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Iraq News-links 2-3 January 2008

last updated: Thursday, January 3, 2008 11:35


20000 bid farewell to troops ultimately bound for Iraq
Indianapolis Star - United States
Then it's on to Iraq. They won't return home until December. About 20000 friends, family members and dignitaries bid the soldiers farewell in a ceremony at ...

US Military deaths in Iraq
New Mexican - Santa Fe,NM,USA
By | AP As of Wednesday, at least 3904 members of the US military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated ...

Note to Iowa: Only One Top Dem Will End Iraq Occupation
AlterNet - San Francisco,CA,USA
While it's true that the big three have similar stances on a number of issues, on Iraq -- the one that Democrats and swing voters say is either their top ...

Iran, Iraq to discuss Arvand River issue by mid-January: report
Tehran Times - Iran
TEHRAN -- Iraq's Foreign Ministry Undersecretary for Multilateral Relations, Mohammad Al-Haj Hammoud, has said Iran has initially agreed with Iraq to hold ...

Iraqi refugees in Syria forced to do riskier things to live
Iraqi refugees (1.5 million of them) in Syria are heavily involved in prostitution; at least one is starving herself frequently in order to save money, most Iraqi children in refugee camps are not in school, and 10% of Iraqi children …

Attacker Bombs Pro-US Sunnis in Iraq
New York Times – United States
A relative in Baquba, Iraq, with the body of a victim of a suicide bomb attack on Sunni tribesmen allied with American forces. By SOLOMON MOORE BAGHDAD — A …

Dems to broaden Iraq debate next year
New Hope Courier – Oklahoma City,OK,USA
WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats are planning to take on a broader policy focus next year on the Iraq debate after failing repeatedly to pass anti-war …

News & Views 01/02/08
By dancewater(Cervantes)
Photo: A member of the 1920s Revolution Brigades sits next to the body of his comrade, Abdel Rafa Adil at the hospital morgue in Baqouba, some 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad , Iraq , on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008. …

Iraq War Taking Back Seat to Domestic Issues as Pressing Campaign …
New York Times – United States
Even though polls show that Iowa Democrats still consider the war in Iraq the top issue facing the country, the war is becoming a less defining issue among …

Analysis Finds U.S. Lost Fallujah’s Info War In 2004
Washington (UPI) Jan 2, 2007 – A secret intelligence assessment of the first battle of Fallujah shows the U.S. military believes it lost control over information about what was happening in the town, leading to political pressure that ended its April 2004 offensive with control being handed to Sunni insurgents. “The outcome of a purely military contest in Fallujah was always a foregone conclusion — coalition victor


The state of Iraq as it enters 2008
James Cogan,WSWS
…2007 will be remembered as the year in which the British-based polling agency ORB estimated that 1.2 million Iraqis had been killed under the US occupation, substantiating the death toll previously calculated by scientists working with Johns Hopkins University. It will also go down as the year when more than one million Iraqis were forced to flee their homes to escape the sectarian violence fomented and encouraged by the policies of US imperialism. The “surge” of 30,000 additional US troops to the country between March and June was accompanied by arguably the worst ethnic-communal cleansing in Iraq’s modern history….

How the Iraqi resistance changed the world power balance!
Roads to Iraq
A well written article appeared in two parts at the last days of 2007 on Jordanian newspaper Al-arab Al-youm by Jordanian journalist Nahedh Hatter, the original name of the two parts article is “The Iraqi resistance, is it the end?”. The writer explains the strategy used by the Iraqi resistance to defeat the American occupation, later he counts few mistakes committed by the Iraqi resistance, and in second part he explains how the Iraqi resistance changed the world power balance. Although Iraqi resistance operations are at lowest level in the last three months, the American occupation didn’t win the war, not militarily nor politically….

