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‘It is either us or you,’ Iraqi rebels tell U.S
Muthana Aidan and Ali al-Mawsawi, Azzaman
October 19, 2006
Iraqi rebels are determined to turn the Muslim holy month of Ramadan this year into a turning point in their struggle to defeat the United States.
In interviews with residents and insurgents in violence-ridden areas, particularly in central Iraq, it appears that rebel tactics of turning the holy month into the bloodiest for the occupiers have been 'a resounding success.’
"We have long queues of people willing to have themselves killed if they guarantee they will take one of the 'Olooch’ with them," said and Iraqi man who had spent sometime with a few rebels in a prison.
'Olooch’ is the Arabic term the rebels use to refer to U.S. troops which is invariably translated into infidels. It was first used by former leader Saddam Hussein to describe U.S.-led troops that had assembled to topple him in 2003.
One rebel said there were hundreds of fighters who would refuse to fight with a gun but would prefer to suicide bomb themselves if they know the bombing would end up in killing an American.
The rebel, who refused to be named like all the sources in this story, cited the latest battles in Anbar, one of the most violent provinces in Iraq, in which U.S. troops were dealt heavy blows.
"U.S. military operations there were met with stiff resistance. Fighters jointed the resistance from across the country and neighboring states. Many of them would rather blow themselves up in the face of the Olooch," he said.
Residents in rebel-held areas denied reports that Iraqi resistance was losing its popular base.
"Everybody would opt for resistance and support it. There is little choice. It is hard for anyone in our area to even sympathize with these Olooch," said a farmer in a village close to Falluja.
The use of disproportionate force and policies and actions hostile to the religious and cultural aspirations of the population in these areas has apparently turned most of the people against U.S. troops.
Stories of U.S. atrocities – mistreatment of prisoners, molesting of females, killing of innocent Iraqis as well as reported rape and murder – are the main topics of conversation almost everywhere in this volatile region.
"There is no way to drive a wedge between us and the resistance. We are all one voice that it is either us or them (U.S.)," said a tribal chieftain, also not willing to reveal his name.
There were reports that the tribes were unhappy with the rebels but the tribal leader said if differences existed they "will never be at the expense of efforts to humiliate and defeat the Olooch and their backers in Iraq."
Another rebel said the ultimate aim of "almost all resistance fighters is to gain the paradise by becoming martyrs."
Those seeking martyrdom would abstain from food and have themselves shut in a room reading the Holy Koran and praying in preparation to fight.
"The best way to please the Almighty is through fighting the occupiers and killing them and those assisting them," one rebel quoted a would-be suicide bomber as saying.
"We want to instill fear and horror in the heart of these Olooch," the bomber was quoted.
U.S. troops have special make-shift prisons in the areas of their military operations and one recently freed Iraqi said he had spent nearly two months in one of these temporary jails west of Baghdad.
He said he was jailed with several foreign fighters some of whom spoke languages other than Arabic.
But all had the same 'holy’ target of defeating the U.S. invaders and their supporters in Iraq.
United in grief and anger
May Ying Welsh in Baghdad
Friday 09 April 2004
Bereaved farmer Jabir Hasan with his granddaughter Zena
On a sweltering farm in rural Baghdad Jabir Hasan prays on a mat in front of the family home.   As planes roar overhead, he asks God for retribution.
Last year, a missile fell among his fields of wheat and summer vegetables.   It did not harm anyone, not even one of the lazy cows sitting under the date palms.   But a mile down the road another missile was falling.
It came down on top of a small farmhouse where Hasan's son Adil, and two nephews, Muhammad and Yahia, were staying.   The nephews were burned to a crisp but Adil made it to the hospital where he survived 24 hours and then died.  
As the family cried over the caskets, another missile fell on the funeral.
"Body parts were flying everywhere," says Jabir's wife Umm Adil.   "You couldn't know the difference between a child and the flesh that was flying and the smoke.   The caskets flew in the air and fell on the ground."
Across town
On the other side of Baghdad in the crowded and poor Shia neighbourhood Shuala, Haidar Ghafil sits on the floor of his house printing out political pamphlets in support of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, now wanted by the occupation authority which accuses him of supporting the murder of a rival cleric.
