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23 août 2007 4 23 /08 /août /2007 20:00

Irak : Al-Qaïda s’attaque à ses anciens alliés sunnites qui ont rejoint le camp de la coalition


Le général Ali Dilayan, responsable de la police de Bakouba a annoncé ce jeudi que des membres de la branche irakienne d’Al-Qaïda avaient attaqué trois maisons appartenant à des chefs locaux sunnites qui ont récemment rallié les troupes de la coalition dans la région de Kanaan, à 50 km au nord-est de Bagdad. Près de 200 hommes ont attaqué au mortier avant d’investir les villages de Cheikh Tamim et d'Ibrahim Yehia, des chefs tribaux ralliés a-t-il précisé. Selon la même source, le Cheikh Younès al-Taï, un autre rallié, a été assassiné ainsi que plusieurs de ses fils. Une autre personne identifiée sous  le nom de Cheikh Ali n’était pas présente au moment des faits mais deux membres de sa famille ont également été tués. Au total, au moins 25 personnes ont péri tandis que cinq femmes et sept enfants ont été enlevés.


Ces combats meurtriers sont de plus en plus fréquents entre les insurgés irakiens sunnites – membres d’al-Qaïda ou ex baasistes et ceux qui ont accepté de rester neutre ou de se rallier à l’autorité légale.

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23 août 2007 4 23 /08 /août /2007 19:35

High Stakes Game in Northern Iraq
By Kenneth R. Timmerman
FrontPageMagazine.com | 8/23/2007


Over the past week, with Iranian shells raining down on Iraqi villages in Kurdish areas along the border zone in the north, Iran’s leaders have engaged the United States in a high stakes game that has gone virtually unreported in the elite media.

Iran has massed thousands of troops along its northwestern border in preparation for a ground assault against Iranian Kurdish fighters who have sought refuge in the rugged Qanbil mountains in northwestern Iraq.

On Tuesday, villagers found leaflets bearing the official Islamic Republic of Iran logo, ordering them to leave the area or face the consequences.

“Our enemies, mainly the Americans, are trying to plant security hurdles in our country (Iran),” the leaflets said. “They achieve this through using agents in the areas of Qandil and Khanira inside the Kurdish region. 'The authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran will work on cleansing this area.”

Hundreds of Iraqis from the villages of Qandoul and Qal’at Diza, close to the Iranian border in the province of Sulaymanyah, fled as a result of the Iranian shelling, according to wire service accounts.

Should Iran be allowed to carry out its planned attack, it would amount to an overt aggression against its neighbor. But the potential damage is far worse, because of the deep U.S. engagement in Iraq.

A successful Iranian attack against opposition Kurds from the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (known as PJAK) based in Iraq, will strike a triple blow against America.

Not only will the Iranians have violated Iraq’s sovereignty, guaranteed until now by the United States; they will have shown that despite the presence of 160,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, the United States “can do nothing” against Iran, as the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, liked to say.

Even worse: if the United States sits this one out, we will send a terrible message to Iranian opponents of the regime in Tehran that despite all our calls for “freedom” and “democracy” in Iran, we will not intervene to prevent them from being massacred, even when we have the opportunity and the forces in place to save them from certain death.

And yet, unless Congress and the White House react immediately, that is precisely what is going to happen.

An Iranian victory in northern Iraq will have far-reaching consequences, and will further embolden president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is engaged in political, military, and intelligence hardball with the United States on multiple fronts, including inside Iraq.

Just last week, U.S. forces arrested another “high-priority” Iranian Revolutionary Guards officer in Baghdad, and accused him of funneling aid to Iraqi insurgents.

U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Garver announced the arrest on August 15, and said that coalition forces “will continue their focused operations against unhelpful Iranian influence interfering in Iraq.”

An unnamed U.S. official said that the Iranian Guardsman was responsible for smuggling explosively-formed penetrators, Katyusha rockets and other weapons into Iraq, and “had direct ties to senior militant leaders and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force.”

Another U.S. military spokesman. Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner, told reporters in Iraq on Aug. 14 that Iran had recently provided 240 mm long-range rockets to insurgents in Iraq for attacks on U.S. forces.

"The 240 mm rocket is a large-caliber projectile that has been provided to militia extremists groups in the past along with a range of other weapons from Iranian sources," Bergner said.

Similar Iranian-made rockets I examined last summer in Haifa and in other northern Israel towns and cities had been fired against Israeli civilian targets by Hezbollah with warheads containing thousands of miniature ball-bearings, designed to kill and maim.

On May 25, PKK guerillas in Turkey derailed a train bound for Syria for Iran, ostensibly carrying construction materials. When prosecutors went through the wreckage they found an Iranian-made rocket launcher and 300 rockets bound for Hezbollah in Syria, according to Turkish press reports.

