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  • Muslims Gang Rape Elderly American Woman In Colorado

    01/22/2014 11:28:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Western Journalism Center ^ | 1/22/14 | Newseditor
    The victim was an elderly woman who was invited by the Iraqis for what she believed to be lemonade; and what occurred afterwards, the woman cannot even remember.
  • Slow-acting killer that was Saddam's favourite instrument of vengeance

    11/19/2006 11:31:47 PM PST · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Times ^ | November 20, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    On New Year’s Day in 1988, Abdullah Ali, an Iraqi businessman who had been living in London for eight years, joined three compatriots for dinner at a restaurant called Cleopatra in Notting Hill.The next morning, he was taken ill with flu-like symptoms and was admitted to hospital. There his condition rapidly deteriorated — his hair fell out, he developed excruciating skin and joint pain, and paralysis and respiratory failure began to set in. Fifteen days later he was dead — but not before he had begun to wonder whether something had been added to his vodka. He was right: the...
  • Spain links Syrian cabal to Sept. 11 plot--Prosecutors follow the money trail

    10/19/2003 4:03:02 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 228+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 19, 2003 | John Crewdson, Drew Crosby
    By John Crewdson, Tribune senior correspondent. Reporting and research assistance was provided by Drew Crosby in Madrid MADRID -- The most sweeping criminal indictment to arise thus far from the Sept. 11 attacks reflects a quiet but dramatic change in understanding by investigators here and across Europe of the terrorist organization known as Al Qaeda, and the international Islamic radical-terrorist network of which, they now agree, it is merely a part. As laid out in the indictment, the defendants' alleged activities--from arranging travel and providing introductions to procuring false documents and, especially, moving money--provide the first detailed look at one...
  • The Naysayer

    11/21/2005 2:15:32 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 6 replies · 393+ views
    WeeklyStandard.com ^ | November 21, 2005 | Thomas Joscelyn
    N THE AFTERMATH of September 11, more than several former national security and intelligence officials fashioned new careers as critics of the Bush administration's war on terror. Among the more prominent of these former officials is Daniel Benjamin, who worked for the National Security Council from 1994 to 1999. Benjamin's criticism flows from his belief that prior to the war in Iraq, as he wrote in Time magazine earlier this year, "there was no pre-existing relationship between Baghdad and al-Qaeda." Still worse, the invasion of Iraq has made us "less safe" and "above all, the invasion and occupation of Iraq--have...
  • Police release Charles Bishop suicide note (15 yr old Tampa plane suicide, Osama sympathizer)

    02/06/2002 10:05:38 AM PST · by Registered · 196 replies · 1,664+ views
    ap yahoo news ^ | 02.06.02 | AP
      1-5-01 Kid didn't know it was '02 yet. I have prepared this statement in regards to the act I am about to commit. First of all, Osama bin Laden is absolutely justified in the terror he has caused on 9-11. He has brought a mighty nation to its knees! God blesses him and the others who helped make September 11th happen. The U.S. will have to face the consequences for its horrific actions against the Palestinian people and (illegible, could be Iraq?) by its allegiance with the monstrous Israelis who want nothing short of world domination! You will ...
  • On anniversary of cathedral massacre, 42 Iraqis remembered as martyrs

    11/01/2011 6:31:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | October 31, 2011 | Alan Holdren
    Rome, Italy, Oct 30, 2011 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the first anniversary of the massacre at Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation Cathedral, the 42 worshipers killed were remembered as martyrs and their intercession was sought on behalf of Iraq’s still besieged Christian community. Three children, two priests and a pregnant woman were among those killed when five Islamic militants linked to the terrorist group al-Qaida scaled an outer wall, entered the church and opened fire on Oct. 31, 2010.Today, in an intimate memorial Mass held at Rome's Santa Maria della Concezione Church, Catholics prayed for the living — the...
  • Profiles of the terror suspects: The Iraqi junior doctor and the 'brilliant' neurologist

