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Signs of the Times for Mon, 24 Jul 2006

by Wissam Al-Ukaili
Sun Jul 23, 2006
BAGHDAD - Bombers have killed at least 64 people, striking a bloody blow against Iraq's fledgling hopes for peace just one day after the government launched national reconciliation talks.

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden minibus amid a crowd of day labourers seeking work in a crowded market in Baghdad's mainly Shiite district of Sadr City at 9:20 am (0520 GMT) Sunday, killing at least 34 people.

This was followed by a bomb attack in front of the area's town hall, which killed eight, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office said in a statement.

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by Salam Faraj
Sun Jul 23, 2006
BAGHDAD - Iraq's ousted president Saddam Hussein has been admitted to hospital suffering from the effects of his hunger strike and will not appear at the next hearing of his trial on crimes against humanity, the chief prosecutor said.

The detained leader, who stopped eating 16 days ago, is too ill to attend the next session scheduled for Monday, prosecutor Jaafar al-Musawi told AFP.

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Last Updated Sun, 23 Jul 2006 20:45:21 EDT
CBC News
While the world's attention is fixed on Lebanon, the violence is unabated in Iraq, where bomb blasts in Baghdad and the northern oil centre of Kirkuk killed more than 60 people on Sunday.

The attacks added to the tension as Iraq's prime minister left for Washington for talks on reversing his country's slide toward civil and religious war.

Militants of two branches of Islam - Shia and Sunni - have been trading atrocities with a ruthlessness that has eclipsed even the insurgent campaign against U.S. and Iraqi government forces.

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Comment: Remember, some of this "sectarian violence" is the work of the US and Israel who want civil war in Iraq. That is the real agenda. 2006-07-24 19:13:16
TEHRAN, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham said on Monday that the country would not stop its disputed uranium enrichment activities.

"We are prepared to talk about anything in negotiations, (but) there should not be any preconditions," Elham told reporters, referring to the demands by six world powers that Iran suspends its uranium enrichment work first and gets in return for some incentives.

"Everyone's rights must be respected in negotiations, and it also must be pursued with equality and understanding," said the spokesman, adding suspending the nuclear work could bring "inequity" to Iran.

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The Mail on Sunday
22nd July 2006
Border guards seized a British lorry on its way to make a delivery to the Iranian military - after discovering it was packed with radioactive material that could be used to build a dirty bomb.

The lorry set off from Kent on its way to Tehran but was stopped by officials at a checkpoint on Bulgaria's northernborder with Romania after a scanner indicated radiation levels 200 times above normal.

The lorry was impounded and the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NPA) was called out.

On board they found ten lead-lined boxes addressed to the Iranian Ministry of Defence. Inside each box was a soil-testing device, containing highly dangerous quantities of radioactive caesium 137 and americium-beryllium.

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Comment: Shock horror! The UK government supplying Iran with material that could be wasily used to make a "dirty bomb" and then claiming that Iran is trying to build a dirty bomb??

Whatever is going on? Do you think there is something suspicious going on here? Could Blair, our wonderful impeccable leader, actually be tellling little fibs that might start world war three?? No! It simply CAN'T be! Such a thing would NEVER happen! And NEVER has I declare!

July 21, 2006
NBC News
Soldiers say officers commanded them to 'kill all military age males' in Iraq

EL PASO, Texas - Four U.S. soldiers accused of murdering suspected insurgents during a raid in Iraq said they were under orders to "kill all military age males," according to sworn statements obtained by The Associated Press.

"The ROE (rule of engagement) was to kill all military age males on Objective Murray," Staff Sgt. Raymond L. Girouard told investigators, referring to the target by its code name.

That target, an island on a canal in the northern Salhuddin province, was believed to be an al-Qaida training camp. The soldiers said officers in their chain of command gave them the order and explained that special forces had tried before to target the island and had come under fire from insurgents.

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Comment: How easy it is to justify outrifht murder of civilians under the claim that the area was a "suspected al-Qaeda training camp". And how easily the average person, like you, believes it.

By Patrick Cockburn in Amman
Published: 24 July 2006
The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, meets Tony Blair in London today as violence in Iraq reaches a new crescendo and senior Iraqi officials say the break up of the country is inevitable.

A car bomb in a market in the Shia stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad yesterday killed 34 people and wounded a further 60 and was followed by a second bomb in the same area two hours later that left a further eight dead. Another car bomb outside a court house in Kirkuk killed a further 20 and injured 70 people.

"Iraq as a political project is finished," a senior government official was quoted as saying, adding: "The parties have moved to plan B." He said that the Shia, Sunni and Kurdish parties were now looking at ways to divide Iraq between them and to decide the future of Baghdad, where there is a mixed population. "There is serious talk of Baghdad being divided into [Shia] east and [Sunni] west," he said.

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By Mike Whitney
"Lebanon carpenters are running out of wood for coffins. Bodies are stacked 3 or 4 feet high at the hospital morgue. The stench is spreading in the rubble. The morbid reality of Israel's bombing campaign is reaching almost every corner of the city...On Thursday, the wild dogs gnawed at the charred remains of a family bombed as they were trying to escape the village." Hassan Fattah, New York Times

"The complicity of the American public in these heinous crimes will damn America for all time in history." Paul Craig Roberts; "The Shame of being an American"

For more than a week Israel has been raining down terror on the Lebanon's unprotected cities and towns. So far, more than 1,200 sites have been completely destroyed laying to waste most of the country's civilian infrastructure and triggering a humanitarian crisis. The death toll, currently at 350, continues to mount while the number of displaced civilians is estimated at more than 500,000.

We know now that Israel's plan of attack was "finalized more than a year ago" and that Hezbollah's capturing of the 2 Israeli soldiers was merely a pretext to execute their strategy. Gerald Steinberg, professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University clarified this point saying, "Of all Israel's wars since 1948, this was the one for which Israel was most prepared. In a sense, the preparation began in 2000, immediately after the Israeli withdrawal."

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