Tags: Iraq War Logs, US genocide in Iraq, US-UK Crimes in Iraq, Wikileaks
For immediate distribution
Date: 30 October 2010
WIKILEAKS IRAQ WAR LOGS:
LEGAL ACTION IS UNAVOIDABLE
To all victims of the US-UK invasion of Iraq and their families,
To all Iraqis,
To all Parties of the Genocide Convention, the Four Geneva Conventions and the UN Convention against Torture,
To all progressive lawyers, legal associations and institutions, parliamentarians, international civil servants, and everyone who supports legal action to ensure redress for Iraqi victims of US-UK crimes:
Just over a year ago, we submitted a legal case before the Audencia Nacional in Madrid under laws of universal jurisdiction against four US presidents and four UK prime ministers — George H W Bush, William J Clinton, George W Bush, Barack H Obama, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Anthony Blair and Gordon Brown — on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Iraq. This case was based on our analysis of hundreds of documents available in the public domain, along with firsthand witness testimony that informed our effort and our designation of US-UK actions as genocide.[i]
The essence of our case was that the accumulated pattern of harm, stretching over 19 years, revealed a clear and specific “intent to destroy”, in whole or in part, the state and nation of Iraq. We catalogued the purposive dismantling of the Iraqi state and the imposition, incitement and engineering of sectarian conflict. We also described the systematic destruction of Iraq’s civil infrastructure, added to the massive use of depleted uranium, which from 1990 onwards led to millions of excess deaths. We outlined the use of disproportionate and indiscriminate force, the use of internationally prohibited weapons such as white phosphorus, and the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare. And we identified the use of death squads and armed militias associated with political forces promoted by and protected by Washington, the terror that led to the forced mass displacement of five million Iraqis, and the institutionalised regime of mass and arbitrary detention and torture, along with blackmail, kidnapping, rape and unfair trials, that characterised Iraq under US occupation.
The Wikileaks disclosure
The near 400,000 classified documents that Wikileaks recently published substantiate the claims we made in our case and constitute official US evidence of elements of the case we presented: the existence in Iraq of a regime of systematic torture; rape used as a weapon of warfare and terror; incidence of arbitrary, summary and extrajudicial executions; the routine use by US armed forces of indiscriminate and disproportionate force; the alarming collapse of the division between military and civilian targets, with two thirds of the victims registered in the leaked documents being acknowledged as civilians. We will add these documents to our archive of evidence.
But these documents alone must be situated. While adding to the picture of the real war conducted, they do not contain it.
1. Inevitably, the leaked documents tell the story of the Iraq war from the perspective of — and within the confines of — the US military and its record-keeping practice. One cannot expect this practice to be anything but influenced by US Army culture and the operational goal of winning the war.
2. The leaked documents do not cover the actions of the CIA and other non-US Army agencies in the Iraq war, or similar agencies of foreign powers.
3. The leaked documents do not cover the role or actions of US security contractors, or mercenaries, in the Iraq war, which were granted legal immunity by the US occupation.
4. The leaked documents do not cover the role or actions of sectarian militias and death squads linked to foreign states and political forces in the US-sponsored and vetted political process, and that conducted campaigns of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity targeting Arab Sunnis, Turkmen, Christians, Yezidis, Sabeans, and Shabak as such, and even innocent Shia, in addition to the systematic assassination of middle class professionals.
5. The leaked documents provide raw data on day-to-day operations but do not contain information on the strategic planning or aims of the war.
6. The leaked documents only cover self-reported incidents, while the body count overall only encompasses the dead the US Army recovered.
7. The leaked documents do not collate the overwhelming bulk of the killing in Iraq, which involved militias incorporated into the new Iraqi Security Forces led by Iraq’s puppet governments — among which that of Nouri Al-Maliki — and for which the US, as the occupying power, is legally responsible.
8. The leaked documents do not cover the orchestrated plunder of national and individual property, individual appropriation of state property, arbitrary dismissal and refusal of work, and the mass non-payment of salaries and withdrawal of social rights. Nor do the documents shed light on the collapse of Iraq’s economy, and the consequent mass impoverishment and displacement of Iraqis.
9. The leaked documents do not cover non-violent excess deaths in Iraq, whether the result of the collapse of Iraq’s public health system, the contamination of Iraq’s environment, including by radioactive munitions, and the spread of disease amid the overall collapse of all public services, including provision of electricity, a functioning sewage system, and clean water.