    07/02/2007 5:41:41 PM PDT · by Shermy · 30 replies · 1,121+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | July 3, 2007
    The suspected ringleader of the failed bomb plot has been named as 'brilliant neurologist' Mohammed Asha, 26. Saudi-born Asha, 26, was arrested with his 27-year-old wife, who was in traditional Muslim dress, on the M6 in Cheshire on Saturday night. They were in a car with their two-year-old son when police were believed to have been alerted to Dr Asha's car after his number plate flashed up on an automatic recognition camera. He is believed to being questioned over possible links to the two Mercedes packed with gas canisters, petrol and nails found in the West End on Friday. The...
  • Fix political impasse before you go, Iraqis tell U.S.

    09/01/2010 12:36:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    reuters ^ | 9/1/10 | Aseel Kami
    President Barack Obama is pushing Iraq's democracy out of the nest before it can fly and abandoning Iraqis while they are still at war, many Iraqis said on Wednesday after the end of U.S. combat operations. Obama said in an address on Tuesday that it was "time to turn the page" in Iraq, declaring the Iraqi people now had primary responsibility for their security and future.
  • Iraqis say 'wrong time' for US withdrawal: poll

    08/24/2010 8:30:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    AFP ^ | 24 August 2010
    A majority of Iraqis believe it was the wrong time for a major withdrawal of US combat troops, a poll said on Tuesday, with more than half also warning that it would have negative consequences. When asked if it was the right time for American soldiers to leave -- the US military earlier confirmed troop numbers in Iraq had fallen under 50,000 for the first time -- 59.8 percent said no, compared to 39.5 percent who said yes. 51 percent said the withdrawal would have a negative effect, compared to 25.8 percent who said it would be positive.
  • Despite troubled economy Iraqi refugees come to Detroit

    11/23/2009 2:16:36 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 20 replies · 539+ views
    Examiner.Com ^ | 11/23/09 | Staff
    Detroit – Tens of thousands have fled Michigan’s troubled economy, yet Iraqi refugees continue to move here. It is the cultural support from Michigan’s large Middle Eastern community that continues to attract the refugees despite a U.S. effort to place them in cities where they stand a better chance of financial success. A U.S. government policy is trying to limit refugee resettlements in the Detroit area. However the Detroit area saw a big jump in Iraqi refugees from other U.S. cities, according to a Michigan-based refugee resettlement agency. For Rawaa Bahoo and Sinan Shamsulddin. both Iraqi refugees never intended to...
  • Police: Strict Iraqi Father Ran Daughter Down

    10/23/2009 1:07:46 PM PDT · by AuntB · 25 replies · 1,805+ views
    Fox News ^ | Oct. 22, 2009 | Fox News
    PEORIA, Ariz. - Peoria police are looking for a father suspected of running down his daughter because she was becoming too "westernized" and was not living according to their traditional Iraqi values. Peoria police say 48-year-old Faleh Hassan Almaleki of Glendale allegedly ran his daughter down Tuesday at an Arizona Department of Economic Security parking lot in Peoria. "When I walked out the door I saw two ladies on the ground, so my first thought was some kind of domestic dispute," says witness Synthia Diaz. The victim, 20-year-old Noor Faleh Almaleki of Surprise, is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. A second...
  • Iraqis find Iranian-made rockets after U.S. attacked

    08/18/2009 9:05:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies · 196+ views
    nctimes.com ^ | 8/18/09 | SAMEER N. YACOUB
    BAGHDAD -- U.S.-backed Iraqi troops seized a launcher loaded with more than a dozen Iranian-made rockets and detained three suspected militants after an attack against the American base outside the southern city of Basra, officials said Tuesday. Col. Karim al-Zaidi said the missiles were found in an eastern section of Iraq's second largest city after rockets targeted the U.S. base Monday evening. The U.S. military confirmed that 16 rockets were found and three suspects detained by Iraqi troops who responded to the attack. It said no casualties were reported. The oil-rich area of Basra has been a Shiite militia stronghold...
  • Iraqis find Iranian-made rockets after US attacked (base near Basra attacked on Monday evening)

