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27 janvier 2008 7 27 /01 /janvier /2008 11:07


Les gouvernements occidentaux qui reçoivent le père Khadafi en grandes pompes gagneraient à lui appliquer le principe de précaution qu'on décrète pour le moindre OGM... Dans la famille des commanditaires du terrorisme, l'Irak demande le fils...

Gadhafi's son said tied to Iraq attack

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer


Iraqi Prime Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki gestures as he announces during a press conference in Karbala, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 that the government was sending troops to Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city, to fight the insurgents who have taken refuge there following operations in Baghdad and surrounding areas. Al-Maliki announced Friday that the government was launching a major offensive against al-Qaida in the northern city of Mosul after two days of deadly bombings that killed nearly 40 people. He promised the fight 'will be decisive.' (AP Photo/Ahmed al-Husseini)
AP Photo: Iraqi Prime Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki gestures as he announces during a press conference in...

BAGHDAD - A son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is behind a group of foreign and Iraqi fighters responsible for this week's devastating explosion in northern Iraq, a security chief for Sunni tribesmen who rose up against al-Qaida said Saturday.

At least 38 people were killed and 225 wounded last Wednesday when a huge blast destroyed about 50 buildings in a Mosul slum. The next day, a suicide bomber killed the provincial police chief and two other officers as they surveyed the blast site.

Col. Jubair Rashid Naief, who also is a police official in Anbar province, said those attacks were carried out by the Seifaddin Regiment, made up of about 150 foreign and Iraqi fighters who slipped into the country several months ago from Syria.

Naief said the regiment, which is working with al-Qaida in Iraq, was supported by Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, 36, the eldest son of the Libyan leader.

"I am sure of what I am talking about, and it is documented," Naief said, adding that he was "100 percent sure" of the younger Gadhafi's role with the terror group.

A man who answered the phone at Gadhafi's office in Tripoli said Gadhafi was not immediately available for comment on the accusation.

Naief told The Associated Press his information about the Seifaddin Regiment and the younger Gadhafi's purported role came from "reliable sources" maintained by his Anbar Awakening Council within the ranks of al-Qaida in Mosul and elsewhere.

He said the information was passed to the U.S. military two or three months ago.

"They crossed the Syrian border nearest to Mosul within the last two to three months," Naief said of the Seifaddin Regiment. "Since then, they have taken up positions in the city and begun blowing up cars and launching other terror operations."

The Anbar Awakening Council is an alliance of Sunni tribes in the western province that turned against al-Qaida and began working with U.S. forces. The council is credited with the sharp drop in violence in Anbar, once the main base for the insurgents.

Many of the council's fighters are believed to have been insurgents themselves until they began receiving money from the Americans to turn their guns on their former extremist allies.

The U.S. military did not immediately respond to an e-mail request for comment about Naief's claim.

Last Monday, however, The Washington Post reported that U.S. military commanders believed they had underestimated the role of North Africans in the ranks of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq.

The newspaper quoted U.S. military officials as saying that 19 percent of the foreign fighters come from Libya. Overall, North Africans account for 40 percent of the foreign fighter ranks, the newspaper said.

Seif al-Islam, however, seems an unlikely figure as a sponsor of terrorism. Touted as a reformer, the younger Gadhafi has been reaching out to the West to soften Libya's image and return it to the international mainstream.

Known in Libya as "The Engineer," he won praise last year for helping release five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who were jailed in Libya for allegedly infecting Libyan children with HIV.

Educated at a British university and fluent in English, German and French, he also has gained exposure as head of the Gadhafi International Association for Charitable Organizations, a non-governmental network concerned with issues like human rights and education.

Naief did not explain why the younger Gadhafi would be sponsoring the group of fighters. Seif Gadhafi, however, was quoted by the Austrian Press Agency last year as warning Europeans against more attacks by radical Islamists.

"The only solution to contain radicalism is the rapid departure of Western troops from Iraq as well as Afghanistan, and a solution to the Palestinian question," Gadhafi was quoted as saying.