There is no way those weapons could have transited Turkey on the Turkish national railroad without someone in the Turkish government knowing what was going on.

Iran is banking on its secret “entente” with Turkey – to supply Hezbollah through Syria, and to smash the bases of each other’s opposition Kurds in Iraq - to deter the United States from any military intervention in northern Iraq.

The Turks have been threatening for months to go after the PKK, who have tens of thousands of fighters training in camps inside Iraq, along the Turkish border.

And so the Iranians have spread the rumor, which until now has been accepted at face value, that its own Kurdish dissidents (PJAK) are actually the Iranian branch of the PKK, which the U.S. has designated as an international terrorist organization.

The State Department took Turkey’s insistence that PJAK was allied with the PKK seriously enough that it refused to meet earlier this month with visiting PJAK leader, Rahman Haj Ahmadi, despite his open support for the U.S. military presence in Iraq and his identification with U.S. goals in the region.

Both the PKK and PJAK have training camps in the Qanbil mountain range in northern Iraq. But because of the difficult geography, and their different needs, they inhabit “different sides of the mountains,” Rahman Ahmadi told me in Washington.

“The PKK doesn’t need us,” he said. “They have tens of thousands of fighters, and hundreds of thousands of sympathizers.”

But Ahmadi acknowledges that PJAK and the PKK cooperate to a certain degree, if only to prevent clashes between their own fighters.

“The president of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional government, Massoud Barzani, also has an agreement with the PKK,” he told me. “Does that make Barzani a supporter of the PKK?”

This is not the first time the Turks have played us in Iraq. In 2003, on a flimsy pretext of domestic opposition, they successfully prevented the 4th Infantry Division from crossing Turkey to join coalition forces that liberated Iraq from Saddam Hussein.

We can sit by and allow Iran to violate Iraq’s sovereignty, defy the U.S. military, and smash a significant Iranian opposition group on the slim pretext that Iran is “merely” seeking to punish its own rebels, just as Turkey.

Or we can extend protection to the Iranian Kurds who have established training camps in the rugged mountains of northeastern Iraq, and inflict a double blow on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Clearly, the Iranians believe they can thumb their noses at the U.S. military. For more than a week, they have conducted intermittent shelling of Iraqi Kurdish villages in the general vicinity of suspected PJAK bases.

My Iranian sources tell me that the Iranians are hoping to expel PJAK from the area and replace them with Ansar al-Islam, the precursor group to al Qaeda in Iraq,

“They want to send Saad Bin Laden, who is currently in Iran under Iranian government protection, into a new base inside Iraq,” one source told me.

Saad Bin Laden is Osama Bin Laden’s eldest son, who is widely viewed as the heir to his terrorist empire, should his father die. He was given refuge in Iran shortly after al Qaeda evacuated its bases in Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks.

PJAK is a natural ally of the United States. They seek to unite Iranians to overthrow the dictatorship of the clergy in Iran, and to work together to build a future secular democracy.

We don’t have to provide them weapons, or money, or training. But if we allow Iranian Revolutionary Guards troops to attack PJAK inside Iraq with impunity, we may as well pack up and leave – not just Iraq, but the entire region. Because we will have no credibility left.

If instead, if we seize this opportunity to smash an Iranian Revolutionary Guards offensive with massive force, we could send a message that will make Iran’s leaders think twice before messing with us again.

It’s about time we made Iran’s leaders pay a price for killing Americans and undermining America’s allies. Here is a terrific opportunity to get that job done.

Kenneth R. Timmerman was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize along with John Bolton for his work on Iran. He is Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, and author of Countdown to Crisis: the Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran (Crown Forum: 2005).
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20 août 2007 1 20 /08 /août /2007 08:45

BAGDAD - Les troupes américaines ont déclaré lundi avoir tué jusqu'à cinq personnes et en avoir arrêté 13 autres soupçonnées de trafic d'armes avec l'Iran, dont un responsable du financement de l'insurrection, lors de raids à Bagdad.

La principale opération s'est déroulée dimanche dans le quartier chiite de Sadr City. Elle visait à "capturer ou tuer des trafiquants d'armes hautement recherchés et entretenant des liens avec les Gardiens de la révolution iraniens", a précisé un communiqué militaire.

"Les forces de la coalition ont capturé un des responsables du financement des groupes terroristes dans un raid lundi avant l'aube dans l'ouest de Bagdad", a précisé l'armée dans un autre communiqué, sans toutefois dévoiler l'identité du suspect.

Cette personne est soupçonnée d'être un dirigeant de "groupes spéciaux" d'un quartier de l'ouest de la capitale irakienne, selon la même source.

