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  • 'My Country Needs Me'

    11/01/2006 5:28:05 PM PST · by RDTF · 8 replies · 602+ views
    WSJ Opinion Journal ^ | November 1, 2006 | HEATHER ROBINSON
    With the midterm elections fast approaching, the panic over Iraq seems more intense than ever. That country, the thinking goes, is a hopeless mess, and there could be a precipitous American withdrawal, especially if the Democrats win. But doing so would leave the silent majority of Iraqis hostage to the most vicious extremists, abandoning those Iraqi leaders who have championed liberal democratic values. One of them is Mithal al-Alusi, a 53-year-old Sunni Arab who won a seat in parliament last December after having served as director general of the National Commission on de-Baathification. Mr. al-Alusi ran on a platform of...
  • The tragic saga of the Iraqi who dared come to Israel

    05/14/2005 7:55:39 PM PDT · by Alouette · 10 replies · 528+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May 15, 2005 | Dana Rosenblatt
    Coiffed, groomed and impeccably suited, Mithal al-Alusi cuts an imposing figure at this trendy hotel. In the empty bar lounge, he makes himself at home to a breakfast of fresh fruit, strong coffee and a constant flow of cigarettes. The leader of the Democratic Party of the Iraqi Nation is in town to promote his vision for a new Iraq and accept an accolade from an unlikely sponsor – the American Jewish Committee – who honored him with a Moral Courage award at their annual dinner last week. His act of courage was an attempt to break Iraq's long-standing taboo...
  • Iraq Eases Curb on Ex-Officials of Baath Party

    01/12/2008 8:41:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 74+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 13, 2008 | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and STEVEN LEE MYERS
    BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Parliament passed a bill on Saturday that would allow some former officials from Saddam Hussein’s party to fill government positions but would impose a strict ban on others. The legislation is the first of the major so-called political benchmark measures to pass after months of American pressure for progress. The measure, which is expected to be approved as a law by the presidential council, was described by its backers as opening the door for the reinstatement of thousands of low-level Baath Party members barred from office after the 2003 invasion. Since then, the Bush administration has...
  • De-Baathification Reform Law Passes In Iraqi Parliament

    01/12/2008 9:15:36 AM PST · by jdm · 4 replies · 219+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 12, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Those who claim that the surge strategy in Iraq has paid no dividends because it hasn't met Congressional benchmarks may wish to skip to the next post. The Iraqi National Assembly has passed one of the two most critical benchmarks that the American government had pressed for Baghdad to adopt, the de-Baathification reform that will allow Sunnis to once again enter government jobs: Iraq's parliament adopted legislation Saturday on the reinstatement of former Baath party supporters to government jobs, a benchmark sought by the United States as a key step toward national reconciliation. The voting was carried out by a...
  • Iraqi Lawmakers Pass Key Benchmark De-Baathification Law

    01/12/2008 6:10:52 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 93 replies · 817+ views
    Fox New ^ | 01-12-2008 | Associated Press
    Iraq's parliament adopted legislation Saturday on the reinstatement of thousands of former Baath party supporters to government jobs, a key benchmark sought by the United States as a step toward national reconciliation. The bill was approved by a unanimous show of hands on each of the law's 30 clauses. Titled the Accountability and Justice law, it seeks to relax restrictions on the rights of members of Saddam Hussein's now-dissolved Baath party to fill government posts. It is also designed to reinstate thousands of Baathists in government jobs from which they had been dismissed because of their ties to the party....
  • It Was Right To Dissolve the Iraqi Army

    09/17/2007 8:53:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 101+ views
    Slate ^ | Sept. 17, 2007 | Christopher Hitchens
    We broke America's terrible habit of ruling by proxy through military regimes. --snip-- Take a moment to imagine what would have been written in the liberal press had the old military class been preserved and utilized to "stabilize" Iraq. I can write the headlines for you: "Baathist War Criminal Gets Second Career as American Employee"; "Once-Wanted Man, Brigadier Kamal Now Shares Jokes With 82nd Airborne"; "Kurds and Shiites Say: What Regime Change?"; "From Basra to Kirkuk, America Brings Saddamism Without Saddam." And, if you like, I can add the names of the reporters who would have written the stories. This...
  • Bush Praises Iraqi De-Baathification Agreement

