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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] This is an automated compilation of submissions to email@example.com Articles for inclusion in this daily news mailing should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a full reference to the source of the article. Today's Topics: 1. U.S. Muslims seek Pentagon probe on Iraq photo (Hassan) 2. Blix Says Iraq Worse Off After War (Hassan) 3. Battles Flare as Iraqi Shi'ites Vow Resistance (Hassan) 4. A Letter from an Iraqi Mother to the Mothers of the Americans Killed in Fallujah (Mark Parkinson) --__--__-- Message: 1 Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 04:37:31 -0700 (PDT) From: Hassan <hasseini@DELETETHISyahoo.com> Subject: U.S. Muslims seek Pentagon probe on Iraq photo To: CASI analysis <email@example.com>, IAC discussion <firstname.lastname@example.org> Dear List, That is the army that came to =93liberate=94 Iraq and give Iraqis democracy, freedom and decency. Thank God the US did not come as an enemy to =93occupy=94 Iraq or impose its will over it!! HZ -------------------------------------------------- http://www.cair-net.org/asp/article.asp?id=3D1058&page=3DNR News Releases Friday, April 02, 2004 U.S. Muslims seek Pentagon probe on Iraq photo Soldier's sign says he killed boy's father, impregnated sister The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called for a Pentagon investigation of a photograph circulating on the Internet that apparently shows an American soldier mocking an Iraqi child. The photo sent to CAIR seems to be of an American soldier standing next to two Iraqi children who are giving the thumbs-up sign. One child holds a hand-lettered sign in English that reads: "Lcpl Boudreaux killed my Dad, th(en) he knocked up my sister!" ("Knocked up" is American slang for making someone pregnant out of wedlock.) See: http://www.cair-net.org/images/lcpl11.jpg "If the United States Army is seeking to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, this is the wrong way to accomplish that goal," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Defense Department officials must take action to let military personnel know that such offensive behavior harms America's image and will not be tolerated." Awad said CAIR has also received an anonymous letter from a soldier who recently returned from Iraq that claims a commanding officer engaged in inappropriate conduct with prepubescent Iraqi girls. The letter states that the officer, who was named by the writer, referred to the girls as "pre-rag heads" and coerced local Iraqi leaders to provide them in exchange for protection by American soldiers. (The officer's military unit was also named in the letter.) The letter-writer indicated revulsion at the officer's alleged actions. He or she wrote: "The thought of all this makes me sick to my stomach. I am afraid to bring this to anyone in the Army, because I am doubtful that they would believe a soldier over the Battalion Commander." "These reports point to a disturbing pattern of behavior that needs to be addressed by our military," said Awad. CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has consistently condemned all terrorist acts, whether carried out by individuals, groups or states. __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Small Business $15K Web Design Giveaway http://promotions.yahoo.com/design_giveaway/ --__--__-- Message: 2 Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 08:54:38 -0700 (PDT) From: Hassan <hasseini@DELETETHISyahoo.com> Subject: Blix Says Iraq Worse Off After War To: CASI newsclippings <email@example.com>, IAC discussion <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=3DworldNews&storyID=3D4763844= §ion=3Dnews Report: Blix Says Iraq Worse Off After War Tue Apr 6, 2004 10:18 AM ET COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The costs of the war in Iraq have outweighed the benefits of removing Saddam Hussein, former U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix told a Danish newspaper. "It's positive that Saddam and his bloody regime is gone, but when one weighs the costs, it's clearly the negative aspects that dominate," Blix told daily Jyllands-Posten in an interview. The Swedish diplomat has criticized the United States and Britain for going to war without U.N. approval rather than allowing his team to continue its hunt for banned weapons. In the interview, Blix said the war had contributed to a destabilization of the Middle East and a move away from democracy in the region, adding that even though Iraqis had been spared life under a dictator, it was at too high a cost. "Bush declared war as a part of the U.S. war on terror, but instead of limiting the effects of terror, the war has laid the foundation for even more terror," Blix said. Blix was scorned by the United States and Britain for failing to