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  • Sunni vs. Shia: The religious rivalry behind the Middle East turmoil

    01/25/2015 10:52:12 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Yahoo Global News .. Daily Brew ^ | 24 Jan, 2015 | Steve Mertl
    the split began during a power struggle of who would lead Islam after the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632 AD. A conflict developed between those who wanted the growing religion headed by qualified leaders and those who believed authority belonged to the direct heirs of Mohammed. The Prophet’s son-in-law, Ali, ruled as caliph for five years before being assassinated. His sons, Hassan and Hussein, were excluded from the succession and both were later killed. Their adherents evolved into the Shia, whose name derives from the term shi’atu Ali, Arabic for “partisans of Ali,”... Shia devotees would see the...
  • IS jihadists carry out mass killings of Iraqi tribe

    11/02/2014 12:29:08 PM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 24 replies
    AFP ^ | November 2, 2014 | Salam Faraj and Ammar Karim
    Baghdad (AFP) - The Islamic State group has carried out a fresh wave of mass killings, officials said Sunday, executing more than 200 members of an Iraqi tribe which took up arms against the jihadists. Women and children were said to be among scores of Albu Nimr tribespeople executed over the past 10 days in western Iraq's Anbar province. Reports of the killings came with the country on edge as hundreds of thousands of Shiites prepare to travel to shrine city Karbala this week for a major annual pilgrimage. IS, a Sunni extremist group that has seized large parts of...
  • 2003 Flashback: Soldiers examined for possible exposure to chemical agents (Sarin, Tabun, Lewsite)

    10/22/2014 7:21:11 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Tom Lasseter
    SOUTH OF KARBALA, Iraq — Four soldiers from the 2nd brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, with red sores on their faces and hands, were sent by ambulance to a rear MASH unit Tuesday. They were told they would be examined for possible contact with nerve or blistering agents. Once at the 30th medical brigade's mobile hospital at the 101st's headquarters south of Karbala, the soldiers were isolated from other troops and photographed. A doctor at the MASH, Maj. David Wolken, interviewed each soldier and measured his pulse and heart rate in a tent with a dirt floor. One soldier...
  • Slashing: bloodied Shi’ite Muslims flagellate themselves to mark the death of the Prophet’s grandson

    11/16/2013 4:36:21 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 November 2013
    Imam Hussein was killed by armies of the Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD. Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan have day as national holiday. Blood-covered young men swarm into the streets as part of a religious procession in Pakistan. Children also take part in the gory ritual self-flagellation which is held ahead of Ashura on the ninth day of Muharram in Peshawar. Shi'a Muslims all over the world pay their respects with the flowing of their blood as they mourn the slaying and martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad.
  • Iraq violence: Bombs cause mayhem across Iraq

    09/15/2013 7:23:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 September 2013
    A fresh wave of bombs has killed at least 21 people across Iraq - mostly targeting Shia areas - officials say. The deadliest was in the city of Hilla, south of the capital Baghdad, where two car bombs at a market killed at least nine civilians. Other bombs hit Baghdad itself as well as Basra, Nasiriya and Karbala in the south of the country. Sectarian violence has surged across Iraq in recent months, reaching its highest level since 2008. More than 5,000 people have been killed so far this year in Iraq, 800 of them in August alone, according to...
  • Wave of bombings in Iraq kills 64 during holiday celebrations

    08/10/2013 11:55:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, Aug. 10 2013, 2:27 PM EDT | Sameer N. Yacoub
    Violence has been on the rise across Iraq since a deadly crackdown by government forces on a Sunni protest camp in April, and attacks against civilians and security forces notably spiked during Ramadan. The surge of attacks has sparked fears that the country could spiral into a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007. In the holy Shiite city of Karbala, police said four people were killed in a car bomb attack near a cafe at night. Karbala is 80 kilometres (50 miles) south...
  • 5 Iranian Officials Released by U.S. Return to Iran

