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  • Gail Mackenzie
    So, sorry Marbling Group at Yahoo....I don t know what happened, but I, in no way, meant to forward Dahr Jamail s newsblog to yahoo marbling group. I
    Message 1 of 7 , Jul 16, 2007
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      So, sorry Marbling Group at Yahoo....I don't know what happened, but
      I, in no way, meant to forward Dahr Jamail's newsblog to yahoo
      marbling group. I apologize for the mistake. At least, I didn't
      send it 99 times!! Sincerely, Gail
      On Jul 16, 2007, at 8:55 AM, Gail Mackenzie wrote:

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      > > From: "Dahr Jamail's dispatches"
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      > > Date: July 16, 2007 7:06:50 AM PDT
      > > To: Dahr Jamail Dispatches
      > <Dahr_Jamail_Dispatches@...>
      > > Subject: MidEast Dispatches: Partition Fears Begin to Rise
      > > Reply-To: dahr_jamail_dispatches@...
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      > > ** Dahr Jamail's MidEast Dispatches **
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      > >
      > > Partition Fears Begin to Rise
      > >
      > > Inter Press Service
      > > By Ali al-Fadhily*
      > >
      > > BAGHDAD, Jul 16 (IPS) - Many Iraqis are now beginning to see the
      > > rising sectarian violence as part of a larger plan to partition the
      > > country.
      > >
      > > "Americans want to alter the shape of our cities, dividing Iraqis
      > > into ethnic and sectarian groups living separately from each
      > > other," Khali Sadiq, a researcher in statistics at Baghdad
      > > University told IPS.
      > >
      > > "They are not doing this directly, but they have obviously given
      > > room to militias and Iraqi forces to do the job," he said. "We are
      > > more than halfway towards a sectarian Iraq."
      > >
      > > A recent report has raised further suspicions that there is a U.S.-
      > > backed plan to partition the capital city, and possibly the country
      > > along sectarian and ethnic lines.
      > >
      > > According to the Initial Benchmark Assessment Report issued by the
      > > White House Jul. 12, "the government of Iraq has made satisfactory
      > > progress towards enacting and implementing legislation on
      > > procedures to form semi-autonomous regions."
      > >
      > > The report also states that the U.S.-backed Iraqi government
      > > formulates "target lists" of Sunni Arabs. These lists are compiled
      > > by the Office of the Commander-in-Chief, which reports directly to
      > > U.S.-backed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
      > >
      > > The report says fabricated charges are brught to purge Sunnis from
      > > the Iraqi security forces.
      > >
      > > Samara city, 100 km north of Baghdad, seems to be one of the
      > > current targets of this demographic change. The bombing of the
      > > shrine of al-Askari in February 2006 ignited a sectarian wave of
      > > violence that swept Iraq. Shia clerics in Baghdad and other Iraqi
      > > provinces who are supportive of the occupation began to speak of a
      > > need to change the city from predominantly Sunni to predominantly
      > > Shia.
      > >
      > > Shula and Hurriya in western Baghdad, and most areas on the eastern
      > > bank of Tigris River are now purely Shia after years of killings by
      > > death squads. It has been known for over a year now that Shia death
      > > squads have been operating out of the U.S.-backed Ministry of
      > > Interior, often in the guise of the Facilities Protection Service
      > > (FPS).
      > >
      > > The FPS was created under extraordinary circumstances. The U.S.
      > > occupation authorities and the Iraqi leaders working with them set
      > > up several new army and police forces under the supervision of the
      > > Multi National Forces (MNF). It was decided that each ministry
      > > could establish its own protection force away from the control of
      > > the ministries of interior and defence.
      > >
      > > The FPS was established Apr. 10, 2003, the day after the fall of
      > > Baghdad, under Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) order 27.
      > >
      > > This document states: "The FPS may also consist of employees of
      > > private security firms who are engaged to perform services for the
      > > ministries or governorates through contracts, provided such private
      > > security firms and employees are licensed and authorised by the
      > > Ministry of Interior."
      > >
      > > Global Security.Org, a U.S.-based security research group, says:
      > > "The Facilities Protection Service works for all ministries and
      > > governmental agencies, but its standards are set and enforced by
      > > the Ministry of the Interior. It can also be privately hired. The
      > > FPS is tasked with the fixed site protection of ministerial,
      > > governmental, or private buildings, facilities and personnel."
      > >
      > > But evidence has emerged that this and other police forces have
      > > been taken over by Shia militia.
      > >
      > > Capt. Alexander Shaw, head of the police transition team of the
      > > 372nd Military Police Battalion, a Washington-based unit charged
      > > with overseeing training of all Iraqi police in western Baghdad,
      > > has said: "To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure we're ever going to
      > > have police here that are free of the militia influence."
      > >
      > > Shaw said about 70 percent of the Iraqi police force had been
      > > infiltrated, and that police officers are too afraid to patrol many
      > > areas of the capital.
      > >
      > > Many Iraqis today believe this is part of an intentional plan to
      > > divide Iraq along sectarian lines.
      > >
      > > "They (death squads) evicted many of our good Sunni neighbours and
      > > killed many others," Abu Riyad of the predominantly Shia Shula area
      > > told IPS. "We protected them for a while, but then we could not
      > > face the militias with all the support they had from the Iraqi
      > > government and the Americans. It is a terrible shame that we have
      > > to live with, but what can we do?"
      > >
      > > On the other hand, many Sunni Iraqis seemed unwilling to evict
      > > their Shia countrymen -- for a while. But people in one mixed area
      > > of Baghdad described strange developments.
      > >
      > > "It is true that our neighbours did not evict us, but then the
      > > Americans swept the area and local fighters had to disappear from
      > > the streets," Hussein Allawi, a Shia who lived in a predominantly
      > > Sunni neighbourhood told IPS. "A group of masked strangers then
      > > entered the town right under American soldiers' eyes. Only then did
      > > we realise that we must leave, and that our good neighbours could
      > > not help us any more."
      > >
      > > Many such stories are told around Baghdad.
      > >
      > > "We had to leave our house in Isskan in the western part of
      > > Baghdad," Dr. Fadhil Mahmood, a Sunni, told IPS. "A Shia friend of
      > > mine telephoned me to leave the house instantly because he heard
      > > some people were heading there to kill me and evict my family."
      > >
      > > Mahmood said that his neighbours later told him that death squads
      > > arrived half an hour after he left his home.
      > >
      > > (*Ali, our correspondent in Baghdad, works in close collaboration
      > > with Dahr Jamail, our U.S.-based specialist writer on Iraq who
      > > travels extensively in the region)
      > >
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