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  • From Bagdad to Chicago: Rezko and the Auchi empire (by former senior State, DOD official)

    10/11/2008 10:47:39 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 2,568+ views
    Wikileaks ^ | 10-10-08 | John A. Shaw
    “I first began to fathom the extent of Nadhmi Auchi's reach and corrupting influence when I was given responsibility for monitoring illegal transfers of technology and munitions to Iraq as well as overseeing all coalition transportation and communications reconstruction in Iraq." ### Barack Obama has been appropriately strident in his condemnation of the mortgage-based financial corruption which nearly led to the collapse of the investment banking system in the United States. But there are some strong smelling financial skeletons in his own closet. Obama has his own personal housing crisis that is tied not into Fanny Mae, but into a...
  • Iraqi forces kill senior al Qaeda leader

    11/07/2008 8:08:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1,519+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/7/08 | Tim Cocks
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces supported by U.S. firepower killed a senior al Qaeda leader who made car bombs and ran Islamist militant cells throughout northern Iraq, the U.S. military said on Friday. A statement said the Iraqi army and members of a U.S.- backed Sunni Arab neighborhood patrol shot Abu Ghazwan as he hid in the grass near a house they were searching on Thursday in Tarmiya, north of Baghdad. The patrol had been attacked with guns and a bomb in the house. "While further searching the area, a (neighborhood patrol) member discovered a trail booby-trapped with grenades...
  • Literacy Program Graduates First Class in Iraqi City

    10/16/2008 9:16:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 603+ views
    HAWIJAH, Iraq, Oct. 16, 2008 – The first graduation of a pilot literacy program was held yesterday at the soccer stadium here in Iraq’s Kirkuk province. The program, which began June 15 as a pilot program for the National Literary Campaign, graduated nearly 500 students. The four-month course covered basic reading, writing and math skills for employment marketability, officials said. Students attended classes four hours a day, five days a week, for completion of the National Literary Campaign's requirements. "I have worked closely with the local government leaders and watched them develop this program, through the execution of the program,...
  • US agrees to limited Iraqi jurisdiction

    10/15/2008 12:33:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 806+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/15/08 | Qassim Abdul-Zahra - ap
    BAGHDAD – American troops could face trial before Iraqi courts for major crimes committed off base and when not on missions, under a draft security pact hammered out in months of tortuous negotiations, Iraqi officials familiar with the accord said Wednesday. The draft also calls for U.S. troops to leave Iraqi cities by the end of June and withdraw from the country entirely by Dec. 31, 2011, unless the Baghdad government asks some of them to stay for training or security support, the officials said. It would also give the Iraqis a greater role in U.S. military operations and full...

    10/06/2008 9:21:53 AM PDT · by sportsone234 · 525+ views
    I can’t let this one go by. Welcome to the future if we let Islamic fundamentalists/extremists win the War on Terror. ... Mosul (AsiaNews) - A new attack against the Christians in Mosul: yesterday afternoon, an armed group assassinated Hazim Thomaso Youssif, age 40.The ambush took place in front of his clothing store in Bab Sarray; it is not yet known who ordered the killing, but it is suspected that it is the work of Islamic fundamentalists, in a city that has long been the theater of deadly attacks on the Christian community.
  • IEDs ‘Largely Ineffective’ in Iraqi Province, U.S. Officer Says

    09/04/2008 5:37:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 566+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2008 – The enemy’s use of improvised explosive devices continues to decline in northern Iraq’s Salahuddin province, a senior U.S. officer posted there said today. Consequently, “the situation here continues to improve from a security standpoint,” Army Col. Scott McBride, commander of the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, told Pentagon reporters during a satellite-carried news conference. McBride’s unit is based in Tikrit, northwest of Baghdad in Salahuddin province. The 4,000-member brigade is a component of Multinational Division North, and it has been in Iraq for about a year. The enemy is still active in Salahuddin...
  • Face of Defense: Baghdad Native Returns to Iraq as American Airman

    08/08/2008 4:06:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 791+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Staff Sgt. Don Branum, USAF
    BALAD, Iraq , Aug. 8, 2008 – Air Force Airman 1st Class Murad Mohiadeen's story crosses two continents and spans more than 7,500 miles. It begins with his birth in Iraq 20 years ago and continues today as the story of an American airman who is part of the coalition's efforts to win the peace in Iraq. Air Force Airman 1st Class Murad Mohiadeen defends an entry control point near the Air Force Theater Hospital at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Aug. 2, 2008. Mohiadeen, a native of Baghdad, was raised in the United States when his family emigrated from...
  • Why al-Qaeda Lost the Hearts and Minds of Iraqis

