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Dahr Jamail is an independent
journalist stationed in Iraq. Mr. Jamail submits his work to
various publications around the world, and also has a web site at http://dahrjamailiraq.com
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
If one watches corporate media or
listens to Cheney Administration propaganda, one is either not getting
information about Iraq at all, or hearing that things are looking up as the U.S.
approaches another “phase” in the occupation.
Just taking a brief look at the
“security incidents” reported by Reuters for today, 12 February, gives a little
clue as to how the occupation of Iraq, aside from being immoral and unjust, is a
*RAMADI - Six insurgents were
killed and another wounded on Saturday when U.S forces conducted an air strike
in the city of Ramadi, 110 km (68 miles) west of Baghdad, the U.S military said
*MUQDADIYA - Clashes between
insurgents and Iraqi army soldiers conducting a raid killed one rebel in
Muqdadiya, 90 km (50 miles) north east of Baghdad.
The army arrested 40 suspected
insurgents in the same operation.
*BAGHDAD - A 53-year-old male
detainee at Abu Ghraib prison died on Saturday as a result of complications from
an assault by an unknown number of detainees, the U.S military said in a
*MAHAWEEL - The bodies of three
people, bound and shot in the head and
chest, were found in Mahaweel, 75
km (50 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. The bodies showed signs of
*ISKANDARIYA - The bodies of two
people, bound and shot in the head and
chest, were found in Iskandariya,
40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. The bodies showed signs of
*BAGHDAD - Three police commandos
and a civilian were killed and four commandos wounded when a suicide bomber
wearing an explosive belt blew himself up near a check point in southern
Baghdad, police said.
*KIRKUK - Gunmen killed four
policemen while they were driving in a civilian car in the main road between
Kirkuk and Tikrit, 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, police
*KIFL - Gunmen wearing police
uniforms killed a civilian on Saturday in Kifl, a town about 150 km (100 miles)
south of Baghdad, police said.
*NEAR LATIFIYA - Police retrieved
the body of a dead person from the river on Saturday near Latifiya, south of
*BAQUBA - A director of sport
education of Diyala province was killed by gunmen in the city of Baquba, 65 km
(40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
*YATHRIB - Gunmen kidnapped three
truck drivers who were carrying equipment to a U.S military base on Saturday in
Yathrib, a region near Balad, 90 km (55 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
*BAIJI - Gunmen blew up a gas
station on Saturday near the oil refinery city of Baiji, 180 km (112 miles)
north of Baghdad.
BAGHDAD - Twelve civilians were
wounded when two roadside bombs exploded
in quick succession near an Iraqi
police patrol in central Baghdad, police said.
SAMARRA - The Iraqi army found
three Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims who were among a group of 12, including an Iraqi
driver, kidnapped by gunmen in Samarra on Friday, Iraqi army officials
HAWIJA - Gunmen shot dead a doctor
and wounded an employee working in
the main hospital in Hawija, 70 km
south west of the northern city of Kirkuk, on Saturday, police
KIRKUK - Four policemen were
wounded when a roadside bomb went off near
their patrol in the northern city
of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
KIRKUK - The corpse of a Kurdish
contractor working with the U.S army was found on Saturday in Kirkuk, police
KIRKUK - Two civilians were
wounded by a roadside bomb near their patrol in Kirkuk, police
BAGHDAD - Two civilians were
killed, including a child, and three were wounded, when a roadside bomb
targeting police commandos exploded in a northern district of the capital,
A brief glance at recent events in
Iraq shows that violence only continues to escalate and the infrastructure which
U.S. taxpayers supposedly paid billions of dollars to repair is in
While the Cheney Administration
blame Iraqi resistance attacks and sabotage for the lack of reconstruction, I
would like to remind people that at least $8.8 Billion of the money meant for
reconstruction efforts remains unaccounted for. Stuart Bowen, the special
inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, said this is because “oversight” on
the part of the Coalition Provisional Authority “was relatively
Meanwhile, the U.S. military is
over a quarter of the way towards having the 3,000th soldier killed in Iraq, as
2,267 have now been killed. 25 of those deaths have occurred this
But as usual, it is the Iraqis who
are paying the highest price.
Looking at Arab media outlets,
evidence of this abounds.
According to Al-Sharqiyah
“The head of the Al-Fallujah
Municipal Council was killed by gunshots on February 7, Iraqi Al Sharqiyah TV
reported that day. In its 1100 GMT newscast, the TV said: "Unidentified armed
men this morning assassinated Shaykh Kamal Shakir Nizal, head of the Municipal
Council of Al-Fallujah, western Iraq.”
The U.S. backed puppet Iraqi
government continues its state-sponsored civil war. Aside from the numerous
bodies found in the aforementioned Reuters report, this past week Sharqiyah also
“Iraqi and US security forces
raided the Iraqi Islamic Party’s headquarters in the Al-Amiriyah area in western
Baghdad. The Islamic Party, which is one of the Iraqi entities operating under
the banner of the Iraqi Al-Tawafuq Front, issued a press statement today saying
that last night, Iraqi forces, backed by US troops, assaulted the headquarters’
guards and the party members who were there at the time, destroyed the headquarters’
furniture and contents, seized the licensed weapons carried by the guards, and
confiscated sums of money belonging to the party.”
Of course atrocities continue at
the hands of occupation forces. Video has been released which shows a group of
British soldiers brutally beating and kicking defenseless Iraqi teenagers inside
a military compound, and Iraqis recently released from prisons like Abu Ghraib
are reporting ongoing torture at the hands of U.S. forces. This, however, should
come as no surprise since Secretary of “Defense” Donald Rumsfeld issued a memo
over two years ago specifying which types of “harsh interrogation techniques” he
wanted used in Iraq.
This is just a brief overview of
recent events in Iraq.
When Israeli-U.S. warplanes begin
dropping bombs on Iran, will Iraq fade to the back pages of the news as has
Afghanistan? With the corporate media coverage of Iraq at this sorry state
already, it’s difficult to imagine that not occurring.
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