McGeough
    Mark of Saddam spells death in a city bent on revenge By Paul McGeough August 25, 2003 The sun is about to set and we're sitting in the oasis of Talib Misad's rose garden. But as the retired lawyer speaks in a tiny whisper another lawyer chatting with us puts down his iced water and walks away - this conversation is just too dangerous. Deadly terror strikes and sabotage attacks on oil and water facilities have intensified the tension in Iraq in the past week, but since the end of the war a dreadful story has gone unnoticed in this...
  • Kirkuk purges members of former ruling Baath party

    08/24/2003 2:44:29 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 14 replies · 103+ views
    Iraqpress ^ | 08/24/03 | iraqpress
    Kirkuk purges members of former ruling Baath party Kirkuk, Iraq Press, August 24, 2003 – The new administration of this oil-rich city says it is determined to obliterate the legacy of the former ruling Baath party. Perhaps it has more reason to do so than any local administration in the country. For three decades, Kirkuk was subjected to oppressive and occasionally bloody policy of ethnic cleansing. Tens of thousands of families were uprooted and their land and belongings confiscated. Diehard supporters of the deposed leader Saddam Hussein filled senior positions and they made sure that only the Baathists were allowed...

    08/19/2003 12:32:27 AM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 23+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/19/03 | AMIR TAHERI
    <p>August 19, 2003 -- BARRING a last-minute miracle, the pan-Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party, one of Jordan's oldest political organizations, is expected to file for bankruptcy within the next few weeks.</p> <p>The party's headquarters in Amman is a scene of daily demonstrations by creditors waving unpaid bills.</p>
  • Saddam Regime Loyalist ("The Prophet") Detained

    08/16/2003 8:32:36 AM PDT · by BagCamAddict · 16 replies · 81+ views
    CentCom Website ^ | 8/16/2003 | CentCom
    FORMER REGIME LOYALIST DETAINED Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division detained Said Ali Al Karim, a cleric in Ba’qubah Aug 11, pending charges of distributing materials to incite violence against Coalition forces, funding attacks against Coalition forces, and possession of illegal weapons. Fourth Infantry Division soldiers conducted a raid on his home August 10. The Division conducted a previous raid on his home July 3. As a result of the information found during the second raid, Said Ali Al Karim was taken into custody. Documents asking the Iraqi people to fight against U.S. forces and one letter supporting the September...
  • Dictators hijack Baathism's ideology

    08/08/2003 10:05:24 PM PDT · by optimistically_conservative · 20 replies · 435+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 8/10/03 | CAMERON McWHIRTER
    By CAMERON McWHIRTERAtlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer LEFTERIS PITARAKIS / Associated Press Mud covers a statue of Saddam Hussein at the Saddam Center of Art in Baghdad. Saddam, who had long been a Baath Party leader, seized control of the party and Iraq in 1979. Baath Party guerrillas attack American troops in Iraq almost daily. U.S. administrator for Iraq L. Paul Bremmer has sworn to "extirpate Baathists and Baathism from Iraq forever." Meanwhile, most Americans are left with the question: What is Baathism? At one time, Baathism was a movement espousing lofty ideals of Arab brotherhood and equality, with a...
  • U.S. Considers Reducing Its Role in Iraq

    08/07/2003 2:13:58 PM PDT · by TexKat · 18 replies · 137+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/7/03 | BARRY SCHWEID
    WASHINGTON - The steady loss of American troops and a terror bombing at the Jordanian Embassy may prompt the Bush administration to revise the U.S. security role in Iraq, shifting some responsibility to emerging local forces. Secretary of State Colin Powell, at a news conference, said the United States intends to use "whatever techniques are appropriate" against followers of Saddam Hussein and other anti-American fighters, some of whom have crossed into the country. But, he said Thursday, "it may be what you want to do is to stand back a little bit more and let Iraqis who have started to...
  • To Mollify Iraqis, U.S. Plans to Ease Scope of Its Raids

    08/07/2003 9:31:08 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 163+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 8/6/03 | Michael R. Gordon
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 6 — The American military, in a major revision of strategy, has decided to limit the scope of its raids in Iraq after receiving warnings from Iraqi leaders that the raids were alienating the public, the top allied commander said today. In its search for Baath Party operatives and other friends of the former government, the American military has carried out large sweeps, some of which have rounded up hundreds of Iraqis. But Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the chief commander of allied forces in Iraq, said in an interview that the military had virtually exhausted the...
  • U.S. Forces Capture 4 Iraqi Suspects

    08/06/2003 6:14:28 PM PDT · by saquin · 4 replies · 69+ views
    TIKRIT, Iraq - U.S. forces captured a suspected leader of Saddam Hussein's loyalist militia and three other suspects during pre-dawn raids early Thursday, the military said. The suspected leader allegedly organized cells and paid and armed guerrilla fighters for attacks on U.S. forces in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, said Lt. Col. Steve Russell, commander of the 22nd Infantry Regiment's 1st Battalion, which carried out the raids. Also among those captured were two former Iraqi generals suspected of organizing guerrilla attacks nationwide. Russell declined to name any of the suspects. Thursday's raids resulted from a series of tips from residents who...
  • US captures number 54 on the Iraqi list of 55 most wanted!