    08/27/2007 4:50:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 132+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2007 – President Bush today praised Iraqi leaders for an agreement that will allow former low-level Baath Party officials to serve in the Iraqi government. The agreement helps meet one of the specific benchmarks set by U.S. legislators and shows progress in the political arena, Bush said during a stop at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. Iraqi President Jalal Talibani; Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki; Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi; Vice President Adil Abd al-Mahdi; and Massoud Barzani, president of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, hammered out the agreement and announced the breakthrough yesterday in Baghdad. The...
  • UnDeBaathification? Mukhabarat Officers Once Fired, Now Eligible for Re-Hire

    02/20/2007 12:55:31 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 7 replies · 284+ views
    IraqSlogger ^ | February 20 2007
    A news item appeared in the Iraqi Az-Zaman daily on Monday. The report will probably not receive wide coverage in the Western Press, but its contents may indicate a critical turn in the shape of the post-Ba`thi Iraqi state. The report also enumerated the institutions whose employees will be offered the re-assignment package. According to Az-Zaman, these included: “The members of the Republican Guard, the Special Guard, the 1st Army Corps, the Office of the Presidency, the Military Intelligence, the Apparatus of Special Security, the members of General Security and other institutions.” The news item states that the “High Commission...

    11/22/2005 9:41:10 PM PST · by thoughtomator · 42 replies · 2,041+ views (arrived by email) | 11/22/2005 | Toes Morris
    BUBBA STEPS OVER THE LINE By DICK MORRIS November 22, 2005 -- By traveling to Dubai, just a few hundred miles from the combat zone, to denounce the American involvement in Iraq as a "big mistake," Bill Clinton has made a big mistake of his own. Normally, a top leader of the Democratic Party and the spouse of a presidential candidate can and should feel free to say anything he chooses. But a former president of the United States should be more careful before he tells hundreds of thousands of young men and women, many of whom served under him,...
  • Death of Hussein Aide (al-Douri) Is Confirmed

    11/12/2005 9:30:02 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 35 replies · 1,096+ views
    NY Times ^ | Nov 13 2005 | JOHN F. BURNS and EDWARD WONG
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 12 - Former officials of the Baath Party confirmed Saturday on their Web site the death of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the last of Saddam Hussein's inner circle still at large in Iraq and a man long sought by the American military command as the effective leader of the Baathist insurgent underground here. "On the blessed soil of Iraq, the soul of our comrade in struggle, and field commander of the heroic resistance, Izzat Ibrahim, passed away to his creator at dawn yesterday," the posting said. The Web site, which is considered an authentic voice of the Baathist...
  • US One Step Behind 'Iraqi Phantom' (Al-Douri)

    10/27/2005 6:39:03 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 714+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-28-2005 | Adrian Blomfield
    US one step behind 'Iraqi phantom' By Adrian Blomfield in Dour (Filed: 28/10/2005) Some senior Iraqi officers call him a phantom. In certain western coalition circles, he is known as Macavity, the mystery Ba'athist. Six times in the last 10 months, US forces say they have come tantalisingly close to catching Izzat al-Douri, Saddam Hussein's former right-hand man and the second-most wanted fugitive in Iraq. Izzat al-Douri, Saddam's former right-hand man But each time he has managed to slip away, though on some occasions the Americans claim to have been so close that they found the dinner still on his...
  • De-Baathification of special tribunal may imperil Saddam's trial

    08/04/2005 9:08:55 PM PDT · by snowsislander · 2 replies · 375+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | August 1, 2005 | Tom Lasseter
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - An expected purge this week of Iraqi judges and prosecutors threatens to derail the much-anticipated trial of Saddam Hussein.Despite pleas from Iraq's president and concerns that the purge could disrupt the prosecution of Saddam, the committee investigating Iraqi officials for membership in Saddam's Baath Party plans to demand the removal of 19 alleged Baathists serving on the special tribunal set up to try the despot, according to a top official in Iraq's de-Baathification committee.The list of 19 judges and prosecutors includes Raed Juhi, a judge who has headed up much of the investigation against Saddam and has...
  • Iraq's Next Fault Line

