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22 novembre 2007 4 22 /11 /novembre /2007 17:22

Irak/Terrorisme : 22 personnes tuées dans des affrontements avec Al-Qaïda en Irak

 

 

Au moins 22 personnes ont trouvé la mort, jeudi, en Irak dans plusieurs attaques menées par les partisans de la mouvance terroriste Al-Qaïda, dont un raid sur le quartier général d'une milice sunnite qui combat l'organisation terroriste. Trois soldats ont été tués et trois autres blessés par plusieurs membres d'Al-Qaïda, vêtus d'uniformes de l'armée irakienne, qui avaient attaqué un barrage militaire à Howr Rajab (10 km au sud de Bagdad). Le même groupe a par la suite attaqué le quartier général de la milice baptisée « le réveil d'Howr Rajab », mobilisée pour lutter contre la nébuleuse islamiste. Dix miliciens ont été abattus.

 

Sept combattants d'Al-Qaïda et deux villageois ont été, par ailleurs, tués dans une attaque menée par la mouvance terroriste à Al-Qlaiyah, un village situé à 25 km au nord de Bakouba, la capitale de la province de Diyala. Les villageois avaient riposté aux assaillants et les combats ont fait neuf tués, dont deux miliciens.

 

Enfin, un dirigeant de la branche irakienne d'Al-Qaïda, Hussein al-Ajeeli, responsable de la mort d'une vingtaine de policiers, a été arrêté mercredi dans la province de Salaheddine (centre-nord). Il a été interpellé au cours d'une opération de la police irakienne dans un village près de Tikrit. Il est accusé d'avoir organisé un attentat suicide contre un poste de police de Tikrit il y a deux mois, qui avait tué 17 policiers.

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21 novembre 2007 3 21 /11 /novembre /2007 18:28
Six killed, 10 detained as Coalition forces target al-Qaeda leadership, foreign terrorist facilitato Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 November 2007

MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
PRESS DESK
BAGHDAD, Iraq
http://www.mnf-iraq.com
703.343.8790
    
Press Release A071121a
November 21, 2007

Six killed, 10 detained as Coalition forces target al-Qaeda leadership, foreign terrorist facilitators

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed six terrorists and detained 10 suspects Tuesday and Wednesday during operations targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders in central and northern Iraq.

Coalition forces killed two wanted terrorists during operations Tuesday south of Baghdad.  Intelligence reports led Coalition forces to the individuals’ location, and they called supporting aircraft to engage. An air strike was conducted, killing the two terrorists, who were reported to be leaders in the Arab Jabour region, responsible for numerous attacks on Coalition forces and maintaining weapons caches. During the operation, Coalition forces detained six suspects and destroyed one vehicle.

Coalition forces killed two wanted terrorists during operations Wednesday north of Hawija. As the ground forces approached the target area they called for the building’s occupants to come out, but they did not comply. The individuals were armed and attempted to fire on Coalition forces. Perceiving hostile intent, the ground force engaged, killing four terrorists, including the two wanted individuals.  Reports indicate the wanted individuals killed were an al-Qaeda in Iraq leader in Kirkuk and the car-bombing leader for the city.

Coalition forces captured a wanted individual during operations west of Kirkuk while targeting weapons and foreign facilitators. The wanted individual was associated with acquiring weapons and materials for attacks on Coalition forces and smuggling foreign terrorists into the region. Coalition forces approached the target building and called for the building’s occupants to come out and they complied. The ground force detained four suspects without incident, including the wanted individual who identified himself to Coalition forces.

“We’re bringing down al-Qaeda’s networks across Iraq,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman. “Iraqi and Coalition forces are working together to dismantle al-Qaeda and protect the Iraqi people from their violence.”






Iraqi Security Forces detain 81 suspected extremists, confiscate weapons caches


Wednesday, 21 November 2007

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20071121-06
November 21, 2007

Iraqi Security Forces detain 81 suspected extremists, confiscate weapons caches
Multi-National Division – Central South PAO

CAMP ECHO, Iraq – Iraqi Security Forces, assisted by Coalition Forces, detained 81 suspected extremists and confiscated several weapons caches in Diwaniyah, Iraq, during Operation Lion Pounce Nov. 17 to 19.

