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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

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Thursday, 6 January 2005

 
HEADLINES
  
IRAQI NEWS

·         Interior minister says security forces' casualties top 1,300
·         Rally in Baghdad calls for release of tribal leader
·         Two killed, six injured in Baghdad car bomb attack
·         Three bodies found in Al-Ramadi
·         US forces kill academic's family of four in Al-Ramadi
·         Mosul governor denies reports of residents' evacuation
·         Samarra curfew extended
·         Iraqi judge orders arrest of Al-Najaf police chief
PRESS COMMENTS ON ELECTION, 5 JAN 2005
·         Every political entity has the right to make its media campaign and political program - Al-Bayan
·         ``It is not right to accuse all of the candidates of being Iranian agents''- Al-Dustur
·         ``Misconduct of some political forces in their media campaign''- Tariq al-Sha'b
·         ``The impact of the upcoming elections on the national unity''- Al-Ufuq
·         ``Elections and the role of the media''- Al-Zaman
·         "Closed Elections"- Al-Furat
·         "The Elections and Iraq's Enemies' Plans,"- Al-Adalah
·         "Elections, Elections,"- Al-Mashriq
·         "Notes on the Voters Registration System of the Upcoming Elections,"- Al-Mashriq
HEADLINES AND QUOTES FROM IRAQI PRESS 5 JAN 04
·         Headlines of Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition]
·         Headlines of Al-Adalah [Baghdad, by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)]
·         Headlines of Al-Bayan [Baghdad, by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party]
·         Headlines of Al-Dustur [Baghdad, daily independent newspaper]
·         Headlines of Ishraqat al-Sadr [Baghdad, weekly Sadrist Movement]
·         Electricity Ministry disappointment over the funds allocated for the 2005 budget- Al-Zaman
·         ``Delay in distributing ration card items was because of the security situation''-Al-Furat
·         ``A need for a remedy to heal our wounds''- Al-Dustur
·         ''We are approaching a great democratic process''-Al-Mutamar
·         Iraq is a highly important country- Al-Sharq al-Awsat
IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES 5 JAN 2005
·         Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV news:
·         Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Diyar TV:
·         Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Iraqiyah TV news :
UPDATES FROM IRAQI KURDISH PRESS, 5 JAN 05
·         KurdSat TV news Summary 5 Jan 05:
·         Iraqi Kurdish official slams US attack on Arbil

IRAQI NEWS
Interior minister says security forces' casualties top 1,300

Iraqi Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib has said the number of casualties among Iraqi police and security forces has exceeded 1,300 over the past year and half. Al-Naqib called on Arab interior ministers meeting in Tunisia for the 22nd session of their council, to condemn what he described as terrorist acts that target the security forces and innocent civilians and aim at dividing Iraq, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on the 5th. He stressed that those who were carrying out these acts were active under religious or political guises, and emphasized that the reason for the presence of foreign forces in Iraq would end once the structuring and training of Iraqi forces was finalized and they were qualified to defend the homeland against foreign attacks. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 5 Jan 05)

Rally in Baghdad calls for release of tribal leader

The National Front for Iraqi Tribes staged a rally in Baghdad on the 5th calling for the release of Shaykh Hasan Zaydan Khalaf al-Luhaybi, the Front's secretary-general, who was arrested by US forces in Mosul on 31 December. Participants in the rally, who represented clans and tribes from various parts of Iraq, said Luhaybi's arrest violated the elections law as the front was a participant in the election process and registered with the Independent Higher Elections Commission. He had also recently visited Syria and Turkey and held talks on the political situation with figures who call for employing political means to resolve current problems in Iraq. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 5 Jan 05)

Two killed, six injured in Baghdad car bomb attack

A booby-trapped car targeting a US military convoy blew up in west Baghdad on 5 January, killing two civilians and wounding six others, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The blast took place on the intersection between the area of Al-Amiriyah and the Abu-Ghurayb road. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 5 Jan 05)

