Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Iraqis Sleep on Floor at Airport "Prison"

This is what has become of Iraqis: beggars on the gates of nations that used to live on our scraps.



UPDATE: I just learned that my sister and her husband were denied entry to Jordan two days ago. They are back in Baghdad now and might try to enter Syria soon. My father is going to make the same trip to Jordan in a couple of weeks for an interview with UNHCR. If he is denied entry then the breakup of my family would be complete, stranded between four countries, and there would be no hope for resettlement in a third country.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

YouTube has permanently suspended my account and deleted all my videos. The reason they gave me was "repeated attempts to upload inappropriate videos." I have been receiving several angry messages from Iraqis who did not like the videos I had published of Mahdi Army militiamen blowing up Sunni mosques in Baghdad and Basrah, and from some Kurds who objected to this video, which I had uploaded two days ago before my account was blocked (mature content):



The cellphone video has been circulating on Iraqi websites. It is purportedly a video of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the Iraqi Army summarily executing a young unarmed man in Mosul this month. The sound is not clear but the soldiers were speaking the Kurdish dialect of Erbil, according to some Kurds who viewed the video. The man is swearing to them that he "has nothing," and the officer is heard telling the soldiers to release him, but they enter a heated argument with the officer, ending in their prostrating the man on the street and opening fire on him. No further details are available about the video.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Patterns of Sectarian Violence in Baghdad

Over Half the Number of Unidentified Bodies Found in Five Areas of Baghdad

By ZEYAD KASIM


Up to 592 unidentified bodies were found dumped in different parts of Baghdad in the period between June 18 and July 18, 2007, according to figures based on media reports compiled by Iraq Slogger. Most of the bodies found by the police – an average of 20 a day – are bound, blindfolded and shot execution style, victims of sectarian violence carried out by both Sunni and Shi’ite death squads. Many also bear signs of torture or mutilation, according to medical sources in Baghdad. Despite official Iraqi and U.S. statements to the contrary, the reports indicate that the number of unidentified bodies in the capital has risen again to pre-surge levels over the last two months.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Former Sunni Insurgents Now "Freedom Fighters"

Former Islamic Army Militants Patrol Amiriya Alongside U.S. Troops:

The "Amiriya Freedom Fighters," who the U.S. military is now funding and arming, are former members of the Islamic Army in Iraq, an Islamic nationalist insurgent group based in Baghdad, Anbar, Babel, Salah Al-Din, and Diyala, thought to be composed largely of former Iraqi army officers.

With support from the U.S. military and local residents, the small group of fighters was successful in driving out Al-Qaeda-led Islamic State of Iraq militants from Amiriya, a predominately Sunni district in southwestern Baghdad.

Dr. Ali Al-Ni'aimi, an official spokesman of the insurgent group, denied working with U.S. troops, but implied that the militants of Amiriya have broke away from the insurgent group, which continues to target U.S. troops in Iraq. It is also possible that the insurgent group - like the tribal fighters of Anbar - has made a clever tactical move to both eliminate Islamic State of Iraq militants from their areas, and to make use of U.S. arms and funds in preparation for future conflicts.

It's now official; the U.S. is arming all parties to the civil war in Iraq.

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - JULY 12: Former Sunni insurgents now working with U.S. forces stand at an American firebase July 12, 2007 in the Amariyah neighborhood Baghdad, Iraq. The

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Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Chris Hondros/Getty Images

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