This week's blasts have drawn attention to the security situation in Mosul, which U.S. commanders describe as the last major urban center with a significant al-Qaida presence since the terror network has been driven from its strongholds in the capital and Anbar province.

The U.S. military is relatively thin across northern Iraq and has signaled no immediate plans to shift American troops from key zones in and around Baghdad.

On Friday, however, the government said it would dispatch several thousand more Iraqi security forces to Mosul in a "decisive" bid to drive al-Qaida in Iraq from the city.

Defense Minister Abdul-Qadir al-Obeidi told reporters Saturday that the first reinforcements would arrive in the city within 24 hours.

Mosul and surrounding Ninevah province have about 18,000 policemen, but only about 3,000 operate in the city of nearly 2 million, according to police spokesman Saeed al-Jubouri.

The U.S. wants to keep Iraqi security forces in the lead as a major test of Washington's long-range plans, which seek to keep a smaller American force in Iraq as backup for local soldiers and police.


Associated Press writers Muheiddin Rashad, Sameer N. Yacoub and Hamed Ahmed contributed to this report
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27 janvier 2008 7 27 /01 /janvier /2008 00:02
Iraq moves against Mosul al-Qaeda

People standing on wreckage of Mosul building 24/1/08
The force of Wednesday's blast levelled the block of flats
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has announced the start of a major offensive against al-Qaeda militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

"Today, the troops have moved to Mosul... and the fight there will be decisive," he said in Karbala city.

The move comes after 34 people died and hundreds were injured in a blast on Wednesday at a block of flats in Mosul.

A day later a local police chief and two officers died in an ambush after they toured the scene of the explosion.

Brig Gen Saleh Mohammed Hassan was fleeing the area after gunmen opened fire on his convoy, reports say.

The convoy was hit by an explosion that also killed two other police officers.

Militant migration

The flats where Wednesday's explosion took place was believed to have housed a bomb-making factory.

The blast occurred when troops surrounded the building with the intention of raiding it following a tip-off about a suspected arms cache inside.

More than 200 bystanders were hurt in the incident, which levelled the three-storey block of flats, located in one of the poorer areas of western Mosul.

The ethnically mixed city of Mosul has seen an upsurge in violence in the past year.

Correspondents say the increased violence appears to be a consequence of the offensive by US-led forces in and around Baghdad, with Sunni Arab insurgents believed to have transferred their operations further north.

The BBC's Jonny Dymond in Baghdad says that, all of a sudden, the largest and most divided city in the north appears to be on the edge.

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18 janvier 2008 5 18 /01 /janvier /2008 18:46


Un récit de la dureté de la tâche dans les opérations de "dé-sancuarisation" des zones actuellement les plus infectées par la présence et la poigne de fer d'Al Qaeda en Irak sur la population terrorisée, actuellement au Nord-Est du pays, dans les provinces du Diyala, Salah-A-Din, etc. Contrairement aux zones déjà largement sécurisées, la peur suinte à toutes les rencontres, où il devient difficile, à première vue de savoir qui est "Al Qaeda" et qui "s'est adapté" lorsque le serpent faisait son lit. Les habitants n'ont pas confiance, sachant que l'Armée américaine se retirera un jour et qu'Al Qaeda peut, du jour au lendemain revenir les tourmenter ; d'où la nécessité de stabiliser la présence de l'Armée irakienne dans ces zones les plus exposées et de constituer ces fameux Comités locaux de vigilance citoyenne qui ont si bien réussi ailleurs. Des responsables US annonçaient jeudi que l'Armée Irakienne devrait être en mesure de contrôler la totalité des 18 provinces d'ici la fin de 2008. Cependant, comme l'a encore vu aujourd'hui à Bassorah, elle ne sera pas à l'abri de la résurgence ni des cellules dormantes ou de retour de l'autre côté de la frontière d'Al Qaeda, ni de l'émergence d'un milice shi'ite, l'un comme l'autre liés et armés par l'Iran, bénéficiant des grâces d'autres Etats limitrophes comme la Syrie...

