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Hassan Fallah

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  1. Whether its Ahmed Challabi or Ja`afari, they both need his support in the coming elections. He is still having mass support among general Iraqis. Maliki was able to outs him by aerial and ground support of invading Armies and later he organized a semi tribal Militia named as " Support Councils" to confront /check-balance US brokered Sunni's Awakening Council and Kurdish Beshmergas. No one can rule over Baghdad without support of Muqtada. One can rule over tiny broken states of Basra or Arbil but Baghdad belongs to Sadrioun.
  2. Iraqi relatives want death for Blackwater guards 07 Dec 2008 17:06:47 GMT Source: Reuters By Mohammed Abbas BAGHDAD, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Employees of U.S. security firm Blackwater who shot and killed Iraqi civilians should face the death sentence, relatives of some victims said on Sunday. U.S. law enforcement sources said on Friday that U.S. officials expected to announce charges soon against the security guards over the shooting that killed 17 civilians in 2007 and strained U.S.-Iraqi ties. "A death sentence is the least thing ... In addition the director of Blackwater should be taken to trial. He gave them the weapons, this authority to block roads and kill civilians," said Mohammed al-Kinani, whose son was killed that day. The news of the case stirred painful memories for Kinani, who was in his car with several family members when it came under fire from Blackwater guards on Sept. 16 last year. North Carolina-based Blackwater, the largest security contractor in Iraq, has said its guards acted lawfully, and in self-defence after their motorcade came under fire. No further comment was immediately available over the weekend. Blackwater is employed in Iraq by the U.S. State Department, and its employees were protecting a diplomatic convoy on the day of the incident. Blackwater vehicles had closed the road ahead and traffic had come to a stop, Kinani said. He had heard three or four gun shots. The situation was calm, he said. Then one Iraqi vehicle edged forward as its driver spoke to a policeman. "When they saw that, they opened fire, with full force, they completely destroyed the car," Kinani said. Gunfire rained down on the area in front of the Blackwater vehicles, Kinani said, hitting vehicles, the pavement, the traffic light and electricity poles. Car tyres exploded and windows shattered as his family cowered in the car. Kinani said he saw a young man in the car in front of him try to leave his vehicle. "They riddled his body with bullets. He lay on the side of the road and there was blood all around him. And every minute they'd return and fire at his body," Kinani said. He tried to dial for help, but a bullet ricocheted off the rear view mirror and smashed the phone from his hand before hitting him in the face, Kinani said. After about eight to 12 minutes the shooting stopped, said Kinani, who got out of the car. His young nephew, who was in the vehicle, told him his nine year-old son Ali had been killed. Ali was slumped against the passenger door, its window shattered. "When I opened the door he tumbled out. His brain fell between my feet," Kinani said, breaking down in tears. LOOKING FOR ANSWERS The expected charges against the Blackwater security guards come after more than a year of FBI investigations in one of the most high-profile legal cases remaining before President George W. Bush leaves office next month. The shooting enraged the Iraqi government. Many Iraqis were also upset in April when the State Department renewed Blackwater's contract to protect U.S. personnel in Baghdad. "They killed innocent people and there's no excuse. The most severe penalty U.S. law allows would be just," said Haythem al-Rubaie, whose wife and son were killed in the incident. Security firms working for the United States after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion enjoyed immunity from prosecution in Iraq, but that ends on Dec. 31 under a security pact between Baghdad and Washington signed last month. Both Rubaie and Kinani went to Blackwater's offices in Baghdad looking for an apology and an explanation. "They said this is $20,000, a gift, not compensation, from the company. I told them, 'You kill my son and give me $20,000?' I don't want your $20,000. You until now have not admitted there was a crime, or apologised," Kinani said. He said he offered to relinquish all legal and monetary claims on Blackwater if they apologised, but the firm declined. Rubaie said he left a meeting with Blackwater with no answers. "I asked Blackwater why they killed my son. They said they didn't know. I asked them why they killed my wife, who was screaming for help after my son was killed ... He said: 'I don't know'," Rubaie said. "I told him that if every time I ask you something you tell me 'I don't know' then there's no point in us meeting." (Editing by Michael Christie and Elizabeth Piper)
  3. If he has reformed and purged MM , we should not object his changing strategy to fight invaders and their regional puppet lords. BTW its not a Militia, it will be an institution for basic education and restoring public morale to fight local perpetrators aka agents.
