Archive for the ‘Shi’a’ Category
Posted by nytexan on August 13, 2007
Bush will probably handel this request by ignoring it and continuing down his failed path.
- AMMAN, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Iraq’s top Sunni cleric called on the United States on Monday to cut ties with Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, saying his “puppet” government had failed and a U.S. backed political process was at a dead end.
- “If the Americans remain with this policy and rely on the same men who proved their failure again and again then they will leave Iraq in failure,” Sheikh Harith al-Dari told Reuters.
- “The U.S. administration should rectify its position in Iraq and stop depending on puppets… who have proven their failure,” the leader of Iraq’s Muslim Clerics Association said in an interview in Amman.
- Maliki’s unity government, set up to try to ease sectarian tensions and quell violence, has been in crisis since the main Sunni Arab bloc quit early this month and he wants political leaders to meet in coming days to resolve the deadlock.
- Dari, whose association groups Iraq’s Sunni religious leaders, said Washington had brought untold suffering on Iraq’s people during its four-year-old occupation and it should now try to foster a non-partisan government.
- The cleric, who has praised Sunni insurgent groups but denies direct links, said Washington also needed to rebuild the army on non-sectarian grounds.
- Soon after the 2003 overthrow of dictator Saddam Hussein, a Sunni, the U.S.administration dissolved the army and security forces, sacking hundreds of thousands of soldiers and further embittering Sunnis.
- “If the Americans think of a new type of rule that relies on wisdom and firmness alongside power to impose security ..they can pull out of Iraq with a face saver,” he said.
- “This is better for America than dealing with a weak government… It would guarantee them a future government that respects them as friends…rather than one that is a burden and survives on American taxpayers’ money,” Dari said.
- He said the U.S. Congress should apply more pressure for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq after the United States increased troop numbers earlier this year to try to stem sectarian violence.
- “They are fighting a losing, futile war that has taken a lot of lives,” Dari said. “The American public should know the losers from this war are both the American and Iraqi people.”
- Dari said he could envisage future reconciliation with America if Washington sought to learn from post-invasion blunders.
- “It’s possible,” he said. “As they say, in politics there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies.”
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Posted by bosskitty on August 12, 2007
Bush breaks up Iran-Iraq love-in Correspondents in Washington and Tehran
US President George W. Bush yesterday told Tehran there would “be a price to pay” for meddling in Iraq and warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki against cosying up to the leaders of Iran.
Amid what Washington sees as unsettling signs of warming Baghdad-Tehran relations, Mr Bush said he was not surprised at pictures yesterday that showed cordial meetings between Mr Maliki and top Iranian leaders in Tehran, but he said he hoped the Shia leader was delivering a tough message.
“You don’t want the picture to be kind of, you know, ducking it out” when on a diplomatic mission, he said, putting up his fists like a boxer.
“If the signal is that Iran is constructive, I will have to have a heart-to-heart with my friend the Prime Minister because I do not believe they are,” Mr Bush said.
Mr Bush’s comments came just days after he disagreed sharply with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about Iran’s influence after Mr Karzai called Tehran a positive force in combating extremists in his country.
Iraq PM calls emergency summit correspondents in Baghdad | August 13, 2007
PRIME Minister Nuri al-Maliki overnight called on senior leaders in Iraq’s bitterly divided communities to hold crisis talks this week in an effort to save his fraying national unity government.
His latest attempt to bring the leaders of the warring communites under one roof came at a time when the American military declared that five more of its troops battling to bring security to war-torn Iraq had been killed.
“I have invited major political leaders to a meeting to discuss substantial matters,” Mr Maliki said in a televised speech.
“Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow could be the first meeting for these leaders to discuss the political program and important strategic problems,” the embattled Shiite prime minister said.
The last thing King George and Lord Cheney want is for Iraq’s neighbors to kiss and make up. Watch closely while Cheney’s Blackwater/KBR/CIA goons do something to screw this neighbors night out in the Middle East. Cheney has a plan, whether Bush goes along or not. Can’t have peace breaking out before we are through destroying everything in sight. Got to make good on the promises made to our ‘war profiteers’. We must pay them for contracts never met – we only have a short time left before someone demands accountability. INCENTIVE FOR UNSCRUPULOUS BEHAVIOR is what has kept this ‘A-Bomb-A-Nation’ in office. The clock is counting down. Watch out for the UNSCRUPULOUS terrorist production coming to a city near you.