L'armée avait précédemment indiqué que trois à cinq militants avaient été tués par une frappe aérienne sur une camionnette qui représentait une menace pour les soldats, lors de l'opération de dimanche.

"Les personnes détenues sont suspectées d'avoir facilité le transport d'armes et de personnes de l'Iran vers l'Irak", avait-on ajouté de même source.

L'armée américaine les accuse en particulier d'avoir importé illégalement des armes de type EFP, capables de transpercer les véhicules blindés américains.

Plus de 200 soldats américains ont été tués depuis mai 2004 par ce type d'armes, fabriqués illégalement en Iran et fournis aux extrémistes irakiens, selon l'armée américaine.

Les Etats-Unis accusent régulièrement des groupes liés à l'Iran d'entraîner des mouvements extrémistes irakiens et de leur fournir des armes, ce que Téhéran a toujours démenti.
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19 août 2007 7 19 /08 /août /2007 08:30
Tip leads to largest cache uncovered in western Baghdad neighborhood

Saturday, 18 August 2007

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


RELEASE No. 20070818-07
August 18, 2007

Tip leads to largest cache uncovered in western Baghdad neighborhood
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

BAGHDAD — Multi-National Division – Soldiers uncovered the largest weapons cache found to date in the Ameriya neighborhood Aug. 14. 

Acting on a tip called in by a resident, Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces conducted a search in the western Baghdad neighborhood, uncovering the cache in a woodworking shop.   The Soldiers uncovered the cache, after finding a fake floor board in the shop.  

The cache contained 265 mortar rounds of various sizes, 47 rockets of various sizes, 22 rocket-propelled grenade rounds, more than 50 land mines, 300 pounds of homemade explosive, more than 150 pounds of other explosive material and more than 70,000 rounds of small arms ammunition. 

An explosive ordnance team was called in to evaluate the cache.  EOD blew the ordnance and weapons on site. 

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18 août 2007 6 18 /08 /août /2007 09:57

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

This list contains the names and countries of 139 suicide bombers in Iraq.

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The bombers came from the following countries: Saudi Arabia (53),
Italy (8),
Syria (8),
Kuwait (7),
Jordan (4),
Libya (3),
Egypt (3),
Turkey (3),
Belgium (2),
France (2),
Spain (2),
Yemen (3),
Lebanon (1),
Morocco (1),
Britain (1),
Bengal (1),
Sudan (1) and
Unknown (18).

(Source:Adapted from “Suicide Bombers in Iraq” by Mohammed M. Hafez)

