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30 juillet 2007 1 30 /07 /juillet /2007 10:34
US gains against Iraq Al-Qaeda, but sectarian fight still challenges: analysts

by Jim Mannion Sun Jul 29, 6:54 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US forces have made significant progress in weakening Al-Qaeda in Iraq, but it is not yet clear whether it will have a lasting impact on the broader sectarian conflict there, US analysts say.

In what may be the most far reaching development, Sunni tribal leaders and some insurgent groups have sided with US forces as they pressed a series of offensives against the Iraq arm of Al-Qaeda, known as AQI.

"The Al-Qaeda piece is certainly the main bit of good news on the military front, and I think it's extraordinarily good news," said Michael O'Hanlon, an analyst at the Brookings Institution.

"And it's become much more effective because of the collaboration of the Iraqis," he told AFP.

A longtime observer and critic of the way the war has been run, O'Hanlon returned this week from Iraq impressed by the broad shift in Sunni sentiment against AQI in areas where it once was a dominant force.

"The US military has cultivated magnificent contacts," he said.

"Although the best catalyst of all may have been Al-Qaeda itself, which has been so exceedingly brutal even with its fellow Sunnis that it finally turned them against Al-Qaeda," he added.

The turnaround has been most striking in Sunni communities in western Iraq that have fought the US occupation almost from the start more than four years ago.

Better relations with Sunnis has helped the US military generate better intelligence, recruit local security forces to hold communities after US forces move on, and gain allies who often know the enemy better than the Americans do.

Lieutenant General Raymond Odierno recently pointed out that a Sunni insurgent group, the 1920 Revolution Brigades, tipped US forces attacking AQI's stronghold in Diyala province to the presence of 148 deeply buried land mines.

"That is significant, and that is worth reaching out to these groups, absolutely worth reaching out to these groups," he told reporters.

The US military has focused troops recently deployed to Iraq in a new force buildup on AQI because it is believed to be the main source of the massive suicide and car bombings that kept the country in a permanent state of chaos.

US commanders say the AQI leadership has been disrupted by the offensives, and the group is struggling.

But devastating car bombings still routinely rip through Baghdad, killing large numbers of civilians, a nearly daily reminder of the group's tenacity and resilience.

Its core membership numbers only in the hundreds but it can draw on a pool of several thousand part-time fighters, a US defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Military officials say it is led mainly by a small group of foreign fighters but its rank and file is 95 percent Iraqi.

Still, for all its destructiveness, the Al Qaeda in Iraq group represents only a fraction of the insurgency in Iraq, reportedly accounting for just 15 percent of attacks in the first half of 2007.

"There are still huge sectarian problems, and I don't think we have as good an answer to those," said O'Hanlon.

"Although we have some short term progress, I don't think we have a good transition strategy for how the Iraqis can handle it on their own," he said.

Loren Thompson, a military expert with the Lexington Institute here, said the Sunnis and Shiites may never be reconciled.

"But recognizing that sectarian split, there is a special quality to suicide bombers that relatively few people on either side bring to the fight, a sort of crazy brutality that makes it impossible to come up with any stabilization plan that will be a success," he said.

"This is my oblique way of saying if we can suppress the suicide fanatics, everything else becomes easier."

"For the first time in years, we are making tangible progress in reducing the violence, and providing a reasonable environment to allow the political leaders to compromise," he added.

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29 juillet 2007 7 29 /07 /juillet /2007 16:41
Sauver la guerre d’Irak


par Daniel Pipes
New York Sun, 24 juillet 2007

VO: http://www.danielpipes.org/article/4782

Le corps politique américain actuel est dominé et polarisé par deux positions. Les uns disent que la guerre est perdue, donc qu’il faut partir. Les autres disent que la guerre peut être gagnée, donc que l’armée doit rester sur place.

Je propose de couper la poire en deux et d’adopter une troisième voie. L’occupation est une cause perdue, mais la guerre peut être gagnée. Donc, conservons les troupes américaines en Irak, mais sortons-les des villes.

J’avais déjà prédit l’échec d’une occupation militaire dirigée par l’Amérique en février 1991, juste après la fin de la guerre d’Irak, en précisant qu’une occupation durant plus de quelques mois «conduirait probablement à l’un des grands désastres de la politique étrangère américaine». J’avais atteint cette conclusion en observant que la population irakienne manifestait «un fort ressentiment devant la présence occupante essentiellement américaine». J’estimai donc que, de même que l’action ignoble de tireurs embusqués peut détruire tout le prestige d’une supériorité militaire high-tech, «la grande victoire obtenue par les Tomahawks, Tornadoes et Patriots ne serait bientôt plus qu’un vague souvenir».