10. The leaked documents do not shed any light on the trauma induced by the US-led war on individual Iraqis and the Iraqi nation as a whole.
Demand for legal action
At present, there is a full-scale damage limitation effort ongoing, headed by the US Pentagon and involving: attempts to focus attention away from the detail of the leaked documents and onto the founder of Wikileaks and his person; to focus attention on the failure to act against torture when it involved Iraqi police and paramilitary forces, ignoring US practices of torture or the culture of violence the US occupation has promoted overall (including by specifically training and arming death squads and militias); and to divert attention to the role of Iran while failing to contextualise the cooperative relation between the United States and Iran in the destruction of Iraq.
Despite US manoeuvres, the United States administration and the government of Iraq stand equally accused. Neither can be trusted to investigate the facts contained in the classified documents Wikileaks has brought into the public domain. Only action that invokes the universal jurisdiction of the conventions the US and Iraqi governments have violated in Iraq can be satisfactory and objective. And only by stepping back and reviewing the whole period, from 1990 through until now, can one adequately situate the Wikileaks Iraq War Logs and understand their importance.
Wikileaks has done a tremendous service to truth in times of war, and has placed before us raw evidence that is compelling, undeniable, and that tells — in part — the story of the Iraq war in a way until now untold. We salute Wikileaks and its sources for the courageous act of releasing the classified Iraq War Logs. We call on all lawyers, judges and juridical institutions to display equal courage, and in coalition to work towards the swift prosecution of US and UK war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Iraq. We believe that only by coordinated action can those responsible for grave crimes and rights violations in Iraq be held accountable.
We therefore call for the formation of an international coalition of lawyers, legal specialists and antiwar and anti-occupation progressive forces to realise this obligation.
We are ready to cooperate with and join any effort that aims to ensure redress and reparations for Iraqi victims of US and UK crimes.
There is no excuse now for failing to take legal action everywhere it is feasible, both at the national level — where the universal jurisdiction of international conventions permits — and beyond. But legal action must be informed by an analysis of the nature of the war as a whole, and by the testimony not only of the US Army, but also Arab and international solidarity groups and associations, and foremost the Iraqi people — the victims of the US-led war of aggression on Iraq.
Ad Hoc Committee for Justice for Iraq
We are not taking signatures for this call to action; rather we ask those with requisite skills to commit to building a new coalition to pursue legal action, which we also commit to join. Please inform us of your efforts, in the hope that together we can build towards effective legal action:
Dr Ian Douglas, coordinator of the International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq and member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal
Hana Al Bayaty, member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal and the International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq
Abdul Ilah Albayaty, political analyst and member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal
Serene Assir, member of the Advisory Committee of the BRussells Tribunal
Dirk Adriaensens, member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal
Tags: Reidar Visser Iraq Analysis
Posted by Reidar Visser on Friday, 29 October 2010 12:28
This week has seen some interesting comments to the press by the Kurdish politician Mahmud Uthman on the progress of the discussion of the Kurdish demands, plus a meeting last night of the all-Shiite National Alliance. Both items put us in a better understanding to understand supply and demand mechanisms related to the auctioning-off of a country called Iraq, expected to take place over the coming weeks.
Venue: The souk in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government. It is interesting that some limited reactions to all this Kurdish king-making business are beginning to materialise in the rest of Iraq, with some calling for the event to take place in Baghdad instead. However, most Iraqi politicians don’t seem to care. A preparatory meeting is scheduled for Sunday.
Condition: Some wear and tear but still an incredible potential. Iraq is be auctioned off in pieces: Most buyers totally adore the piecemeal approach. The sellers have a lot in common but hate each other too much to establish a cartel; accordingly it’s a buyer’s market.
Time: TBD, but interested buyers are expected to hang around all next week and probably longer.
Main international participants: Iran, Turkey. The US delegation has been delayed due to the 2 November midterm elections but has expressed a strong interest; it is expected to show up some time next week.
1. ISCI. “We sell everything”. Has agreed to all 19 demands presented by the buyers and would readily give more. Ideas to consider if there is competition from other sellers:
20. The principle of balance should be adopted with regard to the issuing of postage stamps and coins, with due representation of all the components of the Iraqi people.