    08/18/2009 12:51:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 708+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/18/09 | Sameer N. Yacoub - ap
    BAGHDAD – U.S.-backed Iraqi troops seized a launcher loaded with more than a dozen Iranian-made rockets and detained three suspected militants after an attack against the American base outside the southern city of Basra, officials said Tuesday. Col. Karim al-Zaidi said the missiles were found in an eastern section of Iraq's second largest city after rockets targeted the U.S. base Monday evening. The U.S. military confirmed that 16 rockets were found and three suspects detained by Iraqi troops who responded to the attack. It said no casualties were reported.
  • Four Iraqis convicted of rape of 14-year-old and expelled for life

    08/18/2009 4:03:34 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 29 replies · 1,608+ views
    Violent turmoil in Kolding courtroom following conviction Thursday evening four Iraqis were expelled for life from Denmark by the Western Appeals Court in Kolding. The men were convicted of raping a 14-year-old Danish girl repeatedly at the Vorbasse Fair, July 2008. The case was an appeal case from February this year, where the four Iraqis in a District Court [first instance — translator] received a suspended verdict. The State Attorney appealed the suspended verdict and demanded unconditional deportation for life and an augmented sentence. After the ruling was handed down things turned into violent turmoil. Penalty The four Iraqis were...
  • ...of Two Senior Officials Responsible for Iraqi Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons

    08/14/2009 2:21:28 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 408+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | August 14, 2009 | Statement by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ___________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release August 14, 2009 Statement by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on the Appointment of Two Senior Officials Responsible for Iraqi Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons President Obama has long made clear that the United States is committed to working closely with the Iraqi government to aid Iraqis who have been displaced or are otherwise vulnerable as a result of the violence in Iraq. Since April, the United States has made available approximately $196 million in additional support for these...
  • Joe Biden: Iraqis on own if violence flares

    07/05/2009 12:48:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies · 1,158+ views
    Politico ^ | 7/5/09 | MIKE ALLEN
    Vice President Joseph Biden told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview taped in Iraq on Saturday for "This Week" that the United States does not intend to slow its withdrawal plan in Iraq even if violence spikes after U.S. troops leave. Asked what happens "if the violence flares up again," the vice president replied, Well, that's going to be a tragic outcome for the Iraqi people. We made a commitment." Stephanopoulos then asked, "are we going to put our lives on the line again," if violence flares back up in Iraq, and Biden flatly said "no."
  • 'It's Time for the Iraqis to Step Up'

    05/14/2009 8:42:39 PM PDT · by PeteePie · 7 replies · 462+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, May 10, 2009 | Ernesto Londoño
    BAGHDAD -- Under the glare of a Humvee's headlights, Brad Blauser broke a sweat assembling a pediatric wheelchair as a small group of Iraqi soldiers observed quietly. The idea was to train the Iraqis so that when the time came to distribute the wheelchairs, Blauser and the 20 or so U.S. soldiers who coordinated the giveaway could fade into the background as Iraqi troops presented 32 fully assembled wheelchairs to disabled children. "We're trying to build rapport," said Staff Sgt. Craig Jackson, 34, of Pennsylvania, one of the squad leaders working with Blauser. "Show them that their government is trying...
  • As Marines' exit gathers pace, some Iraqis fret

    04/11/2009 2:32:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 808+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/11/09 | Chelsea J. Carter - ap
    RAMADI, Iraq – As the Marine Corps shrinks its footprint in Iraq's western desert, Iraqi community leaders here are publicly voicing worries about what will happen once the Americans are gone. They fear a wave of corruption and the return of the insurgency that once held sway over the area. Marines have begun divorcing themselves from the task of advising local leaders, the clearest signal that their role in Anbar province is quickly nearing its end. An Associated Press reporter embedded with the troops witnessed two cases in a single day of Iraqis — a headmistress and a party of...
  • Celebrating freedom: Thousands of Iraqis rally against U.S.