    07/12/2009 10:59:05 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 7 replies · 550+ views
    Fox News ^ | 07/12/2009 | Fox News
    TEHRAN, Iran — Five Iranian officials who were held in Iraq for more than two years by U.S. forces on suspicion of aiding local Shiite militants returned to Iran Sunday, where the Iranian foreign minister hailed their return as a victory for Iran. The five diplomats flew to Tehran from Iraq on Sunday and were met at the airport by a cheering crowd of onlookers who carried the men on their shoulders and put garlands of flowers around their necks. Iran's Foreign Minster Manouchehr Mottaki in a news conference with the men that was carried by Iran's Press-TV minutes after...
  • How Saddam hid his dirty money - Billions in oil sales stashed overseas

    05/04/2003 2:04:49 AM PDT · by kattracks · 41 replies · 1,150+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/04/03 | WILLIAM SHERMAN
    In the hunt for Saddam Hussein's billions, investigators have identified five networks of more than 100 companies used to launder money skimmed from Iraqi oil sales. Saddam's gangster regime set up shell companies in Switzerland, Jordan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg and Panama, according to investigators. Those company networks and their banking affiliations were used to enrich the former Iraqi strongman, his sons Uday and Qusay, and other family members. "Ultimately, the money was stolen from the Iraqi people," said Taylor Griffin, spokesman for the Treasury Department, which is heading the government's laundering probe along with U.S. Customs, the Secret Service and various...
  • The Daqduq Disgrace Obama releases a terrorist rather than send him to Gitmo

    12/19/2011 5:37:42 PM PST · by seekthetruth · 79 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 19, 2011 | SeekTheTruth
    One of the most widely photographed acts of President Obama's first year in office was his symbolic pre-dawn salute to the caskets of U.S. soldiers returning to Dover Air Force Base. In the case of a terrorist named Ali Musa Daqduq, who was released yesterday from U.S. custody in Iraq, the President is letting down those fallen soldiers and their families. Daqduq is a Lebanese national and top Hezbollah operative who in January 2007 masterminded the ambush, kidnapping and murder of five American soldiers in the Iraqi city of Karbala. Arrested by U.S. forces in Basra two months later, Daqduq...
  • Peter Moore freed after US hands over Iraqi insurgent

    12/30/2009 9:24:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1,041+ views
    Times on line ^ | 12/31/09 | Alice Fordham in Baghdad
    The British hostage Peter Moore was dramatically set free yesterday after the United States handed over an Iraqi insurgent suspected of planning the deaths of five American servicemen. Mr Moore, an IT consultant, was freed by League of the Righteous, or Asaib al-Haq (AAH) — an extremist Shia group allied to Iran — after 31 months and spent his first night of freedom at the British Embassy in Baghdad. He is expected to fly home today.
  • US releases Iraqi Shia terror group leader ( secure the release of captive British hostages )

    06/08/2009 11:06:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 447+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | June 9, 2009 1:12 AM | Bill Roggio
    The US military has released a senior member of a deadly terror group backed by Iran that has been directly implicated in the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in during a complex operating in early 2007. Laith al Qazali was freed last weekend "as part of a reconciliation effort" as well as an attempt to secure the release of captive British hostages, according to a report in The New York Times. Laith is the brother of Qais Qazali, the commander of the Qazali network which better known as the Asaib al Haq or the League of...
  • Karbala Militant Attack Used Deception [2007 & Now Obama 'New Beginning' US-Iran Relations?]

    03/21/2009 1:44:06 PM PDT · by Son House · 6 replies · 1,259+ views
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq ^ | Thursday, 25 January 2007 | Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
    At approximately 5 p.m., a convoy consisting of at least five sport utility vehicles entered the Karbala compound. The armed militants wore American-looking uniforms and carried U.S.-type weapons convincing Iraqi checkpoints to allow their passage. Once inside the compound, an estimated nine to 12 armed militants engaged the American troops with rifle fire and hand grenades. While defending the command post, one Soldier was killed and three others were wounded by a hand grenade thrown into the center's main office which contains the provincial police chief's office on an upper floor. During the attack in the main building, Soldiers defending...
  • Terror Linked Iranian in 'Kidnap' Puzzle (more info in this story)

