British Iraq war scandals continue

This video is about Britain and the Iraq war.

An official report will condemn British soldiers for closing ranks, dereliction of duty and criticise the army’s investigation of the murder of Iraqi hotel worker Baha Mousa, it was reported today: here. See also here.

Inquiry report does not provide justice for Baha Mousa: here.

The official inquiry into the death of hotel worker Baha Mousa continues efforts to minimise and apologise for abuses by UK troops in Iraq: here.

Lawyers for the family of abuse death Iraqi Baha Mousa said today that they have written to the Director of Public Prosecutions demanding that charges ranging from murder to war crimes be brought against the soldiers responsible: here.

‘Bring those guilty of Mousa death to justice’: here.

AT A press conference last Thursday on the just published report by Sir William Gage on the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry, lawyers issued a statement on behalf of the victims of British Army torture in Iraq: here.

Iraqi hotel worker Baha Mousa died due to systemic failures by the MoD and after violent and cowardly abuse by British troops, the inquiry into his death found today: here.

The army will continue to use “certain verbal and non-physical techniques” during questioning in spite of a recommendation to ban them by the Baha Mousa inquiry, Defence Secretary Liam Fox said today: here.

Iraq posed no threat when Tony Blair led the country into war in 2003, Britain’s former top spy admitted at the weekend: here.

Ex-MI5 chief says Tony Blair got it wrong…a lot: here.

Female Trafficking Soars in Iraq: here.

Photojournalist’s exhibition on the West’s murderous campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq is extraordinary: here.

Sami Ramadani reviews Fuel on the Fire: oil and politics in occupied Iraq, by Greg Muttitt: here.

USA: Former Powell Chief of Staff: Cheney “Fears Being Tried as a War Criminal”: here.

Canada urged to launch Cheney torture probe: here.

Military Spending Waste: Up To $60 Billion In Iraq, Afghanistan War Funds Lost To Poor Planning, Oversight, Fraud: here.

A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi: here.

As revealed by a State Department diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks last week, US forces committed a heinous war crime during a house raid in Iraq in 2006, wherein one man, four women, two children, and three infants were summarily executed: here.

A US State Department cable recently published by WikiLeaks supports reports of a 2006 US massacre of civilians, including women and small children, in Iraq’s Ishaqi district: here.

Pew: Americans Say Wars In Iraq, Afghanistan Haven’t Made U.S. Safer: here.

A joint congressional investigation has confirmed that US corporations raked in as much as $60 billion from waste and fraud in military contracts: here.

Eric Schmitt and Steven Lee Myers, The New York Times News Service: “Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is supporting a plan that would keep 3,000 to 4,000 American troops in Iraq after a deadline for their withdrawal at year’s end, but only to continue training security forces there, a senior military official said on Tuesday. The recommendation would break a longstanding pledge by President Obama to withdraw all American forces from Iraq by the deadline. But it would still involve significantly fewer forces than proposals presented at the Pentagon in recent weeks by the senior American commander in Iraq, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, to keep as many as 14,000 to 18,000 troops there. The proposal for a smaller force – if approved by the White House and the Iraqi government, which is not yet certain – reflected the shifting political realities in both countries. It also reflected the tension between Mr. Obama’s promise to bring all American forces home and the widely held view among commanders that Iraq is not yet able to provide for its own security”: here.

Undercover Activist Says U.S. Troops Paid for Sex With Underage Girls in Iraq: here.

USA: For Returning Veterans, War Gives Way To Financial Strife: here.

17 thoughts on “British Iraq war scandals continue

  1. Kurdish journalist pistol-whipped

    Iraq: A prominent Kurdish journalist was pistol-whipped on Monday as he was leaving his workplace, the weekly Awina newspaper in Sulaimaniyah.

    Asos Hardi was often critical of the Kurdistan regional government (KRG) which is dominated by the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.

    Rights groups say that journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan have faced escalating attacks and threats since the start of protests in Sulaimaniya on February 17 over alleged KRG corruption and violations of civil and political rights.


