Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Iraq the new Somalia as American Commander expresses hope: Success Iraqi Style! Are we in trouble!

In Iraq Even as American and Iraqi troops are fighting to establish control of the Sadr City section of this capital, the Iraqi government’s program to restore basic services like electricity, sewage and trash collection is lagging, jeopardizing the effort to win over the area’s wary residents. For weeks, there have been reports that Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is preparing to move ahead with a multimillion-dollar program to rebuild the southern swath of Sadr City, which is currently occupied by Iraqi and American troops.But almost a month after American and Iraqi forces pushed into the area, there are no signs of reconstruction. Instead, the streets are filled with mounds of trash and bubbling pools of sewage. Many neighborhoods are still without electricity, and many residents are too afraid to brave the cross-fire to seek medical care. Iraqi public works officials, apparently fearful of the fighting, rarely seem to show up at work, and the Iraqi government insists the area is not safe enough for repairs to begin. In Sadr City, Basic Services Are Faltering

To top it off It is now clear that although the initial military planning was Iraqi, US and British forces are deeply involved. In the capital's neighborhood of Sadr City, US infantry troops are fighting alongside Iraqi soldiers, to try to secure areas that were once firmly under the hold of the Mehdi Army, which is loyal to the Shia cleric, Moqtada Sadr. Reports suggest that US combat units have also been deployed at short notice to Basra from elsewhere in Iraq and the Middle East. On Monday, a US convoy in the southern city was attacked. A spokesman for the US-led coalition confirmed the bombing, but would give no further details. A Western military source has also told the BBC that significant numbers of UK and US special forces are in Basra, acting both independently and in support of Iraqi army units. Sadr offensive proves Iraq can not be self sufficient
Amidst an all out war ultimatum Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is calling on political parties to unite against armed groups in Iraq, a spokesman said Sunday, warning that "Iraq cannot be the new Somalia." "It is a clear message," al-Maliki spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said of the situation in Iraq. "We cannot accept the presence of armed groups." Somalia has been mired in chaos since 1991, when warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and then turned on each other. Al-Sadr on Saturday gave his "last warning" to the Iraqi government that he would "declare a war" unless U.S. and Iraqi forces stop their assaults on his followers. Iraq is the new Somalia

It isn't funny but you have to laugh because it will be Sunni against Shiite throughout the entire middle east not just in Iraq. A man claiming to be the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq vowed in an audiotape released Saturday to launch a month long offensive against U.S. troops. There was no independent confirmation that the voice belonged to Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, but it sounded exactly like the one heard on previous audiotapes. Al-Muhajir has been the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq since his predecessor Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. airstrike northeast of Baghdad in 2006. "We call on our beloved ones ... that each unit should present the head of an American as a gift to the charlatan Bush ... in addition to one of the apostate servants and slaves of the awakening (councils) during a one-month period," he said in the tape, posted on an Internet site known for its militant contents. He made clear that the 30-day period begins from the day of the audiotape's release. The release of the tape follows a series of deadly attacks that have raised fears of a possible Al Qaeda in Iraq resurgence. Militants have targeted members of the awakening councils, Sunni Arab tribesmen and former insurgents who changed sides and are now fighting Al Qaeda alongside U.S. forces. Growing Sunni and Shiite violence

We can't even secure the Green Zone and when they get rid of us they will turn on each other! Almost 700 rockets and mortar rounds were fired in Baghdad in the past month, US commanders said on Wednesday, insisting however that overall violence levels in the capital are falling. Colonel Allen Batschelet told reporters that a total of 697 rockets and mortar bombs were fired from various locations in the Iraqi capital between March 23 and April 20. Of these 114, hit the highly fortified Green Zone, also known as the International Zone (IZ), where the Iraqi government and US embassy are based, he said. "Eighty-two percent of the rockets and mortars that hit the IZ originated from Sadr City," Batschelet said referring to the east Baghdad bastion of the Mahdi Army militia of hard line Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Two US soldiers, two US embassy personnel and two Iraqi guards have been killed in the Green Zone by the rocket attacks which began with a sustained bombardment on March 23 that sent residents in the complex scurrying for cover. Scores of other people have been wounded in the attacks, while dozens of Iraqis have been killed or wounded by rocket or mortar fire in other parts of Baghdad since the volleys began, officials said. This is success 700 rockets in Baghdad in a month scores dead and wounded

Civilian casualties mounted Wednesday as clashes between Shiite gunmen and U.S. and Iraqi troops spread to Baghdad's outskirts. Police said two women were among seven people killed in fighting overnight. The U.S. military said Wednesday that 15 suspected militants were killed in separate attacks a day earlier in mainly Shiite areas. Fierce fighting broke out during a military operation late Tuesday in Husseiniyah, a mainly Shiite area that sits to the north of Baghdad's embattled Sadr City district. U.S. and Iraqi troops were backed by helicopters as they fought until Wednesday morning with suspected Shiite militiamen who dominate the area, police said. Women and children were among 20 people wounded, they said. Police and hospital officials, who all spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information, also said eight civilians were killed and 44 others wounded in fighting in Sadr City, a sprawling district in northeastern Baghdad. A seriously wounded man died as an ambulance speeding him to the hospital was caught in the crossfire, police said. U.S. soldiers responded after they were attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire, killing 12 "criminals" in three separate incidents Tuesday in eastern Baghdad, the military said. A man planting a roadside bomb in northeastern Baghdad also was shot to death by American soldiers in northeastern Baghdad, while two others spotted with a mortar tube were killed in an airstrike, according to the military statement. civilian casualties mount as violence spreads around Iraq