    08/04/2003 9:08:13 AM PDT · by Dog · 56 replies · 634+ views
    Greg Kelley just reported we have captured number 54 on the list I didn't get the name..
  • U.S. Troops Capture Dozens of Regime Loyalists in Iraq

    08/03/2003 9:38:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies · 157+ views
    Fox ^ | Sunday, August 03, 2003 | Associated Press
    <p>BAGHDAD, Iraq — American troops raided homes and farmhouses in the hostile "Sunni triangle" (search) west and north of Baghdad on Sunday, detaining dozens of people believed to be supporters of Saddam Hussein.</p> <p>Twenty-four regime loyalists, including a "targeted leader," were captured in the raids conducted by the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (search), according to U.S. Central Command. It provided no details on the identities of the captives.</p>
  • 2 soldiers killed in Iraq; hunt continues: 44 raids, 161 arrests in past 24 hours

    08/02/2003 3:34:09 PM PDT · by Destro · 19 replies · 78+ views ^ | 08.01.2003 | New York Times
    2 soldiers killed in Iraq; hunt continues 44 raids, 161 arrests in past 24 hours New York Times Two American soldiers were killed in separate incidents as occupation troops conducted dozens of raids in their search for Saddam Hussein and armed enemies of the occupation. One soldier was killed and two were wounded in a small arms attack late Wednesday at a command center north of Baghdad, the U.S. Central Command said. Another soldier was killed on Thursday and three were wounded when their M113 armored personnel carrier hit a land mine on a road in Baghdad, the military said....
  • U.S. Troops Seize 'Guerrilla Boss' in Saddam Hometown

    08/01/2003 1:57:41 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 13 replies · 132+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/01/03
    TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. troops in Saddam Hussein's hometown arrested a man in a night-time raid Friday and said he was suspected of organizing guerrilla attacks on American forces in Iraq. The middle-aged man, whose name was not given, was handcuffed and blindfolded before being driven away from his home by U.S. forces for further interrogation. "The individual that we were targeting tonight we believe is involved in organizing attacks on U.S. forces, in moving arms for those attacks and also providing security for members of the (Saddam) regime," Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Russell told reporters at the scene. No shots...
  • U.S. Forces Capture 2 Saddam Associates

    08/01/2003 7:05:45 AM PDT · by Brian S · 10 replies · 155+ views
    Associated Press | 08-01-03
    By D'ARCY DORAN Associated Press Writer August 1, 2003, 9:33 AM EDT TIKRIT, Iraq -- Dozens of U.S. forces raided two houses in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit on Friday, capturing two men they said were important Saddam associates. The soldiers from the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division did not identify the captives but said their arrests came in a continuing search for the fugitive former Iraqi dictator. "These are important associates of the former regime," Lt. Col. Steve Russell said. The military said 100 soldiers swept into the two houses at 4 p.m. and caught the men napping in...
  • Saddam's loyalists may number 20,000, Pentagon's Wolfowitz says

    07/29/2003 5:58:35 PM PDT · by Brian S · 9 replies · 170+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON - Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy defense secretary, suggested on Tuesday that the number of "committed Baathists" opposing the U.S.-led forces in Iraq might approach 20,000, and he said that they might be unique in the annals of guerrilla warfare in using as their chief tactic "contract killings."</p>
  • 'This Was a Good Thing to Do'

    07/27/2003 9:07:20 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 29 replies · 351+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 07/28/03 | PAUL A. GIGOT
    <p>Iraqis' greatest fear is that America will cut and run.</p> <p>NAJAF, Iraq--Toppling a statue is easier than killing a dictator. Not the man himself, but the idea of his despotism, the legacy of his torture and the fear of his return. This kind of reconstruction takes time.</p>
  • U.S. Will Continue to 'Root Out' Remnants of Former Regime

    07/24/2003 3:01:34 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 5 replies · 21+ views
    DoD - American Forces Press Service ^ | July 24, 2003 | Gerry J. Gilmore
      U.S. Will Continue to 'Root Out' Remnants of Former Regime By Gerry J. GilmoreAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 24, 2003 - The regime of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein is out of power forever in Iraq, but the United States remains engaged in the war against global terrorism, the U.S. military's top civilian said here today. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, accompanied by L. Paul Bremer III, the senior American administrator in Iraq, asserted to Pentagon reporters that U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq will continue "to root out, capture and kill the remnants of the former regime...
  • Iraqis Cheer Baath Demise on Coup Anniversary

    07/17/2003 5:56:25 AM PDT · by Brian S · 8 replies · 258+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07-17-03
    Thu July 17, 2003 08:04 AM ET By Miral Fahmy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - For decades Saddam Hussein's dreaded Baath Party held lavish celebrations in Iraq every July 17 to mark the anniversary of the 1968 coup that brought them to power. But no speeches and no fanfare rang out in Baghdad on Thursday as most Iraqis ignored the 35th anniversary. "This is the best July 17th I've seen so far because there is no Saddam and no Baath," said Fadil Amin, an out-of-work translator. "We're better off without them, even if we don't have any electrical power or water and...