conclude Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction ahead of their invasion. But a year on, no such weapons have been found. Blix, a lawyer and former Swedish foreign minister who at 75 now serves as chairman of Sweden's Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, retired from the United Nations last June. =A9 Reuters 2004. All Rights Reserved. __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Small Business $15K Web Design Giveaway http://promotions.yahoo.com/design_giveaway/ --__--__-- Message: 3 Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 08:58:31 -0700 (PDT) From: Hassan <hasseini@DELETETHISyahoo.com> Subject: Battles Flare as Iraqi Shi'ites Vow Resistance To: CASI newsclippings <email@example.com>, IAC discussion <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=3DtopNews&storyID=3D4763943 Battles Flare as Iraqi Shi'ites Vow Resistance Tue Apr 6, 2004 10:29 AM ET By Ghaith Abdul-Ahad NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Militiamen loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr fought gun battles with foreign troops in southern Iraq for a third day Tuesday and their leaders demanded the U.S.-led occupiers leave towns and cities. The United States has said it will arrest Sadr, accused of leading a wave of confrontations with U.S.-led forces, who announced the deaths of seven more soldiers Tuesday. The battles in Shi'ite Muslim areas represent a new front for occupying troops trying to pacify Iraq, though President Bush has insisted violence would not derail U.S. plans for a June 30 handover of sovereignty to an Iraqi government. Fighting between Sadr's followers and Italian troops in Nassiriya killed about 15 Iraqis and a Ukrainian soldier was killed and six wounded in clashes near the town of Kut. Sadr's militia, known as the Mehdi Army, has held violent protests and launched attacks in several Iraqi cities in the last three days to protest the detention of one of his advisers and the closure of a militant newspaper by U.S.-led authorities. "This insurrection shows that the Iraqi people are not satisfied with the occupation and they will not accept oppression," said a statement from the cleric, which an aide read at a news conference in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf. Sadr's supporters said they would fight until occupying troops left populated areas and prisoners were released. The U.S. army said three more American soldiers had been killed in Shi'ite areas of Baghdad. Heavy fighting was also reported in the Sunni Muslim towns of Falluja and Ramadi, west of Baghdad, as U.S. Marines mounted a major operation to root out guerrillas. Residents said gunfire and blasts echoed across Falluja, in the "Sunni triangle" where U.S. troops face daily attacks. The U.S. military said four Marines had been killed Monday in the volatile al-Anbar province, which includes Ramadi and Falluja. "BUSH'S VIETNAM" An opinion poll as Bush campaigns for November re-election showed U.S. voter support for his handling of Iraq had fallen to a new low of 40 percent -- down 19 points since mid-January. U.S. Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy, a key backer of Democrat John Kerry's election bid, said Iraq had become "George Bush's Vietnam," referring to the war that divided the United States and helped drive Lyndon Johnson from the presidency. But Paul Bremer, Iraq's U.S. administrator, disagreed. "...I don't even know where to start with that comparison," he told NBC's "Today" show. "I think it's completely inappropriate. There is really nothing in common with Vietnam." A senior U.S. army official said the Pentagon was looking at sending more troops to Iraq if the situation deteriorated, but believed it already had enough soldiers in place. A total of 429 U.S. troops have been killed in action in Iraq since the invasion launched last March to topple Saddam Hussein, who had been accused of hiding weapons of mass destruction. The poll which reported the slump in approval for Bush's handling of Iraq also found 44 percent of Americans wanted U.S. troops withdrawn from the country. The former U.N. weapons inspector who had been charged with finding Saddam's illegal weapons said Tuesday that the costs of the war outweighed the benefits of removing Saddam. "It's positive that Saddam and his bloody regime is gone, but when one weighs the costs, it's clearly the negative aspects that dominate," Hans Blix told Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. SHI'ITE UPRISING The U.S.