What the hell is wrong with us? Amidst all this we have optimism? The No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq expressed hope on Wednesday that radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr would use his influence to stop his followers from attacking U.S. and Iraqi forces as clashes spread to the outskirts of Baghdad. The American military said 21 suspected gunmen were killed in Shiite militia strongholds late Tuesday, while Iraqi officials said 15 civilians were among the dead, including two women. The fighting, which began a month ago in response to an Iraqi government crackdown on militia violence, has put a severe strain on a cease-fire called in late August by al-Sadr. The anti-U.S. cleric threatened this weekend to unleash his Mahdi Army militia in an "open war" if the military operations persist. Despite heightened rhetoric by al-Sadr and his followers, U.S. commanders have been careful not to directly link the cleric to the current fighting, instead blaming Iranian-backed Shiite fighters it claims are "special groups" criminals who have broken with his movement. "We do not attribute what we've seen to JAM," said Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, using the Iraqi acronym for the Mahdi Army. But he acknowledged that al-Sadr could stop the attacks."We certainly hope that Sadr will choose the road of peace and responsibility," Austin, who commands day-to-day operations in Iraq, said Wednesday at a news conference. Optimism spreading will stop- what are they crazy

More than 5 years down the road since Bush attacked Iraq so he could get into the middle east to go after Iran and this is just beginning. There will be no peace and there will be no stopping the breakdown that will spread throughout the entire middle east thanks to bush despite any childish political rhetoric. Add this to the growing water wars, growing food wars, the worsening environment, and unstoppable growing world instability thanks to Bush and we have one hell of a future to prepare for!

James Joiner
Gardner Ma


TomCat said...

Jim, you may well be right, but I hope that, once we are gone, saner heads might prevail.

an average patriot said...

I wish it was you that was right but the entire middle east is going to blow, Sunni against Shiite with us and Israel in the middle of it. Bush guaranteed it on day one and all the childish rhetoric will do nothing but kill more Americans. The Iraqi's are already screwed because of the hell on earth Bush created for them and will spread throughout the entire middle east then the world. That is a simple fact!

Weaseldog said...

Once we are gone?

Do you mean, when we are all dead and buried, or when we have been beaten in a war spread across the entire Middle East?

Petraeus has been as Admiral Fallon's replacement. Butt Sucking does pay off.

And in the recent hearings, Petraeus blamed all of our problems in Iraq, on Iran. He mentioned Iran in almost every sentence.

In my opinion he made it very clear that Iran would be his next target.

an average patriot said...

When we are defeated in the middle east! Petraeus may take over as early as this fall I heard today. I think I will post on it tomorrow but I said as soon as they find Fallon's replacement the attack on Iran will occur. This fall perfect timing!

Larry said...

Do we now define living under the daily guise of bombs and blood signify "Success Iraqi Style?"

Minnesotablue said...

When we went into Iraq any dummy should have known that we would inflame the entire middle east. Bush and his crimes , will he ever be held accountable?

an average patriot said...

I do! People would do well to understand this has all been done on purpose and it will and is spreading around the world. Iraq is Somalia revisited and even the brain dead can see the chaos is just beginning.
It could be a coincidence but I doubt it! Yesterday I said when Petraeus takes over the attack on Iran will occur and then everything will get started. You and I have talked about it often and you know what that means.
Anyway I have mysteriously lost everything I had saved before and been monitored by... This morning I had to restore my system 3 times before I could get it going. We'll see what happens!

an average patriot said...

Bush will always by design appear to be the victim as he always does while he purposely lets the country and the world fall apart so he could institute his version.
Petraeus takes over in September then the attack on Iran will occur and this will get going. Bush has caused all of this and will never be held accountable because he will die denying everything! Enjoy and take that vacation this summer!

amphibious said...

You've hit everysalient point. My only doubt is what form the attack on Iran will take.
It cannot be invaded, too big with 80M people, nearly 60% under 25 are well able to handle arms.
It it another hmanitarian bombing a'la Serbia/Kosovo from 35,000 ft it'll be fun traversing the vast distances of Iran to get to targets of value. It's no thin strip of desert like Iraq, it's 1,000 kms from Baghdad to Teheran and almost as far from the Turkish border (as if they'd allow the US to use their facilities or airspace.
I have no doubt of Darth Cheney's intentions but nobody will be clap-trap about cake walks/slam dunks this time. I HOPE!

an average patriot said...

Wow, long time no see hear! i have discussed the attack on Iran numerous times. It is no surprise how! Even naj is saying she is starting to believe it! I will do an update today because I heard more this morning. Everything will quickly get much worse in American and around the world. Everything!
anyway Iran is totally surrounded but the attack will not come from the ground. Counting France there are four carrier Battle Groups in the Gulf with fighters and missiles. It is the Russia and China factor that concerns me. That have nuclear subs anti plane and missile batteries and everything else and have vowed to protect their significant interest.
Any we have Patriot missile batteries set up around the Gulf and the navy will attack both Iran and Pakistan from there.