1 Degauque, Muriel (female suicide bomber) Belgium

2 Goris, Issam (foiled bomber killed by U.S. forces) Belgium
3 al-Banghali, Abu Dujanah Bengal

4 al-Dhaleai, Wael (Wael Abdul Rahman) Britain
5 al-Masri, Abu Omar Egypt
6 al-Masri, Mahmoud Egypt
7 al-Muhajir, Abu Abdullah Egypt
8 Badjoudj, Abdelhalim France
9 Bazis, Idris France
10 al-Anizi, Ahmed (Abu Ma`az) Iraq
11 al-Ansari, Abu Basir Iraq
12 al-Ansari, Abu Hafs Iraq
13 al-Ansari, Abu Khattab Iraq
14 al-Ansari, Abu Muhammad Iraq
15 al-Ansari, Abu Musab Iraq
16 al-Ansari, Abu Uthman Iraq
17 al-Dulaymi, Widad Jamil Jasim (female suicide bomber) Iraq
18 al-Dulaymi, Abu al-Hur Iraq
19 al-Iraqi, Abu Ayoub Iraq
20 al-Iraqi, Yassin Jarrad Iraq
21 al-Jumayli, Abu Amar Iraq
22 al-Karkuki, Abdullah Iraq
23 al-Kurdi, Abdul Wahhab Iraq
24 al-Kurdi, Barwa Iraq
25 al-Najdi, Abu Umar Iraq
26 al-Shamari, Nusha Mujalli Munayfir(female suicide bomber) Iraq
27 Marwan Abu Ubeida Iraq
28 Nassim, Fahdal Italy
29 al-Masri, Abu Farid Italy
30 Morchidi, Kamal Italy
31 Ben Amor, Mohammed Italy
32 Khalifa, Mohammed Italy
33 Rihani, Lotfi (Abdel Rahman) Italy
34 Saadi, Fadhal Italy
35 Waddani, Habib (Said) Italy
36 al-Ashqari, Ans Jamal (Abu al-Bara al-Urduni) Jordan
37 al-Banna, Raed Mansoor (Abu Radwan al-Urduni) Jordan
38 al-Urduni, Abu Sulaiman Jordan
39 Jaradad, Amer Qasim Jordan
40 al-Anizi, Rawaf Kuwait
41 al-Ajami, Khaled (Abu Al-Zubayr al-Kuwaiti) Kuwait
42 al-Hajari, Mansoor (Abu-Wadha al-Kuwaiti) Kuwait
43 al-Shamari, Abd-al-Aziz (Abu-Ahmad al-Kuwaiti) Kuwait
44 al-Subay’i, Nayif Salih (Abu-Salih al-Kuwaiti) Kuwait
45 al-Utaybi, Abdel Rahman Bin-Shuja (Abu-Awf al-Kuwaiti) Kuwait
46 Said al-Hajari (Abu-Hamza al-Kuwaiti) Kuwait
47 Khalifa, Muhammad Lebanon
48 al-Libi, Abu Abdullal Libya
49 al-Libi, Abu Bara Libya
50 al-Zayidi, Khaled Libya
51 al-Maghribi, Abu Osama Morocco
52 al-Bahili, Naser Bin Fahd (Abu Fahd) Saudi Arabia
53 al-Baqmi, Abu Zayad Saudi Arabia
54 al-Dousari, Abu Abdullah (brother of Abu Harith) SaudiArabia
55 al-Dousari, Abu Harith Saudi Arabia
56 al-Fahmi, Suluh Salih Saudi Arabia
57 al-Falaj, Adel Bin Ali Saudi Arabia
58 al-Ghamidi, Ahmed Said Ahmed Saudi Arabia
59 al-Ghuninam, Sami Bin Sulieman Saudi Arabia
60 al-Halil, Mohammed Saudi Arabia
61 al-Harbi, Faris Abdullah Saudi Arabia
62 al-Hijazi, Abi Amama Saudi Arabia
63 al-Madani, Abu Zyad Saudi Arabia
64 al-Makki, Abu Hassan Saudi Arabia
65 al-Muhajir, Abu Azzam Saudi Arabia
66 al-Mutayri, Abu al-Walid Saudi Arabia
67 al-Mutayri, Haydarah Saudi Arabia
68 al-Mutayri, Majid Bin Sahnt Saudi Arabia
69 al-Najdi, Abu Abdel Malik Saudi Arabia
70 al-Najdi, Abu Hafs Saudi Arabia
71 al-Najdi, Abu Naim Saudi Arabia
72 al-Najdi, Abu Nur Saudi Arabia
73 al-Najdi, Abu Ubayda (Abdullah) Saudi Arabia
74 al-Qahtani, Abu Ans al-Tahami Saudi Arabia
75 al-Qarni, Abdullah al-Buhayri Saudi Arabia
76 al-Qurayshi, Abdul Rahman Saad (Abu Saad al-Makki) SaudiArabia
77 al-Qasimi, Abu Qutaybah Saudi Arabia
78 al-Rahimi, Ahmed (or Ahmed al-Fawal Abu Hassan) SaudiArabia
79 al-Rashid, Abdel Aziz Hamd Saudi Arabia
80 al-Rashid, Yazid Bin Qayid (Abu Juhayman) Saudi Arabia
81 al-Sa`ayri, Abu Mashari Saudi Arabia
82 al-Sarmini, Muhammad Sha`aban Abu Abdullah Saudi Arabia
83 al-Shamali, Abu-Muawiyah Saudi Arabia
84 al-Shamari, Abu Musab Saudi Arabia
85 al-Shamari, Fahd Nayef al-Shulaqi (Abu Amshi al-Shamari)Saudi Arabia
86 al-Shamari, Khaled Bin Khalaf al-Sulayti (Abu Mutib) SaudiArabia
87 al-Shamari, Majid Salamah al-Haqs Saudi Arabia
88 al-Shamari, Muhammad Bin Rahayman al-Tawmi (Abu Salih) SaudiArabia
89 al-Shamari, Nawaf bin Mishl Al Khalil Saudi Arabia
90 al-Shamari, Walid al-Asmar Saudi Arabia
91 al-Shayi`a, Ahmed Bin Abdullah Bin Abdel Rahman Saudi Arabia
92 al-Shukri, Salih (Abu Ibrahim al-Makki) Saudi Arabia

