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Lawmakers demand some slack to court-martialed Navy Seals
Dec. 4, 2009 - Shocking atrocities were committed in Iraq in 2004. Terrorists burned and mutilated four American contractors, and then hung them from a bridge in Fallujah. Ahmed Hashim Abed, the alleged mastermind of the ambush and slaughter of the Americans, is now in U.S. custody. But three Navy SEALs are facing charges for roughing the man up. In the House of Representatives, Texas Rep. Ted Poe said that congratulations -- not charges -- should be in order.
Another Congressman, Rep. Dan Burton, an Indiana Republican, said that charging the SEALS "is crazy."
- "The nation is at war," he said. "You know, punching occurs in war. Shooting also occurs in war. Instead of a court-martial, the SEALs should be dispatched to go and capture another terrorist.
- Source: Chicago Sun-Times
US Troop Drawdown: Iraqis Celebrate But Concerns About Violence Remain
June 30, 2009 - Most U.S. Troops withdraw from Iranian cities today as a step toward the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement that calls for the departure of all U.S. troops by the end of 2011. Some vital positions are still manned by U.S. soldiers.
- Under the Status of Forces Agreement, Iraqi forces were to assume formal control of security in Baghdad and Iraq's major cities as U.S. combat troops
- Source: ABC News
Iraqis Vote in Landmark Election
Jan. 31, 2009 - Iraq reaches another milestone, holding its first provincial elections since 2005. They will pick representatives for 14 of the country's 18 local councils. More than 14,000 candidates are vying for 440 seats.
- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he is pleased with the high number of voters going to the polls, saying it shows the people have confidence in the government.
- Source: Voice of America
Iraq civilian deaths down in 2008
Dec. 29, 2009 - According to official Iraqi figures, 5,714 people were killed in 2008 compared to 16,252 the previous year. This figure is down by two thirds from the previous year.
This means an average of 25 people per day were killed, compared with 67 a day last year.
- The non-governmental organisation Iraq Body Count also said the number of deaths was down by two thirds, but put the figure between 8,315 and 9,028.
- Source: Borr Terrorism News
For first time, Christmas official holiday in Iraq
Dec. 26, 2008 -
Many Christians have fled to the north of the country to escape persecution.
- Iraq's Christians, a scant minority in this overwhelmingly Muslim country, quietly celebrated Christmas on Thursday with a present from the government, which declared it an official holiday for the first time.
- Source: My Way
- U.S. Raid In Syria To Stop Al-Qaida Smuggling Into Iraq...
Mideast: Putting the 'Peace Puzzle' Together
Oct. 28, 2008 - Because Syria has apparently ignored terrorist activity the U.S. conducted a helicopter attack on the home of Abu Ghadiyah, a senior al-Qaeda official. Ghadiyah is responsible for funneling gunmen, weapons and cash across the border to bolster the insurgency against the Iraqi government.
- It was the first U.S. military attack on Syrian soil since 2003, when U.S. troops invaded Iraq, evidence that the Syrian border remains a battleground.
- Source: CBN
- Syria 'Gave Green Light For Raid' - Sky News
- Syria threatens to halt Iraq border cooperation over U.S. raid - Ha'Aretz
'Black' ops killing off al-Qaida
Sept. 1, 2008 - A highly secretive British intelligence unit, has been very successful in stopping suicide bombings in Iraq. Their activities...
- ... have led Britain's SAS and the U.S. Delta Force to kill what a secret intelligence report confirms as "hundreds of al-Qaida terrorists in the past two years and the capture of 3,500 insurgents."
- Source:WorldNetDaily - From Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin
U.S. official: Iraqis told me WMDs sent to Syria
July 31, 2008 - Don Bordenkircher, the former head of prisons says about 40 incarcerated ex-Saddam forces admitted knowledge that weapons of mass destruction were transported out of Iraq in the months leading up to the Iraq war. According to these prisoners, the materials were moved to Syria and Lebanon.
- They said, according to Bordenkircher, the materials shipped out would return once Iraq got "a clean bill of health from the U.N., and then the program could be kick-started easily."
- Source: WorldNetDaily
Congress hearing on Iraq begins
Apr. 8, 2008 - Congress is hearing reports from Gen David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker about the state of the "surge" in Iraq. They will make the case that the so-called surge of 30,000 extra troops has helped improve security in Iraq. Senate members, including the three US presidency candidates, will speak to the issue, debating whether or not troops should stay in Iraq.
- Source: BBC
New report confirms WMD fears in Iraq were legitimate
Feb. 11, 2008 - George Piro,a Lebanese-born FBI agent, debriefed Saddam Hussein following his capture in December 2003.
Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, wonders why the White House does not publicize this information since it confirms the President's position before the war began.
- Piro was able to get Hussein to admit that while he did not have active WMD programs in 2003, he wanted to reconstitute all of them -- chemical, biological, and even nuclear.
- Source: One News Now
Al-Qaeda In Iraq Reported Crippled
Oct. 15, 2007 - Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, head of the Joint Special Operations Command's operations in Iraq believes the U.S. military has virtually defeated al-Qaeda in Iraq. They stop short of declaring victory over al-Qaeda because of the possibility that this would be used politically in the U.S.
- Such a declaration could fuel criticism that the Iraq conflict has become a civil war in which U.S. combat forces should not be involved.
- Source: Washington Post
Bush Orders Gradual Troop Cuts in Iraq
Sept. 14, 2007 - U.S. troop strength in Iraq stands at 168,000, the highest it has ever been. But President Bush ordered gradual reductions in U.S. forces in there. Some troops will come home by Christmas and others by July, but there will still be more than 130,000 left at that point. Further cuts will depend on how well things go in Iraq. He said, "The more successful we are, the more American troops can return home."
- Still, Bush firmly rejected calls to end the war, saying the insurgents who threaten Iraq's future are a danger to U.S. national security. American troops must stay in the battle.
- Source: NewsMax
Bush makes surprise visit to Iraq
Sept. 3, 2007 - President Bush is in Iraq today on a surprise visit to meet key advisors and gain first-hand information about the conditions there.
The President's plane landed in Anbar province. This is significant because this area has been the center of the Sunni insurgency. His acceptance there is a dramatic demonstration that the troop surge and diplomacy have brought about a better climate with Sunnis and has reduced the threat from Sunni militant groups such as al-Qaeda in Iraq.
- The US military commander and the US ambassador in Iraq will deliver a keenly-anticipated report on the US troop surge to Congress this month.
- Source: BBC
GAO: Iraq meets only 5 of 18 goals set by Bush
Aug. 30, 2007 - A report from the The Government Accountability Office (GAO) will reportedly claim that 13 of the 18 benchmarks to measure the surge of U.S. troops to Iraq will not be met by the Sept. 15 deadline.
- The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the report has not been made public, also said the administration is preparing a case to play down its findings, arguing that Congress ordered the GAO to use unfair, "all or nothing" standards when compiling the document.
- Source: MSNBC
U.S. Military Says 14 Soldiers Killed in Iraq
June 21, 2007 - The U.S. military announced the deaths of 14 American troops, including five killed Thursday in a single roadside bombing that also killed four Iraqis in Baghdad.
U.S. Sends 10,000 Troops Into Diyala to Take on Al Qaeda in Iraq
June 19, 2007 - With the arrival of 30,000 additional U.S. troops in Iraq, about 10,000 U.S. soldiers launched an offensive against Al Qaeda northeast of Baghdad. The troops were accompanied by attack helicopters, Strykers and Bradley Fighting Vehicles. At least 22 insurgents were killed.
- Source: Fox
Radical Anti-American Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr Returns to Iraq
May 25, 2007 - Muqtada al-Sadr, the radical Shiite cleric, came out of hiding in Iraq Fridy to deliver a fiery anti-American sermon to about 6000 followers.
- Al-Sadr had gone into hiding in Iran four months ago at the start of the U.S.-led Baghdad security crackdown. It was not immediately clear why he chose to return now to his base in the Shiite holy city of Najaf.
