Friday, October 21, 2005

Iraqi forces hold Saddam's nephew

One of Saddam Hussein's nephews has been arrested on suspicion of being one of the chief financiers of the Iraqi insurgency, officials say.

Police held Yasser Sabawi Ibrahim after a tip-off from the Syrian authorities.

Syria has been under intense pressure from the US to prevent militants crossing into Iraq.

The arrest came before the head of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, arrived in Baghdad on his first visit since the US-led war in Iraq.

Mr Moussa, who has warned that Iraq is on the verge of civil war, arrived in Baghdad on Thursday for what officials said would be a mission to promote national reconciliation.

Arab League officials said Mr Moussa was expected to meet Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, President Jalal Talabani and Iraqi Shia spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

Yet more help from Syria , i dont know why they bother , the only message the west wants to broadcast is how evil and nasty they are , will they be given a thank you or an invasion ?

lets jut say i doubt they will be thanked

Kidnapped reporter freed in Iraq

An Irish reporter kidnapped in Baghdad on Wednesday has been freed unharmed, the Guardian newspaper has said.

Rory Carroll, 33, was "safe and well" and was in the Iraqi capital's Green Zone, the Guardian's foreign desk said.

It said Mr Carroll was in good spirits and had spoken to his family and told the paper his captors had treated him well. Their identity is unclear.

Mr Carroll's father Joe said: "He sounded in terrific form, and he told me that he had a beer in his hand."

"And he assured me that he had all his limbs, and that he was, you know, really well. And he sounded great," he said

Mr Carroll said his son's captors had come to "his cell" on Thursday and told him he could go.

The Dublin-born journalist was then driven off in the boot of a car.

The Guardian said Mr Carroll had been in Baghdad with two drivers and an interpreter to interview a victim of Saddam Hussein's regime when he was kidnapped.

As he left the house where the interview had taken place, he was confronted by gunmen and he and one of the drivers were bundled into a car. The driver was released about 20 minutes later.

It is unclear whether three men arrested at the Baghdad house where Mr Carroll was snatched were involved in his release.

International Observers doubt credibility of Saddam trial

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein's trial lasted only a few hours before being adjourned, but it was long enough for international observers to get a taste -- and overall they were left unconvinced about the credibility of Iraq's tribunal.

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Iraq : Last throws for october 20th

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents reported in Iraq on Thursday, Oct. 20, as of 1520 GMT.


Asterisk denotes new or updated item.

* TIKRIT - The governor of Salahaddin province north of Baghdad survived an assassination attempt when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy, damaging three cars, while he was driving north towards Baiji, one of his aides said.

* KARABILA - A U.S. Marine was killed by a suicide car bomb on Wednesday in the vicinity of Karabila, in western Iraq near the Syrian border, the U.S. military said.

SAMARRA - Four civilians were killed and 18 seriously wounded on Wednesday when mortar rounds landed on the city of Samarra, 170 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, local authorities said.

KHALIS - One policeman was killed and three wounded when a truck full of explosives driven by a suicide bomber exploded near the base of Iraqi rapid reaction forces in Khalis, 70 km (45 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

RAMADI - Police said clashes broke out in several districts of Ramadi, 110 km (68 miles) west of Baghdad, between insurgents and U.S and Iraqi Army forces. One civilian was killed and another wounded, doctor Talib al-Dulaimy said.

BALAD - Three U.S soldiers were killed and one wounded on Wednesday when a roadside bomb targeted their convoy near Balad, 90 km (55 miles) north of Baghdad, the U.S military said in a statement.

TIKRIT - A U.S soldier was killed and four wounded on Wednesday when their vehicle caught fire near Tikrit, 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, the U.S military said in a statement.

KIRKUK - A secondary oil pipeline was set on fire when a bomb planted beside it exploded in the northern city of Kirkuk. The attack on the pipeline that feeds the route to Turkey has cut exports by 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 600,000 bpd, an Iraqi oil official said on Thursday.
BAIJI - One Iraqi soldier was killed by gunmen in Baija, 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, local authorities said.

