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Blackwater’s Child Prostitution Ring EXPOSED

Ex-employees claim Blackwater pimped out young Iraqi girls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAQs_Q-CraU

 

Obama Continues To Pay BLACKWATER Millions To Be In Iraq

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbTKVGT2tJ8

 



U.S. Special Forces Kill Maliki Relative
U.S. Special Forces Kill Maliki Relative in a Raid

McClatchy Newspapers
June 28, 2008

Senior Iraqi government officials said Saturday that a U.S. Special Forces counterterrorism unit conducted the raid that reportedly killed a relative of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki , touching off a high-stakes diplomatic crisis between the United States and Iraq .

U.S. military officials in Baghdad had no comment for the second day in a row, an unusual position for a command that typically releases information on combat operations within 24 hours.

The raid occurred at dawn Friday in the town of Janaja near Maliki’s birthplace in the southern, mostly Shiite Muslim province of Karbala . Ali Abdulhussein Razak al Maliki , who was killed in the raid, was related to the prime minister and had close ties to his personal security detail, according to authorities in Karbala .

The incident puts an added strain on U.S.-Iraqi negotiations to draft a Status of Forces Agreement, a long-term security pact that will govern the conduct of U.S. forces in Iraq . Members of the Iraqi government and security forces said the raid only deepened their reluctance to sign any agreement that did not leave Iraqis with the biggest say on when and how combat operations are conducted.

The U.S. military handed Iraqi forces control of Karbala security in October 2007 . By the end of 2007 the U.S. military had transferred nine of the country’s 18 provinces to Iraqi control.

“We are afraid now of signing the long-term pact between Iraq and America because of such unjustified violations by the troops. Handing over security in provinces doesn’t mean anything to the American troops,” said Mohamed Hussein al Musawi , a senior Najaf-based member of the prime minister’s Dawa Party . “We condemn these barbaric actions not only when they target a relative of Maliki’s, but when any Iraqi is targeted in the same way.”

Outrage over the mysterious operation has spread to the highest levels of the Iraqi government, which is demanding an explanation for how such a raid occurred in a province ostensibly under full Iraqi command.

“This is a Special Forces operation, an antiterrorism unit that operates almost independently so there’s been no coordination with the local forces on the ground,” said a high-ranking member of the Iraqi government who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the extreme sensitivity of the issue. “That’s why it’s so important to have a Status of Forces Agreement to regulate this relationship. As long as it’s vague and open, these incidents will continue to happen.”

U.S. and Iraqi officials have been in difficult negotiations to draft a Status of Forces Agreement. Among the main sticking points are whether the U.S. military can stage combat operations without the consent of the Iraqi government and whether to grant immunity to American troops and security contractors.

Kurdish legislator Mahmoud Othman called Friday’s operation “unacceptable” and had strained relations between the countries.

“This is a big embarrassment for Prime Minister Maliki because he was in that area two days before the incident, telling his people that we are the masters in our country and the decisions were ours to make,” Othman said. “This is why we are afraid of agreements and immunity. … If there are wanted people in any area, why not send an Iraqi force to do the job?”

Iraqi officials in Karbala said the operation began at dawn Friday with U.S. aircraft delivering dozens of American troops to the rural Shiite Muslim town of Janaja, which is populated mostly by members of the Maliki tribe. Authorities said the raid apparently was aimed at capturing what the military calls a “high-value target,” often a reference to the leader of a militant cell.

Raed Shakir Jowdet, the Iraqi military commander of Karbala operations, told journalists Friday that the Americans had acted on faulty intelligence. He said four U.S. military helicopters and a jet fighter soared over the area that morning. About 60 U.S. ground forces then stormed the town, “terrifying the families,” Jowdet said. At least one man was detained, though some Iraqi authorities said more were taken into custody.

 

Bush Signs $162 Billion War Funding Bill

USA Today
June 30, 2008

President Bush on Monday signed a $162 billion war funding bill that includes doubling college benefits for troops and veterans and provides a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits.

The spending plan also provides $2.7 billion “to help ensure that any state facing a disaster like the recent flooding and tornadoes in the Midwest has access to needed resources.”