    03/05/2007 7:24:18 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 1,140+ views
    N.Y. Post ^ | March 05, 2007
    Terror Linked Iranian in 'Kidnap' Puzzle March 05, 2007 New York Post Oran Dan JERUSALEM -- A retired Iranian general linked to the killing of five American soldiers in Baghdad vanished mysteriously in Istanbul last month, Israeli media reported yesterday. Arab newspapers are hinting the CIA and/or the Israeli spy agency Mossad are behind the disappearance of Gen. Ali Reza Askari, the reports said. Askari, a former deputy defense minister, arrived in Istanbul on a flight from Damascus on Feb. 7, left his luggage in his hotel room - and vanished. The missing general was in charge of Iranian undercover...
  • Iraqi police detain three Special Groups operatives behind 2007 Karbala attack

    06/11/2008 3:52:30 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 12 replies · 182+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 06/11/2008 | Bill Roggio
    Iraqi police have captured three Iranian-backed Special Groups operatives behind the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers at the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center in January 2007. Meanwhile, US troops captured another Special Groups leader in the Al Kut region, The Iraqi police captured the three "key criminals" behind the 2007 Karbala attack in Musayyib, just south of Baghdad, on June 5. The three Special Groups operatives are "suspected of trafficking and emplacing explosively formed projectiles." Explosively formed projectiles are the signature weapon of Shia terrorists with links to Iran. The US military immediately suspected Iran's Qods Force, the...
  • Al-Mahdi army leader, 2 aides detained in Karbala

    05/08/2008 10:26:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 97+ views
    aswataliraq ^ | Thursday , 08 /05 /2008 Time 11:07:51 | Karbala - Voices of Iraq
    Karbala, May 8, (VOI) - Security forces on Thursday arrested leader of Shiite Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s al-Mahdi army’s special brigades and two of his aides during a security raid in central Karbala, a security official in Karbala said. Security forces detained the leader of al-Mahdi army’s special brigades, based on intelligence tips pointing to his presence inside a house in central Karbala,” Maj. General Raed Shakir Jawdat, Karbala police and operations chief, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).“The forces cordoned off the region and arrested two of his aides, including a policeman who provides the armed group’s...
  • U.S. Officials Condemn Iraq Suicide Bombing

    03/18/2008 6:07:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 121+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 18, 2008 – The U.S Embassy in Baghdad and Multinational Force Iraq today condemned the attack in Karbala that targeted civilians on their way to worship yesterday. “We join the Iraqi people in expressing our condolences to the families of the victims in this barbaric attack, which bears all the markings of having been carried out by al Qaeda in Iraq,” a joint statement from the U.S. embassy and Multinational Force Iraq said. Coalition forces and Iraqi security forces are working closely to ensure medical and humanitarian aid for the victims and to apprehend those responsible for the...
  • US Will Hand Iraqis Control of Karbala

    10/27/2007 10:10:43 PM PDT · by skully · 12 replies · 168+ views
    Forbes ^ | 10.28.07 | KIM GAMEL (Associated Press)
    BAGHDAD - U.S. forces will turn over security to Iraqi authorities in the southern Shiite province of Karbala on Monday, the American commander for the area said, despite fighting between rival militia factions that has killed dozens. Karbala will become only the eighth of Iraq's 18 provinces to revert to Iraqi control, despite President Bush's prediction in January that the Iraqi government would have responsibility for security in all of the provinces by November.
  • WFPIST condemns Wahhabi Fatwa for desecration of Iraqi holy sites

    07/22/2007 9:48:04 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 1 replies · 234+ views
    Islamic Republic News Agency ^ | Sunday July 22, 2007 | staff
    The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought (WFPIST) condemned the Fatwas attributed to certain extremist muftis which threaten destruction of Shiite holy shrines in Iraq.The WFPIST statement read, "Such Fatwas are the maniac decrees that have been issued by certain wise looking but insane individuals without taking their grave consequences into consideration."It added that such decrees would have no benefit but serving Iraqi occupiers and providing them a pretext for their continued illegitimate presence in the Islamic land.It warned that desecration of holy sites in Iraq -- as was the case with the holy twin shrines of...
  • Iranian Unit Killed Our Troops In Iraq, Says US

