Iraqi Women Prefer Death Before Dishonor
- Thouloiya: women threatened with rape will await American soldiers
with explosive belts
Translation from Arabic:
Islam Memo (May 30, 2006): The commander of the Marine Corps, Captain
Phil, threatened that he will order his Marines to rape the women in
the city of Thoulouiya if the citizens do not hand over all of the
Resistance men there-in or tell the Marines where they are located.
The Islam Memo reporter, from Tikrit near Thoulouiya, reported on the
statements of Sheikh Jasim Al-Azzawi who explained that :"The tribal
Sheikhs of the city went to negotiate with the occupation forces for
the lifting of the siege around the city, and allow the inflow of food
and medicine that has been prohibited from entering the city for the
past 10 days.
However, the commander of the occupation forces addressed the tribal
Sheikhs saying :"We give you barbaric Arabs just one day to hand over
those who are killing our soldiers, and if you do not comply, I will
order my soldiers to rape all the women of the city, and starting with
Sheikh Jasim added :"The negotiating committee, comprised of ten
tribal Sheikhs, responded by saying :" Our women will be wearing
explosive belts and waiting for your soldiers".
Sheikh Jasim Al-Azzawi added that the Marine commander, who he
believes is Jewish, let them depart without arrest telling them :" I
am letting you go only to deliver my ultimatum to the people of
Our reporter has indicated that tens of Resistance fighters have been
infiltrating into the city whose people are preparing for a difficult
Resistance sources in the city have reported that more than 18 women
have already volunteered to become suicide fighters in the event that
occupation forces carried out their threat and do invade their city."
Alarmed by Raids, Neighbors Stand Guard in Iraq
By Sabrina Tavernise
The New York Times
Wednesday 10 May 2006
In many Baghdad neighborhoods, civilians stand guard each night.
(Photo: Scott Nelson / The New York Times)
Baghdad - It was almost 3 a.m. in Zubaida Square in central
Baghdad last week when headlights signaled one flash, then two, then
From the darkness, someone signaled back. The watchers were there.
As evidence mounts that Shiite police commandos are carrying out
secret killings, Sunni Arab neighborhoods across Baghdad have begun
forming citizen groups to keep the paramilitary forces out of their
areas entirely. In large swaths of western Baghdad, and in at least
six majority Sunni areas in its center, young men take turns standing
in streets after the 11 p.m. curfew, to send out signals by
flashlights and cellphones if strangers approach.
In some cases, the Sunnis have set up barricades and have taken up
arms against Shiite-led commando raids into their neighborhoods. In
other cases, residents have tipped off Sunni insurgents. Watch groups
have been assembled in other mixed areas, including Baquba to the
north and Mahmudiya to the south, residents and officials said.
Three years after the American invasion, the war has settled here,
in the quiet of neighborhoods, streets and Iraqis' backyards. Dozens
of bodies surface daily. People are taken from their homes and
executed. Assassinations are routine. But instead of looking to the
government for protection, ordinary Sunni Arabs are taking up arms
against it, perhaps the most vivid illustration of the depth of Sunni
mistrust of the American backed, Shiite-led security forces. "There is
no bridge of confidence between the government and the Iraqi people,"
said Tarik al-Hashimy, a vice president of Iraq who is a Sunni Arab.
The groups, informal networks of neighbors, are not tracked by the
authorities, and so are difficult to count. The Iraqi Army's
battalions responsible for the northern and central portions of
eastern Baghdad touched base with groups in Fadhel, Qaera, Waziriya
and Adhamiya last Monday night. Many more neighborhoods, including
Khudra, Jihad and Ghazaliya, in heavily Sunni western Baghdad, report
similar organization. The residents emerge after dark, and are
encountered by Iraqi Army night patrols who check in on them.
The groups - with intricate webs of cellphones, mosque
loudspeakers, flashlight codes and handheld radios - mushroomed after
the February bombing of a sacred Shiite shrine in Samarra that sparked
several days of killing of Sunnis by Shiite militias.
"Samarra is the turning point in the security file," Mr. Hashimy said.
In March, the Baghdad morgue received 1,294 bodies, more than
double the 596 received in March 2005. In April, the figure was up by
88 percent from the previous April. Nearly 90 percent died violently,
most by gunfire, according to the morgue.
"The killing, you can't imagine the killing," said Yusra Abdul
Aziz, 47, a teacher, whose block, in Adhamiya, organized its watch
group in March, after four neighbors were shot dead over several days.
"Without any reason. Cars come and shoot us. We run to the hospital
and get our wounded. We live in a nightmare, actually."
On her block, seven men, Sunnis and Shiites, stand on rooftops and
street corners from midnight to 6 a.m., stopping suspicious cars. Palm
tree trunks and pieces of trash are used to block roads. Still, she is
so afraid of nighttime raids by both the special police and marauding
criminals dressed like police officers that she sleeps in her clothes.