    04/10/2009 9:09:09 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies · 622+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | April 9, 2009 | Corinne Reilly and Sahar Issa
    BAGHDAD — Six years after the U.S. overthrew Saddam Hussein's government, tens of thousands of Iraqis gathered in the rain in Iraq's capital Thursday to mark the anniversary and renew calls for an American withdrawal. The demonstrators came in response to calls by Muqtada al Sadr, the influential Shiite cleric who's long decried the U.S. military's occupation, but there were also Sunni Muslims in the crowd. Draped in Iraqi flags and chanting, protesters packed Baghdad's Firdous Square, where six years ago a crowd cheered the destruction of a statue of Saddam. "No, no to America," demonstrators repeated Thursday. "No, no...
  • (illegal)Texas man accused of smuggling 3 Iraqis into US(Juan De Dios Martinez Vela)

    03/19/2009 9:07:44 AM PDT · by Tigen · 12 replies · 786+ views
    JPost ^ | Mar 19, 2009 | AP
    A Sullivan City man accused of smuggling three Iraqis into the United States was set to appear for a detention hearing Thursday. Prosecutors allege Juan De Dios Martinez Vela, 28, sneaked the men across the Rio Grande as part of a smuggling network with links to the Middle East.
  • EU ready to accept 10,000 Iraqis

    11/28/2008 10:31:14 AM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 437+ views
    BBC ^ | 28 Nov 2008 | BBC
    The European Union says it is ready to accept up to 10,000 Iraqi refugees, many of whom are living in extreme hardship in Jordan and Syria. The agreement came at an EU meeting in Brussels on Thursday, where interior ministers received a new report on conditions at refugee camps. Germany said it would take in about 2,500 of the refugees. Priority will be given to those with medical needs, torture victims, single mothers and religious minorities. The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, welcomed the EU pledge as a "positive step", saying it had been pressing the EU for 18 months...
  • Why al-Qaeda Lost the Hearts and Minds of Iraqis

    08/02/2008 11:54:39 AM PDT · by zimfam007 · 4 replies · 784+ views
    Floppingaces.net ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Short video of the good in Iraq
  • Osama's Best Friend: The further connections between al Qaeda and Saddam

    10/25/2003 10:00:38 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 22 replies · 4,934+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/03/03 | Stephen F. Hayes
    IN A LITTLE-NOTICED DECISION in a New York courtroom on September 25, 2003, a man described as Osama bin Laden's "best friend" got some good news. U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts ruled that Mahmdouh Mahmud Salim could not be sentenced to life in prison. Salim--who was present at the founding of al Qaeda in 1989 and who was for years one of bin Laden's most trusted confidants--had been captured in Germany in 1998 and extradited to the United States for prosecution related to his role in the grand conspiracy that resulted in the 1998 bombings at U.S. embassies in...
  • Iraqis clear way for provincial vote (a major step toward easing sectarian rifts)

    03/19/2008 1:59:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 196+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/19/08 | Robert H. Reid - ap
    BAGHDAD - Under strong U.S. pressure, Iraq's presidential council signed off Wednesday on a measure paving the way for provincial elections by the fall, a major step toward easing sectarian rifts as the nation marks the fifth anniversary of the war. The decision by the council, made up of the country's president and two vice presidents, lays the groundwork for voters to choose new leaders of Iraq's 18 provinces. The elections open the door to greater Sunni representation in regional administrations. Many Sunnis boycotted the last election for provincial officials in January 2005, enabling Shiites and Kurds to win a...
  • Violence Leaves Young Iraqis Doubting Clerics

    03/04/2008 2:27:49 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 26 replies · 116+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3/04/08 | Sabrina Tavernise
    BAGHDAD — After almost five years of war, many young people in Iraq, exhausted by constant firsthand exposure to the violence of religious extremism, say they have grown disillusioned with religious leaders and skeptical of the faith that they preach. In two months of interviews with 40 young people in five Iraqi cities, a pattern of disenchantment emerged, in which young Iraqis, both poor and middle class, blamed clerics for the violence and the restrictions that have narrowed their lives. “I hate Islam and all the clerics because they limit our freedom every day and their instruction became heavy over...
  • January 2008 - Update on Iraqi Casualty Data (barf alert)

