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  • How Saddam hid his dirty money - Billions in oil sales stashed overseas

    05/04/2003 2:04:49 AM PDT · by kattracks · 40 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...
  • Germany’s Imam Mamoun Darkazanli: Al-Qaeda's Alleged Financier and Logistician

    08/28/2010 12:52:03 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/2010 | Derek Henry Flood
    Police in Hamburg shut down the notorious al-Quds mosque, renamed the Taiba mosque in 2008, led by German-Syrian national and voluntary imam Mamoun Darkazanli. Darkazanli (a.k.a. Abu Ilyas al-Suri) has been a suspected al-Qaeda operative, primarily as a financier and logistician, in the European Union for close to two decades. Long active in al-Qaeda circles, Darkazanli first surfaced on the radar of Western intelligence agencies when he purportedly helped procure a cargo ship named “Jennifer” for Osama bin Laden as early as 1993 (Hamburger Abendblatt, October 16, 2004). Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt (BKA- Federal Criminal Police Office) admitted that it had been...
  • Smugglers In Iraq Have A New Trade: Corpse

    11/04/2009 8:25:17 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 439+ views
    NPR ^ | 11/05/09 | QUIL LAWRENCE
    Smugglers In Iraq Have A New Trade: Corpse by QUIL LAWRENCE EnlargeJoseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images A tomb at the cemetery of Najaf in 2008. The Wadi al-Salam, or Valley of Peace, in Najaf is one of the largest cemeteries in the world. Millions of Shiite Muslims over the centuries have been brought here for burial from all over the world. text sizeAAANovember 4, 2009 Iraqi and U.S. officials have expressed concerns about the traffic of weapons and drugs across the country's porous borders, but there is also an older and more surprising commodity being smuggled into Iraq — cadavers. For centuries,...
  • With a cloud of dust, the U.S. pulls out of Najaf

    06/29/2009 4:29:07 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 742+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 29, 2009 | Seth Robson,
    NAJAF, Iraq — A stream of U.S. military trucks laden with supplies rolled down a dusty four-lane highway over the weekend, ending the U.S. presence in one of Shiite Islam’s holiest cities. Coalition forces, including U.S., British and Spanish troops, have patrolled Najaf, with its population of around 900,000, since it was captured by the 101st Airborne Division in April 2003. The city has had its share of violence since then. Uprisings by firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia in 2004 sparked fierce fighting in the Wadi al-Salem — a sprawling cemetery where Shiites from around the world hope to be...
  • Kurdish Mass Grave Discovered in Iraq

    05/18/2009 12:59:53 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 893+ views
    Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Kurdish Mass Grave Discovered in Iraq The Iraqi Human Rights Ministry announced that a mass grave has been discovered in southern Najaf, containing the bodies of 3,000 Kurds murdered by the Saddam Hussein regime. It should be noted that about 100,000 Kurds were murdered by this regime, and that, even six years after its fall, the bodies of thousands of murdered civilians remain undiscovered. In Najaf alone, 48 mass graves have been found. Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), May 17, 2009. Posted at: 2009-05-17
  • Iraqi fear of Iran on the rise, despite new airport link

    01/12/2009 11:04:21 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 405+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | January 12, 2009 | Oliver August in Najaf
    (Ali Abu Shish/Reuters) Najaf's holy status is tied to the shrine of Imam Ali. Last year 1.5 million Iranian pilgrims visited the Iraqi city************************************ The first flight from Iran in three decades landed in Iraq's holy city of Najaf today, resurrecting a direct link between the world's two major Shia communities. Passengers from Tehran arrived at a brand-new airport, a symbol of Iraq's rebirth and a gateway for 3 million Iranian Shia pilgrims planning to visit Najaf this year, hoping to overcome tensions going back to the Iran-Iraq War. But old enmity dies hard. Iran is viewed with increasing...
  • Iraq: Protest in favour of release of Bush 'shoe-thrower'

    12/16/2008 6:06:15 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 450+ views
    AKI ^ | 15 Dec. 2008 | Staff
    Sadr City, 15 Dec. (AKI) - Thousands of Iraqis on Monday demanded the release of Muntazer al-Zaydi, the journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W. Bush. The protests took place in the Shia Baghdad neighbourhood of Sadr City and the demonstrators marched towards the headquarters of the Iraqi press syndicate, in al-Waziriya, said Iraqi news agency Voices of Iraq. The protesters, who were reportedly made up of followers of radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, also burned American flags. Meanwhile, a statement calling for the release of al-Zaydi was issued by the Cairo-based satellite news channel al-Boghdadiya, where...
  • A boom in Iraq's holy city of Najaf

    08/31/2008 6:04:26 PM PDT · by George - the Other · 4 replies · 357+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | August 31, 2008
    NAJAF, Iraq - The city's first airport is weeks away from opening, but already a bigger one is talked about. Land prices are soaring. Merchants say they don't remember business ever being so good. Four years ago, Najaf was an urban battlefield, with American troops fighting Shiite militiamen loyal to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Today, the Shiite holy city is a hot spot of a different kind, thanks to improved security, a free-for-all market economy - and a direct pipeline to the Shiite-led government.
  • New Primary Healthcare Center in An Najaf Makes Care More Accessible

    07/23/2008 11:16:30 AM PDT · by newbie2008 · 2 replies · 154+ views
    AN NAJAF — Provincial and local officials hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony July 19 to open a new Primary Healthcare Center in Sooq-sha’lan. An Najaf Deputy Governor Hassan Abtan pointed out that, prior to the PHC’s opening, residents traveled for an hour to get medical care. “Now it’s just 5 to 10 minutes away,” he added. He praised the quality of the construction, said the Iraqi crew who built it should be proud, and also complimented the partnering effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and provincial officials to ensure the project’s successful completion. Those attending included Abtan, Dr....
  • Najaf Airport Provides Boost to Iraq’s Southern Provinces

    07/22/2008 4:29:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 168+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michel Sauret, USA
    BAGHDAD, July 22, 2008 – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki waved to cheering crowds July 20 as he stepped off the first plane landing at Najaf International Airport. Iraqi girls smile in celebration of the Najaf International Airport inauguration, July 20, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michel Sauret, Multinational Division Center  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The celebration marked the opening of a new airport that will facilitate travel, boost business opportunities and increase tourism. "The Najaf airport is a starting point for competition among provinces and local governments to make extraordinary progress toward reconstruction. …...
  • Iraq - Sadr threatens to declare 'open war' if crackdown continues

    04/19/2008 2:40:07 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 41 replies · 145+ views
    AFP via translation | April 19, 2008
    via translation - Sadr threat of an "open war" if the attacks against him are continuing NAJAF (Iraq) - The head radical anti-American Moqtada Sadr threatened Saturday to launch "an open war" if the operations of American and Iraqi forces against his movement continued, in a statement signed by him and published in Najaf (south of Baghdad). "I give a final warning, and I gave my word to the Iraqi government to choose the path of peace and stop the violence against its own people, if it is a government of destruction," the young religious leader. "If it does not...
  • Iraqi Top Shi'ite Cleric's Aide Killed in Najaf

    08/03/2007 4:55:21 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 1 replies · 226+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 3August 2007 | n/c
    Mourners carry the body of Fadhil al-Akil to his burial in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf, Friday Iraqi police say gunmen have killed an aide to the country's most revered Shi'ite cleric, in the latest attack on his associates. Police say Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's aide, Sheikh Fadhil Aqil, was killed late Thursday in a drive-by shooting outside his home in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf. Last month, another aide, Sheikh Abdullah Falak, who collected religious taxes for Sistani was stabbed to death in Najaf. In statements issued Friday, the U.S. military in Iraq said four American soldiers...
  • Top Aide to Sistani Fatally Stabbed in Najaf Iraqi Police Take Four Suspects Into Custody

    07/21/2007 3:21:04 PM PDT · by bd476 · 14 replies · 969+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2007; 5:04 PM | Megan Greenwell
    BAGHDAD, July 21 -- A top aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani was stabbed to death in what Sistani's supporters believe was a warning to Iraq's senior Shiite cleric, authorities said Saturday. Abdullah Falaq was killed Friday in his office, which is adjacent to Sistani's home in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, about 100 miles south of Baghdad, according to an aide to the cleric. Sistani is considered one of the most influential Shiite leaders in Iraq, and Falaq was his chief adviser on matters of Islamic law. Police said they had taken four suspects into custody. An...
  • Aide to Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Sistani killed

    06/06/2007 12:36:45 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 373+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | June 6, 2007
    Excerpt - NAJAF, Iraq, June 6 (Reuters) - A local representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the reclusive spiritual leader of Iraq's Shi'ite majority, was gunned down outside his home, Sistani's office and police said on Wednesday. Raheem al-Hasnawi, who represented Sistani in the town of al-Mishkhab, 40 km (25 miles) north of the holy Shi'ite city of Najaf, was killed late on Tuesday, they said. A spokesman for Sistani's office said three gunmen riding in a car shot Hasnawi outside his home in al-Mishkhab. ~ snip ~
  • Iraq cleric Sadr may give Friday sermon in Kufa

    05/25/2007 1:07:03 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 648+ views
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD (AFP) - Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr may end a four month absence from the Iraqi public scene by giving the Friday sermon at his mosque in Kufa, depending on the security situation, supporters said. "We are looking into whether or not his eminence Moqtada al-Sadr will make his appearance in Kufa, depending on the seriousness of some threats to his security," said Abdel Mahdi al-Muteiri, an official in his Baghdad office. In Najaf itself, members of Sadr's organisation confirmed that preparations were underway for him to lead prayers in nearby Kufa, but his actual appearance would...
  • Iraq - Exclusive: Secret US plot to kill Al-Sadr

    05/22/2007 12:57:04 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 17 replies · 916+ views
    The Independent (UK) (No Excerpt) | May 22, 2007 | Patrick Cockburn
    No excerpt allowed, and I will not provide an active link, but here is the URL in plaintext - http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2565123.ece
  • Voices of Iraq : Najaf Clashes ( fight between Sadr's militamen and Iraqi Police )

    05/04/2007 12:13:07 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 2 replies · 390+ views
    Voices of Iraq ^ | May 4,2007
    Najaf-Clashes Clashes erupt between Sadr's militiamen, police forces in Najaf Najaf, May 4, (VOI)- Armed clashes broke out on Friday between elements of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi army and police forces in Najaf after an official from Sadr's office was denied entry to the old part of Najaf, eyewitnesses said. The clashes, erupted this afternoon, witnessed the use of light-arms at (al-Eshreen revolution) gate of the old city, an eyewitness told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI). Another eyewitness said "the clashes erupted after police forces prevented the official spokesman for Sadr's office Sheikh Salah al-Ubeidi's car...
  • Iraq returns to its Persian heritage

    04/22/2007 9:26:38 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 3 replies · 477+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 16 April 2007 | By Borzou Daragahi
    NAJAF, IRAQ — Persian script laces and flows across the walls of Najaf's seminaries. Shiite Muslim religious scholars in the ancient city's turquoise-tiled edifices bury their noses in Koranic texts illustrated with Persian calligraphy, in scenes that evoke Mesopotamia's rich history. For centuries, Najaf has been a key shrine city ... But for centuries, Iraq's Ottoman and Arab rulers rarely considered Najaf part of their own history. It was always considered a troublesome outpost of the enemy: Iran. ... The reading of the Koran in this country differs from the rest of the Muslim world: The rhythm and cadence of...
  • Najaf Factory to Make Garments for U.S., International Retailers

    03/22/2007 5:49:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 279+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 22, 2007 – A garment factory in Najaf, Iraq, will start supplying clothes to U.S. and international retailers in a few months, a senior U.S. official said in Baghdad yesterday. The Najaf facility is “one of the most state-of-the-art clothing factories I’ve seen,” Paul A. Brinkley, deputy undersecretary of defense for business transformation, told reporters at a Baghdad news conference. “It will be providing garments to American and international retail beginning this summer.” The Najaf factory is but one of several economic success stories occurring across Iraq today, said Brinkley, who has been busy showing off the...
  • Suicide blast kills 13 in al-Sadr's area

    02/21/2007 11:46:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 557+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/21/07 | Sinan Salaheddin - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide car bomber struck a police checkpoint Wednesday in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, killing at 13 people in the spiritual heartland of the militia factions led by radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. U.S. forces, meanwhile, investigated the "hard landing" of a Black Hawk helicopter north of Baghdad. Military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said the airmen were picked up by rescuers, but gave no further details. At least seven U.S. helicopters have crashed or been forced down by hostile fire in the past month, killing 28 troops and civilians. Meanwhile, Britain outlined its plan to...
  • Sadr aides say cleric still in Iraq

    02/14/2007 12:00:56 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 806+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | February 14, 2007 | Dean Yates and Mariam Karouny
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is still in Iraq and has not left for Iran, several of his aides said on Wednesday, after American officials suggested he may have departed to avoid an offensive against militants. The conflicting reports over the anti-American cleric's whereabouts came after Iraq said on Tuesday it would close its borders with Iran and Syria and lengthen a night curfew in Baghdad to try to curb unrelenting violence in the capital. Four Sadr aides said he was still in Iraq, with some saying he was in the holy Shi'ite...
  • 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...
  • Iraqi army kills leader of Shiite cult

    01/29/2007 4:14:24 PM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 30 replies · 915+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 29,2007 | KIM GAMEL
    Iraq's army announced Monday it killed the leader of a heavily armed cult of messianic Shiites called "the Soldiers of Heaven" in a fierce gunbattle aimed at foiling a plot to attack leading Shiite clerics and pilgrims in the southern city of Najaf on the holiest day of the Shiite calendar Senior Iraqi security officers said that as part of the plot, three gunmen were captured in Najaf after renting a hotel room in front of the office of Iraq's most senior Shiite spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, with plans to attack it. The fierce 24-hour battle was ultimately...
  • Iraqi messianic cult denies involvement in battle (Dead Cult Talking)

    01/30/2007 3:37:12 PM PST · by tobyhill · 7 replies · 521+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | 1/30/2007 | Ross Colvin
    BAGHDAD, Jan 30 (Reuters) - A Shi'ite Muslim messianic cult, whose leader was reported to have been involved in fighting with U.S. and Iraqi troops, said on Tuesday it played no part in the battle in which about 260 people were killed. Followers of Imam Ahmed al-Hassan al-Yamani, who styles himself the messenger or envoy of the Mahdi, a messiah-like figure in Islam, said theirs was a peaceful movement not linked to the "Soldiers of Heaven" who fought the day-long battle near the holy city of Najaf on Sunday. Conflicting accounts from Iraqi political and security sources have thickened the...
  • Iraq - Total curfew ordered for Najaf and Kufa

    02/01/2007 10:07:38 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 462+ views
    AFP via translation | February 2, 2007
    Iraq: total curfew on the Holy City of Najaf of fear of an attack NAJAF (Iraq) - a total curfew was imposed and until new order on the area of Najaf, by fear of an attack of armed groups, four days after violent one engagements between a militia Shiite and Iraqi and American forces, announced Friday the local authorities. “Fire, imposed in the night of Thursday on Friday covers It, was prolonged and it touches all the area of Najaf without exception including Koufa, in the North-East of the Holy City”, affirmed the police force of this city located...
  • What Really Happened in Najaf? (WE ARE LOSING THE PROPOGANDA WAR, FOLKS)

    02/01/2007 9:06:39 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 57 replies · 1,721+ views
    Electronic Iraq ^ | 2/1/07 | Jeff Severns Guntzel
    In today's Independent, Patrick Cockburn writes: There are growing suspicions in Iraq that the official story of the battle outside Najaf between a messianic Iraqi cult and the Iraqi security forces supported by the US, in which 263 people were killed and 210 wounded, is a fabrication. The heavy casualties may be evidence of an unpremeditated massacre. A picture is beginning to emerge of a clash between an Iraqi Shia tribe on a pilgrimage to Najaf and an Iraqi army checkpoint that led the US to intervene with devastating effect. The involvement of Ahmed al-Hassani (also known as Abu Kamar),...
  • 45 killed in suicide bombings south of Baghdad

    02/01/2007 9:43:49 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 15 replies · 642+ views
    RTE News ^ | February 1 2007
    At least 45 people have been killed and a further 150 wounded following two bomb blasts in the town of Hilla, 120km south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. It is understood two suicide bombers detonated devices almost simultaneously in a market in the centre of the town. Earlier, a man strapped with explosives blew himself up on a minibus in the religiously mixed Baghdad district of Karrada. Shortly afterwards, a car bomb in Rusafi, one of Baghdad's biggest shopping districts, left three people dead and seven injured.
  • Bizarre tale of Shia messianic cult plot

    01/31/2007 8:27:47 AM PST · by TexKat · 47 replies · 1,525+ views
    BBC ^ | 1/30/07 | Roger Hardy
    More details have emerged about the shadowy cult whose followers fought Iraqi and US forces in a day-long battle in southern Iraq on Sunday. Iraqi officials say 200 members of the group - which calls itself the Soldiers of Heaven - were killed in fierce fighting near the Shia holy city of Najaf. A well-armed group, a charismatic leader and an audacious plot to attack a holy city and kill its religious leaders. If a novelist had invented the story of the Soldiers of Heaven, it might have been dismissed as a dark fantasy. But an account of the bizarre...
  • Iraq: Bombs Kill Dozens of Ashura Pilgrims

    01/30/2007 5:03:20 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 382+ views
    Joshua Partlow, Saad Sarhan and Howard Schneider Washington Post ^ | uesday, January 30, 2007; 9:52 AM | Joshua Partlow, Saad Sarhan and Howard Schneider Washington Post Foreign Service
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 30 -- A series of separate bomb and gun attacks killed dozens of Shiite worshippers in Iraq on Tuesday, a day after Iraqi and U.S. forces disrupted what they said was a major plot to target Shiite pilgrims and leaders as they mark the high point of their religious calendar.None of the attacks occurred in the city of Karbala, the scene of annual Ashura celebrations that draw hundreds of thousands of Shiite worshippers to the country. But in other towns, outside the focus of heightened security, worshippers were targeted as they commemorated the death 1,400 years ago of...
  • Bush Lauds Iraqi Performance in Najaf Fight, Warns Iran

    01/30/2007 3:29:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 417+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2007 – Early reports that credit Iraqi troops for taking the initiative during a Jan. 28 battle with insurgents near Najaf are heartening news, President Bush said during an interview with National Public Radio here yesterday. Bush also told NPR’s Juan Williams that the Iranian government shouldn’t be taking military actions in Iraq that endanger the lives of U.S. servicemembers deployed there. The Najaf battle “is an indication of what is taking place, and that is the Iraqis are beginning to take the lead,” Bush said. The fight involved Iraqi soldiers with U.S. military support engaging...
  • Jaish al-Janna and Najaf ~ apocalyptic Muslim cult... may have ties to al_Queda

    01/29/2007 9:58:48 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 489+ views
    The Fourth Rail ^ | anuary 30, 2007 12:05 AM | Bill Roggio
    An intelligence source provides preliminary information on the players behind the Najaf battle; al-Qaeda's Omar Brigade appears to have player a role The motivation and prime actors behind the fighting in Najaf remains uncertain one day after the battle ended. As U.S. and Iraq intelligence attempts to sort out the details, media reports indicate a mix of Shi'ite and Sunni fighters were involved in the battle against Iraqi forces, which resulted in upwards of 300 enemy killed in 24 hours of combat. As we noted earlier this morning, it appears both a Shi'ite 'end-times cult' and al_Qaeda in Iraq's Omar...
  • U.S., Iraqi forces kill 300 militants in Najaf (300-350 terrorists dead)

    01/28/2007 11:01:41 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 73 replies · 2,261+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 29 2007
    U.S. and Iraqi forces killed some 300 gunmen from an apocalyptic Muslim cult in a day-long battle involving U.S. tanks and aircraft near the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf, Iraqi police, army and political sources said. The U.S. military said on Monday it was an ongoing operation so it could not provide any details. An Iraqi army source said U.S. forces took control of the operation on Sunday and had continued bombing the area until well after dawn on Monday. Two Americans were killed, the U.S. military said on Sunday, when an attack helicopter went down during the battle that...
  • Iraqi cult leader killed in Najaf battle

    01/29/2007 5:47:30 AM PST · by Abathar · 40 replies · 1,506+ views
    Reuters (of evil) via Yahooooo ^ | 1/29/07 | Khaled Farhan
    NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - The leader of an Iraqi cult who claimed to be the Mahdi, a messiah-like figure in Islam, was killed in a battle on Sunday near Najaf with hundreds of his followers, Iraq's national security minister said on Monday. Women and children who joined 600-700 of his "Soldiers of Heaven" on the outskirts of the Shi'ite holy city may be among the casualties, Shirwan al-Waeli told Reuters. All those people not killed were in detention, many of them wounded. Authorities were on alert on Monday as hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite Muslims massed in the area to...
  • Globe Spins: Coalition's Successful Anti-Insurgent Attack Proof of 'Daunting Challenge'

    01/29/2007 4:52:24 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies · 527+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "Yesterday's fighting at Waterloo was extraordinary, highlighting the daunting challenge faced by the coalition of British and Prussian forces in fighting Napoleon."That's how the Boston Globe might have spun the Battle of Waterloo, judging by the negative gloss the New York Times' Beantown subsidiary managed to put in its article on the major success of Iraqi-US coalition forces at Najaf yesterday. Coalition forces killed an estimated 250 insurgents who were planning to attack Shias, possibly including their supreme religious leader, the Ayatollah Sistani, who had gathered in the city south of Baghdad for a major religious holiday. What made...
  • NY Times: Iraqi Forces in Fierce Battle With Gunmen ~ US copter down....250 militants down...

    01/28/2007 7:03:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies · 1,448+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 29, 2007 | DAMIEN CAVE
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 28 — Iraqi forces backed by American helicopters and tanks battled hundreds of gunmen hiding in a date palm orchard near the southern city of Najaf on Sunday, exchanging fire for 15 hours in what appeared to be one of deadliest battles in years, Iraqi officials said. An American helicopter was shot down and 250 bodies were found where the clashes occurred near the village of Zarqaa, about 120 miles south of Baghdad, by a river and a large grain silo that is surrounded by orchards, the Iraqi officials said. Col. Ali Numaas, a spokesman for the Iraqi...
  • Iraqi forces clash with militants in Najaf

    01/28/2007 5:05:51 AM PST · by ThreePuttinDude · 3 replies · 342+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo news.com ^ | 1-28-07 | Too Chicken to claim credit
    NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces were fighting a group of Sunni insurgents holed up in orchards in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf on Sunday, the provincial governor said, and a witness reported seeing a helicopter come down. A Reuters reporter at an army checkpoint about 1.5 km (one mile) from the fighting said he heard a burst of machinegun fire and saw smoke coming from a U.S. attack helicopter circling above the battle. He said the helicopter, which had been rocketing the militants, came down and smoke was rising from the site. It was not immediately clear...
  • U.S. helicopter down in Iraq battle, 2 killed (Najaf)

    01/28/2007 12:58:01 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 591+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | January 28, 2007
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Two U.S. soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed north of the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf on Sunday, the U.S. military said. A Reuters reporter saw a U.S. helicopter come down after a burst of machinegun fire and he saw a trail of smoke from the helicopter before it came down. Iraqi police said it had crashed during a battle with gunmen north of Najaf in which 250 gunmen were killed. A U.S. statement said the helicopter "went down" but did not say whether it was shot down. ~ snip ~
  • U.S., Iraqi forces kill 250 militants in Najaf

    01/28/2007 11:06:07 AM PST · by cgk · 480 replies · 17,187+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1-28-07 | Reuters
  • Close Adviser to Sadr Dies in U.S.-Iraqi Raid

    12/27/2006 9:52:45 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 39 replies · 1,148+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 28 2006 | Nancy Trejos and Sudarsan Raghavan
    A top deputy of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr was killed Wednesday during a raid by U.S. and Iraqi troops in the southern holy city of Najaf, sparking protests from Sadr's followers and complicating an already tense relationship with the powerful anti-American leader. Hurling rocks and shouting expletives, thousands of angry Sadr loyalists marched through the streets of Najaf after Sahib al-Amiri was shot and killed by a U.S. soldier during an early morning raid. "Agents and stooges!" protesters shouted at Iraqi soldiers and local authorities. In a statement, the U.S. military said Iraqi and U.S. forces were trying to detain...
  • Iraq: A close associate of the radical Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr killed in Najaf (Saheb Al-Ameri)

    12/26/2006 11:53:13 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 640+ views
    AFP via translation | December 27, 2006
    Iraq: a close relation of the radical leader Moqtada Sadr Shiite killed in Najaf NAJAF (Iraq) - the partisans of the radical leader Moqtada Sadr Shiite showed Wednesday the American army to have killed Tuesday evening in Najaf (southern of Iraq) important directing movement sadrist, which a spokesman of the American quota contradicted. “Of the American soldiers took by storm this night the residence of Saheb Al-Ameri in a southern district of Najaf (160 km in the south of Baghdad)”, declared in AFP the chief of the police force of the city, the general Abdul Karim Mustafa. “They killed...
  • Three Electrical Substations Completed in Najaf

    04/10/2006 5:29:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 929+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Suzanne M. Fournier
    Three Electrical Substations Completed in Najaf The three substations represent the first of many improvements to electrical service for the city of Najaf. By Suzanne M. Fournier Gulf Region Southern District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers BASE CAMP ADDER (ALI BASE), Iraq, April 10, 2006 — Three new substations were completed recently in Najaf. The Jamiaa, Aden and Shorta substations took approximately one year to build at a cost of $4.8 million each. Final inspections for each substation occurred last week. The intended outcome of each substation is to deliver electrical power to as many as 25,000 homes, depending...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-War for End.Freedom 3/17/06- Baquba, Remagen, Op.Swarmer, Hibhib, Victory base

    03/16/2006 3:15:05 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 179 replies · 10,451+ views
    NASA, DOD, Company, varous TV, Yahoo, AP, Reuters, AFP, the usual suspects, and many brave photograp | 3/17/06 | President Bush and the Valiant US Military, the Coalition and the liberated Iraqi people
    <p>BREAKING: Hibhib village, Iraqi soldiers arrested 20 terrorists.</p> <p>BREAKING: Forward Operating Base Remagen, with Operation Swarmer, American heroes in helicopters.</p> <p>BREAKING: Basra- Market of military equipment, helping terrorist murders Al Anbar province, weapons found Baquba - Iraqi soldiers take terrorists Basra - Brave Brits in security operation Beiji - Operation 'Cordon and Knock' Najaf - Mehdi Army protects terrorist Moqtada Sadr Ramadi - Operation 'Band of Brothers', American and Iraqi heroes after bombings killed 64 people Tikrit - U.S. Army and Iraqi heroes on a 'knock and search' mission Victory base complex - Iraqis at their "hand over ceremony"</p>
  • Italian journalist held hostage in Iraq

    08/24/2004 1:51:08 PM PDT · by Gucho · 2 replies · 472+ views
    Italian journalist held hostage in Iraq Claire Cozens and agencies Tuesday August 24, 2004 Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni, who has been missing in Iraq since last week, has been kidnapped by militants, according to a video broadcast today on al-Jazeera television station. His driver was found dead at the weekend in Najaf and today an Islamist group said it had abducted an Italian in Iraq, giving Silvio Berlusconi 48 hours to announce it was pulling his troops out of the country.
  • Mass grave uncovered near holy city

    01/17/2006 2:52:45 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 571+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 18 January 2006 | Kamal Taha
    A MASS grave containing the bodies of 22 people believed to have been killed during a failed Shiite uprising against Saddam Hussein in 1991 has been found near one of Iraq's holiest cities, security officials said overnight. The discovery was revealed as Iraq remained shrouded in political uncertainty following the December election, with Sunni Arab leaders angry over a decision to annul less than 1 per cent of the votes because of fraud, although they did not rule out taking part in the new government. At least 12 people were killed in attacks across the country, including seven workers slain...
  • Iraqi Source Claims Al-Jaafari involved in dissapearance of Al-Khoei file (al-Sadr gets a Mercedes)

    12/27/2005 5:50:34 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 4 replies · 336+ views
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | Dec 27 2005
    A prominent Iraqi judicial source has disclosed to Asharq al-Awsat that the original file of the investigations into the assassination of Shiite cleric Abdul Majid al-Khoei in Najaf, 10 April 2003, has dissapeared. The file accuses the young Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr and some of his supporters of carrying out the assassination. It added that the warrant for their arrests also disappeared. Raid Juhi, the investigating judge in Najaf at that time, presently chief investigative judge at the trial of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his senior officials, issued the arrest warrant. The source told Asharq al-Awsat that the...
  • Marines Who Stormed Fallujah Back in Iraq

    10/09/2005 3:38:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 974+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/9/05 | By Antonio Costaneda- AP
    HADITHA, Iraq - They stormed the insurgent-ridden city of Fallujah, returned home, and now are back in Iraq's most troubled province — all in 10 months time. Some prefer this hectic pace. "I didn't join the Marine Corps just to stand around," said Lance Cpl. Giovanni Perez of Los Angeles. But for others, the demands of the overstretched U.S. military are just too much, regardless of the bonuses being dangled before them to re-enlist. "I get out of the Marine Corps in seven months and I can't wait," Cpl. Daniel Trigg of Olympia, Wash., said while guarding a mosque where...
  • Bomb targets bodyguard of Iraq cleric Sadr, kills 6

    09/28/2005 7:23:12 PM PDT · by Wiz · 14 replies · 568+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2005 Sep 29
    NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - A bomb exploded outside the house of a bodyguard of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf on Wednesday, killing at least six people, said an aide to Sadr.
  • New [oil] refinery for Najaf [Iraq]

    09/20/2005 4:10:03 AM PDT · by Wiz · 7 replies · 225+ views
    Azzaman ^ | 2005 Sep 13 | Saadoun al-Jaberi
    Oil Ministry technicians are constructing a new refinery in the holy city of Najaf to meet the city’s domestic fuel needs. “We are now installing important sections of the refinery with an initial capacity of more than 30,000 barrels a day,” said Riyadh al-Uloom, head of the city’s fuel department. The refinery’s essential parts arrived recently, Uloom said, and the rest were expected to land in the city in coming weeks. Iraqis have finished most of the civil engineering work, including building of storage tanks. “We hope the refinery will ease the fuel crisis in Najaf and other major cities...
  • U.S. hands Najaf to Iraq forces

    09/07/2005 6:41:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 537+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | September 7, 2005 | Saad Sarhan and Omar Fekeiki
    Washington Post NAJAF, Iraq — The U.S. military pulled hundreds of troops out of the southern city of Najaf yesterday, transferring security duties to Iraqi forces and sticking to a schedule that the United States hopes will allow the withdrawal of tens of thousands of its forces by early spring. The handover came as Marine F/A-18 jets bombed two bridges near the Syrian border, hitting infrastructure in an area where insurgents have maintained effective control despite off-and-on offensives by U.S. forces. Insurgents have used the bridges to move fighters and arms across the Euphrates River toward Baghdad and other cities,...
  • U.S. hands over Najaf base to Iraqis

    09/06/2005 6:30:20 AM PDT · by Valin · 8 replies · 470+ views
    AP ^ | 9/6/05 | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    NAJAF, Iraq - The U.S. Army handed over its base in Najaf on Tuesday, giving Iraqis full control of the city as a first step in transferring security across the country so multinational forces can begin to go home someday. Lt. Col. James Oliver, the U.S. commander of Forward Operating Base Hotel, handed the ceremonial keys to the installation to the new Iraqi commander, Col. Saadi Salih al-Maliky. About 1,500 Iraqi soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 8th Division marched by. Before the ceremony, the Iraqi soldiers, all Shiites, chanted "long live Sistani," referring to top cleric Grand Ayatollah...