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  1. Hello Guest_Mutergem You still posting here? It's been a while but I am looking for another translation. This one is a video. A few others as well as myself are looking for an audio translation from this LiveLeak video Saddam's Violations Of The New (Badr Organization) After Saddam In Dhi Qar - Post Media Reply Text From Source : Violations of the Badr Organization militia integrated army and police against citizens, Iraqi police trying to third-partisan and neutral prevent abuse and to no avail before the chief of staff, but one carried out his orders and obey in Dhi Qar eliminate Suq al-Shuyukh http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=dcb_1210538525 thanks. If you wish, anybody can post at that link and leave a comment if you care to. People from around the world post on the site.
  2. passing on an article about one Sunni leader The man who might save Iraq By Pepe Escobar BAGHDAD - He is a former Sunni Arab mujahid from Ramadi who until recently was fighting the US occupation. He has only a secondary education and is married with two wives. Now he is praised even by urban, secular, highly educated Shi'ites as a "conscious man", or "the kind of man we need now in Iraq". Sheikh Abdul Satter Abu Risha is the leader of the Anbar Sovereignty Council, a powerful coalition of Anbar tribes, including at least 200 sheikhs, that is fighting the Salafi jihadis of al-Qaeda in Iraq/the Islamic Emirate of Iraq in the volatile province. Abu Risha set up the council after his father and two brothers were killed by al-Qaeda's extreme methods last autumn. In an exclusive telephone interview with Asia Times Online, he stated, unambiguously, that al-Qaeda "has abused our traditions and generosity" and, he alleged, they even "take drugs" - a mortal sin in conservative Islam. Sheikh Ali Hattan al-Suleiman, also from the council, was even more direct: "I'd like to see an al-Qaeda bomber e-mail me or telephone me and talk about his education. They just came here with money. They gave money to the unemployed. They are not Iraqis - only Arabs. They are bastards. And the people who follow them are also bastards." Abu Risha totally dismissed rumors that the Anbar council is forcing families in the region to give their sons to the cause, or is engaged in summary execution of captured jihadis. "We only accept volunteers. And we work by ourselves, like a team, by shifts. When we arrest people from al-Qaeda or Iraqis working for al-Qaeda, we take them to the Iraqi Army or the Ministry of Interior." It's fair to assume, though, that once these jihadis end up in the hands of the ministry's death squads, torture and death are inevitable. Resistance to capture also means jihadis are killed on the spot. And when the going gets really rough, "sometimes we call for American air strikes". ....... ..... What people do know and have started to notice is the increasingly high profile of Sheikh Abu Risha. He may not be Iraq's savior, but as the larger-than-life tragedy of Iraq stands, a Sunni sheikh leading a tribal coalition fighting alongside a predominantly Shi'ite Iraqi government against Salafi jihadist terror is better news than any "international community" rhetorical flourishes emanating from Sharm al-Sheikh, where the international community was debating Iraq's future. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IE05Ak01.html much more at the link. I am not sure of the news source or how reliable it is. other recent headline stories in the west; Sunnis revolt against al-Qaida BAGHDAD - U.S. troops battled al-Qaida in west Baghdad on Thursday after Sunni residents challenged the militants and called for American help to end furious gunfire that kept students from final exams and forced people in the neighborhood to huddle indoors. Backed by helicopter gunships, American forces joined the two-day battle in the Amariyah district, according to a councilman and other residents of the Sunni district. The fight reflects a trend that U.S. and Iraqi officials have been trumpeting recently to the west in Anbar province, once considered the headquarters of the Sunni insurgency. Many Sunni tribes in the province have banded together to fight al-Qaida, claiming the terrorist group is more dangerous than American forces. ..... ..... They said the fighters drove through the streets using loudspeakers to claim that Amariyah was under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaida front group. Armed residents were said to have resisted, set some of the al-Qaida gunmen's cars on fire and called the Americans for help. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070531/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq Cease-Fire Eyed to Stop Violence in Iraq WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. military commanders are talking with Iraqi militants about cease- fires and other arrangements to try to stop the violence, the No. 2 American commander said Thursday. Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno said he has authorized commanders to reach out to militants, tribes, religious leaders and others in the country that has been gripped by violence from a range of fronts including insurgents, sectarian rivals and common criminals. .... .... http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8PFDJJG0&show_... IRAQ: GOVERNMENT IN TALKS WITH FORMER SADDAM DEPUTY Erbil, 30 May (AKI) - Contacts are underway between Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and the Baathist faction of Izzat al-Douri, former vice president during the Saddam era, according to a report on Kurdish language daily Aso. The scope of the contacts is "for reconciliation between the government and this political wing" ..... ..... http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level_English.php?cat=Polit... A recent article written in Arabic on a possible split with al Queda from a Sot al-Iraq report news source http://sotaliraq.com/iraq-news.php?id=54929 I am not sure of the source or even how to copy/paste it correctly;; معارك عنيفة ومستمرة بين الجماعات المسلحة في العامرية (صوت العراق) - 31-05-2007 ارسل هذا الموضوع لصديق شهود: I hope the link works and maybe somebody could loosely translate the actual article into English. also How reliable is Sot al-Iraq as a source of Iraqi news?
