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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Relevant Claims of Responsibility for Recent Big Attacks

The Islamic Army of Iraq took credit for the rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in the Green Zone (Arabic) on Tuesday that resulted in the deaths of one American soldier and one American contractor.

This incident was widely cited by the U.S. media as evidence that the insurgents are getting emboldened; no one has made the connection to the Islamic Army of Iraq, one of the insurgent groups that Zalmay Khalilzad had negotiated with in the past. Tuesday was Khalilzad’s last day as ambassador.

Al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq took responsibility for the two suicide attacks in Talafar (Arabic), also on Tuesday. These attacks on Shi’a civilians, euphemistically labeled ‘Mahdi Army’ militants in the ISI’s press releases, set off reprisal attacks on Talafar’s Sunnis.

If you scroll down the link to the very bottom, the Islamic State of Iraq also takes credit for the guerilla assaults in Fallouja over the last few days that were reported on by IraqSlogger.

Again and again, these attacks are attributed by the western media organizations to ‘insurgents’ even when groups such as the IAI and the ISI claim responsibility for the attacks in a timely and ‘newsy’ manner. I think that the press stands accused of being negligent and slothful in keeping tabs on these claims of responsibility and should do a better job of reporting the story, since the identity of those who are claiming to be behind these attacks seems like a big part of the story to me.

The 1920 Revolt Brigades organization continues to disintegrate: one faction has called itself 'Hamas-Iraq' and the other one has reclaimed the name '1920 Revolt Brigades' as its own (Arabic) in contravention to the treaty between the two factions. The 1920 Revolt Brigades used to rank fourth, after the ISI, the IAI and the Ansar al-Sunnah, in terms of insurgent activity over the last six months.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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1:28 PM, March 29, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Gawad,

How do you ensure proper hydration?

1:35 PM, March 29, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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1:53 PM, March 29, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nibras Kazimi,

I urge you to read this article below. It shows just how much the Dogs operating in Iraq go far deeper then just the Islamic State in Iraq.


9:13 PM, March 29, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...


wouldn't the story have been better if:

1-the reporter had verified that the gun carried mr. naima was licensed or not.

2-that mr.s naima and radhi were from the ministry of finance or not.

3-the reporter says that the house belonged to the iraqi government and that ms. saadoun had bought it from squatters doesn't this mean that when mr.s naima and radhi were seizing the house on behalf of the ministry of finance that they were tasked to do this.

4-the reporter doesn't tell us how he figured out that mr.s naima and radhi were shiites.

5-the reporter doesn't tell us anything about ms. saadoun's background. maybe the killing had to do with something else. letting us know about her background would rule some things out.

6-ms. saadoun had invited mr.s naima and radhi inside her home but there is no confirmation that someone called them to warn them that the americans were coming. did the reporter check any calls that had come in to their cell phones?

7-ms. saadoun says she was being threatened by eviction for a whole year so this was an old problem why didn't the reporter go and check this with the ministry of finance?

8-the reporter only has the american captain's word that the the papers were for another neighborhood. did the reporter see those papers himself?

9-the reporter keep referring to the iraqi soldiers as kurds. maybe they were ethnically kurdish but when in the uniform they are iraqi soldiers. the reporter maybe wanted to make an issue of the ethnic differences. does he know for certain that all the soldiers involved were kurds?

i feel sorry for the murdered woman and her family but there the report could have been more convincing if the reporter had coverered these questions.

10:20 PM, March 29, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The story also shows you that asking the crusaders and the Peshmerga murtadeen for help is a brilliant idea.

Allah the most exalted says in the Qur'an:

He amongst you that turns to them is of them. Verily Allah guides not a people unjust.

12:03 AM, March 30, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...


This NPR report about the Iraqi police tells the whole story.

They are nothing but sectarian killers. Hopefully overtime we can make progress in improving them. But, right now they are pretty much unreliable killers.

The Iraqi Army is a vastly different story though.

2:16 AM, March 30, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7:02 AM, March 30, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see anything honorable about these Kurdish forces supporting the murderous American occupier.
In fact I view it as the very definition of dishonorable and traitorous.

But I support Jama'at Ansaar as-Sunna, they are largely Kurdish and they are some of the best.

Gawad: you are obviously an Arab because Americans are usually too stupid to use Arabic characters.
So I ask you, why support American slime occupying your country

Is it up to me as a non-Arab to defend your honor while you
cozy up to the Crusaders that make racist remarks about you

8:18 AM, March 30, 2007

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9:33 AM, March 30, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, please, gentlemen,

"Big Pimping your sodomite" is bad grammar. The proper English form is "You sodomite pimp."

Also, you can't call someone a 'sex-worker' because the term is a politically-correct euphemism that only appears in lame advocacy documents. Stick with old English insults, such as whore, floozy, hussy, strumpet or hooker. And if you wish to suggest sexual perversion as well, try 'rent-boy' which is a male prostitute.

For added effect, you can combine slang, culturally sensitive insults and puns, such as 'pork' which is both a haram meat product and the primary male sexual act, or 'Saddam-ite,' which merges Saddam with Sodomite.

The combination could work like this; "You and your bandy-legged tribe of clean-faced shoe-licking rent-boys are getting porked by Al Qaeda's dogs because your gap-toothed Sadddam-ite sons are too stupid to find jobs and too ugly to sell themselves to the Iranian sailors on the Shat al Arab."

Would that work?

11:02 AM, March 30, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

[ Every single neighbor of Iraq except maybe Kuwait is now trying to hurt Iraq ]

Why is it that you identify every other country as a problem except the United States
which has the highest number of occupation troops?

You cite Saudia, Iran and Syria
yet not a peep about the U.S. which pollutes Iraq to the tune of 150,000 worshippers of the cross
and has killed the highest number of Iraqis out of all said countries.

I understand that you are at odds with the Ba'ath regime, but does it not mean anything
to you when the crusaders kill untold thousands of your brothers and sisters?
What was their crime, possessing WMD?

Do you believe that the Coalition has only been killing terrorists?
That is completely wrong, less than 1% of the dead are terrorists.

That's why you never hear body count estimates from the pro-Bush side,
because the number is so huge that no sane person could excuse it as an anti-terrorist raid.

12:32 PM, March 30, 2007

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1:21 PM, March 30, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jaguar Bestiality Pervert,

Last I checked, the democratically-elected Iraqi government did not sanction the presence of inbred Bedouin suicide bombers from the wonderful Arab neighbors or the Persian or Turkish prostitutes/intelligence agents who are provoking sectarian hatred in Iraq. Meanwhile the US presence is legally sanctioned. And, going back to the last bit of bullshit you posted, you didn't comment on the fact that the only part of Iraq that does not contain any foreign soldiers is that part controlled by the peshmerga, bitch.

Stop this crusader talk you jackass, neither one of us has a time machine. Unless you do. Then I want to try.

1% of the dead are terrorists? Explain. I see bombs in al-Khalis and bombs in al-Sha'ab and they weren't planted by the US soldiers. And who blew up the shrine in Samarra who who damaged the shrine in Najaf? I don't think it was the Americans either you whore, it was people like you and your hooker friends and supports who care oh so much for Iraqis and Islam.

1:29 PM, March 30, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gawad. I give in. Get the Guest is becoming very funny with Anonymous has raising the invective stakes. Servicing the Persians ...oh yes, and don't the Persians love it.


11:46 PM, April 02, 2007

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