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25 mars 2008 2 25 /03 /mars /2008 16:50
US blames Iran for Green Zone bombings

From correspondents in London

March 25, 2008 10:36am

THE top US commander in Iraq blamed neighbouring Iran for rocket attacks over the weekend on the heavily-fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, in an interview with the BBC.

General David Petraeus said that the rockets "were Iranian-provided, Iranian-made rockets" and added that Iran's actions were "in complete violation of promises made by President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad and the other most senior Iranian leaders to their Iraqi counterparts".

Each of the four attacks on the Green Zone on Sunday, which in total injured at least four people and damaged buildings, sent staff of the US embassy scurrying for the shelter of nearby bunkers, witnesses said.

The attacks in the Green Zone, the seat of the Iraqi government and the US embassy, occurred around 6.30 am (0330 GMT), 10.30 am, 4.30 pm and 8.30 pm, US embassy officials said.

Asked by the BBC whether it would be bad for Iraq if the United States bombed Iran, General Petraeus replied: "That's a question for somebody else, and it's a hypothetical that I never want to discuss".

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24 mars 2008 1 24 /03 /mars /2008 00:16
Coalition forces kill 17 terrorists including six likely suicide bombers, detain 30 suspects

Sunday, 23 March 2008


Press Release A080323a
March 23, 2008

Coalition forces kill 17 terrorists including six likely suicide bombers, detain 30 suspects

BAGHDAD – Coalition forces killed 17 terrorists and detained 30 suspected terrorists during operations targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq in central and northern parts of the country Saturday and today.

Coalition forces conducted an operation Saturday near the Hamrin Mountains, targeting weapons facilitators and associates of AQI leadership. Intelligence reports led the assault force to the targeted suspect’s location, where five individuals failed to comply with Coalition forces’ instructions or heed warnings. Perceiving hostile intent, Coalition forces engaged the armed men with small arms fire, killing them. Secondary explosions from a vehicle following the initial engagement indicated explosives or weapons were inside.

Coalition forces killed 12 terrorists today during an operation east of Baqouba, targeting members of a suicide bombing network. The ground force was attacked with small arms fire as they approached the target building. Responding to the hostile threat, Coalition forces engaged five armed men, killing them. The ground force ordered the occupants to come out of the building. Some complied, but others remained inside. Coalition forces entered the building and were fired upon by several armed men. Seven more terrorists were killed in the engagement, and Coalition forces detained five suspects on the scene. Assault weapons, ammunition, grenades and military-style assault vests discovered on site were safely destroyed. Six of the terrorists killed had shaved their bodies, which is consistent with final preparation for suicide operations.

Coalition forces continued to target the terrorist bombing network in southwest Baghdad this morning, capturing a suspected bombing facilitator, who allegedly specializes in the distribution of homemade explosives. After he identified himself as the targeted suspect, the man led Coalition forces to four other wanted individuals, who were also detained.

In Mosul today, Coalition forces conducted a precision operation in which they captured an alleged terrorist leader suspected of carrying out attacks against Iraqi and Coalition forces. In a nearby operation, the ground force detained three suspected terrorists while targeting associates of AQI senior leaders.

Coalition forces captured an alleged associate of AQI senior leaders and three other suspected terrorists this morning in Tikrit. On two occasions during the operation, vehicles sped toward the security perimeter. After using visual signals, Coalition forces fired a warning shot. In one incident, the vehicle turned around and left; the other vehicle stopped, and the driver ran away. There were no injuries reported in either incident.

Two coordinated operations today in the Tigris River Valley targeted AQI’s propaganda network. Northwest of Tikrit, Coalition forces detained six suspected terrorists, and west of Samarra, six additional suspects were detained.

“Though Iraqi and Coalition forces have captured and killed a substantial number of terrorists in operations like these, al-Qaeda in Iraq is still lethal, and a tough fight remains ahead,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman. “We are committed to this fight and to improving public safety and security for all Iraqis.”


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23 mars 2008 7 23 /03 /mars /2008 19:34
In Pictures: Suicide car bomb attack at Combat Ouptost Inman

Click the image to view the slideshow of the Spear Brigade in western Mosul.