As a counterweight to sectarian extremism, neighborhood watch
groups often cross sectarian lines, with Sunni and Shiite neighbors
standing guard together. Sunnis have even helped to protect Shiite
neighbors from Sunni militias.
Many Sunnis say that despite their terror of the Iraqi special
police, they tolerate the Iraqi Army, which they consider more
professional and less partisan. They say soldiers sometimes turn a
blind eye to their weapons, which are illegal outside the house. Some
neighborhood watchers interviewed said they had cellphone numbers of
army commanders in their speed-dial lists.
"Sometimes they talk to us," said a neighborhood guard. "They say,
'Don't let us see your weapons.' "
The army has even protected Sunni residents from the Shiite
police. Col. Ghassan Ali Thamir of the Third Battalion said he stopped
several Ministry of the Interior sport utility vehicles from entering
Adhamiya last year, infuriating the ministry, which sent a memo
demanding an explanation.
"The MOI says Colonel Ghassan cooperates with the terrorists," he
said, sitting in his office in a former palace of Saddam Hussein in
Adhamiya. "I don't want anyone taking anyone without a list. If they
come for one, O.K., take one. But not more."
Sunnis also say they feel safer if Americans accompany Iraqis.
"The Americans will not let the Iraqi forces kill us," one Ghazaliya
resident put it bluntly.
American commanders say that the watch groups are benign, and that
the Iraqi Army does not permit them to patrol with weapons.
"You will see them - a guy standing on the street corner," said
Lt. Col. Paul Finken, of the 506th Regimental Combat Team of the 101st
Airborne Division, whose area of control includes Adhamiya. "They are
there, and it's no issue for U.S. Army forces."
Still, to some Iraqi soldiers, the neighborhood patrols seem
indistinguishable, in the end, from the Iraqi insurgency. A soldier
who patrols in Adhamiya lifted up his sleeve to show scars from a hand
grenade that had been thrown at him in the area.
"They show themselves as liking the army, but it's not true," said
Second Lt. Ali Khadham of the Iraqi Army's Second Battalion, which
patrols Adhamiya. "There's a very big hate inside them for government
Sunnis say they have organized purely out of self-protection, to
defend their turf in a city where more and more areas have become
no-go zones. In the darkness of Zubaida Square, a guard, Adel Kareem,
38, said he has given up work as a taxi driver because leaving his
neighborhood with his Sunni ID meant risking arrest and execution, a
fear echoed in many other Sunni areas.
"I can't go to Kadhimiya, Shuala, Sadr City, Shaab," he said,
ticking off the city's Shiite neighborhoods. "I would disappear."
Sunni neighborhoods are just as dangerous for Shiites, in part
because of neighborhood watch patrols.
Shiites have also organized neighborhood patrols, but their trust
in the police is high, and guards are few. Lieutenant Khadham said
that in his majority Shiite neighborhood, Ur, about 15 neighbors guard
an area of about 400 houses, far less than in Adhamiya, where dozens
of guards keep watch on each block.
Shiite areas breathe more easily at night. In Greyat, a riverside
Shiite enclave just north of Adhamiya, families with children were out
walking at midnight recently. Tea shops overflowed with guests,
bakeries exuded inviting smells and men sat talking in outdoor
restaurants. In contrast, just several blocks away in the largely
Sunni Arab neighborhood of Slekh, lights were out and blocks appeared
In the darkness of a quiet block in the largely Sunni district of
Waziriya in central Baghdad on Monday night, Ali Salah Mahdi, a
gangly, 21-year-old Sunni Arab, said his group had heard through its
network that extremists intended to attack a neighbor who was working
as a translator for American troops. They warned the man, who quickly
fled with his family. Shortly after, Mr. Mahdi said, attackers strafed
the man's house.
Paramilitary raids in the city appear to have eased in recent
months, and Sunni residents attribute the drop to neighborhood patrols
obstructing them. The evidence, they say, is that killers are now
striking targets at their workplaces, in the hospitals and while they
A recent example is the killing of 14 young men from Slekh last
month. The men, who commuted together in a minivan from their shops in
Sinek, another area, were returning home on April 15 when their
vehicle was stopped and they were led away. Their bodies, some with
drill holes, surfaced in the morgue several days later. Residents
blame the Interior Ministry, though with no survivors from the van, no
The incident only hardened residents' resolve for self-defense.
"I am dizzy from going to funerals," said a guard at the Najib
mosque, where neighbors came to mourn the men two weeks ago.
And in a more violent, and perhaps more telling, episode, on the
night of April 17, uncontrolled gun battles raged in Adhamiya for more
than seven hours. Four men, who identified themselves as local guards,
said in interviews that shooting broke out after dozens of Interior
Ministry cars drove into Adhamiya, though no one acknowledged actually
seeing such a car.