21. The foreign ministry should be abolished and be replaced by the Supreme Federal Commission of Foreign Policy, with sub-committees consisting of representatives of the regions and governorates affected by foreign policy questions.
22. The government is automatically considered resigned if the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government one morning wakes up and feels a preference for a change in government. In keeping with the principle of democracy and the inviolable basic tenets of Islam, this option applies to weekdays only. If the president wakes up with this feeling on a Friday or Saturday, he must either stay awake until the next weekday, or, if he elects to go to sleep again, must wait until the feeling resumes on a weekday.
Whereas ISCI has specialised in customer satisfaction – “the customer is always right” – a problem relates to its real share of the market. At yesterday’s meeting of the National Alliance, both Fadila and Badr representatives were present, meaning that the rump of ISCI may be no more than 10 deputies. That means the potential combination of ISCI, Iraqiyya and the Kurds could be less than the 163 deputies needed to clinch a deal.
2. The National Alliance. According to Mahmud Uthman, the NA agrees to 18 out of 19 of the buyer’s conditions, excepting the Kurdish demand that the government be considered automatically resigned if the Kurds detect a violation of the constitution (this they do quite often). The main problem relates to trust. The NA politicians have said these things in the past and have failed to deliver. For that reason, the Kurds are still interested in maintaining links with a group of suppliers. It is noteworthy that Iran is interested as a “single buyer” for Iraq if NA is the supplier; if this does not work it would prefer something involving as much decentralisation and administrative weakness as possible.
3. Iraqiyya. So far, the only group to present certain limited objections to the buyer’s conditions. According to Uthman, these relate to the Kurdish demand that Baghdad finance the Peshmerga militia; article 140 on disputed territories and the Kurdish demands for keeping the presidency. The two first of these are eminently understandable, but the third is not. Iraqiyya is committing a major mistake by insisting on the presidency since it will be a powerless office until a change of its constitutional prerogatives has been confirmed by a referendum, by mid-2011 at the earliest. If the Kurds want it for symbolic power, Iraqiyya should give it to them and instead focus on real issues. One glaring lacuna, of course, is opposition by Iraqiyya to the draft oil and gas law, which in its current shape, if adopted, might signify the death of Iraq as a recognisable state entity. Still, they may of course opt to rely on parliamentary opposition to the bill, which will probably be massive once a debate on its contents gets going.
The conundrum for the Kurdish buyers: Abd al-Mahdi/ISCI/Iraqiyya may be more prepared to stick to the letter of any deal, but there are problems relating to the ability to deliver (i.e. number of deputies in the parliament) and technical and logistical issues (the false premise of the legality of enhancing the powers of the presidency without a referendum, which is constitutionally impossible.) On the other hand, Maliki and the National Alliance may be in a better position to deliver, but to what extent they will provide the desired quality and live up to buyer expectations is a different matter.
ITF E.U. Representative attended the reception given by his Excellency The Ambassador of Turkey on the Occasion of the 87th Anniversary of the Republic of TurkeyOctober 29, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
On the Occasion of the 87th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey, ITF E.U. Representative Dr. Hassan Aydinli and Spouse received an Invitation from His Excellency The Ambassador of Turkey to the Kingdom of Belgium Mr. Murat N. Ersavcı and Mrs. Zeynep M. Ersavcı
Minister Emir Kir and Dr. Hassan Aydinli
President of Atatürk Düşünce Merkezi Mr. Irfan Öztop and Dr. Hassan Aydinli
The reception took place in Brussels on 28th October 2010
Cumhuriyet´in kuruluşunun 87. yılı münasebetiyle Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Brüksel Büyükelçisi N. Murat Ersavcı ve eşi Sefire Zeynep Ersavcı birlikte Brüksel Tour& Taxis (28 Ekim 2010 Perşembe) bir resepsiyon verdiler.
Resepsiyona ev sahipliği yapan Büyükelçi N. Murat Ersavcı, Sefire Zeynep Ersavcı, Brüksel Başkonsolosu Mehmet Poroy eşi Ayşegül Poroy, Askeri Ataşe Kurmay Albay Yaşar Öztürk ve Müsteşar Tufan Korkmaz eşleri ile birlikte davetlileri karşılayarak tebrikleri kabul ettiler.