Al Qaeda in Iraq continues to attempt to stop the Iraqi Army and the police from expanding its footptint in Mosul. The latest attack devastated a combat outpost on the road to Tal Afar. Thirteen Iraqi soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Iraqi Army division were killed and 42 were wounded after a suicide bomber drove a truck packed with explosives and detonated it in the center of Combat Outpost Inman. This slideshow looks at the aftermath of the attack.

See Suicide car bomb attack killed 13 Iraqi soldiers in Mosul for more information on the strike.

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20 mars 2008 4 20 /03 /mars /2008 22:13
Two Iraqi police killed in clash with Mehdi Army


KUT, Iraq (Reuters) - Two Iraqi police officers were shot dead in clashes with members of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army militia in the southern city of Kut on Thursday, a hospital source said.


Gunbattles broke out last week between Iraqi security forces and the militia in Kut, fuelling fears that a ceasefire by Sadr may unravel. The violence has so far been confined to the city 170 (100 miles) southeast of Baghdad.


Sadrist leaders have distanced themselves from the fighting, denying their members were involved.


Sadr, whose militia fought two battles against U.S. forces in southern Iraq in 2004, extended a seven-month-old ceasefire last month, but said two weeks ago his followers would defend themselves if attacked.


A hospital source said five people, including three police officers, were injured in Thursday's violence.


A police captain in Kut said Thursday's clashes began as officers searched for militants and other suspects in al-Jihad neighborhood.


The police have arrest warrants for some 200 people in Kut and have only found 41 so far, ministry spokesman Major General Abdul-Karim Khalaf told reporters on Wednesday.


He said police had been able to regain control of five of nine districts where the Mehdi Army had a strong presence.


(Reporting by Jaafar al-Taie; writing by Randy Fabi; editing by Andrew Roche)

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16 mars 2008 7 16 /03 /mars /2008 19:37

Seven killed as Shiite militants clash with Iraqi police

Iraqi Sunni fighters patrol a street in Baghdad. Fierce clashes ...
Sun Mar 16, 11:15 AM E

BAQUBA, Iraq (AFP) - Fierce clashes broke out Sunday between Shiite militants and Iraqi police in the restive province of Diyala in which at least seven people were killed, a local police officer said.


The fighters loyal to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr clashed with police in the villages of Kharnabat and Al-Huwaidar, north of Baquba, the provincial capital, said Lieutenant Colonel Najim al-Sumaidaie from Baquba police.

He said five militants from Sadr's Mahdi Army militia and two policemen were killed in the clashes.

The fighting follows similar clashes between Mahdi Army militiamen and Iraqi police and troops this week in the central Iraqi city of Kut in which at least 19 people were killed.

Sadr has ordered his militiamen to observe a ceasefire he declared late August and renewed on February 22, but admits there are splits in his movement.

Though the young cleric earlier this month announced he would spend more time on his religious studies, his aides have said he remains in overall control of his militia and has not withdrawn from the political scene.

US military commanders refer to Mahdi Army fighters refusing to lay down their arms as "rogue elements", some of whom they say have crossed into Iran for training.

US military spokesman Rear Admiral Gregory Smith on Sunday said the fighting in Kut was localised.

"In most instances these are local groups which are having their differences, which are being dealt with through violence," Smith told a news conference.

"It is limited. It is on a limited scale. The security forces have for the most part dealt with the violence. We do not view it as a widespread issue of concern outside Kut."

In other violence on Sunday, one person was killed when a car bomb in Baghdad's western Mansur neighbourhood targeted a convoy of four-wheel drive vehicles usually used by private security contractors, an interior ministry official said.

State television Al-Iraqiya said the convoy was carrying a group of a private security contractors.

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15 mars 2008 6 15 /03 /mars /2008 20:37

Police arrest dozens after clashes in Iraqi city

KUT, Iraq, (Reuters) - Iraqi police arrested dozens of members of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army militia on Saturday, hours after two policemen were killed in gunbattles in the southern city of Kut, police said.

Clashes this week between Iraqi security forces and the militia in Kut, 170 km (105 miles) southeast of Baghdad, have raised fears a ceasefire called by Sadr may unravel, although the violence has so far been confined to Kut.

It is the first major violation of the seven-month-old truce, which has been credited by the U.S. military with helping to reduce violence between majority Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims that has killed tens of thousands of Iraqis.

Sadr clarified the conditions of the truce last week, telling followers they could defend themselves if attacked, an apparent response to complaints among his fighters that U.S. and Iraqi forces were exploiting the ceasefire to target them.