En avril 1991, j’ajoutai que «les troupes américaines seraient rapidement haïes dans une situation où les Chiites commettraient des attentats-suicide et les Kurdes reprendraient leur rébellion pendant que les gouvernements syrien et iranien prépareraient de nouvelles actions de sabotage contre l’autorité américaine. Alors, rester serait trop pénible et partir serait trop humiliant.»

Au premier semestre de l’occupation actuelle, en octobre 2003, je prévoyais que «la mission en Irak s’achèvera par un échec» parce que la motivation des Irakiens à se débarrasser des forces de la coalition était largement supérieure à la motivation de la coalition à rester sur place. «La stabilisation de l’Irak n’a pas pour les Américains, les Anglais et leurs partenaires non musulmans une importance telle qu’elle puisse les inciter à ne pas se replier.»

Aujourd’hui, je répète que le manque de volonté (combien d’Américains ou de Britanniques se sentent-ils profondément concernés par l’avenir de l’Irak?) empêche les forces coalisées de réaliser l’ambition grandiose qui consiste à réhabiliter l’Irak. En appelant au retrait, les critiques se font l’écho d’une humeur nationale qui isole de plus en plus l’administration Bush. Et cette tendance va très probablement persister.

Mais le président George W. Bush a raison d’insister pour conserver des troupes en Irak.
D’une part, la crédibilité de l’Amérique est en jeu. Le pays ne peut pas se permettre ce que Victor Davis Hanson appelle à juste titre sa première fuite du champ de bataille. Les partisans du retrait précipité se font des illusions à ce sujet. Le sénateur George Voinovich (républicain de l’Ohio) affirme que «si tout le monde savait que nous nous en allons [d’Irak], cela jetterait la crainte de Dieu dans leur cœur», ce à quoi Jeff Jacoby répond caustiquement dans le Boston Globe: absolument, «rien n’effraie autant Al-Qaïda que des Américains en retraite.»

Les troupes devraient rester en Irak pour une autre raison encore: l’Irak constitue une base sans égale pour influer sur l’évolution du théâtre d’opérations le plus instable du monde. Les gouvernements de la coalition peuvent s’en servir pour:

  • Contenir ou faire reculer les gouvernements iranien et syrien.
  • Assurer le libre passage du pétrole et du gaz.
  • Combattre Al-Qaïda et d’autres organisations terroristes internationales.
  • Fournir une présence bienveillante en Irak.

Pour l’instant, en revanche, les forces de la coalition n’ont pratiquement jamais le temps de se consacrer à ces objectifs stratégiques, tant elles sont enlisées dans des opérations tactiques qu’elles sont le moins aptes à accomplir – dégager des rues, maintenir l’approvisionnement en courant électrique, se protéger des attentats-suicide à la bombe, défendre la «Zone verte» et autres tâches mineures.

Je lance un appel pour que les troupes internationales soient délestées des questions de bombes artisanales, de tranchées urbaines et de convois armés pour être redéployées dans les déserts et aux frontières, où leur équipement ultramoderne peut jouer un rôle stratégique.

Cela implique que la coalition abandonne l’ambition excessive que constitue un Irak démocratique, libre et prospère pour se contenter d’un Irak sûr, stable et convenable. Ainsi, il était notamment prématuré et irréaliste de tenir des élections en janvier 2005, à peine 22 mois après la chute du tyran. Les Irakiens auront besoin de plusieurs années, voire de décennies, pour acquérir les usages subtils d’une société ouverte.

Renverser Saddam Hussein était un acte d’assainissement international à la fois réaliste et bienvenu, mais remettre en état l’Irak avec sa population libérée, fractionnée et idéologisée demande plus de volonté que n’en a la coalition. Celle-ci a permis aux Irakiens de prendre un nouveau départ, mais elle ne peut pas assumer la responsabilité de la reconstruction de leur pays.

Pour se concentrer sur le plan stratégique, la coalition doit donc se distancier de l’évolution irakienne interne et traiter les Irakiens comme des adultes capables de forger leur propre destinée, et non comme des pupilles: ne plus donner d’accolades aux dirigeants du pays, ne plus traiter ses parlementaires comme des subalternes, ne plus encourager les partenaires locaux à émigrer au Danemark ou aux États-Unis.