-led administration said Monday an arrest warrant had been issued several months ago for Sadr in connection with the murder of another Shi'ite cleric last year. Sadr's supporters said he was in his Najaf office and pledged to resist any attempt to detain him. Fighting has raged between Sadr's supporters and foreign troops since clashes in Baghdad and Najaf Sunday killed at least 48 Iraqis, eight U.S. soldiers and one Salvadoran soldier. The U.S. army said three American soldiers had been killed in the Shi'ite Kadhimiya neighborhood of Baghdad in incidents Monday and Tuesday. A Health Ministry spokesman said that in Baghdad 66 Iraqis had been killed and 317 wounded in the violence that began on Sunday. The impoverished Sadr City district has seen some of the heaviest clashes with U.S. troops. In Nassiriya, 375 km (235 miles) southeast of Baghdad, clashes between Italian troops and Sadr's militiamen erupted before dawn as 500 Italian soldiers mounted an operation to dislodge fighters in control of key bridges in the town. Paola della Casa, a spokeswoman for the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority in the area, told Italy's Ansa news agency that about 15 Iraqis had been killed. An Italian officer in the town said 12 Italian soldiers were hurt. Clashes were also reported in the southern town of Amara, where British troops are stationed. The Marines have launched a major new mission to pacify Falluja, imposing a curfew and sealing off roads. The mission -- "Operation Vigilant Resolve" -- follows the killing and mutilation of four U.S. contractors in the town last week. A cheering crowd set the bodies ablaze and hacked them up. =A9 Reuters 2004. All Rights Reserved. __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Small Business $15K Web Design Giveaway http://promotions.yahoo.com/design_giveaway/ --__--__-- Message: 4 From: "Mark Parkinson" <mark44@DELETETHISmyrealbox.com> To: email@example.com Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2004 19:30:56 +0100 Subject: A Letter from an Iraqi Mother to the Mothers of the Americans Killed in Fallujah CC: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.albasrah.net/maqalat/english/0404/letter_050404.htm Dear Sisters, I call upon you because we are sisters in motherhood. The American media described us with as "barbarians", "savages", and "criminals" in the aftermath of the mob lynching scenes of the bodies of charred Americans in Fallujah, as Iraqis beat on dead bodies then hung them off a bridge. But the American media does not want you to know the true picture against which those scenes took place, nor does it want to let you know why Iraqis did this thing. The media does not want you to know the extent to which Iraqis have come to hate the soldiers of the occupation for them to act like this. I address you as American women, as mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters. Sisters, I know how painful it is for a woman to lose someone dear. I can feel your pain. For we, Iraqi women, have lost too much, and have suffered what no mother on the face of the earth has. For example, when your government imposed the unjust embargo on our country, we had to watch our children everyday dying from lack of medicine. Because of the weapons of mass destruction your soldiers used, especially depleted uranium, we had to carry babies in our wombs for nine months only to see them born severely deformed. As if all this was not enough for your government, it topped all it off with a war that it launched under false pretexts just to control our wealth, our oil and resources. And it was a brutal war in which many of our children were killed and many others were arrested, both sons and daughters. As of today, your government continues to kill and arrest our sons and daughters. So, after all this, do you still wonder why Iraqis carry such hatred in their hearts towards your kids?! You sons, dear sisters, were not exactly angels or missionaries preaching the religion of mercy! Your sons have killed our fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters. Your sons have stolen, pillaged, raped, polluted the earth and the water, and burnt the fields. In fact, dear sisters, your sons are the real barbarians, the murderers, and criminals. Therefore, please don't blame us for hating them.. Dear sisters, I call upon you, as someone just like you who has experienced the pain of Iraqi brothers and sons being killed by the invaders in the worst possible way: if you want our collective pains not to increase and multiply, and if you want the return of your sons and husbands back home safe and sound, PLEASE LET THEM LEAVE IRAQ, for they are NOT welcome here. And, therefore, I tell you that nobody can possibly promise you that the lynching scenes of yesterday in Fallujah won't be repeated again, okay? Why do you let your loved ones be sacrificed like this, dear sisters? So murdering beasts like Bush, Rumsfeld, Sharon, and Halliburton would get richer and more powerful? Is that a good reason for them to die? We think not. We want it all to stop, for us and for you. So please let your children leave Iraq alone. Sincerely, An Iraqi Mother Mark Parkinson Bodmin Cornwall End of casi-news Digest _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk