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Monday, March 13, 2006

SCIRI death squads roam Iraq

So he was shot with handcuffs on. Doesn't
mean he was killed by "death

Death squads operated from inside Iraqi government, officials say
By Matthew Schofield
Knight Ridder Newspapers

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Senior Iraqi officials Sunday confirmed for the first time that death squads composed of government employees had operated illegally from inside two government ministries.

"The deaths squads that we have captured are in the defense and interior ministries," Minister of Interior Bayan Jabr said during a joint news conference with the Minister of Defense. "There are people who have infiltrated the army and the interior."


Although Jabr appeared to confirm the existence of death squads, the scale of the operation uncovered would appear to be far smaller than critics had alleged.

Sunni Muslims have long complained about Shiite death squads that arrived wearing official uniforms and rode in official-looking vehicles to haul away victims.

Knight Ridder first reported the accusation of death squads in February last year, and in June documented many cases in which victims were taken away allegedly by men wearing Interior Ministry commando uniforms were later found handcuffed and executed with a bullet to the back of the head.

The government had long denied the existence of such death squads. Sunnis had accused the Badr Organization, a Shiite militia supported by Iran, of being behind the killings, inside or outside of government ministries. Jabr is a senior leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a leading Shiite political party, and has close ties to the Badr Organization.

The investigation that led to Sunday's confirmation of government death squads came after American forces stopped a group of men who were passing through a checkpoint in late January. The men wore official uniforms and said they were preparing to execute a Sunni man in their custody.


They "infiltrated" the government.

Yeah, by osmosis.

They are the fucking government or what pretends to be one. They don't steal uniforms, they wear uniforms. Who's going to stop them?

I was watching Harry McMasters tell Lara Logan that he had "cleared" Tal Afar and for the terrorists to "bring it on". And at that moment, the wives of the 3rd ACR took a collective shit and thought their husband's boss lost his fucking mind.

All he did was retake Tal Afar from Al Qaeda and give it back to the resistance. Just because people smile at you does not mean that they're your friends. They lived in a country where people who didn't smile were arrested.

I'm sure a lot of people strive to impress the hottest South African this side of Charlize Theron, but that doesn't have anything to do with reality.

44 Die in Attack on Baghdad Shiite Slum

By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS and STEVEN R. HURST, Associated Press Writers 1 hour, 40 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The feared resumption of mass sectarian violence erupted Sunday in a Baghdad Shiite slum when bombers blew apart two markets shortly before sundown, killing at least 44 people and wounding about 200.

The bloody assaults on Sadr City came only minutes after Iraqi political leaders said the new parliament will convene Thursday, three days earlier than planned, as the U.S. ambassador pushed to break a stalemate over naming a unity government.

The attackers struck with car bombs, including a suicide driver, and mortars at the peak shopping time, destroying dozens of market stalls and vehicles as the explosives ripped through the poor neighborhood as residents were buying food for their evening meals.

The neighborhood was quickly sealed off by Mahdi Army militiamen of radical anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr amid pandemonium as residents searched wildly for survivors and put charred corpses into ambulances and trucks to be taken away.

Smoke billowed into the evening sky and angry young men kicked the decapitated head of the suicide attacker, who appeared to be an African, that lay in the street at a shop door, according to AP Television News video.

The nature of the attack, its use of a suicide bomber, bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida in
Iraq, which has said it hoped to start a Shiite-Sunni civil conflict.

posted by Steve @ 12:01:00 AM

12:01:00 AM

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