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From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)

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Thursday, 10 March 2005

 
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IRAQI NEWS, 9 MARCH 05

·         Al-Iraqiyah TV discusses effect of terrorism on women
·         No reconciliation with "murderous" Ba'thists - Iraqi Hezbollah
·         US company denies workers abducted in Iraq
·         Ansar al-Sunnah Army claims killing four US 'agents'
·         Ansar Al-Sunnah army claims attack on US HQ in Ramadi
·         IRAQI PRESS COMMENTARY, 9 March 2005
IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 9 MARCH 2005
·         Al-Sharqiyah TV news, 8 March 2005
·         Al-Diyar TV , 09 Mar 05
·         Al-Iraqiyah TV, 9 March 05
KURD NEWS, 9 MARCH 2005
·         Key ministry talks ongoing between Shi'i, Kurdish lists
·         Kirkuk governor, US envoy repeat support for Kirkuk "normalization"
·         US Ankara embassy denies Iraq forces preparing for Turkish intervention
·         Kurdish leader opens women's radio station
·         Security forces to be attached to Council of Ministers

IRAQI NEWS, 9 March 05
Al-Iraqiyah TV discusses effect of terrorism on women
Al-Iraqiyah's TV carried a programme on 9 March which discussed how women suffered the most from terrorism. The guest on the programme, Dr. Salam Simisam, an advisor at the ministry of state for women's affairs, said Iraqi women suffered immensely under the former regime and that their suffering had increased following the surge in terrorism. She said female kin of political prisoners in the Saddam era were used as tools to extort confessions and make convictions. Mothers and sisters of prisoners were often threatened with rape, Simisam explained. A viewer from Diyala telephoned the programme to say terrorism and its effect took its toll on women more than men. In traditional Islamic societies, women were given protection at war times but this was no longer the case with terrorists hitting women, children and men alike, the viewer said. Simisam said the Islamic shari'ah ruled that virgins were not to be killed yet noted that militant groups often raped girls before killing them, she said. She cited cases of unmarried girls in Mosul who were raped before they were killed. A viewer from Baghdad telephoned the programme to point to abuses of women prisoners at Abu-Ghurayb detention centre under the former regime. Simisam also noted that the abduction of husbands and children put immense pressure on women. Simisam said Iraqi women have been granted political rights and several were appointed cabinet ministers but this was just a step on the way to more rights. (Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 09 March 05)
No reconciliation with "murderous" Ba'thists - Iraqi Hezbollah
Hasan al-Sari, secretary general of the Hezbollah Movement in Iraq, said in an interview with an Iraqi newspaper that his party would never forgive "murderers, terrorists, Saddamists, and Ba'thists". He said to Al-Bayyinah newspaper on 5 March that the Ba'th party was a tool used by Saddam Husayn, and not a proper political party, adding "there will never be a reconciliation with those whose hands are stained with our people's blood." (Al-Bayyinah 8 Mar 05)
US company denies workers abducted in Iraq
US construction company Bechtel has denied the abduction of any of its workers in Iraq, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 9 March. A Bechtel spokesman said that reports on 8 March on the abduction of five of its workers north of Baghdad were untrue. (Al-Sharqiyah 9 Mar 05)
Ansar al-Sunnah Army claims killing four US 'agents'
The Iraqi group, Ansar al-Sunnah Army, has posted a message on its website which claims the group killed "four US intelligence agents along with their driver and guard" in an area west of Hayt City. The group said it planted a highly explosive device in the area of Al-Dulab, west of Hayt City. "By the grace of God, the explosive device was the fate of a four-wheel drive vehicle, known to be used by agents of the American intelligence, which was part of the convoy. The explosion of this bomb resulted in the total destruction of the vehicle and the killing of four intelligence agents along with the driver and the guard who were in the same vehicle. The mujahidin then returned to their positions safe and triumphant," the message said.
Ansar Al-Sunnah army claims attack on US HQ in Ramadi
On 9 March, Ansar al-Sunnah Army website at www.ansar-al-s.i8.com posted a statement in which the group claimed responsibility for an attack on the US forces' headquarters in Al-Ramadi the same day. "Today, our heroic mujahidin carried out a daring operation when they launched ten 82-mm mortar rounds at the governorate building in the centre of Al-Ramadi, which was used by the Crusader forces, the National Guard, and other apostates as their headquarters. The missile attacks against the targets were precise, praise be to God. The explosion echoed in the centre of the building destroying a large part of it. We believe that tens were either killed or injured."