Il faut maintenir le cap, mais changer d’itinéraire; redéployer les troupes dans les déserts, mais ne pas quitter l’Irak.

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24 juillet 2007 2 24 /07 /juillet /2007 23:18
Baghdad revives as surge, economic programs take effect

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

U.S. Army Sgt. Geoffrey Edwards, native of Fayetteville, N.C., provides security to his fellow paratroopers while on patrol in the Shaab neighborhood of Baghdad's Adhamiyah District July 16. His unit conducted surprise vehicle checkpoints to counter the use of car bombs, which are used to destabilize the area. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Leith Edgar.
U.S. Army Sgt. Geoffrey Edwards, native of Fayetteville, N.C., provides security to his fellow paratroopers while on patrol in the Shaab neighborhood of Baghdad's Adhamiyah District July 16. His unit conducted surprise vehicle checkpoints to counter the use of car bombs, which are used to destabilize the area. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Leith Edgar.
BAGHDAD

 

— Surge-related crackdowns on extremists combined with infrastructure improvements are helping to resuscitate Baghdad’s business and entertainment districts, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Monday.

“Protecting Baghdad’s citizens is a cornerstone of all of our efforts” as part of the Iraqi capital city’s anti-insurgent campaign, Operation Fardh Al- Qanoon, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Mark I. Fox told journalists at a Baghdad news conference.

However, reconstruction projects, economic improvements, infrastructure investments and other major renovations are part of overall efforts to help Iraq move forward, he said. Iraq’s recovery in the post-Saddam Hussein era is dependent on progress being made in both the security and economic realms, he said.

Fardh Al-Qanoon, an Iraqi phrase meaning “enforcing the law,” began Feb. 13. It called for dividing Baghdad into 10 districts and creating joint U.S.-Iraqi security stations to put pressure on insurgents. The campaign is being run in conjunction with the surge of U.S. and Iraqi forces into Baghdad and other areas used as extremist havens.

Fox noted that surge-reinforced U.S. and Iraqi military units are pushing the insurgents of the capital city into outlying areas.

At the same time, Baghdad’s business and entertainment centers are starting to come back, thanks to improved security and the completion of thousands of reconstruction projects, Fox said.

As of July 6, more than 3,400 reconstruction projects worth more than $5.5 billion involving schools, highways, bridges, electric power stations, housing, water treatment and sewage plants, hospitals and medical clinics had been completed across Iraq, Fox said.

Another 582 projects worth $2.6 billion are ongoing, he added, noting another 4,300 projects costing $7.9 billion are planned.

Tahseen al Shaikhly, spokesman for Operation Fardh Al-Qanoon, attended the news conference with Fox. He concurred with the admiral that things are looking up in Baghdad. The security operation there possesses both military and economic components, he said.

In addition to security programs, “most of the other activities deal with providing services for the Iraqi people,” the Iraqi official said. More than $35 billion worth of infrastructure-improvement projects, such as street-paving and bridge construction, hospital and medical clinic rehabilitation, as well as electric power and water treatment plant work, have been completed in Baghdad alone, he said.

All of these reconstruction programs improve the quality of life for Baghdad’s citizens and contribute to the fight against terrorism, he said.

“There are good things that are happening. We are working on the water and the electricity, of course,” Shaikhly said.

As Baghdad’s quality of life increases, surge operations are helping to improve security in Iraq’s capital city, Fox said. The admiral said he’s planning to eat dinner in Baghdad’s renowned Abu Nuwas Street restaurant and entertainment district.

“Abu Nuwas Street is famous in Iraq and in this region for being a place where people gather and have a good time,” Fox said. “There are some very significant and good signs over there.”

Abu Nuwas Street is experiencing a social and economic renaissance, Fox said, citing the building of several new restaurants in the area, as well as refurbished parks. “I’ve got a reservation in one of those restaurants over there to have a good fish meal,” Fox said.

(Story by Gerry J. Gilmore, American Forces Press Service)

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24 juillet 2007 2 24 /07 /juillet /2007 23:07
Al-Qaeda cell leader killed, seven insurgents detained near Karmah

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070724-08
July 24, 2007

Al-Qaeda cell leader killed, seven insurgents detained near Karmah
Multi-National Corps – Iraq PAO

FALLUJAH, Iraq – Iraqi Security Forces killed a senior member of an al Qaeda in Iraq cell and seven suspected insurgents were detained following a series of early-morning raids at a terrorist training camp July 23. 