Maj. Gen. Othman Ali Farhood, 8th Iraqi Army Div. Commander, outlined the successes of Lion Pounce in a press conference at Camp Echo, Iraq, Nov. 19.

“The northeast quarters of Diwaniyah, where the operation was conducted, were under control of criminal and militant groups,” General Farrod said.

He further highlighted the IA’s success by stating there have been no casualties or equipment damage associated with the operation to date.

Maj. Gen. Tadeusz Buk, Multi-National Division – Central South Commander, said Operation Lion Pounce was the first large-scale operation led by an Iraqi Army general (Farrod), who commanded not only IA Soldiers, but also Iraqi Police units. 

“The results of the operation show that it was well-planned and prepared,” said General Buk. 

Sheikh Hussein Al Bderi, Chairman of the Provincial Security Committee, highlighted sound cooperation between local government, Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces as key to the operation’s success.

He added that new security stations will be built to maintain order and security in the region upon the operation’s completion.

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21 novembre 2007 3 21 /11 /novembre /2007 18:13
US accuses AP Iraq photographer of terrorism
 
Tuesday, November 20, 2007 10:52 GMT
US Pentagon declared that it recommended criminal charges against Iraqi photographer Bilal Hussein detained by US Forces for more that a year and a half, who is accused of terrorism.
“Since his detention, additional evidence has come to light that makes it clearer than before that Mr. Hussein is a terrorist media operative who infiltrated the AP,” Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said. He added that there are evidence proving that Hussein poses a threat to Iraq’ security and stability. It is to be mentioned that the Iraqi court will hold a special session in this case on November 28.
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20 novembre 2007 2 20 /11 /novembre /2007 09:22
Al Qaeda shifts to northern, eastern Iraq: general

Mon Nov 19, 7:00 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Al-Qaeda fighters have been pushed toward eastern and northern Iraq where violence is now the highest in the country despite an overall decline in attacks, a senior US officer said Monday.

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"What you see is that the enemy is shifting," Major General Mark Hertling, the new commander of Multi-National Division North, told reporters here via video link from Iraq.

A turnaround by Sunni tribes in the western province of Al-Anbar has pushed Al-Qaeda fighters east, while US successes in securing Baghdad have driven others north from the capital, he said.

"Whereas all types of attacks, but specifically IEDs (improvised explosive devices) have decreased throughout Iraq ... the north has the highest number of attacks in all of Iraq," Hertling said.

The general said bombs account for more than half the attacks in his area of responsibility, but their number has dropped sharply in recent months from 1,830 in June to 900 in October.

"We had 466 as of the 19th of November and for the same period of time last month, as of 19th of October, there were 520," he said.

"The attacks are still much higher than I'd like in the north but they are continuing to decrease in numbers and scale of attack," he said.

Hertling said 200 suspected Al-Qaeda cell members arrested in raids in early November were providing good intelligence.

But he said it will be "a very tough fight" to eliminate Al-Qaeda and other extremist and insurgent groups in the north.

Mais où est donc passée la guerre d’Irak ? (info # 011911/7)
Par Sébastien Castellion
Petraeus © Metula News Agency














La nouvelle stratégie, annoncée par George W. Bush en février et mise en œuvre par le général David Petraeus, est un succès






 

Non, chers lecteurs, vous n’êtes pas victimes d’une hallucination ; aucun intrus n’a pris possession de la Mena pendant le voyage en Europe du rédacteur en chef. Simplement, dans son édition du 17 novembre, Le Monde, sous la signature de Patrice Claude, publie un court article sous le titre « Al Qaeda ne contrôle plus aucun quartier de Bagdad ». Cet article – pour la première fois, semble-t-il, dans la presse française – reconnaît que la guerre d’Irak a connu depuis trois mois un de ces renversements spectaculaires que montre l’histoire militaire. De même que les communistes, qui avaient pris Séoul en janvier 1951, étaient entièrement chassés de la zone Sud en avril ; de même que l’avancée allemande de mars 1918 en France se transforma en déroute quatre mois plus tard ; de même Al Qaeda en Irak, solidement implanté il y a encore six mois dans les zones sunnites, et premier massacreur de civils irakiens et de soldats alliés, n’a plus de base territoriale en Irak.