US-Iraqi troops sweep Al Qaeda village haven

By Scott Peterson
Fri Jan 18, 3:00 AM ET

Hussein Al-Hamadi, Iraq - The first sign of the presence of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) looms out of the frozen darkness on the edge of this remote village. A white car is found hidden under a canopy of trees. It's not rigged to explode, but it was used by the insurgents. Inside, they've left behind a list of expenses on a yellow notepad.

For the month of November, the ledger notes that AQI paid snipers 273,000 Iraqi dinars ($230). Roadside bombers got twice that amount. The largest single expense: $3,000 paid to "martyrs" and their families.


The document is topped with an obscure name for the militant cell, and signed simply: "The Management."


Inserted overnight by helicopter earlier this week, US Army soldiers (from Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment) and an Iraqi Army platoon, crept into this village along the Diyala River, 20 miles northeast of Baghdad, hunting for insurgents – and for local villagers willing to take them on. This patrol is part of a broader US-Iraqi military effort in the Diyala Province, the heart of the insurgency in recent months.


The detailed expenses – and the fear on the Iraqi residents' faces in this Al Qaeda stronghold – speak to the insurgents' continued influence here. Yet the hit-and-miss nature of gleaning information and detaining suspects, who often claim ignorance to avert suspicion, makes the mission difficult.


"Everyone is so scared. They don't want to do or say anything," says Capt. Joe Byerly of Savannah, Ga. American troops swept through here last October, and in that three-day operation killed five militants and freed a severely beaten hostage. US officers understand why the locals are hesitant to cooperate.


"They know we will leave, and those people they are scared [that Al Qaeda] will just come right back," says the troop commander, Capt. Dustin Heumphreus, from Austin, Texas.


To prevent AQI's return and allay the villagers' fears, the US and Iraqi troops are trying to create a US-funded band of armed locals, called Concerned Local Citizens, or CLCs, to guard newly erected checkpoints in the area. It's a strategy that has helped quell violence in other parts of Iraq, especially Baghdad.


Later, a Predator drone is called in to destroy the white car with Hellfire missiles – so it won't be used again by the insurgents. They also take out another car without license plates that had excited the US Army's explosives-sniffing dog. Other sites yield more lists, including one with some names crossed out – perhaps individuals already assassinated, or militants killed.


"There are many bad guys here," says the senior Iraqi Army officer, 1st Lt. Ahmad Ashab Ahmad, as his 25 soldiers lead the search, going door to door with the Americans and working from two lists of potential suspects. "The US 'Most Wanted,' the first, second, third, fourth and fifth on the lists, they are all here."


The village of Hussein al-Hamadi is largely cut off from US or Iraqi military support by roads seeded with bombs, and masked men of Al Qaeda in Iraq often transit the village, using the overgrown areas between the village and the river as a haven.


Once half Sunni and half Shiite, the village a year ago witnessed Sunni militants systematically "cleanse" the area of all Shiites, blowing up their houses to discourage any from returning. The dramatic results are mounds of rubble similar to villages ethnically cleansed in the 1990s throughout the Balkans.


"Up until yesterday, Al Qaeda were here," says one fearful man, as his children raced to gather documents from the family truck to prove ownership. "Then they heard that coalition forces were coming, and they left."


US soldiers asked him to call if he sees anything suspicious, but he refuses, initially, to accept the phone numbers of a help line. Others in the village refuse point blank, saying that Al Qaeda in Iraq had swept through in the past, checking every mobile phone for known coalition numbers.


"If you be our eyes, we will be your guns," Captain Heumphreus tells the farmer.


This man finally relents, agreeing to help. But he is shaking with fear. His family has been whisked into a back room so as not to hear the exchange. "Before coalition forces came, I was too afraid to speak," he explains in hushed tones. "But now I will talk."


"It's dangerous," warns another older man standing at his metal gate, his family out of sight. "I don't want to talk about it. I don't know anything about Al Qaeda. They come here with covered faces, and they go."


The rubble from Shiite houses is not the only thing left behind by Al Qaeda in Iraq fighters, who villagers say frequently come from the east side of the river.

