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Sunday, May 15, 2005
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Al-Sabah, Baghdad , by the Iraqi Media Network, Saturday, May 14, 2005 . p1
President Jalal Talbani said that recent attacks are indication of weakness plugging terrorist groups.This has come in an interview with a Brazilian magazine, referring that the terrorists have no means now more than car-bombs as they have lost control on many towns.A military leader declared detention of Ahmed al-Amidias he was carrying letter from Abu Mus'b al-Zerqawi to his allied groups asking for help hinting at he is living his last days.Security forces captured Seiful Ddin Mustafa al-Timimi nick named Abu Harith following raiding house of Ammar Fereed Abdul Qadir Ashour al-Jubouri known with nick name Abu Fatih who his funding Abu Talha group
Al-Sabah, Baghdad , by the Iraqi Media Network, Saturday, May 14, 2005 .
Newly appointed Culture Minister Nouri Ferhan Ar-Rawi stressed that Council of Ministers would issue a decision concern the dissolved Information Ministry issue by joining all the dissolved employees within the Culture Ministry.He added that the Cabinet had discussed the issue last week and recommended to annex all the employees to the Culture Ministry with all their job merits.
Al-Sabah, Baghdad , by the Iraqi Media Network, Saturday, May 14, 2005 .
Iraqi government declared that tanks and armored vehicles would be used in Iraqi army and police activities.In a statement released by the government, first battalion would commit patrol actions in Baghdad using tanks and personnel carrier near Abu Ghreib region.The statement pointed out that more than 100 soldiers were graduated from training course concerning tanks and amours.
Iraqi National Dialogue Council member Salih al-Mutlaq called on 14 May for the release of all Iraqi detainees held in US and Iraqi prisons, whose detention meant their human rights were being breached. Speaking to Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV, Al-Mutlaq said some of his colleagues had been released but only after being held for days on false accusations.
"Shaykh Hasan Zaydan, member of the Iraqi National Dialogue Council, was released today after six days in detention. Shaykh Abd-al-Nasir al-Janabi was also released two days ago," Al-Mutlaq said. "We stress, however, that arrests are carried out on the basis of suspicions and false reports. Although the release of Shaykh Hasan Zaydan is a pleasant thing, we still believe that what is much more important is that thousands of Iraqis are still held in the prisons of the Iraqi Government and the occupying forces. Those people have been arrested on the basis of suspicion and false reports. Hence, we request that the US forces and the Iraqi Government expedite the release of all Iraqis detained on these bases because they violate the simplest human rights and international law." (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 14 May 05)
While visiting Brazil , Iraqi President Jalal Talabani gave an interview to London-based newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat, published on 14 May, in which he said the government was still formulating comprehensive anti-terror policy. On Syrian ties, he said he had received reassurances that Damascus had a new policy of cooperation with Iraq against terrorism.
"I believe that this government will approve a comprehensive media, ideological, political, security, economic, and military policy for solving the problem of terrorism in Iraq . The government is at present drawing up this policy and is examining how to finalize and implement it." He said on the question whether only the Iraqi forces would be used to repel terrorist groups without US military intervention was still undecided. "We are still discussing and examining this matter and we will announce it to the people once it is approved."
Talabani identified Al-Qa'idah as the group chiefly responsible for the violence in Iraq .
"They are sending funds and men from Afghanistan and Pakistani and they benefit from their relationships with some extremist Islamic organizations in the Arab world. They benefited before from some Arab circles' misunderstanding that these were resistance fighters. Everyone started to condemn these crimes when their ugly crimes against the Iraqi people were exposed," he said.
Turning to Syria , Talabani said he had met Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Naji Itri and Deputy Foreign Minister Walid al-Mu'allim on the sidelines of the Arab-American summit and "was assured by what they told me, namely, that Syria has a new policy and strategy of cooperating with the regime in Iraq and will help it against the terrorism".
