DAILY WAR NEWS FOR SATURDAY, February 10,2007
Photo: "(…) a child [in Haifa Street] who was deliberately targeted by a sniper whilst someone was trying to save him/her." (See below “Made by USA in Haifa-Street")
Gunmen have clashed with troops guarding one of the first forward bases set up by US and Iraqi troops in downtown Baghdad
as part of their new joint operation to pacify the city.
The "combat outpost" in the Adhamiyah district came under sustained fire for almost an hour and American troops responded with rifle and machinegun fire, an AFP photographer at the base reported Saturday.
Following the clash, US soldiers in armoured vehicles headed out to search the area and attempt to track down the attackers. There were no initial reports of casualties among US and Iraqi forces.
An Iraqi defence official said fighting had broken out after a joint Iraqi-US force raided a suspected stronghold of an illegal armed group and that gunbattles were continuing almost two hours later, after nightfall.
Bring ‘em on
: Coalition Forces from Task Force Lightning were searching for a cache and clearing a building in Diyala province when an explosion occurred in the building. Three Soldiers were killed and four were wounded as a result of the explosion Friday. (MNF - Iraq)
OTHER SECURITY INCIDENTS
A car bomb killed three civilians and wounded five
when it exploded on a road in eastern Baghdad.
A suicide car bomber killed five people and wounded 10 near a queue outside a bakery
in the mainly Shi'ite district of Karrada, police sources said.
One person was killed and five were wounded when Shiite militiamen attacked Sunni houses
in western Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood,, officials said.
A roadside bomb killed one civilian in the town of Mussayab.
Gunmen killed three members of a family when they stormed a house in the town of Mussayab
, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad. Another two family members were wounded.
A mortar shell wounded two civilians in the town of Iskandariya.
A policemen was killed as he drove to work in Abu Gharid
, 20 kilometres west of Baghdad. The police officer stopped at an intersection when armed gunmen left their civilian vehicle and started firing at him. According to a police source, quoted by Voices of Iraq, the policeman died instantly.
Three civilians were killed and two others wounded in an attack by unidentified gunmen
on Saturday in a residential section in Hilla, the capital of Babel province, 100 km south of Baghdad.
The British forces media spokeswoman said on Saturday two British bases in Basra came under attack with mortars and Katyusha rockets.
"Katyush rockets were fired over night and today morning onto the British base at Basra international airport in northwest of Basra while mortars fell onto the British base at Shatt-el-Arab hotel in north of the city," Captain Katie Brown told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq.
The spokeswoman who did not mention how many rockets and mortars were fired at the bases said "the attacks caused no damage." An eyewitness told VOI "more than 30 Katyusha rockets slammed into the base at Basra as siren was heard at the base overnight and today morning."
A police officer was killed when gunmen attacked his car in western Mosul
on Saturday morning. Another police officer was wounded.
An Iraqi soldier was killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near an Iraqi army patrol
west of Mosul on Saturday. Three Iraqi soldiers and two civilians were wounded in the blast.
A suicide car bomber killed one Iraqi soldier and wounded five people
, including three civilians, as it targeted an army checkpoint in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar.
Dozens of Shiites and a handful of Sunnis gathered for the reopening of a Sunni mosque in Baghdad's Sadr City.
Local officials said they hoped to encourage members of the displaced Sunni minority to return to the district as part of reconciliation efforts. A Sunni cleric led a joint prayer under the mosque's blue mosaic dome and beige minaret. Interior Ministry commandos stood guard outside.
Haq Agency Special Report: MADE BY USA IN HAIFA-STREET
Occupied Baghdad, February 9, 2007
The Haq agency managed to get hold of a series of photos related to the ongoing battle that is taking place in Haifa Street.
A battle waged on the one hand by :
- The American occupying forces
-The Shia Iraqi governmental guards.
-The Shia militias of Jaysh al Mahdi and the Badr Brigades and
- the small militias of Jaysh Jalal also known as "Baratha".
and on the other hand by :
- the Ahl al Sunna i.e.the sunnis inhabitants of Haifa Street and the neighboring areas who were also trying to protect themselves from the above assault.
Some of the documented stories of the massacres undertaken by the American forces and the Iraqi guards and militias are shown in the pictures below.
1) The shelling and bombing that the inhabitants were subjected to.
2) the corpses of sunni youths tortured to death by the Iraqi army and the militias. Tortured by the following methods :
- pouncing , kicking and beating to death
- burning alive
- plucking eyes out
- crashing /smashing skulls and having armed vehicles (tanks) run over them.
3) added to the above, there is also the picture of a child who was deliberately targeted by a sniper whilst someone was trying to save him/her.
The reporter from Haq agency confirmed that these images taken represent only a tiny part of the reality of what is happening there. (…)
Shortly a full film of the crimes of Haifa street will be shown on al Haq site , crimes committed by the American Army , the Iraqi governmental guards and the militias.
WARNING: Extremely Graphic Images
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Robert Fisk: IRAQI INSURGENTS OFFER PEACE IN RETURN FOR US CONCESSIONS
For the first time, one of Iraq's principal insurgent groups has set out the terms of a ceasefire that would allow American and British forces to leave the country they invaded almost four years ago.