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  4. I remember reading articles about "the awakening" movement. guess a link to the article is still around
  5. Story from the L.A.Times excerpts from the story; By Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer April 20, 2007 RAMADI, IRAQ — A group of Sunni tribal leaders in beleaguered Al Anbar province said Thursday that it intended to form a national party to oppose insurgents such as Al Qaeda in Iraq and reengage with Iraq's political process. The announcement came after 200 sheiks said to represent 50 tribes met here and agreed to form a provincial sheiks council and hold the first convention in May of their new party, called Iraq Awakening. Sheiks from three other provinces will attend, organizers said. The driving force behind the new party, Sheik Abdul-Sattar abu Risha, said in an interview that the tribal leaders would be pushing a slate of candidates in Al Anbar provincial elections later this year, as well as in the next round of national parliamentary balloting, scheduled for 2009. One purpose of the party, Sattar said, is to promote a better image of American-led forces "to the Iraqis here." He added that the tribes also would participate in a U.S.-backed effort to reestablish a court system in Ramadi, the provincial capital. After remaining neutral or in favor of the insurgency that followed the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, many Al Anbar sheiks eventually grew disenchanted due to the brutality of foreign-led militants. Sattar said he began organizing sheiks in September after his father and three brothers were killed by insurgents. "The terrorists destroyed the network of people and how they communicate, and the new sheiks council is here to bring it back and fight the insurgents until they are out of the country," Sattar said. <snip> ...some sheiks in Ramadi and other parts of Al Anbar have established closer links with U.S. armed forces since last year, when they began speaking out against the insurgency and Al Qaeda in Iraq. <snip> Sattar said the sheiks council would offer "full accountability for anyone in his tribe. Also they will know of any strangers — man, woman or child — who try to mix in their neighborhoods." Analysts who lauded the sheiks' announcement as well as U.S. efforts to work with them cautioned that the political situation remained fluid. "It's only now that the United States appears convinced of the need to build up local support against Al Qaeda," said Joost Hiltermann, a consultant with the International Crisis Group in Amman, the capital of Jordan. "What these people want is a restoration of Sunni power, or a preservation of certain privileges, or more simply, protection of their community from the Shiite majority and Iran." Vali Nasr, a Middle East expert at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., said the "most important result may not be in the battlefield but in producing new Sunni voices that Shiites and Kurds can negotiate with." Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution in Washington said that improving U.S. relations with Sunni sheiks made "eminent sense" but that officials needed to be thinking about the "next step." "We need better contacts among Sunnis for the purposes of negotiating an end to the civil war," he said, "and this could create an opportunity to create partners in the larger project while also serving an immediate need." http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/wo...ack=1&cset=true
  6. Found this article and wonder if he can't continue his duties, who will take the place as president. And what do people think of the person who would take his place ? Iraqi President Suffers Stroke CBS/AP) Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has suffered a stroke and traveled to Jordan for treatment, reportsCBS News reporter Kristin Gillespie in Amman, Jordan. A spokesman in Talabani's office confirmed to CBS News in Baghdad that the president has had a "small stroke" and is now in Amman. The confirmation of a stroke came after a brief statement released by his office, which stated only that the 73-year-old Talabani had fallen ill because of "continuing hard work over the past few days," and that there was "no cause for worry." Talabani, a Kurd, appeared in public Saturday in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah where he met with U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Massoud Barzani, leader of the self-rule Kurdish region in northern Iraq. In Sulaimaniyah, senior Kurdish politician Barham Saleh said Talabani was on his feet when he headed for a meeting Sunday with top aides shortly before he left for Jordan. But the 73-year-old president was unconscious when an ambulance rushed him to a local hospital, a doctor in the northern Kurdish city told The Associated Press. "After his condition stabilized, the doctors advised him to go to Jordan for a complete checkup," the doctor said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. Saleh, a deputy prime minister, said members of Talabani's immediate family accompanied him to Amman. Late Sunday, Iraqi Ambassador Saad al-Hayyani told AP that Talabani arrived in Jordon for a medical checkup intended to determine the cause of his feelings of exhuastion. "The President's plane just landed in Amman and he will soon be whisked away to an Amman hospital for medical checkups," Al-Hayyani told The Associated Press. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/02/25/...in2511584.shtml
  7. So, with the talk of troop surge into Baghdad will the arrest warrant for murder be served to al Sadre ? Isn't there an outstanding warrant for his arrest ? Will the Sunni's welcome seeing a shia cleric put in jail, like Saddam?
  8. audio lecture on this force surge plan; 20,000 combat troops into Baghdad and stay in the neighborhoods of trouble ; http://static2.capitalreach.com/aei/media/5172.mp3 Link to the date of the actual lecture; Choosing Victory: A Plan for Success in Iraq Print Mail Start: Thursday, December 14, 2006 9:00 AM End: Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:30 AM http://www.aei.org/events/eventID.1442,fil...vent_detail.asp
  9. Can anybody understand the words spoken on this video clip of Saddams hanging? In the west they are saying they are taunting Saddam,telling him to "go to badWord". It is very hard to hear coherently. Can anybody actually translate some of the conversation? http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7...docidfeed&hl=en I can make out the word "Mohammed" (pbuh) many times but it's all chatter to me thanks
  10. pic of Saddam on the gallows; http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/200612...ult-512x371.jpg I Saw Fear, He Was Afraid’ In a NEWSWEEK exclusive, the man hired to videotape Saddam Hussein’s execution recalls the brutal dictator’s humble final moments. Web Exclusive By Michael Hastings Newsweek Updated: 2:14 a.m. ET Dec 30, 2006 Dec. 30, 2006 - Ali Al Massedy was 3 feet away from Saddam Hussein when he died. The 38 year old, normally Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's official videographer, was the man responsible for filming the late dictator's execution at dawn on Saturday. "I saw fear, he was afraid," Ali told NEWSWEEK minutes after returning from the execution. Wearing a rumpled green suit and holding a Sony HDTV video camera in his right hand, Ali recalled the dictator's last moments. "He was saying things about injustice, about resistance, about how these guys are terrorists," he says. On the way to the gallows, according to Ali, "Saddam said, ‘Iraq without me is nothing.’" Ali says he followed Saddam up the gallows steps, escorted by two guards. He stood over the hole and filmed from close quarters as Saddam dropped through—from "me to you," he said, crouching down to show how he shot the scene. The distance, he said, was "about one meter," he said. "He died absolutely, he died instantly." Ali said Saddam's body twitched, "shaking, very shaking," but "no blood," he said, and "no spit." (Ali said he was not authorized to disclose the location, and did not give other details of the room.) Ali said the videotape lasts about 15 minutes. When NEWSWEEK asked to see a copy, Ali said he had already handed the tape over to Maliki's chief of staff. "It is top secret," .... .... The Iraqi bodyguards, mostly Shiites they said, had passed the time smoking and praying—some prayed on cardboard mats on the street. It was a cold morning in Baghdad, a few degrees above freezing, and in the post dawn light the guards' breaths could be seen in the air. When the thudding of helicopters began, the body guards rushed towards the entrance to the landing zone. They swarmed around Ali, snapping digital pictures on camera phones and cheering. "Saddam finished, Saddam finished," .... .... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16401644/site/newsweek Now how many who were loyal to Saddam out of fear of his returning to power will take this news? more pics; Grainy close up of dead Saddam's face http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/200612...ult-512x299.jpg Saddam in body bag; http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/2006123...sein_lon116.jpg
