Thursday, July 31, 2008

Salahuddin council president: "American forces are killing our people in cold blood"

The American forces commited another slaughter of members of a complete family Wednesday in Makshifa (10 km south of Samarra), breaking into the house of Jasam Abdullah al-Aisawi and killing his wife, 77 years old, and two of her sons Mohammed Jasam and Ali Jassam, and seriously wounding three others, including a young girl.

People in the village denounced the crime, which occurred in the pre-dawn Wednesday... Mohammed Ali Hussein, a relative of the victims, described the event as a butchery by the American democracy for whose sake they claimed they came to Iraq in the first place.


Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Asman, president of the Salahuddin Provincial Council told AlHayat that the American forces continually commit this kind of slaughter, and we are demanding the opening of a serious enquiry to find out what is behind these killings by American soldiers of our people in cold blood.
(McClatchy quotes an American statement to the effect soldiers "monitoring suspected associates of AlQaeda in Iraq" came under fire from an unknown direction. "They fired into [this particular] house after perceiving 'hostile intent' from those inside, but later found no weapons," says the McClatchy summary).

According to AlHayat, Hakim Mohammed of Tikrit General Hospital said they received the bodies of the victims and the wounded, and found "gunshots to various places in the chest, and to the head, and to other parts of the body."

Recall the report Monday July 21 of the killing by American soldiers of the 17-year-old son of the governor of Tikrit, in another Salahuddin village, another incident that the provincial authorities described as "criminal by any standard." A neighbor in that case told the reporter that killings by American forces of civilians in the area were a common and a notorious occurrence.


Blogger badger said...

Comments seem to be still open, but blogger tells me missing links has been identified as a "spam blog" so I can't post any more (funny timing!) to which one can appeal which I have done. We'll see.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happens a lot. It generally means that google/blogger's spambot has crawled your site and found a lot of links which it flags as suspicious. It's not the most inteligent piece of software around.

If you try a posting look on your screen, unless blogger have drastically altered their system, you see somewhere a "captcha" (distorted image of text) similar to the ones blogger uses for comments type in that and you should be able to post. Once the "spam" flag is taken down you should be able to post as normal.

If all else fails is another free service with a lot more features than blogger.

11:07 PM  
Blogger badger said...

roger. thanks.

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A number of blogger blogs on the leftish side were reporting the same today ... irritating to say the least and perhaps more.

10:57 PM  
Blogger JoshSN said...

Yeah, my blog was targetted as a spam blog a few years ago. They were decent and reasonably timely about fixing it. I didn't know for a while that it could be fixed, so just entered the Captcha image.

These sort of stories, of course, make me very sad. At the beginning of these wars I was saying that an occupation should be handled by a police-trained group, not an army-trained group. The differences are important, and although the NYC cops do occasionally kill someone, there is usually at least _some_ reason for it, and it is pretty rare.

Armies are great for fighting armies, they are not nearly as great at policing.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Shirin said...

"At the beginning of these wars I was saying that an occupation should be handled by a police-trained group, not an army-trained group."

How about there shouldn't be any occupation at all?

No occupation = no resistance (incorrectly referred to as "insurgency"), therefore no need for army-trained OR police-trained groups.

Get it?

10:13 AM  
Blogger Bruno said...

Shirin is right, as usual.

12:13 AM  
Blogger Shirin said...

Thanks, Bruno. It's nice to know that I am not talking only to the wind. :o}

1:10 AM  
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