“With this legislation we send a clear message to all who are serving on the front lines that the nation continues its support,” Bush said of troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Iraq Fails To Ink Deals With Global Oil Majors
http://www.breitbart.com/article.p..v5pos49w&show_article=1

Labour MP Admits US/UK Stealing the Oil and Fomenting Civil War in Iraq
http://www.infowars.com/?p=3016

Afghanistan deadlier for troops than Iraq
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nat..Afghanistan_deadlier_than_Iraq.html

Deadliest Month In Afghanistan For NATO
http://rawstory.com/news/afp/NAT..r_deadliest_mon_07012008.html

 



Officials: 30,000 Troops Heading To Iraq In 2009

Officials: 30,000 Troops Heading To Iraq In 2009

AP
June 27, 2008

The Pentagon is preparing to order roughly 30,000 troops to Iraq early next year in a move that would allow the U.S. to maintain 15 combat brigades in the country through 2009, The Associated Press has learned.

The deployments would replace troops currently there. But the decisions could change depending on whether Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, decides in the fall to further reduce troop levels in Iraq.

Several officials familiar with the deployments spoke on condition of anonymity because the orders have not yet been made public.

According to the officials, three active-duty Army brigade combat teams, one Army National Guard brigade and two Marine regimental combat teams are being notified that they are being sent to Iraq in early 2009. Officials would not release the specific units involved because the soldiers and Marines and their families have not all been told.

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Fox News Analyst: Get Iraq to give U.S. oil companies a 100-year lease on their oil

http://youtube.com/watch?v=EjGog2-Tb1A

 

Iraqi civilians massacred by US forces, including children
Warning: Disturbing content, +18 and up only

http://youtube.com/watch?v=PcJAC0v6q8c

Mosul: Iraq’s Second Largest City in Chaos
http://oneutah.org/2008/06/27/mosul-iraqs-second-largest-city-in-chaos/

New high for Afghanistan deaths
http://cnnwire.blogs.cnn.com/2008/06/26/new-high-for-afghanistan-deaths/

Report Shows Lawmakers Heavily Invested in War
http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/lawmakers_invest_war_62708.html

UN: Afghan Opium Trade Rising
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn../AR2008062601813_pf.html

Military Demanding Bonuses Back From Wounded
http://www.naturalnews.com/z023488.html

U.S. forces kill 9 civilians in Iraq
http://www.latimes.com/news/natio..jun26,0,680763.story

 



Letterman: “Cheney Couldn’t Care Less About Americans”

Letterman: “Cheney Couldn’t Care Less About Americans”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TudvUGEDnkA

 



US paying allies to fight war in Iraq

US paying allies to fight war in Iraq

Times of India
May 31, 2008

The tale of massive fraud and embezzlement of millions of dollars by the US military in its operations in Iraq continues. Testifying before the US Congress Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on 22 May, Mary Ugone, deputy inspector general of accounts in the Pentagon said that an audit of $8.2 billion spending related to the Iraq war showed that $7.8 billion had been improperly spent.

Over 180,000 payments, mostly since the war started in 2003, were made by the defense department to contractors for everything from bottled water to vehicles to transportation services.

In her testimony, Ugone also revealed that $135 million were given to forces from three countries UK, South Korea and Poland to facilitate their participation in the war. This is the first time that the US has officially admitted paying its allies in the so-called Coalition of the Willing that invaded Iraq in March 2003.

In his opening statement, Henry Waxman, chairman of the committee, said that wounded soldiers are getting notices from the Pentagon to return signing bonuses with interest since they had not completed the full term. “There is something very wrong when our wounded troops have to fill out forms in triplicate for meal money while billions of dollars in cash are handed out in Iraq with no accountability,” he said.

In an earlier report released in November 2007, the Inspector General had concluded that the Defense Department couldn’t properly account for over $5 billion in taxpayer funds spent in support of the Iraq Security Forces. It said that thousands of weapons, including assault rifles, machine guns, and rocket-propelled grenade launchers were unaccounted for, and millions of dollars had been squandered on construction projects that did not exist.

Ugones testimony gave detailed examples of the bizarre manner in which US defense officials doled out huge amounts of money without recording where it was going. In one case a sum of $320 million was paid an Iraqi official for paying salaries with only an incompletely filled voucher signed by one official. Since no details of the spending plan were attached as required by Pentagon rules the auditors have no clue as to where the money went. This payment was made from assets seized from Iraq.

Auditors found that the Pentagon gave away $1.8 billion from seized Iraqi assets. There were 53 vouchers noting these payments but not even one adequately explained where the money went.

In another instance, two vouchers, one for $5 million and the other for $2.7 million showed payments to a vendor for goods and services provided except that there were no details of what goods or services were actually delivered.

Over $2.7 billion was spent on providing equipment and services to the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). The auditors found that $2 billion of this was not properly accounted for. For example, 31 heavy tracked recovery vehicles costing $10.2 million were given to the ISF, but 18 of them could not be traced because identification numbers were not recorded.