IRAQI PRESS COMMENTARY, 9 March 2005

Al-Manarah publishes an editorial by the newspaper's chief editor saying that while the terrorist attacks continue claiming the lives of more Iraqis every day, Sami al-Askari, member of the transitional National Assembly, announced the demands of the Kurdish leaders regarding federalism, Kirkuk, and other pending issues in order to form a coalition with the United Iraqi Alliance. (9 March)
Al-Mada publishes an article entitled "Torture Education" in which the writer criticizes the barbaric and inhumane means during the former regime tenure and hopes to have a civilized environment in the "new era." (9 March)
Al-Mashriq carries an article criticizing the government, saying that the Iraq situation will not improve under the new government and that the elections did not give the government "the required legitimacy." (9 March)
Al-Adalah carries an article discussing the role of the Iraqi women in the various activities. The author says that the Iraqi women must "be given their full human rights and emancipated from the cruel social and legal restrictions to practice their natural role in life." (9 March)
Al-Sabah al-Jadid publishes an article by Sadiq Bakhan discussing the "influence" of the democratic change in Iraq on the other Arab countries. The writer says that the "eloquent and bombastic speeches" of Arab leaders are disappearing, and many Arab countries, like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, and Kuwait, are witnessing "waves of democratic awakening, and calls for equality between men and women." (9 March)
Al-Mu'tamar runs an article criticizing the Iraqi Government and security forces for "failing" to provide security to people. The author refers to the recent bombing at Al-Hillah city, saying that the security forces "have not learned how to avoid such bombings from the lessons of previous attacks." He also calls on the government to "clean the security forces from corrupt and disloyal members." (9 March)
Al-Mu'tamar carries an article by Ali Abd-al-Al, criticizing the Iraqi Government for "busying itself with minor issues, like signing construction contracts, while neglecting the most essential aspects in the Iraqis' life, like security and services." The author accuses the government of being an "accomplice in the crimes" against the Iraqi people or a "crippled and paralysed tool." (9 March)
Al-Dustur publishes an article saying that the US has concentrated on Al-Zarqawi's role in leading the "Iraqi resistance," although there are several other parties that are responsible for this resistance. (9 March)
Al-Zawra carries an editorial wondering whether the Iraqi Journalists Association can overcome its current crisis represented by the decision by government to dissolve its council and establish an interim one. (9 March)


IRAQI MEDIA PROGRAMME SUMMARIES, 9 March 2005

Al-Sharqiyah TV news, 8 March 2005
·         Suicide bomber attacks US convoy in Hit ...
·         Series of attacks on the Iraqi Agriculture Ministry leaves two dead ...
·         Car explodes at Al-Habbaniyah checkpoint ...
·         Rocket attack on official building in Al-Ramadi. US forces surround and search hospital, obstruct students from taking exams ...
·         School holiday dates changes in some areas ...
·         US forces find land mine planted on road to south of Baghdad ...
·         Gunmen attack vehicle belonging to Kuwaiti company, booby-trapped car explodes in northeast Baghdad, no injuries ...
·         Iraqi government criticizes Iraqi army raid on university ...
·         Iraqi officer killed in blast in Basra ...
·         Police captain in Al-Sharqat and translator working for US in Kirkuk killed in separate attacks ...
·         Bodies of 26 found near Syrian border; Two civilians killed in clash between gunmen and US soldiers ...
·         US company in Iraq denies any of its employees were kidnapped ...
·         Women's international day "goes unnoticed" in Iraq ...
·         Bulgarian authorities say Bulgarian peace-keeper killed by US in Karbala died as a result of lack of communication with US forces ...
·         Authorities in Dhi Qar impound archaeological treasures ...
·         Operation of cleaning up and securing Baghdad streets begins ...
·         Increase in trade between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan region ...
·         UN announces results of Oil for Food investigation to appear soon