Three bodies found in Al-Ramadi

The bodies of three men, thought to be Jordanian drivers, have been found in central Al-Ramadi, west of Baghdad, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 5 January. The bodies were laid out on the ground and bore gunshot wounds to the head. A piece of paper found on one of the bodies said that the deceased were Jordanian drivers who were transporting supplies to the US Army. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 5 Jan 05)

US forces kill academic's family of four in Al-Ramadi

: US forces opened fire on a car in Al-Ramadi on 5 January killing its four occupants - a university professor, his wife and two children - and a passer-by, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The incident took place near the Al-Kabir Mosque in the Al-Qattanah area of the city. A TV correspondent said eyewitnesses had warned the car driver against travelling along the street because of the strong US military presence in the area. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 5 Jan 04)

Mosul governor denies reports of residents' evacuation
The governor of Mosul has denied media reports that some Mosul residents are being evacuated ahead of a military operation in the city, Al-Diyar TV reported on 5 January. He said that the region was relatively calm and that the fuel crisis had eased. (Al-Diyar TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 5 Jan 05)
Samarra curfew extended

US forces have extended the curfew in Samarra, north of Baghdad, after more fighting in the city, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 5 January. The curfew now begins at 1800 [1500 gmt], instead of 2100, and ends at 0700. The movement of vehicles is restricted between 0700 and 1700. The TV also said that two civilians had been killed, and three others wounded in armed confrontations in the city. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 5 Jan 05)

Iraqi judge orders arrest of Al-Najaf police chief

An Iraqi judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of Maj-Gen Ghalib al-Jaza'iri, commander of the Al-Najaf police, on charges of abusing authority. Judge Muhsin Salman Tuwayti accused Al-Jaza'iri of committing many legal violations by arresting people without arrest warrants and by releasing prisoners without court permits, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 5 January. Al-Jaza'iri has rejected the charge and described the arrest warrant as an illegal malicious fabrication. He said he had filed a complaint with the Justice Ministry on this issue and will demand compensation for what he called defamation. Al-Jaza'iri, who refused an order to relocate to Baghdad on 3 Jan, linked the arrest warrant to statements he made two weeks ago on arresting a suspect, who he said had confessed his role in the armed operations due to his involvement with Syrian intelligence. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad, in Arabic 5 Jan 05)


PRESS COMMENTS ON ELECTION, 5 Jan 2005


Every political entity has the right to make its media campaign and political program - Al-Bayan
Al-Bayan [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party]
publishes on page 3 a 300-word article by Khayri al-Qarawi saying that the Iraqi people, for the first time in decades, are witnessing a large number of political forces announcing their political platforms for the upcoming elections. The article says that although every political entity has the right to make its media campaign and political program, no force is allowed to pave its road to the transitional National Assembly on the flesh of other forces. The article says that if such behaviour is acceptable in the US, it is unacceptable in our Islamic society. The article criticizes those who have recently chosen to enter into this forbidden area. ]

``It is not right to accuse all of the candidates of being Iranian agents''- Al-Dustur

Al-Dustur [Baghdad, daily independent newspaper in Arabic] carries on page 3 a 200-word article by Ibrahim Zaydan commenting on Defence Minister Hazim al-Sha'lan's recent statement accusing the candidates of the Unified Iraqi Coalition List of being Iranian agents. The article says that although Al-Sha'lan seemed confident about his statement, it is not right to accuse all of the candidates, who represent most of the Iraqi society's components, of being agents of a foreign country, especially at such a critical period of time when we should focus and emphasize on the participation of all Iraqis, regardless of their beliefs, ideology, sects, or ethnic groups in the elections. The article also criticizes the Unified Iraqi Coalition List for circulating posters containing pictures of Ayatollah Al-Sistani portraying that he supports this particular electoral list. The article says that Al-Sistani, through his aides, has constantly been announcing that he does not back any particular list.

``Misconduct of some political forces in their media campaign''- Tariq al-Sha'b

Tariq al-Sha'b, Baghdad,[ political and cultural weekly, by the Iraqi Communist Party]carries on page 3 a 300-word article by the Communist Party, Al-Karkh Committee criticizing the misconduct of some political forces in their media campaign for the upcoming elections that contradicts with the rulings issued by the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq. The article says that some political parties are placing their parties' posters over those for the Communist Party in some districts in Baghdad.