About Sadr movement meeting in Cairo
Roads to Iraq
Not long time ago I reported that the Egyptian government invited a delegation from the Sadrists to Cairo for negotiations, my take was this: The confusing thing is that there is a delegation from Sadr loyalists in Cairo invited by the Egyptian government Iraqi resistance Jaami reported the details of this meeting saying: The meeting between the Egyptian government and the Sadrists was not announced publicly and away from the media…

“A long and many-sided struggle”: Major Sunni faction says Iran is the current priority
A regular spokesman for the Islamic Army of Iraq, Ibrahim al-Shammari, responded to interview questions in a new Qatari newspaper called Al-Arab (…)probably the most enlightening in terms of strategy was this exchange on the relative importance of the Americans and the Iranian threats. Interviewer: Have you thought about what could happen in Iraq after the Americans withdraw? Have you thought about the Iranian danger? Shammari: The Iranian danger needs no proof or explanations, because it is a paramount reality on the ground. We have a clause in out political program in which we say Iraq is under two occupations, the Iranian and the American, and the most dangerous and difficult is the Iranian. And in fact we were the first to warn of this, and we have called on our brothers in all of the other jihadi factions to support this so that now the Political Office of the Iraqi Resistance supports this, with a slight modification in the draft….

Iraq prisoner amnesty does not extend to gays
A draft bill before the Iraqi parliament would grant an amnesty for as many as 5,000 prisoners, yet excludes those convicted of homosexual “crimes.” Ali al-Dabbagh, a spokesman for the country’s government, said the bill had been sent to the parliament’s Speaker yesterday. Iraqis being held by the Americans are also excluded, alongside those charged with terrorist offences, rape and adultery….

IRAQ: Islamic extremists target women in Basra
One hundred and thirty-three women were killed last year in Basra, Iraq’s second largest city, either by religious vigilantes or as a result of so-called “honour” killings, a report said on 31 December. The report, released by Basra Security Committee at a conference on women’s rights in the city, said 79 of the victims were deemed by extremists to be “violating Islamic teachings”, 47 others died in “honour” killings and the remaining seven were targeted for their political affiliations. “The women of Basra are being horrifically murdered and then dumped in the garbage with notes saying they were killed for violating Islamic teachings,” Bassem al-Moussawi, head of the committee and a member of Basra’s Provincial Council, told the conference…

January 1, 2008: 1 US Soldier, 62 Iraqis Killed; 70 Iraqis Wounded
Margaret Griffis,
At least 62 Iraqis were killed and 70 wounded in the latest attacks, which included a significant suicide bombing at a funeral in Baghdad. Meanwhile, the Iraqi government released their official casualty figures for 2007; the number of Iraqi deaths is up from last year. Also, an American soldier died of a non-combat-related injury at Qayyarah Airfield West yesterday. In Baghdad, at least 30 people were killed and 38 wounded in Zayouna where a suicide bomber struck at a funeral being held for a former army officer who died in a bomb attack. Also, three dumped bodies were found in separate neighborhoods. U.S. forces killed two people, possibly elderly, in Mosul….


Robot flights over Iraq controlled from US
The Herald – Glasgow,Scotland,UK
HUNDREDS of key missions over Iraq in 2007 were conducted by RAF pilots“flying” Predator unmanned aerial vehicles by remote satellite links from a site …

Caucuses signal start of long year in US politics
Scotsman – United Kingdom
One explanation for this ennui with the American Dream might be the Iraq war. However, polls suggest that Iraq is a diminishing political issue, …

Digger’s Iraq uniform goes on display
ABC Online – Australia
The combat uniform of a young Australian soldier who served in Iraq has gone on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. …

Breaking: Edwards Restates Iraq Position He’s Had for Months
By Swopa
In one of his most detailed discussions to date about how he would handle Iraq as president, Mr. Edwards staked out a position that would lead to a more rapid and complete troop withdrawal than his principal rivals, Senators Hillary …

What 2008 means for ending the war in Iraq
By Rebecca Griffin, Political Director
Given the inability of Congress to pass a timeline to withdraw US troops from Iraq or put significant limitations on the funding, the 2008 presidential election could be our best chance to end the US occupation of Iraq as quickly as …

Bush Administration Silent On Halliburton Rape Accusations
By The Huffington Post News Team(
A powerful senator says he is still waiting for the Bush administration to respond to inquiries he made last month following reports that American women working in Iraq had been allegedly raped or sexually assaulted by coworkers or a US …

