U.S. troops kill Iraqi governor’s relatives


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From Reuters:

July 21st, 2008 3:06 am

U.S. troops kill son of Iraqi governor

BAGHDAD – U.S. forces shot dead the 17-year-old son and another relative of the governor of northern Iraq‘s Salahuddin province in a raid on Sunday, local officials said.

The U.S. military said it shot two armed, adding it was later found they were both related to the governor.

Governor Hamad al-Qaisi’s brother, Lieutenant-Colonel Saad al-Qaisi, said American troops stormed a family house in the town of Beiji, where the governor’s son Hussam and his cousin were staying.

“They shot dead Hussam and wounded three others. This is barbaric and inhuman,” he said.

Local officials said Governor al-Qaisi had cut short a visit to Turkey because of the shooting.

“We demand an investigation into this incident,” Deputy Governor Abdullah Jabara said.

(Reporting by Sabah al-Bazee in Tikrit and Tim Cocks in Baghdad; Writing by Tim Cocks)

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4 thoughts on “U.S. troops kill Iraqi governor’s relatives

  1. Posted by: “Charles Jenks” charles@peacejournal.org chaspeace
    Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:04 am (PDT)

    “Over half the total population of the country are either refugees, in need of emergency aid or dead.”

    ***please forward widely***

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    Dahr Jamail gave a riveting talk on the devastating occupation of Iraq at Socialism 2008 in Chicago on June 20. (Websites may embed this video; see below.)

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    Videotaped and edited by Charles Jenks. Video © 2008 Haymarket Books.

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  2. 4 U.S. Soldiers Charged in Detainee Deaths in Iraq

    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 11:30 AM

    BERLIN — Four soldiers have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of detainees in Iraq in 2007, a U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday.

    Staff Sgt. Jess Cunningham, Sgt. Charles Quigley, Spc. Stephen Ribordy and Spc. Belmor Ramos of the 172nd Infantry Brigade were charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, said Lt. Col. Eric Bloom, spokesman for the Army Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany. The men’s hometowns were not given.

    Their case now has to be reviewed to determine whether it should be referred to a court-martial, Bloom said. No date has yet been set for a hearing.

    In a statement, the Army said the charges “relate to an incident that occurred during April-May 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq.”

    The statement gave no further details but, in an earlier release, the Army had said the allegations related to “the deaths of several detainees who were captured as part of combat operations last year.”

    That statement, released in January, said that “preliminary findings indicate the deceased detainees were not persons detained in a detention facility.”

    Bloom said he could not give any details beyond the official releases.

    © 2008 Associated Press.

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  3. U.S. FORCES KILL RELATIVES OF IRAQI GOVERNOR
    [D]eputy governor of Salahuddin, Abdullah Jabarah, said there had been at least two similar attacks in the area by American troops. “These troops usually use excessive force when they conduct operations,” he said. The Salahuddin Provincial Council issued a statement saying the attack was an indication of “how the American forces disregard the souls of Iraqi citizens.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/21/world/middleeast/21iraq.html?ref=worldspecial

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    Most merchants were polite but reserved. Orosz described their general attitude toward U.S. soldiers: “Please don’t stand in front of my shop for too long.”
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  4. DESERTER AWAITING COURT-MARTIAL AT FORT KNOX
    Burmeister is among the 4,698 U.S. Army soldiers who deserted in fiscal year 2007, a number that risen 92 percent since 2004.
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    IRAQ WAR VETERAN IS FIGHTING TO BRING TROOPS HOME
    “Our troops need to feel that America has their back if they want to resist. . . . We are the ones that really understand where they come from.”
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    THE MILITARY PROJECT: EMULATE VIETNAM GIS’ RESISTANCE
    The Army and the Marine Corps were not working at the end of the 1960s. Then the Navy stopped working, and the Vietnam War stopped. We can stop the wars by doing the same thing today. . . . If enough of the American people, standing shoulder to shoulder, march on our military bases and show that they are behind the troops who resist the wars, it could make a tremendous difference. It could mean the end of the wars. That is my dream.
    http://www.republicbroadcasting.org/index.php?cmd=columnists.article&articleID=324

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