From the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)
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Thursday, May 12, 2005
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Gunmen attacked a police officer in northeastern Baghdad and killed him on 11 May, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported the following day. Lt Col Qasim Muhammad said that four masked men driving a civilian car shot dead Captain Ahmad Shihab while he was travelling from Khirnabat village on the outskirts of Ba'qubah city to the Diyala Police Command, where he worked. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 11 May 05)
Al-Yarmuk, Baghdad mosques raided, imam arrested
Security forces broke into Umar al-Mukhtar mosque in the Al-Yarmuk area and Al-Khayr mosque in Baghdad 's Green Zone on the evening of 10 May, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 11th. An eyewitness told Al-Sharqiyah that the security forces arrested the imam, the mu'azzin, and one of the worshippers at the Umar al-Mukhtar mosque. The security forces also raided Umar al-Mukhtar Humanitarian Association for the Welfare of Orphans and Widows near the mosque "and ransacked the assistance supplies of the poor under the pretext of searching for weapons and explosives and banned materials", the TV added. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 11 May 05)
Adnan al-Dulaymi, head of the Sunni Waqf Bureau, has called on the government to end raids on mosques by security forces, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 11 May. Al-Dulaymi said the raids caused only turmoil and infighting. He added that raids on Sunni mosques had increased recently, saying that it was "astonishing that those who raid mosques now are Iraqi National Guard and police elements". (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 11 May 05)
An Iraqi armed group has vowed to disclose information on groups that carry out killing and kidnapping operations in exchange for amnesty, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 11 May. The unknown group, which calls itself Umar Bin-al-Khattab Brigades, said that it was innocent of "brutal and inhuman acts" committed by what it described as takfiri groups (those who accuse other Muslims of infidelity). The group also accused foreign parties of supporting armed groups in igniting sedition in Iraq . It said that it wanted to expose attempts by other groups to foment sectarianism through killing operations especially in areas south of Baghdad, such as Al-Latifiyah, Jurf al-Sakhr, Al-Iskandariyah, Al-Yusufiyah, Al-Haswah and Al-Mada'in. The group asked for presidential amnesty and said it comprised only "honest resistance groups in Iraqi prisons and US detention camps". (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 11 May 05)
The National Dialogue Council on 11 May accused "private US parties" allegedly acting separately from the US army of raiding the council's headquarters and arresting 17 of its leading figures on 8 May, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported. Shaykah Abd-al-Nasir al-Janabi, a member of the Council who was arrested by gunmen and released with 10 others the next day, said at a news conference in Baghdad that those who arrested him "were not subject to the directives of the US embassy in Baghdad ". He said: " Iraq has become a scene of operations which are carried out by all kinds of people between whom we cannot make a distinction". He called for the release of the remaining detained members of the National Dialogue Council. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 11 May 05)
The National Front for Iraqi Tribes has called for the release of its secretary-general, Hasan Zaydan al-Luhaybi, and demanded an end to raid-and-arrest operations, especially in the Baghdad area, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 11 May. The group also called for an end to the restriction of personal freedom for Iraqis, saying it wants the return of a "positive atmosphere in the spirit of brotherhood, tolerance and peace". (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 11 May 05)
A newly formed committee has successfully lobbied for Iraqi physicians and scientists to be allowed to carry weapons to protect themselves against increasing murders, abductions and bomb attacks, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 11 May. The Committee for Countering Abductions and Threats to Iraqi Scientists and Physicians is chaired by the health minister, and comprises members from the ministries of health, interior, higher education and justice. Qasim Allawi, official spokesman for the Health Ministry, said police patrols would now guard some 40 medical complexes and centres in Baghdad . Over 25 physicians have been killed and around 300 other specialists have been abducted by armed groups over the past two years, Al-Sharqiyah said. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 11 May 05)
Eyewitnesses from the city of Al-Qa'im have said that the city's residents have suffered from the military operations, which killed scores of people and caused damage to houses and neighbourhoods, Al-Sharqiyah TV reported 11 May. They said that US jets and helicopters attacked the areas of Al-Karabilah, Al-Jazirah and Al-Qu'aydat on the morning of 11 May. "Medical sources confirmed the death of civilians by helicopter gunfire." Doctor Muhammad Abud said the Al-Qa'im Hospital had the same day received the bodies of 15 dead people, including children. He added that ambulances faced difficulties in evacuating the bodies, some of which had been ripped apart. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 11 May 05)
IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, QOUTES 11 May 05
PRESS HEADLINES 11 May 2005
Al-Adalah [ Baghdad , twice-weekly newspaper in Arabic published by the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)]
- National Assembly form committee for writing new constitution
- Military operations on Iraqi-Syrian borders continuing
- Culture minister stresses need for quick solution to problem of dissolved information ministry staff
- Jordan to name ambassador to Iraq soon
- Several Iraqis martyred in car bomb explosion in Baghdad centre;
- Terrorists captured Interior Ministry confirms crime rate dropped to 70 per cent in April
- Iraq Saudis more dangerous than Afghan Arabs; Al-Zarqawi followers may carry out attacks outside Iraq
- Japanese government confirms efforts to obtain information on Iraq hostage
- Australian FM: No information about Australian hostage in Iraq after deadline
- Citizens guide security forces to terrorist hideouts.
