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i’m no journalist … BUT

Posted by theintelgirl on August 8, 2006

the first two paragraphs of this article from the NY Times don’t seem to “flow” or even be related … except for the fact that they both deal with Tuesday:

Bank Robbery and Bombs kill 24 in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 8 — Five homemade bombs and a bank robbery left 24 people dead in Baghdad on Tuesday as the level of violence here remained undiminished despite a buildup of American and Iraqi troops meant to restore a sense of order.

Also Tuesday, several witnesses testified in the continuing military hearing for four soldiers charged with raping a 14-year-old girl and then killing her and her family in March.

The witnesses, members of the soldiers’ unit — Company B of the First Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division — were called by defense lawyers to describe the extreme conditions the soldiers had endured in their patrols south of Baghdad, and the low morale and combat stress that followed.

Translation? “Yeah, Iraqis are blowing shit up and that sucks and all, but let’s talk about how Americans suck, shall we?”

Or here’s another way to look at it:

Fact: Iraqi terrorists killed 24 people today

Allegation: U.S. Soldiers allegedly committed a crime.

The article continues about the soldiers’ trial, and then wraps up the article with more about the bombing. I’ve pasted the entire text below. If you can make any sense out of it, please let me know.

Bank Robbery and Bombs kill 24 in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 8 — Five homemade bombs and a bank robbery left 24 people dead in Baghdad on Tuesday as the level of violence here remained undiminished despite a buildup of American and Iraqi troops meant to restore a sense of order.

Also Tuesday, several witnesses testified in the continuing military hearing for four soldiers charged with raping a 14-year-old girl and then killing her and her family in March.

The witnesses, members of the soldiers’ unit — Company B of the First Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division — were called by defense lawyers to describe the extreme conditions the soldiers had endured in their patrols south of Baghdad, and the low morale and combat stress that followed.

The hearing, known as an Article 32, mixes elements of a grand jury proceeding and a jury trial — including the introduction of evidence, testimony from witnesses and cross-examination by defense lawyers — and is the means by which a presiding officer determines whether enough evidence exists to recommend a court-martial, nonjudicial punishment or the dismissal of charges.

The four soldiers accused of killing the family, in Mahmudiya, a volatile town south of Baghdad, are Specialist James P. Barker, Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman, Pfc. Bryan L. Howard and Sgt. Paul E. Cortez.

In addition to rape and murder, each is also charged with arson; after raping the girl, military prosecutors said, the four burned her body with kerosene to conceal evidence.

A fifth soldier, Sergeant Anthony W. Yribe, who is not said to have been present at the rape and killings, is charged with dereliction of duty, for failing to report the crimes.

Several soldiers testified Sunday and Monday that a former member of Company B, Steven D. Green, thought up the plan to attack the family and rape the girl, and persuaded the other four, during card games and while driving golf balls, to go along with it.

Mr. Green, whom the Army allowed to enlist on “moral waivers” because he had a criminal record for minor offenses, was discharged as a private in May after a psychiatric evaluation.

He is in custody in Kentucky, where he faces federal rape and murder charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

In testimony on Tuesday, Sgt. Daniel Carrick, a member of the accused soldiers’ platoon, described how patrolling around Mahmudiya, a tense region south of Baghdad known as the “triangle of death,” turned many soldiers bitter, particularly Mr. Green.

“Green had hatred for a lot of people in general,” Sergeant Carrick said.

Sgt. First Class Jeffrey Fenlason testified about a conversation with Mr. Green “regarding his lack of concern or caring for Iraqi life versus American soldiers’ life.”

Several soldiers also testified to a grisly tale of how Mr. Green tossed a puppy off the roof of a building and set it on fire.

The increased American and Iraqi Army patrols in Baghdad on Tuesday seemed to have had little effect on the daily violence.

At 10:50 a.m., two explosions in a market in central Baghdad killed 10 people and wounded 69 others, an Interior Ministry official said. Minutes later, in the Adhamiya section of the city, gunmen burst into the Rashid Bank, killed three guards and two bank employees and stole 7 million Iraqi dinars, or about $5,000, the official said.