Over three days, US forces come across several weapons caches, take gun and mortar fire from across the river, and call in airstrikes to destroy a bunker with a grass-covered trapdoor and bedrolls in it. Neither the weapons caches nor the bunker are rigged to blow, suggesting the militants never expected these sites between the village and the river to be found.

As troops move through the reeds and the pomegranate and citrus groves along the banks of the river, they find rich pickings. Caches include rockets, antitank mines, 15 hand-held radios, 3,000 feet of detonation cord, 25 remote-fire initiation devices, bulk explosives, and a video camcorder with three tapes. "We could have spent a month out there, searching and finding stuff. There is so much," says Staff Sgt. Chris Jackson, a US Air Force explosives expert from Albuquerque, N.M. "To find a cache like that in this day and age is a big deal, because [AQI] are so much better at running and hiding."

The Americans detain one man who pops up on one of their watch lists, provided by a local sheikh. Another man is taken in after several rolls of copper wire (often used in making roadside bombs) are found in his house. At one point during the sweep, a man is handcuffed and his eyes covered with a band of cloth after telling several conflicting stories about the flatbed truck in his driveway.

"I swear by God I am not Al Qaeda!" the man pleads with the senior Iraqi officer. At first he claims masked men dropped off the vehicle, hid the license plates, and then disappeared. He says "the terrorists" also took his identity card.

But then an identity card appears. It's for the Diyala Province health authority, valid throughout 2008. And as the arrest is made, the man tries to throw off his jacket. Inside the pocket are the keys for the truck. "A friend gave it to me!" the man insists. The Iraqi and US troops laugh at the changing story. A woman and group of children wail as the man is led away.


Al-Qaeda operations in northern Iraq disrupted; 13 killed, three detained

Friday, 18 January 2008

Press Release A080118b
January 18, 2008

Al-Qaeda operations in northern Iraq disrupted; 13 killed, three detained

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed 13 terrorists and detained three suspects Thursday and today during operations targeting al-Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.

Southwest of Hawijah this morning, Coalition forces targeted an alleged senior leader involved in the al-Qaeda in Iraq network operating in Kirkuk. The suspect is allegedly responsible for facilitating finances for terrorist operations in the region and involved in improvised explosive device attacks. Reports also indicate he was a close associate of Abu Harith, the senior leader of the Kirkuk terrorist network, before he was killed during a Coalition forces operation Nov. 21 (see MNF-I press release 071128a, “UPDATE: Coalition forces positively identify terrorists killed in recent raids,” dated Nov. 28, 2007).

As Coalition forces arrived in the target area, they were engaged by small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades. The ground force returned fire in self-defense and called for supporting aircraft. As the firefight continued, Coalition forces observed armed terrorists emerging from the target building. Supporting aircraft engaged them and enemy personnel firing from inside the target buildings. The ground force then observed secondary explosions erupt from the buildings, indicating that explosive materials were likely stored inside. Due to the hostile environment, the ground force pulled back and called for supporting aircraft to engage the buildings to destroy any remaining explosives. The ground force assessed that a total of nine terrorists were killed during the engagement.  

West of Muqdadiyah today, Coalition forces targeted alleged associates of the al-Qaeda in Iraq network operating in the northeast Diyala River Valley region. Reports indicate the individuals were associated with an al-Qaeda in Iraq meeting that was targeted by Coalition forces Thursday after they identified a terrorist transporting an anti-aircraft weapon in his vehicle (see MNF-I press release A080118a, “Coalition forces conduct air strike on al-Qaeda meeting, four terrorists killed,” dated Jan 18, 2008). Coalition forces confirmed the presence of the terrorists in the target area and called a supporting aircraft to engage, killing four terrorists and destroying two buildings believed to be used for terrorist activities.

During three coordinated operations near Samarra Thursday and this morning, Coalition forces detained three suspects while targeting foreign terrorist facilitators involved in the al-Qaeda network in the city. Reports indicate that one of the suspected terrorists detained is involved in foreign terrorist facilitation and is associated with al-Qaeda members that conduct attacks against Coalition forces. The individual allegedly uses his residence as a safe haven for al-Qaeda members and foreign terrorists, and has ties to senior leaders in the network. 