  2. Ex-Blackwater guards kept working in Iraq: US cable

    By W.G. Dunlop (AFP) – 1 day ago

    BAGHDAD — A leaked US diplomatic cable says that “hundreds” of former employees of Blackwater, which was barred from Iraq over a deadly 2007 shooting, later worked with other firms guarding US diplomats here.

    Iraq announced in January 2009 that it would not renew Blackwater’s operating licence due to a September 16, 2007 incident in which guards protecting a US diplomatic convoy opened fire in Baghdad’s busy Nisur Square, killing at least 14 civilians.

    After that announcement, the US State Department did not renew its contract with Blackwater, which has renamed itself Xe, for security services in Iraq.

    But US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks confirm that ex-Blackwater employees kept working in Iraq with other security firms.

    “There are many former Blackwater employees at other private security companies in Iraq, most notably Triple Canopy and DynCorp, providing security services to us,” said a January 4, 2010 cable from the US embassy in Baghdad, which was released on August 30.

    Another cable from January 11, 2010 also expressed concern over Iraqi efforts to oust former Blackwater employees from the country, noting that it could reduce the capacity of Triple Canopy to provide embassy security.

    “The embassy understands that Triple Canopy currently employs several hundred former Blackwater employees,” said the cable, which was also released by WikiLeaks on August 30.

    The cable said that Dyncorp, which provides aircraft support, also “employs dozens of ex-Blackwater employees.”

    “Given how many former Blackwater employees are currently in the services of Triple Canopy, there is a serious possibility that the (Iraqi government’s) request that they leave Iraq will diminish the company’s ability to fulfil the embassy’s security requirements,” it said.

    Despite US misgivings, the Iraqi interior ministry announced in February 2010 that it had given 250 former Blackwater employees seven days to exit Iraq and confiscated their residence permits, “in connection with the crime that took place at Nisur Square.”

    The early 2010 move to oust ex-Blackwater employees came amid Iraqi outrage over a December 2009 ruling by a US federal judge that dismissed criminal charges against five Blackwater employees accused of fatally shooting 14 people in Nisur Square.

    A US appeals court reopened the prosecution against four of them earlier this year.

    It is not clear if the 250 who were ordered to leave were just some or all of the former Blackwater employees working for the US in Iraq.

    The US embassy in Baghdad referred inquiries on whether former Blackwater employees were still employed by the US in Iraq to Washington.

    Copyright © 2011 AFP.


  3. Only eight Iraqi Jews in Baghdad in 2009: cable

    AFP – Fri, Sep 2, 2011

    Baghdad’s Jewish community numbered just eight people in late 2009, having fallen from 20 in 2003 due to deaths from old age and sectarian violence, and emigration, a leaked US diplomatic cable says.

    A woman who spoke with a US embassy staff member in October 2009 said “there are now eight remaining members of the Iraqi Jewish community in Baghdad,” including herself, according to the cable released by whistleblower website Wikileaks.

    “She stated that the community had numbered 20 persons in 2003, but that the number has declined as a result of old age, emigration, and sectarian violence,” according to the cable.

    It said the woman, a dentist, was “one of the last remaining Jews in Iraq.”

    Her mother, she said, had died in the previous year, while her husband was kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in 2005, and was most likely murdered.

    The woman expressed interest in emigrating to the Netherlands, where two of her brothers lived.

    She said a synagogue and Jewish cemetery in Baghdad have been shut since 2004.

    But another synagogue in the southern port city of Basra had been turned into a warehouse.

    When asked about Iraqi Jews living abroad returning to visit or re-establish connections here, the woman “was pessimistic, saying that latent anti-Semitism within Iraqi society would prevent this from happening anytime soon.”

    There were about 150,000 Iraqi Jews before the 1948 creation of Israel. But between 1948 and 1951, nearly all of the country’s 2,500-year-old Jewish community fled amid a region-wide outbreak of nationalist violence.


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