93 al-Tamimi, Abdelaziz Bin Saud Bin Mahmoud al-Gharbi al-MufidiSaudi Arabia
94 al-Usaymi, Nawaf Saudi Arabia
95 al-Usaymi, Safr bin Matr Saudi Arabia
96 al-Utaybi, Azzam Turki al-Muraybadh Saudi Arabia
97 al-Utaybi, Muqrin Majid Shayb Saudi Arabia
98 al-Utaybi, Nashi Dhayb Saudi Arabia
99 al-Zahrani, Fawaz Hussein Saudi Arabia
100 Sayf al-Umma al-Mankuba (not the actual name, real name unknown)Saudi Arabia
101 al-Hijazi, Abu Hurayrah Saudi Arabia
102 al-Janoubi, Abu Dajana Saudi Arabia
103 al-Janoubi, Abu Naser Saudi Arabia
104 al-Tshady, Abu Nasser Saudi Arabia
105 Belgacem, Bellil Spain
106 Afalah, Mohammed Spain
107 Al-Sudani, Hasan Abdel Rahman Sudan
108 al-Abdo, Uruha (Abu Abdel Karim) Syria
109 al-Saraqibi, Warid al-Qudur Syria
110 al-Shami, Abu al-Walid Syria
111 al-Shami, Abu Bara Syria
112 al-Suri, Abu Umayr Syria
113 al-Suri, Abu Khaled or Abu Khaled al-Falastini Syria
114 al-Suri, Abu Muhammad Syria
115 al-Suri, Abu Ubayda Syria
116 al-Tunisi, Abu Samir Tunisia
117 al-Tunisi, Abu Tariq Tunisia
118 al-Tunisi, Ziyad Tunisia
119 al-Turki, Abu Abdullah (Azzad Akanji) Turkey
120 Umar, Abu Muhammad Turkey
121 Yigit, Ebubekir Turkey
122 Adnan, Muhammad Zayd Muhammad (Abu Umayer al-Shami) Unknown
123 al-Allawi, Abdullah Unknown

124 al-Badawi, Abu Umar Unknown
125 al-Jidawi, Abu al-Abbas Unknown1
26 al-Maqdisi, Abu Zayd Unknown
127 al-Muhajir, Abu Rihana Unknown
128 al-Muhajir, Abu Thabit Unknown
129 al-Muhajir, Abu Zubayr Unknown
130 al-Nufayi, Abu al-Zubayr Unknown
131 al-Qarnamri, Hamoud `Ayad Unknown
132 al-Rumi, Fahd (Abu `Amshi) Unknown
133 al-Ruwayli, Farhan Mayes Unknown
134 al-Ruwayli, Jamil Battah Unknown
135 al-Shamari, Abdullah al-Zubai Unknown
136 al-Shamari, Abu Abd Unknown
137 al-Yemeni, Abu Jafar Yemen
138 al-Yemeni, Abu Bilal Yemen
139 al-Yemeni, al-Jarrah Yemen
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16 août 2007 4 16 /08 /août /2007 07:55
Iraqi Army, U.S. Special Forces detain 3 Al-Qaeda in Iraq high-level leaders

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

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


RELEASE No. 20070815-06
August 15, 2007

Iraqi Army, U.S. Special Forces detain 3 Al-Qaeda in Iraq high-level leaders
Multi-National Corps – Iraq PAO

BAGHDAD – Soldiers from the 1/6th Iraqi Army Scouts, with U.S. Special Forces as advisors, detained three suspected key Al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders during an intelligence driven operation Aug. 14 in the Mansour area of Baghdad. 
The forces detained an alleged group leader and both his cell leaders. Both cells traffic weapons into the Mansour area and conduct mortar and rocket attacks to harm Iraqi and Coalition Forces. 

One cell leader is suspected of coordinating extra-judicial killings against innocent civilians and Iraqi government personnel. Intelligence reports indicates the other cell leader finances al-Qaeda with money supplied to him by foreign associations and has also orchestrated numerous vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks against Iraqi military and political figures.

The forces also seized weapons, ammunition, military uniforms, and computer equipment at the detainees’ locations.

No U.S. or Iraqi members were harmed during the operation.

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8 août 2007 3 08 /08 /août /2007 08:35
Suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist captured during Marne Avalanche

Tuesday, 07 August 2007

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


RELEASE No. 20070807-21
August 7, 2007

Suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist captured during Marne Avalanche
Multi-National Division – Center PAO

KALSU, Iraq — Iraqi Security Forces and Paratroopers captured a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist wanted for a string of attacks against the security forces and citizens in North Babil during Operation Marne Avalanche, August 5.

The Iraqi Army, police and Paratroopers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 501st Airborne, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division conducted an early morning raid in Snadeej near Jurf As Sukhr to capture the suspected insurgent.

“More than 50 IPs, 20 IA soldiers and 50 paratroopers participated in the operation,” said Capt. Henry Moltz, commander of Company A and Midlothian, Texas native.  “The populace was very receptive to the ISF-led operation and a local source pointed the man out to us.”

