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Canada’s Secretive Role in Iraq
When a US-led coalition invaded Iraq the forward-looking Canadian government stayed out of the war. And if you believe that I have a bridge for sale in Moose Jaw at an excellent price.
As part of the tenth anniversary of the invasion many media outlets lauded Canada’s refusal to join the second Iraq war. Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien got the ball rolling by boasting that he never believed Iraq had amassed weapons of mass destruction and that staying out of the war “is a decision that the people of Muslim faith and Arab culture have appreciated very much from Canada, and it was the right decision.”
While the more liberal end of the dominant media regurgitated the former PM’s claim, it’s completely false to say Canada did not participate in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. As Richard Sanders has detailed, dozens of Canadian troops were integrated in US units fighting in Iraq; U.S. warplanes en route to that country refueled in Newfoundland; With Canadian naval vessels leading maritime interdiction efforts off the coast of Iraq, Ottawa had legal opinion suggesting it was technically at war with that country; Canadian fighter pilots participated in “training” missions in Iraq; three different Canadian generals oversaw tens of thousands of international troops there; Canadian aid flowed to the country in support of US policy. As such, some have concluded that Canada was the fifth or sixth biggest contributor to the US-led war.
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Turkey PM confirms talks with Iraqi Kurds on energy deal
- AFP, ANKARA –
Turkey is discussing the terms of an energy partnership with Iraqi Kurds, the country’s prime minister said Friday in the first public confirmation of a project that could aggravate tensions in the region.
Analysts have said the move — aimed at securing affordable oil and gas supplies to fuel Turkey’s rapid economic growth — also risks damaging ties with the United States, its major ally.
“We are in the process of striking a trade agreement with them [Iraqi Kurds],” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with the CNN-Turk television.
Referring to a Baghdad-controlled oil pipeline to Turkey that operates well below its capacity to transport 70.9 million tons a year, he said the aim was to “make the existing pipeline more active.”
He suggested that it might be extended with multiple oil and gas pipelines.
The partnership threatens to worsen a long-running dispute between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq over how to exploit the country’s energy wealth.
It is also raising eyebrows in Washington, where there are concerns that it could tip the volatile country towards disintegration and push an increasingly isolated Baghdad into Iran’s embrace.
Erdogan dismissed the concerns and said the Kurdish regional government had a right under the Iraqi constitution to use part of its energy resources with whichever country it chooses.
“Why did northern Iraq feel the need to make such an agreement with us? … Because they cannot agree with [Iraqi Prime Minister] Maliki,” he said.
“There is no article in the [Iraqi] constitution that can prevent [the Kurdish regional government] from making this trade contract with us.”
Erdogan hailed Turkey’s energy cooperation with Iraqi Kurds as “win-win” for both sides.
Ankara has been at loggerheads with the Iraqi government over a number of issues, including Turkey’s refusal to extradite fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi and the burgeoning energy ties with Iraqi Kurdistan.
The central Iraqi government has so far blocked Turkish efforts to step up their presence in northern Iraq.
In November, Baghdad blocked Turkish national energy firm TPAO from bidding for an oil exploration contract, a decision which Erdogan had said was not “smart business.”
And in December, Baghdad barred a plane carrying Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz from landing in Erbil as he was reportedly on his way to seal the much-speculated energy deal.
ITF TURKEY REPRESENTATIVE DR.HİCRAN KAZANCI ISSUED A MESSAGE ON THE 22ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE ALTUNKÖPRÜ MASSACREMarch 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
Tags: Altunköprü massacre
Today i s the 22nd anniversary of the Altunköprü massacre which took place on the 28th of March 1991overwhelming all Turkmen with a deep sorrow …
It is one the most sorrowful days for Iraqi Turkmen …
Exactly 22 years ago on the 28th of March 1991 Altunköprü, which is a picturesque Turkmen town in the northern part of Iraq between Kirkuk and Erbil, was the scene of a massacre which went down into the pages of history as a ‘black mark’.
102of our innocent Turkmen brothers, without discriminating between old, young people and children were collected from their homes by Saddam’s military units. Children as young as 8 and 10 were among them. No one knew where they were taken
15 days later the lifeless bodies of our 102 martyrs who had been shot for alleged insurgency were found piled one on top of the other in a ditch in Kayabaşı.
The massacre of Altunköprü is not the first nor the last such massacre to be experienced by blameless and uninvolved Turkmen who never rebelled against the state.
Numerous massacres against Turkmen living on Iraqi soil have taken place starting with the first in 1920 with the establishment of the Iraqi State. Thousands of Turkmen men and women, the young and old as well as children were martyred by these massacres.
It is not possible for us to forget the crimes against humanity committed against the innocent Turkmen nation.
On this anniversary of the Altunköprü massacre I once more take the opportunity to bow in respect before their saintly memories and may they rest in peace.
Dr. Hicran Kazancı
Iraqi Turkmen Front
Tags: Dirk Adriaensens, Iraqi deaths, Underestimation of Iraqi casualties
by Dirk Adriaensens on 27-03-2013
When considering the number of civilian casualties during the Iraq occupation 2003-2013, it would be a good idea to use the scientific studies of the Lancet, ORB or even BBC to estimate the number of victims of the Iraq war.
We shouldn’t use media related counts like IraqBodyCount or CostOfWar. This is very unfair towards the hundreds of thousands Iraqi victims of the Iraqi catastrophe. Every death of this illegal occupation should be remembered, not only the soldiers of the invading and occupying powers.
A study, published in prestigious medical journal The Lancet, estimated that over 600,000 Iraqis had been killed as a result of the invasion as of July 2006. Iraqis have continued to be killed since then. Since the researchers at Johns Hopkins estimated that 601,000 violent Iraqi deaths were attributable to the U.S.-led invasion as of July 2006, it necessarily does not include Iraqis who have been killed since then. http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/156 has updated this number both to provide a more relevant day-to-day estimate of the Iraqi dead and to emphasize that the human tragedy mounts each day this brutal war continues. Their counter stopped in 2010 at 1.455.590 civilian casualties.
The estimate that over a million Iraqis have died received independent confirmation from a prestigious British polling agency in January 2008. Opinion Research Business estimated that the death toll between March 2003 and August 2007 was 1,033,000.
CostofWar (http://costsofwar.org/article/iraqi-civilians) grossly underestimates the figures of direct deaths by using the IraqBodyCount figures. Robert Fisk already wrote on 27/08/2005 about the numbers of bodies that were brought to the morgue of Baghdad: “By comparison, equivalent figures for 1997, 1998 and 1999 were all less than 200 a month.” That was before the invasion, at the height of the murderous sanctions. In 2003 the number was 70 a day, in 2004 800 every month. In July 2005 the number stood at 1.100 a month, and then the worst days of sectarian violence hadn’t started yet.
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26 MARCH 2013
Tags: BBC on Iraq birth defect study, Iraqi Ministry of Health study
BBC: major Iraq birth defect study expected to show increase linked to conflict
The report, broadcast on BBC World and available online features an interview with researchers at the Iraqi Ministry of Health (MoH). The researchers indicate that the report, which has been produced jointly by the WHO and MoH, will find that rates of birth defects are higher in areas of Iraq that were subjected to heavy fighting in the 2003 war. The publication of the final report, scheduled for early this year has been delayed, but the BBC’s report offers a first glimpse at the results.
“The BBC’s report fits with our expectations from smaller localised studies and the reports of healthcare professionals in Iraq,” said an ICBUW spokesperson. “Naturally we will await the publication of the full report but should the findings and methodology prove to be robust, the study could add considerably to the pressure for action to reduce the legacy of modern conflict on public health. However more research will be needed to establish the precise risk factors responsible.”
The study was launched after concern was generated by reports from medical staff in cities such as Fallujah and Baghdad of spiralling rates of congenital birth defects. Fallujah, which lies in Anbar province, has become particularly notorious and medical staff and civil society organisations have argued that the increases are linked to environmental contamination from the US led attacks on the city in 2004.
Speaking at a workshop for the project in early 2012 Dr Hawrami Minister of Health of the Kurdistan Regional Government said: “There is a need for a comprehensive programme to learn more about birth defects in Iraq that could shed light on the incidence of various conditions, such as congenital heart defects and neurological defects, in different geographic areas over time in Iraq.”
According to the WHO, the governorates in which the study has been conducted are Baghdad (Karkh and Rafafa), Diyala, Anbar (including the district of Fallujah), Suleimaniyah, Babel, Basrah, Mosul and Thi-Qar. Two districts were selected from each governorate (one as high risk and the other as a control).
The criteria for declaring a district as high risk is based on existing statistics showing a high number of congenital birth defect cases. A total of 10,800 households from 18 districts of the 8+1 governorates were selected as a sample size making it uniformly 600 households per district. All mothers in these households who were married, between the ages of 15 and 49 years, and who had a child with any congenital birth anomaly were included as respondents. Two-stage sampling was undertaken for each child; one before the onset of the 2003 war and the other after the onset of 2003 war.
The WHO in Iraq prioritised measuring the magnitude and trend of congenital birth defects at selected district level, identifying possible risk factors of congenital birth defects and assessing the burden of these conditions and impact on the health status of care providers.
by Tadhamun-Iraqi Women Solidarity on 21-02-2013
A CD with 20 pages booklet produced by Tadhamun – Iraqi Women Solidarity. It tells the story of the US-led attacks on Fallujah in April and November 2004, a year after the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003. It is told in an audio collage of Iraqi and non-Iraqi poetry, songs, music, testimonies, and news clips with the persistent sound of US Apaches hovering in the skies above the people of Iraq.
وسلاما عليك يا فلوجة
….and peace be upon you Fallujah
This is the story of the US-led attacks on Fallujah in April and November 2004, a year after the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003. It is told in an audio collage of Iraqi and non-Iraqi poetry, songs, music, testimonies, and news clips with the persistent sound of US Apaches hovering in the skies above the people of Iraq.
|00:00 – 00:58||US soldier and Iraqi School Children|
|00:59 – 02:30||Ma’ruf al-Rusafi’s poem “Day of Fallujah” read by Badia Obaid|
|02:31 – 02:45||Taqsim Khanabt, by Adnan Abdullah on nye|
|02:46 – 03:55||Songs of Resistance: Tagan cheilat al brno wil hawan thar (Rifle bullets flew and Hawan mortar exploded everywhere) – by Sabah Al-Janabi|
|03:56 – 10:30||Litany of Iraq ( 2005) By Milos Raickovich Dalia Basiouny reading the names of Iraq war victims, Nina Kellman on harp|
|10:51 – 12:45||Songs of Resistance: Amrica ma tithamel taleha (America can’t tolerate the consequences of occupying Iraq), by Sabah Al-Janabi|
|12:46 – 13:05||US commander|
|13:06 – 13:36||Iraqi wounded witness|
|13:36 – 16:00||Nesreen Melek’s “To The Father in Fallujah Who Buried His Son in His Garden”, read by Anne Aylor|
|16:01 – 16:14||Continuity of oud playing|
|16:15 – 17:15||Songs of Resistance: Hay-yalla ahl al-Falluja (‘Salute, O God, the people of Fallujah’) by Sabah Al-Janabi|
|17:16 – 19:11||Dai Williams, CNN, and Noam Chomsky on DU and birth defects|
|19:12 – 25:43||‘My Journey to Baghdad’, by Narmin Zangana on piano|
|23:42 – 24:14||A Fallujah resident speaks on the Withdrawal of US troops from Iraq on 14 December 2011|
|25:44 – 26:25||Iraqi School Children|
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This is the story of the US-led attacks on Fallujah in April and November 2004, a year after the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003. It is told in an audio collage of Iraqi and non-Iraqi poetry, songs, music, testimonies, and news clips with the persistent sound of US Apaches hovering in the skies above of Iraq.
Fallujah is known as the “city of mosques” because more than 200 mosques can be found in the city and its surrounding villages. Located on the banks of the Euphrates, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Baghdad in the province of Al Anbar, it has 300,000 inhabitants. In 1941 the people of Fallujah fought against British colonialism, and in 2004 they resisted the Anglo-American occupation.
The 2004 siege of Fallujah was sparked by a group of men and children demonstrating in front of a primary school demanding that the occupation troops vacate it. What followed was one of the most extensive human rights violations of recent times.
The US forces bombed schools and hospitals, sniped at civilians including children carrying white flags, cut off water and medical supplies, and used incendiary weapons (napalm and white phosphorus) that had been banned by the UN Convention.
More than 70 articles of the Geneva Conventions were breached; 36,000 homes and 8,400 shops were obliterated, 60
and schools were left in ruins, as were 65 mosques and religious sanctuaries. At the time journalists were actively prevented from entering the city unless embedded with the US troops.
Camps were erected around Fallujah to receive displaced women and children but men aged 15-50 were not allowed to leave the city. Therefore 150,000 civilians waited in anguish for news of their loved ones. The failure of Operation Vigilant Resolve launched in April 2004 by US troops to capture the ‘belligerent, bellicose city’ was followed by a second attack on Fallujah, between 7 November
and 23 December 2004, labelled by the US military as ‘the heaviest urban combat since the battle of Hue City in Vietnam in 1968’.
This CD is our ode to a heroic city, to those who only had valour and determination with which to defend themselves while facing the might of the world’s leading superpower.
The terror endured by the people of Fallujah reminds us of an earlier barbarism: The Nazi bombing of the innocents of the Spanish village of Guernica. Just like Guernica, Fallujah has become a symbol of wanton destruction.
It is worth noting here that the sounds and voices of the songs of resistance and some other recordings included in this CD are distinctly different from those we are familiar with, i.e. good quality studio recordings. Due to the extreme difficulties of clandestine production and limited funds and technology, only a few basic instruments were used in, for example, the songs of resistance.
Here they have been effectively incorporated to replicate the horrific sounds of bombardment and the defying chanting of the people.
Needless to say, none of the songs of resistance are on mainstream radio or television in Iraq. CDs, DVDs and videos can be found on the internet and under the counter in the few remaining Iraqi CD shops; or are, as we like to say in Iraq, ‘saved in our heads’.
