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Tuesday, May 10, 2005
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The Defence Ministry announced on 9 May that the army has arrested 71 men suspected of carrying out armed operations in several Iraqi cities, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. A statement issued by the Defence Ministry said the individuals were arrested in the cities of Salman Bak and Al-Mahmudiyah, and Basra . (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 9 May 05)
Minister says Iraq "magnet for global terror"
Defence Minister Sa'dun al-Dulaymi said on 9 May that Iraq has become a magnet for international terrorism, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. At a ceremony marking the start of his new new duties, Al-Dulaymi pledged to tackle security and make it "the fundamental priority for Iraqis". (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 9 May 05)
Al-Iraqiyah TV reported on 9 May that despite dangers facing security forces, recruiting centres in many provinces have witnessed "a large turnout" from Iraqis who want to join the police and the National Guard. General Khalil Ahmad al-Ubaydi, an army commander in Mosul said: "Although I wanted a small number, more than 2,000 people came to the camps to apply". He said there were very many people wanting to join the army as volunteers. (Al-Iraqiyah TV, Baghdad , in Arabic 9 May 05)
Some 2,000 residents of Karbala have demonstrated to protest the poor conditions in the country and to call for a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. The demonstrators, who were led by the Karbala governor and a representative of Ayatollah Al-Sayyid Ali al-Sistani, asked the new government to investigate the flour shortage (flour is distributed through ration cards), and the failure to supply citizens with wheat for four successive months following reports that wheat has been contaminated with poisonous iron filings. The protesters also demand an end to corruption and bribery by government officials. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 9 May 05)
Oil Ministry Inspector General Ali Muhsin al-Allaq has told Al-Furat newspaper that there are no foreign consultants in the ministry. Al-Allaq said foreign consultants left the ministry "a long time ago" adding that the oil sector "has demonstrated its ability to manage itself and has long and accumulated experience". He also said that the ministry was attempting to resolve the oil crisis by raising the quantity of fuel imported from abroad and increasing security measures to prevent sabotage. (Al-Furat, Baghdad and Paris , in Arabic 8 May 05)
Source: Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 1600 gmt 9 May 05
The Iraqi Defence Ministry announced Monday [9 May] that the Iraqi army forces had arrested 71 men, suspected of carrying out armed operations in several Iraqi cities.
A statement issued by the Defence Ministry said that during a raid, an Iraqi army force managed to arrest individuals in the cities of Salman Bak and Al-Mahmudiyah, and three persons in the area of Abu-al-Khasib in Basra .
Text of report by Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV on 9 May
The Iraqi government today said that the security forces arrested Ammar al-Zubaydi, a top aide of Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, leader of the Al-Qa'idah organization in Iraq .
A government statement said that Al-Zubaydi, also known as Abu-Abbas, was arrested three days ago in Baghdad . The statement added that Al-Zubaydi helped in planning the attack on the Abu-Ghurayb prison last April, in addition to his responsibility for a series of car bomb explosions in Baghdad . Source: Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 1700 gmt 9 May 05
Iraqi protesters in Karbala condemn corruption, call for US pullout timetable
Text of report by Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV on 9 May
Some 2,000 residents of Karbala , southwest of Baghdad , have demonstrated to protest the bad conditions in the country.
The demonstrators, who were led by the governor and a representative of religious authority Grand Ayatollah Al-Sayyid Ali al-Sistani, asked the new government to investigate the crisis of flour, which is distributed through the ration cards, and the failure to supply citizens with wheat for four successive months following information about its contamination with poisonous iron filings.
The protesters called on the government of Dr Ibrahim al-Ja'fari to put an end to the phenomenon of corruption, which has spread in the government establishments, and bribery, which is being demanded even by those willing to join the police and security services.