  11. Saddam to hang in less than 30 days Court: Execute Saddam Within 30 Days http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/12/26/D8M8LMV00.html
  12. Someone who is "Speaking on the condition of anonymity" is a phrase that can't be trusted. The source may not be trusted and parts of the article can be misleading. an article excerpt; Shiite cleric won't support coalition BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric withheld support Saturday for a U.S.-backed plan to build a coalition across sectarian lines, Shiite lawmakers said, jeopardizing hopes that such a show of political unity could help stem the country's deadly violence. Members of the United Iraqi Alliance, the Shiite coalition that dominates parliament, met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf after traveling to the holy city over the past few days. Al-Sistani holds no political post and rarely emerges from his home and adjacent office, but he has strong influence over Shiite politics. ......... "There are obstacles in the face of forming this coalition, because al-Sistani does not support it. So we will work to strengthen the (Shiite) alliance," said Hassan al-Sunnaid, of the Dawa Party of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Ali al-Adib, also a Dawa Party member, said al-Sistani "does not support such blocs because they will break Shiite unity." An official close to al-Sistani, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the cleric "will not bless nor support any new bloc or front. He only supports the unity of the Shiites." Such a development could frustrate U.S.-backed efforts to persuade Iraq's political leaders to set aside sectarian interests and work together for the sake of national unity. Without progress in Iraqi politics, some observers say, the security situation in the country is likely to remain tenuous. Al-Maliki, the Shiite prime minister, had relied heavily on the support of al-Sadr, whose 30 loyalists in the 275-seat parliament and six ministers in the 38-member Cabinet boycotted politics after al-Maliki met Bush in Jordan recently. Al-Sadr's walkout revealed the depth of division within the 130-seat Shiite bloc in parliament, where some lawmakers who are viewed as moderate have grown weary of the radical cleric's confrontational tactics. Al-Sistani is also believed to be uncomfortable with the younger al-Sadr, a firebrand whose fighters waged battles against American troops that left parts of Najaf in ruins. After meeting al-Sistani, the Shiite lawmakers visited al-Sadr. The cleric has agreed to allow his supporters to rejoin the government, officials close to him have said. Their walkout had prevented the government from passing laws, creating a political deadlock alongside a deteriorating security environment. ..... http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061223/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq
  13. article excerpt; This agreement will put more pressure on the Sunnis to respond in kind. The Shi'ite militias, after all, arose as a response to the original Ba'athist remnants attempting to extend their reign of terror after the fall of Saddam, and the Sunni political parties have done little since then to stop it. Perhaps the Sunnis now understand that the continuance of the insurgencies puts them at risk of annihilation by the Shi'ites if Iraq descends into civil war. If they haven't up to now, they should, and they should take this opportunity to calm the waters. If this agreement holds, it could represent the first break in the political logjam that has fueled the insurgencies and the destruction in Iraq. A temporary alliance between Maliki and Hakim that marginalizes Sadr can only be good news for everyone. It's just too bad that it took this long for the Dawas and Sciri to divorce Maliki from Sadr.