ITF EU Representative, Dr Hassan Aydinli, attended the Böll Book Presentation at the European ParliamentOctober 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
Tags: Heinrich Boel Foundation, Nuclear Power
At the invitation of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union Dr. Hassan Aydinli, ITF E.U. Representative, and Merry Fitzgerald of Europe-Turkmens Friendships, attended the Böll Book Presentation “Myths of Nuclear Power – A Guide” at the European Parliament in Brussels on 26th October 2010.
Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House
Steve Thomas, Professor, University of Greenwhich Business School
Ms. Rebecca Harms, MEP, Co-President of the GREENS/EFA Group
Ms. Fiona Hall, MEP, Leader of the UK Liberal Democrats in the ALDE Group
“Myths of Nuclear Power – A Guide”
The myth of nuclear power keeps persevering: lobbyists and politicians will not tire of praising nuclear power as an unlimited, cheap and secure energy source. As a matter of fact the number of nuclear power plants in the world is continually decreasing. Cost estimates for new nuclear plants have been escalating at an alarming rate and up to now, they have been funded by massive public subsidies. The newest myth paints nuclear power as the necessary bridging technology to the renewable future, thus ignoring the fact that nuclear energy and renewable energies de facto compete for a meagre amount of investment capital and power-lines. Many systemic issues have not been thoroughly investigated yet when it comes to compatibility or incompatibility of the centralised nuclear approach versus the decentralised efficiency+renewable strategy: What are the consequences for grid development or how do choices on grid characteristics influence power generation investment strategies? How do government grants/ subsidies stimulate long-term decision-making? Will large renewable power plants reproduce the same system effects as large coal/nuclear plants?
The Heinrich Boell Foundation has asked renowned international scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to prepare reports which challenge these and other “nuclear myths”. This overview provides for a current, facts rich and nuclear-critical know-how.
- SYSTEMS FOR CHANGE: NUCLEAR POWER vs. ENERGY EFFICIENCY+RENEWABLES? By Antony Froggatt with Mycle Schneider
- MYTHS ABOUT NUCLEAR ENERGY. HOW THE ENERGY LOBBY IS PULLING THE WOOL OVER OUR EYES. By Gerd Rosenkranz
- THE ECONOMICS OF NUCLEAR POWER: AN UPDATE. By Steve Thomas
- NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROLIFERATION, ENERGY SECURITY AND CARBON EMISSION REDUCTION.
HOW TO OVERCOME THE CIVILIAN-MILITARY NUCLEAR DILEMMA. By Henri D. Sokolski
- NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND NUCLEAR ENERGY – SIAMESE TWINS OR DOUBLE ZERO SOLUTION. By Otfried Nassauer
The presentations were followed by Q & A.
Tags: Bill Gates, Blackwater, Monsanto
Tags: Irak Türkmen Doktorlar, Kerkuk
Monday, 25 October 2010
Kongreye Irak,Türkiye ve İsveç’ten doktorlar katıldı.Bu kongre Irak sağlık Bakanı Dr.Salih Elhasnavi’nin adına Irak Tabipler Birliği Başkanı Dr.Nazım Abdulhamid katıldı.
Irak Türkmen Birliği ve Dayanışma Başkanı Dişhekimi Kürşat Çavuşoğlu
Tags: Kurdish expansionism in northern Iraq, Yezidis
Joint Statement by various Yezidi Communities
Recent Kurdish media reports and seems to be very interested about the Yezidis’ ethnicity, so the KRG in northern Iraq has exposed an escalating conflict among the innocent Yezidis in Northern Iraq and particularly in Sinjar regions. Several Kurdish political leaders including junior mullah Barzani have expressed that the innocent Yezidis are Kurdish and must be Kurdified; therefore, this expression has increased the tension and will be going as far as a very possible civil war between the two Yezidis groups: “The Yezidis who consider themselves as ‘Yezidis ethnically and religiously” and “the Yezidis who have accepted the ‘kurdification’ and consider themselves as ‘Kurdish’ in ethnicity.”