Baghdad [ Baghdad , daily newspaper in Arabic published by the Iraqi National Accord Movement]
- Fifty-five-member committee for drafting permanent constitution formed, including eight MPs from Iraqi List
- Explosive device found near Sayyid Al-Sistani's office Fifty-five martyred, wounded in Al-Sa'dun Street bombing
- Pipelines for oil smuggling discovered
- Defence Ministry opens two courses for officers
- Gangsters in Iraq army uniform caught in Basra
- Gunmen raid house of police general in Al-Durah
- Explosive charges in Al-Za'faraniyah kill, injure several civilians
- Commissioner in major crime unit assassinated
- Oil Ministry staff to receive training at US firms Baghdad municipality allocates
- 1.6bn dollars to implement service projects in Abu Ghrayb area.
Al-Dustur [ Baghdad , daily independent newspaper in Arabic]
- Jordan agrees to settle Al-Chalabi issue, considers naming Iraq ambassador
- Iraqi Islamic Party calls on government to investigate Al-Mada'in incident
- Sunni endowment office denounces recent events in Al-Mada'in
- Reports on former ministers fleeing Iraq for fear of investigation
- Seven martyred, 26 wounded in Al-Sa'dun Street ; Large number of suspects under arrest in Mosul
- Family of Australian hostage, Australian Federation of Islamic Councils appeal for his release
- [Interior minister] Sulagh: 40 terrorists rounded up including dangerous man; Al-Sistani asks Sulagh to investigate assassination of 14 members of Al-Dulaym tribe
- US army: 100 gunmen killed in Iraq Talabani: No fears from civil war; Sunni Arabs learned a lesson
- Muslim Scholars Association condemns US killings in western Iraq
- Al-Najaf police find large amounts of weapons inside mosque.
Ishraqat al-Sadr . [ Baghdad , weekly newspaper in Arabic published by the Sadrist Movement]
- Muqtada al-Sadr: Resistance is legitimate right for all peoples, recognized by all religions
- Top-level governmental committee formed to investigate Al-Kufah events
- Women leagues in Al-Sadr City visit Al-Sadr office in Al-Kut
- Al-Sadr supporters stage sit-in in Al-Najaf Al-Sadr office in Al-Nasiriyah organises demonstration in denunciation of
- Al-Kufah events Systematic torture, abuse of prisoners continuing Message to PM Ibrahim al-Ja'fari Ba'th [Party] re-enters from the window Who fills the security vacuum, the rule of law or criminals? Resistance from the occupier's perspective
Al-Mada [ Baghdad , daily, independent newspaper published by Al-Mada Media, Culture and Arts Corporation]
- Seven civilians killed, 30 wounded in two suicide car bomb attacks in Baghdad Army forces detain 14 suspects, confiscate cash, weapons Ammunition cache found in south Samarra
- Explosive device discovered 200 metres from Al-Sistani's office First independent constitutional body born US army announces death of five soldiers in battle in Al-Qa'im, AL-Fallujah, Al-Karmah Extremists blow up two holy shrines in Al-Yusfiyah.
Al-Shahid [ Baghdad , weekly independent newspaper in Arabic]
- Saddam demands international trial USA to withdraw from Iraq by year end
- Booby-trap hurricane still taking innocent lives From sociology to military intelligence and then to opposition,
- Defence Minister Sa'dun al-Dulaymi conspired to overthrow Saddam, hates isolation from Arabism Former senior officials barred from leaving
- Iraq Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization part of international terrorism Last confession:
- Story of Iraqi nuclear programme told by two officials responsible for its establishment, development
- Tariq Aziz: Saddam hoped to meet Bush before war; Iraq was not after all-out confrontation with USA .
Al-Sharq al-Awsat [ Baghdad edition of London-based daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Saudi-owned]
- Al-Anbar governor kidnapped; Campaign against foreign fighters ongoing
- Two car bomb attacks leave seven dead, 26 wounded in Baghdad
- Committee of 55 MPs to draft Iraq 's permanent constitution by mid-August;
- Parliament issues first decision on member replacement Iraqi National Dialogue Council spokesman:
- Person inside government seeks to stir up sectarian tension Italian forces to fully withdraw from Iraq in early 2006
- Australia offers to settle wheat crisis with Iraq Road to Iraqi National Assembly fraught with dangers, surprises.
Al-Zaman [daily, independent, Baghdad edition of London-based Al-Zaman]
- Al-Jazeerah operations continue; Marines cross Euphrates PUK sparks dispute over term of Kurdistan presidency
- Fifty-six killed, wounded in two car bomb blasts in Al-Sa'dun, Abu Nu'as streets
- Humanitarian organisation condemns US forces' control of Talla'far hospital Al-Ja'fari discusses with donor delegation preparations for Brussels conference
- Washington : Syrian parties recruit, train suicide bombers before sending them to Iraq
- National Assembly names members of constitution committee, [Deputy parliament speaker] Al-Shahristani: Intellectual, sectarian, political plurality not to obstruct writing constitution
- Al-Ra'd [thunder] Brigade arrest suspects, aborts suicide attack in Mosul ; Driver killed in roadside bomb explosion in Al-Miqdadiyah; Contractor assassinated in Buhruz Two brothers killed, father wounded in bomb blast in Jalawla [Ba'qubah]
- Iraqi Exporters Association chairman: Measures, proposals to help victims of Al-Shurjah [market] fire
- New road, bridge projects in Basra Basra police foil attempts to smuggle gas oil, deers, hawks
- Second division celebrates graduation of 1000 new soldiers
- Kirkuk fire-fighting unit seeks Tikrit help to control oil pipeline fire
- Romania , Australia , Japan seeks to secure hostages freedom, reject captors' demands.
PRESS QOUTES & EDITORIALS, 11 May 05:-
Al-Bayan [From commentary by Khayri al-Qurawi]
People are putting high hopes on the prime minister and his newly elected government and expect from them transformations proportionate to the level of action and performance The enemies have intensified their brutal attack, especially after the government has been approved by people's representatives. They want to kill the newborn before it can see the light. People, therefore, should deny them this opportunity and work hand-in-hand with the government for an Iraq where security and love prevail .
Al-Dustur [From editorial by Basim al-Shaykh]
The recent escalation of armed acts of violence and bombings is a message of defiance between Al-Ja'fari's government on the one hand, and those who are behind these attacks on the other The birth of Al-Ja'fari's government after hard labour came as a step forward, at a time the armed groups were betting on its failure Thus, after the progress achieved to overcome all the obstacles, those opposing the change in Iraq have to find alternatives to prove that this government cannot make any change amidst the ruin that has devastated the government establishment. They have no option but to resort to chaotic violence that apparently targets the occupier while it mercilessly takes innocent Iraqi lives Between the millstones of the government which attempts to control the deteriorating security situation and the armed groups whose sole concern is to pass their agenda, even if it kills innocent civilians, the Iraqi citizen is paying the price each day.