- Source: Fox
Body Believed to Be Missing U.S. Soldier Found in Iraq
May 23, 2007 - According to Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, chief U.S. military spokesman in Iraq,
a body found floating in the Euphrates River south of Baghdad is thought to be one of three U.S. soldiers missing since May 12.
Bush to send 20,000 more troops to Iraq
Jan. 10, 2007 - President Bush will address the nation tonight, and is expected to announce plans to send more than 20,000 additional American forces to Iraq. He reportedly plans to admit that we should have had more troops there earlier.
Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Edward M. Kennedy say the President should get congressional approval before sending more troops to Iraq.
- Seeking support for a retooled strategy to win support for the unpopular war, the president also will acknowledge that the rules of engagement were flawed, White House counselor Dan Bartlett said.
- Source: MSNBC (Story no longer online)
Saddam Hussein Executed by Hanging in Iraq
Dec. 30, 2006 - Saddam Hussein and two other men were put to death by hanging in Iraq for the 1982 killings of 148 men and young boys in Dujail. Iraq's Prime Minister, Nouri Al-Maliki had rejected requests for Saddam to be spared, because that would be an insult to the victims and their families.
- Mariam al-Rayes, a legal expert and a former member of the Shiite bloc in parliament, told Iraqiya television that the execution "was filmed and God willing it will be shown. There was one camera present, and a doctor was also present there."
- Source: Fox
U.S. Is Being Told Hussein Hanging Seems Imminent
Dec. 29, 2006 - Iraq is preparing for the execution of Saddam Hussein. The process awaits the transfer of Hussein from U.S. custody, and could take place at any time.
There is no plan to make the event public or even to give advance notice of the execution in order to avoid violence.
- A senior administration official said that the execution would probably not take place in the next 24 hours, but that the timing would be swift. “It may be another day or so,” the official said.
- Source: New York Times
Iraqi appeals court upholds Hussein death sentence
Dec. 26, 2006 - Judge Munir Haddad, of The Iraqi High Tribunal's appellate chamber, announced that they upheld the November decision that Saddam Hussein should be executed by hanging for the 1982 killings of 148 people in Dujail. He said this decision was the final word in the case.
The execution must be carried out within 30 days, but it could be done any day now. The execution will terminate Saddam Hussein's involvement in an ongoing case involving the killings of up to 100,000 Kurds in 1988.
- Under international law, most governments have the power to stay any executions, but Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said his government would not do so in Hussein's case.
- Source: CNN
Iran tells Talabani that US-led forces must leave Iraq
Nov. 28, 2006 - As violence and the threat of civil war intensifies in Iraq, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani visited Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei to ask for advice. Khameni told him that U.S. forces must leave the country before they can establish their own security.
- "Americans will absolutely not succeed in Iraq and the continuation of Iraq's occupation is not a mouthful that Americans can swallow," Khamenei said Tuesday during a meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
- Source: Breitbart.com
- Bush: 'Nothing less than victory' acceptable in Iraq - WIS TV
Kissinger: No 'Military Victory' in Iraq
Nov. 20, 2006 - Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told BBC viewers that he doesn't believe that military victory in Iraq can be achieved. He defined military victory as control of the civil war and sectarian violence within a reasonable period of time.
- But Kissinger warned against a rapid withdrawal of troops, saying it could lead to "disastrous consequences," destabilizing Iraq's neighbors and causing a long-lasting conflict.
- Source: NewsMax
Megapastor Rick Warren blasts Iraq war, praises Syria
Nov. 16, 2006 - Megachurch pastor Rick Warren is meeting various leaders and officials in Syria, much to the dismay of many in the U.S. He has reportedly encouraged their leaders and criticized the Iraq war.
- "We at VCY America Radio network are appalled and angered that Rick Warren is praising a nation that has long supported international terrorism and that desires the utter destruction of Israel," said a statement from the broadcasting organization.