  4. And the world was crying while 'jund_el_Mahdi' purging and killing invaders and demons in Iraq. Does your theory apply on your own battle ground, too?
  5. As the 'Eid al-Adha holiday, one of two major Muslim holidays, begins on Monday, papers are reporting on yet another “reorganization” of the Mahdi Army by Shi'a leader Muqtada al-Sadr. Since 2003, Muqtada’s movement and militia have undergone a consecutive series of restructurings, reorganizations and purges, with little evidence on the ground to show the effect of these projects. As a result, the militia previously known as the Mahdi Army has been given a new name after every such attempt: this time, Az-Zaman reported, Muqtada al-Sadr announced that the activist wing in his movement will now be known as the “Mumahhidoun,” which will acquire a “cultural” character, aiming to educate the young activists and “combat the secular currents.” Judging from the newspaper report, the standards for admission into the “Mumahhidoun” are a bit strange for an ex-militia: Sadrist volunteers will have to progress through intensive educational courses, each lasting several months, before being accepted as a full member of the movement. Sadrist sources said that 300 “students” have been so far accepted out of 6000 applicants. Az-Zaman quoted sources who reiterated claims to the effect that Sadr wants to recreate the Lebanese Hizbollah model in Iraq with a bottom-up approach, hence the focus on producing disciplined and professional activists and purging unwanted elements. Sadrists have not posted any electoral material of their own, which confirms that Muqtada will not involve his movement in the elections directly, but will content “to support lists and personalities that he approves of.” The paper said that the lists of ex-Prime Minister Ibraheem al-Ja'fari seem to flourish in pro-Sadrist area, an indication of Ja'fari’s unwritten alliance with the Sadrists in the coming elections.
  6. Pakistani militants torch Humvees for western forces 07 Dec 2008 07:36:57 GMT Source: Reuters (Adds details, background and byline) By Faris Ali PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Hordes of Pakistani militants set on fire 96 trucks carrying Humvees and military vehicles for Western forces in Afghanistan in a raid in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday, police said. Security guards said they were overpowered by more than 200 militants who attacked two terminals on Peshawar's ring road, where trucks carrying Humvees and other military vehicles were parked. "It happened at around 2.30 a.m.. They fired rockets, hurled hand grenades and then set ablaze 96 trucks," senior police officer, Azeem Khan, told Reuters. Most supplies, including fuel, for U.S. and NATO forces in landlocked Afghanistan are trucked through Pakistan, much of it the fabled Khyber Pass that runs through the mountains between Peshawar, capital of North-West Frontier Province and the border town of Torkham. Khan said one private security guard was killed in an exchange of fire between police and militants. "They were shouting Allah-o-Akbar (God is Great) and Down With America. They broke into the terminals after snatching guns from us," said Mohammad Rafiullah, security guard of a terminal. Last month, the government closed the main supply route to Western forces in Afghanistan for a week after militants hijacked more than a dozen trucks on the road through Khyber Pass. There have been worrying signs this year that Islamist militancy has spread to the area from more distant tribal regions where the Taliban and al Qaeda have taken root. Peshawar city police chief, Safwat Ghayyur, said the government planned to launch an operation against "miscreants" in near future. "Certainly, a plan of operation is in place as we have crafted a strategy in which we will have to go after them," he said. The other main land route to Afghanistan runs from the southwestern city of Quetta through the border town of Chaman to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. (Additional Reporting/writing by Kamran Haider; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore and Sanjeev Miglani)
  7. Clash in Iraq Over a Plan for Councils Intensifies By ALISSA J. RUBIN Published: December 3, 2008 BAGHDAD — A power struggle between Iraq’s prime minister and the Kurdish regional government intensified on Wednesday, when Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki rejected Kurdish arguments that he could not create new tribal councils that would answer to his government. The disagreement cuts to the heart of a broader dispute taking place in northern Iraq, particularly around Mosul and Kirkuk. Kurds are trying to expand their autonomous political control in the region, and many Iraqi Arabs are resisting, saying they want to remain under central government authority. One potential shot in that battle has been a plan that Mr. Maliki began instituting last winter to create tribal councils that could help ethnic and sectarian reconciliation efforts in the provinces and keep a watchful eye for the entrance of insurgents. His government says the councils are unarmed volunteer groups, though that is a gray area, as every adult male is permitted one gun. But Kurdish officials fear that the councils will instead be full-fledged militias that could be used against them in the north. The Kurdish government sent a letter on Monday that harshly criticized the plan and claimed that Mr. Maliki was recruiting former supporters of Saddam Hussein to join the councils and keep