    08/02/2008 11:54:39 AM PDT · by zimfam007 · 4 replies · 784+ views ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Short video of the good in Iraq
  • Iraqi Navy: Progress, Prospects, and Problems

    07/23/2008 7:13:53 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 419+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-23-08 | Scott Malensek
    Yesterday I had an interesting conference call with Royal Navy Captain Paul Abraham. He is the Director of Maritime Strategic Transition Team in Iraq. The call focused on the development of the Iraqi Navy (no, it's not a joke. They DO have a Navy); specifically: " his experiences working with Iraqi partners in building and developing the Iraqi Navy, which led to their recent operational success in seizing control of their own territorial port of Umm Qasr, protecting 90 percent of all of Iraq's imports and exports." Currently, the Iraqi Navy consists of about a dozen hard-used small patrol boats...
  • Iraq's Sunni Arab bloc rejoins government (They're BAack!!)

    07/19/2008 1:53:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 418+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/19/08 | Waleed Ibrahim
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's main Sunni Arab bloc rejoined the Shi'ite-led government on Saturday in a breakthrough for national reconciliation after parliament approved its candidates for several vacant ministerial posts. Getting the Accordance Front to return after it quit a year ago in a row over power sharing has been seen as key to healing divisions between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunni Arabs. Sunni Arabs have little voice in the current cabinet, which is dominated by Shi'ites and ethnic Kurds. "Today, parliament voted to accept our candidates ... This means the Accordance Front has officially returned to the government," a...
  • Will Talabani apologize for Barak handshake?

    07/05/2008 2:17:35 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 265+ views
    Several members of the Iraqi parliament called on President Jalal Talabani on Friday to apologize for shaking hands with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at Socialist International Conference in Greece on Tuesday. Al Sadr Front MP Ahmad Al Massoudi accused President Talabani of violating the Iraqi law saying the handshake was a slap in the face for the Iraqi people. Ali A Adeeb, Al Dawa party, said the handshake was unacceptable calling on President Talabani to apologize.
  • Rare Iraqi Jewish books 'surface in Israel'

    06/27/2008 11:00:51 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 293+ views ^ | 6-27-08 | AFP
    Some 300 rare and valuable books confiscated from Iraq's Jewish community by Saddam Hussein's regime have been secretly spirited into Israel, an Israeli newspaper reported on Friday. The books include a 1487 commentary on the biblical Book of Job and another volume of biblical prophets printed in Venice in 1617, the Haaretz daily said. The volumes are part of a massive collection of books confiscated by the secret police of the executed Iraqi dictator and stored in security installations in the Iraqi capital until the US-led invasion of 2003. Many volumes were damaged during the bombing of government buildings in...
  • Iraqi violence down and gov't confidence rising (from the AP chief of bureau in Baghdad)

    06/16/2008 12:43:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 322+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/16/08 | Robert Reid - ap
    BAGHDAD - Signs are emerging that Iraq has reached a turning point. Violence is down, armed extremists are in disarray, government confidence is rising and sectarian communities are gearing up for a battle at the polls rather than slaughter in the streets. Those positive signs are attracting little attention in the United States, where the war-weary public is focused on the American presidential contest and skeptical of talk of success after so many years of unfounded optimism by the war's supporters. Unquestionably, the security and political situation in Iraq is fragile. U.S. commanders warn repeatedly that security gains are reversible....
  • Lawmakers loyal to al-Sadr denounce Iraqi gov't ("black clouds" on the horizon for truces)

    05/24/2008 9:28:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 344+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/24/08 | Hamid Ahmed - ap
    BAGHDAD - Lawmakers loyal to anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr accused the Iraqi government of trying to crush the movement and warned Saturday of "black clouds" on the horizon for truces that have eased fighting between al-Sadr's militia and security forces. The Sadrist Movement has heightened its rhetoric against the government in recent days, raising concerns over the cease-fires in the southern city of Basra and Baghdad's Sadr City district, the stronghold of al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia. Still, the lawmakers and other al-Sadr officials said they are adhering to the truces. The cease-fires are crucial to Iraqi security forces' sweeps in...
  • Iraqi leader takes charge of offensive in Mosul (PM Nouri al-Maliki takes personal charge)