 

En conséquence, le nombre des victimes irakiennes (civils et forces de sécurité combinées) s’est effondré : il est passé de plus de 3 000 en février et en mars dernier à 850 en septembre et 680 en octobre [1]. Les pertes militaires alliées – très majoritairement américaines – ont connu une évolution comparable, passant de 131 en mai à 40 en octobre. La guerre n’est pas finie, mais l’amélioration est assez sensible pour que 46.000 irakiens réfugiés à l’étranger soient, selon le gouvernement de Bagdad, revenus au pays le mois dernier.

 

Les raisons du progrès peuvent être résumées en une phrase : la nouvelle stratégie, annoncée par George W. Bush en février et mise en œuvre par le général David Petraeus, est un succès.

 

Petraeus a obtenu du président une augmentation du nombre des troupes au sol. Mais surtout, il a changé la doctrine d’emploi des troupes, en les implantant durablement au sein de la population. Cette présence prolongée permet d’obtenir des renseignements sur l’ennemi et de gagner la confiance des dirigeants tribaux locaux. La nouvelle doctrine a ainsi permis au général d’obtenir des principales tribus sunnites, précédemment alliées à Al Qaeda, qu’elles renversent leur alliance et se battent aux côtés des Américains. En échange, les Américains aident les sunnites à se former au combat – ce qui leur permettra, plus tard, de se sentir plus en sécurité dans un pays majoritairement shiite. Et ils protègent la population contre les bêtes sauvages d’Al Qaeda, qui faisaient régner une terreur aveugle au nom de la Charia chez leurs prétendus alliés.

La suite sur : http://www.menapress.com/

 

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20 novembre 2007 2 20 /11 /novembre /2007 09:19

http://www.esisc.org/

Irak/sécurité : arrestation d’une dizaine de membres du mouvement chiite de Moktada al Sadr
(Mitch Prothero/UPI/Gamma/Photo News)

 

Une dizaine de membres du mouvement radical chiite de Moktada al Sadr ont été interpellés lundi à Diwaniyah, au sud de Bagdad par des forces irakiennes et américaines. D'autres membres de ce mouvement ont été démis de leurs fonctions dans les services de sécurité, et un couvre-feu a été imposé à la ville dans le cadre de l'opération « Saut du lion » lancée samedi par les forces de sécurité irakiennes avec l'appui de blindés et de l'aviation américaine. Cette opération vise à rétablir l'autorité des responsables locaux sur cette ville d'un million d'habitants, située à 180 km de Bagdad, dont des quartiers entiers échappaient à leur contrôle.

 

Ces arrestations viennent confirmer les tensions au sein des chiites irakiens, notamment entre le mouvement radical de Moktada al Sadr et le gouvernement de Nouri al-Maliki, qui bénéficie de l'appui de l'autre formation chiite de poids, le Conseil suprême islamique irakien (CSII). Selon le général Ali Akmoush, chef de la police de Diwaniyah, quelque « 49 sadristes ont été arrêtés au cours des trois derniers jours » et quelque « 70 policiers ont été renvoyés, ou présentés à la justice pour avoir coopéré avec des bandes armées ». Un couvre-feu a aussi été imposé dans la ville de Diwaniyah. Le mouvement chiite de Moktada al Sadr est la plus puissante milice armée en Irak. Elle est ouvertement opposée à la présence américaine.
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17 novembre 2007 6 17 /11 /novembre /2007 19:42
500-Pound Bombs Slam al-Qaida Staging Area on Euphrates Island