“Al-Qaeda has the capability to carry out violent, spectacular attacks against the Iraqi people,” said Navy Capt. Vic Beck, MNF-I spokesman. “We are continuing to keep the pressure on them and are squarely focused on dismantling al-Qaeda in Iraq networks.”

Operation Phantom Phoenix air strikes take out al-Qaeda training area (Arab Jabour)

By Sgt. Jason Stadel, 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. PAO

Multi-National Division – Center PAO

BAGHDAD – Air strikes dropped 10,000 pounds of munitions Jan. 16 on bunkers in Arab Jabour used by al-Qaeda as training sites for new recruits.

Intelligence led the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. to the location of the AQI bunkers. Air Force B-1 Bombers dropped 19 GBU-31s on the site.

“This operation maintains the momentum of Operation Thunderbolt by denying enemy sanctuaries and enemy caches, ultimately downgrading their capabilities,” said Maj. James Wilburn, daytime chief of operations, 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div.

South of Zambraniyah, Soldiers from the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regt., 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. found two booby-trapped houses while on a foot patrol.

Air support was called by 6-8 Cav. to destroy the houses. Navy F-18 jets dropped a 500-pound bomb on each of the houses.

Operation Marne Thunderbolt, a part of the country-wide Operation Phantom Phoenix, continues to relentlessly pursue al-Qaeda and other extremists elements operating south of Baghdad.




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18 janvier 2008 5 18 /01 /janvier /2008 18:35


Irak/Violences : Bassora est en proie à des affrontements entre la police et une secte chiite

Ce vendredi, des miliciens de la secte chiite Jund al-Samaa (Les soldats du ciel) ont affronté les forces de sécurité irakiennes à Bassora, dans le sud de l’Irak. Selon la presse arabe, deux policiers irakiens et plusieurs civils auraient été blessés au cours des combats, qui se dérouleraient dans trois quartiers du centre-ville. Aucun bilan officiel n’a cependant été communiqué à l’heure actuelle.

Le Jund al-Samaa est une secte millénariste dirigée par Ahmed al-Hassani al-Yamani, qui se prétend l’ambassadeur du Mahdi, l’imam caché dont les chiites attendent le retour. La secte serait composée d’au moins mille membres et est réputée pour être lourdement armée. Les autorités soupçonnent également cette confrérie de comploter pour l’assassinat de l’ayatollah Ali Sistani. Rappelons qu’il y a un an, la même secte s’était retrouvée impliquée dans plusieurs affrontements à Najaf, qui avaient fait au moins 300 morts.

Nadjaf et Kerbala ont été mises en état de siège alors qu’elles accueillent de nombreux pèlerins venus se recueillir pour la fête de l’Achoura qui commémore la mort tragique de l’imam Hussein, fils du calife Ali, et fondateur du chiisme.

Pour rappel, mi décembre 2007, le contrôle de la province de Bassora a été remis par l’armée britannique aux Irakiens. Cinq mille soldats britanniques sont cependant toujours déployés à l'aéroport de la ville. Ils ont notamment pour mission de veiller à la formation des forces de sécurité irakiennes.

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16 janvier 2008 3 16 /01 /janvier /2008 13:49
Operation Phantom Phoenix: Tip leads MND-North Soldiers to extremist car bomb factory and large cach

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

RELEASE No. 20080115-02
January 15, 2008

Operation Phantom Phoenix: Tip leads MND-North Soldiers to extremist car bomb factory and large cache (Salah ad Din)

Multi-National Division – North PAO

SAMARRA, Iraq – Multi-National Division – North Soldiers discovered a car bomb factory, terrorist command cell and large cache in the western desert of Salah ad Din province Jan. 8 as a result of tips from local citizens during Operation Phantom Phoenix, a countrywide effort to kill or capture al-Qaeda and other extremists.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) found an extensive enemy training camp, training manuals, video equipment, four vehicle-borne IEDs, 1,000 pounds of homemade explosives, 30 pressure plate road bombs and multiple mortar rounds.

