Tuesday, September 06, 2005
War News for Tuesday, September 6, 2005
Bring ‘em on: At least eight Iraqi civilians, including five children, killed in ongoing fighting in Tal Afar. Bodies of three community leaders found in Tal Afar. US fighter planes dropped bombs and fired missiles at insurgent positions near Balad. Son of the governor of Anbar province abducted by gunmen in Ramadi.
Bring ‘em on: Two British soldiers killed in a roadside bombing near Al-Zubair in
Bring ‘em on: Eight Iraqi civilians, three Iraqi soldiers, and three insurgents killed, 16 Iraqi soldiers wounded in suicide car bomb attack on a military base in Hit. One civilian killed and four wounded in mortar attack on a residential district in Khalis. Four US soldiers and three civilians wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a
Bring ‘em on: US jets bombed two bridges near Karabilah on the Syrian border in an effort to prevent insurgents from moving fighters and munitions. Two foreign fighters killed and three wounded in a raid in the same vicinity. One ‘Multinational Force’ soldier wounded in the same incident. One
Bring ‘em on: Four Iraqi soldiers killed and five injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Khalidiya. Three civilian bystanders killed in the hour-long fight that occurred after the bombing. The city was later sealed off by
Tal Afar: More than 5,000
The assault in Tall Afar, considered a transit point and logistics hub for insurgents operating across northern
Qaim: Fighters loyal to militant leader Abu Musab Zarqawi asserted control over the key Iraqi border town of
Residents said the foreign-led fighters controlled by Zarqawi, a Jordanian, apparently had been exerting authority in the town, within two miles of the Syrian border, since at least the start of the weekend. A sign posted at an entrance to the town declared, "Welcome to the Islamic Republic of Qaim."
Witnesses in Qaim said Zarqawi's fighters were killing officials and civilians who they consider to be allied with the Iraqi and
Zarqawi's fighters have shot and killed nine men in public executions in the city center since the start of the weekend, accusing the men of being collaborators with U.S. forces, said Sheik Nawaf Mahallawi, a leader of the Albu Mahal, a Sunni Arab tribe that had clashed earlier with the foreign fighters.
Dozens of families were fleeing Qaim every day, Mahallawi said.
Rendering unto Sistani that which is Sistani’s:
A ceremony marking the event took place in Najaf, which lies about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad and is home to top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, spokeswoman Major Flora Lee said in a telephone interview from the capital. She said she had no further information.
Iraqi troops are now installed in the strategic Forward Operating Base Hotel in southern Najaf and
Define ‘withdrawal’: The air force's top general says that
The officer, General John Jumper, who is scheduled to step down later this week as the air force chief of staff, predicted Monday that
"As I see the transition into the hands of the Iraqi military, I will continue to see the need for them to require the support from the air until they're able to set up their own ability to support themselves," Jumper said in a meeting with reporters at the Pentagon. "And that's going to take awhile, even after some future withdrawal of ground forces."
In an interview earlier this month, Jumper was even more explicit when asked about the air force's future in
"We will continue with a rotational presence of some type in that area more or less indefinitely," he said then. "We have interests in that part of the world and an interest in staying in touch with the militaries over there."
Sectarian bias?: Iraq's Kurdish president, Jalal Talabani, issued a bitter rhetorical broadside against other Arab countries today, saying they had insulted Iraq by not sending diplomats to Baghdad and had not sent condolence letters about the stampede last week in which almost 1,000 Shiite pilgrims were killed.
The president spoke just after two dozen insurgents staged a brazen dawn raid on the heavily guarded offices of Iraq's Interior Ministry in Baghdad, killing two police officers and wounding five, and two British soldiers were killed by a bomb in southern Iraq.