    05/14/2008 1:48:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 334+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/14/08 | Sinan Salaheddin - ap
    BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki took personal charge Wednesday of a military operation to rout al-Qaida in Iraq in what the U.S. has described as the terror group's last major stronghold, even as a tenuous cease-fire took hold over Baghdad's Sadr City slum. The campaign in the northern city of Mosul was the third by al-Maliki in two months as he attempts to stamp out Shiite militants and Sunni extremists across the country. Also Wednesday, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded 40 in an attack on a funeral tent in a village west of Baghdad, Iraqi police...
  • New law would recreate Iraqi oil company (Iraqi National Oil Co.)

    04/05/2008 5:23:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 183+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/5/08 | Sinan Salaheddin - ap
    BAGHDAD - A parliamentary committee is working on a pair of oil-related draft bills, one to re-establish the state-run oil company and another to fight oil smuggling, a senior lawmaker said Saturday. Abdul-Hadi al-Hassani, deputy chairman of the committee on oil, gas and natural resources, said legislation to re-establish the Iraqi National Oil Co., was likely to be presented to parliament on Tuesday. The measure is part of a package which also includes legislation to regulate the country's oil sector, reorganize the Oil Ministry and distribute revenues among Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish regions. Al-Hassani said he was uncertain when the...
  • Sadr militia battle troops in four Iraqi cities (civil disobedience campaign escalating?)

    03/25/2008 11:36:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,182+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/08 | Ammar Karim
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - Moqtada al-Sadr's militiamen Tuesday battled troops in four Iraqi cities on Tuesday, including the capital, as the hardline Shiite cleric threatened a countrywide campaign of civil revolt. Heavy clashes broke out between Sadr's Mahdi Army fighters in the southern oil city of Basra, killing at least seven people and wounding 48, and in Kut and Hilla, both south of Baghdad, officials said. As evening fell, Mahdi Army fighters fought with Iraqi and US forces in their Sadr City bastion in eastern Baghdad for the first time since last October, a security official and witnesses told AFP. Troops...
  • Iraqi police raid Mehdi Army strongholds (in southern city of Kut after militia broke a ceasefire)

    03/12/2008 11:43:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 613+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/12/08 | Ross Colvin
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police raided strongholds of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army in the southern city of Kut on Wednesday after the militia broke a ceasefire and clashed with security forces a day earlier. The city's police chief said at least 11 people were killed in Tuesday's gunbattles in which U.S. special forces called in air strikes after Iraqi authorities asked them for help. With U.S. forces already stretched by an upsurge in violence in Iraq since January, such ceasefire violations are a worrying development. U.S. commanders have credited the ceasefire with sharply reducing sectarian bloodshed that threatened...
  • Protest Planned for Exhibit Opening (Iraqi Presents Kill Bush Video Game)

    03/10/2008 3:13:39 AM PDT · by isrul · 10 replies · 635+ views
    Troy Record ^ | 03/08/08 | Tom Caprood
    TROY — The Sanctuary for Independent Media will host a controversial exhibit in which an artist portrays himself as a suicide bomber on a mission to kill the president starting at 6 p.m. Monday. The exhibit, created by Wafaa Bilal, is described as a “Virtual Jihadi” and was recently suspended by officials at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute because of concerns about its intent and al-Qaida content. “Like many others, I did not have a chance to see Wafaa’s exhibit in its original form and hope the community will take advantage of this chance to appreciate it,” said Steve Pierce, an adjunct...
  • Iraqi cabinet OKs deals with oil giants

    03/05/2008 8:55:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 515+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/5/08 | Sinan Salaheddin - ap
    BAGHDAD - Iraq's cabinet has given the green light to the Oil Ministry to sign agreements with international oil companies to help increase the nation's crude output, a ministry official said Wednesday. The two-year deals, known as technical support agreements, or TSAs, are designed to develop five producing fields to add 500,000 barrels per day to the country's 2.4 million barrels per day output. Last December, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, BP PLC, ExxonMobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. submitted technical and financial proposals for the five fields and received counterproposals from the Iraqi side. In January, representatives from the companies and...