"I asked from them to let us hear from the Syrian media support for the government in Iraq and denunciation of the criminal actions and they gave me a positive promise. I believe that Syria has in fact started a new policy. I said: O brothers, we are your old friends who are now ruling Iraq . We were in Damascus and our offices are still there. You can help us like you did when we were in the opposition. They gave a positive promise and said they would convey this to President Al-Asad. They assured me that Syria has a new policy that supports the Iraqi people and the existing democratic Iraqi system." (Al-Sharq al-Awsat, London , in Arabic 14 May 05)
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has begun new political activities to forming a coalition in the run-up to elections which will be held before the end of the year, Iraqi Al-Sharqiyah TV reported on 14 May. In press statements, Adnan al-Pachachi, head of the Independent Democratic Grouping, said that at a recent meeting in Abu Dhabi , Allawi had offered him the chance to form a unified list to stand in the election. Al-Pachachi did not disclose the agenda or the outcome of the meeting. (Al-Sharqiyah, Baghdad , in Arabic 14 May 05)
Prominent Shi'i cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in his Friday sermon on 13 May condemned raids by the Iraqi security forces on his office, saying that if they did not stop "we will not stop and no agreement will bind us". According to a report in Iraqi pro-Muqtada al-Sadr newspaper Ansar al-Mahdi, he warned the authorities: "I am still a lover and seeker of martyrdom," adding that if the government "opposes and fights me it will only have itself to blame". However, he strongly condemned attacks which targeted "both civilians and the occupation", saying that the "resistance men are detained in jails while those who kill civilians are looting the wealth of Iraq ". (Ansar al-Mahdi, Baghdad , in Arabic 12 May 05)
IRAQI PRESS HEADLINES, 14 May 05
Al-Adalah [ Baghdad , daily, by the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq ]:
- Al-Ja'fari decides to have state of emergency extended throughout Iraq , except for Kurdistan region (AFP quoted)
- President Talabani says he will visit Syria when Syrian media changes tone, shows support for new Iraq
- Bahr al-Ulum to set up central committee tasked with combating oil smuggling (Voices of Iraq quoted)
- 'Operation Matador' to be sustained until last terrorist in Al-Qa'im wiped out (Agencies quoted)
- High Commission on Integrity revealing stationery destined for schools leaked to black market (Al-Rafidayn quoted)
- Two Iraqis connected to Al-Zarqawi, Ansar al-Islam networks to serve prison terms in Sweden (Agencies quoted)
- Army officer sacked for shooting at worshippers in mosque (Agencies quoted)
Al-Sabah al-Jadid [ Baghdad , independent political daily]:
- Iraq will be free from terrorism this year, says Talabani
- Al-Ja'fari orders construction commission set up, modern operation room installed to oversee successful execution of campaign
- Fifty-two detainees discharged by multinational forces
- Draft law for compensating war victims to be approved by National Assembly soon
- Saddam kinsman, director of Qusay's office, Uday's pander detained, with 14 gunmen confessing to involvement in terrorist operations in Baghdad
- Constitution- writing commission to convene tomorrow, its chairmanship yet to be decided following
- Allawi's withdrawal Clashes flare in Baghdad 's Al-Adl quarter, 148 gunmen detained in Mosul , Al-Najaf, state of extreme emergency declared in Kirkuk , two car bombs hitting Ba'quba-Al-Sulaimaniyah highway
Al-Sharq al-Awsat [ Baghdad edition of London-based independent daily]:
- Iraqi president tells Al-Sharq al-Awsat: God made Iraq of different sects, addresses Syria : Help us just as you did when we were in the opposition
- Fighting continues in Al-Qa'im, oil-pumping facility blown up, as Al-Zarqawi organization posting claims 40 US troops killed in Al-Anbar (Agencies quoted)
- Former government officials barred from leaving country until cleared of suspected corruption (AFP quoted)
- Al-Chalabi rejects Jordanian royal pardon, demands verdict against him be rescinded, Petra shareholders compensated '