 

US Paying Sunni Insurgents Not to Kill Troops

Antiwar
February 19, 2008

It is impossible to keep up with all the Bush regime’s lies. There are simply too many. Among the recent crop, one of the biggest is that the “surge” is working.

Launched last year, the “surge” was the extra 20,000-30,000 U.S. troops sent to Iraq. These few extra troops, Americans were told, would finally supply the necessary forces to pacify Iraq.

This claim never made any sense. The extra troops didn’t raise the total number of U.S. soldiers to more than one-third the number every expert has said is necessary in order to successfully occupy Iraq.

The real purpose of the “surge” was to hide another deception. The Bush regime is paying Sunni insurgents $800,000 a day not to attack U.S. forces. That’s right, 80,000 members of an “Awakening group,” the “Sons of Iraq,” a newly formed “U.S.-allied security force” consisting of Sunni insurgents, are being paid $10 a day each not to attack U.S. troops. Allegedly, the Sons of Iraq are now at work fighting al-Qaeda.

This is a much cheaper way to fight a war. We can only wonder why Bush didn’t figure it out sooner.

The “surge” was also timed to take account of the near completion of neighborhood cleansing. Most of the violence in Iraq during the past five years has resulted from Sunnis and Shi’ites driving each other out of mixed neighborhoods. Had the two groups been capable of uniting against the U.S. troops, the U.S. would have been driven out of Iraq long ago. Instead, the Iraqis slaughtered each other and fought the Americans in their spare time.

In other words, the “surge” has had nothing to do with any decline in violence.

With the Sunni insurgents now on Uncle Sam’s payroll, with neighborhoods segregated, and with Sadr’s militia standing down, it is unclear who is still responsible for ongoing violence other than U.S. troops themselves. Somebody must still be fighting, however, because the U.S. is still conducting air strikes and is still unable to tell friend from foe.

On Feb. 16, the Los Angeles Times reported that a U.S. air strike managed to kill nine Iraqi civilians and three Sons of Iraq.

The Sunnis are abandoning their posts in protest, demanding an end to “errant” U.S. air strikes. Obviously, the Sunnis see an opportunity to increase their daily pay for not attacking Americans. Soon they will have consultants advising them how much they can demand in bribes before it pays the Americans to begin fighting the war under the old terms. If Sunnis are smart, they will split the gains. Currently, the Sunnis are getting shafted. They are only collecting $800,000 of the $275,000,000 it costs the U.S. to fight the war for one day. That’s only about three-tenths of one percent, too much of a one-sided deal for the Americans.

If the Sunnis negotiate their cut to between one-quarter and one-half of the daily cost to the U.S. of the war, the Sunnis won’t need to share in the oil revenues, thus helping the three factions to get back together as a country. Even 20 percent of the daily cost of the war would be a good deal for the Sunnis. A long-term contract in this range would be expensive for Uncle Sam, but a great deal cheaper than John McCain’s commitment to a 100-year Iraqi war.

If Bush’s war turns out to be as big a boon for the Sunnis as it has for Tony Blair, we might have a modern-day version of The Mouse That Roared – a movie about an impoverished country that attacked the U.S. in order to be defeated and receive foreign aid – only this time the money comes as a payoff for not fighting the occupiers.

As the world now knows, Blair’s “dodgy dossier” about the threat allegedly posed by Iraq was a contrivance that allowed Blair to put British troops at the service of Bush’s aggression in the Middle East. Now that Blair is out of his prime minister job, he has been rewarded with millions of dollars in sinecures from financial firms such as JP Morgan and millions more in speaking engagements. As part of the payoff, the Bush Republicans have even put Mrs. Blair on the lucrative lecture circuit.

Ask yourself, do you really think Blair knows enough high finance to be of any value as an adviser to JP Morgan, or enough about climate change to advise Zurich Financial on the subject? Do you really believe that after hearing all the vacuous speeches Blair has delivered in those many years in office anyone now wants to pay him huge fees to hear him give a speech? Even when it was free, people were sick of it.

Blair is simply collecting his payoff for selling out his country and sending British troops to die for American hegemony.

The Sunnis seem inclined to do the same thing if Bush will pay them enough.

Is the next phase of the Iraq war going to be a U.S.-Sunni alliance against the Shi’ites?

 



Australian troops pull out of Iraq

Australian troops pull out of Iraq

Reuters
June 1, 2008

About 500 Australian combat troops pulled out of their base in southern Iraq on Sunday, fulfilling an election promise by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to bring the soldiers home this year.