Mr. Tahsein Saed, who consider himself as the Yezidis’ prince in Iraq and around the world; he and four other members of his team who pretend themselves as religious leaders of the Yezidis on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, they (Tahsein Saed, Khato Esmael, Slaeman Sivo, Barakat and pishmam Faroq) issued and signed a statement for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) stating that all the Yezidis are Kurdish! We, herein the under singed Organizations disapprove their statement and also most of the Yezidis in Shaykhan (prince’s own region) disapprove the statement that was issued by these traitors. Even though Mr. Tahsein Saed is only the prince of Shaykhan and he does not represent all the innocent Yezidis in Iraq, around the world and particularly the Yezidis in Sinjar region at all, because this prince (perpetrator) is “not” our prince; we strongly disapproved their statement while we see them as traitors / perpetrators and just trying to selling our peaceful Yezidis’ culture/ethnicity for money and personal interests.
However, the prince was an Arab in ethnicity in the past during Saddam Hussein’s regime; presently he is Kurdish under KRG or junior mullah Barzani’s regime and in the future???
Even though, during the previous Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, the same dictator/ defector (Prince Tahsein Saed) issued and signed the same statement for Saddam stating that all the Yezidis are Arabs in ethnicity. Therefore, we see this Perpetrator (Tahsein Saed) is really mentally ill for the sake of money and personal interests. Whatsoever, our nationality/ethnicity is very important for all of us (the remaining innocent Yezidis ethnically and religiously); we are human being and not “material products” to be bought/sold by defectors such as Mr. Tahsein Saed and his team members.
Therefore, “We (The under signed Organizations) want to make it clear for the world, world leaders and International Communities that Mr. Tahsein Saed does not represent all the Yezidis in Iraq and around the world (he is only the prince of shaykhan region). He does not represent the innocent Yezidis in Sinjar regions at all!” Presently, Mr. Tahsein Saed only represents those Yezidis who “joined” the Kurdish culture and accepted “Kurdification” with him. Despite all their bad behaviours towards “the innocent Yezidis,” we ‘congratulate’ Prince Tahsein Saed and his followers in their new path of life; they are free to make choices for themselves for whatever they want to be, but “not” for all of us (The innocent Yezidis)!
In the past two decades, the Kurdish leaders have always failed to recognize the true nature of the Yezidis ethnicity as a distinct ethnic group from the Kurdish, because of their political and geographical interests. In many of these so called disputed areas there were very few Kurds to be found before the fall of Saddam Hussein (previous regime). In the Nineveh plain for example, the percentage of Kurds was less than 5%, but now, they have expanded their new Kurds settlements into the disputed areas (Nineveh, Kirkuk and Diyala provinces) by hundreds of thousands of new Kurdish settlers illegally and by militia forces while they see Central government is weak. The KRG and its leaders are doing all of these evil tactics in these areas to annihilate our ancient history and to be annexed to the KRG, this should be very clear to the International Communities. In fact, the stretch of land bordering line with the KRG is mostly dominated by the Yezidis, Chaldo-Assyrians, Turkmens Shabaks and Kakais. Instead of acknowledging this fact Kurdish political groups have launched a violent campaign to describe the innocent Yezidis and other minority such as Shabaks as Kurds in ethnicity while we are totally culturally different from the Kurdish; forcing Kurdification on us (Yezidis) against our will is crimes against humanity and human rights are being committed by the KRG Officials and its militia forces in the disputed areas.
The KRG and its militias are today used to instil fears in minority communities inhabiting border areas with the KRG in order to ensure compliance with KRG expansion technique while oppressed in the past, at present the KRG’s regime is much worse than Saddam’s regime, the Kurds have grown and become themselves the new dictators / oppressors in Iraq especially in the disputed areas seen from our perspective. Any census in the near future (December 5, 2010) of disputed areas carried out under KRG and its militias’ presence will not be free and fair, as we have seen the KRG and its evil tactics during the past federal and provincial elections, when one person voted for more that ten times and we have evidence of that. Therefore, we ask the US, UN, UK, EU, Russia and all other International Communities that the census in the disputed areas must “NOT” be conducted with the presence of the KRG and its militias (bloodshed creators), the census “must” be conducted with International Communities’ presence in everywhere in the disputed areas, “if the International Communities have faith in freedoms and democracy.”
While most of Iraq is becoming secure for all Iraqis, including vulnerable non Muslim communities such as the Yezidis, Chaldo-Assyrians, Kakais and Bahais, the clear and violent expansion plans of the KRG has been threatening to destabilize Iraq, its neighbouring countries and severely affect all of us (the vulnerable Iraqi minorities) who live in the disputed areas that are being violently claimed by the KRG and its dictatorial regime. From being a centre of stability the KRG has turned into the major source of instability in Iraq since 2003 and continues its violent aggression acts in every part of the disputed areas.