Kurds in check. President Jalal Talabani, who is a Kurd, said at a news conference on Monday that on behalf of the Executive Council — made up of him and the two vice presidents — he would be sending the question to the Federal Supreme Court for a ruling on the constitutionality of the councils. “Nuri al-Maliki is my friend and enjoys the confidence of Parliament,” Mr. Talabani said in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya. “He is not budging and remains adamant that creating these councils is legal. We will go to the federal court to see whether this is indeed the case.” In response, Mr. Maliki released a letter on Wednesday in which he insisted that not every government institution needed to be authorized by the Supreme Court, citing bodies like the Executive Council that are not mentioned in the Constitution. Mr. Maliki’s government says that the councils have proved to be valuable in helping to bolster security and to rebuild areas hurt by sectarian conflict. Members of his Islamic Dawa Party also argue that his opponents have formed similar groups, and that the tribal councils’ role is positive for the community. Opposing are the Kurds and a rival Shiite party to Mr. Maliki, the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, among others. The opponents say that rather than being apolitical volunteer groups, the councils clearly answer directly to the government, which finances offices for the groups in each province. There have also been claims that some of the tribal sheiks are being paid to support the Shiite government. The question of whether the councils are truly armed has been galvanizing for the Kurds, who say the idea is a revival of Saddam Hussein-era repression. “These councils are tribal militias and will inflame the national, religious and sectarian conflicts,” said Jabber Yawer, the minister for the pesh merga, the Kurds’ military force. “We have long experience with the issue of arming the tribes. Saddam took advantage of the armed clans, and they cooperated with Saddam against the Kurds.” Reporting was contributed by Atheer Kakan, Riyadh Mohammed and Tareq Maher from Baghdad, and Iraqi employees of The New York Times from Kurdistan, Kirkuk and Baghdad.
  8. 01 Dec 2008 17:47:29 GMT Source: Reuters By Aseel Kami BAGHDAD, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Iraq started flushing excess salinity out of millions of acres of land on Monday in a project aimed at cleansing rivers, breathing new life into dying soils and reviving what was once part of "the fertile crescent". Though Iraq is wetter and more arable than many of its desert-covered neighbours, centuries of irrigation and over-use have left swathes of farmland fallow because of salinity. Salt collects in soil when farmers irrigate it with salty water or do not drain it properly. The soil gradually becomes useless. "It's a huge project: we are seeking to collect and drain all the salty water and remove groundwater from the centre and the south (of Iraq)," Water Resources Minister Abdul Latif Rasheed said at the launch of the project. First thought up in the 1950s but frequently delayed by political upheaval, the project seeks to revive six million acres (2.5 million hectares) of land. The area forms part of what historians call the fertile crescent, which stretches from the eastern Mediterranean into Iraq and down to the Gulf. Farming in Iraq has been hit hard by decades of war, instability and poor environmental management. Iraq imports almost all of its food, using receipts from oil to pay for it. Much of the government's budget is spent on food rations. Harmful salinity can be reversed by pumping out the groundwater beneath the soil over several years. Such projects, though costly, have helped farmers reclaim salt-deadened land in Australia. "What has been achieved sends out the message that we are capable of reconstruction, services and development for our country," Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a ceremony. The pumping station in Nassiriya, 300 km (185 miles) southeast of Baghdad, was started in the 1980s but war with Iran put it on hold and U.N. sanctions in the 1990s made it impossible to import parts to complete it. Rasheed said the project would also help improve "the quality of water in Tigris and Euphrates rivers". But Rasheed told Reuters it would take several years for Iraq to clean up its waterways after so much neglect. He added that a severe drought over the past year had parched the land, with rainfall less than a third of normal levels, putting further strain on water resources. "We have a big and complex irrigation network in Iraq -- nearly 90,000 km of drainage and irrigation channels -- these channels in all are in bad shape," he said. (Editing by Tim Cocks and Giles Elgood)
  9. The Americans have wrongly thought that by occupying Iraq and Afghanistan they could easily sabbotage and topple the elected government of Iran, the way they did in 1952 when they toppled the elected Dr Mussadaq and installing the hated Shahinshah. Instead, the Iranians are holding the soldiers of America and its allies as hostages in both countries. The Iranians are currently supplying arms to the Taleban in Afghanistan while their role in Iraq to undermine the US military occupation needs no elaboration. Furthermore, more Arab leaders besides the Iraqis, the Syrians, the Palestinians and the Lebanese wil visit Tehran soon. In other words, America has fallen in a cleverly-set Iranian trap. As the cowboys say "The bigger they are, the harder they fall."