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Posted by bosskitty on July 15, 2007
Truce Over, Pakistan Militants Kill 70
Guardian Unlimited, UK – From AP By RIAZ KHAN AP Writer PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – Militants in northwest Pakistan disavowed a peace pact with the government and launched two days of suicide attacks and bombings that killed at least 70 people, dramatically escalating the violence in the al-Qaida infiltrated region.
There is concern in Pakistan that the gathering sense of crisis could prompt Musharraf to cancel elections later this year and declare a state of emergency – despite his repeated denials.
However, Musharraf can also use the turbulence to convince Washington, his key backer, that he remains a vital bulwark against extremists in the Islamic world’s only declared nuclear state.
Deadly Violence Surges in the Tribal Regions of Pakistan
New York Times, United States – Abdullah Noor/AP – In the deadliest suicide bombing in Pakistan since January, 24 paramilitary soldiers were killed and 26 other people were wounded Saturday near Miram Shah, the headquarters of the restive North Waziristan’s tribal region.
Rocket attacks on government and security installations surged Saturday in different parts of the North-West Frontier Province. An attempt to detonate a car bomb outside a bank here failed.
The deadly surge in violence occurred barely a day after the Interior Ministry in Islamabad announced the end of Operation Silence after a bloody raid to get at militants holed up in the Red Mosque, known here as the Lal Masjid, and the adjoining seminary.
Fresh attacks in NW Pakistan, 32 killed
Reuters India, India
Militants Kill 38 In Northwest Pakistan
Guardian Unlimited, UK
Suicide Attacks Kill 50 Pakistani Troops
Washington Post, United States
Militants in Pak’s North Waziristan region end peace deal with Govt.
OK sports fans, here we go!
Pakistan houses the factions that Bush’s fantasy keeps using to justify “stay the course”.
Pakistan and the United States are SO into each other’s pockets … because Pakistan has the Nukes and we pay him well to keep them safe … yet, Musharraf is talking about pardoning the ‘evil KAHN’ who exported the stuff to the highest bidder (If only I had invested …).
A Holy War will inevitably draw the factions inside Iraq and Iran into greater confrontation than they are presently in … plus provide the distraction needed for Turkey to invade Kurdistan.
The “paramilitary” in Pakistan are obviously our employees and they are dying faster than normal … so, expect they will start going AWOL to protect their families.
The fact that Musharraf is toying with declaring a “State of Crisis” to postpone elections is a very good mirror to what King George plans to do when his controllers arrange a ‘terror attack’ so he can also postpone elections to pursue his ARMAGEDDON ENVY!
Did I miss anything?
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Posted by bosskitty on July 9, 2007
Al Jazeera: MONDAY, JULY 09, 2007 7:13 MECCA TIME, 4:13 GMT
The leader of an al-Qaeda umbrella group in Iraq, who was thought to have been killed by US forces, has threatened to wage war against Iran unless it stops supporting Shias in Iraq within two months. Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State in Iraq, said his Sunni fighters have been preparing to wage a battle against Shia-dominated Iran.
US forces had earlier claimed to have killed al-Baghdadi.
“We are giving the Persians, and especially the rulers of Iran, a two-month period to end all kinds of support for the Iraqi Shia government and to stop direct and indirect intervention … otherwise a severe war is waiting for you,” al-Baghdadi said in an audio tape released Sunday July 8.
Iraq’s Shia-led government is backed by the US but closely allied to Iran.
“We advise and warn every Sunni businessman inside Iran or in Arab countries especially in the Gulf not to take partnership with any Shia Iranian businessman, this is part of the two-month period,” he said.
Al-Baghdadi said his group was responsible for two suicide truck bomb attacks in May in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region. He said the attacks in Irbil and Makhmur showed the “Islamic jihad” was progressing in the Kurdish areas.
While America frets over media nonsense, the Middle East is devolving further into its own path of destruction that is spreading like a cancer.