IRAQI PRESS & BROADCAST MEDIA, 11 May 05
- Blast rocks central Baghdad amid conflicting reports about its cause
- Forty-five Iraqis wounded after an explosion of a bomb inside an Iraqi company for manufacture of fertilizers
- Series of blasts kill and wound tens of Iraqis
- The governor of Salah-al-din escapes assassination attempt on 10th as his convoy is attacked by gunmen
- Suicide bomber kills 30 youths and wounds 50 others in Al-Hawijah, north of Baghdad
- US soldier killed by sniper in Al-Hawijah
- Report on blasts in Baghdad
- Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari to visit Turkey on 19 May
- Senior US officer says his forces have been engaged in a fierce battle for four days with skilful armed militants around city of Al-Qaim
- Unknown group demands a stoppage of the fighting in Al-Qaim in return for release of Al-Anbar governor
- Iraqi doctors start to carry weapons to defend themselves against increasing attacks
- The National Front of Iraq's Tribes calls for stopping the arrests of Iraqi citizens and demands the release of its secretary-general
- Armed group pledges to release information about the groups that kill and abduct people
- Radhi Hamza al-Radhi, the head of the Commission on Public Integrity says the Iraqi National Assembly and Council of Ministers have issued a decision banning former officials from travel abroad until they present a certificate clearing them from any charge of seizing government money
- The Iraqi National Dialogue Council accuses private American groups working alone of storming the council's headquarters and arresting 17 of its members on 9 May
- Gunmen kill Iraqi police officer in Baghdad
- Iraqi forces storm Sunni charity society and mosque on 10th in Baghdad , and arrest its imam
- Iraqi police storm the headquarters of the Sunni religious endowments in Iraqi city of Basra "under the pretext" of searching for suspects
- Iraqi police arrests a gang for smuggling antiquities
- Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'fari pledges to intensify fight on corruption; Interior Minister says new security plan to be carried out in next days
- President Jalal Talabani says at Arab-South American summit that Iraq strong and rich enough country to stand on its feet soon
- At least 56 killed in bombings across Iraq
- Terror suspects arrested in security raids in Baghdad
- Over 100 terror suspects killed in multinational force raid near Syrian border
- Terror suspect killed while planting bomb near Kirkuk
- Director of public integrity body launches corruption probes
- Sami al-Askari, member of National Assembly highlights new security plan focussing on role of Iraqis in helping security forces
- Australian foreign minister renews rejection of hostage takers demands
- Japan foreign minister says Tokyo to do its best to rescue Japanese hostage
- Iraq tribal chiefs gather in Baghdad , denounce terrorism, call for release of tribal chief arrested by multinational force
- Government body says Iraqis have right to restore state-confiscated properties
- Gas pipeline in Basra comes under attack
- Minister of Oil says Iraq to set up national oil company. Businesswomen hold conference in Basra
- Work under way in Basra to clean rivers
UPDATES FROM THE KURDISH PERSS, 11 MAY 05
- After lengthy negotiations to settle their dispute over the Kurdistan Region presidency law, the PUK and KDP had a joint meeting at the beginning of the week and relieved some of the public fears. PUK Chief of Central Media Bureau Azad Jindyani said that a protocol added to the presidency draft law contained the crisis partially and eased some of the deadlocks. He expected serious measures are to be taken in dealing with the crisis upon Talabani’s return to Kurdistan after his Brazil visit.
- Amnesty International (AI) demands the PUK to disclose information on the fate of 5 Kurds. The PUK intelligence service arrested the 71-year-old Kareem Ahmed Mahmoud, his three sons and another citizen five years ago and nothing was heard from them since then. According to the Mesopotamia news agency, the KRG-Sulaymanya Human Rights Minister had given information to the international organization in September 2001 on the five missing persons. In December 2004, AI requested [PUK leader] Talabani to provide information about them and addressed letters to the Iraqi president and PM on the same issue recently but the Iraqi government has not taken any action.
- India is ready to assist the Iraq in constitution writing, the Indian PM announced.
- Sky Group Link, an American company, provided worth $500,000 medicines to Erbil hospitals to help in treating the victims of the May 4th explosion.