    01/30/2008 5:48:56 AM PST · by Abathar · 8 replies · 355+ views
    Further survey work undertaken by ORB, in association with its research partner IIACSS, confirms our earlier estimate that over 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have died as a result of the conflict which started in 2003. Following responses to ORB’s earlier work, which was based on survey work undertaken in primarily urban locations, we have conducted almost 600 additional interviews in rural communities. By and large the results are in line with the ‘urban results’ and we now estimate that the death toll between March 2003 and August 2007 is likely to have been of the order of 1,033,000. If one takes...
  • ‘Operation Raider Harvest’ Provides Humanitarian Aid to Iraqis in Need

    01/16/2008 3:27:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 66+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. John Crosby, USA
    Iraqi children eat candy canes and play together during a humanitarian aid drop in Mansuriyah, Jan. 13, conducted by the Iraqi Army and Soldiers of Troop G, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis, Wash. Photo by Spc. John Crosby, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. MANSURIYAH — Operation Raider Harvest, a large scale operation in the Northern Diyala River Valley involving more than 4,000 troops from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis, Wash., is shifting focus from a clearing operation to a rebuilding operation. The...
  • Iraqis mark successful Hajj travel period in Iraq (America's Triumph, Thanks Troops)

    01/08/2008 12:26:33 PM PST · by Son House · 5 replies · 71+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq ^ | Tuesday, 08 January 2008 | Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
    BAGHDAD – Pilgrims traveling from Iraq to Mecca in the annual observance of the Hajj experienced a peaceful travel period this year with no reported violent incidents. At the conclusion of the Hajj travel period, more than 30,000 Iraqi pilgrims will have traveled to and from Mecca by air and ground. Iraqis traveled through six ports of entry during the annual pilgrimage from Dec. 11 through Jan. 7. The pilgrims traveled by air transportation from Baghdad, Irbil, Mosul and Basra while others moved by ground transportation from Safwan and Ara’r. In preparation for Hajj travel, the Mosul airport reopened after...
  • US Admissions of Iraqi Refugees Lagging

    01/07/2008 8:15:53 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 10 replies · 90+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 3, 2008 | MATTHEW LEE
    WASHINGTON - U.S. admissions of Iraqi refugees are nose-diving amid bureaucratic in-fighting despite the Bush administration's pledge to boost them to roughly 1,000 per month, according to State Department statistics obtained by The Associated Press. For the third straight month since the United States said it would improve processing and resettle 12,000 Iraqis by the end of the current budget year on Sept. 30., the number admitted has actually slid, the figures show. The steady decline -- from 450 in October to 362 in November and 245 in December -- means the administration will have to allow in 10,943 Iraqis...
  • Iraqis line up for business grants

    01/04/2008 4:44:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 146+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Review ^ | Bill Hess Embed w/40th Exped. Sig Bn.
    PATROL BASE CORREGIDOR, Iraq — When a platoon of soldiers returned to this small Army outpost in Iraqi farmland Thursday afternoon, the group’s leader had 30 requests for business grants. Sitting in a meeting room of Sheik Hatim Mehow’s house, 1st Lt. Wyatt Ottmar had a number of local residents lined up to be questioned why their micro-grant should be approved. Initially expecting 15 applicants, people kept arriving with grant forms filled in until double the number of applicants anticipated arrived, as Ottmar and his senior noncommissioned officer Sgt. 1st Class William Genthner took turns going through the forms and...
  • Odierno Calls for ‘Full, Complete’ Partnership With Iraqis

    12/19/2007 3:43:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 92+ views
    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, Dec. 19, 2007 – There must be a “full and complete” partnership between coalition and Iraqi security forces for success in the country, the coalition’s day-to-day commander of ground operations in Iraq said here today. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, spoke as the 1st Cavalry Division – commanded by Army Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil – transferred authority for Multinational Division Baghdad to the 4th Infantry Division – under Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond – during a ceremony here. Odierno said that when the 1st Cavalry took command of the Multinational...
  • Iraqis Taking Charge of Their Own Security