- Your deeds, both good and bad, will never be forgotten by the people,' says the Islamic Party to the Al-Ja'fari government Rejecting a merely consultative role for Sunnis in constitution writing,
- Al-Pachachi says: Allawi proposed we run for next election round as one unified slate
- Washington pressured for greater Sunni participation in government institutions, US officials say (AFP quoted)
Al-Mada [ Baghdad , independent daily by Al-Mada Corporation for Media, Culture and Art]:
- Financier of armed groups in Ninawa apprehended, 140 suspects detained, comprehensive security plan drawn up, hostile armed operations under control Border Guard officer kidnapped in Basra (AFP quoted)
- With 'Operation Matador' entering seventh day, house-raids, arrests undermined by information leaks to gunmen
- First comprehensive survey of living standards in Iraq launched by Ministry of Planning and Developmental Cooperation
Al-Bayan [ Baghdad , daily, by the Islamic Al-Da'wah Party]:
- De-Ba'thification Commission declares intention to have previous decisions reactivated
- President Talabani: Most cities liberated, terrorists besieged (Agencies quoted)
- Two power-generating units at the Baiji power plant disrupted by act of sabotage
- According to survey results released by Planning Ministry, 10% of Iraqi families homeless, 85% without services, with veiled unemployment put at 30%
- Italy sees spike in violence in Iraq as proof of successful political process (Agencies quoted)
- Kuwait readies to submit list of charges against Saddam, senior aides (Agencies quoted)
- Constitution-writing committee to name secretary in a matter of days (Agencies quoted)
- Illegal oil-export confiscated, two oil smugglers captured by Border Guards in Basra (Agencies quoted)
Al-Mu'tamar [ Baghdad , daily, by the Iraqi National Congress]:
- Al-Shahristani: Saddam's trial not within Al-Ja'fari government's mandate
- Iraqi oil exports to Turkey disrupted by yet another blast hours after their resumption (Reuters quoted)
- US forces cut off supply lines to gunmen in Al-Qa'im (Elaph quoted)
- Eighteen former regime figureheads to be set free Turkmen Front condemns incursion into one of its offices
- UN says Iraq becomes major crossing point for drug running (Reuters quoted)
- Al-Sistani's representative describes security situation in Iraq as horrifying
- Motive behind abduction of Al-Anbar governor still unknown
- Exodus from Euphrates desert feared to be sign of imminent humanitarian crisis
- Elements implicated in failed attempt at Dr Allawi's life arrested (Agencies quoted)
- Abu-Ghurayb scandal bringing about downfall of another US official (Agencies quoted)
- Member of disbanded Ba'th party gunned down in Al-Sadr City
"The statements made by Dr Al-Pachachi in an interview given to Al-Arabiya satellite TV lately are but an expression of shock and frustration. Leaving his Independent Democratic Gathering rudderless at sea and indulging in verbal campaigning staged from abroad could only attest to the fact that the political role he sought was motivated not so much by selfless patriotic vision as by selfish political ambition."
Al-Sabah al-Jadid [From editorial by Ismail Zayir]:
"The positive hints signalled by some armed factions such as the 'Umar Bin Al-Khattab Battalion' warrant a quick encouraging response from the government for the sake of our country and our people. We should never reject the hand now being extended to us, if only out of a sense of duty to help those of us who have sinned to attain salvation."
Al-Sharq al-Awsat [From commentary by Adnan Husayn]:
"Iraqi culture and Iraqi intellectuals are not only being victimized by the wave of terror hitting the country at large, but by the fast-growing political sectarianism being intentionally institutionalized in Iraq . A case in point is the Al-Ja'fari's decision to fill the vacant Culture Ministry seat, part of the quota allocated to Sunni Arabs, with an ex-police officer turned fodder-dealer who had stayed in business until his recent inauguration as minister. This is clearly a big insult, not only to Iraqi intellectuals, but also to Sunni Arabs. It seems to deliver the unmistakable message that the latter are so lacking in culture as to have left Mr Al-Ja'fari with no better choice."
