"International aid organisations" pulling out of Iraq
- They are going! They are going! Allahu Akbar! The sleazy and cowardly
"international" organisations tailing the Anglo-American Zionist-imperialist
occupation of Iraq are starting to remove their non-Iraqi staff from the
country. I dare say their Uncle Tom Iraqi staff will find it best to start
looking for other work too :-) The following article, attributed to the
Associated Press, appeared on page A18 of the Thursday, August 28, 2003
edition of The Arizona Republic.
TWO GIS KILLED; AID GROUP PULLS STAFF
Baghdad--Two more U.S. soldiers were killed in combat Tuesday, and the relief
agency Oxfam became the fourth major international organization to pull
foreign staff out of Iraq because of increasing danger.
A day after the August 19 suicide truck bombing of the U.N. headquarters,
which killed at least 23 people, the World Bank and the International
Monetary Fund said they were temporarily withdrawing some foreign staff. Many
U.N. foreign workers also have left the country.
There are dozens of non-government aid and support groups working in Iraq,
and a senior official at one group said most of the agencies are studying
whether to reduce foreign staff, or already had.
"Most of them are reducing their staff as much as possible," Hanno Schaefer,
spokesman for Caritas, the Catholic Church relief agency.
Oxfam began withdrawing its 15 international staff members on Monday and
completed the move within 48 hours, said Simon Springett, Oxfam's program
The two U.S. soldiers killed Wednesday did in separate attacks in Baghdad and
a city just to the west, the military reported. A third soldier was reported
to have died separately of a non-hostile gunshot wound. [tsk, tsk, soldiers
being careless with their weapons :-) --Kevin]
One soldier was killed and three were wounded in a roadside bombing in
Fallujah, 30 miles [50 km] west of Baghdad. The dead soldier was from the
Third Armored Cavalry Regiment, the military said.
The second death came in a roadside bomb attack on a military convoy in
Baghdad. The soldier was with the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade.
The deaths brought to 281 the number of soldiers killed since the war began
on March 20. Since President Bush declared major combat to be over on May 1,
143 U.S. soldiers have died, five more than during the fighting.
The violence has hit Iraqis as well, with frequent carjackings and robberies.
Gunfire and explosions are commonplace in Baghdad.
Two Iraqi policemen and three civilians were killed in a shootout with
criminals early Wednesday in a central Baghdad square.