“The Soldiers of the “No Slack” Battalion severely weakened the enemy operating in southern Salah ad Din province when, thanks to the help of an informant, they discovered and destroyed an enemy training camp and sizeable explosives cache,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Hauerwas, 1st Brigade Combat Team executive officer. “The action degraded the enemies’ ability to intimidate and terrorize the people of Iraq.”

Coalition forces disrupt al-Qaeda in Iraq operations, 14 suspects detained

Tuesday, 15 January 2008


Press Release A080115a
January 15, 2008

Coalition forces disrupt al-Qaeda in Iraq operations, 14 suspects detained

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces detained 14 suspected terrorists today and Monday during operations targeting al-Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.

Monday in Kirkuk, Coalition forces captured a suspected terrorist reportedly involved in the murder of a U.S. citizen and members of a personnel security detail for the Iraqi National Dialogue Council. The suspect is also believed to be an associate of an al-Qaeda in Iraq leader of the network in Kirkuk and involved in the Baghdad car bomb network. In addition to the wanted individual, Coalition forces detained three suspected terrorists on site.

During an operation in Baghdad today, Coalition forces captured another suspected terrorist who is an alleged associate of an improvised explosive device attack cell in Karkh. Reports indicate the individual is a former Iraqi intelligence officer and is associated with several of the suspected terrorists detained during an operation Dec. 25 for their ties to car bomb attacks (see MNF-I press release A071225a, "Coalition forces target terrorist facilitators, suicide bombers; 13 killed, 27 detained," dated Dec. 25, 2007).

West of Muqdadiyah this morning, Coalition forces conducted an operation targeting associates of the al-Qaeda in Iraq network in the northeast Diyala River Valley region. During the operation, the ground force detained four suspected terrorists and found a weapons cache inside one of the buildings. The cache contained 15 fused mortars and several machine guns and grenades, which were safely destroyed to prevent future use for terrorist attacks.

During other operations in Mosul and near Samarra today, five suspected terrorists were detained while targeting associates of an assassination cell leader and a senior level al-Qaeda in Iraq foreign terrorist facilitator.

"Iraqi and Coalition forces are making steady progress against al-Qaeda in Iraq," said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman. "Though they remain a threat, our operations continue to deny the terrorists safe haven and diminish their manpower."


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8 janvier 2008 2 08 /01 /janvier /2008 10:49
Major joint US-Iraqi operation begins

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BAGHDAD - U.S. and Iraqi forces launched a major operation Tuesday to strike against al-Qaida in Iraq and other extremists, a top U.S. commander in Iraq said in a statement.

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The location for the division and brigade-level operation, dubbed Phantom Phoenix, was not announced. But extremists have been pushed out of their former stronghold in Anbar province west of Baghdad to the east and north and appear to be concentrated in the province of Diyala to the northeast of the capital.

"Phantom Phoenix will synchronize lethal and non-lethal effects to exploit recent security gains and disrupt terrorist support zones and enemy command and control," the statement from Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno said.

Odierno, the No. 2 commander in Iraq, said U.S. and Iraqi forces would "continue to pursue al-Qaeda and other extremists wherever they attempt to take sanctuary."

Few details were given, but the "non-lethal" part of the operation will focus on providing basic services and improving local governance and economic life, the statement said.

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7 janvier 2008 1 07 /01 /janvier /2008 21:08

The troop increase ordered by President George W. Bush in January began to show results over the summer, and improving trends in security have received commensurate coverage. The Pew researchers found that positive assessments of the expanded American military operations had begun to rise in November.

The survey of journalists and the study of their reports are at www.journalism.org.

"It is obvious that many of the stories in print and television now have a more positive tenor; it ties directly to what is happening on the ground," said Lieutenant Colonel James Hutton, public affairs officer for Multinational Corps-Iraq and also the spokesman for Lieutenant General Raymond Odierno, commander of day-to-day military operations.