Al-Sabah, Baghdad , by the Iraqi Media Network, Editorial, By: Muhammed Abdul Jabbar, 14 May 2004 :
It is not resistance conducting acts, like hurting any Iraqi citizen or blooding shed him no matter what his title is, whether he is from police, army, civil defence or mere a civilian.Besides, it is not resistance to hurt civilian foreigners who have no links with occupation like, reporters, drivers, donation employees and the same.And pursuing method of slaughtering can not be resistance made by gunmen call themselves resistant groups since it is a banned method let alone its justifications.The same verdict can applied on affecting infrastructure facilities like oil pipelines and civilian facilities.Clashing with foreign forces in addition to car-bombs inside towns and residential neighbors can not be called resistance thanks to civilians plugged to results of attacks and random reply accompanied by such clashes.And finally, cooperating with whoever any faction is not resistance since they permits killing civilians and convicting them with infidelity.I have summarized those rules from a statement arrived in As-Sabah mail printed on beautiful kind of paper and signed by an "organization" yet it call itself Iraqi resistance.I myself don't know source of statement which does not indicate much information. Besides, no one declared linking to the organization openly. The statement also did not refer an address or contacting method.This means that we deal with unknown body.The statement did not decry those who commit the said crimes included in its content and did not call them terrorist acts despite it said that all weapons should be directed to the occupation forces only with the said limits.These limits are under discussion and thinking and as a result it will be hard, or seldom to direct operations against the only occupation forces. Because there is an Iraqi proverb saying "don't cut a bread, nor cut vegetables, and eat till you satisfy", so, the result is not eating. It is just like the Shakespearean bound in Merchant of Vince to cut a pound of flesh no more ,no less and without an even blood drop and the upshot is not cutting a flesh from the man's thigh.So, this leads us to decide the statement does not reflect a military trend as far as it is of political stance and it may reflects a U-turn in political stance in some of people or groups who were lifting weapons against foreign forces, yet they may incline to political action in the light of political process as a good manner to achieve targets, however they are searching for an outcome.We have to help those people.
IRAQI BROADCAST MEDIA HEADLINES, 14 May 05
- Four Iraqis killed, 10 wounded this noon in suicide car bomb targeting police patrol in Al-Tayaran square in central Baghdad; report over video showing scene of bombing, police, citizens near columns of smoke, burning cars, victims, interviews with eyewitnesses, fire engines
- Three Iraqi street cleaners killed, four wounded in bomb explosion this morning at a crossroad in Al-Dawrah district in southern Baghdad . Video shows scene of explosion, crater
- Two civilians killed in car bombing targeting Iraqi-US patrol this morning in Al-Sukkar district in northern Mosul . US statement says multinational troops killed eight gunmen near Mosul on 13 May
- Three soldiers killed, three wounded when a checkpoint in southern Baghdad came under mortar attack at daybreak today
- Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi starts political moves to form coalition in the forthcoming elections late this year. Head of the Independent Democrats Grouping Adnan al-Pachachi reveals that Allawi offered formation of unified list in a meeting with him in Abu Dhabi
- Tens of Palestinians organized demonstration today in Baghdad to deny involvement of four Palestinians in Thursday suicide attack in eastern Baghdad
- Four quick intervention troops wounded in car bombing in central Ba'qubah targeting their truck. Video shows citizens, US troops at scene of attack, destroyed cars, crater
- Report over video on suffering of Iraqis during sessions of the National Assembly due to tough security measures and closure of some roads and bridges. Footage of citizens, cars in streets, interviews with citizens, deputy speaker Husayn al-Shahristani
- UN secretary-general hopes repercussions of corruption in Iraqi oil-for-food programme will not affect negatively plans to reform UN
- Iraqi police find three bodies of civilians, two shot in the head and one strangled, in agricultural areas in southern Baghdad .
- Four civilians hurt in Mosul bombing; blast outside Ministry of Industry in Baghdad leaves several injured; three policemen hurt in Ba'qubah. Video report covers violence across Iraq
- Four multinational troops killed in Al-Anbar as troops continue security raid in Qa'im; four terror suspects arrested in Talafar; weapon cache found; terror suspects held in Karbala . Video report covers tight security measures in Karbala , arrest of Syrian intelligence officer, shows him making confession, Iraqi officer announcing his arrest and background
- Iraqis call for severest punishment for "terrorists". Video report highlights Iraqis reaction to surge in violence, people demanding death penalty for "terrorists"
- Report looks at surge in violence following formation of new cabinet; highlights condemnation by ordinary Iraqis
- Shi'a marja Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani wants all Iraqis to help with constitution--member of National Assembly. Video report covers comments by Jalal al-Din al-Saghir following meeting with Al-Sistani
- Conference held in Baghdad on writing of constitution
- Abd-al-Aziz al-Haqim, member of National Assembly, discusses problems of Al-Diwaniyah with province officials. Video report covers his comments on efforts to solve problems in provinces
- Final exams start in Iraqi schools amid tight security
- Business bulletin. Prices of power generators rise due to frequent power cuts. Farmers harvest barley and wheat crops in Al-Imarra. Reconstruction conference held in Basra attended by representatives from southern provinces, UN, US Agency of International Development and multinational troops.
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