With Coalition Forces present as advisers, Iraqi Security Forces cleared a series of buildings located on an abandoned Iraqi Army base in the Hamrah Region northeast of Karmah.  Iraqi Security Forces were engaged by an enemy shooter at one of their objectives.  An assault team moved to positively identify the shooter, a senior al Qaeda cell member, and lethal force was used to eliminate the threat.  Various rifles, pictures and identification cards were also seized during the operation. 

The abandoned base is purportedly being used as a training facility and safe house for active insurgents, foreign fighters, and weapons. Several insurgent groups from Fallujah and other Western Iraq cities are suspected to use the facility for small arms training and other activities. 

The death of the senior member and detainment of the other insurgents will greatly inhibit al Qaeda in Iraq activities. 

No Iraqi or Coalition Forces were injured during this operation.  

20 suspected al-Qaeda terrorists detained

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces detained 20 suspected terrorists during raids Tuesday targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq operations north of Baghdad.

Three synchronized raids west of Taji targeted al-Qaeda in Iraq operatives associated with senior terrorist leaders and criminal activity.  Coalition Forces captured one individual suspected of attacking Coalition Forces and detained 15 others for their alleged links to hijackings and weapons facilitation.

Coalition Forces captured a foreign terrorist suspected of involvement in the May 2007 Samarra suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack.  Also during the raid northwest of Balad, Coalition Forces detained three other suspected terrorists for their alleged ties to the foreign terrorist.

“We’re continuing to hunt down those who terrorize the people of Iraq,” said Maj. Marc Young, an MNF-I spokesperson.  “Criminals and foreign terrorists have no place in the future of this country.”

 

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24 juillet 2007 2 24 /07 /juillet /2007 08:57
Comment l'armée irakienne prend en charge la sécurité de son pays avec succès.

 


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22 juillet 2007 7 22 /07 /juillet /2007 15:48
Iraq: 2 detained, possible Iran link

By BUSHRA JUHI, Associated Press Writer Sun Jul 22, 6:44 AM ET

BAGHDAD - U.S. troops on Sunday detained two suspected weapons smugglers who may linked to Iran's elite Quds force, the military said, as Washington presses allegations that Tehran is supporting violence in Iraq despite plans for new bilateral talks on the issue.

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The suspects and a number of weapons were seized during a raid on a rural farm compound in eastern Iraq, near the Iranian border, according to a military statement.

"The suspects may be associated with a network of terrorists that have been smuggling explosively formed projectiles (EFPs), other weapons, personnel and money from Iran into Iraq," the military said, referring to powerful, armor-piercing roadside bombs that have killed hundreds of U.S. soldiers in recent months.

The announcement came just days after Washington said it was ready to hold new direct talks with Iran on the deteriorating security situation in Iraq amid U.S. allegations that Tehran is supporting violent Shiite militias in the country.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Tuesday that no date had been set for the talks, but suggested that discussions were under way on setting a time for the meeting, which would be the first between the two arch-foes since late May when the U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker met Iranian officials in Baghdad.

That May 28 meeting marked a break in a 27-year diplomatic freeze and was expected to have been followed within a month by a second encounter. But tensions have risen over Tehran's detention of four Iranian-American scholars and activists charged with endangering national security. The U.S. has demanded their release, saying the charges against them are false.

At the same time, Iran has called for the release of five Iranians detained in Iraq, whom the United States has said are the operations chief and other members of Iran's elite Quds Force, which is accused of arming and training Iraqi militants. Iran says the five are diplomats in Iraq with permission of the government.

Two prominent Iraqi legislators, meanwhile, said prospects were dim for reaching agreement on a U.S.-backed draft oil law before parliament adjourns for an August vacation.

American officials have been pressing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and parliament to pass laws that Washington considers crucial to Iraq's stability and the debate on how long U.S. forces should remain, including one on the fair distribution of the country's oil wealth.

But Mahmoud Othman, a Kurd, and Abbas al-Bayati, a Shiite Turkoman, said the oil law was not likely to be debated by parliament before September because political leaders have been unable to agree on the legislation.

"There must first be political consensus between the major blocs on the law but there is not enough time for this to be done before the August break," said al-Bayati, a member of the United Iraqi Alliance, the largest Shiite bloc in the 275-seat house.

The oil law, approved by al-Maliki's Cabinet but not sent to parliament because of major opposition, calls for a fair distribution of the income from Iraq's massive petroleum resources among Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis.

Sunnis, who make up the bulk of the insurgency, have virtually no known oil reserves in their territories yet still oppose the current draft legislation. Kurds, who control large reserves in northern Iraq, oppose the measure because it could loosen their control over a key asset.

American commander Gen. David Petraeus must report to Congress on progress in Iraq by Sept. 15, and the absence of legislative progress will cast a heavy cloud over any attempt to paint a positive picture as the war faces growing opposition in the U.S. Al-Maliki on Saturday called on parliament to cancel its monthlong vacation or at least limit it to two weeks.

The infusion of about 30,000 more American forces, completed last month, was President Bush's attempt to calm the capital and provide "breathing space" to pass the legislation. But so far nothing of consequence has reached the floor of the parliament and violence has persisted.

A top aide to Iraq's Shiite spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani was stabbed to death on Saturday in the holy city of Najaf. Police and al-Sistani's office declined to comment on the killing of Sheik Abdullah Falak al-Basrawi and it was uncertain if it was a product of rising internal rivalries between followers of radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and police who are loyal to al-Sistani, a personal grievance or a broader threat.

Al-Basrawi was the second al-Sistani aide to be killed in just over a month. Sheik Raheem al-Hasnawi was killed in a drive-by shooting south of Najaf in early June.

In Baghdad, mourners held funerals for several people, including women and children, who they claimed were killed in a U.S. airstrike the day before on a Shiite stronghold on the capital's outskirts. Women shrouded in black chanted as men loaded wooden coffins onto the tops of minivans and trucks.

The U.S. military said the airstrike had killed six militants in Husseiniyah, disputing claims by Iraqi officials and relatives of the victims that 18 civilians died in the attack.

Separately, the U.S. military confirmed that Tariq Aziz, Iraq's deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein, had been admitted to a U.S. military hospital after "suffering a fall while walking" at the U.S. detention facility where he is being held.

Aziz, 71, was transported to the military hospital at Balad as a precaution and underwent a CAT scan and other exams, according to a statement. He was found to be in normal condition and was returned to Camp Cropper on Thursday, the military said.

In other violence Sunday, according to police speaking on condition of anonymity due to security concerns:

• A senior officer working with the Interior Ministry was shot to death as he was driving his car in northeastern Baghdad.

• An Iraqi interpreter working for Americans in Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, was killed by gunmen.

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Associated Press writer Qassim Abdul-Zahra in Baghdad contributed to this report.

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18 juillet 2007 3 18 /07 /juillet /2007 18:14

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The U.S. military on Wednesday announced the arrest of a senior leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, an insurgent who, the military said, is casting himself as a "conduit" between the top leaders of al Qaeda and al Qaeda in Iraq.

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Khalid al-Mashadani was seized in Mosul, the U.S. military says.

Khalid al-Mashadani, an Iraqi also known as Abu Shahed, was seized on July 4 in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and is in coalition custody, the military said.

"He served as the al Qaeda media emir for Baghdad and then was appointed the media emir for all of Iraq," said Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner, Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman, who briefed reporters.

He is believed to be the most senior Iraqi in al Qaeda in Iraq.

During interrogations, al-Mashadani shed light on the workings of al Qaeda in Iraq and its connection with al Qaeda outside of Iraq, Bergner said.

He said al-Mashadani is a close associate of al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri and served as an "intermediary" between al-Masri, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the second-in-command of al Qaeda.

"In fact, communication between senior al Qaeda leadership and al-Masri frequently went through al-Mashadani," Bergner said.

Bergner said al-Mashadani co-founded an organization "in cyberspace" called the Islamic State of Iraq, which he referred to as a "marketing" effort to create a Taliban-like state in Iraq. Video Watch Bergner's briefing to reporters »

Al-Mashadani also shed light on the Islamic State of Iraq, the so-called umbrella group of Iraqi insurgents that includes al Qaeda in Iraq.

That group has claimed responsibility for many terrorist attacks.

But Bergner said that al-Mashadani passed on the information that the creation of the group was a ruse to cast itself as home-grown, when in fact it is led by foreigners.

It went so far as to create a fictional political head of Islamic State of Iraq, Omar al-Baghdadi and an actor was used to portray him.

Bergner said Islamic State of Iraq is "a front organization" for al Qaeda in Iraq and a "pseudonym" for it as well.

"It is really being controlled, directed and guided by al Qaeda in Iraq leadership."

Bergner also said al-Mashadani was a leader in the Ansar al Sunna terrorist group before joining al Qaeda in Iraq two-and-a-half-years ago.

What the U.S. military has learned from al-Mashadani and other operatives they've seized is that "there is a flow of strategic direction, of prioritization of messaging and other guidance that comes from al Qaeda senior leadership to the al Qaeda in Iraq leadership," Bergner said.

Bergner emphasizes that that there is a "clear connection between al Qaeda in Iraq and al Qaeda senior leadership outside Iraq."

The arrest of al-Mashadani was announced amid controversy over President Bush's contention that al Qaeda and al Qaeda in Iraq are one and the same. The evidence has been not been significant about the extent of the relationship.

But a new U.S. government intelligence analysis released Tuesday said al Qaeda's terrorist activities in Iraq not only serve to bolster the group and recruit more members, but may also be the nexus for another planned attack on U.S. soil

The declassified portion of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) warns of "a persistent and evolving terrorist threat over the next three years" from Islamic terrorist groups, namely al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda is increasing its efforts to get operatives into the United States for an attack and has nearly all the capabilities it needs to carry out such a mission, according to the report, which represents the combined analyses of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.
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17 juillet 2007 2 17 /07 /juillet /2007 07:15
BATTLE ZONE
Major Joint Offensive South of Baghdad
"Marne Avalanche": Up to 8,000 Troops Target al-Qa'ida in Babel Province
Posted 6 hr. 33 min. ago
US soldier mans machine gun in Babel Province in April 2004.
Photo by Antonio Scorza/AFP.
US soldier mans machine gun in Babel Province in April 2004.
Up to 8,000 troops are involved in a new US-led offensive against al-Qa'ida-linked fighters south of Baghdad, according to military statements.

Iraqi forces are also participating in the offensive, the according to US forces, who announced a major sweep in the Euphrates River valley, in Babel Province, the US military has announced.

The military has not identified with precision the location or expected duration of the operations, which began early Monday morning when helicopter-borne troops landed in an area 22 miles south of Baghdad, in the Euphrates River valley.

The sweep, launched in predawn raids Monday, is dubbed “Operation Marne Avalanche.”

According to English-language media reports, the stated goal of the operations is to tighten the security cordon around Baghdad, according to military statements. US commanders said they aim to cut off a southwestern supply route into the capital, running from western Anbar province through Babil province into Baghdad, Reuters writes.

The military said in a statement that the new sweep was "aimed at preventing the movement of weapons, munitions and insurgents into Baghdad."

However, an Arabic-language agency reports that the US military has said the aims of the operation are broader than just shutting off a supply line to Baghdad.

Al-Melaf reports in Arabic that a US military spokesperson, Maj. Alan Conway, stated that the aims of the operation are “clear the Euphrates valley” of militant fighters, and that the US was targeting weapons caches “in and around the areas falling south of Baghdad.”

Al-Melaf reports that the operation targets areas around the Iraqi city of Juruf al-Sakhir, al-Melaf reports in Arabic, between the eastern area of anbar province and the North-western areas of Babil province.

The Euphrates Valley area is considered one of the principal al-Qa'ida strongholds in the country, falling within the so-called “triangle of death” south of Baghdad.

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17 juillet 2007 2 17 /07 /juillet /2007 07:13
Iraqi Army, Coalition Forces detain insurgent linked to Iranian IEDs

Monday, 16 July 2007

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070716-17
July 16, 2007

Iraqi Army, Coalition Forces detain insurgent linked to Iranian IEDs
Multi-National Corps – Iraq PAO

BAGHDAD – An Iraqi Army platoon with Coalition Forces as advisers detained a key suspected insurgent during an early morning raid, July 15 in Najaf.

Iraqi Soldiers detained their primary suspect without incident, while two other suspicious individuals present during the raid were also detained.

The primary suspect is believed to facilitate Iranian support for the rogue Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, a well-known insurgent group in Iraq.  He allegedly provides rogue Jaysh al-Mahdi with improvised explosive devices and Iranian-made explosively-formed projectiles which have been used to attack Coalition Forces.  Additionally, he is suspected of assisting rogue Jaysh al-Mahdi with cross-border training of their insurgent members and providing rogue Jaysh al-Mahdi with financial support, weapons, and equipment.  The primary suspect is accused of exploiting charity organizations for insurgent recruiting purposes.

No Iraqi or Coalition Forces were injured during this operation.

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A tous nos chers lecteurs.

 

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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