``The impact of the upcoming elections on the national unity''- Al-Ufuq

Al-Ufuq, Baghdad [daily Newspaper, ] carries on page 4 a 1,200-word unattributed article discussing the impact of the upcoming elections on the national unity in Iraq. The article criticizes the Iraqi ministers and senior officials, who have been occupied with getting a second or a third wife, while claiming to defend the rights of women, for their poor performance and corruption.

``Elections and the role of the media''- Al-Zaman

Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman] runs on page 5 a 400-word article by Hadi Jallu Mar'i discussing the elections and the role of the media. Mar'i says: "The mass media has succeeded with limited skills and a lot of bad intention to create walls of suspension among the people of one country. Some thought that they were slaves to their sects or ethnicities and started to react in dangerous ways that may affect all Iraqis." Mar'i adds that if the fire started in Iraq, it will burn everything and the people will be the victim. Mar'i calls on the Iraqis to vote for "reason" in the upcoming elections.

"Closed Elections"- Al-Furat

Al-Furat, comprehensive & political daily, by Al-Furat Establishment for Press: publishes a 300-word front-page editorial by Shakir al-Juburi under the headline: "Closed Elections." Al-Juburi says that the voters do not know the candidates because the former did nothing to inform the people of his political agenda. Al-Juburi adds that the people are looking for the list that meets their concerns and problems, but the candidates have hidden their political agendas inside a house made of glass.

"The Elections and Iraq's Enemies' Plans,"- Al-Adalah

Al-Adalah [Baghdad, twice-weekly newspaper in Arabic published by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)] runs on page 6 a 500-word article by Ali Kazim Dawud entitled "The Elections and Iraq's Enemies' Plans," in which the writer comments on the "terrorist acts" that aim at causing the upcoming elections "to fail." The author says that the "terrorists" are trying to "kindle sectarian strife so as to destroy all hopes of a unified and strong Iraq." He adds that Iraqis must "work hard to make the upcoming elections successful because this is the only way to defeat the terrorists."

"Elections, Elections,"- Al-Mashriq

Al-Mashriq [Baghdad, by Al- Mashriq Institution for media and cultural investments] carries on page 4 a 300-word article by Muhammad Samarah entitled "Elections, Elections," which comments on the results of a poll carried out by Al-Iraqiyah TV channel on the people's information about the upcoming Iraqi elections, which show that 90 per cent of Iraqis are "ignorant of the details of the elections." The writer says that this reflects the "defective preparations" made by the government and the Independent Electoral Commission. (5 Jan 05)

"Notes on the Voters Registration System of the Upcoming Elections,"- Al-Mashriq

Al-Mashriq [Baghdad, by Al- Mashriq Institution for media and cultural investments] publishes on page 6 a 600-word article by Dr Hadi Hasan Ulaywi entitled "Notes on the Voters Registration System of the Upcoming Elections," in which the writer discusses the "strong and weak points" in the voters' registration method that is adopted by the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq.




HEADLINES AND QUOTES FROM IRAQI PRESS 5 JAN 04
Headlines of Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition]

Seventy killed, wounded in truck bomb explosion near commando headquarters in Baghdad Foreign Ministry: Consular services resumed in Iraqi embassies Shi'i, Sunni endowments call for more accurate mechanism for selecting pilgrims; complaints, accusations of forged results of pilgrimage draw Cabinet declares 6 January official holiday all over Iraq Washington plans to send extra advisers to train Iraqi army; Allawi discusses election hurdles with Bush in phone call Two mortar bombs target participants in Sunni conference Criminal court issues sentences against 12 accused of possessing unlicensed weapons Egyptian ambassador: We upgraded our representation in Baghdad, welcomed new Iraqi ambassador in Cairo.

Headlines of Al-Adalah [Baghdad, by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)]

Deputy PM: Major danger comes from remnants of former regime, regional parties (Reuters quoted) [Electoral commission spokesman] Ayar: Commission's official statements to be issued from Baghdad not UN HQ [FM] Zebari: More Iraqi embassies to be opened this year; diplomatic missions already issuing passports to Iraqis Baghdad governor assassinated (Reuters quoted) National Assembly holds session to discuss elections Mosul residents , Al-Anbar can register, vote on 30 January Washington restates adherence to Iraqi elections timetable, denies Al-Zarqawi's capture (Reuters quoted) Establishing federal, pluralist state in Iraq inevitable Finance minister speaks about elections, salary of civil servants, fate of dissolved Information Ministry staff Independent electoral commission begins registration of local, international observers, representatives of political entities Migration Ministry provides electoral commission with information on Iraqi refugees Communication Ministry installs wireless phone system in Al-Fallujah; committee formed to offer medical aid, relief services to residents.

Headlines of Al-Bayan [Baghdad, by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party]

Iraq sets 71bn-dollar reconstruction plan; project to connect Kurdistan electricity grid with all parts of Iraq; Al-Sadr City reconstruction begins Terrorists assassinate Baghdad governor; 60 Iraqis injured in truck bomb explosion Independent electoral commission receives database for Iraqi refugees in world Three Britons killed in Iraq blast (news agencies quoted) Arrest warrant issued against Al-Najaf police chief Iraq rejoins Arab Monetary Fund (news agencies quoted) Negotiations under way to lay oil pipeline for pumping crude oil to Jordan (news agencies quoted) US military spending in Iraq rises to 1bn a week (news agencies quoted) ... Modern hospital built in Abu Ghurayb prison at 26m-dollar cost Protection of Iraqi oil installations under Iraqi command Gasoline price crisis hits northern Iraq (news agencies quoted) New batch of national guards graduated New education directorate opened in Al-Sadr City.

Headlines of Al-Dustur [Baghdad, daily independent newspaper]

Barzani: Our aim behind participation in election is to show the Kurds' weight in Iraq Zebari calls on neighbouring states to honour promises, support elections in Iraq Baghdad governor slain by unidentified gunmen [Defence Minister] Al-Sha'lan hints to possible election delay; Sunnis intensify efforts for this end Meeting of Iraq neighbours to start in Amman tomorrow Director of citizenship department in Al-Hillah escapes assassination attempt Six National Guards killed, 40 wounded in car bomb explosion Civilian flights run to pick up pilgrims from Basra to Mecca.

Headlines of Ishraqat al-Sadr [Baghdad, weekly Sadrist Movement]

Running in elections: Playing the game of death [Senior Sadrist member] Shaykh Kadhim al-Ibadi al-Nasiri released Muqtada al-Sadr congratulates Christians on birth of Christ Babil police chief brings back glory of tyrants Al-Sadr office files lawsuit against Iraqi police Delegation from Al-Sadr office visits Iraqi Journalists Union When the police chief becomes an executioner Religious authority in time of globalisation Results of Iraqi elections: Division of country; Israel's control over Iraqi oil and water.

Electricity Ministry disappointment over the funds allocated for the 2005 budget- Al-Zaman

Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman] publishes on page 2 a 400-word report on a statement by Electricity Ministry Undersecretary Ra'd al-Haris expressing the ministry's disappointment over the funds allocated by the Finance Ministry for the New Year budget. Al-Haris says that the allocated funds cover only 50 per cent of the ministry's needs. Al-Haris relates the electricity outage in Baghdad to the fire that started in Bayji station and that disabled four electricity generation units.

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Delay in distributing ration card items was because of the security situation''-Al-Furat

Al-Furat, comprehensive & political daily, by Al-Furat Establishment for Press: publishes a 300-word front-page report on a statement by the trade minister noting that the delay in distributing the items of the ration card was because of the security situation and the theft operation targeting the ministry's trucks. The minister says that there are no new items to be added to the ration card. The minister announced severe measures to provide the people with all the details of the ration card.


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A need for a remedy to heal our wounds''- Al-Dustur

Al-Dustur [Baghdad, daily independent newspaper in Arabic] 5 Jan: [From commentary by Ibrahim Zaydan] "Today, we are in earnest need for a remedy to heal our wounds and get all our people involved in building the homeland on truly democratic bases. All sons of this nation have the right to take part in the political process. Excluding this or that segment under whatsoever pretext can in no way serve democracy. In order to build a pluralist, democratic Iraq, as we hope, we have to open the doors for participation to everybody because Iraq is home to all Iraqis, rather than to a particular sect, ethnic group, tribe or religion."