    04/24/2005 3:15:02 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 12 replies · 843+ views
    Time ^ | May 2, 2005 | Christopher Allbritton
    The Bush administration has hailed the formation of a new Iraqi government as a major step toward bringing stability to the country. But behind the scenes, some U.S. officials are fretting about Iraqi plans to remove as many as 9,000 members of the country's security, intelligence and police services who have been identified as former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath regime. Such a move could wreck the Iraqi forces that the U.S. has spent two years and $5 billion trying to train, according to U.S. officials in Baghdad and Washington. They are also worried that a sweeping de-Baathification order could...
  • Iraqi Official Mourns Sons, Vows To Fight 'The Ghosts Of Death'

    02/11/2005 8:24:40 AM PST · by Valin · 4 replies · 311+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | 2/8/05
    A prominent Iraqi politician and the longtime head of the De-Ba'athification Committee, Mithal al-Alusi, survived an apparent attempt on his life when armed men fired on his car on the morning of 8 February. Two of al-Alusi's sons -- Ayman and Jamal -- and a bodyguard who were inside his vehicle were killed, however, when the assailants struck just outside al-Alusi's Baghdad home. Radio Free Iraq (RFI) spoke with al-Alusi, who is secretary of Iraq's Democratic Umma Party [Hizb al-Umma al-'Iraqi al-Dimuqrati], after the incident. The following is an edited transcript of that interview. Al-Alusi: Again, the ghosts of death...
  • More signs of Syria turn up in Iraq

    12/24/2004 8:59:38 PM PST · by Stoat · 25 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...
  • 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...
  • Anti-American Ba'th Activities in Paris (Are you surprised, coming from France?)

    11/19/2004 11:28:47 PM PST · by Stoat · 24 replies · 1,462+ views
    MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) ^ | November 19, 2004 | Dr. Nimrod Rapaheli
    Inquiry and Analysis Series - No. 197 November 19, 2004 No.197 Anti-American Ba'th Activities in ParisBy: Dr. Nimrod Rapaheli* Introduction With the defeat of the Saddam Hussein regime on April 9, 2003, the Ba'th ruling party was outlawed and a committee for the de-Ba'thification of Iraq was established. [1] However, the Ba'th's propaganda machine appears to have found a new abode in Paris, France, whence threats to the U.S. are issued regularly in three languages - English, French, and Spanish. Not surprisingly, the Ba'thist propagandists use the word "resistance" (in French, "la resistance") to underscore the association with the...
  • Anti-American Ba'th Activities in Paris

    11/21/2004 8:20:38 AM PST · by RepCath · 5 replies · 358+ views
    MEMRI - Middle East Media Research Institute ^ | November 19, 2004 | Dr. Nimrod Rapaheli
    With the defeat of the Saddam Hussein regime on April 9, 2003, the Ba'th ruling party was outlawed and a committee for the de-Ba'thification of Iraq was established. [1] However, the Ba'th's propaganda machine appears to have found a new abode in Paris, France, whence threats to the U.S. are issued regularly in three languages - English, French, and Spanish. Not surprisingly, the Ba'thist propagandists use the word "resistance" (in French, "la resistance") to underscore the association with the struggle against the Nazi occupation of France during WWII. The resurrection of the Ba'th Party on French soil was further strengthened...
  • Baath Party rebuilds hidden power in Iraq

    09/26/2004 2:42:13 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 637+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | Sep. 26, 2004 | Hannah Allam
    The 52-year-old professor, who did not want his name used, said his American colleagues mistakenly believed that Saddam's capture in December was the end of the Baathist movement in Iraq. Instead, he continued, that was just when party members in Iraq started reconciling with powerful Baathists in Damascus, Syria, and Amman, Jordan. The result was the return to Iraq of a handful of prominent exiled Iraqi members, who created a shadowy, neo-Baathist organization called ``Al-Islah,'' Arabic for ``The Reform.'' The group held a conference in London in early spring, according to news accounts of the private meeting and sources familiar...
  • Hussein's Baath Party remains strong