BAGHDAD - An Iraqi intelligence officer was killed and three of his guards wounded by gunmen in the southern Dora district of the capital. Police said he was attacked while heading to work.

BAGHDAD - A child and two guards were killed and four children wounded when a mortar round landed on a school in the southern Mansour district of the capital, police said.

ISKANDARIYA - Three people were killed when gunmen wearing army uniforms attacked a house in Iskandariya, just south of Baghdad, killing the father of the family and his sons, police said.

KAMISHLI - Five bodies were found in the small town of Kamishli, 65 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad. Police said they were shot dead.

BAQUBA - Five civilians were killed and 13 wounded when a car driven by a suicide bomber in a car blew himself up in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Saddam trial lawyer taken hostage

Gunmen have kidnapped one of the lawyers involved in the trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Sadoun Nasouaf al-Janavi was taken from his office in eastern Baghdad.

He is acting for one of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants, Awad Hamed al-Bandar. One report said seven other people were seized at the same time. In a defiant appearance at his trial on Wednesday, Saddam Hussein pleaded not guilty to charges over the killing of 148 people in a Shia town in 1982.

Mr Janavi was one of 13 defence lawyers believed to have been present in the courtroom.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

US probe into 'Taleban burnings'

The US military says it will investigate claims that US soldiers publicly burnt the bodies of two Taleban fighters in Afghanistan.

It comes after an Australian TV station broadcast footage of what appear to be US soldiers burning the bodies.

The footage shows other troops apparently taunting residents of a nearby village, which they believed to be harbouring the Taleban.

The act of burning corpses is a violation of Islamic tradition.

The US military has condemned the alleged acts, saying they will be "aggressively investigated".

"This alleged action is repugnant to our common values, is contrary to our commands-approved tactical operating procedures, and is not sanctioned by this command," spokesman Maj Gen Jason Kamiya said.

Spanish High Court issues arrest warrants for three U.S. soldiers

MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish High Court judge issued international arrest warrants on Wednesday for three U.S. soldiers in connection with the death of a Spanish cameraman during the war in Iraq.

"I order the ... capture and arrest of the U.S. soldiers, with a view to extradition," High Court Judge Santiago Pedraz said in a court document, adding the order would be submitted to the international police organization Interpol.

The three men were named as Sergeant Thomas Gibson, Captain Philip Wolford and Lieutenant Colonel Philip De Camp.

The United States has cleared the men of any blame, although it acknowledges a shell was fired from their tank into the Palestine Hotel where Telecinco cameraman Jose Couso and Reuters cameraman Taras Protsyuk were killed. A U.S. investigation concluded the men were justified in opening fire.

Three other Reuters staff were seriously injured in the shelling of the hotel, the base for almost all foreign journalists in Baghdad at the time. The incident occurred a day before U.S. troops captured the city.

Pedraz said an investigation had shown the three soldiers involved in the tank attack on April 8, 2003 could be responsible for murder and crimes against the international community.

The charges carry jail sentences of 15 to 20 years and 10 to 15 years respectively.

The judge said he issued the warrants because U.S. authorities had refused to cooperate. The court had twice asked American officials for help, requesting documents and offering to send a legal team to the United States to take statements from the three men.

But neither request had been answered and he said the warrants were "the only effective measure to ensure the accused are made available to Spanish judicial authorities."

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Todays last throws in iraq : October 19th

Baghdad. The mayor of Baghdad Hatem Mirza Hamza and his driver were killed Wednesday in al-Durra neighborhood in the Iraqi capital, Interfax reported citing a statement of the Iraqi Interior Ministry. A group of gunmen opened fire in the car of the mayor and then escaped.

Also

BAGHDAD - Gunfire killed four policemen at a checkpoint near the Hai Al-Adil highway in a western Baghdad

BAGHDAD - A leading figure in Baghdad's Journalists' Union, Muhammed Haroon, was shot dead in eastern Baghdad, his family said.

BAGHDAD - Three Iraqi police were killed and two injured when their patrol was ambushed in the Al-Adil district of western Baghdad, the interior ministry said.