Trapped between hating the West and hating each other, the Radical Mullahs are stirring a nest of hornets into a frenzy of destruction.
American politics has not shown any signs of addressing the fallout from our complicity of disruption. Bush & Company took advantage of an existing fragile emotional condition called 9/11 and associated it with the Islamic culture to expand its own corporate lust for oil resources. Pain is no object any more! As much as this country wants to leave the Middle East and lick its wounds, the mess we have created no longer allows us to do that.
Sadly, there is a bigger picture here that requires a lot of attention because there are vulnerable nuclear assets within reach of disenfranchised, passionate, highly motivated zealots.
Has Bush’s Armageddon envy finally succeeded?
Bush & Company is responsible but go free anyway … impeachment is a little anticlimactic at this point.
FIND ME A CANDIDATE!
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Posted by bosskitty on June 30, 2007
NEWS CENTRAL/S. ASIA
Civilian deaths caused by US and Nato-led troops have infuriated Afghan people and the Afghan president
An air strike in southern Afghanistan has killed at least 30 civilians and 39 armed Taliban, a Helmand official said.
Mohammed Daoud said that “30-37 civilians have been killed and tens of others have been injured” during an International Security Assistance Force attack in Helmand‘s Gereshk district.
From correspondents in Lashkar gah, Afghanistan July 01, 2007 02:00am
- NATO denies toll as high as 65
- News agency sees bodies of children
- Worst civilian death toll since 2001
ANTI-TALIBAN air strikes by US- and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed 65 villagers, including children, a local official said today, amid growing anger over civilian deaths.
Family flees destroyed village.
US probes Afghan civilian deaths
By Charles Haviland BBC News, Kabul
The US-led military coalition in Afghanistan says a number of civilians appear to have died in air strikes in the southern province of Helmand.
U.S. Raids Baghdad Slum; 26 Iraqis Die
June 30, 4:35 PM (ET) By LEE KEATH
P) Iraqi girls clean up their home after a U.S. raid in the Shiite enclave of Sadr City Saturday, June…
BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned a U.S. raid Saturday in Baghdad‘s Shiite Sadr City slum – a politically sensitive district for him – in which American troops searching for Iranian-linked militants sparked a firefight that left 26 Iraqis dead.
One Iraqi’s collateral damage By Marc Perelman
Ahlam Al-Jabouri did fearless humanitarian work under the U.S. Army in Iraq — but when her life was torn apart by sectarian hatred, U.S. authorities were MIA.
US Papers Thursday: God, Money, and Oil War of the Mosques; $150 Billion Contract Award; Iraq’s Washington Lobbyists
By CHRIS ALLBRITTON 06/28/2007 01:49 AM ET
“What causes the documented high level of civilian casualties — 3,000 – 3,400 [October 7, 2001 thru March 2002] civilian deaths — in the U.S. air war upon Afghanistan? The explanation is the apparent willingness of U.S. military strategists to fire missiles into and drop bombs upon, heavily populated areas of Afghanistan.”
Professor Marc W. Herold Ph.D., M.B.A., B.Sc.
The percentage of innocent to combatant casualties is unacceptable. These are not BATTLEFIELDS they are people’s HOMES!
The hateful mantra “let God sort ’em out” should held prosecutable! Such a FINE example of American Values we are spreading throughout the tortured world. Shove this example of Democracy down their throat with bullets! Call it Christian compassion? Or Inquisition! Oh NO! It’s about Christian OIL!
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Posted by bosskitty on May 27, 2007
Blogger Qur’an – Bible points out:
Bush wars are not going so well in Afghanistan and Iraq where Talibans has announced to launched nation wide attacks on foreign forces and its local allies. Talibans attacks are killing Canadian and British soldiers almost on daily basis.. Bush’s “war on terror” strong supporter Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan is in deep trouble trying to hang on to power. Pervez Musharraf opposition is rising among the moderate Pakistanis for firing Chief Justice and the religious parties and its supporters are angry because of his constant attacks on civilians in NWFP for “war on terror”.