    09/09/2004 9:14:02 AM PDT · by MegaSilver · 2 replies · 364+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 09 September 2004 | Hannah Allam
    Even with former leader Saddam Hussein detained, Iraq's Baath Party is back in business, staging attacks on U.S. and Iraqi troops and recruiting disenchanted Sunni Muslims.BAGHDAD - By day, Iraqis loyal to Saddam's Hussein's much-feared Baath Party recite their oath in clandestine meetings, solicit donations from former members and talk politics over sugary tea at a Baghdad cafe known as simply ``The Party.'' By night, cells of these same men stage attacks on American and Iraqi forces, host soirees for Hussein's birthday and other former regime holidays and debrief informants still dressed in suits and ties from their jobs in...
  • Losing the Shia

    08/19/2004 3:13:09 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies · 791+ views
    NRO ^ | August 19, 2004 | Michael Rubin
    Any semblance of a ceasefire evaporated today as fierce fighting erupted around the Shrine of Imam Ali, Shii Islam's holiest site. Even if Iraqi forces lead the charge into the Shrine of Imam Ali, Iraqi Shia will blame the U.S. for any damage. Even if a peaceful solution is found, the U.S. will have lost out. It didn't have to be this way. Sadr was not initially popular among Iraqi Shia. Many Iraqis consider him responsible for the April 10, 2003 murder of Shia cleric Majid al-Khoei. Many Iraqi Shia ridiculed Sadr's October 10, 2003 declaration of a parallel government...
  • Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Says Ties Will Be Restored With Syria

    07/25/2004 9:49:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 385+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2004 | Zeina Karam
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Iraq's interim leader said Saturday that diplomatic relations between Syria and Baghdad likely will be restored soon, after years of hostility and recent tension over foreign fighters sneaking into Iraq along their shared border. Speaking to reporters after meeting with the Syrian president, Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said new formal ties "will surely happen." "Relations will be restored and they will be strong," Allawi said. "It is clear that our visit here is the beginning of a bright chapter in relations between our two brotherly people. We are opening a new page with Syria." Syria's...
  • Saddam party to get share of power in new Iraq peace plan

    07/12/2004 12:12:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 438+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 11 Jul 2004 | IAN MATHER
    Bloody hands: An Iraqi youth demonstrating in May 2004 against the participation of former Ba’ath members in the new Iraqi government. Antonio Scorza/ AFP IT IS a political party that presided over some of the most heinous war crimes of the modern age including the gassing of more than 5,000 innocent Kurds, institutionalised torture, murder and rape. Now the party that acted as the wheels of the repressive regime that was Saddam Hussein’s Iraq is being invited into the fold, as the US has allowed the former dictator’s Ba’ath party to join the country’s new assembly. When a national conference...
  • State Dept. Shenanigans in Iraq

    07/05/2004 9:51:55 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 383+ views ^ | Tuesday, July 6, 2004 | by Joel Mowbray
    When the new Iraqi interim government took the formal reins of power this past week, there was another official transfer of authority: from the Defense to the State Department overseeing the U.S. presence. But while the new Iraqi government will almost surely make its own mark, the handover from the Pentagon to State will yield little, if any, change. Why? Because State had long ago taken control of the political arena in the now-disbanded Coalition Provisional Authority, despite public appearances that it was the Pentagon’s show. The State Department, of course, is not willing to own up to its role...
  • About-turn as Allawi reaches out to purged Ba'athists

    07/01/2004 5:04:24 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 359+ views
    Financial Times ^ | June 30 2004 | Nicolas Pelham
    In a tower block of government officers inside the Green Zone, 200 Iraqi investigators screen millions of government files on a mission to purge Iraq of the regime that ruled for 36 years. They have been hired to hunt down Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath party. The walls are plastered with posters of mass graves, Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein both with their arms raised in salute, and slogans of "Ba'athism = Nazism". When Paul Bremer became coalition administrator in Baghdad in May last year, regime-change dominated thinking. Mr Bremer's first order was to fire the top four tiers of the ruling...
  • Iraq's New Leaders Ease Purge of Baathists