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We are approaching a great democratic process''-Al-Mutamar

Al-Mu'tamar [Baghdad, daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Congress] 5 Jan: [From article by Shaykh Ali Abd-al-Husayn Kammunah] "All of us are ware that the conflict raging now in Iraq is not actually intended to drive the occupiers out of the country and that the suicide attacks are not meant for resistance to the occupation. The world in general and Iraqis in particular know that the occupation is there for over 35 years, with the former regime acting as a puppet in the hands of international powers, ruling on behalf of the major players. We are approaching a great democratic process for which we have waited long and offered dear sacrifices. We should, therefore, work sincerely to ensure its success because it holds the key to all closed doors."

Iraq is a highly important country- Al-Sharq al-Awsat

Al-Sharq al-Awsat [Baghdad edition of London-based daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Saudi-owned] 5 Jan: [From opinion by Abd-al-Rahman al-Rshid] "Needless to say, Iraq is a highly important country. Whoever puts his hand on it can become the master of the region, next to his own country, for sure. But in the end, Iraq is not an orphan whom others claim to have the right to adopt. I bet Iraqis will not accept Iranians running the affairs behind "or before" the scenes. Iraqis are not an easy prey. Look what they have done with the Americans; though the latter give more than they take."



Iraqi Media Programme Summaries 5 Jan 2005

Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV news:

§         Explosion of booby-trapped car near police academy south of Baghdad: many killed, injured.
§         Explosion of booby-trapped car in Al-Amiriyah, two citizens killed.
§         Council of Ministers declared tomorrow official holiday to mark Iraqi army anniversary.
§         Police stations in various areas of Iraq have been attacked.
§         US forces fired at a car in Al-Ramadi killing several citizens.
§         Prime minister held news conference in which he said that elections would be held on schedule.
§         Two US soldiers killed, two injured in an attack in Mosul.
§         Some 30,000 Iraqis to perform pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia this year.
§         France welcomed Iraqi leader's visit to France.
§         Armed men attacked police checkpoint in southern Iraq: one policeman killed. Attack on police officer in Ba'qubah: three injured.
§         US Pentagon has said that 1,300 US soldiers have been killed in Iraq since invasion.
§         Palestinian man killed, others injured by Israeli forces.
§         Experts warn about health catastrophe after tsunami disaster in Asia.

Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Diyar TV:

§         Iraqi President Al-Yawar urges United Nations to decide if Iraq should go ahead with elections on 30 January as scheduled...
§         The New York Times says Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi contacted President Bush after wave of bombings Monday...
§         Iraqi cabinet decides that 6 January, Army Day, will be national holiday...
§         In news conference yesterday, Iraqi foreign minister said high-ranking meeting for officials from countries that attended recent Sharm al-Shaykh summit will be held in Cairo this month to set mechanism for implementation of summit's resolutions...
§         Iraqi electoral commission says Al-Anbar and Ninawa governorates can still register and vote on 30 January...
§         Foreign Ministry official says Iraqi embassies can assist Iraqis abroad with documents and papers to facilitate participation in election... First group of Iraqi medical mission accompanying pilgrims left for Mecca...
§         Al-Najaf police director rejects order transferring him to Baghdad...
§         US forces find big weapons cache in Mosul...
§         One policeman killed and another wounded in clash in Jubaylah, in Basra. Unknown persons set fire to election centre in Basra Governorate...
§         Iraqi Electricity Ministry says latest increase in power cuts in Baghdad due to fuel shortage...
§         Video report on fuel shortage problem in Iraq...
§         Health Ministry warns against use of underground water for drinking...
§         Al-Najaf municipality builds sewage network...
§         Education Ministry instructs evening schools not to charge extra fees.
Programme summary of Iraqi Al-Iraqiyah TV news :
§         Prime Minister Iyad Allawi says government committed to January polls
§         Independent Electoral Commission to allow simultaneous registration and voting of Iraqis eligible to vote from Anbar and Mosul...
§         Iraqis agree election will have positive effect on security situation...
§         Karbala dignitaries hold forum on election...
§         Election forum held in Basra. Independent Electoral Commission holds conference on polls in Muthana...
§         Karbala police chief announces security plan to defend polling stations during election... Recorded interview with Minister of Expatriates and Immigration Pascal Ishu Wardah. She calls on all Iraqis living abroad to vote...
§         Government sets dates for return of displaced families to Al-Fallujah - official source...
§         Two killed and several policemen hurt in suicide bombing in Baghdad; 17 killed in separate attacks in Iraq. Multinational force soldier killed in attack in Mosul...
§         Bomb blast in Basra; no casualties reported...
§         National Guard seizes weapons, arrests terror suspects in Muqdadiyah. Terror suspect killed in clashes with National Guard on Mosul-Baghdad road...
§         Minister of Interior Falah al-Naqib calls on Arab interior ministers to condemn terrorist attacks on Iraq security forces...
§         Police arrest criminals in Baghdad...
§         Fresh recruits of National Guard graduate in south Iraq...
§         Arab and Kurdish tribal chiefs stress historical brotherly ties...
§         Iraqi pilgrims start journey to Mecca...
§         Sixth of January announced official Iraqi holiday...
§         Palestinian rockets target Israeli military base in Gaza Strip...
§         Death toll of Asian quake rises to 155,000...
§         Business bulletin. Ministry of Health allocates funds for upgrading Baghdad hospitals. Report on Iraqi university graduates-turned street vendors. Suez Canal revenues rise by 18 per cent last year...
§         Role of traditional midwives revived with difficult security situation in Iraq

UPDATES FROM IRAQI KURDISH PRESS, 5 JAN 05
KurdSat TV news Summary 5 Jan 05:
§         Iraqi National Assembly Speaker Fu'ad Ma'sum and assembly delegation meet Patriotic Union of Kurdistan leader Jalal Talabani; general elections and Kirkuk discussed.
§         Kurdistan Democratic Party interior minister condemns overnight US forces raid on district in Arbil...
§         Report on counterfeit money detected in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistani Nuwe newspaper quoted...
§         Regional Interior Ministry delegation meets governor of Kermanshah in Iran; cooperation between city and Sulaymaniyah chamber of commerce discussed...
§         Mosul governor declares curfew in city...
§         Iraqi prime minister says elections will go ahead as scheduled...
§         International news including: Colin Powell-Indonesian province of Aceh; UN Annan-Jakarta

Iraqi Kurdish official slams US attack on Arbil
The Kurdistan regional government interior minister, Karim Shingali, condemned at a news conference in Arbil on the 5th the US military action overnight in the northern Iraqi city. He said the attack on insurgents should have been coordinated with Kurdish forces in the region.
"I would like to inform the masses of our people, particularly residents in the capital [Arbil] that the overnight military operation carried out by number of US forces in the city of Arbil in Saydawa District has been done without the consent or coordination with the Asayish [security] forces," Shingali said in comments broadcast by Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) satellite TV.
"Nevertheless, they rejected the presence of police when they tried to approach them... We express our disagreement with this direct unilateral act by the US forces. Had they informed the Asayish forces, they would have accomplished their operation more accurately and without having to harm the residents; and would have showed respect to the authority of Asayish and the peacefulness of the citizens, whom we highly respect. Obviously, the alliance between Kurdistan and the coalition is for the sake of achieving a sacred and strategic objective, namely the elimination of the effects of the Ba'thist dictatorship and democratization of Iraq. The blood of peshmergas and US soldiers are shed in the same front and for the same purpose. Thus, whilst distressed by the overnight unilateral act, we demand further explanation and information from the US forces commanders. Finally, we strongly condemn this act and reject any direct military action or interference, and urge them to coordinate with the Kurdistan regional government before taking any action... (Kurdistan Satellite TV, Salah-al-Din, in Sorani Kurdish 5 Jan 05)




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