Speaking at a news conference, Mr. Talabani echoed and amplified complaints by other Iraqi leaders about the Arab states' failure to recognize the stampede, which stunned Iraqis and caused the highest one-day death toll since the American invasion. The complaints, coming largely from Shiites and aimed at the Arab world's Sunni leaders, hinted at a sectarian bias against
"We stood with our Arab brothers in their hard times," Mr. Talabani said. "For instance, we sent a letter expressing our condolences on the terrorist attack which claimed a lot of innocent lives in Sharm el Sheikh."
Grief: Mass funerals were held across
The New Iraq draws new entrepreneurs: Dutch police managed early this week to intercept 4,600 kg of cocaine, heading for
Dutch police have so far arrested 13 members of the network, who are said to be behind the 4,600 kg of cocaine found in two containers in
My sense is he’s absolutely right: U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday that
Annan, speaking to British Broadcasting Corp., said many young Muslims are angry, and their anger has been exacerbated by what is happening in
``They feel victimized in their own society; they feel victimized in the West. And they feel there's profiling against them,'' he said. ``And the Iraqi situation has not helped matters.''
``One used to be worried about
Grim homecoming: A National Guard unit based in
"We have got several hundred soldiers that are coming back from a year in combat to this," said Samantha Bingham, a spokeswoman for
"Many, many of them are from southern
Several hundred members of the 2,800-strong 256th Army National Guard's 141st field artillery section are due to return early on Saturday morning, Bingham said.
"That unit was headquartered out of
The members of the unit will be given immediate four-day passes to give them time to figure out their situations, she said.
Opinion: The news that two more British soldiers have been killed in Iraq throws into sharp focus once again the continued abject failure of the US-UK intervention in that miserable country and there is no sign whatsoever of any end to it all.
Sadly, these deaths are only a fraction of the daily death toll Iraqis are suffering. Such is the regularity of murder and mayhem that incidents which leave 20 or 30 people dead are now barely reported in this country and it is only massacres on the scale of last week's stampede that receive any prominence. In many of this morning's papers, the soldiers' deaths do not even lead a page. Life for the troops in
But the differences between
Comment: This week, the liberal Web site buzzflash.com noted in an unsigned editorial that "not one -- not one -- of any of Bush's children or his nieces and nephews have volunteered for service in any branch of the military or volunteered to serve in any capacity in Iraq. Not one of them has felt the cause was noble enough to put his or her life on the line."
Buzzflash is circulating a petition demanding that "Either the Bush Kids Put Their Lives on the Line for George's 'Noble War' or the Troops Come Home."
Publicity stunt or not, it does raise a question. If the sacrifice is so noble, has the president urged his own children, or enlistment-age nieces and nephews - of which there are eight - to join the military and fight in
I called the White House to pose this question and was somewhat surprised to learn that none of the supposed liberal baddies in the White House press corps had ever asked the president or any of his spokespersons that question.
Opinion: President Bush, apparently running out of rationales for the
Bush tried to wrap himself in the aura of Franklin D. Roosevelt last week when he commemorated the 60th anniversary of V-J Day. With public opinion polls showing more and more Americans critical of the Iraq war, Bush used the anniversary ceremonies at the naval air station in San Diego to express concern that Americans might return to a "pre-mindset of isolation and retreat, " indicating that it was the same as the isolationism that Franklin D. Roosevelt encountered before the Pearl Harbor attack.
Making his third speech in a week to rally public support for the war, Bush compared his resolve to FDR's during World War II. He said the
Bush is off base in making a comparison between the Iraqi conflict and World War II. For one thing, the
Opinion: Why does this self-styled "can do" president always lapse into such lame "who could have known?" excuses.
Who on Earth could have known that Osama bin Laden wanted to attack us by flying planes into buildings? Any official who bothered to read the trellis of pre-9/11 intelligence briefs.
Who on Earth could have known that an American invasion of
Who on Earth could have known that
Editorial: The Bush administration is not alone in having ignored pleas to improve the hurricane and flood defenses of
Local story: Three families receive Gold Star Banners in honor of their deceased sons in