    06/30/2004 7:35:14 AM PDT · by Valin · 2 replies · 300+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/30/04 | Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's interim government is working to ease rules under which former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party are excluded from the administration and security forces, a government spokesman said Wednesday. The move, which follows an order by Iraq's former U.S. governor Paul Bremer to rescind a "de-Baathification" law, has outraged some former exiles who opposed Saddam Hussein. One tribal leader said uprisings could erupt in the Shi'ite south as people see their former oppressors back in power. But Georges Sada, spokesman for Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, said the policy that removed Baathists from the government and army,...
  • Former Baath members to return to public service

    06/13/2004 2:33:10 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 220+ views
    De-de-Baathification National De-Baathification Committee decides to reintegrate more than 12,000 former Baath members to public service. BAGHDAD - More than 12,000 former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party are in the process of reintegration into public service a year after losing their jobs under a now abandoned policy of punishing loyalists of the ousted regime, a senior official said Thursday. In a backtrack on its once hardline stance, the so-called National De-Baathification Committee - a body created and headed by erstwhile Pentagon favourite Ahmad Chalabi - reinstated the public servants. "Our committee, which fired 30,000 people, has decided to reintegrate...
  • Allawi Slams U.S. Over Iraq Army, Baathists to Return (he actually said "mistakes were made")

    06/06/2004 12:11:40 AM PDT · by ambrose · 14 replies · 148+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6.5.04
    Allawi Slams U.S. Over Iraq Army, Baathists to Return Sat Jun 5, 2004 01:48 PM ET By Alastair Macdonald and Lin Noueihed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's new prime minister, Iyad Allawi, condemned Washington for disbanding Saddam Hussein's army and said on Saturday his government could issue a law reinstating some former Baath party members next week. He stressed Iraq would no longer threaten its neighbors but called the U.S. dissolution of the army last year one of many grave errors since Saddam's fall and said he would rebuild strong security forces to combat violence plaguing the country. "Mistakes, big mistakes,...
  • PM abolishes committee to eradicate Baath party

    06/06/2004 9:10:27 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 11 replies · 153+ views
    Iraqpress ^ | 06/05/04 | Iraqpress
    PM abolishes committee to eradicate Baath party Baghdad, Iraq Press, June 5, 2004 – The country’s new interim leader has decided to dissolve a committee the US occupation authorities had established to sack members of the Baath party and prevent them from holding public positions. In one of his first rulings, Ayad Allawi abolished the Baath Eradication Commission, a body headed by Ahmad Jalabi, a member of the now-dissolved Governing Council. The US-led administration of Iraq is to transfer the country’s sovereignty to Allawi’s government on June 30. The interim prime minister opposed mass punishment of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party...
  • Destroying a Baath Party House ~ a Defend America Photo Essay

    05/21/2004 7:52:30 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 41 replies · 5,326+ views
    Defend America ^ | May 20, 2004
    Destroying a Baath Party House U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Hoglune, left, and Sgt. Erickson, both of the 141st Engineering Battalion tape C-4 plastic explosive to the columns of the Ramadan 14 building near Ad Dujayl, Iraq, May 6, 2004. The Ramadan 14 building is a former Baath party house being demolished by the 748th Explosive Ordinance Detachment and the 141st Engineers Battalion. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Elizabeth Erste llllllllllllll  U.S. Army Sgt. Andy Erickson of the 141st Engineering Battalion places blocks of C-4 plastic explosive into holes in the columns of the Ramadan 14 building near Ad Dujayl,...
  • Myths of Iraq: Not everything you know about Iraq is true.

    05/13/2004 9:38:13 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 14 replies · 218+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 14, 2004 | Fred Barnes
    We've all heard those classic myths of the Iraq debate that just won't go away. First, President Bush is said to have called Iraq under Saddam Hussein an "imminent" threat and, second, the connection between Saddam and al Qaeda has never been substantiated. Both are laughably false. And now there are more myths about the Iraq war, more subjective than the two classics, but still untrue. Let's start with de-Baathification, the barring from the government of the new Iraq of the top officials of Saddam's murderous Baath party. Paul Bremer, the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, made this decision...
  • Chalabi Compares U.S. Policy on Baathists with Nazis