A British military spokesman in the southern city of Basra said the pullout from Talil base in Nassiriya was under way, but a spokesman for the governor of Dhi Qar province said it had been completed, with U.S. forces replacing the Australians.

“The Australian battle group is pulling out,” the British military spokesman said.

Australia, a staunch U.S. ally, was one of the first countries to commit troops to the Iraq war. In addition to the combat troops, it also deployed aircraft and warships to the Gulf to protect Iraq’s offshore oil platforms.

Since handing over security of Dhi Qar province to the Iraqis, the main role of the Australian battle group, numbering about 515 soldiers, has been to train and support Iraqi forces.

Rudd, who won elections last November, had promised to bring home frontline troops this year. Polls show 80 percent of Australians oppose the war.

 

Bush links Iraq, Afghan wars to WWII

Press TV
May 28, 2008

US President George W. Bush has linked the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to World War II asking the country for postwar rebuilding.

In a prepared address for Wednesday to more than 1,000 graduates of the US Air Force Academy, released by the White House, Bush framed the graduates’ future to the World War II generation and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to postwar Germany and Japan six decades ago.

Bush said, “After World War II, we helped Germany and Japan build free societies and strong economies. These efforts took time and patience, and as a result Germany and Japan grew in freedom and prosperity and are now allies of the United States.”

He added, “Today we must do the same in Afghanistan and Iraq and by helping these young democracies grow in freedom and prosperity we will once again reap the benefits in generations of security and peace.”

Meanwhile, the country is still in debate over whether the Iraq war has bolstered the US security or weakened it.

 

Prosecute Bush for Murder

Perino Says White House Can Block McClellan From Testifying To Congress
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/05/30/mcclellan-testify/

McCain Reacts To McClellan: ’Every Intelligence Agency In The World And Every Assessment’ Said Iraq Had WMD
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/05/29/mccain-mcclellan/

Fox and Friends’ warns McClellan: ‘better not have any skeletons in his closet.’
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/05/29/fox-a..ot-have-any-skeletons-in-his-closet/

Rice says Iraq war was right thing to do
http://www.rawstory.com/news/.._war_was_right_thing__05292008.html

’US bribing Iraqi MPs to sign deal’
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=57841&sectionid=351020201

Pentagon Warns Funding For Iraq Is Drying Up
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080528..AusC5BEgKl9tyjExV2FjjIkb.3QA

Study documents nearly 1,000 lies from Iraq war propaganda campaign
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/jan2008/lies-j26.shtml

 



Billions In Defense Spending Unchecked

Billions In Defense Spending Unchecked

AP
May 27, 2008

Pentagon auditors say billions of dollars in military spending is going unchecked because they are having trouble keeping pace with the ever-expanding defense budget and combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In a recent report, the Defense Department inspector general estimates that nearly half of the military’s $316 billion weapons budget went unchecked last year because the IG’s office lacked the manpower. Whereas 10 years ago when a single auditor would have reviewed some $642 million in defense contracts, individual investigators are now charged with auditing more than $2 billion in spending.

The IG also has been stretching its staff to investigate corruption and fraud cases overseas, primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan where the military is hiring contractors to help run operations.

“The continual degradation of audit resources that is occurring at a time when the (Defense Department) budget is growing larger leaves the department more vulnerable to fraud, waste, and, abuse and undermines the department’s mission,” the report states.

“Our coverage of high-risk areas and defense priorities is weakened and will continue to be weakened by insufficient personnel to accomplish our statutory duties,” it adds.

The March assessment was obtained by the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group based in Washington.

In this year’s budget, Congress approved an additional $24 million for the IG office to improve contract oversight. According to the IG, it will need another major boost—$25 million more than President Bush requested—to meet its requirements in 2009.

The IG says it plans to hire some 481 new personnel in the next seven years, expanding to more than 1,900 full-time employees.


Mullen Warns Military To Stay Out Of Politics

http://www.iht.com/bin/printfriendly.php?id=13196027

Wartime PTSD Cases Jumped Near 50%
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20..nZOLTheFc5qm06CvVXFUuWwvIE

Tony Blair is barracked over Iraq by students at Yale
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10…d-Iraq-students-Yale.html

Iran: US conning Iraqis into slavery
http://www.euronews.net/index.php?page=info&article=488826&lng=1#

Pentagon Cannot Account For $15 Billion
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-..R2008052203751_pf.html

Petraeus confirmation interrupted by Code Pink protesters
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Petra..upted_by_Code_Pink_0522.html

Increased U.S. airstrikes in Iraq killing more civilians
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/U.S._airstrike_kills_8_Iraqi_civilians_0523.html