Saturday, 17 November 2007
U.S. F-16 fighter jets dropped two 2000-pound bombs on an island in the Euphrates Nov. 16 that was believed to be used by al-Qaida as a staging ground for attacks. (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle footage)
U.S. F-16 fighter jets dropped two 2000-pound bombs on an island in the Euphrates Nov. 16 that was believed to be used by al-Qaida as a staging ground for attacks. (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle footage)
BAGHDAD — Operation Marne Courageous kicked off the early morning of Nov. 16 with more than (600) Coalition forces and Iraqi Army (IA) Soldiers moving into two villages near the border of Anbar province to drive out al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI), and lay the groundwork for a sustained Coalition presence.  Bomb Drop Video

Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were joined by about (150) IA Soldiers in the air assault on the Sunni villages of Owesat and al Betra, west of the Euphrates River, 15 miles southwest of Baghdad.

Troops were transported in four helicopter lifts across the Euphrates, utilizing two CH-47 Chinook and eight UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. A Marine reconnaissance platoon, as well as Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, stationed in neighboring Anbar province, secured the landing zone.

Once on the ground, the U.S.-Iraqi force was supported by an air weapons team of Apache and Kiowa helicopters, while approximately (70) members of an Iraqi Concerned Local Citizens (CLC) group assisted in securing the outlying perimeter.

While U.S. and Iraqi forces moved through the villages, other troops set to work constructing a bridge across the Euphrates to allow for the transport of materials and supplies to build a patrol base in the area. The base will allow for a sustained Coalition presence in the area of Owesat, part of Baghdad’s southwestern “belts.”

No enemy fighters were killed or captured during the assault.

Prior to the air assault, U.S. F-16 fighter jets dropped two 2000-pound bombs on an island in the Euphrates that was believed to be used by AQI as a staging ground for attacks. The bombardment was part of a “terrain denial” strategy, cutting off a potential AQI escape route and denying the enemy a location to regroup.

Marne Courageous’ main strategic thrust is to clear AQI extremists from the area of Owesat, establish a Coalition presence, and develop a CLC program in the area as a bulwark against further enemy activity.

Army Col. Dominic Caraccilo, commander of the 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div., described the mission to journalists Nov. 11. “We’re going to put a footprint there. We’re going to establish a forward operating base,” he said.

The mission was also conducted because Coalition forces believe AQI operating in the area were involved with the May 12 attack which resulted in two missing/captured U.S. Soldiers, Pvt. Byron Fouty and Spc. Alex Jimenez, belonging to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). The 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div., took over the mission of the 2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. at the end of October.

“The Soldiers that were captured and still missing from the 10th Mountain are now part of the Rakkasan unit, and also part of the Task Force Marne unit. And the mission I have is to exploit every avenue to try to identify where they are,” Caraccilo said.

(Story by By Tim Kilbride, Multi-National Division-Center Public Affairs)

In Other Recent Developments Here:

BAGHDADAlmost 100 Iraqi Correctional Officers graduated from the Iraqi CorrectionalOfficerTraining Academy at a ceremony held Nov. 8 at Camp Cropper.   

BAGHDADCoalition forces killed six terrorists and detained 10 suspects today during operations targeting terrorist networks in central and northern Iraq.  

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16 novembre 2007 5 16 /11 /novembre /2007 15:16
Coalition forces disrupt senior al-Qaeda operations; 25 killed, 21 detained (Baghdad)

Thursday, 15 November 2007

MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ PRESS DESK
BAGHDAD, Iraq
http://www.mnf-iraq.com
703.343.8790 
 

Press Release 071114c

November 14, 2007

Coalition forces disrupt senior al-Qaeda operations; 25 killed, 21 detained

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed 25 suspected terrorists and detained 21 suspects, four of whom were wounded, late Tuesday and early Wednesday during operations targeting senior terrorist leaders in central Iraq.

During a series of coordinated operations west of Tarmiyah, Coalition forces targeted associates of senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders believed to be in the area.

