U.S. Army stands by as Iraqi Police killed ... by Karlin ..... War Crimes Watch Debate Forum
Date: 2/16/2004 5:21:05 PM ( 9 year ago)
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A new report, Feb 15th 2004.
Yanks stand by while Iraqi cops are murdered.
Patrick Graham in Falluja
Sunday February 15, 2004
Ask Hussein Saleh what happened yesterday morning and he hoarsely describes standing outside his police station when it was overrun by attackers who were firing rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns.
Ask him about the US army and he turns his head and screams: 'Shit on the Americans, shit on them.'
The bold daylight assault on an Iraqi police station and a security compound met with little resistance as guerrillas shouting 'God is great' gunned down policemen and freed dozens of prisoners in a battle that killed 23 people. Most of the dead were policemen.
The same security compound was attacked two days earlier by gunmen just as the senior US commander in the Middle East, General John Abizaid, was visiting the site. Abizaid escaped unharmed.
One shopkeeper across the street from the compound said he and his neighbours had been warned not to open yesterday morning because an attack was imminent.
About 25 attackers, some masked, stormed the police station, throwing hand grenades, survivors said. The few police present had only small weapons.
--- Iraqi security forces, firing from the concrete and sand barricades in front of the compound, battled the attackers for half an hour.
Police Lieutenant-Colonel Jalal Sabri said 23 people were killed, almost all policemen. Four attackers died, two of whom held Lebanese passports, he added. But it is the inactivity of the US army, which is accused of standing by and watching the attacks, that has caused fury.
'The American army watched but did not help,' said Qais Jameel, a wounded policeman. 'I don't know why. Americans don't like the people in Falluja.'
It's been a bad week for the Iraqi security services, 600 of whom are said to have been killed since the summer.
Two large bombs have killed more than 100 prospective police and army recruits during the past seven days, and on Thursday insurgents ambushed the convoy of General Abizaid as it arrived at the same ICDC fort.
Despite months of fighting, no one is really sure who is behind the attacks or how many different armed groups are fighting the US-led occupation and its Iraqi allies.
---Shortly after the attack, rumours circulated in Falluja, a Sunni town and a centre of resistance against the American forces, that the Shia Badr Brigade had carried out the attack.
Although unlikely, the rumour indicates growing sectarian fault lines in Iraq. The long-dominant Sunni minority faces the possibility that the Shia majority will take power.
Until recently, the US forces appeared to have made considerable progress in their battle against the insurgency around Falluja.
Widespread arrests of Saddam Hussein regime loyalists and an increasingly sophisticated intelligence network meant that the number of attacks was falling, according to local people.
But yesterday's assault suggests that the insurgents are changing their tactics, hitting at the vulnerable Iraqi security services, who are caught between the Americans and their fellow Iraqis.
'No, the Americans did not come,' said Salim, an officer with the ICDC, as he stood outside the fort that had been attacked earlier. 'We did not want them to come and help us. We must fight on our own. But it will happen again.'
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Karlin Komments on the above:
This report would show how the U.S. is shaping the Iraq political landscape to their favour. Letting the one side kill the others, Shia Vs.Sunni , and the third will take over, something diabolical like that is unfolding there now.
Of course, with creating 9-11 and spending the 1/2 trilion just to get American oil companies in there, this is minor stuff. "Whatever it takes" is the motto.
Killing the opposition, genocide really, and using the typical tactics of their repitlian
This is not beneath the Americans running the show now.
There is very little beneath BushCo.
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