Latest in wave of Iraq suicide bombs kills 10
Reuters – USA
BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed 10 people in Iraq on Wednesday, Iraqi authorities said, the latest in a wave of suicide attacks that has …

Indiana Guard troops leave for Iraq
Indianapolis Star – United States
Several congressmen spoke of military progress in Iraq during 2007 as a hopeful sign. US Sen. Richard Lugar, however, said there is still uncertainty over …

Female suicide bomber kills 10 in Iraq:
A female suicide bomber killed 10 people in Iraq on Wednesday, the latest in a string of suicide bombings that has seen a major strike nearly every day of the past week despite an overall decline in violence.
Iraq: At least 6 killed as US occupation grinds on:
U.S. forces said they had accidentally killed a woman when they fired a missile from a helicopter at a group planting a bomb on Tuesday evening in the northern city of Mosul
24,000 civilian Iraqi deaths in 2007:
US-LED coalition and paramilitary forces in Iraq were responsible for some 24,000 violent civilian deaths in 2007, according to an independent group monitoring casualties in the war-ravaged country.,23599,22999216-2,00.html

More than 16,000 Iraqi civilians killed in 2007 – ministry 01 Jan 2008
Some 16,232 Iraqi civilians were killed during 2007 as a result of sectarian violence, [US] bombings and mortar attacks, an official media source in the Iraqi health ministry said on Tuesday.

Eastern Baghdad blast casualties up to 68 01 Jan 2008
Casualties from Tuesday’s earlier suicide bombing attack in eastern Baghdad rose to 30 deaths and 38 wounded, an Iraqi police source said.

Military use of unmanned aircraft soars 01 Jan 2008
The military’s reliance on unmanned aircraft that can watch, hunt and sometimes kill insurgents civilians has soared to more than 500,000 hours in the air, largely in Iraq, The Associated Press has learned.

Suicide Blast at Baghdad Funeral of Bomb Victim Kills Dozens 02 Jan 2008
By the time he reached the front gate of his neighbor’s house, just minutes after the blast, Adil Ahmed saw flames leaping off the funeral tent. The guests’ cars parked outside were blasted and burned. Some of the mourners were screaming with grief and rage, and many others were scattered on the ground, dead or dying… The explosion killed at least 25 people and wounded 20 others, according to the U.S. military. Iraqi police and ambulance officials told news services that the death toll was at least 32.

Female suicide bomber kills 10 in Iraq 02 Jan 2008
A female suicide bomber killed 10 people in Iraq on Wednesday, the latest in a string of suicide bombings that has seen a major strike nearly every day of the past week. Twenty-eight people were wounded including some women, police said.

Edwards Calls for Quick Pullout of Troops Training Iraqi Forces 02 Jan 2008 John Edwards says that if elected president he would withdraw the American troops who are training the Iraqi army and police as part of a broader plan to remove virtually all American forces within 10 months. Mr. Edwards, the former senator (D) from North Carolina, said that extending the American training effort in Iraq into the next presidency would require the deployment of tens of thousands of troops to provide logistical support and protect the advisers. “To me, that is a continuation of the occupation of Iraq,” he said in a 40-minute interview on Sunday aboard his campaign bus as it rumbled through western Iowa.

US Offers Iraqis Service Jobs
Washington Post – United States
By ELENA BECATOROS The Associated Press HUDA, Iraq — Children skip across a stream of raw sewage on a side road, trash piles up in a dusty lot and there …

Iraq Prisoner Amnesty To Exclude Gays – USA
by Newscenter Staff (Baghdad) The Iraq government is considering the release of some 5000 prisoners but a spokesperson said it would not include …

Iraq: Situation Stabilizing
By (Redstate Network)
The strategic goal of the United States in Iraq remains a unified, democratic and federal Iraq that can govern, defend and sustain itself and is an ally in the war on terror. This report measures progress towards, and setbacks from, …

Edwards Sets 2009 Iraq Withdrawal Deadline
By Bob Fertik
Just yesterday I complained there was no substantive difference among the three Democratic frontrunners (Clinton, Edwards, Obama) on ending the US occupation Iraq, since they all promised to keep significant forces in Iraq by the end of …

