GI SPECIAL 3B22:
“At last, a
The Masses Magazine
Bush Belongs In Prison
Faked Data To Back Iraq War
Miami Herald, May 6, 2005
classified British memo indicates that President Bush
decided to oust Saddam Hussein by the summer of 2002 and
was determined to ensure that U.S. intelligence data
supported his policy.
06 May 2005 By William Rivers
two exit strategies: one to get our forces out of that
country as soon as humanly possible, and the other to
get George W. Bush out of the White House and into a
cellblock in The Hague. Save a bunk for Mr. Blair,
too. Criminals belong in prison.
document almost reads like satire. "Bush wanted to remove
Saddam," reads the leaked secret British intelligence memo
dated 23 July 2002, "through military action, justified by
the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence
and facts were being fixed around the policy."
intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy?
You don't say.
words, they fixed the intelligence and facts around the
policy. The policy, of course, was invasion.
Some other tasty tidbits from
1. "It seemed clear that Bush
had made up his mind to take military action, even if the
timing was not yet decided. But the case was thin. Saddam
was not threatening his neighbours, and his WMD capability
was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran."
fact that Hussein was considered less of a threat than Iran,
North Korea and even Libya, Bush had made up his mind to
invade. Wrapping this around the flatly-declared statement
that the intelligence and facts were being framed around the
'policy,' i.e. the invasion, is damning.
2. "The Attorney-General said
that the desire for regime change was not a legal base for
military action. There were three possible legal bases:
self-defence, humanitarian intervention, or UNSC
authorisation. The first and second could not be the base
in this case. Relying on UNSCR 1205 of three years ago
would be difficult. The situation might of course change."
Attorney General made it clear that the war plan as
constituted was illegal. Therefore, other justifications for
war were required. "The situation might of course change,"
reads the text. It did. They fabricated WMD evidence to
Prime Minister said that it would make a big difference
politically and legally if Saddam refused to allow in the UN
inspectors. Regime change and WMD were linked in the sense
that it was the regime that was producing the WMD. There
were different strategies for dealing with Libya and Iran.
If the political context were right, people would support
regime change. The two key issues were whether the military
plan worked and whether we had the political strategy to
give the military plan the space to work."
ways, this is the worst of the three.
Hans Blix and his inspectors
went into Iraq and found no weapons of mass destruction in
their searches. Ergo, there was no self-defense
justification and no legal basis for war.
order to create the legal and political justification of
self-defense, as stated in the memo, Hussein had to be seen
as blocking those inspections.
In fact, it was the Bush
administration that thwarted Blix while stacking hundreds of
thousands of troops on the border.
point, Bush even went so far as to declare that Hussein had
actually not allowed the inspectors in, even as Blix and his
people were shaking the Iraqi dust off their boots.
McGovern, a 27-year veteran CIA analyst, nails it to the
been a hard learning - that folks tend to believe what
they want to believe," wrote McGovern in an essay
regarding this leaked memo.
long as our evidence, however abundant and persuasive,
remained circumstantial, it could not compel belief. It
simply is much easier on the psyche to assent to the
White House spin machine blaming the Iraq fiasco on bad
intelligence than to entertain the notion that we were
sold a bill of goods. Well, you can forget
The butcher's bill to date:
1,594 American soldiers dead, times ten grievously wounded;
over 100,000 Iraqi citizens dead, uncounted more wounded,
with a recent upsurge of violence claiming more than 200
lives in the last week alone; a nine-figure pricetag that
spirals ever-upwards by the day, mortgaging our children's
future for the profits of the few; no weapons of mass
destruction anywhere in Iraq.
We need two
exit strategies: one to get our forces out of that country
as soon as humanly possible, and the other to get George W.
Bush out of the White House and into a cellblock in The
Hague. [Fuck “The Hague” bullshit. Let him be tried and
punished by troops who have served in Iraq, and the families
of the KIA.]
Save a bunk
for Mr. Blair, too. Criminals belong in prison.
5-Year-Old In Handcuffs:
Bush A Free
Tolerance” For A Kid:
House For A Snake
May 5 2005 Black Commentator
To make a
long story short, a kindergartener in St. Petersburg,
Florida had a meltdown, a temper tantrum from hell.
Children will do that. The adults who educate them are
supposed to know how to handle such situations without
calling the cops. The five year old in this case is black
in a country that is on a binge of criminalizing as many
people as possible, with blacks heading the list.
knew that the LAPD loved to beat the crap out of black
people, but King’s beating was caught on tape. Ja’eisha’s
tantrum and handcuffing by three adult cops also took place
when cameras were rolling, making what has become common
place a subject for debate.
five year-old was handcuffed in St. Louis, a ten year-old
was expelled from school for carrying scissors, and a nine
and ten year-old were led from school in cuffs because of a
tolerance drug policies have caused suspensions and
expulsions as punishment for taking legal, over the counter
Attack Targets US-Iraqi Military Checkpoint In Fallujah
May 6 (Xinhuanet)
attack hit a checkpoint jointly manned by US and Iraqi
forces in southern Fallujah, causing casualties, witnesses
said on Friday.
US and Iraqi soldiers opened
fire randomly while responding to the attack which took
place Thursday night and killed a civilian and wounded three
others, witnesses at the scene said.
Bulgarian Soldier Revealed Injured In Deadly Car Crash
6 May 2005 Novinite Ltd
after the road accident which killed two Bulgarian troops in
Iraq it emerged that there has been a third casualty who
General Stoyan Tonev, Chief of
Military Medical Academy of Bulgaria, denied to disclose the
survivor's name, but told private bTV channel that there was
no chance for survival of the heavily injured Junior
Sergeant Valentin Donev, 34.
The injured soldier was
returned on board of the AN-26 flight, which brought back to
homeland the remains of the two soldiers.
MILITARY FUCKING WITH YOUR WEB SITE ACCESS?
LAW TASK FORCE WANTS TO STOP THE BULLSHIT!
From: Marti Hiken
To: GI Special
Sent: May 06, 2005
I have an important request of
you since you have many direct contacts with GIs overseas.
Military Law Task Force is still getting complaints about
GIs not being able to access websites.
received many reports of inappropriate blocking of web
pages by Internet blocking software, also known as
Unfortunately, many of the incident reports we receive
do not provide enough information to be useful in
pursuing a case of inappropriate blocking to an
find at least five GIs (three in Iraq, one in Afghanistan
and one in Kuwait) who, for two weeks one time a day at
least, if possible, could monitor the following websites to
see if they can get through to them:
WANT TO HELP END THIS BULLSHIT; EMAIL MARTI AT THE ADDRESS
BELOW FOR THE REPORTING FORM. THESE PEOPLE, AMONG OTHER
THINGS, PROVIDE NON-PROFIT LEGAL SERVICES TO GI WAR
National Lawyers Guild
Military Law Task Force
have a friend or relative in the service? Forward this
E-MAIL along, or send us the address if you wish and
we’ll send it regularly.
Whether in Iraq or stuck on a base in the USA, this is
extra important for your service friend, too often cut
off from access to encouraging news of growing
resistance to the war, at home and inside the armed
Send requests to address up top.
Aids Wounded Vet
May. 6, 2005 azcentral
A benefit dinner and dance
will help the family of Erik Castillo, a 21-year-old from
Rio Rico who was severely wounded in Iraq.
The event will begin at 6 p.m.
May 14 at American Legion Post 41, 715 S. 2nd Ave., Phoenix.
Dancing will begin at 8.
at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.,
where he is undergoing a series of surgeries to reconstruct
65 percent of his skull. He also will need surgeries on his
ears and an eye.
mother is a single parent who has lost work to be with her
son and to care for her two other children.
Tickets are $20 and are
available at the door or by calling Maria at (602) 279-9777
or Andy at (602) 269-5877. Tickets cover a barbecue meal,
and a DJ will provide the music. A special fund for the
Castillo family has been established at Wells Fargo Bank.
Make contributions to the Erik Castillo Benefit Fund,
Account No. 8938018739.
Keep Schools On Post:
“It Is A
Shame That We Are Discussing This Issue While Our Children’s
Parents Are Deployed”
Letters To The Editor
May 02, 2005
I am writing in regard to the
article, “Who should run post schools?” April 4.
About 18 months ago, we had a
town-hall meeting at Fort Benning, Ga., concerning this. The
outcry was very evident among the community.
My first concern was the
quality of education our children would receive. Georgia’s
education system is ranked among the lowest in the nation.
The county to which the schools are being transferred serves
a small population, and it is difficult to see how this
county would be able to support all the students attending
My spouse and I now live at
Fort Stewart, Ga., and the same concerns still stand. How
will the district deal with the increase of the student
population and still provide quality education?
Another concern is that we
have no control as to where we live, but at least we have
some control over the schools our son attends.
schools were transferred to local districts, we would have
no say with the school board. We would not be able to vote
for school board members and on important issues because we
are not residents of that county.
Finally, with the frequent
deployments our families have to go through, the schools on
post provide support and understanding from staff who are
trained specifically for this.
I think it
is a shame that we are discussing this issue while our
children’s parents are deployed, and now we have to worry
about our children’s future along with our spouses.
If this is
for budget reasons, replace all civilian employees who were
hired to fill military positions with military personnel, as
it should be.
Our children’s education
should not be decided upon for budget reasons. They deserve
a quality and safe education while their parents serve this
Fort Stewart, Ga.
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Bostonians Prefer Navy Not Kill Them
Boston Globe, May 6, 2005
officials want assurances from the Navy that no live fire or
ammunition will be used in proposed war games on the South
Boston Waterfront next month before they give an okay.
PLACE TO BE:
ALL HOME NOW!
U.S. soldiers at the scene of
a car bomb in Baghdad, April 30, 2005. Reuters Photo by
Occupation Cops Killed In Tikrit & Mosul
May 6, 2005 (Reuters) &
a car bomber blew up his vehicle beside a minibus carrying
policemen, killing at least nine and wounding several, local
The blast struck the minibus
close to a checkpoint set up by Iraqi security forces.
The vehicle was left a
smoldering wreck. Ambulances ferried away the wounded and
the charred bodies of the dead.
A car bomb
Friday targeted a police patrol in the northern city of
Mosul, killing four police commandos and five others, police
Iraqi security forces
immediately cordoned off the scene and searched the area, as
ambulances evacuated the victims to a nearby hospital.
Collaborator General Killed
A senior Iraqi army officer
and his brother were killed on Friday.
general Mirza Hamza, head of the civil defence force in
Mahmudiyah was killed in a drive-by shooting at about 2 pm.
Military Workers Captured
07 May 2005 AFP
DUBAI : An
armed group has kidnapped six Jordanian contractors for the
US military in Iraq, the Qatar-based satellite channel
Al-Jazeera said Friday, showing video footage of the
The six men each held up their
passport to the camera as they were paraded seated before a
large black banner bearing the group's name -- the Al-Bara
bin Malek Jihad Brigades.
One of the six, who worked for
Jordanian firm Abu Jaafar al-Mansur, read out a statement
warning the kingdom's companies to end their operations in
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
06 May 2005 By Patrick
Cockburn, The Independent UK
Burnt wreckage on the road
marks the place in south Baghdad where insurgents poured
fuel over a bullet-riddled police car with the driver dead
or badly wounded still at the wheel and set it on fire.
The attack took place
yesterday at about 6am in the al-Shebab district of the
capital as police in their blue-and-white patrol cars were
setting up a checkpoint. By the time the shooting had
ended, a further nine policemen had been killed, adding to
the total of 616 killed so far this year. Another two
policemen were wounded.
The battle is typical of the
fighting between insurgents and Iraqi security forces raging
across Iraq every day but it is sparsely reported even when
many are killed.
Local people, none of whom
wanted to be named, said the police often set up checkpoints
close to the al-Darwish roundabout. Al-Shebab is a lower
middle-class neighbourhood where many people have clerical
jobs working for the government. It is not known for
political militancy and has a mixed Shia and Sunni
population but it is easy to reach from hardcore insurgent
towns such as Mahmoudiya and Latafiyah on the southern
outskirts of Baghdad.
The lightly-armed police do
not seem to have had much of a chance. A few hours later,
there were bloodstains and a few copper cartridge cases from
a Kalashnikov on the concrete pavement in front of a shop
dealing in real estate. The owner was stoically sweeping up
broken glass. He pointed to a dozen holes where bullets
punctured the metal door of his shop, dug chunks out of a
wall and ripped through the green sofa on which his clients
"We were all very frightened
when we heard the shooting," said a neighbour in a long
brown robe who witnessed the attack. "I came out as soon as
it was over and found one policeman dead in the street.
There was another one hit in the side who was crawling along
and I tried to help him."
On the other side of the
highway, he saw gunmen pour fuel over a police car with a
man inside it.
By one account, the insurgents
had a heavy machine gun mounted on a truck - much more
powerful than anything used by the police. Others fired
from cars. The ambush site is just by an open space used
for parking buses and lorries that would have provided cover
how Cockburn would have reported on the death of French cops
helping the Nazi occupation in France round up and
exterminate French resistance fighters? Three guesses. Is
this how Cockburn would have reported on the death of German
SS troops in Poland rounding up and exterminating Polish
Jews? Three guesses.]
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Before In American Political History!”
May 6, 2005 Andrew Greeley,
The Chicago Sun-Times
It is also asserted that the
election settled the matters of the war and the torture of
prisoners. These are dead issues that no longer need be
But the president received
only 51 percent of the vote and carried only one more state
than the last time (picking up New Mexico and Iowa and
losing New Hampshire). This is a validation of the war and
of prisoner abuse?
This is a
mandate to do whatever he wants to do and whatever the
leadership of the evangelical denominations want? A
percentage point and a single state are a mandate for more
before in American political history!
What do you think?
Comments from service men and women, and veterans, are
especially welcome. Send to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Name, I.D., withheld on
request. Replies confidential.
Insurgency Would Never Last”
beginning of the Muslim uprising, the insurgents were
demeaned as terrorists and thugs. The insurgency would
never last. The people of Algiers loved their French
masters. The people of France, though never directly
consulted, supported the continued occupation.
May 5, 2005 Jack Random,
not approach the mind-numbing destruction of Vietnam but it
is more resembling Algiers with every passing day.
For those who require
historical review, Algiers was the last stop for French
ambitions of a new Napoleonic era.
beginning of the Muslim uprising, the insurgents were
demeaned as terrorists and thugs. The insurgency would
never last. The people of Algiers loved their French
masters. The people of France, though never directly
consulted, supported the continued occupation.
The Battle of Algiers raged on
for six years.
At every turn, the French
proclaimed imminent victory. At every turn, they were
Indiscriminate killings, mass
imprisonment, torture, bombs carried in baskets by women and
children, assassinations, strikes, and the insurgency
refused to die.
calm until the occupiers grew complacent and then it would
years of costly failure, the endgame was clear (in fact, it
was always clear) and the verdict in French public opinion
finally sealed its fate. Though they left a nation torn and
tattered, impoverished and divided, the occupation of
Welcome To Bush’s Liberated Iraq:
Is “Not Authorized”
Protestors Is Authorized
2005-05-06 Middle East Online
- Five supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr were wounded
Friday in a demonstration following the reading of a sermon
written by their leader, hospital sources said.
"If you leave us in peace, we
will leave you in peace. You should be aware of the fact
that the Mehdi Army is still alive and has its finger on the
trigger," Sheikh Aws al-Khafaji said, reading a sermon by
Sadr in the Kufa mosque in central Iraq.
He was referring to the Sadr
"The government we have been
expecting for so long should take concrete action in favour
of the prisoners from the Mehdi Army and the followers of
the Sadr movement. If you don't free our prisoners, I am
ready to die as a martyr," he added.
by the young cleric's sermon, hundreds of worshippers
gathered after prayers and demonstrated to demand the
release of the prisoners.
broke out with the police, who opened fire, an AFP
province's deputy governor Hassan Attam told AFP "The
protest was not authorized.”
Doctor Samir al-Zabhawi, from
Kufa hospital, said he had received a total of five wounded.
May 1, 2005 By PETER MAASS.
The New York Times Magazine
A scathing report from the
Center for Strategic and International Studies, still in
draft form but posted on the center's Web site, blames
senior American officials for these failures of Iraqi will.
police and the bulk of the security forces were given
grossly inadequate training, equipment, facilities,
transport and protection,'' states the report, written by
Anthony Cordesman, a military expert and former Pentagon
''These problems were then
compounded by recruiting U.S. police advisers -- some more
for U.S. domestic political reasons than out of any
competence for the job -- with no area expertise and little
or no real knowledge of the mission that the Iraqi security
and police forces actually had to perform.''
The report seems to be
referring to, among others, Bernard Kerik, the former New
York City police commissioner, who was the first police
adviser to L Paul Bremer III, administrator of the Coalition
Provisional Authority. Kerik left after three and a half
the report notes some progress in recent months, it
concludes: ''Unprepared Iraqis were sent out to die. . . .
The fact that some died as a result of U.S. incompetence and
neglect was the equivalent of bureaucratic murder.''
What’s The Iraq War Really About?
Die, Occupation Suits Steal Millions And Go Home Rich:
Million Unaccounted For
total included more than $7 million that was simply
gone, according to the report from the Special Inspector
General for Iraq Reconstruction.
May 05, 2005 By Matt Kelley,
Associated Press & By T. Christian Miller The Los Angeles
Times & Aljazeera & 5.6.05 By Richard A. Oppel Jr., The New
Iraq became awash in billions
of dollars in cash after the U.S. invasion two years ago,
often with few or no controls over how that money was spent
and accounted for.
indication of that came Wednesday when investigators
released a report saying $96.6 million in cash could not be
properly accounted for.
included more than $7 million that was simply gone,
according to the report from the Special Inspector General
for Iraq Reconstruction.
It said $89.4 million in cash
payments in south-central Iraq were made without the
necessary supporting documentation, the investigation
found. Indications of fraud and other wrongdoing are the
subject of separate, continuing probes.
report accused civilian contract managers of “simply washing
accounts” to try to make the books balance.
Examples of possible
misspending in Iraq revealed in recent months include:
• Projected totals of nearly
$20 million in missing or unaccounted-for equipment in
Baghdad and Kuwait.
A lack of proper rules
governing some $600 million in cash handed out by U.S.
at issue in the latest report is from proceeds from Iraqi
oil sales and seizures from the regime of deposed Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein. Distribution of
the money was handled first by the Coalition Provisional
Authority, the U.S.-run occupation government in Iraq from
2003 to June 28, 2004.
After that, the money was
overseen by the Joint Area Support Group-Central, which is
managed from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
gave the cash to “division level agents” responsible for
distributing the money for reconstruction programs in a
certain area. Those agents were supposed to keep detailed,
signed receipts and other documentation for the money they
spent, but usually did not, the report said.
Controls over the cash were so lax that two of the
agents hired to distribute the money were allowed to
leave Iraq before they had accounted for all of it, the
report said. Between them, those two had been given
more than $1.4 million in cash which remains unaccounted
for, the report said.
A different agent failed to
provide proper documentation for more than $12.4 million in
spending but had his accounts cleared by his supervisors,
the report said.
For contracts funded with
Iraqi money, contract officers could not show that services
had been delivered in more than half of 300 contracts valued
at $332.9 million.
For contracts funded with
$18.4 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds, officers could not
even find about a quarter of 48 contracts that had been
selected for review. Other contracts were found stuffed in
drawers or misfiled.
examples of incompetence included 645 transfers of more than
$23 million in cash using the wrong form; one contractor was
paid twice for the same work and 10 payments amounting to
$324,500 were submitted for canceled contracts. Six cash
handouts for $407,420 were submitted without contractor
The new report said that a
division agent got $58.8 million in cash from the American
office in Baghdad that dispensed Iraqi funds in January
2004, but that later documents said he had gotten $1 million
less, a discrepancy that has not been explained.