    11/23/2007 7:18:06 AM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 195+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Elvyn Nieves
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi citizens are taking back their streets from extremists by taking security into their own hands. The Iraqi Security Volunteer program, an Iraqi project funded by the government of Iraq, allows volunteers from local communities to protect their own neighborhoods. The ISVs receive a three-day training program at Coalition Outpost War Eagle where they learn some basic vehicle checks and how to conduct themselves on the streets, as well as weapons training with an AK-47. “When you have local citizens patrolling their own streets, they have a sincere interest in keeping it safe,” said 1st Lt. John Suh,...
  • Program Helps to Employ Iraqis, Improve Living Standards

    10/31/2007 5:06:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 89+ views
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Oct. 31, 2007 – A signing ceremony at the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office here yesterday marked the start of a Multinational Force Iraq initiative to improve the living standards of area citizens through increased employment opportunities. (Left to right) Navy Capts. John Moore and Lynn Brantley, Army Brig. Gen. Steve Anderson and Army Lt. Col. Danny Tilzey discuss the importance of the I-BIZ initiative during a signing ceremony at the Camp Victory, Iraq, Defense Reutilization Management Office, Oct. 30, 2007. Photo by Lt. Frank Solorzano, USN  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Iraqi Business,...
  • What Goes Around, Comes Around

    10/29/2007 8:13:46 AM PDT · by sono · 4 replies · 65+ views
    OPFOR ^ | 10/26/2007... | Rich Lowry
    I received a press release from Baghdad today, which I know the mainstream media will not pass on to you all. Here is an example of Iraqi charity and gratitude which touched my soul. Imagine how incredibly generous these soldiers are. They have little to support their own families. It’s not enough that they are fighting daily to bring peace to their country. They are actually reaching out to help unfortunate Americans. ...Iraqi Army at Besmaya Installation Support San Diego Fire Victims By U.S. Army Sgt 1st Class Charlene Sipperly Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq Public Affairs BAGHDAD, Iraq...
  • Op-Ed: Know Thy Enemy (pimping for America's defeat)

    10/17/2007 10:11:58 PM PDT · by dervish · 5 replies · 214+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/18/07 | NY Times
    Video link
  • U.S. Will Speed Entry Of Refugees From Iraq

    09/24/2007 7:10:38 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 14 replies · 69+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 22, 2007 | Paul Lewis
    About 12,000 Iraqi refugees will be admitted into the United States over the next year as measures to speed up the process begin to take effect, government officials said yesterday. The new target represents an increase in the number and pace of Iraqi refugees entering the country and means that 17 percent of the 70,000 refugees expected to be admitted next year will come from Iraq, officials from the State Department told reporters... In February, State Department officials promised to expand their commitment to Iraqi refugees, but long delays in reviewing applications have drawn sharp criticism.. Officials said that of...
  • Iraqi National Executed in Okla.

    12/06/2001 9:47:56 PM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 7 replies · 68+ views
    AP | 12/06/01 | Rochelle Hines
    Thursday December 6 10:40 PM ET Iraqi National Executed in Okla. By ROCHELLE HINES, Associated Press Writer McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - An Iraqi national who stabbed his wife and her uncle to death in 1992 was executed Thursday. Sahib Al-Mosawi, 53, was sentenced to death in 1994. He did not request a clemency hearing and had no appeals pending. He was executed by injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. He met his wife and her family at a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia after they left Iraq in 1991 during the Persian Gulf War (news - web sites). Their marriage ...
  • Soldiers, Iraqis clear out al-Qaeda along Tigris

    09/14/2007 6:13:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 262+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq | Maj. Joe Sowers
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Coalition troops teamed with Iraqi policemen and concerned local citizens to rid a major road of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and al-Qaeda cell members during a two-day operation in Tuwaitha. The purpose of the mission was to not just clear the route, but to also establish an Iraqi capability to keep the route safe for civilian and military traffic. Capt. Brian Gilbert, of Boise, Idaho, commander of Company D, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd (Heavy) Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, currently attached to 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, was met by about 60...
  • Why We Serve: U.S. Helping Iraqis to Achieve Freedom, Marine Says