    07/02/2007 8:02:12 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 1,142+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-3-2007 | David Blair
    Iranian unit killed our troops in Iraq, says US By David Blair Last Updated: 2:23am BST 03/07/2007 A secret force attached to Iran's Revolutionary Guard carried out a sophisticated attack which killed five American soldiers in Iraq, the US claimed yesterday. For the first time, America laid out evidence allegedly showing an Iranian hand behind a specific assault. In the past, Britain and America have only made general accusations of Iranian support for insurgents. Teheran has vigorously denied the charges. But Gen Kevin Bergner, a US military spokesman, set out in detail what he called Iran's responsibility for an attack...
  • U.S.: Iran helped in deadly Iraq strike

    07/02/2007 7:29:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies · 844+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | July 2, 2007
    U.S.: Iran helped in deadly Iraq strike By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD - Iranian forces helped plan one of the most sophisticated militant assaults of the Iraq war — a January raid in which gunmen posed as an American security team and launched an attack that killed five U.S. soldiers, an American general said Monday. U.S. military spokesman Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner also accused Iran of using its Lebanese ally, the Shiite militia Hezbollah, as a "proxy" to arm Shiite militants in Iraq. The claims were an escalation in U.S. accusations that Iran is fueling Iraq's violence,...
  • Officials: Captured Hezbollah agent helped plan deadly Karbala raid

    07/01/2007 8:27:21 PM PDT · by RDTF · 15 replies · 874+ views ^ | July 1, 2007 | Michael Ware
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A top special operations officer from Lebanon's Iranian-backed militia Hezbollah has been captured in Iraq, where U.S. officials say he played a key role in a January attack that killed five Americans. Ali Mussa Daqduq, an explosives expert, was captured in March in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, where he was helping train and lead Shiite militias fighting coalition troops, U.S. intelligence officials told CNN. Daqduq pretended to be deaf and mute when captured, and his identity was not known for weeks, the officials said. Once uncovered, however, they said he began to talk, and...
  • Militant behind Karbala attack killed (masterminded attack, capture, killing of four U.S. soldiers)

    05/20/2007 9:18:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 659+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/07 | AP
    BAGHDAD - U.S. forces on a raid in northern Baghdad killed a Shiite militant believed to have masterminded a brazen January attack in Karbala that led to the capture and killing of four U.S. soldiers, the military said Sunday. Troops located Azhar al-Dulaimi on Friday morning and tried to capture him, but he was killed in the ensuing battle, Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the spokesman for U.S.-led forces in Iraq, said on CNN's "Late Edition." U.S. troops had been pursuing al-Dulaimi relentlessly since the Jan. 20 attack in the southern city of Karbala, Caldwell said. In that attack, gunmen speaking...
  • 9 U.S. troops killed in Iraq violence [also Karbala bombing]

    04/28/2007 5:17:39 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 45 replies · 1,486+ views
    Associated Press - via Yahoo News ^ | 29 April 2007 | By KIM GAMEL
    BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded Saturday in the Shiite holy city of Karbala as the streets were packed with people heading for evening prayers, killing at least 58 and wounding scores near some of the country's most sacred shrines. Separately, the U.S. military announced the deaths of nine American troops, including three killed Saturday in a single roadside bombing outside Baghdad. With black smoke clogging the skies above Karbala, angry crowds hurled stones at police and later stormed the provincial governor's house, accusing authorities of failing to protect them from the unrelenting bombings usually blamed on Sunni insurgents. It...
  • BBC: Suicide attack on Iraqi holy city ~ At least 36 people have been killed

    04/14/2007 9:57:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 296+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 14 April 2007, 15:00 GMT 16:00 UK | BBC Staff
    Suicide attack on Iraqi holy city The bus station was very busy at the time of the attack At least 36 people have been killed and more than 160 hurt in a suicide car bomb attack in Iraq's holy city of Karbala, officials say.The attacker detonated explosives at a crowded bus station in the city close to a shrine holy to Shia Muslims, at around 0915 local time (0515 GMT). Many of the casualties were said to be women or children. Meanwhile in Baghdad at least 10 people died in a truck bomb attack on a key bridge in...
  • Iraq - At least 40 killed in Kerbala car bomb attack

    04/14/2007 12:14:56 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 362+ views
    AFP via translation | April 14, 2007
    AFP via translation - ALARM - Iraq: 40 died in a car bomb attack in Kerbala KARBALA (Iraq) - At least 40 people were killed and from wounded tens during the explosion Saturday of a booby-trapped car close to the principal mausoleum of the Holy City Shiite of Kerbala (110 km in the south of Baghdad), one learned from medical source.
  • Car Bomb Kills At Least 56 In Karbala [Iraq]

    04/14/2007 1:44:40 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 39 replies · 2,728+ views
    CBS News ^ | 14 April 2007 | Anon
    (AP) A car bomb exploded Saturday in a bus station in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, killing at least 56 people, police and hospital officials said. More than 70 people were also wounded in the attack, according to an official at Al-Hussein Hospital. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. "The explosion was a huge one. It took place in a crowded area," said Khalid al-Daami, head of the city's security committee. Among the dead were several women and children, he said. State television aired footage from the scene, in which...
  • CNN: Man with al-Sadr ties held in attack on U.S. troops ~ in Karbala...killed five in Jan...

    03/22/2007 10:21:42 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 433+ views
    CNN ^ | March 22, 2007 | CNN Staff
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A man with ties to a radical Shiite cleric is in U.S. custody in connection with an attack that killed five American soldiers in Karbala in January, U.S. officials said."Over the past several days, coalition forces in Basra and Hilla captured Qais Khazali, his brother Laith Khazali and several other members of the Khazali network," the U.S. military said in a statement Thursday.The military said the network is "directly connected" to the killings in Karbala, a Shiite city south of Baghdad.Qais Khazali was known as a spokesman for Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political movement in 2004...
  • Four more Shiite cult militants arrested in Iraq

    02/03/2007 4:30:22 PM PST · by TexKat · 37 replies · 748+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/03/07
    KARBALA, Iraq (AFP) - Four members of a Shiite messianic cult which fought a fierce battle with security forces earlier this week were arrested in the central Iraqi shrine city of Karbala. Karbala police chief Major General Mohammed Abu al-Walid said 25 militants were arrested across the city in a series of raids. Four of those detained were from the "Soldiers of Heaven" group, the militant Shiite cult. At least 263 of the cult's fighters were killed and 502 arrested during fierce clashes with Iraqi forces near Najaf on Sunday. The leader of the militia, who claimed to be a...
  • Two Senior Iraqi Generals Eyed in Brazen Attack on U.S. Soldiers

    02/01/2007 5:34:10 PM PST · by auzerais · 10 replies · 717+ views
    Fox News ^ | Feb 1, 2007
    Several Iraqis have been detained for questioning in the ongoing investigation of at least two senior Iraqi generals suspected of involvement in an insurgent attack that killed five American soldiers on Jan. 20, U.S. officials told FOX News on Thursday. The attack occurred at a provincial government security compound in Karbala where the Americans were meeting with local Iraqi security officers. Gunmen stormed the facility dressed like American soldiers and driving SUVs, military officials in Iraq said.
  • BBC: US warns Iran on Iraq insurgents ~ another warning....

    02/01/2007 7:51:25 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 811+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 1 February 2007, 07:09 GMT | BBC Staff
    US warns Iran on Iraq insurgents The US says Iran is providing more lethal bombs to insurgents The US has issued the latest in a series of warnings to Iran, telling Tehran to stop helping Iraqi militants make lethal bombs to attack US troops.Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said US forces had detained several Iranians suspected of providing weapons technology to Shia insurgents. He said Iranian help for insurgents had spread from Basra north to Baghdad, leading to higher UK and US casualties. Tehran has repeatedly denied that it is fuelling the violence in Iraq. Mr Burns told the...
  • AP: U.S.-Iran Tensions May Trigger War

    01/31/2007 2:09:23 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies · 1,005+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | January 31, 2007 at 11:50:7 PST | JIM KRANE and ROBERT H. REID ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Citing Iranian involvement with Iraqi militias and Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the Bush administration has shifted to offense in its confrontation with Iran - building up the U.S. military in the Persian Gulf and promising more aggressive moves against Iranian operatives in Iraq and Lebanon. The behind-the-scenes struggle between the two nations could explode into open warfare over a single misstep, analysts and U.S. military officials warn. Iraq has become a proxy battleground between Washington and Tehran, which is challenging - at least rhetorically - America's dominance of the Gulf. That has worried even Iraq's U.S.-backed Shiite...
  • Officials: White House Holding Back Report Detailing Iran's Meddling in Iraq