Haidar's life was also changed by by the death of his three brothers
Last year, a missile fell here too, on a crowded marketplace, killing 50 people, including Ghafil's three younger brothers Ali, Muhammad and Husayn.
Ghafil scrapped his plans for marriage and enlarging the family home, and his carefree attitude was replaced by an interest in politics.  
"I will never forget this," he said at the time, sobbing angrily, his eyes fixed on the floor.   "Our reaction will be known someday, it will be determined at that time."
Shared loss
Today, Hasan, a Sunni, and Ghafil, a Shia, have something in common.   They both want US forces to leave Iraq by any means possible.
Both say their resolve was not formed when they lost family members, but rather came to a head over time based on the actions of occupation forces over the past year.  
Hasan's family members have been imprisoned and suffer nightly house raids.  
"Whenever their cars get burned, they surround the area and stay for four or five hours bombing," says Umm Zena, Hasan's daughter in law and widow of Adil, referring to the US-led occupation forces.   "They don't bomb anything specific, just out of fear of the people.
Umm Zena: They even smell the perfume to check its scent
"Then they come in the middle of the night and inspect the houses and personal things — the bedrooms, the kitchen — they even smell the perfume to check its scent.  
"They don't allow anyone to talk to them — they just tell us to get out of the house.   And we and the children go, even the little ones who are sleeping."
Good neighbour
Hasan's brother, who lost two sons in US bombing, was detained by US forces during a house raid when he heard his neighbours shouting for help and came running to their home with a gun.
He disappeared into the US-run prison system and no one has seen him for six months.  
Ghafil's family also suffered the house raids, and has to contend with no electricity, a lack of clean water, and chronic unemployment.
Without the other sons to help, the family is scraping by, entirely reliant on Ghafil.   His father developed a severe heart condition from the stress and is now bed-ridden.  
Ghafil's mother has concluded that America did not come to Iraq to help the people.   "What help are they giving us?" she asks with tired eyes.   "They are destroying us, not helping us."
One year after the bombing of Baghdad, when they look at the pictures of their deceased relatives, Hasan, Ghafil and their families no longer cry.   All their tears and sorrow have been transformed into a seething anger at the US.
"Now, I am in pain and everyone who lost something has this pain," says Hasan.   "And this pain is heading for America.   It will come in a few days or months."
Lost childhood
The granddaughter, four-year-old Zena, never laughs or smiles.   Her face is permanently twisted into a sad grimace.   She has learned to say: "Bush slaughtered Papa."
Zena has stopped smiling since her father was killed
"I tell her: Daddy went to paradise," says her mother, flattening bread dough and sticking it inside a traditional clay oven.
"I tell her I will make it up to you.   I will be your father and mother and big brother, I'll be your everything.   But she doesn't accept it.   She's always asking about him.   She talks to his picture asking him to come to her.
"Before, my life was sweet," says Umm Zena.   "There was no war and my husband was alive.   What more could I have wanted? Now, all I see is fear.   Fear and horror.   There is no security."
Political versus personal
Ghafil no longer dreams of marrying, as the family can not afford it.   "I had many plans but now I've dropped them," he says.   Now, his focus is completely on the removal of the occupation.
"The Shia and Sunnis have to unify their resistance more; a joint plan is coming," he says.   "When that happens depends on the Americans.   If they keep using more and more force against the people, they will push this to happen."

I am ready to sacrifice the rest of my family to defeat America. 

  And God willing we will defeat her
Jabir Hasan,
As tanks rumble by in the streets outside, Ghafil and his mother agree that peaceful demonstrations against the occupation are useless.   "The US forces just shoot at them," says Ghafil.
Across town on Hasan's farm, helicopter gunships roar past the windows just feet away, rattling the glass in their frames.
"We will kick them out," fumes Hasan.   "With all my efforts, with everything I am capable of doing in this world, I am ready to sacrifice the rest of my family to defeat America.   And God willing we will defeat her."
"I will never forgive them," says Umm Adil choking and pointing to her chest, "My son.   And I forgive them? My country.   And I forgive them? Our people all of them smashed.   And I forgive them?
"Right now, we don't have any freedom.
"Our people are demolished.
"What freedom remains for us?