  14. Former Iraqi officers reject PM's call to join army A statement issued by former officers distributed in several Iraqi cities last night and this morning rejected the call made by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki urging them to join the new army. A statement issued by the "Society of demobilized officers" expressed rejection of Al-Maliki's call for the officers to join the army, saying that "it is an army of collaborators with the occupation," as "armies around the world are founded to fight invaders and not to cooperate with them to perpetuate the occupation." This statement was distributed in several areas in Baghdad. It was also hung on walls in Al-Fallujah, Al-Ramadi, Samarra, and Mosul in northern Iraq. It is known that most officers of the former army hailed from these areas. According to the statement, the officers set conditions for joining the army. Among these conditions were setting a timetable for the departure of the occupation troops from Iraq provided that this timetable does not exceed six months, dismantling the current army and restructuring it based on former structures and hierarchies, and sending the current army's senior officers charged with crimes against civilians to neutral international or Iraqi courts. It is worth noting that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, called, during the inauguration of the national reconciliation conference yesterday, Saturday, on officers of the former army to join the ranks of the current army, as part of the efforts being made by the government to put an end to violence in Iraq. http://www.iraqupdates.com/p_articles.php/article/12720
  15. I'm not sure ALL officers are wanted back but this sounds like amnesty will be granted to senior generals in the Republican guard on down to those officers who physically carried out Saddams orders, even if his orders were deemed to be lawfull or not; Maliki calls on Saddam officers to return to army BAGHDAD - Iraq’s Shia prime minister called on Saturday for the return of all officers of Saddam Hussein’s disbanded army in a political overture to disaffected Sunni Arabs aimed at reducing sectarian violence. Nuri Al Maliki made the call at a national reconciliation conference of Shias, Sunni Arab and Kurdish politicians meant to halt communal bloodshed that has raised the spectre of civil war and was a major reason for US President George W. Bush’s decision to review his Iraq strategy. A senior politician from the powerful Shia Alliance said representatives of some Sunni Arab insurgent groups were in attendance, but delegates said participants’ names would remain undisclosed. “The new Iraqi army is opening the door to former Iraqi army officers. Those who do not come back will be given pensions,” Maliki said, in remarks in which he also told leaders to embrace reconciliation as a “safety net from death and destruction”. Shortly after the US invasion to topple Saddam, US administrator Paul Bremer dissolved the Iraqi army, a move experts said drove many Sunni Arab soldiers and officers into the mostly Sunni insurgency fighting the Shia-led government. Iraqi officials said Maliki’s call was also part of a four-step plan to speed up the transfer of security from multi-national forces to Iraqis. The plan includes expanding Iraq’s forces, get them better training, equipment and weapons. The Defence Ministry has recruited former Saddam officers but limited the invitation to junior officers. Maliki’s plea, addressing a long-time demand by Sunnis, was the first extended to all ranks. The US military has been training the new, 300,000-strong Iraqi army as part of a plan eventually to withdraw its 135,000 troops. Bush and Maliki last month agreed to speed up training. The conference, which officials said was attended by figures from Saddam’s former Baath party who have been living abroad since his ouster, takes place against a backdrop of violence that U.N. officials estimate kills more than 100 people a day. Armed groups Maliki’s Shia-led coalition government, which took office seven months ago, has said it would not talk to armed groups with “Iraqi blood on their hands”, a comment aimed mainly at Sunni Islamist Al Qaeda. But it has extended an olive branch to armed groups that stop fighting and join the political process. “I know that there are armed groups here today but I don’t know who they are,” Rida Jawad Takki from the Shia Alliance told Reuters. Iraq has held conferences before that were designed to bring about reconciliation but they failed to stop sectarian killing or bring into the fold some disaffected Sunni groups. “If things remain the way they are this reconciliation conference will resemble its predecessors,” said Saleem Al Jibouri, from the Accordance Front, the largest Sunni bloc. Many participants, some talking off the record, cast doubt that the conference would bring immediate solutions. “This conference does not have a magic wand to change things overnight,” Takki said. “The only positive thing about this conference is that people are talking to each other,” said another official. Hours before the conference opened in the Green Zone, Iraqi special forces backed by US troops killed one militant and arrested six people during raids against a death squad leader in the Baghdad Shia stronghold of Sadr City. Sadr City, a crowded Shia slum of 2 million, is a stronghold of the Mehdi Army militia loyal to radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. US commanders and Sunni Arabs accuse Mehdi militiamen of being behind many of the sectarian attacks and kidnappings that plague Iraq. Sadr denies the charges. Delegates said they planned to discuss militias as part of a series of four workshops. Sunni Arab leaders accuse Shia militias of infiltrating the police to carry out killings. Maliki has resisted US pressure to move against militias, which are tied to political parties in this coalition. He has said militias need a political rather than a military solution. http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle...ion=focusoniraq Maybe Sunni officers could bring discipline and stop Sunni death squads in exchange for a Shia agreement to end violence on those who only happened to be born Sunni ? Seems that is the overall plan but can the two Arab Islamic sects practice "forgive and forget"?
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