- A technical team from Arbil International Airport () is due to visit Jordan today (Wednesday) to study procurement of a number of small planes and helicopters in a near future. Speaking con condition of anonymity, an AIA source said that the small planes would be sued for inter-city transportation, particularly between Erbil and Sulaymanya, and the copters for medical and emergency services in Erbil .
- For the first time in history, a Kurdish film is named to participate in the Cannes Festival. Zero Kilometer, a film produced by Kurdish director Hunar Salim, is one of 20 films that were chosen amongst hundreds of world films for participation in the official contests in the festival.
- Arab-Latin summit started in Brazil and President Talabani’s presence attracted interest of the attendees. Arab League Secretary-General Amr Musa expressed happiness for Talabani’s attendance as the first Iraqi elected president.
- The PUK politburo warmly received the Chinese Communist Party delegation arrived in Kurdistan Tuesday upon PUK official invitation. During the 5-day-stay, the delegation will meet with the PUK politburo and members of the KRG-Sulaymanya council of ministers in addition to visiting Halabja and a number of cultural and academic institutions.
- In separate statements to the daily, PUK politburo member Imad Ahmed and his KDP counterpart Muhammed Mala Qadir asked the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) not to pull out fro the Kurdistan Alliance Bloc at the Iraqi parliament. The KIU had threatened in a statement that it might pull out from the Bloc because the two parties did not give one of the Baghdad ministries to KIU. Ahmed said that there was no agreement with the KIU to be given a ministry portfolio from the Kurdistan Alliance quota and the ministry that was entrusted to the KIU in the former cabinet was from the PUK share. The KDP’s Mala Qadir said the KIU deserved a ministry portfolio but one of our portfolios was given away to the Sunni therefore the KIU did not get any.
- Kirkuk Fraternity List that ran first in the January elections for the Governorate Municipal Council announced it would form a new administration for the city on 12 May 2005 . The Fraternity List has given a 3-day ultimatum to the other winning lists to nominate their candidates for the two positions of deputy governor otherwise the administration would be set up without their participation.
- The police in Najaf city announced on Teusday that it had defused a TNT package estimated at 4 Kg near Ayatolla Sistani;s residence.
- Is Iraq becoming what Afghanistan was in the 1980s?
KurdishMedia.com - By Baqi Barzani, 10 May 2005
The dictatorship has vanished, a representative self-government has been formed, the course of democratization enforced, economic sanctions lifted, international humanitarian relief and reconstruction efforts are underway, but still we are far away from our main goal.
It has been more than 2 years but the US has failed to thwart the long-term insurgency and establish peace and stability. Despite spending most of its budget on military and intelligence operations, reorganizing, and training the Iraqi forces to tackle terrorism and secure the sovereignty and liberty, innocent civilians are killed and terrorized on the streets every day.
Suicide bombing, sabotage and terrorism redirected by influential regional powers are to blame for these atrocities. The basis for the escalating number of attacks on U.S troops is not likely to have anything to do with the former regime loyalists. An end to the occupation should have been immediate had the U.S been acting in the interest of Iraqi’s and not their own agenda.
Anger, frustration, and hostility amongst the Iraqi population directed at the occupying forces climb day by day. Iraqi people now believe that the American-led occupation of their country is doing more harm than good. Opposition and anti-American sentiment has intensified more than ever.
Although Saddam Hussein resorted to force and terror to overcome the issue of order and stability, Iraq was a stable society as such. Whatever violence did arise was premeditated violence planned by the state. Under absolute power, it could be switched on or off upon a demand from Saddam Hussein. The dilemmas he coped with were more the external pressure and economic sanctions. The dynamics that led to the retreat of Iraq were mostly the imposing wars and its fragile economy. Even during the war with Iran , subjection to UN economic sanctions, the invasion of Kuwait , Iraq did not experience such instability.
Iraq is being transformed to what Afghanistan was in the 1980s. Militants are turning the resistance into an international jihadist movement. Foreign fighters coming from different parts of the world are merging as cells or complete units with Iraqis. If the occupation persists long, Iraq will be a productive ground for international Islamic fundamentalism similar to the case of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan . Keeping in mind that these terrorists are bred, financed and sponsored by radical Arab states, any Islamic Arab nation is not an easy front to win for the US .
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