String of suicide bombings in Iraq
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
By Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar Two suicide attacks in Iraq, including the deadliest to hit Baghdad since August, killed at least 56 people and wounded at least …

Checkpoint blast kills 4 in Iraq
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
The liaison of a volunteer group helping fight Al Qaeda is among the dead, police say. At least 23 people are injured. By Kimi Yoshino, Los Angeles Times …

Iraq increases oil exports in 2007, expects higher production in 2008
The Canadian Press –
BAGHDAD – Iraq’s oil exports shot up in the last quarter of 2007 and the ministry in charge of production forecast Wednesday that it will reach three …

US general says 60 percent of attacks in north Iraq
BAQUBA, Iraq (AFP) — Almost two-thirds of insurgent attacks in Iraq occur in the north of the war-ravaged country, although overall levels of violence have …

2008: A look ahead at the Iraq war
Seattle Times – United States
The Associated Press BAGHDAD — With security improved throughout much of Iraq, the constant fear of death is gone, many Iraqis say. …

US military says 51 Qaeda leaders killed or captured
BAGHDAD (AFP) — The US military said on Wednesday that 51 Al-Qaeda leaders were killed or captured by multinational forces in Iraq during December, …

Halliburton/KBR Cover Up Alleged Gang Rape
A Texas woman filed a federal lawsuit in May against Halliburton and its former subsidiary KBR, stating that she was drugged and gang-raped by a group of her co-workers in the KBR camp in the Green Zone in Iraq in 2005. …

Petraeus Credits Syria With Assistance in Iraq
By Scott(Scott)
General David Petraeus says that Syria has been a great help in damming the flow of insurgents into Iraq: “The progress that has been made against al Qaeda-Iraq this year is very significant,” Petraeus said on the December 28 edition of …

The State Of Iraq As It Enters 2008
By James Cogan
Media reports about New Year parties in parts of Baghdad cannot disguise the fact that Iraqis have little to look forward to in 2008, and even less to celebrate about 2007. Last year was yet another of death, destruction and suffering

Edwards Calls for Quick Pullout of Troops Training Iraqi Forces
Michael R. Gordon reports for The New York Times, “John Edwards says that if elected president he would withdraw the American troops who are training the Iraqi army and police as part of a broader plan to remove virtually all American forces within 10 months.”

The cost of hollow government
By David Kassel
The book details how Halliburton has used $20 billion in public reconstruction funds to build “city-states” for the thousands of contractors that have overrun Iraq, yet little or no money has gone to Iraq’s factories. …

Female suicide bomber kills 10 in Iraq
Reuters Canada – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
By Peter Graff BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A female suicide bomber killed 10 people in Iraq on Wednesday, the latest in a string of suicide bombings that has seen a …

Edwards proposes swift pullout from Iraq
International Herald Tribune – France
“To me, that is a continuation of the occupation of Iraq,” he said in a 40-minute interview on Sunday aboard his campaign bus as it rumbled through western …

Neighbourhood patrols hit in Iraq – Qatar
Jassim was killed last week, along with 13 other people, in a car bombing also blamed on the organisation al-Qaeda in Iraq. In Zayouna on Wednesday,…

Africa: Press Freedom Round-Up 2007 – Washington,USA
More than half those killed in 2007 died in Iraq. “No country has ever seen more journalists killed than Iraq, with at least 207 media workers dying there …

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
(AGI) – Baquba (Iraq), 2 Jan – At least ten have been killed and eight injured in Iraq in one of the rare cases of a woman being entrusted with a suicide …

Iraq increases oil exports in 2007, expects higher production in 2008
International Herald Tribune – France
AP BAGHDAD: Iraq’s oil exports shot up in the last quarter of 2007 and the ministry in charge of production forecast on Wednesday that it will reach 3…

South Korea to continue controversial oil project in Kurdistan
State-run Korea National Oil Corp. stated that it would not abandon an exploration project in Iraqi Kurdistan despite threats by the central Iraqi government to cut off oil supplies to South Korea. “There is no change in our position to …

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