Ali-Babas Came From The USA:
The Iraqi Oil Money And Ran
[Thanks to NB, who sent this
money at issue in the latest report is from proceeds
from Iraqi oil sales and seizures from the regime of
deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. [From story
5.5.05 By T. Christian Miller
The Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — The U.S.
government has opened a criminal inquiry into suspected
embezzlement by officials who failed to account for almost
$100 million they disbursed for Iraqi reconstruction
projects, federal investigators said Wednesday.
have been unable to fully document how the money was
allocated to Iraqi workers by a small group of officials
working from a U.S. outpost in Hillah,
according to an audit report released Wednesday by Stuart W.
Bowen Jr., the special inspector general for Iraq
auditors found "significant" problems in the Hillah office,
including one case in which an official fired for
mishandling funds was allowed to continue disbursing money
nearly a month after his termination.
The case is the first time
U.S. government officials have been investigated for a
suspected major corruption scheme involving the Iraq
reconstruction. In the
cases now under investigation, the report notes questionable
accounting practices by several officers involving millions
of dollars over a 16-month period ending in October.
were struck by a series of apparent accounting errors in the
Rapid Regional Response Program, an obscure rebuilding
effort operated from the Hillah office.
The program was designed to jump-start reconstruction in
south-central Iraq by allowing U.S. officials to quickly
issue contracts worth up to $200,000 each.
To pay for contract work in
Iraq's cash-based economy, the U.S. appointed military
personnel and civilians to physically hand out money to
Iraqis. The U.S. officials were then supposed to reconcile
those payments with receipts.
But the auditors found that such receipts were lacking or
incomplete for $96.6 million of $119.9 million in payments.
case, two U.S. officials left Iraq after completing their
tours of duty without accounting for a total of $1.5
The manager of the cash funds
zeroed out the balance on a spreadsheet — an apparent
attempt "to remove outstanding balances by simply washing
accounts," the audit report says. The officials, like all
others in the audit, were not named.
In another case, the U.S. on
May 30 ordered the removal of the official in charge of the
overall cash program, but he remained in the job until June
told he had failed to account for $1,878,870, the
official returned exactly that sum three days later —
leading to suspicions that he had "a reserve of cash and
turned in only the amount" needed to complete the
clearance process, the report says.
In another case, one payment
official had three errors in his accounting books.
example, he told superiors that he had given $311,100 to
another U.S. official when he had actually handed over
$1,210,000, leaving it unclear where the remaining $898,900
was, the report says.
Army Col. Thomas Stefanko, who
now oversees the Hillah office, said he was forming a
"special action team" to investigate the discrepancies and
collect any missing money.
[TWO YEARS AGO:]
Kill More Fallujah Protesters As Shit-Mouth Rumsfeld Tells
Fallujah 2003. (AP Photo Ali Haider)
Operating out of a palace once used by Saddam, Rumsfeld
told Iraqis the United States is eager to return the
country to their control.
belongs to you," he said in a message taped for radio
and television broadcast. "The coalition has no
intention of owning or running Iraq."
2003 By NIKO PRICE, Associated Press
Writer, BAGHDAD, Iraq
second time this week, U.S. soldiers fired on anti-American
protesters Wednesday in the city of Fallujah; the mayor said
two people were killed and 14 wounded.
Defense Secretary Donald H.
Rumsfeld became the first top Bush administration official
to visit Iraq (news - web sites) since Saddam Hussein's
out of a palace once used by Saddam, Rumsfeld told Iraqis
the United States is eager to return the country to their
belongs to you," he said in a message taped for radio and
television broadcast. "The coalition has no intention of
owning or running Iraq."
The shooting in Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad, occurred
less than 48 hours after gunfire during a demonstration
Monday night that hospital officials said killed 13 Iraqis.
About 1,000 people marched
down the city's main street Wednesday to protest the earlier
incident, stopping in front of a battalion headquarters of
the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division — a former office of
Saddam's Baath Party.