"I'm satisfied that the majority of reporters on the ground want to get the story right and are responsive when their reporting is seen as less than accurate and we call them on it," said Hutton, who is nearing the end of his second tour of duty in Iraq.

Setting the tone from the top, Petraeus decided that managing the military's media mission required a high-ranking career public affairs officer, and he assigned Rear Admiral Greg Smith, previously chief of information for the United States Navy, to be director of communications for Multinational Force-Iraq, the top military command structure in the country. Smith, the first one-star public affairs officer in Baghdad, acknowledged that troops who had served previously in Iraq "may have lived through a time when it seemed that all that was being reported was negative news, even though they were doing so much good on any given day that was not being reported."

"I think there was a period time in the past in which reporting was behind reality," Smith said. "Today, that gap between perception and reality has closed, if not completely."

Lieutenant Colonel Scott Bleichwehl, public affairs officer for Multinational Division-Baghdad for the past 15 months, described one concern heard often from officers in Iraq - the lack of reporters covering the war as it entered another decisive period during the troop increase.

"In general, I thought the majority coverage was very accurate and fair," said Bleichwehl, who has served twice in Iraq. "There were not always enough reporters there full time to provide the complete story of what was going on in a city with seven million people, much less the rest of the country."

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7 janvier 2008 1 07 /01 /janvier /2008 21:01
As troops do better on Iraq battlefield, relations with the media improve
International Herald Tribune :


WASHINGTON: The anguished relationship between the military and U.S. news organizations appears to be on the mend as battlefield successes from the troop increase in Iraq are reflected in more upbeat news coverage.

Efforts by the new Pentagon leadership, as well as by top commanders at the headquarters in Baghdad, have also helped to ease tensions between reporters and those in uniform. Positive or negative, the troops' view of the media is set as much by the tone of commanders as by the tenor of individual news clips.

General David Petraeus, the senior American officer in Iraq, and his subordinates have worked hard to convey the rationale for their strategy and the evidence that persuades them it is succeeding. Admiral Mike Mullen, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has engaged reporters in a variety of locations: at the Pentagon, on travels across the United States and overseas, including in the Middle East.

And, perhaps most important, their boss, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, has stated a view never heard from his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld.

"The press is not the enemy," Gates tells military audiences, including those at the service academies. "And to treat it as such is self-defeating."

At the start of the Iraq war, decades of open hostilities between the military and the media dating from Vietnam were forgotten, if only briefly. One reason was the embedding program for the Iraq invasion, in which hundreds of reporters from across the journalistic spectrum were placed with combat units. Soldiers and correspondents shared tents, meals and risks, and both sides said that perhaps their differences were not irreconcilable after all.

Then, however, the success of the quick invasion became not the full story, but merely the early chapter of a frustrating and deadly narrative of war in Iraq. As insurgent violence rose in 2003, echoes of the earlier conflict in Southeast Asia could be heard. The downturn accelerated with the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in 2004. The credibility of the armed forces fell even further in the eyes of reporters when it was disclosed that military contractors in Baghdad had paid Iraqi reporters for stories in the local media.

In return, the military's familiar complaints resumed: There is no coverage of the good news from Iraq, officers said. The focus is on violence and daily casualty counts, and not progress. Reporters cannot or will not get out and about in Iraq to tell the whole story. Editors and reporters are biased.

As recently as October, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, who had served as the first commander of the Iraq occupation, came out of retirement to condemn coverage of the war.

"The death knell of your ethics has been enabled by your parent organizations who have chosen to align themselves with political agendas," Sanchez said in comments that were given far less coverage than his equally harsh statement that the Bush administration had mismanaged the war.

"What is clear to me," Sanchez told a media group, Military Reporters and Editors, "is that you are perpetuating the corrosive partisan politics that is destroying our country and killing our service members who are at war."

Just days earlier, in his valedictory address as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace used his final minutes as the nation's highest-ranking officer to describe how his interactions with Congress and the media had soured him on both.