Thanks to joint operations like this one, the Jurf As Sukhr area is on the road to security and stability, Moltz said

“This operation marks 50 days in Jurf As Sukhr with no attacks, as compared to six months ago when there was at least one attack every day,” Moltz said. “The drop in violence is a testament to the Paratroopers and Iraqi Security Forces who have embraced the Joint Security Station concept and who have trained and fought side by side.”

The JSS isn’t the only key to success in the area. According to the soldiers and Paratroopers who work in the region, citizens are a big factor in their success.

“The people in Snadeej and Jurf are tired of violence,” said Moltz.  “They are tired of being scared.  They want a better life.”

During Operation Marne Avalanche, the Paratroopers of the 4th Brigade have killed 16 insurgents, conducted numerous precision raids, captured more than 110 insurgents including eight cell leaders and other high value individuals.

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31 juillet 2007 2 31 /07 /juillet /2007 10:31

Nous avions déjà parlé il y a deux jours de ce retour d'Irak de deux universitaires US indépendants de la Brookings Institution, Mickaël O' Hanlon et Kenneth Pollak,  qui fait actuellement des remous parmi les partisans d'un retrait immédiat et sans condition, à 7 semaines du rapport Petraeus devant le Congrès. Loin que tous les signes soient au vert, la principale difficulté restant à résoudre incombe, selon ces experts, à l'immobilisme politique de l'équipe gouvernementale d'Al-Maliki. Néanmoins, plusieurs des provinces les plus remuantes, comme celle du Anbar, semblent aujourd'hui stabilisées et les forces de la coalition multi-nationale ont remporté de francs succès sur Al Qaeda, comme nous n'avons cessé de le démontrer depuis de nombreux mois sur ce blog. Ces premières indications avant-coureur semblent préparer un accueil plus favorable au discours que tiendra le chef d'Etat-Major en Irak que ce que l'on imaginait jusqu'à présent. Les "vierges folles" démocrates s'en montrent effarouchées, se jetant sur la moindre mauvaise nouvelle avec une délectation suicidaire, pendant que le camp encore favorable à l'administration Bush se montre plus serein...

US scholars see qualified success for US Iraq surge


by Stephen Collinson Tue Jul 31, 12:52 AM ET


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Two prominent US political scholars just back from Iraq said Monday the US troop surge strategy was making strides in some areas, but warned the Iraqi government was making "zero" progress.


The findings by independent Brookings Institution analysts Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack, who have recently criticized White House strategy, furthered enflamed the heated political debate in Washington over Iraq.


The Democratic-led House of Representatives is due this week to hold more symbolic votes on bringing US troops home, in the latest of a string of so-far unsuccessful attempts to dictate President George W. Bush's war strategy.


Pollack and O'Hanlon returned from eight days of meetings with US generals, diplomats and Iraqis saying they were more hopeful than they had expected.


They noted progress in the US battle against Al-Qaeda in Iraq in western Al-Anbar province, and said there had been impressive stabilization in the northern cities of Tal-Afar and Mosul.


But they warned that southern Iraq and the city of Basra were like the "Wild West," pummeled by violence, and that security in the capital was uneven, with some neighborhoods returning to normal and others like a "war-zone."


"This is the first trip I have taken to Iraq that I actually came back more hopeful than I went over, (but) again that is a more qualified hopefulness," Pollack told a small group of reporters.


"We saw considerably greater progress on the security side than I would have expected," Pollack said, adding that some economic and political strides were evident at local levels.


But he warned he saw none of the critical, top-down political momentum from the Iraqi central government that US policy is designed to promote, describing it as "a complete mess."


"Iraqi high-level politics remains completely log-jammed, we saw zero evidence of progress there," Pollack said.


O'Hanlon said he was impressed by progress of US troops in fighting Al-Qaeda in Iraq after a tie-up between US forces and tribal sheikhs in Anbar.


But he warned the strategy to surge nearly 30,000 extra troops into Iraq, may simply be keeping the lid on other violence.


"The civil strife is something that we have more suppressed than solved," he said, but added he would favor following the surge strategy for a few more months given new signs of momentum.


Pollack also cautioned some progress appeared to depend on the continued presence of US troops, the subject of a furious battle between Democrats in Congress, who want to bring most of the 159,000 soldiers home, and the White House, which rejects withdrawal timelines.


Ultimately, O'Hanlon said, despite his optimism in some areas, "I still don't want to bet you even money -- I still don't think the odds for Iraq are so great."


Some of the most hopeful strands of the two analysts' verbal report, featured in an op-ed piece in Monday's New York Times, were quickly picked up by supporters of Bush's Iraq strategy.


The analysis came around seven weeks before a crucial report is due to be delivered on the surge by US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, which is being seen as a crucial moment for US policy in Iraq.


In an interview with ABC television, Petraeus indicated that US troops were expected to remain in Iraq until mid-2009 in an effort to allow for stable conditions to take hold on the ground.