  10. U.S. forces in Iraq captured two suspected members of an Iranian-backed network and killed a third Wednesday, part of U.S. efforts to target a group it says has attacked Iraqi citizens and foreign troops. The three belong to an insurgent group called Katai'b Hezbollah, the U.S. military said in a statement. Four other suspected members of the group were detained Monday.
  11. Saudi Arabia's Food and Drug Authority has found a batch of a milk powder made by a Nestle <NESN.VX> plant in China to be highly contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine, the authority said on Wednesday. "(The) Product contains high concentrations harmful to health ...," said the authority in a statement posted on its website (www.sfda.gov.sa).
  12. Although its not real but almost its like we are living in a divided nation. Recently Both Maliki and Barzani are at odds, both mistrust each other's intensions. Its easy for foreigners to land in Kurdistan but not for fellow arabs. Kurds are lucky to get best of luck due intra arab war. Recently Shi`ietes signed a multi billion doallar deal with Shell and a Chinese Company (49-51%) to level score with Kurds who are openly awarding oil Exploration Contracts without knowledge of Baghdad. Kurds have their own language, own parliament, own flag, own PM, own business/direct deals, own passports, own airport. They don't depend on Baghdad. Most of food /construction stuff they need is coming from Iran/Turkey. Maliki has became spokesman of arab tribes(Under banner of Support Councils) to face rising influence of 125K Unofficial Sunni Awakenging Army under American Command on one hand and 100s of thousands of Besh Merga Army of Kurdistan on the other hand. The turmoil what we have seen is nothing comapared to what we may see the moment Americans leave Iraq. Maliki's support council militants can conquer whole of arab heartland in a matter of weeks. The routes to Karbala , Najaf comes from Anbar and we need to think to take some of Anbar territory/Highways in a greater SISTAN/SHIAISTAN. Najaf is already connected to Tehran and Erbil, sooner it will be having international flights too/from other countries, too. Importance of Baghdad is going to be finished after Americans withdrawal. It might be a play ground for Sadr guys to have some fun.
  13. Well old Iraqi Passports are no more valid. You can buy a new passport "G" from any free market, which will allow you unlimited entry to/from GZ.
  14. Almost 2,000 Syria-based Iraqis staged a protest against the Iraq-US military pact, saying that the agreement would place Iraq under US domination. The demonstration held at al-Syydeh Zeinab. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
  15. Case1 Former Baath party official Abdul-Ghani Abdul-Ghafur also received a death sentence at the end of the trial, which began in August 2007. He shouted, "Down with the Persian-U.S. occupation!" as the sentence was read. "Shut up, you dirty Baathist," snapped chief judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa, referring to Saddam's Baath party. Case2 Think about scene :twin suicide attack within minutes apart at police academy, although its a general consensus these attacks are carried out by Sadui powered Salafic insurgents. But what will you expect from public after legitimzing US forces stay in Iraq by Iraqi Parliament, Both Baghdad and Tehran are happy for giving 3 years extension. At the scene one policeman said to me, with anger: “Maliki and his Iranian advisers are the reason for all this Iraqi blood.” The rest I will leave to SCs to decide to whom we should condemn?
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