Earlier Tuesday morning, three apparently coordinated explosions near the Interior Ministry, in the center of Baghdad, killed nine people and wounded eight others, including three policemen, said the ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to a reporter. Two of the three explosions occurred near police patrols, and the third was at a busy bus station, he said.

The military announced that four American service members were killed Sunday. Three were killed by a roadside bomb southwest of Baghdad. The fourth, who served with the First Brigade, First Armored Division, died in fighting in Anbar Province, west of Baghdad, the military said in a statement.

In the past week, four Iraqi journalists from various news organizations based here were fatally shot, said a member of an Iraqi journalists’ group that tracks attacks on reporters.

Muhammad Abbas Hamid, 30, a reporter for the Shiite newspaper Al Bayinna al Jadida, was shot Monday as he left his home in the Adil section of west Baghdad, said the newspaper’s publisher, who asked that his name not be printed out of fear of reprisal.

Late Monday, the police found the body of Ismail Amin Ali, 30, a freelance journalist, less than a mile from where he was abducted two weeks ago in northeast Baghdad, according to the journalists’ group, the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory.

In an interview on Tuesday evening, Ziad al-Ajeely, who tracks attacks on journalists for the group, identified the two other journalists killed in Baghdad in the past week as Abdul Wahab al-Qaisi, a reporter for Kol al Dunia magazine, and Adil Naji al-Mansory, a reporter for Al Alim television.

Baghdad’s central morgue said it received the bodies of 1,855 people in July, an average of nearly 60 a day, nearly all of whom appeared to have died violently. The tally was a 16 percent rise from June and a 71 percent increase from January.

The United Nations said last month that an average of about 100 people were killed daily throughout Iraq in May and June. The organization based its figures on numbers from the Ministry of Health, which collates records of violent deaths from hospitals around the country and from Baghdad’s central morgue, where unidentified bodies are delivered.

Ministry officials said Tuesday that they had not completed the nationwide count for July.

Officials say the greatest concentration of violent deaths has been in Baghdad, which is the focus of a new military strategy to suppress the surge in violence.

Over the weekend, an American combat unit numbering nearly 4,000 soldiers, and featuring the highly mobile and resilient Stryker vehicles, rolled into Baghdad as part of a plan to elevate the street presence of American forces.

Reporting for this article was contributed by Kirk Semple, Qais Mizher, Ali Adeeb and Sahar Nageeb.

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an endless supply of homicide bombers

Posted by theintelgirl on May 5, 2006

I was just searching for a parody poster for a friend at http://www.despair.com (funny shit, check it out), and I came across this one:

It's horrible that I look at this, see the pyramids, think "middle east," think "well, terrorists certainly have set their mind to murdering Americans," due to a screwed up Islamist vision.  And unfortunately, they have a seemingly endless supply of labor (suicide bombers) who are willing to do the work.  (Which then of course reminds me of one of the funny Mohammed Cartoons, "Stop, stop, we're out of virgins!!"  

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scratching my head on this one

Posted by theintelgirl on April 26, 2006

I was not aware that Saudi Arabia was in the habit of releasing terrorists.  Let's run down the reasons I can think of just off the top of my head:

  • Oh yeah.  Osama bin Laden hates the Saud family and Saudi Arabia (and won't even refer to it by that name … instead calls it Bilaad al-haramein – country of the two holy places) and calls for terrorist attacks on it.
  • Terrorists hate the United States.  Saudi Arabia tends to cooperate with the United States.  I've never taken the LSATs or anything, but the logic on that one tells me that terrorists would also hate Saudi Arabia. 
  • According to the article, "Interior ministry sources said the release came after months of counseling by elite Saudi religious leaders to convince them to abandon extremist ideas."  Let's think about this one a second.  I wonder where their violent terrorist views came from in the first place.  hmmm.  **light bulb**  oh yes, that's right.  YEARS OF RELIGIOUS INDOCTRINATION BY HATEFUL SHEIKHS.  I doubt that "months of counseling" could undo that.  Unless (and this is a BIG maybe), by "counseling," they mean: we worked them over, beat them senseless, and caused so much brain damage they have permanent memory loss.  Than yeah, okay.  Maybe they're not as much of a threat anymore. 

Anyone want to take bets on when most of them end up back at terror training camps?  

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