    04/23/2004 6:12:18 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 16 replies · 113+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri, Apr 23, 2004 | Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A U.S. policy shift that may allow former Baathists join a new Iraqi government was akin to putting back Nazis in charge of Germany, Governing Council member Ahmad Chalabi said on Friday. "This policy will create major problems in the transition to democracy, endanger any government put together by U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and cause it to fall after June 30," Chalabi told Reuters. He spoke after the White House announced an overhaul of the "de-Baathification" policy, which may let some former members join an interim government being put together by the United Nations (news - web...
  • De-Baathification Policy 'Remains Intact,' Coalition Says

    04/23/2004 1:04:11 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 8 replies · 913+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | April 23, 2004 | Gerry J. Gilmore
      De-Baathification Policy 'Remains Intact,' Coalition Says By Gerry J. GilmoreAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 23, 2004 – The policy prohibiting hardcore Baathists from gaining government, military and teaching positions in the new Iraq is a good one and hasn't changed, the Coalition Provisional Authority's chief spokesman said in Baghdad today. However, Dan Senor, noted to reporters, the de-Baathification policy issued last May and implemented by Iraqi officials in January is being tweaked to ensure it is being applied fairly. "The de-Baathification policy remains intact," Senor said. "It was the right policy when it was issued … and...
  • Jobs Lost Under the Bush Administration

    03/24/2004 6:32:55 PM PST · by GulliverSwift · 5 replies · 118+ views
  • Iraqis to Have 'Lead Role' in Saddam's Trial

    03/09/2004 10:30:48 AM PST · by Calpernia · 12 replies · 210+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 9, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    The United States will provide technical support for the trial of Saddam Hussein, but the Iraqi people will have the primary role in bringing the deposed dictator to justice, a senior U.S. official said today. Dan Senor, chief spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority, pointed out during a Baghdad press briefing that civilian administrator L. Paul Bremer III met today with a delegation of U.S. Justice Department legal experts recently arrived in the country. As American and Iraqi legalists develop the format to bring Hussein and others before justice for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, Senor said the...
  • Interim Iraqi Constitution Imminent; Military Operations Continue

    02/29/2004 6:28:35 PM PST · by Calpernia · 9 replies · 257+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 29, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    Although it was apparent the Iraqi General Council would miss the U.S.-suggested deadline to establish an interim constitution, IGC member Mawaffak Rubaie asserted late Feb. 28 that the signing of the document is imminent, noting, "Failure is not an option." Speaking to reporters at a Baghdad press conference, Rubaie insisted, "We have to get this document signed and dusted and finished with … this is a must. All Iraqi people are waiting for us to release this document." Rubaie, accompanied by fellow IGC members Samir Shakir Mahmoud Sumaidy and Barham Salih, noted that all of the 25 council members "are...
  • 'Tide Of Change Now Inevitable' in Iraq, Sanchez Says

    02/26/2004 8:48:24 AM PST · by Calpernia · 6 replies · 138+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 26, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    Attacks on U.S., coalition and Iraqi security forces in Iraq will not stop the country's march toward self-governance and democracy, a senior U.S. military officer said today. "Those who attempt to prevent a free and democratic state (in Iraq) will definitely fail," Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 7, told reporters at a Baghdad press conference. "We remain undaunted," he asserted, against attacks conducted by Saddam Hussein loyalists and terrorists. He pointed out that despite anti-coalition attacks designed to intimidate Iraqis, the numbers of those volunteering for security duty continue to grow. Training facilities for...
  • Iraqis Want End to Occupation, But Don't Want Coalition to Leave

    02/23/2004 5:20:11 PM PST · by Calpernia · 11 replies · 167+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 23, 2004 | By John D. Banusiewicz
    Polls indicate Iraqis want the occupation of their country to end, but don't want the coalition to leave, the senior spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority said here today. Dan Senor said the overwhelming majority of Iraqis are grateful for their liberation and are glad that Saddam Hussein's rule is over. They want to rule themselves, he said, but they know the security situation in Iraq requires continued coalition presence. Senor and Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy operations director for Combined Joint Task Force 7, met with members of the Pentagon press corps traveling with Defense Secretary Donald H....
  • Baghdad Concert Features Donated Steinway Piano