Coalition forces observed several armed men in the target area and, perceiving hostile intent, called for supporting aircraft to engage.

The supporting aircraft fired on the target, but intelligence reports indicated the men unloaded an anti-aircraft weapon from the target and moved to a secondary location.

The ground force engaged the armed men, killing one, wounding another and detaining one suspect.

Upon securing the area, the ground force found a weapons cache, to include anti-aircraft weapons and artillery.

Supporting aircraft was used to safely destroy an associated building, vehicle and site believed to be used for anti-aircraft attacks against Coalition forces.

The ground force also followed suspects from the initial meeting to several buildings in the area.

As Coalition forces approached the target areas, they were engaged by enemy fire from both locations.

Responding in self-defense, ground forces called for supporting aircraft to engage, killing 24 and wounding three.

As the ground forces secured the areas, they found two substantially large weapons caches, which were safely destroyed by supporting aircraft to prevent further use by terrorists.

The caches included numerous anti-aircraft machine guns, surface-to-surface missiles, rifles, pistols, grenades, mortar rounds and artillery shells.

Coalition forces also found a large quantity of ammunition and components used to manufacture improvised explosive devices.

Coalition forces also detained 16 suspects at the two locations.

All of the injured received immediate medical treatment on site by Coalition forces medical experts and were taken to a near-by military medical facility for further treatment. 

“Al-Qaeda is being hit continually by Iraqi and Coalition Forces, so their networks are disrupted and their manpower pool diminishing, thus limiting their ability to strike innocent Iraqis,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman.

 

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16 novembre 2007 5 16 /11 /novembre /2007 15:12

 

Raid tied to kidnap of US troops in Iraq



By LAUREN FRAYER, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 9 minutes ago

BAGHDAD - U.S. helicopters dropped 600 troops into two villages south of Baghdad before sunrise Friday, launching an assault on militants believed to be involved in the May kidnapping of three American soldiers, the military said.


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 The raids took place around 4 a.m. in the villages of Owesap and Betra, about 12 miles south of the Iraqi capital.

"These are areas where we believe al-Qaida was staging attacks, and we also believe they have ties to the May 12th attack," said Maj. Alayne Conway, spokeswoman for the Army's 3rd Infantry Division.

Three U.S. soldiers were kidnapped after their patrol was ambushed May 12 near Mahmoudiya, also south of Baghdad. Four other Americans and an Iraqi interpreter were killed in the attack, and an al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility.

Two soldiers remain missing, and the body of the third was found in the Euphrates River nearly two weeks later.

On Friday, two Chinook helicopters and eight Black Hawks dropped 600 U.S. troops into the targeted area, Conway said. F-16 fighter jets then dropped two bombs on an island in the Euphrates, to "deny the enemy terrain to escape," she said.

Some 150 Iraqi soldiers also participated in the operation, Conway said. By midday Friday, there were no casualties on either side, she added.

Iraqi police said eight al-Qaida fighters were killed separately in a Shiite village near Muqdadiyah, about 60 miles north of Baghdad. Shiite townspeople, backed by police, drove the Sunni militants out of the village and killed eight of them, police said.

Meanwhile, a top British commander in southern Iraq said attacks plunged 90 percent across the country's south after Britain withdrew its troops from the main city of Basra.

The presence of British forces in downtown Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, was the single largest instigator of violence, Maj. Gen. Graham Binns told reporters Thursday on a visit to Baghdad's Green Zone.

"We thought, 'If 90 percent of the violence is directed at us, what would happen if we stepped back?'" Binns said.

About 500 British troops moved out of a former Saddam Hussein palace at Basra's heart in early September, joining some 4,500 at a garrison at an airport on the city's edge. Since that pullback, there's been a "remarkable and dramatic drop in attacks," Binns said.

Binns said the drop included attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces, which represented the bulk of overall violence there.

Last spring, British troops' daily patrols through central Basra led to "steady toe to toe battles with militias fighting some of the most tactically demanding battles of the war," Binns said. Now British forces rarely enter the city center, an area patrolled only by Iraqis.