Sometimes songs are accompanied by videos or images depicting the brutality of the occupation: destroyed homes, prisoners in Abu Ghraib, dead children, women mourning their loved ones – and young people throwing stones at humvees and tanks (like the Palestinian youths) or chanting al-hausa to celebrate the success of an assault.
Tadhamun : Iraqi Women Solidarity – February 2013
Tags: David Swanson, Iraq War
- 18 March 2013
- David Swanson
If instead of spending five trillion dollars destroying Iraq, the United States had chosen to do good with it, at home or abroad, just imagine the possibilities.
By David Swanson
18 March 2013
Iraq War Audit
- 29,200 US/UK AIR STRIKES in 2003, followed by another 3,900 over the next eight years.
- 1.4m DIED as a result of war, ie 5% of Iraq’s population
- 4.2m INJURED
- 4.5m REFUGEES
- USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS white phosphorous, depleted uranium, and a new kind of napalm have increased dramatically birth defects, cancer rates, and infant mortality
- INFRASTRUCTURE DESTROYED Water supplies, sewage treatment plants, hospitals, bridges, electricity supplies etc still not repaired
- COST TO UNITED STATES five trillion dollars — enough by UN estimates to end all world poverty for next 167 years
At 10 years since the launch of Operation Iraqi Liberation (to use the original name with the appropriate acronym, OIL) and over 22 years since Operation Desert Storm, there is little evidence that any significant number of people in the United States have a realistic idea of what our government has done to the people of Iraq, or of how these actions compare to other horrors of world history.
A majority of Americans believe the war since 2003 has hurt the United States but benefitted Iraq. A plurality of Americans believe, not only that Iraqis should be grateful, but that Iraqis are in fact grateful.
A number of US academics have advanced the dubious claim that war making is declining around the world. Misinterpreting what has happened in Iraq is central to their argument. As documented in the full report, by the most scientifically respected measures available, Iraq lost 1.4 million lives as a result of OIL, saw 4.2 million additional people injured, and 4.5 million people become refugees.
The 1.4 million dead was 5% of the population. That compares to 2.5% lost in the US Civil War, or 3 to 4% in Japan in World War II, 1% in France and Italy in World War II, less than 1% in the U.K. and 0.3% in the United States in World War II. The 1.4 million dead is higher as an absolute number as well as a percentage of population than these other horrific losses.
US deaths in Iraq since 2003 have been 0.3% of the dead, even if they’ve taken up the vast majority of the news coverage, preventing US news consumers from understanding the extent of Iraqi suffering.
In a very American parallel, the US government has only been willing to value the life of an Iraqi at that same 0.3% of the financial value it assigns to the life of a US citizen.
The 2003 invasion included 29,200 air strikes, followed by another 3,900 over the next eight years. The US military targeted civilians, journalists, hospitals, and ambulances It also made use of what some might call “weapons of mass destruction,” using cluster bombs, white phosphorous, depleted uranium, and a new kind of napalm in densely settled urban areas.
Birth defects, cancer rates, and infant mortality are through the roof. Water supplies, sewage treatment plants, hospitals, bridges, and electricity supplies have been devastated, and not repaired. Healthcare and nutrition and education are nothing like they were before the war. And we should remember that healthcare and nutrition had already deteriorated during years of economic warfare waged through the most comprehensive economic sanctions ever imposed in modern history.
Money spent by the United States to “reconstruct” Iraq was always less than 10% of what was being spent adding to the damage, and most of it was never actually put to any useful purpose. At least a third was spent on “security,” while much of the rest was spent on corruption in the US military and its contractors.
The educated who might have best helped rebuild Iraq fled the country. Iraq had the best universities in Western Asia in the early 1990s, and now leads in illiteracy, with the population of teachers in Baghdad reduced by 80%.
For years, the occupying forces broke the society of Iraq down, encouraging ethnic and sectarian division and violence, resulting in a segregated country and the repression of rights that Iraqis used to enjoy even under Saddam Hussein’s brutal police state.
While the dramatic escalation of violence that for several years was predicted would accompany any US withdrawal did not materialize, Iraq is not at peace. The war destabilized Iraq internally, created regional tensions, and — of course — generated widespread resentment for the United States. That was the opposite result of the stated one of making the United States safer.
If the United States had taken five trillion dollars, and — instead of spending it destroying Iraq — had chosen to do good with it, at home or abroad, just imagine the possibilities. The United Nations thinks $30 billion a year would end world hunger. For $5 trillion, why not end world hunger for 167 years? The lives not saved are even more than the lives taken away by war spending.
A sanitized version of the war and how it started is now in many of our school text books. It is not too late for us to correct the record, or to make reparations. We can better work for an actual reduction in war making and the prevention of new wars, if we accurately understand what past wars have involved.
This is a summary of David Swanson’s 88-page report Iraq War Among World’s Worst Events. The full report is available here…
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