Colonel Thamir said Sunni insurgents started rumors that the
police had come to arrest people, setting off the battle. Five people
were killed and many more were wounded.
Similar battles were reported in Khudra and in Shuhada in western
Baghdad, during the days of sectarian rioting in February.
Insurgents started the fight, said Second Lt. Ahmed Majeed of the
Iraqi Army's First Battalion Delta Force.
"The civilians started to shoot," he said, looking frustrated.
"What should we do?"
The problem, he said, is ultimately one of trust.
"Everyone has a gun," he said. "When I say, 'I'm here to protect
you,' they say, 'I'm not sure.' "
Qais Mizher, Omar al-Neami and Sahar Nageeb contributed reporting
for this article.
THE REAL WMD'S IN IRAQ - OURS
Weapons of mass destruction are all over Iraq. Iraqi children are
playing among them every day. According to Iraqi doctors, many are
developing cancer as a result. The WMD in question is depleted uranium
(DU). Left over after natural uranium has been processed, DU is 1.7
times denser than lead - effective in penetrating armored vehicles
such as tanks. After a DU shell strikes, it penetrates before
exploding into a burning vapor that turns to dust.
"Depleted uranium has a half life of 4.7 billion years - that means
thousands upon thousands of Iraqi children will suffer for tens of
thousands of years to come. This is what I call terrorism," says Dr
As a special scientific adviser to the World Health Organization, the
United Nations and the Iraqi Ministry of Health, Dr Hardan is the man
who documented the effects of depleted uranium in Iraq between 1991
and 2002. U.S. forces admit to using at least 300 tons of D.U.
ordinance in Gulf War I, with up to six times that amount in Operation
When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it can dramatically alter
the entire fabric of family life. The emotional impact can be huge.
Imagine having nine members of your family with malignancies at the
same time. Welcome to Basra, Iraq.
Dr. Jawad Al-Ali, educated in England, is head oncologist at the
Saddam teaching hospital in Basra. There are nine people with cancer
in his wife's family. They are not alone. At a conference in Japan in
2004 he stated:
"Two strange phenomena have come about in Basra which I have never
seen before. The first is double and triple cancers in one patient.
For example, leukemia and cancer of the stomach. We had one patient
with 2 cancers - one in his stomach and kidney. Months later, primary
cancer was developing in his other kidney--he had three different
cancer types. The second is the clustering of cancer in families. We
have 58 families here with more than one person affected by cancer. Dr
Yasin, a general Surgeon here has two uncles, a sister and cousin
affected with cancer. Dr Mazen, another specialist, has six family
members suffering from cancer. My wife has nine members of her family
"Children in particular are susceptible to depleted uranium( DU)
poisoning. They have a much higher absorption rate as their blood is
being used to build and nourish their bones and they have a lot of
soft tissues. Bone cancer and leukemia used to be diseases affecting
them the most, however, cancer of the lymph system, which can develop
anywhere on the body, and has rarely been seen before the age of 12 is
now also common."
At one point after the war, a Basra hospital reported treating upwards
of 600 children per day with symptoms of radiation sickness. 600
children per day?
The widespread use of DU weapons was not limited to Iraq. The Uranium
Medical Research Center (UMRC), founded by Dr. Asaf Durakovic, a
former U.S. Army Colonel, did extensive field studies in Afghanistan
just after the invasion. Excerpts from their field reports read:
"We took both soil and biological samples, and found considerable
presence in urine samples of radioactivity; the heavy concentration
astonished us. They were beyond our wildest imagination."......."The
UMRC field team was shocked by the breadth of public health impacts
coincident with the bombing. Without exception, at every bombsite
investigated, people are ill. A significant portion of the civilian
population presents symptoms consistent with internal contamination by
In Afghanistan, unlike Iraq, UMRC lab results indicated high
concentrations of NON-DEPLETED URANIUM, with the concentrations being
much higher than in DU victims from Iraq. Afghanistan was evidently
used as a testing ground for a new generation of "bunker buster" bombs
containing high concentrations of other uranium alloys
Dr. Durakovic stated, "The [U.S.] Veteran's Administration asked me to
lie about the risks of incorporating depleted uranium in the human
body ...uranium does cause cancer, uranium does cause mutation, and
uranium does kill. If we continue with the irresponsible contamination
of the biosphere, the denial of the fact that human life is endangered
by the deadly uranium isotope, then we are doing disservice to
ourselves, disservice to the truth, disservice to God and to all the
generations who follow."
Living in Iraq under Saddam Hussein was pretty bad much of the time,
and being ruled by the Taliban in Afghanistan was no picnic either,
but DU is worse. It's not safe even to breathe. It's the ultimate
NOTE: Mr. Westerman blogs at: vitaltruths.blogsource.com, which
contains a much longer and more comprehensive report on the horrors of
Depleted Uranium. He can be reached via e-mail at: aspendougy @ yahoo.com
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