"This operation started in the early morning and so far we have arrested 25 wanted people from the Mehdi Army," said Lieutenant Aziz al-Amara, who commands a rapid reaction unit.

Another police official, who declined to be named, said 70 people had been detained. There was a heavy presence of Iraqi and U.S. forces in the city. U.S. military spokesmen have given few details about their involvement in the clashes.

Police say at least 13 people have been killed in fighting since Tuesday.

Separately, the U.S. military said eight Iraqi civilians were wounded in a rocket attack on a U.S. facility in Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, late on Friday which Iraqi police blamed on an unspecified Shi'ite militia.

Hilla police chief Brigadier-General Fadhil al-Sultani said a suspect had been arrested after the attack, which damaged three homes and a school.

The latest outbreak of violence in Kut took place on Friday night when police tried to enter two neighbourhoods in Kut where there is a strong Mehdi Army presence. Clashes erupted and residents reported the sound of gunfire and explosions.

Amara said two policemen were killed and eight wounded on Friday, six of whom were in a serious condition and had to be transferred to the local U.S. military base for treatment.

A U.S. military spokeswoman said U.S. forces were aware of three policemen being wounded in fighting involving small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

A mortar attack early on Saturday wounded six people, including three members of the same family, Kut police said.

Sadrists have sought to distance themselves from the fighting. Luwaa Sumaisem, a senior aide to Sadr, denied members of the Mehdi Army were involved in Friday night's clashes. "Mehdi Army didn't intervene in the clashes and everyone in their houses are following the order of Moqtada al-Sadr," he told Reuters in the holy Shi'ite city of Najaf.

The fighting in Kut comes amid an upsurge in attacks in Iraq since January, although overall levels of violence are down since last year.

The U.S. military said a suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives killed an interpreter and wounded two U.S. soldiers as he tried to cross the Iraq-Syria border in northwestern Nineveh province on Friday.

The military says al Qaeda foreign fighters cross into Nineveh from Syria to carry out suicide attacks. U.S. forces have launched a campaign to wipe out al Qaeda in four northern Iraqi provinces.

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12 mars 2008 3 12 /03 /mars /2008 15:07


Members of the Shiite Mehdi Army parade down a street in the southern Iraqi town of Basra November 28, 2006. Iraqi police raided strongholds of the Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army militia in the southern city of Kut on Wednesday, hunting gunmen who battled with security forces a day earlier.

REUTERS/Atef Hassan

In Kut, 170 km (105 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Mehdi Army gunmen fought Iraqi security forces and U.S. special forces despite Sadr having renewed a six-month ceasefire last month. The cleric issued a statement at the weekend, however, saying they could defend themselves if attacked.

The commander of a quick reaction force in Kut, Lieutenant- Colonel Majid al-Amara, said the fighting was triggered by an attempt to arrest a Mehdi Army leader. He said 14 people were killed, including four gunmen, three children and a policemen.

The U.S. military gave a different account in a statement late on Tuesday. It said special forces had come to the aid of an Iraqi security patrol and come under attack by a large number of "suspected criminal militia fighters".

"The U.S. SF (special forces) returned fire, killing several enemy fighter and destroying two vehicles carrying machineguns," it said, adding a warplane had also destroyed a van suspected of transporting weapons and explosives.

Much of the fighting was reported to have died down by nightfall although sporadic shooting could still be heard.

Mehdi Army fighters have chafed at the extension of the ceasefire, complaining that it leaves them open to attack by U.S. forces and rival Shi'ite factions. The U.S. military says it only targets militiamen who are ignoring the ceasefire.

In separate clashes north of the capital, police said four Iraqi policemen, four gunmen and a civilian were killed in an attack on a security checkpoint in Mosul, which the U.S. military says is al Qaeda's last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

In Dhuluiya, also north of Baghdad, a suicide car bomber killed five people, including three members of a neighborhood security unit, and wounded 14 in an attack on a checkpoint, police Lieutenant-Colonel Ibrahim al-Jubouri said.  Continued...

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12 mars 2008 3 12 /03 /mars /2008 08:52
05:25 Irak : le Pentagone a publié, mardi, son dernier rapport sur l'évolution de la situation dans le pays. Selon ce rapport, la corruption endémique du gouvernement irakien freine le développement de l'économie et l'amélioration des conditions de vie de la population. Au plan sécuritaire, l'Iran continue de financer et d'armer les milices chiites et la Syrie offre un sanctuaire et un soutien logistique aux terroristes sunnites. (Guysen.International.News)


Etats-Unis/Irak : Al Qaïda reste une menace sérieuse en Irak

Dans un rapport rendu public ce mardi, le Pentagone a accusé Damas et Téhéran de soutenir sur le plan logistique les combattants étrangers désireux d’aller combattre les forces de la coalition en Irak. Selon le rapport intitulé « Mesure de la stabilité et de la sécurité en Irak », au moins 90% de ces combattants rejoignent les mouvements terroristes irakiens en traversant la frontière avec la Syrie. L'Iran est aussi accusé de mettre à mal les efforts visant à améliorer la sécurité en Irak par son appui aux combattants chiites. « Le soutien de Téhéran aux groupes extrémistes qui attaquent les forces armées irakiennes et de la Coalition restent un frein significatif à la stabilisation » de la sécurité en Irak, précise le rapport qui a étudié en particulier les mois de décembre, janvier et février.

« La sécurité en Irak continue de s'améliorer, s'accompagnant de progrès limités, mais importants sur les fronts politique, économique et diplomatique », a encore indiqué le rapport. Ce dernier insiste aussi sur « le déclin de plus de 60%, depuis juin 2007, du nombre total d'attaques en Irak ». Le nombre de victimes des affrontements interconfessionnels a également baissé de près de 90% et le nombre total de morts civils et de pertes dans les rangs de l’armée américaine a été réduit de plus de 70%. Ces progrès restent toutefois « fragiles et réversibles ».

D’après le même document, «Al-Qaïda en Irak reste une menace sérieuse dans certaines parties du pays, particulièrement dans le nord».

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10 mars 2008 1 10 /03 /mars /2008 17:36
Iraqis mesh old, new style of espionage

BAGHDAD — U.S. efforts to assist Iraq in building intelligence capabilities have often clashed with Iraq's history of government secrecy and deep-rooted suspicions.

Under Saddam Hussein, Iraq had at least five overlapping national intelligence agencies, some of which spied on one another. Security services interrogated, tortured and killed enemies of Saddam's regime and spied on citizens.

"Their intelligence service … has always been a means of intimidation, not a means of collecting information," said Robert Baer, a former CIA officer who worked in the Middle East.

The U.S. military is attempting to guide Iraq toward a modern intelligence service that gathers and analyzes data, said Dan Maguire, the top U.S. intelligence adviser to Iraq. Agents would have limited powers.

In an effort to create a modern agency, the United States initially backed the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, modeling its structure on that of the CIA. It was even set up with CIA assistance, Maguire said.

Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has viewed the organization as a CIA creation and has been wary of relying on it. Al-Maliki established a rival intelligence department under Shirwan al-Waili, the minister of state for national security affairs.

"The tension was in … the prime minister feeling comfortable with a homegrown organization vs. one that he viewed … as a U.S.-grown organization," Maguire said.

Al-Maliki's government also has taken action this year to remove Iraq's special forces, which number more than 3,000 elite troops, from Defense Ministry control. He has placed them under a newly formed counterterrorism command.

That move has raised concerns among Iraqis that al-Maliki is trying to tighten control over the commandos and counterterrorism forces, which go after top insurgent and militia leaders. The Iraqi government is dominated by Shiite Arabs, while Saddam's former regime was dominated by Sunni Arabs.

"This looks and smells very much like a Saddam-era structure, where the prime minister has his hand on the throttle and can use it as he sees fit," Maguire said.

"If he decides he wants to go and hit Sunni targets with these guys, he's got a killing machine to go do that," Maguire said. "So there's a fear there."

Maguire said, however, that there is enough "rigor" and "oversight" built into the target-vetting process to make such abuse difficult.

For the past year, the U.S. military has focused on helping Iraq create intelligence departments in the ministries of Interior and Defense. Thousands of analysts and agents have been hired.

Baer said it is difficult to overcome the culture of mistrust and paranoia that dominated Iraq's intelligence apparatus for decades.

"How do you take that culture and turn it into an effective intelligence agency?" he asked.

Saddam-era spies at work in Iraq

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Saddam Hussein shook hands with then-Iranian health minister Ali Reza Marandi. Saddam had many spies focus on Iran, a long-time rival of Iraq. Some of those spies are now being hired with the support of the U.S.
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Saddam Hussein shook hands with then-Iranian health minister Ali Reza Marandi. Saddam had many spies focus on Iran, a long-time rival of Iraq. Some of those spies are now being hired with the support of the U.S.


The practice of hiring former intelligence agents seems to conflict with a new law designed to come to terms with people who worked in Saddam's ruling Baath Party. The "Accountability and Justice" law, passed this year, bans members of Saddam-era security services from government work because of their brutal reputation.

In the past, Iraq's government hasn't consistently or fairly applied regulations regarding the hiring of former Baath Party members, said Habib Nassar of the International Center for Transitional Justice, a non-profit group that studies human rights abuses. It's not clear how the law will be applied.

Spokesmen for the Iraqi government could not be reached for comment.

The issue highlights the difficulty of striking a balance between hiring experienced people and making a clean break from the past.

U.S. officials have approved of the practice of bringing back some former agents. Maguire said the hiring of former agents had "a lot of logic to it." He said he did not know how many agents would be affected by the ban on Baath Party members nor how many Saddam-era agents have been brought back.

Iraq's Interior Ministry intelligence department has been seeking "former regime intelligence officers, primarily ones that worked against the Iranian target," Maguire said.

Bringing agents back to work is fraught with risk, said Wayne White, a former deputy director of the State Department's Middle East intelligence office.

Because their "business was human rights violations," White said, those "who functioned in that environment must be to some degree morally warped."

Maguire said Iraq's government carefully vets any former Saddam-era intelligence agents before bringing them back into service. Most were lower-ranking Baath Party members, he said. "You don't want a guy who's got blood on his hands," Maguire said.

Recruiting former agents is a "stopgap measure," said Robert Baer, a former CIA officer with experience in the region. "They don't have any experienced people."

Iraq's intelligence apparatus has had experience in spying on Iran. The two countries have long been rivals and fought an eight-year war in the 1980s that left hundreds of thousands of people dead.

The U.S. military views Iran as a major obstacle to stabilizing Iraq. Washington has accused Iran of supplying armor-piercing roadside bombs and other weapons to Shiite militias who attack American and Iraqi forces.

Iran should stop training and financing militants, said Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, who was the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq for the past year.

Iran has denied supporting militants.


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10 mars 2008 1 10 /03 /mars /2008 17:04

undefinedIl est un des rares documentaristes hexagonaux à se rendre fréquemment à Bagdad. Après le succès de son dernier film, Suicide Killers aux Etats-Unis, Pierre Rehov termine son neuvième documentaire sur le conflit, analysant les ressorts individuels du terrorisme. Il livre à FranceSoir ses analyses sur l’actualité irakienne. Interview de Pierre Rehov, documentariste français, spécialiste du terrorisme  : 

Alexandre Del Valle. De retour d’Irak, quel bilan dressez-vous de la présence américaine ?

Pierre Rehov. Jusqu’à il y a six mois, ils avaient mal planifié l’après-guerre. Ce qui devint un bourbier fit le lit de leurs détracteurs. Mais depuis un an, Washington a compris que l’on ne peut pas maintenir la sécurité des Irakiens et des soldats américains avec un nombre de troupes aussi peu élevé. Et que l’on ne peut confier l’organisation des infrastructures à un gouvernement fantoche, quoique démocratiquement élu. Les Irakiens ne sont pas habitués à la démocratie et n’ont pas de conscience politique. Les Etats-Unis se sont donc substitués au gouvernement local : leurs soldats assurent un rôle civil sur le terrain, mettant officieusement en place une sorte de plan Marshall.

Quel est le moral des troupes US ?

J’ai trouvé des soldats motivés et convaincus, davantage qu’on voudrait le faire croire. Leur moral est au plus haut depuis l’arrivée des 30.000 hommes supplémentaires (renfort baptisé « Troop Surge », décidé en janvier 2007 par George W. Bush). La victoire américaine est d’avoir obtenu la pleine collaboration des Irakiens de la rue, qui dénoncent les membres d’al-Qaida depuis qu’ils se sentent enfin protégés. Bilan : 70 % de violence en moins pour l’ensemble de l’Irak. 90 % de moins contre les Américains. J’ai constaté l’allégresse des jeunes Irakiens attirés par la culture occidentale assimilée aux Etats-Unis.

Pourquoi les médias français ne disent pas cela ?

A cause d’une tradition française anti-américaine se complaisant à dénoncer le soi-disant échec US. Les années Chirac furent l’apogée de cette stratégie pro-arabe constatée dans le conflit israélo-palestinien et lors de la guerre de 2003 contre l’Irak. Je n’ai pas vu beaucoup de journalistes français sur place. J’ai eu la chance d’être intégré dans l’armée américaine pendant plusieurs semaines. Les journalistes rencontrés, américains, russes ou allemands, partagent mon point de vue. Dans un bureau parisien, alimenté par les dépêches AFP, on constate difficilement l’espoir dans l’avenir et les succès constatés sur place. Les médias français et occidentaux se sentent gênés de s’être trompés et souhaitent souvent un échec, voire une révolte irakienne contre « la botte américaine ». C’est hélas une tradition gaulliste et post-communiste.

Ce que vous dites n’est pas très politiquement correct…

J’ai développé, pendant mes années de reportage au Moyen-Orient, une aversion pour le politiquement correct, qui prône une vision manichéenne du monde dans laquelle l’Occidental, l’Israélien, le Serbe, le libéral sont l’incarnation du Mal contre qui tout est permis, tandis que leurs adversaires palestiniens, arabes, albanais, sont intouchables, et la violence barbare excusée au nom d’idéaux de la seconde moitié du XXe siècle, dépassés aujourd’hui.

Les soldats resteront combien de temps en Irak ?

Ils seront obligés de partir dans trois à cinq ans. Mais ils garderont des bases, comme au Koweït et en Arabie saoudite. L’Irak est voisin de l’Iran, et les Etats-Unis auront toujours besoin de troupes aux frontières d’un Iran nucléaire.

Et si les démocrates gagnent les élections ?

Je crains qu’ils ne précipitent le départ américain, erreur totale, car c’est ce que souhaite al-Qaida et les groupes extrémistes chiites actuellement pourtant affaiblis. Leurs ressources sont taries, leurs réseaux progressivement démantelés, leur organisation armée éparpillée, ce qu’atteste la résurgence des attentats suicides aveugles remplaçant les batailles rangées, faute d’armes et d’armées. Or, plus les Irakiens se sentent en sécurité grâce aux troupes US, et aux milices irakiennes organisées par les Américains, et moins ils ont la tentation de rejoindre les rebelles. Avant, on rejoignait les troupes al-Qaida et autres organisations terroristes plus par peur et désespoir que par conscience nationaliste. Aujourd’hui, les Irakiens laissent tomber la rébellion car ils sont plus confiants en l’avenir. S’ils se sentent trahis par le départ précipité des Américains, ils se retourneront contre eux. Ils ne comprendraient pas ce départ.

Est-ce vrai que les chrétiens d’Irak ont peur ?

Une grande part des chrétiens de Bagdad s’est réfugiée au Kurdistan. Dès qu’un chrétien part, ses biens sont pris par les populations locales non-chrétiennes. La situation varie selon les lieux. A Doura, quartier sud de Bagdad où j’ai passé le plus de temps, peu de chrétiens sont partis, leurs boutiques sont encore ouvertes, mais c’est une exception. Il plane hélas sur eux une menace. Beaucoup de chrétiens ont souffert d’être perçus comme pro-Occidentaux ou pro-Américains.

Alexandre Del Valle pour France Soir le 10 mars 2008
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Puisque nous nous sommes aujourd'hui habillés de bleu, il conviendrait de rentrer plus a fond dans l'explication du mot lessakel.

En fait Lessakel n'est que la façon française de dire le mot léhasskil.

L'hébreu est une langue qui fonctionne en déclinant des racines.

Racines, bilitères, trilitères et quadrilitères.

La majorité d'entre elle sont trilitères.

Aussi Si Gad a souhaité appeler son site Lessakel, c'est parce qu'il souhaitait rendre hommage à l'intelligence.

Celle qui nous est demandée chaque jour.

La racine de l'intelligence est sé'hel שכל qui signifie l'intelligence pure.

De cette racine découlent plusieurs mots

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