    01/30/2007 5:01:21 PM PST · by Flavius · 80 replies · 1,520+ views
    fox ^ | 1/30/07 | fox
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A plan by the Bush administration to release detailed and possibly damning specific evidence linking the Iranian government to efforts to destabilize Iraq have been put on hold, U.S. officials told FOX News. Officials had said a "dossier" against Iran compiled by the U.S. likely would be made public at a press conference this week in Baghdad, and that the evidence would contain specifics including shipping documents, serial numbers, maps and other evidence which officials say would irrefutably link Iran to weapons shipments to Iraq.
  • Pentagon investingating Iran's Qods Force role in Karbala attack

    01/30/2007 8:33:46 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 609+ views
    The Fourth Rail ^ | January 30, 2007 10:16 PM | Bill Roggio
    IRGC's Qods Force is the prime suspect in the Karbala attack which killed 5 soldiers On Friday, we reported that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' Qods Force was very likely behind the attack on the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Karbala, which resulted in the kidnapping and execution of four U.S. soldiers. Five soldiers total were killed in the operation, and three others wounded. We noted, based on multiple sources in the military and intelligence community, that the attack was far too sophisticated for Shia militias (particularly the Mahdi Army) and al-Qaeda in Iraq was unlikely to have carried out...
  • Iran May Have Trained Attackers That Killed 5 American Soldiers, U.S. and Iraqis Say

    01/30/2007 7:41:32 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 64 replies · 2,203+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 31 Jan 07 | JAMES GLANZ and MARK MAZZETTI
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 30 — Investigators believe that attackers who used American-style uniforms and weapons to infiltrate a secure compound and kill five American soldiers in Karbala on Jan. 20 may have been trained and financed by Iranian agents, according to American and Iraqi officials knowledgeable about the probe.
  • Iran role suspected in brazen Iraq attack

    01/30/2007 7:13:13 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 41 replies · 794+ views
    CNN ^ | UPDATED: 10:00 p.m. EST, January 30, 2007 | CNN Staff
    AGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The Pentagon is investigating whether a recent attack on a military compound in Karbala was carried out by Iranians or Iranian-trained operatives, two officials from separate U.S. government agencies said."People are looking at it seriously," one of the officials said.That official added the Iranian connection was a leading theory in the investigation into the January 20 attack that killed five soldiers.The second official said: "We believe it's possible the executors of the attack were Iranian or Iranian-trained."
  • Kerry at the Anti-American Forum;Iran and the Karbala attack

    01/28/2007 9:24:52 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies · 2,130+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | January 28, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    The World Economic Forum in Davos is a sanctuary for America-bashers. John Kerry was the star there yesterday. In case you missed it, Allah's got video and the lowdown. All I can say is: Thank God for the Swift Boat Veterans. Davos is getting feedback. LGF'ers are leading the charge. Matt at Blackfive notes that while Kerry schmoozed former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, evidence of Iranian special ops orchestration of the horrific attack on US troops in Kerbala is building.
  • Iran Decries Policy on Nationals in Iraq

    01/27/2007 7:27:15 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 510+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | January 27, 2007 at 16:35:6 PST | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A top Iranian lawmaker denounced the United States on Saturday for allowing its troops to kill or capture Iranians in Iraq whom U.S. forces believe pose a threat. "This is support for terrorism. It is against all recognized international treaties to order the death of nationals of another country in a foreign land," Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of Parliament's Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, said on state television. On Friday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said U.S. forces "are authorized to go after those who are trying to kill them." The more aggressive policy - evolving...
  • NYTimes Analysis: On Iran, Bush Confronts Echoes of Iraq

    01/27/2007 1:04:48 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 223+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 28, 2007 | DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 — As President Bush and his aides calibrate how directly to confront Iran, they are discovering that both their words and their strategy are haunted by the echoes of four years ago — when their warnings of terrorist activity and nuclear ambitions were clearly a prelude to war.This time, they insist, it is different.“We’re not looking for a fight with Iran,” R. Nicholas Burns, the under secretary of state for policy and the chief negotiator on Iranian issues, said in an interview on Friday evening, just a few hours after Mr. Bush had repeated his warnings to...
  • Bush Backs Force Against Iranians in Iraq

    01/27/2007 12:34:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 419+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 26, 2007 | DAVID STOUT
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 -- American soldiers will do what they must to protect themselves from Iranian agents operating inside Iraq, the White House said today, following a report that President Bush had authorized the killing of Iranian agents. Rice Says Bush Authorized Iranians’ Arrest in Iraq(January 13, 2007) “If our troops get actionable intelligence that agents are going to cause our troops or Iraqi citizens harm, they’re going to take whatever force protections that are necessary,” said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council.The president himself told reporters today that, “It just makes sense that if somebody is...
  • Atrocity in Karbala

    01/27/2007 7:09:04 AM PST · by veronica · 20 replies · 918+ views
    NY Post ^ | 1-27-07 | Editorial Staff
    January 27, 2007 -- Those who insist so loudly on following Geneva Conventions rules regarding captured terrorists need to take a long, hard look at the latest atrocity in Iraq, news of which broke yesterday. Four U.S. soldiers, one of them a New Yorker, were captured - and promptly murdered - last Saturday in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles from Baghdad, officials confirmed. Two of the slain soldiers were found handcuffed together in the back of a vehicle. Soldiers die in combat, of course. But the murder of disarmed and helpless troops - killing POWs, in effect...
  • The Karbala Attack and the IRGC [Iranian Fingerprints]

    01/27/2007 7:47:27 AM PST · by bnelson44 · 21 replies · 600+ views
    The Iranians may be responsible the conducting the attack that resulted in the murder of five American soldiers in Karbala On January 20th, a team of twelve men disguised as U.S. soldiers entered the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Karbala, where U.S. soldiers conducted a meeting with local officials, and attacked and killed five soldiers, and wounded another three. The initial reports indicated the five were killed in the Karbala JCC, however the U.S. military has reported that four of those killed were actually removed from the center, handcuffed, and murdered. The American Forces Information Service provides the details of...
  • Karbala Attackers Used U.S. Army-Styled Uniforms to Gain Access

    01/26/2007 3:42:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 28 replies · 954+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2007 – Insurgents who attacked the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Karbala, Iraq, were dressed in U.S. Army-styled combat uniforms and carried U.S.-type weapons, convincing Iraqi checkpoints to allow them passage, military officials released today. During the Jan. 20 attack, the enemy fighters captured and killed four U.S. soldiers. Another soldier was also killed and three others wounded in the attack on the center, located about 30 miles south of Baghdad. Local officials and Iraqi and coalition security forces meet at the center to address security needs. "The precision of the attack, the equipment used and...
  • 4 troops abducted, killed in Iraq attack

    01/27/2007 4:14:41 AM PST · by Thywillnotmine · 18 replies · 640+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 27/01/07 | Steven R. Hurst and Qassim Abdul-Zahra
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - In perhaps the boldest and most sophisticated attack in four years of warfare, gunmen speaking English, wearing U.S. military uniforms and carrying American weapons abducted four U.S. soldiers last week at the provincial headquarters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala and then shot them to death. The U.S. military confirmed a report earlier Friday by The Associated Press that three of the soldiers were dead and one was mortally wounded with a gunshot to the head when they were found in a neighboring province, about 25 miles from the compound where they were captured. A fifth...
  • U.S. confirms troops' kidnapping in Iraq (4 GIs Handcuffed And Shot In Head)

    01/26/2007 1:44:39 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 320 replies · 10,435+ views
    AP ^ | 26 January 2007 17 Minutes Ago | STEVEN R. HURST and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    Four American soldiers were abducted during a sophisticated sneak attack last week in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, the U.S. military confirmed Friday. It said three were shot to death and a fourth was mortally wounded with a gunshot to the head when they were found in a neighboring province, far from the compound where they were captured. Two of the four were handcuffed together in the back seat of an SUV near the southern Iraqi town of Mahawil. A third dead soldier was on the ground nearby. The fourth soldier died on the way to the hospital, the...
  • Troops Died After, Not In, Sneak Attack ~ Karbala Attack ~ Soldiers abducted then killed.....

    01/26/2007 7:41:43 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 91 replies · 2,607+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | January 26, 2007 at 7:25:14 PST | STEVEN R. HURST and QASSIM ABDUL-ZHARA ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Contrary to U.S. military statements, four U.S. soldiers did not die repelling a sneak attack at the governor's office in the Shiite holy city of Karbala last week. New information obtained by The Associated Press shows they were abducted and found dead or dying as far as 25 miles away. The brazen assault 50 miles south of Baghdad was launched Jan. 20 by a group of nine to 12 militants. They traveled in black GMC Suburban vehicles - the type used by U.S. government convoys, had American weapons, wore new U.S. military combat fatigues and spoke...
  • Military: Four held in sneak attack on U.S. in Iraq (Calling Jack Bauer)

    01/23/2007 11:31:06 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies · 863+ views
    CNN ^ | 1/23/2007 | CNN
    KALSU, Iraq (CNN) -- Four people suspected in last weekend's deadly attack on American soldiers in the central Iraqi city of Karbala have been detained, the U.S. military said Tuesday. A tip from a Karbala resident led U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces to take the suspects into custody Monday, the military said in a statement. Five U.S. soldiers died in Saturday's raid in Karbala. "The suspects were found in a house near the area where the vehicles used in the attack were abandoned after insurgents made their getaway from the scene," the military said. Karbala police spokesman Abdul Rahman...
  • Karbala attackers posed as U.S. military officials

    01/24/2007 12:10:42 PM PST · by sure_fine · 26 replies · 788+ views
    CNN ^ | January 23, 2007 | cnn
    KARBALA, Iraq (CNN) -- Attackers who killed five U.S. troops at a government building in Karbala posed as U.S. military officials to get past Iraqi guards, a Karbala police spokesman said. The attack happened Saturday as the U.S. military convened a meeting to discuss security for Ashura, the upcoming Shiite pilgrimage to Karbala. According to police spokesman Abdul Rahman al-Mishawi, about 30 gunmen traveling in a convoy of at least seven SUVs with tinted windows -- similar to the vehicles used by top U.S. military officials -- drove up to the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center wearing uniforms similar to...
  • Details emerge of gunmen, posing as soldiers, attacking U.S. troops in Iraq

    01/21/2007 4:19:49 PM PST · by TexKat · 51 replies · 1,674+ views
    Real Cities ^ | Jan. 21, 2007 | Leila Fadel and Hussan Ali
    KARBALA, Iraq - Chilling details emerged Sunday of gunmen posing as American and Iraqi soldiers in an ambush on U.S. troops in Karbala a day earlier that killed five Americans and wounded three. On Saturday, a civil affairs team of American soldiers sat with local leaders in Karbala's provincial headquarters to discuss security for Ashoura, a Shiite commemoration of the massacre of the revered Imam Hussein that began Sunday. Outside, danger was approaching. A convoy of seven white GMC Suburbans sped toward the building, breezing through checkpoints, with the men wearing American and Iraqi military uniforms and flashing American ID...
  • 5 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Militia Attack (The Medhi Army)

    01/20/2007 3:44:18 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 72 replies · 2,585+ views
    AP ^ | January 20 2006
    Militia fighters attacked a provincial headquarters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, killing five American soldiers today, the U.S. military reported. The statement said "an illegally armed militia group" attacked the building with grenades, small arms and "indirect fire," which usually means mortars or rockets. "A meeting was taking place at the time of the attack to ensure the security of Shiite pilgrims participating in the Ashoura commemorations," said Brig. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, deputy commander for Multi-National Division-Baghdad. Brooks said the meeting was taking place in the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Karbala when the attack occurred. Iraqi...
  • When Muslims kill Muslims

    08/26/2006 5:27:26 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 26 replies · 1,113+ views
    Toronto Sun (Canada) ^ | Saturday, August 26, 2006 | SALIM MANSUR
    When Muslims kill Muslims Toronto Sun Saturday, August 26, 2006 By SALIM MANSUR In the marketplace of ideas, the Arab-Muslim world is presently a relatively barren region. Thinking is a perilous venture where dictators, demagogues and mob passion rule. But when it comes to maiming and killing, the Arab-Muslim world holds a place of prominence. In particular, the ancient land between two rivers, now Iraq, has proven to be greatly fertile as killing fields. The most famous massacre in Muslim history by armed might of the state took place at Karbala on the banks of the Euphrates in 680....