American officers said U.S.
soldiers in the compound and in a passing convoy opened fire
after some protesters started throwing rocks and some shots
were fired at the troops.
evildoers are deliberately placing at risk the good
civilians," said Lt. Col. Tobin Green of
the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. "These are deliberate
actions by the enemy to use the population as cover."
[Remember when idiots like
this used this “evildoer” bullshit? Seems like a million
Fallujah's mayor, Taha Bedaiwi
al-Alwani, said two people were killed and 14 wounded, and
he asked for an investigation and compensation for the
victims. He added that U.S. soldiers have been asked to
stay away from mosques, residential areas and other
sensitive places; the Americans agreed to study the request.
people believe these are occupying forces. And many of
them are still cautious until they see their
intentions," said al-Alwani, a former Iraqi exile and
opponent of Saddam's regime.
officials in Fallujah — a conservative Sunni Muslim city and
Baath Party stronghold — said they saw or heard no shooting
from among the protesters.
The incident, coupled with the
deaths Monday outside a school in Fallujah, are increasing
tension as American forces try to keep the peace in Iraq and
win the trust of its people.
[Right. By killing them.
Didn’t work, did it?]
U.S. officers met with
Fallujah's mayor and local Muslims clerics in hopes of
averting further violence.
Several dozen demonstrators
clustered angrily outside the town hall where the talks took
place; "Get out, get out," some chanted.
Emerging from the meeting, the imam of the Grand
Fallujah Mosque, Jamal Shaqir Mahmood, said the
Americans insisted the U.S. troops were needed to
provide security, "but the people of Fallujah told them
we already have security."
In the incident Monday night,
U.S. Central Command said paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne
were shot at by about 25 armed civilians mixed within an
estimated 200 protesters outside a compound troops were
Demonstrators said no gunfire came from their ranks.
"A number of human beings have
been liberated and they are out from under the heel of a
vicious, brutal regime," Rumsfeld said.
[Liberated as in dead, and
out from under his vicious, brutal heel, for sure.]
Turning To Rage As U.S. Troops Won’t Leave Iraq
April 30, 2003,
that greeted the ousting of Saddam has quickly been replaced
in many communities by increasingly angry demands for U.S.
troops to go home and leave Iraqis to rule themselves.
The bloodiest protests so far
have been in Falluja. In the latest shooting, a hospital
official in the town said he had seen two young men who died
of head wounds inflicted by U.S. troops on Wednesday.
The hospital was treating
eight wounded and other casualties were taken to a different
Residents of Falluja
complained to reporters that U.S. troops in the town were
making intrusive patrols and surveillance.
wandering inside and in between houses and in front of
schools, like cowboys," said Talib al-Janabi, head of a
6 Die As
Cops Fight Troops In Herat;
Kills Three Policemen In Kunar
May 03, 2005, Daily Times,
were killed when a dispute between Afghan soldiers and
police degenerated into a battle in Herat, a military
official and hospital staff said on Saturday.
The shooting erupted after a
soldier shot dead a woman he suspected of carrying bombs
during a crowded ceremony late Friday to mark the
anniversary of the toppling of former president Najibullah's
communist government in 1992.
500 people took to the streets to demonstrate against the
army and police.
"We have received the bodies
of three military and three civilians who were killed in the
clash," said a doctor at Herat's main hospital.
arrested the soldier who shot the woman but soldiers
seeking their comrade's release then clashed with
police, said army officer Abdul Manan. The two sides
fought with rifles and hand grenades for more than an
hour, witnesses said. Twelve people, most of them
civilians, were wounded, they said.
province, a landmine blast killed three Afghan counter
narcotics police and wounded two others on Saturday as they
were examining poppy crops in the region, police said.
The anti drugs team was on its way back from Manogay
district in eastern Kunar province after an initial
assessment of the poppy fields in the district.
police were martyred and two were wounded as their vehicle
ran over a land mine planted for them on their way back to
provincial capital," said Major General
Sayed Kamal Sadat, director of the anti drugs police.