- Source: WorldNetDaily
- Warren denies praise for Syria - WorldNetDaily
Uniformed Iraqi Gunmen Kidnap 150 From Research Center in Baghdad
Nov. 14, 2006 - About 80 gunmen in police uniforms stormed a Baghdad research institute and kidnapped up to 150 staff and visitors. Iraq's education minister closed all universities until security could be improved.
- A spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq said American troops were ready to help in the hunt for the kidnappers. "We will support all efforts by the Iraqi government to bring these criminals to justice," Lt. Col. Christopher Garver said.
- Source: Fox
Saddam sentenced to death by hanging
Nov. 5, 2006 - The verdict in Saddam Hussein's trial came Sunday. Iraq's High Tribunal found him guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to hang for the 1982 killing of 148 Shiites in the city of Dujail. His sentence goes to an automatic appeals panel of nine judges. It has unlimited time to review the case, but once it upholds a death sentence, the execution must be carried out within 30 days.
- Source: MSNBC
- Shiites Celebrate, Sunnis Remain Defiant in Wake of Saddam Verdict - Fox
- Curfew eased after Saddam verdict - BBC
- Saddam ready to die, leave 'literary legacy' - WorldNetDaily
Iraq terrorist calls scientists to jihad
Sept. 28, 2006 - Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq, spoke on a terrorist website, calling scientists to join their cause, encouraging the kidnapping of Westerners, and stating that more than 4000 foreign fighters have been killed so far in the war in Iraq. He said:
- The field of jihad can satisfy your scientific ambitions, and the large American bases (in Iraq) are good places to test your unconventional weapons, whether biological or dirty, as they call them.
- Source: chron.com (Story no longer online)
US soldiers reported tortured, beheaded
June 21, 2006 - Two US soldiers, were abducted last Friday from a vehicle checkpoint that came under attack, have been found dead in the town of Youssifiyah. An Iraqi official said the Americans had been tortured and killed in a ``barbaric" way.
- According to residents of Youssifiyah and a relative of one of the victims, the soldiers were beheaded.
- Source: Boston.com
- Al-Qaida says new leader killed kidnapped GIs - MSNBC
Al-Qaida in Iraq's al-Zarqawi 'terminated'
June 8,2006 - US forces in Iraq killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida leader, in a precision airstrike. Al-Zarqawi led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and beheadings of hostages.
- Al-Zarqawi and seven aides, including spiritual adviser Sheik Abdul Rahman, were killed Wednesday evening in a remote area 30 miles northeast of Baghdad in the volatile province of Diyala, just east of the provincial capital of Baqouba, officials said.
- Zarqawi Found Alive After Bombing - Fox
- Bush summons war advisers for Iraq meeting - MSNBC
Mahdi Rising. . .
Apr. 6, 2006 - Moqtada al-Sadr, the thirty-two year old leader of the self-described "Mahdi Army"in Iraq, has raised an independent force of 15,000. He is a Muslim Cleric, who has been a thorn in America's side since the beginning of the operations there. The U.S. has not stopped him.
Worst of all, al-Sadr, like President Ahamadinejad of Iran, believes he is preparing the way for the apocalyptic "Mahdi," who they believe will be the rider on the white horse of Revelation 6:1, and will cause the death of one-fourth of mankind.
- Instead, the US is taking a 'hand's off' approach, unsure what to do next. al-Sadr has joined the political process, with stunning results. The current prime minister, Ibrahim Jaafari, effectively owes his job to al-Sadr's support.
- Source: Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter
Kidnapped U.S. Reporter Jill Carroll Freed
Mar. 30, 2006 - Jill Carroll, a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor who was kidnapped nearly three months ago in Iraq, has been released by her captors.
- "I was treated well, but I don't know why I was kidnapped," Carroll said in a brief interview on Iraqi television, during which she wore a light green Islamic headscarf and a gray Arab robe. "I'm just happy to be free. I want to be with my family."
- Source: Fox
Did Russian Ambassador Give Saddam U.S. War Plan?