"Our country is gone."

informazione dall'iraq occupato
information from occupied iraq
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Iraq Aims to Limit Mortality Data
Health Ministry Told Not to Release Civilian Death Toll to U.N.
Colum Lynch, Washington Post Staff Writer
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 19 — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office has instructed the country's health ministry to stop providing mortality figures to the United Nations, jeopardizing a key source of information on the number of civilian war dead in Iraq, according to a U.N. document.
A confidential cable from the United Nations' top official in Baghdad, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi of Pakistan, said the Iraqi prime minister is seeking to exercise greater control over the release of the country's politically sensitive death toll.
U.N. officials expressed concern that the move threatens to politicize the process of counting Iraq's dead and muddy international efforts to gain a clear snapshot of the scale of killing in Iraq.
Qazi warned in the cable that the development "may affect" the United Nations' ability to adequately record the number of civilians killed or wounded in the Iraq war as it endures a bloody new phase of sectarian violence.
He said U.N. human rights workers would have "no guaranteed means to corroborate" figures provided by the government.
Iraq's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Feisal Amin al-Istrabadi, said he was unaware of his government's decision, "so I don't know what the rationale for it is.  It has not reached our mission."
The ongoing debate over the Iraqi death toll was reignited this month after a team of Iraqi and American epidemiologists estimated that 650,000 more people have died in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 than would have died if the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's regime had not occurred.
Those figures, published in the British medical journal the Lancet, were dismissed by the United States and Britain as inflated.
President Bush said in a speech last December that 30,000 civilians have died as a result of the war; the group Iraq Body Count yesterday posted an estimate of between 43,937 and 48,783 civilian deaths.
The Iraqi government has long resisted efforts by U.N. officials and human rights workers to obtain reliable government figures on mortality.
But since July 2005, the Medico-Legal Institute in Baghdad, which is controlled by the Iraqi health ministry, has supplied U.N. investigators with raw figures from morgues on civilians who have died violently.
The health ministry's department of operation has provided the United Nations with similar figures from the country's hospitals.
Those numbers attracted relatively little attention until June, when the U.N. human rights office in Baghdad estimated that more than 100 people a day were dying in Iraq.
In August, the office recorded the largest spike of violence since the invasion, with more than 6,600 people killed in Iraq in July and August.
A spokesman for the prime minister subsequently voiced suspicion to the United Nations that the health ministry, which is controlled by officials linked to Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, was overstating the numbers, according to Qazi.
Qazi said the prime minister's office sent a letter to the Iraqi health minister instructing him to "no longer release data on mortality."
The prime minister's communications director, the letter stated, would be responsible for "centralizing and disseminating such information in the future," Qazi wrote.
Iraq's health minister appealed to the prime minister to allow his agency to continue providing the United Nations and the U.S.-led military coalition with "data on the dead and wounded," according to Qazi.  That request was denied.
Qazi sought to defend the U.N. efforts, noting that Maliki confirmed that 100 civilians were dying each day.
He also noted that the Washington-based Brookings Institution characterized the U.N. estimates as "perhaps the most accurate estimate of the number of civilians killed and wounded in Iraq."
Blair won't bring me back my arms
Abbas lost his mother, father, and a little brother as well as 13 other members of their family in the UK-US allied 2003 invasion.
When the missile hit my home I heard my family screaming
At 12:00 o’clock in the night I suddenly heard a very big blast hitting my home, the house collapsed on us. There was a lot of fire
I want to ask Blair if he wants to come back with me to Iraq and tell the Iraqi people that he will do the same thing again…
That attack left the young man disabled — having suffered burns to 60 percent of his body, he lost his arms amputated due to severe burns.
Unspeakable grief and horror
                        ...and the circus of deception continues...
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Circus of Torture   2003 — now
He says, "You are quite mad, Kewe"
And of course I am.
Why, I don't believe any of it — not the bloody body, not the bloody mind, not even the bloody Universe, or is it bloody multiverse.
"It's all illusion," I say.   "Don't you know, my lad, my lassie.   The game!   The game, me girl, me boy!   Takes on interest, don't you know.   T'is me sport, till doest find a better!"
Pssssst — but all this stuff is happening down here
Let's change it!
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