Collaborator Cops Help Criminals Plunder The Poor;
Ears Belonging To The Same Horse."
the drivers, Raz Mahammad, claimed that police beat him
when he told them he had no money and that conditions
were worse now than in the early Nineties.
May 03 (SANA) MAZAR-E-SHARIF
Afghan police say thousands of bandits have been disarmed in
recent years, many in the provinces insist their lives are
still ruled by armed men. The trouble now, these people
say, is telling the bandits from the police.
Most complaints come from
herders and farmers whose crops and flocks are “taxed" by
residents say these gunmen use threats, beatings or torture
and operate under the protection the local police.
“Armed men still rule in some
areas, and the police don’t want to sever their relations
with their old friends,” said Qayoum Babak, a political
analyst in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif.
kilometres to the southeast, in Kunar province near the
Pakistan border, herdsmen fought a three-day skirmish in
March against the forces of local commander Haji Sardar.
Fed up with his tithe of every twentieth goat and every
tenth sheep, they burned his compound and ran him out of
their village, Mazar Dara.
no casualties, but their centre was set on fire, and the
commander escaped along with his friends," village elder
Malik Gulan told IWPR.
Kunar governor Asadullah Wafa
said he didn't mind that the herders had taken the law into
their own hands. He said his priority was getting rid of
armed gangs, whether they enjoyed local police protection or
"The communities must help us
take them out," he said.
IWPR has turned up similar
complaints in the eastern provinces of Laghman, Kunar,
Nuristan and Nangarhar, as well as Faryab and Sar-e-Pul in
“Our only hope was the police,
but now we see that the local police are largely supporting
the local commanders,” said Mohammed Asef, who helped form a
committee in Faryab province to submit a complaint to the
Asef complained that police
recently arrested but then quickly released a well-known
outlaw named Samad, who had been accused of attacking local
shepherds and stealing 40 sheep. Now, Asef said, Samad has
become more brazen than ever, but the local authorities
insist there’s nothing they can do.
"We still haven't received any
documents or evidence against commander Samad," Colonel
Sayed Hassan Ziarati, the Faryab provincial police chief,
in neighbouring Sar-e-Pul province likewise said they had
received complaints against a gang leader named Manan, but
not enough evidence to arrest him. But Sayed Mohammad Saami,
head of the Human Rights Commission in northern Afghanistan,
said his organisation had received 20 complaints about Manan
alleging theft, looting and torture.
"The police were formed out of
the local ex-militia group," said a resident of Tabar
village in Sar-e-Pul, who asked his name not be given for
fear of retaliation. "They've just put on the uniforms.
They still can't disobey their ex-commander's orders."
more than 50 lorry drivers alleged that they were beaten and
robbed by police at a checkpoint on the highway between
Mazar-e-Sharif and Jowzjan.
One of the
drivers, Raz Mahammad, claimed that police beat him when he
told them he had no money and that conditions were worse now
than in the early Nineties.
days, if you told the gunmen that you didn't have any money,
they would release you," he said. "They wouldn't beat you
like today's police."
March 29, about 2,000 people demonstrated in Balkh for
the arrest of a local leader, Baba Sayeed, whom they
accused of collecting illicit taxes and looting.
demonstrators were asked to put their complaints in
writing, said General Khalilullah Ziayee, Balkh
province’s security chief.
Abdul Ghafoor, a farmer and
herdsman in the Barg-e-Metal district of the eastern
Nuristan province, said some commanders were taking
one-tenth of all crops in his area.
them wheat, corn, cheese and opium," he said. "If we don’t,
we will be beaten."
Gang leaders have financial
arrangements with some village elders and maliks, the local
administrative chiefs, he alleged.
"We are poor and helpless
people. We can't say anything, and the commanders are paying
shares to the elders and maliks," said Ghafoor. "That’s why
they keep their mouths shut."
In Laghman province, nomadic
herder Akhtar Mohammad said his local commander's take was
one out of every 15 newborn lambs.
shepherd also sees little point complaining to the
authorities, since he sees no difference between them and
the extortionists, "They are ears belonging to the same
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