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    October 6, 2011 // Comments Off on One of These Things is Not Like the Other



    Defense.gov news tells us:

    American forces’ efforts in Iraq “have given the people of Iraq a huge gift” through the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a democratic society, a senior U.S. commander said today.

    “We have given them freedom and liberty that they’ve never known, and we have given them the potential to have a democracy in this part of the world … where it would be a unique institution,” Army Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of U.S. Division-North and the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division, told Pentagon reporters.


    Aswat al-Iraq, which was or maybe still is, partly funded by the US and thus not the most radical of reporters, has the following stories on its web site:

    Press Freedoms Observatory condemns detention of TV Channel’s reporter
    9/29/2011 6:55 PM

    URGENT: Three killed, 79 injured in Kirkuk explosion
    9/29/2011 6:34 PM

    12 persons injured in Kirkuk booby-trapped car blast
    9/29/2011 12:22 PM

    Policeman killed, officer injured, in Baghdad attack
    9/29/2011 11:30 AM

    Iraqi officer, his bodyguard killed, 3 soldiers injured in Kirkuk attack
    9/29/2011 9:38 AM

    URGENT / Diala’s al-Sahwa Council leader detained on terrorism charge
    9/28/2011 5:19 PM

    Two armed men killed while planting an explosive charge in Kirkuk
    9/28/2011 12:15 PM

    Iraqi Parliament delegation in Kirkuk on fact-finding mission after stepping up of assassinations
    9/28/2011 12:13 PM

    Five civilians killed, 7 injured in Anbar attack
    9/28/2011 12:10 PM

    Iraqi civilian killed, officer injured in Baghdad attack
    9/28/2011 9:50 AM

    Five injured in 2 explosive charges blast in west Baghdad
    9/28/2011 9:24 AM

    8 Civilians injured in Baghdad booby-trapped car blast
    9/28/2011 9:04 AM

    Conference on land-mines and war victims held in Arbil
    9/27/2011 6:17 PM

    15 civilians injured in bomb attacks in central Mosul
    9/27/2011 5:48 PM

    Civilian killed by unknown gunmen in west Baghdad
    9/27/2011 5:45 PM

    Turkish warplanes resume bombardmen​t of Kurdistan’​s border areas
    9/27/2011 5:02 PM

    Turkomen Front charges Parliament with security deterioration in Kirkuk
    9/27/2011 11:50 AM

    Mosque Imam escapes assassination, his companion killed in Diwaniya
    9/27/2011 11:12 AM

    High-ranking Iraqi Army officer assassinated in Baghdad
    9/27/2011 10:39 AM

    URGENT: Kurdish Peshmerga man killed in clash with Mosul village inhabitants
    9/27/2011 9:36 AM




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    Freedumb: Street Protests Banned in Baghdad

    April 14, 2011 // 1 Comment »

    Mob I’ve met General Atta. In real life he is just about the way he sounds here. Banning free speech because of traffic complaints? Sure…

    According to Al Arabiya, Iraq has banned street protests in Baghdad and limited approved demonstrations sites to three soccer stadiums.

    “We have specified Al-Shaab, Kashafa and Zawraa stadiums as permitted sites for demonstrations in Baghdad instead of Ferdus or Tahrir squares,” the capital’s security spokesman Major General Qassim Atta said at a news conference.

    The decision follows after regular demonstrations were held in Bagdad with thousands of people protesting against government corruption, poor basic services and unemployment.

    “Many shop owners and street vendors have called us and complained to us because demonstrations have affected their work and the movement of traffic,” Major General Atta said.




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