The Karbala residents raised signs calling for setting a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq . Source: Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 1700 gmt 9 May 05
IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 9 May 05
Al-Adalah [ Baghdad , twice-weekly newspaper]
Al-Adalah [ Baghdad , twice-weekly newspaper in Arabic published by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)] 9 May:
- National Assembly approves six ministers to complete Iraqi government (AFP quoted)
- Jordanian PM: Iraq on democratic track; Measures to facilitate Iraqis' entry into Jordan Security cooperation between Iraq , Jordan consolidated to fight terror (AFP quoted)
- Utter rejection of Kasrah-wa-Atash crime; Growing support for unifying national ranks, eliminating causes of sectarian tension Six terrorists killed, 45 arrested near Syrian border (AFP quoted)
- [Oil Minister] Bahr-al-Ulum promises increase in production, end to fuel crisis (AFP quoted)
- Iraqi security forces capture terrorist Ammar al-Zubaydi (Reuters quoted)
- US troops count on Iraqi forces to fight terrorists (Reuters quoted)
- Baghdad University students demand investigation into student assassination; Student's lawyer, colleague killed Terrorist group arrested;
- Terrorists destroy police station in Ba'qubah;
- Transport Ministry official assassinated in Baghdad
- Asia-Europe meeting welcomes positive political developments in Iraq Security plan to secure exam centres (Elaph quoted)
- Carrying arms banned inside universities; Army police barred from entering campus.
Baghdad [ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Accord Movement] 9 May
- New government makeup incomplete after [Hashim] Al-Shibli declined to join it (news agencies quoted)
- Justice Ministry: 207 prisoners released from multinational forces' jails
- Basra intelligence detain gunmen
- Jordan , Saudi Arabia respect Iraqi people's options
- Lectures suspended again at Baghdad University
- Details of Al-Zarqawi's escape from detention
- Barham Salih receives Planning Ministry French ambassador briefed on Baghdad needs
- For lack of protection, 100 university professors murdered; 1,000 scientists leave country
- Terrorists caught in al-Ghazaliyah [ Baghdad ] Mosque imam murdered in Al-Kadimiyah
- Policeman killed, another wounded in Baghdad
- Interior Ministry commando officer murdered in Baghdad
- Three water complexes established in Al-Madinah district of Basra
- Forty thousand Health Ministry staff received training.
Al-Bayan [ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic
Al-Bayan [ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party] 9 May:
- National Assembly permanent committees formed; Confidence vote granted to new ministers Cabinet: Terror gang acts will not stop building new Iraq
- After meeting President Talabani, Jordan king: Incitement against Iraq through media, political or religious forums unacceptable (news agencies quoted)
- Justice Ministry for release of detainees who are not proved guilty
- Interior Ministry investigates security information leak to terrorist groups
- New protection system announced for archaeological sites
- First plane lands in Al-Najaf airport
- Forensic Medicine Institute discloses rise in number of unidentified bodies
- Witnesses in oil-for-food scandal under death threat (news agencies quoted)
- Directors dismissed for involvement in corruption in Maysan
- Russian offer to remove shipwreck from Iraqi ports
- Electrical power plan to be established in Kuwait ; Production destined for Iraq Drinking water production reduced by 67 per cent
- Scholarships granted to Wasit University students.
Al-Dustur [ Baghdad , daily independent newspaper
Al-Dustur [ Baghdad , daily independent newspaper in Arabic] 9 May:
- Al-Ja'fari announces complete cabinet, promises to open roads soon Al-Shibli turns down ministry post
- Cabinet covers terror victims with martyrs' privileges
- Civil strike in Al-Ramadi in response to clerics' call
- [MP Ali] al-Dabbagh: Al-Ja'fari took correct legal oath
- Jordanian finance minister: Jordan places its potentials in service of Iraq
- [MP] Fawwaz al-Jarbah: Government should be the weapon to uproot terrorism
- Oil minister: We will alleviate Iraqi people's suffering
- Barzani: Dropping federalism from government oath violates, threatens Shi'i-Kurdish alliance
- Al-Ji'ayfir police capture Terror leader in Martyr Square
- Japan to withdraw troops in early December (news agencies quoted)
- Iraq war deadliest for journalist since Vietnam (news agencies quoted)
- Oil Ministry contracts with Dutch, US companies to train technical, engineering staff.
Al-Jaridah [ Baghdad , daily independent newspaper
Al-Jaridah [ Baghdad , daily independent newspaper in Arabic (provisionally published Monday/ Wednesday/ Thursday)] 9 May:
- President Talabani holds talks with Jordanian king (Reuters quoted)
- Senior Transportation Ministry official assassinated in Baghdad ,
- Arrests reported in Al-Qa'im (Reuters quoted)
- Justice Ministry to apply parole system Security operations carried out in Al-Diwaniyah
- Japanese company rehabilitates 13 hospitals in Baghdad , governorates.
Al-Manar al-Yawm [ Baghdad , daily independent newspaper
Al-Manar al-Yawm [ Baghdad , daily independent newspaper in Arabic] 9 May:
- Voting on candidates for vacant cabinet posts
- Twenty-nine terrorists captured in Al-Yusufiyah
- Democrats question Bush on Iraqi war plans (news agencies quoted)
- Most Iraqis demand Islam as source of legislation;
- Noticeable support for Ba'thists' return
- Allawi's ministers banned from travel
- Anti-occupation members: No dialogue with Al-Ja'fari's government
- US legislators visit Iraq .
Al-Mu'tamar [ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic
Al-Mu'tamar [ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Congress] 9 May
- Al-Ja'fari threatens to declare martial law;
- New ministers assume their tasks Human rights minister rejects post, says selection based on sectarianism
- Seventy-one gunmen arrested in centre, south
- Talabani, [Jordanian King] Abbdallah in agreement on defeating terrorists
- Baghdad University students demand punishment to killers of colleague
- Al-Hindiyah administrator complains: Nepotism affected services in district [ Karbala ]
- One-year salary paid to families of martyrs.
Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition
Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman] 9 May:
- Government not complete yet; Ministers to re-take oath; Kurdish Democratic Party official denounces omission of sentence from constitutional oath
- Arbil bombing victims granted police lieutenant rank
- Migration Ministry: Iranian refugees demand Iraqi citizenship
- Al-Ja'fari: Emergency law to be extended if need be
- Civil strike paralyses Al-Ramadi; Al-Anbar council dismisses
- [governor] Al-G'ud, appoints Al-Mahallawi as governor
- Islamic Party asks Interior Ministry to unveil circumstances of Kasrah-wa-Atash incident;
- Sunni endowment office blames attack on unidentified men
- Multinational forces arrest nine suspects in Bayji,
- Al-Tuz [north of Baghdad ] Wave of violence hits bakeries Five explosive devices detonated in Ba'qubah,
- Al-Miqdadiyah Leader of armed group: Suicide bombers come to Iraq well trained, ready to carry out attacks
- Car bomb making workshop found in Mosul
- Electoral commission: Referendum mechanism to be decided by National Assembly
- Leukaemia patients appeal to health authorities to save them from death; Brokers sell blood of unemployed people on street.
IRAQI PRESS QOUTES & EDITORIALS, 9 May 05
Al-Dustur [ Baghdad , daily independent newspaper in Arabic] 9 May: [From editorial by Basim al-Shaykh]
"On many occasions, narrow-minded and inaccurate calculations yielded adverse results that could have been otherwise averted, if there was someone who could think properly This is what should happen when Sunni Arabs review the past two years with their role diminishing in the political process, being an influential party Years later, he who has left his position for others willingly will find out that he has committed a big mistake against those who believe that he is their best representative. They will know for sure he has cost them an opportunity to have a say in an issue regarded as the most important of all. Only then will he regret the harm he has inadvertently caused to those who used to view them with much respect."
“A federal, democratic Iraq should be built”- Al-Jaridah
Al-Jaridah [ Baghdad , daily independent newspaper in Arabic (provisionally published Monday /Wednesday/Thursday)] 9 May: [From editorial]
"While we appreciate the steps being taken to complete the government formation at the present stage, we believe the way in which the ministers have been selected on a quota basis should not be the criterion on which the key institutions will stand in the forthcoming stage after drafting the constitution and holding the referendum A federal, democratic Iraq should be built on bases of efficiency, integrity and loyalty, far from designations that divide people and encourage non-objective conflicts The writing of a permanent constitution is a valuable opportunity to achieve national concord and open up wide horizons for all to cooperate We should not miss this opportunity for parochial or temporary interests. The constitution is for all, and everyone should take part in writing the constitution."
IRAQI PRESS & BROADCAST MEDIA, 9 May 05
- New cabinet sworn in. Video report shows ministers being sworn in, comments by Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari, vowing to hunt terrorists. ( 3:07 )
- Al-Ja'fari receives representatives of donor countries, UN envoy. Video report covers Al-Ja'fari saying improving quality of services is likely to push political process forward. ( 1:18 )
- National Assembly discusses naming of committee for writing of constitution. Video report covers discussions. ( 3:00 )
- Studio interview with Abbas al-Bayati, assembly member. He speaks about tasks of parliamentary committee charged with writing of constitution. ( 4:26 )
- Three policemen killed, four hurt in suicide bombing in Baghdad . Video report
- Eight civilians hurt in Baghdad . (0:47)
- Minister of the Interior Bayan Baqir Solagh visits Shi'i marja Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Al-Najaf. Video report covers minister comments after meeting, quotes Al-Sistani as stressing national unity. ( 1:28 )
- Car bombs, weapons found in Al-Mada'in. Video report (0:23)
- Iraqis want change in meeting dates of National Assembly to ease traffic disruptions. Video report ( 2:03 )
- Director of public integrity body says corruption cases under investigation. Video report covers his comments. ( 1:04 )
- 1924 Rumours on toxic substance at water purification plants denied by Baghdad municipality. Video report ( 1:40 )
- Number of Iraqis wanting to join army and police on the increase. Video report covers comments by army commander in Mosul saying demand on joining army unexpectedly big.
- Six terror suspects killed, over 50 arrested by multinational force near border with Syria . (0:29)
- Over 120 released by Mosul police. Video report ( 2:06 )
- Trailer (0:17)
- World leaders mourn WW II war dead in Russia . Video report (0:42)
- Iranian foreign minister says Tehran has legitimate right to nuclear technology. (0:36)
- Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency says North Korea has six nuclear weapons. Video report (0:52)
- Business bulletin. Jordanian economists say ties with Iraq expected to improve following its president visit to Amman . Ministry of Trade reviews controls on purchases of foreign food supplies. Two power supply lines repaired by Iraqi technical staff. Iraq share market report. Report on calls for curbing sales of fireworks and hunting rifles in Iraq .
- Iraqi president accuses unnamed countries of financing the campaign of Jordanian-born terrorist Abu-Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, his arrest maybe close, says there is no threat of a civil war in Iraq; video shows president talking to reporters
- Iraqi government retakes oath of office, including parts referring to a democratic and federal Iraq ; footage from cabinet meeting
- US forces say that operations in western Iraq have killed 75 militants so far; some of the dead are foreigners, operations to continue
- Nearly 2,000 Karbala residents take to the streets denouncing conditions in the country, call for an end to corruption; footage from the demonstrations
- Iraqi police prevent cars in Tikrit from entering the town city unless driver is accompanied by another person in an effort to halt suicide bombings
- New Iraqi defence minister says security will be on the top of his agenda, says mission will be difficult; footage from news conference, minister speaking to reporters
- Suicide blast against police checkpoint north of Baghdad , two killed; video shows footage from the scene
- Iraqi soldier killed in blast targeting US-Iraqi convoy north of Baghdad , four arrested near the scene
- Newspaper reports in the US reveal that US strategy has shifted to combating foreign and local militants as opposed to former regime loyalists
- Life returns to normal in Al-Ramadi after a two-day strike by its residents who denounced the harsh conditions in the town, call for end to US military incursions into the town
- Oil sector officials say they are working to end pipeline fire near Turkish border, repairs to last for a week
- Official denies rumours that water treatment plants in Baghdad have been poisoned; video shows official talking to reporters
- US and Iraqi forces storm headquarters of Iraqi national dialogue commission in Baghdad , arrest 12 of its officials; video shows footage from headquarters with broken glass and damaged furniture
- Armed group attacks US military supply convoy, one driver killed
- Bodies of civilians with torture marks and bullet wounds found near Baghdad
- Armed group kill oil sector official in northern Iraq
- Australian Muslim cleric heads to Iraqi to aid in releasing the Australian citizen abducted in Iraq ; video shows cleric speaking to reporters
- Iraqi police discover bomb making facility in Mosul , three cars ready to explode found at the facility
- US army says one US soldier was killed near Samara.
UPDATES FROM THE KURDISH PERSS, 9 MAY 05
- Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and members of his cabinet were sworn in again today at the Iraqi national assembly, articulating the full text including the three missing words refereeing to Iraq’s ‘federal democratic system’ this time upon insistence of the Kurdish Bloc. The KDP leader Massoud Barzani had requested al-Jaafari to explain why that expression was removed and to make sure it would not repeat again. Barzani had said that the Kurdish alliance with the Shiite was bound to that removed expression, which was the most important pillar of the new Iraq . In related news, al-Jaafari threatened to declare emergency status in Iraq to impose security and stability in the country. Al-Sharq-al-Awsat newspaper had reported that Jaafari had filled the six vacant positions in his cabinet on Sunday but the Sunni Arab human rights minister Hashim Shibli pulled back shortly after his appointment.
- The Iraqi parliament reused to discuss documented reports accusing Iran of exporting drugs into Iraq through some gangs, Rayat-al-Arab newspaper reported on Sunday. The paper further wrote that some of the parliament members believed the drug issue was serious and discussing it may endanger financial interests of some people!”
- Continuing his Jordan official visit, Iraqi President Talabani met on Sunday with the Jordanian Prime Minister, who expressed his country’s support to the political process in Iraq and described it as “successful and democratic.” Talabani had concluded the Jordan visit Sunday evening. He will represent Iraq in the Arab-Latin America summit that is expected to start on 10 May.
- PUK Politburo Executive Chief Kosrat Rassoul Ali described his party’s top-level discussions with KDP in Salahuddin during the weekend as successful. Despite the crisis over the expected Kurdistan Region president’s authorities and mechanisms of his election, as well as validity of the post, Ali renewed the PUK support for nominating KDP leader Massoud for the post. He said that both sides agreed that the department of financial auditory would report to the parliament not to the president. He added that the president would also act as the commander-general of Kurdistan peshmarga but would have a deputy from the PUK. The PUK official further said that the KDP—PUK discrepancies were related to the system of rule in Kurdistan Region. We prefer a parliamentary system while the KDP’s proposal for the presidency law is closer to the presidency system, Ali explained.
- All the members of the Iraqi government will be sworn in once again. After KDP leader Massoud Barzani’s warning of the missing words in the ministerial oath of office, the Kurdish bloc at the Iraqi national assembly threatened to withdraw from the assembly and the government if the swearing in process was not repeated correctly.
- A leadership member of the Iraqi Labor Communist Party (ILCP) is arrested by the security department in Sulaymanya. According to a ILCP statement, Rebwar Arif has been jailed at the political section in the security department since 5th of May, when he addressed the students who were staging a demonstration in front of the KRG-Sulaymanya Council of Ministers.
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