View on the news from those in the middle of it
Iraq is situation is worst than Afghanistan where hundreds of civilians get killed daily with rising numbers of US troops deaths. The US soldiers deaths may rise sharply as they have now launched offensive attacks against Shiites in Baghdad and Southern Iraq. Dick as usual busy is creating fear by telling the Americans that Al Qaeda wants to kill four million US citizens including children so they have to fight them in Iraq. The majority of ill-informed US citizens will believe Dick Cheney absurd lie and keep their support for war in Iraq. According to reports about 1000 US soldiers died since last year Memorial Day and with the latest strategy adopted by US military to go after Mehdi Army might double or triple the number of US soldiers death on Memorial Day.
Bush regime is blaming Iran for all Iraq violence and try to scare them with their military power with war exercises with its Naval fleet in Persian Gulf to me is looking for more conflicts rather than bringing the peace in Iraq. Lebanon situation is calm for the time being but Bush stupidity will turn into bloody violence again because they will force Sinora government to use force against Al Qaeda inspired group which will be the begining of new war and it will create more problems for US occupation military and Israel.
Bush and Dick who put so much pressure on Pervez Musarraf to strike the tribal areas in fact had weaken his government. Will Pervez Musharraf survive this latest growing opposition I really don’t know have to look deep into Pakistan news.
Can you spell ‘collateral’? When (and If) Musharraf falls America will loose the lone ally that is holding angry Islamic fundamentalists at bay. On the other hand, America cannot seem to hold it’s own angry fundamentalists at bay. Total chaos will have to be redefined.
When the dam breaks, heaven, hell, nirvana and limbo will have a major housing problem!
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Posted by bosskitty on May 24, 2007
Bicker, spit, spat, holler, hit, club, shoot, bomb, destroy! Your religion, my religion, their religion, so what? What I believe makes me happy and I hope yours makes you happy. But, not a single second of my thoughts is devoted to belittling or contradicting what you believe. I don’t care what you believe unless you try to push me over and crush me with what you believe or badger me into accepting what you believe. Do not threaten me! How are people supposed to respond when they are threatened because of what they believe.
No single religion is innocent of misuse. Today, the three major religions are misbehaving badly. Today, Christians, Muslims and Jews feel threatened by each other. Each has blood on their hands. Each religion has evolved into monsters intent on destruction in the name of ‘self preservation’.
Religion is no longer a personal believe system! Religion has become a Weapon of Mass Destruction! Religion has become an tool for political and corporate motives. Therefore, religion has been re-defined away from it’s original intent. Theocracies are Weapons of Mass Destruction who have corrupted religion to their political advantage!
Do I see God’s tears?
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Posted by bosskitty on May 20, 2007
Thanks for this article by Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post Foreign Service
The movement of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has embarked on one of its most dramatic tactical shifts since the beginning of the war.The 33-year-old populist is reaching out to a broad array of Sunni leaders, from politicians to insurgents, and purging extremist members of his Mahdi Army militia who target Sunnis. Sadr’s political followers are distancing themselves from the fragile Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, which is widely criticized as corrupt, inefficient and biased in favor of Iraq‘s majority Shiites.
Is this the attitude we have been waiting for? One can only hope.
In recasting himself, the cleric is responding to popular frustration, a widening Sunni-Shiite rift and political inertia, conditions he helped create. The shift is as much a reaction to U.S. efforts to rein him in as it is an admission of unfulfilled visions. His strategy exposes the strengths and weaknesses of his movement as it pushes for U.S. troops to leave and competes with its Shiite rivals in the contest to shape a new Iraq.
Let’s pay closer attention to what Al Sadr is saying. His Sunni counterpart says:
“The Sadrists believe they have political problems, and they are trying new tactics to serve their own interests,” said Mithal al-Alusi, an independent Sunni legislator. “But anyway, we welcome any political group who wants to talk instead of kill.”
If there is a force that will embody both Islamic factions and become inclusive of the Iraqi populace, then there is actually HOPE and our troops can be removed with more dignity. Sadr’s army is the second largest in Iraq after the US. They will be able to stand against Al Qaeda’s intrusions. This is, of course, wanting to believe Al Sadr’s words. He is offering the US an OUT. At the same time he denounces the corrupt government the US placed in charge of Iraq and cannot seem to control.
Don’t forget, good intentions are worthless without good actions to follow.
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