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Iraq renews emergency powers amid high body count
Cat : Victims Of Nazi Bush
Date : 2006-10-03 17:56:29                      Reader : 304
pretext of democracy and freedom. Even US ambassador admits that Iraq is facing sectarian war !
Why should US troops stay in Iraq?!! They must leave as soon as possible to give way to UN troops.

 

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Associated France Press (AFP) 3/10/2006

Iraq renews emergency powers amid high body count

 

by Paul Schemm
BAGHDAD (AFP) - The Iraqi government renewed its emergency powers amid mass kidnappings, dozens of corpses on the streets and the assassination of a high ranking officer in the intelligence service.

As the killings raged on, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki proposed a four-point plan to end the rash of sectarian violence engulfing his country, and which was to be discussed further on Tuesday, a parliamentary source said.

The plan envisions creating new security commissions comprised of representatives of different political, religious and civil society groups.

The proposal was aimed at "putting a stop to the flow of Iraqi blood," said Jalaledin al-Sagir, a senior Shiite member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) party.

The head of the Sunni parliamentary bloc, Adnan al-Dulaimi, told AFP that the latest plan "would be able to put an end to violence and bring stability to Iraq".

"If everyone is honest and keeps to their commitments, it will be positive for the Iraqi people and put an end to the sectarianism. If not, it will be the end of Iraq," said Dulaimi.

The capital's dire security situation was further highlighted by a mass kidnapping carried out by gunmen dressed in military-style fatigues -- the second in as many days.

Of the two dozen people snatched in Sunday's mass kidnapping, 10 of them turned up dead in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Abu Chir, part of the 50 corpses found by police.

Colonel Faris Khalil of Iraqi intelligence was driving along in civilian clothes and an unmarked car on a Baghdad highway, when gunmen roared up next to him and shot him dead, said the interior ministry.

The British and US governments also announced the deaths of three US marines and a British soldier.

For the past six months, Sunni and Shiite death squads have hunted civilians in each other's communities, leaving a grim toll on the streets -- at a rate of 100 dead a day across the country, according to UN and government estimates.

Parliamentarians, meanwhile, have been at loggerheads after revelations Dulaimi's bodyguard had been implicated in a bomb plot against Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, the seat of the government.

In Monday's session, however, parliament speaker Mahmud al-Mashhadani cut off further debate on the subject and forced the fractious deputies to focus on the legislative agenda, including renewing the long-running state of emergency for another month.

But Sunni parliamentarians said the emergency laws needed to be reviewed since they clearly were not improving the situation, alleging that security forces were corrupt.

Even after the measure passed with only 32 deputies out of 275 voting against, Sunni parliamentarian Hussein al-Falluji loudly disputed the action.

"If you don't stop arguing, I will have you ejected," said Mashhadani.

The atmosphere has been tense in parliament after the news of the bomb plot, and several Shiite deputies have called for investigations into Sunni politicians, suggesting they have links with insurgent groups.

The Sunnis riposted that Shiite political parties are sponsoring armed militias responsible for much of the midnight killings across Baghdad.

These shadowy armed groups, many outfitted with government-issue uniforms, carry out assassinations and kidnappings, such as Monday's near the technology university.

Seven government-style pickup trucks pulled up to the Sira computer store in broad daylight and took 14 people, both customers and employees, from the surrounding shops.

The biggest Sunni political party issued a statement accusing militias with official ties of both the computer store kidnapping and Sunday's kidnapping of 26 people from a food processing factory in southwest Baghdad's Amil neighborhood.

"The Iraqi Islamic Party asks how could 26 people, among them women, have been transported from Amil neighborhood to Abu Chir (where their bodies were found) through all those Iraqi and US army checkpoints and patrols?

"This is the bloody work of the terrorist militias that constantly make people experience the color of death and torture," it added.

But while there have been several moves into Sunni insurgent-infested neighborhoods in western and southern Baghdad, coalition forces have been hesitant to enter the teeming Shiite slum of Sadr City.

In other violence across the country on Monday, at least 12 people were killed including three soldiers from the Iraqi army's quick reaction force.



 
 
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