    09/14/2007 4:40:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 210+ views
    Why We Serve ^ | Gerry J. Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2007 – When people ask him why the U.S. military should be helping Iraq establish a free and stable society, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeremy M. de Vries cites how France helped the American colonies gain their independence from Great Britain during the Revolutionary War. De Vries is one of eight servicemembers who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan or the Horn of Africa who have been speaking to American community groups and businesses across the nation as part of the Defense Department’s “Why We Serve” public-outreach program. “If it wasn’t for the French support, with supplies and...
  • American, Two Iraqi's Are Charged In Tijuana

    02/02/2005 8:04:35 AM PST · by txdoda · 61 replies · 1,507+ views
    signonsandiego.com ^ | 2-2-05 | Anna Carley
    February 2, 2005 TIJUANA – An American man and two Iraqis arrested at the Tijuana airport last week have been charged with immigration violations, according to Mexican authorities. A Mexican federal judge will determine whether to dismiss the charges or proceed with a trial. The men are being held at a state prison in Tijuana. The three flew to Tijuana from Mexico City Jan. 26 on an Aeromexico flight, but they were stopped by Mexican immigration authorities who inspected their documents, according to Mexican authorities. The Iraqis – later identified as Steven Yohanan Kurkis and Kaml Meti Bashar – showed...
  • Poll: Iraqis say US troops not helping

    09/10/2007 5:32:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 1,418+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/10/07 | Alan Fram - ap
    WASHINGTON - Overwhelming numbers of Iraqis say the U.S. troop buildup has worsened security and the prospects for economic and political progress in their country, according to a poll released Monday that provides a strikingly bleak appraisal of the war. Forty-seven percent want American forces and their coalition allies to leave the country immediately, the survey showed, 12 points more than said so in a March poll as the troop increase was beginning. And 57 percent — including nearly all Sunnis and half of Shiites — said they consider attacks on coalition forces acceptable, a slight increase over the past...
  • Iraqis see little to applaud (Barf Alert!)

    09/10/2007 3:48:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 320+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/10/07 | AP
    The Associated Press asked Iraqis for their reactions to some of the key points raised by Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker about the situation in Iraq. ___ Abdul-Salam Ibrahim, 52, retired army officer and Sunni in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown: "What is new today is the American's frank admission, even if they knew that before, of their monumental failure. This is what made them acknowledge that there is Iranian intervention in Iraq. If they stay in Iraq, it will be a catastrophe. Anbar is not the place to judge. That place should be the capital Baghdad, where...
  • Apache Troop, Iraqis reopen Elementary School

    09/07/2007 4:29:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 276+ views
    After leaving a ceremony to reopen the Al Aflaph Elementary School in Salhiyah, Capt. Joseph Guzowski, left, the commander of Troop A, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and Staff Sgt. Justin Miller, stop to play a game of foosball with some of the local children. Photo by Spc. Robert Yde, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — One of the biggest changes that Capt. Joseph Guzowski has seen since his last deployment here three years ago is the dramatic transformation of the relationships between Coalition forces and the local...
  • Viking Red Marines Train Iraqis to Keep Judges Safe

    08/31/2007 6:10:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Cpl. Eric C. Schwartz
    U.S. Marines with Viking Red Section, Mobile Assault Platoon, Regimental Combat Team 2, observe an Iraqi personal security detachment fire AK-47 rifles on a firing range at Camp Gannon. The Iraqis are training to be personal security officers for local judges. Viking Red Marines Train Iraqis to Keep Judges Safe Troops employ visual cues to bridge language barrier. By Cpl. Eric C. Schwartz 2nd Marine Division CAMP GANNON, Husaybah, Iraq, Aug. 31, 2007 — It’s not news to read that politicians, famous athletes and even entertainers have bodyguards protecting them from dangerous people, but in Iraq, their judges need...
  • Obstacles Keep Iraqi Refugees From U.S.

    08/29/2007 6:19:30 AM PDT · by RDTF · 23 replies · 418+ views
    NYTimes ^ | August 29, 2007 | SABRINA TAVERNISE and DAVID ROHDE
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 28 — Despite a stepped-up commitment from the United States to take in Iraqis who are in danger because they worked for the American government and military, very few are signing up to go, resettlement officials say. The reason, Iraqis say, is that they are not allowed to apply in Iraq, requiring them to make a costly and uncertain journey to countries like Syria or Jordan, where they may be turned away by border officials already overwhelmed by fleeing Iraqis. The United Nations, which defines a refugee as someone who has fled his or her home country, has...
  • Angelina Jolie Goes to Iraq

    08/28/2007 10:44:28 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 88 replies · 2,983+ views
    People ^ | 8-28-07
    Angelina Jolie is in Iraq to witness firsthand the humanitarian crisis there, the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR has announced. The actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, 32, flew from New York to Syria on Monday. In Damascus, she visited a UNHCR registration center and spend hours talking to Iraqi refugees in their homes. Tuesday's journey took her to Iraq to meet with 1,200 refugees camped out in a makeshift outpost at the border, because they are unable to leave the country. She also witnessed dozens of Iraqis crossing into Syria. "I have come to Syria and Iraq to help draw...
  • Seven Iraqis Escape Makeshift Prison, 11 Terrorists Detained (Good Guys Escape! Bad Guys Captured)

    08/26/2007 10:44:48 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 451+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2007 – Seven Iraqi citizens found their way to a coalition patrol base near Khan Ban Sa’ad, Iraq, yesterday after escaping a makeshift prison, military officials reported. The alleged captors were linked to an earlier operation yesterday when attack helicopters patrolling the area observed three individuals moving in a tactical formation through a ditch. Coalition forces positively identified the individuals as hostile enemy forces and fired on their position, killing all three. The escapees identified the remains of the three individuals as their captors and led coalition ground forces to the makeshift prison, officials said. Inside the...
  • Americans, Iraqis interact at historical monument

    08/23/2007 6:56:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 1,081+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Master Sgt. Dwayne Gordon
    8/23/2007 - ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Approximately 80 Iraqis from the city of An Nasiriyah interacted for the first time with Airmen and Soldiers at the Ziggurat historical monument Aug. 21 at Ali Base. It has been more than 10 years since any Iraqi native has been allowed to visit the Ziggurat of Ur, which is the most dominant landmark on Ali Base, because during the reign of Suddam Hussein the installation was used by the Iraqi army. The Ziggurat was constructed more than 4,000 years ago by worshipers of the moon god Nanna living near the ancient city...
  • No. of Iraqis Seeking Asylum at Border Triples

    08/22/2007 11:00:03 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 24 replies · 698+ views
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 8/22/07 | Bruce Daniels
    U.S. intelligence chief says in El Paso he's worried about "terrorist gateway." National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell told the El Paso Times in an interview following his talk to a Border Security Conference last week that he's worried that terrorist groups, such as the newly regrouping al-Qaida organization, are paying more attention to the Southwest border as a way to enter the United States and cause "mass casualties." Recently declassified intelligence summaries show that al-Qaida is regrouping in the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan and is looking for ways to penetrate the United States, McConnell told the Times....
  • Iraqis Eager, Willing to Protect Their Community

    08/05/2007 12:57:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 209+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Brian Jones, USMC
    FALLUJAH, Iraq, Aug. 5, 2007 – Weary of the violence to which their community has been victim, residents of the Andaloos district here have organized a Neighborhood Watch to keep watch against insurgent activity. Iraqi men of the Andaloos district of Fallujah wait in the hot sun July 30, 2007, to be selected as recruits for the new Neighborhood Watch program set up in their community through the efforts of Marines, Iraqi Army, Iraqi police and local community leaders. The program is part of ongoing Operation Alljah to transform the communities within Fallujah to provide security, civil assistance and...