Signs of limited hope in the US effort to stabilize Iraq came on the day Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates left Washington on a Middle East tour -- partly to drum up support for the US mission.


Bush meanwhile held his first face-to-face summit with new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, as the two leaders played down differences on Iraq after press reports said London may pull out its 5,500 troops.


"There's no doubt in my mind he understands the stakes of the struggle. And there's no doubt in my mind that he will keep me abreast of his military commanders' recommendations based upon conditions on the ground," said Bush.

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30 juillet 2007 1 30 /07 /juillet /2007 22:36
Eight terrorists killed, 40 suspects detained in Coalition operations

Monday, 30 July 2007


July 30, 2007
Release A070730a

Eight terrorists killed, 40 suspects detained in Coalition operations

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed eight terrorists and detained 40 suspected terrorists during operations targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq in Salah ad Din and Anbar provinces Sunday and Monday.

A precision raid on Sunday targeted an al-Qaeda in Iraq emir near Tarmiyah.  After Coalition Forces blocked escape routes for three terrorists associated with the alleged leader, the armed men fired on the assault force.  Coalition Forces called close air support in their defense, and the three armed terrorists were killed in the air strike.

Coalition Forces detained two suspected terrorists during the raid and destroyed a cache of weapons and ammunition inside the building.

A Monday raid targeted the same al-Qaeda in Iraq network.  As Coalition Forces approached one of the targeted buildings, they received small arms fire from within.  After ensuring that women and children near the scene were a safe distance from the building, Coalition Forces, reacting in self-defense, called in close air support.  Ground forces assess five terrorists were killed in the air strike.  The assault forces detained 10 suspected terrorists and destroyed the building.

Near Karmah, Coalition Forces raided four buildings Monday associated with a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq financier who works with senior al-Qaeda leaders in Anbar province.  During the operation, the assault force discovered a cache of weapons containing machine guns, mortar rounds, improvised explosive device materials and military-style assault vests.  A Coalition Forces air strike destroyed the cache and the ground forces detained 17 suspected terrorists on site.

South of Samarra, Coalition Forces detained eight suspected terrorists during a Monday raid targeting a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq operative tied to suicide bombers and foreign terrorists.  The ground forces uncovered a cache of weapons that included rifles, grenades, mortars, military-style assault vests, body armor and materials to assist in anti-aircraft strikes.  A trained explosives team destroyed the cache on-site.

Coalition Forces detained three suspected terrorists during a raid in Bayji Monday targeting an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq leader there.

“Al Qaeda in Iraq and affiliated networks continue to conduct malicious attacks on the Iraqi people,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.  “We will continue to target their leaders and operatives wherever they hide.”

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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
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RELEASE No. 20070730-07
July 30, 2007

Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain al Qaeda cell leader in Husaybuh
Multi-National Corps – Iraq PAO

BAGHDAD – Iraqi Security Forces teams conducted a series of raids, July 29 detaining
a suspected al Qaeda cell leader responsible for attacks and facilitating foreign fighters
in the Al Qaim area.

With U.S. Special Forces present as advisers, Iraqi Police detained two primary
suspects and three additional persons of interest in the vicinity of Husaybuh, located on
the Euphrates River west of Al Qaim. Various documents, including multiple
identification cards and passports, were also seized during the operation.

The cell leader, who allegedly runs al Qaeda in Iraq activities in Husaybuh, is
purportedly involved in the planning of future large scale attacks against Coalition
Forces in the western Euphrates River valley. The second primary suspect is a school
teacher believed to be spreading propaganda and recruiting his students to kill
members of the Iraqi Police and Army.

No Iraqi or Coalition Forces were injured during this operation.