The present terms would be impossible for any US administration to meet - but the words of Abu Salih Al-Jeelani, one of the military leaders of the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Resistance Movement show that the groups which have taken more than 3,000 American lives are actively discussing the opening of contacts with the occupation army.
Al-Jeelani's group, which also calls itself the "20th Revolution Brigades'', is the military wing of the original insurgent organisation that began its fierce attacks on US forces shortly after the invasion of 2003. The statement is, therefore, of potentially great importance, although it clearly represents only the views of Sunni Muslim fighters.
Shia militias are nowhere mentioned. The demands include the cancellation of the entire Iraqi constitution - almost certainly because the document, in effect, awards oil-bearing areas of Iraq to Shia and Kurds, but not to the minority Sunni community. Yet the Sunnis remain Washington's principal enemies in the Iraqi war.
"Discussions and negotiations are a principle we believe in to overcome the situation in which Iraqi bloodletting continues," al-Jeelani said in a statement that was passed to The Independent
. "Should the Americans wish to negotiate their withdrawal from our country and leave our people to live in peace, then we will negotiate subject to specific conditions and circumstances."
Al-Jeelani suggests the United Nations, the Arab League or the Islamic Conference might lead such negotiations and would have to guarantee the security of the participants.
Then come the conditions:
* The release of 5,000 detainees held in Iraqi prisons as "proof of goodwill".
* Recognition "of the legitimacy of the resistance and the legitimacy of its role in representing the will of the Iraqi people".
* An internationally guaranteed timetable for all agreements.
* The negotiations to take place in public.
* The resistance "must be represented by a committee comprising the representatives of all the jihadist brigades".
* The US to be represented by its ambassador in Iraq and the most senior commander.
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Rupert Cornwell: VIEW FROM AMERICA: BUSH WON'T CUT A DEAL THAT TEARS UP HIS ONE SUCCESS
The offer of a ceasefire by one of the main Sunni insurgent groups will be received with interest in Washington. But there is scant chance it will be accepted by the Bush administration as a serious basis for a negotiated exit from Iraq - or that such talks are even practical amid the current chaos in the country.
Feelers between the two sides are not new. Over the past two years, as the depth and scope of the insurgency grew, reports surfaced of back-channel contacts between US military representatives and the insurgents - including the "1920 Revolution Brigade", a wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement that is behind the latest offer. (…)
The new offer has some points acceptable to the US, notably the involvement of the UN and the Arab League in any deal. But the US would be required to sit down publicly with "terrorists". Implicitly, too, it would be siding against the Shia-dominated government of Nouri al-Maliki, to which the Bush administration is still committed.
The demands for the current Baghdad government to be disbanded, and past elections to be nullified, would moreover repudiate the only concrete achievements the Bush White House can claim in its efforts to bring "democracy" to Iraq.
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Al-Badeel Al-Iraqi claims to have photographic evidence that U.S. troops used banned weapons munitions, including chemical weapons, in its aerial assault during the Zarga battle
near Najaf two weeks ago. The website says it will publish the photos as part of a comprehensive report very soon. Meanwhile, SCIRI's Buratha News Agency reports on a demonstration in Zarga by members of the Hawatim tribe protesting claims on Sharqiya TV and by Speaker of Parliament Mahmoud Al-Mashadani that Iraqi security forces targeted the tribe and framed it as a confrontation with an unknown terrorist group. Leaders of the tribe pledged allegiance to the Iraqi government and the religious establishment (Marja'iya) of Najaf during the demonstration, which was attended by the head of the Najaf Governorate Council and other local officials. The Iraqi Rabita website alleged that the demonstration was staged under orders by Najaf Governor As'ad Abu Gilel (SCIRI) who threatened the tribe's leaders if they do not toe the government line and deny the media reports.
GI Special: RESISTANCE STILL USING FAKE IED TACTIC TO CRIPPLE CONVOY MOVEMENTS
February 8, 2007 by Jamie Tarabay, NPR
In Iraq, improvised explosive devices pose a constant threat to security forces. The makeshift bombs are stashed on the sides of roads, buried in trash or hidden just about anywhere. The U.S. military has sought to train Iraqi security forces to handle them on their own.
But things don't always go as planned.
U.S. Army Sgt. Ryan Lord hadn't driven his Humvee more than 50 yards out of Forward Operating Base Warrior when he came upon Iraqi police standing in the middle of the road. An IED had been spotted up ahead, they told the Americans.
In most cases, that means a U.S. explosives ordnance team comes in to defuse the bomb. But in this case, an Iraqi explosives team is on the case.
The Iraqi police start shooting at the potential bomb, hoping to set it off. But to no avail. The convoy continues to sit and wait.
An hour passes. As Sgt. Lord watches, the Iraqi police move closer to the suspected bomb.
The first IED turns out to be a fake. To the surprise of the American soldiers, this emboldens the Iraqi police, who are now focusing on the second suspected bomb.
"Oh, he kicked it," says an American soldier watching.