BAGHDAD - Two Iraqi police commandos were killed and three wounded when security forces clashed with insurgents in the Ghazaliya district in western Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen shot and killed Hakim Mirza, a municipal director, and his driver, in the Dora neighborhood, and Muhsin Chitheer in front of his home in the al-I'alam area, police said. Chitheer was a lieutenant colonel in the Iraqi army that U.S. forces disbanded after invading in 2003.

FALLUJA - In Falluja, in the Sunni province of Anbar west of the capital, two Iraqi soldiers were killed and two wounded by a roadside bomb, an army officer said.

BAGHDAD - Hakim Mirza, an engineer working for a government ministry, was shot dead with his driver in an attack in Baghdad, the Labour and Social Affairs ministry said.

ISKANDARIYA - One U.S. soldier was killed and two wounded by an improvised explosive device that hit their patrol near Iskandariya, south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

ISKANDARIYA - Nine gunmen killed 6 Shiite factory workers.

BAGHDAD - Three election commission officials were shot and killed on the outskirts of the capital in Abu Ghraib, as they drove home after another round of counting ballots from last weekend's constitutional referendum, police said.

BAQOUBA - Gunmen shot and killed two men at a gas station near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, police said.

BASRA - A British soldier also was killed by a roadside bomb late Tuesday night in the southern region of Basra,

my source : ICH

Sleuths Crack Tracking Code Discovered in Color Printers

It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but it isn't. The pages coming out of your color printer may contain hidden information that could be used to track you down if you ever cross the U.S. government.

Last year, an article in PC World magazine pointed out that printouts from many color laser printers contained yellow dots scattered across the page, viewable only with a special kind of flashlight. The article quoted a senior researcher at Xerox Corp. as saying the dots contain information useful to law-enforcement authorities, a secret digital "license tag" for tracking down criminals.

The content of the coded information was supposed to be a secret, available only to agencies looking for counterfeiters who use color printers.

Now, the secret is out.

Isn't it wonderfull to be free

Defiant Saddam pleads not guilty

Saddam Hussein's trial has begun in Baghdad with the ousted Iraqi leader defiantly questioning the validity of the court before pleading not guilty.



He refused to confirm his identity telling the presiding judge: "Who are you? What does this court want?"

After just over three hours, the trial was adjourned until 28 November.

Saddam Hussein's defence team had said they wanted a postponement to prepare their case, but Reuters news agency quoted the chief judge as saying the main reason was witnesses had not shown up.

"They were too scared to be public witnesses. We're going to work on this issue for the next sessions," Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin told the agency.

Asked to confirm his name by the chief judge, a Kurd, Saddam Hussein refused.

Amid some verbal sparring with the judge, the former Iraqi leader stated: "I preserve my constitutional rights as the president of Iraq. I do not recognise the body that has authorised you and I don't recognise this aggression.

"What is based on injustice is unjust ... I do not respond to this so-called court, with all due respect."

In Dujail, a few demonstrators gathered in the main square chanting: "Saddam Hussein should be executed, him and his whole family."

But in the former leader's home town of Tikrit, supporters vowed loyalty to Saddam Hussein with a banner saying: "We sacrifice our blood and soul for you, Saddam."

Watch a video of the trial here BBC (with translation)

my source : BBC

saddam : trial will start today

Saddam Hussein is going on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity.
The former Iraqi leader will be led into court on Wednesday with seven associates, charged with ordering the killing of 143 Shia men in 1982.

His lawyer Khalil Dulaimi said the trial was illegitimate and he would ask for an adjournment, but said Saddam Hussein was still "very optimistic".

The case will be heard in a specially built courtroom in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.

It will be filmed by TV cameras.

Iran "prisoner confesses to British training in bomb attack"

Tehran, Iran, Oct. 17 – An individual arrested in connection with Saturday’s twin bombings in the south-western city of Ahwaz has confessed to have received British training in Iraq to carry out the attacks, the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) deputy for the oil-rich city announced on Monday.

“The arrested individual is a deceived person who received the necessary training in Iraq”, Nasser Soudani told the Fars news agency, close to the office of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“Foreign agents, led by treacherous and criminal Britain, have trained teams in Iraq to create insecurity and an air of fright and terror in the province of Khuzestan”, Soudani said, referring to the ethnic Arab-dominated province whose capital is Ahwaz.