    02/19/2004 10:48:46 AM PST · by Calpernia · 12 replies · 289+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 19, 2004 | By Donna Miles
    If music is the universal language, then the message emanating from a Steinway concert grand piano at a concert today in Baghdad, Iraq, was one of friendship and support. The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra performed its first concert today at the Baghdad Convention Center since its new grand piano arrived last month. Steinway & Sons offered to donate the piano after the orchestra performed here with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra. Steinway responded to a National Endowment for the Arts plea for companies to donate instruments to the Iraqi orchestra, which floundered under Saddam Hussein. Once the donation was made,...
  • Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing

    02/17/2004 1:12:05 PM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 117+ views
    United States Department of Defense ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2004 | Senior Advisor to the CPA, Daniel Senor and Deputy Dir for Coalition Ops Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt
    MR. SENOR: The coalition always makes every effort to issue rewards to those Iraqis who have provided us information leading to the capture of one of the 55 "most wanted" high-value targets from the former regime and others we are pursuing even beyond the list from the 55, from the deck of cards. Last month the coalition announced the capture of Khamis Sirhan al-Mohammed, the Ba'ath Party regional chairman for Karbala, for the Karbala governate. And just last week, we issued a reward of $1 million to an Iraqi who had provided critical information that led to Mr. al-Mohammed's capture....
  • Coalition Enhances Reward Program in Hunt for Enemies

    02/17/2004 10:34:56 AM PST · by Calpernia · 9 replies · 212+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 17, 2004 | By John D. Banusiewicz
    An enhanced, three-tiered reward program is the coalition's latest weapon against insurgents in Iraq, officials announced at a Baghdad news conference today. The program's top tier covers the 10 members of the "Top 55" most-wanted members of Saddam Hussein's regime who remain at large. An informant will reap $1 million for tips leading to the capture of any one of them, said Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy operations director for Combined Joint Task Force 7. Officials who had regional responsibilities in Saddam's regime now have a $200,000 price on their heads, and the coalition is offering $50,000 for information...
  • Iraqi Police Capture Another 'Top 55' Former Regime Member

    02/15/2004 6:12:42 PM PST · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 359+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 15, 2004 | Combined Joint Task Force 7
    Iraqi police captured another of the 55 most wanted members of Iraq's former regime today in Baghdad. The police force's emergency response unit arrested Muhammad Zimam abd al- Razzaq al-Sadun, No. 41 on the Iraqi "Top 55" most wanted list, at about 2 p.m. local time (6 a.m. EST) in a home in Baghdad's Saydea district. He was hiding in an upstairs room, a Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release reported. The arrest followed an Iraqi police investigation and a series of coordinated raids. A former Baath Party regional chairman, al-Sadun was turned over to coalition officials and is...
  • Terrorists Know Time Running Out as Iraqi Sovereignty Approaches

    02/15/2004 6:05:38 PM PST · by Calpernia · 17 replies · 178+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 15, 2004 | By Rudi Williams
    As the June 30 turnover of sovereignty in Iraq to the Iraqi people approaches, terrorists trying to start a civil war in the country know their window of opportunity is closing, the Coalition Provisional Authority administrator said today. Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III told "ABC News This Week" host George Stephanopoulos the 17-page letter written by fugitive Jordanian terrorist Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi seeking help from top al Qaeda leaders shows Zarqawi knows the terrorists are failing and that their time is running out. Though Iraqi security forces in particular have been targets of recent attacks, Bremer said, the Iraqi people...
  • Iraqis Arrest Baathist Leader From List of Most Wanted Saddam Followers

    02/15/2004 3:54:04 PM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 133+ views
    AP ^ | 2-15-04
    Feb 15, 2004 Iraqis Arrest Baathist Leader From List of Most Wanted Saddam Followers By Lee Keath/ Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A special Iraqi police unit arrested a senior Baath Party leader on the U.S. military's most-wanted list during a raid Sunday on his home in a Baghdad suburb. The capture of Mohammed Zimam Abdul Razaq leaves only 10 top figures still at large from the list of 55 issued after the Saddam Hussein regime fell. Abdul Razaq was No. 41, and the four of spades in the military's "deck of cards" of top fugitives. Deputy Interior...
  • Iraqi police flip first 'card'

