Friday, October 15, 2010

Pentagon Releases Tally of Dead Iraqis

By Rory O'Connor
October 15, 2010

In July, the United States military issued its largest release of raw data on deaths during the Iraq war. The Pentagon tallied almost 77,000 Iraqis – both civilians and security forces – as having died in the carnage between January 2004 and August 2008.

Read on.


Anonymous said...

US behind suicide attacks...lets see: Here is John Kaminski on this For Americans who never get the truth.

"I mean, when a mosque blows up and Americans blame Islamic terrorists, whether Sunni or Shiite, it makes no sense. Muslims never blow up their own houses of worship. Or when reporters sympathetic to either the Iraqi cause of freedom, or even just general principles of international justice, are suddenly assassinated and the blame is placed on often imaginary Islamic extremists whose perspective is supported by these writers, how can anyone believe that Muslims did it, even thought this is what the Zionist American press and government continue to insist.

So who’s doing all these demented deeds? As if we didn’t know ....

Khadduri’s report went like this:

"A few days ago, an American manned check point confiscated the driver license of a driver and told him to report to an American military camp near Baghdad airport for interrogation and in order to retrieve his license. The next day, the driver did visit the camp and he was allowed in the camp with his car. He was admitted to a room for an interrogation that lasted half an hour. At the end of the session, the American interrogator told him: 'OK, there is nothing against you, but you do know that Iraq is now sovereign and is in charge of its own affairs. Hence, we have forwarded your papers and license to al-Kadhimia police station for processing. Therefore, go there with this clearance to reclaim your license. At the police station, ask for Lt. Hussain Mohammed, who is waiting for you now. Go there now quickly, before he leaves his shift work".

The driver did leave in a hurry, but was soon alarmed with a feeling that his car was driving as if carrying a heavy load, and he also became suspicious of a low flying helicopter that kept hovering overhead, as if trailing him. He stopped the car and inspected it carefully. He found nearly 100 kilograms of explosives hidden in the back seat and along the two back doors.

The only feasible explanation for this incident is that the car was indeed booby trapped by the Americans and intended for the al-Khadimiya Shiite district of Baghdad. The helicopter was monitoring his movement and witnessing the anticipated "hideous attack by foreign elements".

The same scenario was repeated in Mosul, in the north of Iraq. A car was confiscated along with the driver’s license. He did follow up on the matter and finally reclaimed his car but was told to go to a police station to reclaim his license. Fortunately for him, the car broke down on the way to the police station. The inspecting car mechanic discovered that the spare tire was fully laden with explosives."

"If this were the only example of this type I heard, I might have let it pass as just a story. But it wasn’t. "

Anonymous said...

Epidemiologist Dr. John Burnham of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University - highly regarded co-author of the studies published in Lancet - was severely punished by his academic institution for having 'violated' the confidentiality of a tiny number of respondents among the thousands who were surveyed. An academic board of his cowardly 'peers' publicly rebuked him for ineffectively coding the Arabic names of a few respondents. Burham does not speak or read Arabic. The humiliating public rebuke and punishment - preventing him from engaging in independent research for 5 or 10 years - was unprecedented in its vindictive severity and effective as an object lesson to any other American academic tempted to engage in research activities unflattering to the military empire. This assignment to 'non-personhood' was designed to completely discredit Burnham and, by extension, the results of the most in depth and courageous surveys in violent civilian deaths in Iraq since the US invasion.