Al-Diyar TV , 09 Mar 05
·         One person was killed and 11 others wounded in the explosion of a truck in Baghdad; The explosion caused great damage ...
·         Ibrahim al-Ja'fari receives British ambassador to Baghdad and former British Conservative Party leader Ian Duncan Smith; Al-Ja'fari urges support for Iraq's economy and democratic process ...
·         Adnan Pachachi denies he was nominated for a leading post ...
·         The chief of the Egyptian diplomatic mission in Baghdad says he received an apology from the Iraqi Foreign Ministry over the mistreatment of an Egyptian diplomat by Iraqi soldiers ...
·         Oil pipeline feeding Al-Dawrah Refinery south of Baghdad sabotaged on 7th ...
·         Iraqi Army announced that five soldiers were killed in the explosion of a coffin on the road between Baghdad and Karbala. One person was killed in clashes in Al-Ramadi. Two armed men were killed in Mosul, according to the American Army
·         Babil police arrest a number of people involved in bombings and killings. video shows two blindfolded detainees ...
·         Iraqi criminal court passes sentences against 15 suspects, including eight Arabs, in connection with acts of terrorism ...
·         Teachers and students in Al-Musayyab district stage demonstration to denounce the recent bombings in Al-Hillah ...
·         Security units deployed in Al-Najaf after the new governing council assumed office ...
·         Report on a new phenomenon in Baghdad: raising cattle in residential areas
Al-Iraqiyah TV, 9 March 05
·         Minister of Planning Mahdi al-Hafiz escapes ssassination attempt in Baghdad ...
·         Consultations over forming government make progress; Report covers comments by Jawad Polani, a member of United Iraqi Alliance, he says consultations have gone long way. He says three committees set up to involve all political groupings in political process ...
·         Forum in Baghdad university discusses overdue meeting of National Assembly ...
·         Phone interview with Minister of Planning. He says he was unhurt but regrets killing of body guards; He says Iraqis firm on defeating terrorism and setting up democratic system ...
·         Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih says campuses should be respected, criticises troops moving into campus of Mustansiriyah university; Report highlights student strike following incident and arrest of academic, US embassy looking into incident, students saying multinational force moved into campus for third time ...
·         Two killed, 30 hurt in truck bomb blast targeting Ministry of Agriculture ...
·         Police officer and woman killed in separate attacks ...
·         Thirty bodies found in Qa'im ...
·         Six terror suspects, Iraqis and Arabs, arrested in Al-Anbar ...
·         Members of gang held in Samawa. Video report shows them ...
·         Police in Qut seize narcotics ... Iraqis and Arabs sentenced to jail on charges of illegal residence and possession of weapons ...
·         Al-Fallujah city council formed following agreement between clans and multinational force ...
·         Buildings torn down by Basra city council for violations of building regulations

KURD NEWS, 9 March 2005
Key ministry talks ongoing between Shi'i, Kurdish lists
Talks between the Kurdistan Coalition List and the United Iraqi Alliance (UIA) in order to form a new government are still ongoing, Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) newspaper Kurdistani Nuwe reported on 9 March. UIA member Sami al-Askari said that the two lists had agreed on many issues so far, including the status of Kirkuk and the Peshmerga militias, but that other articles were still to be negotiated. Regarding the sharing out of the ministries, Al-Askari said that the Kurdish list had demanded two key ministries, which would be possible if there are six key ministries in total. However, he added, if there were only five key ministries, the Kurds would not be able to take two of them. The newspaper quoted advisor to prime minister nominee Ibrahim al-Ja'fari, Jawad Talib al-Maliki, as saying that the UIA and the Kurds were in negotiations regarding several key ministries, including the defence, foreign and oil portfolios. (Kurdistani Nuwe 9 Mar 05)
Kirkuk governor, US envoy repeat support for Kirkuk "normalization"
The governor of Kirkuk, Abd-al-Rahman Mustafa, met US Ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte as the ambassador's term of duty in Iraq is coming to an end, Iraqi Patriotic Union of Kurdistan satellite TV reported on 9 March. During the meeting Negroponte reaffirmed his full support for Article 58 of the Iraqi State Administration Law, concerning normalization in the city. The Kirkuk governor described Negroponte's visit as importance and vital. (KurdSat TV 9 Mar 05)
US Ankara embassy denies Iraq forces preparing for Turkish intervention
In response to a report published in a UK newspaper on US military preparations in northern Iraq in anticipation of Turkish interference in the affairs of Kirkuk, the US embassy in Ankara denied the report in a statement, Kurdistan Satellite TV reported on 9 March. The statement said that the US had made no such military moves in northern Iraq. However, it warned Iraq's neighbours that there should be no interference in Iraq's internal affairs in a way that would create tension and problems in Iraq and the region. (Kurdistan Satellite TV 9 Mar 05)
Kurdish leader opens women's radio station
On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the head of the Kurdish regional government, Nechirvan Barzani, on 8 March visited the Khatuzin Centre in Arbil, reported Kurdish newspaper Khabat. During his visit, he opened Radio Zin - the first Kurdish radio station to address women's issues. (Khabat 9 Mar 05)

Security forces to be attached to Council of Ministers
A Kurdish regional government official said on 9 March that security forces which are part of the Interior Ministry are to be attached to the Cabinet of Ministers, Kurdish newspaper Hawlati reported. (Hawlati, Al-Sulaymaniyah, in Sorani Kurdish 9 Mar 05)

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