We the undersigned Organizations are calling upon the US Congress and the Department of State of religious and ethnic freedom, UN, UK, EU, Russia and all other International Communities to put pressure on the KRG to refrain from all acts of crimes and violence against innocent Yezidis and all other Iraqi minorities and withdraw its militia forces from all areas outside the KRG and “STOP” describing the remaining innocent Yezidis as Kurds, because we are NOT!
We also call on Kurdish leaders to respect the rights of all minorities and including the remaining innocent Yezidis as distinct and independent religion and ethnic group.
The Under Signed Organizations
- Yezidi Human Rights Organization – International
(Canada, United States, Germany, Iraq).E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ezidkhan Democratic Party
- Yezidi Community of Lincoln Nebraska E-mail: email@example.com
- Yezidi Fraternity Association
- Movement of the Yezidis Future
- Yezidi Progress Party
- Yezidi Civil Society Organizations
- Sharaf al-Din Charity Association
- Scholars of the Yezidi religion
Tags: Kurdish violence against Turkmens
The Kurdish Terror – Showed Their Ugly Face Once Again by Raiding of a Turkmen House
By Mofak Salman, Turkmeneli Party Representative for Both Ireland and United Kingdom
On the 5th of November 2008 U.S. soldiers accompanied by Kurdish security forces, known as Asayish, raided the home of Turkmen citizen Nazim Suleiman Begoglu in the Turkmen city of Kirkuk, district of Althbat .
According to a member of the family who was present in the house during the raid, the U.S. forces who were accompanied by a group of Kurdish security forces “Asayish”, broke the doors and penetrated in the house just after midnight.
They entered the house after smashing the main gates and doors, then they arrested two of the sons: Nabil Nazim Suleiman, aged thirty and his brother Zakaria Nazim Suleiman aged twenty-eight who worked in a shop selling electrical appliances in downtown Kirkuk.
The Asayish were wearing Ballaklavas, there was a Kurdish flag on the sleeves of their uniform and they spoke with a Kurdish accent.
The Asayish and American forces destroyed the furniture, smashed doors and windows and randomly fired bullets using automatic machine guns inside the house in order to terrify the innocent unarmed Turkmen family.
They moved all the members of the family into a single room and they tied their hands behind their backs and faced them to the wall. The children and the women of the family were body searched and this is utterly unacceptable in the culture and the tradition of Islam and the Turkmen culture especially. This criminal act was carried out by the Kurdish Asayish and US forces despite the assurances that were given by the central government and officials that raids could not be carried out on the homes of the citizens without a warrant.
According to the information that has been released, the raiding forces requested the frightened Turkmen family to show them their savings and jewelry, the family did so under the force of a gun. US forces and Asayish stole their savings and jewelry during the raid. This matter should be urgently investigated by the US occupying forces in Kirkuk because they are responsible for the safety and security.
After the incident the Turkmen family approached the police in Kirkuk, the political organizations and the governor of Kirkuk Mustafa Abdullrahman who is a Kurd (appointed by the US forces) asking for help and assistance. Assurances were given to the Turkmen family by the Kirkuk governor that there would be an investigation of the incident but unfortunately no proper action has been taken.
The arbitrary arrests of the two brothers, Zakaria and Nabil Nazim Suleiman Begoglu by the Asayish and US occupied forces are a clear violation of human rights. The brothers are still detained by the occupying forces and no one knows where they are imprisoned. The family of the detainees have not been given any reason for their arrest and the detainees have not been given access to a lawyer.
Par Gilles Munier
Blog France-Irak Actualité
Les 400 000 documents classifiés diffusés par WikiLeaks n’apprennent rien aux Irakiens. Pour eux, la mort rode toujours au coin de la rue ; des hommes, des femmes et des enfants sont assassinés, torturés, mutilés, violés dans des prisons, secrètes ou non. Mais, les Irakiens sont tout de même heureux que leurs malheurs soient enfin sur le devant de l’actualité mondiale. Les rapports internes des autorités militaires américaines ont, en effet, le mérite d’attester, partiellement, ce que de nombreux observateurs dénoncent inlassablement depuis 2003.