    02/15/2004 1:05:32 PM PST · by demlosers · 10 replies · 201+ views
    News24 ^ | 15/02/2004 19:58 - (SA)
    Baghdad - An ex-Ba'ath party official on the US-led coalition's wanted list was arrested on Sunday during the first such operation conducted solely by Iraqi police, an official said here. Tension on the ground remained high one day after insurgents launched deadly twin raids on Iraqi security bases in the flashpoint town of Fallujah, and two Iraqis were killed on Sunday in a failed attack on a US convoy in Baghdad. Mohammad Zimam Abd Razzaq al-Saadun was arrested by Iraqi special police forces at 14:00 (11:00 GMT) on Sunday at his Baghdad house, said Ahmed Kazem Ibrahim, the deputy interior...
  • Jazeera TV Says Top Iraqi Baath Party Member Caught(Number 41 on the most wanted list)

    02/15/2004 4:36:24 AM PST · by Dog · 52 replies · 675+ views
    ABC/Reuters/Al Jazeera ^ | Feb 15,2004 | NA
    Jazeera TV Says Top Iraqi Baath Party Member Caught Feb. 15 — DUBAI (Reuters) - Arabic television station Al Jazeera said Sunday a senior Baath Party member on the U.S. list of most wanted Iraqis had been captured. The report from Iraq identified him as Muhammad Zimam Abd al-Razzaq al-Sadun, who was Baath Party chairman and commander of the Baath Party militia in Baghdad and was number 41 on a list of 55 most wanted Iraqis. It gave no further details. His capture, if confirmed, would bring to 44 the number caught by U.S. forces since the United States authorities...
  • Blast kills 2 soldiers; Ba'ath chief surrenders

    02/10/2004 1:09:28 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 140+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 10, 2004
    <p>BAGHDAD -- Two U.S. soldiers were killed yesterday while disposing of explosives in northern Iraq, and the military announced the surrender of a former Ba'ath Party leader.</p> <p>The explosion outside of Sinjar near the city of Mosul that killed the two soldiers and injured six appeared to have been an accident and not the result of hostile fire, said Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt.</p>
  • New Iraq Agency to Hunt Rebels

    01/30/2004 6:56:18 PM PST · by saquin · 2 replies · 1,128+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/31/04 | Edward Wong
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 30 — The Iraqi authorities, with the help of American intelligence agencies, are creating an intelligence service here that will focus on rooting out guerrilla fighters, especially those from outside the country, Iraqi and American officials said Friday. The service will employ some former agents of Saddam Hussein's security apparatus and will probably receive financing from the American government, the officials said. Many of the agents will work in the border towns of Iraq to identify foreign fighters who have slipped into the country and will monitor their activities, said Ibrahim al-Janabi, a senior member of the...
  • Thousands Turn Out To Denounce Violence, Ba’ath Party

    01/27/2004 7:01:42 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 15 replies · 367+ views
    CJTF7 ^ | Jan. 27, 2004
      Thousands Turn Out To Denounce Violence, Ba’ath Party MOSUL, Iraq (Jan. 26, 2004) – Over 2,000 members of the former Ba’ath party turned out at the Mosul Public Safety Academy to renounce their membership in the party, to denounce violence and to pledge support to a new, free and democratic Iraq. The ceremony is the largest held in the Nineveh province to date. Former officers in the Iraqi Army who were also Ba’ath party members filed into the academy and signed an agreement that disavowed their party affiliation and pledged to cooperate fully with the Coalition Provisional Authority...
  • Resistance Elements 'Brought to Their Knees,' Odierno Says

    01/22/2004 11:27:19 AM PST · by Calpernia · 9 replies · 142+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan. 22, 2004 | By Jim Garamone
    Former regime elements have been "brought to their knees" in the 4th Infantry Division area of Iraq, the division commander said in a news conference today. Speaking with Pentagon reporters here in a video conference from Tikrit, Iraq, Army Maj. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said capture of Saddam Hussein was a major defeat for the enemy. The most important result of the capture, he added, was the increase in intelligence coming from Iraqis on anti-coalition activities. The general said attacks on the coalition are down, and the intensity is less than last month. The intelligence allows division soldiers to conduct...