Mar. 23, 2006 - A number of documents recently made public indicate that the Russian Ambassador to Iraq gave detailed information about U.S. military size, location, and plans of attack before the war in 2003. Other documents five insight about Iraq contacts with Osama bin Laden, and about weapons of mass destruction.
- Source: ABC
Rep. Curt Weldon Says Osama Is Dead
Mar. 17, 2006 - This story is not confirmed, but Rep. Curt Weldon, who has obtained good information in the past from sources in Iran, says that he was told that Bin Laden has been hiding in Iran, and that he has died.
- Source: NewsMax
'Operation Swarmer' Air Assault Launched in Iraq
Mar. 16, 2006 - Because of expected insurgent activities during the upcoming Shiite Muslim holiday, Coalition forces launched the largest air assault in Iraq since the U.S. invasion in 2003. The goal of the raids is to clear a suspected insurgent operating area southeast of Samarra. The operation is expected to continue for several days.
- Ret. Army Lt. Col David Hunt, agreed that this kind of military operation would not have been launched without some very specific intelligence regarding the location and plans of Al Qaeda.
- Source: Fox
Ex-Official: Russia Moved Saddam's WMD
Feb. 20, 2006 - According to former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense John. A. Shaw, Iraq did have weapons of mass destruction, but moved them to Syria and Lebanon before 2003 liberation of Iraq.
- They were moved by Russian Spetsnaz (special forces) units out of uniform, that were specifically sent to Iraq to move the weaponry and eradicate any evidence of its existence.
- Source: NewsMax
Bush argues case for staying in Iraq
Dec. 19, 2005 - At the White House last night President Bush said that the United States is winning the war in Iraq and issued a plea to Americans divided by doubt: “Do not give in to despair and do not give up on this fight for freedom.” He did admit that mistakes have been made, and took responsibility for failures.
- Source: MSNBC
- Full Text of President Bush's Speech - MSNBC
Saddam Yells at Judge in Unruly Session
Dec. 5, 2005 - Saddam Hussein's trial again degenerated to a shouting match, with Saddam saying the court is not proper, the judge not allowing certain testimony, Sadam's brother shouting, "Why don't you just execute us?" and the defense team walking out of the proceedings.
- Source: Yahoo (Story no longer online)
- Saddam trial told of 'massacre' - BBC
- Saddam's trial will not be fair, says United Nations - Guardian - U.K.
Saddam trial hears first witness
Nov. 28, 2005 - The first witness in Saddam Hussein's trial was a video recording made by Wadah Ismael al-Sheik, a Iraqi intelligence officer. The witness is now deceased.b The trial has been adjourned until December 5th.
- Source: BBC
Separate Iraq Bombings Kill at Least 73
Nov. 18, 2005 - Iraqi homicide bombers attacked two Shiite mosques, killing 65 people, and a Baghdad hotel where 8 others were killed. Another 75 people were injured.
- Source: Fox
Bush Fires Back Against Iraq War Critics
Nov. 12, 2005 - President Bush's Veteran's Day message was a forceful response to critics of the war. He said that those who are now claiming that the administratiion lied about intelligence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction had the same information he had at that time, and they voted to execute the war. He said, "it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began."
The President compared terrorism to the threat of global conquest that led to World Wars I and II, and said that the troops who are engaged in Iraq deserve support from the lawmakers who sent them there.
- Bush also reiterated the need to defeat extremists seeking to destroy America and other modern governments, saying the "murderous ideology of Islamic radicals" is the great threat of the 21st century.
- Nov. 17, 2005 - Cheney calls war critics 'opportunists' - MSNBC
Zarqawi Moves His Headquarters to Baghdad
Nov. 9 - American forces in Iraq have received intelligence that Abu Musab al Zarkawi, the head of Al-Qaida in the Middle East has moved from his Sunni hide-out into Baghdad, the Capital city in order to assert full control over the insurgency activity there. He supposedly came in a convoy of stolen military vehicles, disguised as Iraqi military leaders, right through the roadblocks without being detected.
- But Zarqawi’s overriding goal, according to DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s counter-terror sources. It is to cast the Iraq capital into such a state of turmoil and dislocation as to make it impossible to hold parliamentary elections as scheduled on December 15.
Iraqis vote for new constitution
Oct. 25, 2005 - After investigating the election results in the approval of Iraq's first constitutiona, the Electoral commission affirmed that 78% of voters had backed the charter and 21% opposed it in the vote on 15 October.
- Farid Ayar, an official with the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq, said the vote was "100% correct".
Saddam pleads innocent, trial adjourns
Oct. 19, 2005 - A defiant Saddam Hussein appeared before a court in Baghdad today to face the first of several trials. He scuffled with guards, would not identify himself, still claimed to be President of Iraq, and asked the judge who he was. He pled innocent to the charges. The judge adjourned the trial until Nov. 28 because many of the witnesses were afraid to appear.
- “They were too scared to be public witnesses,” Rizgar Mohammed Amin told Reuters. “We’re going to work on this issue for the next sessions.”
- Saddam Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charges - Fox
Iraq Constitution Approved but Procedure Being Checked
Oct. 18, 2005 - Iraqi voters showed a very strong approval of their draft constitution, but unexpectedly high "yes" percentages in some areas (approaching 99%) have triggered an investigation of the process by election officials. Insurgents resumed attacks after the election. Two U.S. Marines were killed in one fight near the town of Rutba.
- At least 1,978 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
- Source: Fox
- Update- Oct. 25 - Draft Constitution Adopted by Iraq Voters - Yahoo (Story no longer online)
Syria warns 'gates of hell will open' if U.S. attacks
Oct. 12, 2005 - Responding to A Newsweek article that indicated the U.S. discussed attacking Syrian camps that are supporting terrorism in Iraq, Syrian Premier Naji Otari said "all the gates of hell will open on the U.S. if it attempts to attack Syria." Newsweek also said that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice blocked the plan. Rice would not comment on the issue.
- Source:Daily Star (Story no longer online)
U.S. Special Forces Kill No. 2 Terrorist in Iraq
- Source: Fox
Official: No constitution draft on Thursday
Aug. 25, 2005 - The deadline for accepting a draft constitution in Iraq will not be met.
There are disagreements among Iraq’s Shiites, Sunnis Arabs and Kurds about portions of the constitution. Fighting in the streets and boycotts by some members of the new government are also causes of the delay.
- The Iraqi National Assembly will not meet Thursday to decide on the draft constitution and no date for a new session has been set, a parliamentary spokesman said.
Al-Zarqawi reportedly injured
May 25, 2005 - A website that reports information from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has posted news that he was injured, and asked for prayers for his recovery. According to U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Steve Boylan,
- “We don’t know if the report is fact or fiction or what the state of his health is. He remains our No. 1 priority to capture or kill,”
Zarqawi Laptop Treasure Trove of Terror Info
Apr. 27, 2005 - Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi narrowly escaped capture recently, but he left his personal computer behind. Information on the computer indicate that he has been expanding his influence, and is emerging as al Qaeda's preeminent global military commander. Former CIA counterterrorism director Vincent Cannistraro said,
- "He's becoming the new bin Laden. He's the man out there carrying out attacks on Americans every day while bin Laden, who is heavily pressured and having difficulty communicating on a regular basis, is ... becoming more of a symbolic figure."
Syria hands over Saddam's half brother
Feb. 28,, 2005 - Saddam Hussein's half brother, Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, and 29 other officials of the deposed dictator's Baath Party have been captured by Syria and handed over to Iraq as a goodwill gesture.
- The arrests dealt a blow to an insurgency that some Iraqi officials claim was helping organize and fund from Syria.
- Source:USA Today
Car Bomb Kills More Than 110 in Iraq
Feb. 28, 2005 - Iraq has suffered the worst attack since the fall of Sadam Hussein. A car bomber targeted a crowd of national guard recruits, killing at least 110 people and injuring 133 others.
Iraq poll 'a victory over terror'
Jan. 31, 2005 - The Iraqi elections were very successful in spite of terrorist attacks.
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