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Kirkuk blast kills 7

Posted in terrorist attacks with tags , on September 9, 2009 by admin

Among others killed there are a woman and a child. A high-ranking police official said the car was parked in a courtyard of a house when the bomb went off and so, it appeared the bomb may have gone off prematurely, as the car was being prepared for use in an attack.

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AQ terrorist arrested in Iraq accuses Syria of training him

Posted in arrested terrorists, counterterrorism, foreign policy with tags , , , , on August 30, 2009 by admin

Iraq aired a confession from a suspected al Qaeda militant Sunday who accused Syrian intelligence agents of training foreign fighters like himself in a camp before sending them to fight in Iraq.

The videotaped accusations, aired by Baghdad security spokesman Qassim al-Moussawi in a news conference, could worsen a row between Iraq and Syria over accusations that Syria supports Islamist militants responsible for attacks in Iraq.

Iraq and Syria recalled their ambassadors last week after Baghdad demanded Damascus hand over two alleged masterminds of bombings in Baghdad that killed almost 100 people, mainly at two government ministries.

The tape featured a man who called himself Mohammed Hassan al-Shemari, 29, from Saudi Arabia, who was arrested in Diyala province on suspicion of being a leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.

Next Iraqi Govt can have deep ties to Iran

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy, terrorist attacks, violence with tags , , , , , on August 29, 2009 by admin / Iraq – Iraq coalition excludes PM Maliki

Iraq’s major Shia parties announced a new coalition on Monday that excludes Nouri al-Maliki, prime minister, a development that will probably force him to join forces with non-traditional allies if he seeks to keep his job after parliamentary elections in January.

If the coalition remains intact and secures a majority of seats in the January 16 vote, Iraq’s next government will probably be run by leaders with deep ties to Iran, which would considerably curb American influence as US troops continue to withdraw.

The Shia coalition will be led by the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, a conservative party that is among Iran’s closest allies in Iraq. It also includes the staunchly anti-American Sadr movement, as well as a few Sunni groups.

Mr Maliki’s Dawa party will not be part of the group because alliance leaders refused to guarantee that he would remain prime minister if the coalition secured a majority of seats.

An unsatisfactory end-game in Iraq. Just last January, in provincial elections, Maliki’s allies did extremely well, while the Iranian backed faction did poorly. What changed? Plainly, it was the security situation. Why did it change? In large part because American forces pulled back from the cities and Maliki has been reluctant to call for their help. As Max Boot notes, Maliki compounded the problem through foolishly over-confident measures like taking down concrete barriers in Baghdad.
To be sure, Maliki’s push to lessen the American presence helped account for his popularlity in the first instance. But he may discover that, though a clever move in the short-term, his approach to the U.S. ultimately was a bad bet for his political career, not to mention his country.
Behind the carnage in Baghdad. Iran’s links with Maliki are so close, said this Iraqi intelligence source, that the prime minister uses an Iranian jet with an Iranian crew for his official travel. The Iranians are said to have sent Maliki an offer to help his Dawa Party win at least 49 seats in January’s parliamentary elections if Maliki will make changes in his government that Iran wants.

Terrorist attacks kill a dozen people in Iraq

Posted in terrorist attacks with tags , on August 29, 2009 by admin

Remote Attacks Add to Iraqi Concerns –

Attacks in two separate towns in northern Iraq left more than a dozen people dead on Saturday, adding to questions about the ability of Iraq’s security forces to control the violence that has swirled after a spate of deadly bombings this month.

The attacks underscored the challenges of providing security not only in cities but in remote areas as well, especially in the north, still unsettled by ethnic tensions and a resilient insurgency.

In one of the attacks on Saturday, insurgents drove a truck filled with explosives to a police garrison on the main street of the village of Hamad, which lies between Saddam Hussein’s hometown, Tikrit, and the restive city of Mosul. The blast was so powerful that it killed not only five members of the security forces at the station but also at least five residents in neighboring houses, according to witnesses. Fourteen people were wounded, officials said.

… The other major attack on Saturday occurred in Sinjar, a town west of Mosul and near the border with Syria; the area is home to the Yazidis, Kurdish-speaking followers of a pre-Islamic faith with its roots in Zoroastrianism. There, a bomb in a truck parked at a local market exploded and killed 4 people and wounded 23.

Ex-jihadists “Sons of Iraq” now work as policemen or soldiers

Posted in counterterrorism, society with tags , on August 28, 2009 by admin

United States Central Command – Former insurgents gain employment in Iraq

Several years ago, tens of thousands of Sunni fighters considered themselves enemies of the Iraqi government and its U.S. conspirators, but after switching allegiances, these former insurgents now are filling the ranks of Iraq’s ministries and armed forces.

Thousands of these “Sons of Iraq” — the moniker given to those Sunni combatants who defected from insurgent groups to fight alongside U.S. and Iraqi security forces — recently gained employment as government workers in Baghdad. Another 13,000 have jobs as Iraqi policemen or soldiers.

Picasso’s Naked Woman recovered

Posted in violence with tags , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

Iraqi security forces today showed off a Picasso they seized from a former soldier in Saddam’s military who had looted the painting in 1990 during the occupation of Kuwait.

The Naked Woman went missing from the al-Ahmedi Hall of the Kuwait Museum in the aftermath of the Iraqi invasion that triggered the first Gulf war.