"In some instances right now, we have individuals who are more interested in making somebody else look bad than they are in finding the right solution," Pace said.

But as the tone of news reporting from Iraq has shifted in recent months, so have the views commonly heard from officers in Iraq. Recent interviews with dozens of military officers in Iraq found a sense of frustration that the war was receiving less coverage than they would like - but a sense nonetheless that the coverage was forthright and balanced.

"The media in general is doing a pretty good job portraying the situation," said Lieutenant Colonel Rodger Lemons, operations officer for the 1st Cavalry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team.

Interviewed last month in Mosul as he was completing a 15-month tour, Lemons said: "Spectacular attacks still get the big media attention. I would like to see more good news. Who wouldn't? But the reporters who have embedded with us have been fair."

In a study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism of news reports published last year, more than half of all coverage of Iraq was found to be pessimistic. The view of American policy and military progress was mixed overall, with 4 in 10 pieces offering mixed assessments, one third offering negative views and one quarter more optimistic.

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3 décembre 2007 1 03 /12 /décembre /2007 10:41
Iraq says troops kill 13 militants, arrest 94

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BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraqi forces killed 13 militants and arrested 94 in operations over 24 hours while two policemen and four soldiers died in separate attacks on Sunday, officials said.
"Eleven terrorists were killed during operations conducted by Iraqi military in Salaheddin, Kirkuk and Diyala provinces," the defence ministry said, adding that two more were killed in southwest Baghdad.

The ministry said 94 others were also arrested over the past 24 hours.

In the attacks on security forces, two policemen were killed and four wounded when a roadside bomb exploded next to their patrol in the once upscale Mansur neighbourhood of western Baghdad early on Sunday, officials said.

The patrol was part of a security force tasked with protecting several embassies in the area.

As darkness fell, four Iraqi soldiers were killed as their vehicles were ambushed by unknown gunmen near Hawijah, about 55 kilometres (34 miles) from the northern oil city of Kirkuk, according to Kirkuk police chief Major General Torhan Yussuf.

In another assault aimed at the police, a bomber rammed his explosives-rigged car into a police building in the restive city of Baquba, north of Baghdad, wounding 14 people, local police and medical officials told AFP.

Police Colonel Hazim Yasin from Baquba said the attack in the city centre occurred at around 11:30 am (0830 GMT), while Dr Firaz al-Azzawi at Baquba hospital said the wounded included three women.

Insurgents have continued to launch attacks in and around Baquba, the capital of Diyala province, despite sustained US-led military assaults in the region aimed at flushing out Al-Qaeda in Iraq militants.

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26 novembre 2007 1 26 /11 /novembre /2007 17:16

Kurdistan leader Masoud Barzani reported secretly admitted to an Israeli hospital after attempted assassination - Iraqi insurgent sources

November 25, 2007, 10:12 PM (GMT+02:00)

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The president of Iraqi Kurdistan is said to have been taken secretly to a hospital in central Tel Aviv after a brief stopover in Amman, Jordan. This is not confirmed by any other source. Neither is the report that Barzani had been wounded Friday, Nov. 24, in an assassination attempt by one of his aides in Irbil, the Kurdish capital. Kurdish officials only admitted he was out of the country, while a source close to Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party said he had been taken out of Iraq Friday for medical treatment without mentioning his destination.

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Ne vous est-il jamais venu à l'esprit d'en savoir un peu plus sur le titre de ce blog ?

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

Sé'hel > intelligence, esprit, raison, bon sens, prudence, mais aussi croiser

Léhasskil > Etre intelligent, cultivé, déjouer les pièges

Sé'hli > intelligent, mental, spirituel

Léhistakel > agir prudemment, être retenu et raisonnable, chercher à comprendre

Si'hloute > appréhension et compréhension

Haskala >  Instruction, culture, éducation

Lessa'hlen > rationaliser, intellectualiser

Heschkel > moralité

Si'htanout > rationalisme

Si'hloul > Amélioration, perfectionnement


Gageons que ce site puisse nous apporter quelques lumières.

Aschkel pour Lessakel.



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