The majority of attacks now target Iraqi forces, but even that figure has decreased since the intense battles of May and June, Binns said.

In mid-December, British forces are scheduled to return control of Basra province back to Iraqi officials — officially ending Britain's combat role in Iraq.

With an overwhelmingly Shiite population, Basra has not seen the level of sectarian violence that has torn Iraq apart since the February 2006 bombing of a Shiite shrine north of Baghdad.

But it has seen major fighting between insurgents and coalition troops, as well as between Shiite militias vying for control of the city and its security forces.

British officials expected a spike in such "intra-militia violence" after they pulled back from the city's center, and were surprised to find none, Binns said.

Also Friday, the chairman of a key committee in Iraq's parliament said a draft law that would allow former Saddam followers to hold government jobs is unconstitutional.

The new law was submitted to parliament this week. If approved, it would relax curbs on former Baath Party members — a key demand of the U.S. and Sunni Arabs.

But the head of parliament's "de-Baathification Committee," Falah Hassan Shanshal, said Friday that language in the draft law violates the constitution. Among other things, Shanshal said the law might open government jobs to low-ranking Baath members who had still committed crimes and would trigger a backlash among Iraqis — especially Shiites.

Violence continued Friday, with one civilian killed by a roadside bomb outside a motorcycle shop in central Baghdad, police said.

Four others were wounded by the blast and transferred to a nearby hospital, they said. Some damaged was sustained to buildings next to the shop.

About an hour earlier, gunmen opened fire on the same spot, wounding one civilian, police said.

The attacks took place near the Abdul-Qadir al-Gailani mosque, a Sunni shrine in central Baghdad's Sinak district, a mixed area.

Police also found the bodies of two men, both with bullet wounds to the head, dumped in a barren area near Sadiyah, 60 miles north of Baghdad. The two were identified as brothers who had disappeared Thursday evening in the same town, police said.

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6 novembre 2007 2 06 /11 /novembre /2007 09:22
La violence en Irak à son plus bas depuis le déploiement de renforts américains
MOYEN ORIENT dim 28 oct

La violence a décru sensiblement en Irak depuis le déploiement de renforts américains dans le pays, selon des chiffres officiels qui indiquent dimanche que le nombre des civils tués a atteint en octobre son niveau le plus bas depuis 20 mois.

Cette baisse est un sujet de satisfaction pour le commandement américain à Bagdad et pour le gouvernement du Premier ministre Nouri al-Maliki, accusés longtemps de ne pas être en mesure d'assurer la tranquillité des Irakiens.

Pour les quatre premières semaines d'octobre, 285 civils et membres des forces de sécurité irakiennes ont été tués dans des violences, selon des chiffres fournis par trois ministères: Intérieur, Défense, et Santé.

Il s'agit du bilan le plus bas depuis un attentat contre une mosquée chiite dans la ville sunnite de Samarra (centre), le 22 février 2006, considéré comme l'évènement qui a initié une campagne d'attentats, d'attaques et d'assassinats entre communautés chiites et sunnites.

En février 2006, 637 civils avaient été tués, et en novembre de la même année 1.975 avaient trouvé la mort. En janvier 2007, 1.992 civils sont tombés victimes de ces violences interconfessionnelles, un record.

Octobre 2007 a également été marqué par une réduction du nombre des morts américains avec 35 tués, soit la moitié du mois précédent qui s'était conclu sur un chiffre de 71 soldats tués.

"L'opération Fard al-Qanoon (la Force de la loi) est un succès", a récemment déclaré à la presse le général irakien Aboud Kanbar, en charge du plan de sécurité de Bagdad, lancé il y a huit mois.

Cette opération a été marquée par le déploiement de quelque 30.000 soldats américains supplémentaires dans Bagdad et dans des provinces voisines, comme al Anbar, à l'ouest de la capitale, connues pour être des bastions de l'insurrection.

Elle s'est accompagnée d'une multiplication des mesures de sécurité par les forces irakiennes ainsi que par des opérations spécifiques contres des membres d'Al-Qaida en Irak et contre les "groupes spéciaux", cellules d'extrémistes chiites soutenus par l'Iran.

"Le niveau des actions terroristes a été réduit et la vie est redevenue normale dans de nombreux quartiers de la ville", a encore assuré le général Aboud Kandar. "Les opérations des terroristes ont atteint leur niveau le plus bas", a-t-il même affirmé.

"Les attaques ont poursuivi leur tendance à la baisse, entamée en juin", a commenté récemment le général Ray Odierno, le commandant en second des forces américaines en Irak. "Elles sont maintenant à leur niveau le plus bas depuis janvier 2006."

"Je pourrais vous citer de nombreuses statistiques qui montrent que la sécurité s'améliore", a encore assuré le général Odierno.

"Mais le vrai indicateur à mes yeux de l'amélioration de la situation est la manière dont les Irakiens se sentent: chaque fois que je me promène dans Bagdad, les Irakiens me disent combien ils se sentent plus en sécurité dans leurs quartiers".

Un des éléments les plus controversés de l'offensive sécuritaire lancée par le commandement américain depuis l'arrivée des renforts en février a été la mise sur pied de groupes d'auto-défense dans des provinces et villes où l'insurrection était active.

"Des citoyens à travers l'Irak sont en train de reconquérir leurs communautés", a encore assuré le général Odierno.

Toutefois la mobilisation de ces auxilaires, payés par l'armée américaine, notamment dans des provinces sunnites, inquiète le gouvernement irakien dominé par les chiites qui y voit le risque de la création de nouvelles milices échappant à son autorité.

Pas de nouvelles: bonnes nouvelles — d’Irak

Où le nombre de victimes de mort violente et le nombre de soldats américains tués sont en chute libre:

 

Où les Irakiens retournent à Bagdad par milliers. Bagdad, où on replante des fleurs et où les petits commerces sont à nouveau ouverts toute la journée:

L’amélioration est bien sensible également au sein des troupes américaines, comme en témoigne par exemple cet échange avec Michael Yon, un journaliste authentiquement indépendant (c’est-à-dire payé uniquement par vos dons) qui vit avec les soldats américains en Irak depuis des mois:

 

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6 novembre 2007 2 06 /11 /novembre /2007 09:01
Winning Iraq  
By Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, November 05, 2007

 

If the old saw “no news is good news” has any truth to it, then things must be going very well indeed in the Iraq war. Increasingly obvious signs of success as a result of the “surge” under the able leadership of General David Petraeus have all but rendered the mainstream media speechless on the warfront. From the days of constant television showing video of black smoke billowing from burning car bombs in marketplaces, we have now reached a virtual blackout. When was the last time you saw a detailed listing of U.S. and Iraqi casualties in the top right column of the New York Times or Washington Post?

The media are not going to report good news, which leaves Americans with the impression that the war is going as poorly now as it was a year ago. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Friendly casualties are lower than they have been in years, across the board: U.S. and allied forces, Iraqi security forces, and Iraqi civilian losses are all at near-record lows. Contrasted to this time last year, the comparison is staggering. And for all the recent caterwauling from craven Foreign Service Officers about a tour in Iraq being a “death sentence, and you know it,” so far the State Department has not lost anyone except contractors hired at extravagant cost to protect its officers. (Can anyone say “Blackwater”?)

On the rise, however, are al-Qaeda In Iraq's losses, although you can expect to see them falling in the near future, too -- not because these foreign fighters are not being hunted down and killed, but because AQI targets populations are declining. Fewer and fewer recruits are coming through Syria into Iraq to join the fight.