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Foot -Coupe d'Asie

L'Irak champion d'Asie

L'Irak est allé au bout de l'exploit en battant l'Arabie Saoudite (1-0), dimanche en finale de la Coupe d'Asie à Djakarta. Equipe surprise de la compétition, la sélection moyen-orientale s'est imposée grâce à un unique but du capitaine Younis Mahmoud, meilleur réalisateur de la compétition (4 buts). Son coup de tête victorieux de la 71e minute (photo) sur un corner d'Hawar Mohammed restera dans l'histoire du pays. C'est la première fois que la sélection dirigée par le Brésilien Jorvan Vieira conquiert un titre continental. Sa meilleure performance remontait à une participation au Mondial 1986 (élimination au premier tour).
Malgré leur interdiction par les autorités de Bagdad, des tirs de joie ont salué la victoire de Djarkata. A la seconde même du coup de sifflet final, les Bagdadis, y compris des soldats et des policiers, ont lâché de longues rafales en l'air et dans les eaux du Tigre. Les jeunes ont déferlé dans les rues, au milieu d'un concert de klaxons, les mêmes scènes se répétant dans les principales villes du pays. Quelques heures plus tôt, toute circulation automobile avait été interdite à Bagdad pour prévenir d'éventuels attentats. Mercredi, alors que le pays fêtait la qualification en finale, deux voitures piégées avaient tué plus de cinquante personnes dans la capitale.
La folle épopée des Iraqis, suivi avec fièvre dans tout le pays, a débuté en phase de poule par un succès contre l'Australie (3-1) et un nul contre Oman (0-0), leur offrant la première place du groupe. En quart de finale, l'Irak a éliminé le pays co-organisateur, le Viêtnam (2-0), puis s'est offert la Corée du Sud (0-0, 4 tab 3) en demies, avant donc de dominer l'Arabie Saoudite, triple vainqueur de l'épreuve et bourreau du Japon, le favori, en demie-finale. La victoire de dimanche est d'autant plus méritoire qu'une partie des joueurs n'avait pas pu rejoindre la préparation d'avant tournoi en Jordanie.
«Le triomphe de l'impossible»
Elle a aussi une forte portée symbolique. Alors que l'Irak se déchire en luttes interconfessionnelles, l'équipe championne d'Asie compte des joueurs issus de toutes les communautés : chiite, sunnite et kurde. Le gouvernement irakien a immédiatement saisi le ballon au bond, le Premier ministre irakien Nouri al-Maliki (chiite) qualifiant la victoire de «leçon sur la manière de triompher de l'impossible», le président (kurde) promettant 10 000 dollars à chaque joueur et le vice-président (sunnite) appelant les joueurs à participer à une manifestation de paix. Les félicitations sont également venues du commandement militaire américain, qui a assuré avoir «regardé tous les matchs avec excitation et admiration».Avant la finale, le capitaine buteur Younis Mahmoud avait espéré «apporter un peu de bonheur pour (son) pays.» Il l'a fait, à la 71e minute. (Avec AFP)
7 juillet : Thaïlande - Irak : 1-1
8 juillet : Australie - Oman : 1-1
12 juillet : Oman - Thaïlande : 0-2
13 juillet : Irak - Australie : 3-1
16 juillet : Thaïlande - Australie : 0-4, Oman - Irak : 0-0
Classement : 1 - Irak, 5 pts ; 2 - Australie, 4 pts ; 3 - Thaïlande, 4 pts ; 4 - Oman, 2 pts
9 juillet : Japon - Qatar : 1-1
9 juillet : Vietnam - Emirats Arabes Unis : 2-0
12 juillet : Qatar - Vietnam : 1-1
13 juillet : Emirats Arabes Unis - Japon : 1-3
16 juillet : Qatar - Emirats Arabes Unis : 1-2, Vietnam - Japon : 1-4
Classement : 1 - Japon, 7 pts ; 2 - Vietnam, 4 pts ; 3 - Emirats Arabes Unis, 3 pts ; 4 - Qatar, 2 pts
10 juillet : Malaisie - Chine : 1-5
11 juillet : Iran - Ouzbékistan : 2-1
14 juillet : Ouzbékistan - Malaisie : 5-0
15 juillet : Chine - Iran : 2-2
18 juillet : Malaisie - Iran : 0-2, Ouzbékistan - Chine : 3-0
Classement : 1 - Iran, 7 pts ; 2 - Ouzbékistan, 6 pts ; 3 - Chine, 4 pts ; 4 - Malaisie, 0 pt
10 juillet : Indonésie - Bahreïn : 2-1
11 juillet : Corée du Sud - Arabie Saoudite : 1-1
14 juillet : Arabie Saoudite - Indonésie : 2-1
15 juillet : Bahreïn - Corée du Sud : 2-1
18 juillet : Indonésie - Corée du Sud : 0-1, Arabie Saoudite - Bahreïn : 4-0
Classement : 1 - Arabie Saoudite, 7 pts ; 2 - Corée du Sud, 4 pts ; 3 - Indonésie, 3 pts ; Bahreïn, 3 pts
Samedi 21 juillet :
Irak - Vietnam : 2-0
Japon - Australie :1-1 (4 tab 3)
Dimanche 22 juillet :
Iran - Corée du Sud : 0-0 (4 tab 2)
Arabie Saoudite - Ouzbékistan : 2-1
DEMI-FINALE (25 juillet)
Irak - Corée du Sud : 0-0 (4 tab 3)
Arabie Saoudite - Japon : 3-2
MATCH POUR LA 3e PLACE (28 juillet)
Corée du Sud - Japon : 0-0 (6 tab 5)
FINALE (29 juillet)
Irak - Arabie Saoudite : 1-0

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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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