Saturday, January 5, 2008


Iraqi soldier kills 2 American troops

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer 47 minutes ago
BAGHDAD - An Iraqi soldier allegedly shot dead two American troops while they were patrolling together north of the capital, the U.S. military and an Iraqi official said Saturday. The Iraqi official said the suspect has links to militant groups.
Three other U.S. soldiers and a civilian interpreter were wounded in the Dec. 26 attack, the military said in a statement. The shooting occurred as American and Iraqi soldiers were trying to establish a combat outpost in Ninevah province in northern Iraq.
According to Brig. Mutaa Habib Jassim al-Khazrachi, commander of the Iraqi army's 2nd Division, an initial investigation has indicated that the Iraqi soldier has links to local militant groups.

Seven wounded as bomb explodes in Baghdad

Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 05 /01 /2008 Time 8:26:39

Baghdad, Jan 5, (VOI)- At least seven people were wounded on Saturday afternoon as a bomb stashed in a minibus exploded, a police source said.The source told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq the blast took place "on the road linking al-Doura neighborhood to Baghdad al-Jadidah in southeastern Baghdad."Iraqi "security forces immediately cordoned off the area and banned civilians from coming close to the blast location," he said.SK

12 unknown bodies found in Baghdad

Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
Saturday , 05 /01 /2008 Time 8:26:39

Baghdad, Jan 5, (VOI)- Iraqi police patrols on Saturday found 12 unknown bodies dumped in different parts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a police source said."Police patrols found 12 unidentified bodies in different areas of Baghdad, most of them were found in Baghdad's western side (al-Karkh)," the source told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI)."Nine corpses were found in different neighborhoods of al-Karkh: six in al-Doura, two in al-Aamel and one in al-Saydiya," he explained."Three more bodies were found in neighborhoods of Zayounah, al-Jaderiyah and Baghdad al-Jadidah in Rasafa, eastern side of Baghdad," the source added."Most of the bodies found bore signs of gunshot wounds to different parts of the body, mainly to the head," he noted.SK


This video is something you are never going to see on any American news outlet. It is a rare look inside of an Iraqi prison for women. Listen to the narrative as the commentator talks about the number of Iraqis who have been put in prison since the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. Shame on the media in the United States for not telling this story.


Iraqis resort to selling children
Afif Sarhan in Baghdad

Thanks to Lori Price and CLG for this news tip.

Abu Muhammad, a Baghdad resident, found it difficult to let go of his daughter's hand but he had already convinced himself that selling her to a family outside Iraq would provide her with a better future.
"The war disgraced my family. I lost relatives including my wife among thousands of victims of sectarian violence and was forced to sell my daughter to give my other children something to eat," he told Al Jazeera.
In 2006, Abu Muhammad and his family were forced to leave their home in Adhamiya, a district of Baghdad, after militia fighting claimed the streets in his once tranquil neighbourhood.
They began living in a makeshift refugee camp on the outskirts of Baghdad, but he soon lost his job and the children, unable to make the daily trek, quit school.
"There wasn't enough money to spend on books, clothes and transport," he said. His daughter, Fatima, the youngest of four children, began to show signs of malnourishment and a local medic said she had become anaemic.