Pour le pouvoir :
un complot fomenté à l’étranger
Visiblement sur la défensive, Nouri al-Maliki n’a rien trouvé de mieux que d’accuser WikiLeaks de saboter sa campagne électorale, affirmant que la date choisie pour publier les documents n’était pas neutre. Un de ses proches, Haïdar Al-Jourani, est allé plus loin en parlant de complot fomenté à l’étranger (sans dire de quels pays il s’agit). Il a annoncé que le Premier ministre sortant allait porter plainte contre le site Internet pour diffusion de documents mensongers concernant sa participation à des massacres et à des arrestations. Ce n’est pas l’avis du sadriste Hakim Al-Zamili, ancien ministre de la Santé, pour qui WikiLeaks confirme les violations dénoncées par son mouvement sur les violations des droits de l’homme par les forces irakiennes.
Jawad al-Bolani, ministre de l’Intérieur sortant, particulièrement visé par certains rapports, veut contre-attaquer en créant une commission sur les abus commis par les troupes américaines entre 2003 et 2009. On ne peut que l’approuver. Il est trop facile d’accuser le régime de Bagdad de tous les crimes. Mais ce ne sera qu’une enquête morte-née de plus, les Irakiens ne comptant plus les annonces de ce genre, jamais suivies d’effets.
Les dirigeants irakiens pourraient être condamnés pour crime de guerre
Dans l’opposition parlementaire, Oussama Nujaifi, membre important d’Al- Iraqiya, a fort justement constaté que les crimes et les abus documentés par WikiLeaks n’étaient qu’« une petite partie de la réalité de ce qui s’est passé en Irak ». En revanche, il s’est bien gardé d’ajouter qu’Iyad Allaoui, chef de son bloc électoral, est impliqué dans des meurtres qualifiés de crimes de guerre, à commencer par le plus effroyable d’entre eux : le massacre de Fallujah en 2004.
A la différence de George W. Bush et des troupes étatsuniennes, pour l’instant hors d’atteinte de la justice, car exemptés scandaleusement des domaines relevant de la compétence du Tribunal pénal international, les dirigeants irakiens sont passibles d’une condamnation devant cette juridiction. Pour l’administration américaine actuelle, cette menace pourrait être une façon de les tenir en laisse.
Source : WikiLeaks documents, the first reactions in Iraq (Road to Iraq – 23/10/10)
Tags: Iraq War Logs, Wikileaks
US soldiers assasinated a Turkmen family in Telafer
Photos by Chris Hondros
A photographer embedded with the First Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division in January 2005, in Tal Afar, north-west Iraq, witnessed the deaths of Camille and Hussein Hassan, who were travelling with their six children. Rakan Hassan, 11, was shot in the spine and paralysed – and his family was offered just $7,500 (£4,782) in compensation by the US Army for the loss of the two parents at $2,500 (£1,594) each, and an extra $2,500 (£1,594) for damaging the car (pictured).
Wikileaks Iraq: data journalism maps every death
Data journalism works best when there’s a lot of data to work with. Wikileaks‘ Iraq war logs release has dumped some 391,000 records of the Iraq war into the public arean. We’ve had them for a few weeks – what have we found out?
This is in a different league to the Wikileaks Afghanistan leak – there’s a good case for saying the new release has made the war the most documented in history. Every minor detail is now there for us to analyse and breakdown but one factor stands out: the sheer volume of deaths, most of which are civilians.
Some key findings:
• The database records 109,032 deaths in total for the period
• The database records the following death counts: 66,081 civilians, 23,984 insurgents and 15,196 Iraqi security forces
• The worst place for deaths was Baghdad – 45,497, followed by MND north (which is the region that goes from Baghdad up to Kurdistan) where another 34,210 died. The quietest place was the north east with only 328 deaths
Murders and escalation of force
• 34,814 people were recorded as murdered in 24,840 incidents
• The worst month was December 2006 with 2,566 murders – and 2006 was the worst year with 16,870 murders
• The database records 12,578 escalation of force incidents (where someone is shot driving too fast at a checkpoint, for instance) – and these resulted in 778 recorded deaths
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
• There were 65,439 IED explosions over the period – with 31,780 deaths recorded on the database from those alone.
• There were another 44,620 IEDs found and cleared
• The worst month for IED explosions was May 2007 with 2,080 IED explosions
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