Huge attrition rates have reduced AQI presence in Iraq dramatically. Partially as a result of these high losses, the brightness of the al Qaeda’s appeal among foreign fighters from Saudi Arabia, Chechnya, and other disturbed places around the region has dimmed. Yes, the terrorist training camps in Syria are still functioning and Damascus does little to impede foreign jihadists' travel through Syrian territory. But it appears some radicals who prefer to fight the infidel face to face are either waiting for another time (like after the 2008 elections) or are seeking more accommodating ground. Hence, the recent resurgence of fighting in Chechnya and Afghanistan.

According to Rear Admiral Greg Smith, spokesman for the Multi-National Force–Iraq, this largely unreported good news is attributable to the strategy General Petraeus brought with him on this his third tour of duty in Iraq. “More than a majority in Anbar Province area have morally and physically rejected al Qaeda,” Smith reported in a conference call on October 31. “The movement called Concerned Local Citizens – often referred to as the Anbar Awakening – has now spread across the entire country.” This is decidedly good news for those who love freedom and extraordinarily bad new for Al Qaeda Iraq.

“There are more than 120 separate Concerned Local Citizens groups around the country,” Greg notes, “Many in the predominately Sunni areas that were former AQI strongholds.” By rejecting the terrorists and embracing a solution within the Iraqi government, tribal leaders and sheiks – still the key opinion formers in the new republic – have “tilted the kinetics” hard in the direction of a non-violent solution to Iraqi problems.

This kinetic shift has enabled the military to take advantage of a broader range of targets. “We continue to go after foreign fighters,” Smith said, “and have expanded our targeting to include AQI propaganda arm, money laundering and finance, and operations.” According to Smith “with the capture of the eighth AQI media cell, al-Qaeda’s ability to broadcast or make propaganda videos inside Iraq is severely degraded.”

Forces on the ground are careful not to overstate this success. “We’ve still got a long way to go,” Smith affirmed. He was cautiously optimistic about returning Iraqi provinces to the responsibility of Iraqi security forces. “Eight of 18 provinces are now under Iraqi control,” he noted. “We expect two more to transfer shortly.”

And as for the final eight provinces? “They won’t be transferred this year, although we had originally hoped to achieve that goal. However, we expect that not far into 2008 the transfers will be complete.”

How about the sectarian militias that media pundits have gloomily characterized as portending a civil war? “Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered his followers to support the Iraqi government,” Smith noted. His forces were among those considered most threatening to stability.

Jaysh al Mahdi (JAM) forces, under the titular control of Muqtada al Sadr, were described in a report to Congress in August 2006 as “increasingly linked to retaliatory violence.” According to Smith, JAM has now assumed a much diminished role. A returning British general officer described JAM activities in Basra and the south of Iraq as drifting increasingly into a criminal, mob-rule rather than one that is ideologically Shi’a based. He characterized activities as more “mafia-like” than religious or sectarian, and observed that from the “glass-half-full” perspective the various organized crime gangs were at least committed to keeping Iranian agents out of their business affairs.

The secularization movement seems to be growing rapidly within JAM and the Mahdi Army community. While controlling criminal gangs present their own set of challenges, at least for the moment the threat of civil war or partition of the country seems increasingly remote.

As Smith confirmed, “I have spoken with representatives high and low from all over Iraq, and none favor partition or breakup. They all identify themselves first as Iraq citizens and then as part of a religious affiliation or tribe.” This is, indeed, good news, at least for those other than NBC, which pompously announced last year that after “due consideration” it had decided “a civil war exists in Iraq.”

On the infrastructure side, Smith explained that more power is being generated than in pre-war Iraq -- though electric power requirements still exceed supply. “Power shortages continue from time to time in Baghdad,” he elaborated, “but that is because in the old days Saddam directed that most of the power be allocated to Baghdad. Now we are spreading it across the entire country.” He is now making up for Saddam’s previous policy of discrimination.

That’s the good news from Iraq. Not violent, sexy, or especially titillating, but strongly indicative of a rising confidence level and improving security situation among a people who have lived far too long with a knife at their throats.


Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu has been an Army Green Beret lieutenant colonel, as well as a writer, popular speaker, business executive and farmer. His most recent book is Separated at Birth, about North and South Korea.
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