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Just for fun : How to become a republican

Just for fun

become a republican Here

There are dozens of ways to do it , try out all the options to find your way in , I love the optional sections of the bible , something that has always confused me about the right

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Iraq result delay over fraud fear

Iraqi election officials say the formal result of the country's vote on a new constitution will be delayed, amid accusations of fraud.

Officials said turnout from some areas seemed abnormally high and ballots needed to be double-checked. Some Sunni Arab politicians have alleged that corrupt practices were allowed to boost the Yes vote. The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq said it needed several more days to complete the count "after finding that the figures from most provinces were too high".

Well having watched a very amusing clip on the US ABC news of one Iraqi male being filmed voting 7 times there is no doubt that some fraud has taken place , the question is how much ?

All elections have some element of fraud in them, but with some Sunni's calling for civil war if the constitution passes then we should be sure that the vote was fair and accurate

Most News agencies i have seen have said the numbers of voters being reported it was not what they were seing actually turning up

I am not saying the fraud is or isn't wide spread , I am saying that the question of fraud has come up and in a democracy those concerns should and are being investigated

that is a good thing

Revealed: IRA bombs killed eight British soldiers in Iraq

Eight British soldiers killed during ambushes in Iraq were the victims of a highly sophisticated bomb first used by the IRA, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

The soldiers, who were targeted by insurgents as they travelled through the country, died after being attacked with bombs triggered by infra-red beams. The bombs were developed by the IRA using technology passed on by the security services in a botched "sting" operation more than a decade ago.

This contradicts the British government's claims that Iran's Revolutionary Guard is helping Shia insurgents to make the devices.

The Independent on Sunday can also reveal that the bombs and the firing devices used to kill the soldiers, as well as two private security guards, were initially created by the UK security services as part of a counter-terrorism strategy at the height of the troubles in the early 1990s.

According to security sources, the technology for the bombs used in the attacks, which were developed using technology from photographic flash units, was employed by the IRA some 15 years ago after Irish terrorists were given advice by British agents.

"We are seeing technology in Iraq today that it took the IRA 20 years to develop," said a military intelligence officer with experience in Northern Ireland.

He revealed that one trigger used in a recent Iraqi bombing was a three-way device, combining a command wire, a radio signal and an infra-red beam - a technique perfected by the IRA.

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But to some it will always be Iran's fault i am sure

Rice Fails to Win Russian Support on Iran

10/15/05 -- --MOSCOW (AP) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice failed Saturday to persuade Russia to offer new support for a hard line on Iran's disputed nuclear program, despite making a hastily arranged trip to the Russian capital.

Rice wanted Russian cooperation as the United States and its European allies try either to draw Iran back to diplomatic talks or invoke the threat of punishment from the powerful U.N. Security Council.

Despite lengthy meetings with Russian officials, including a long session alone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, it was clear Russia had not changed its opposition to using the Security Council.

Iran blames UK for Ahvaz blasts

Iran's president continues to believe that Britain had a hand in the bombings that killed six people on the weekend.

The British Embassy has denied the charge and condemned the blasts.

Thousands of people took part on Monday in the funeral in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, of the six people who were killed when bombs exploded on Saturday in a shopping centre in the southwestern town.

Some mourners accused Britain of instigating the blasts, which wounded at least 102 people.

"We are extremely suspicious that there was a British forces' role in the terrorist attacks," state TV quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as telling the cabinet on Sunday.

"Iranian agents have found the footprint of Britain in previous cases."

Ahvaz is close to the border with southern Iraq, where 8500 British soldiers are based as part of the US-led military coalition.

The government denied the reports.

"Any linkage between the British government and these terrorist outrages is completely without foundation," the British Embassy in Tehran said in a statement on Sunday.

Monday, October 17, 2005

H

Is installing a new network and new computers , so this site is not being updated for now as he has too many new gadgets to play with and too many wires to plug in.

I will resume posting once everything is up and running......