Sunday, August 30, 2009

Stolen Vehicles Used by Baathist Members in IED Iraq Blasts Increase As Cops Bust Car Theft Ring in Salah al-Din Linked to Al-Qaeda.

Stolen Vehicles Used by Baathist Members in IED Iraq Blasts Increase As Cops Bust Car Theft Ring in Salah al-Din Linked to Al-Qaeda.

8/21/09...A statement from the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, a powerful Shiite party that forms part of Maliki's governing coalition, said the country is facing a "comprehensive car bomb war" and not only "simple car or truck bombings here and there."

It blamed the Sunni Arab minority which formed the backbone of toppled dictator Saddam Hussein's regime for the attacks. "The remains of the former Saddam regime, Baathist members of the
Islamic Army in Iraq (linked to al-Qaeda), who are accusing Shiites of being unbelievers are continuing their crimes against innocent Iraqis, revealing their criminal plans against people's freedom and dignity," it said.

However, the Islamic Army in Iraq, which is regarded as the leading Sunni insurgent faction and includes officers of Saddam's disbanded military, laid the blame for the attacks on the Baghdad government and US forces. "We accuse the occupation forces, the government, political blocs whose militias are fighting each other of executing the attacks," said the statement which was posted on the insurgent group's website, (Ha ha ha what a crock).

The Islamic Army in Iraq was formed in the wake of Saddam's overthrow in 2003 and has kidnapped foreigners and carried out beheadings. IAI has cooperated with Al-Qaeda since 2007. The Islamic Army in Iraq (IAI) is one of a number of underground Baathist and Islamist militant (or mujahideen) organizations formed in Iraq following the 2003 invasion of Iraq by United States and coalition military forces, and the subsequent collapse of the Baathist government headed by Saddam Hussein.

The Islamic Army in Iraq (IAI) group is composed primarily of Sunnis with a much smaller, but still present, Shiite congregation and, in general, is " an inclusive Islamic organization with Iraqi nationalist tendencies."

Although it carries an Islamic title, the group combines Islamism with Iraqi nationalism, and is thought to be the largest militant group that consists of former Baathists and has been labelled as "resistance" by Iraq's Sunni Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi despite regular attacks against Iraqi soldiers and policemen, as well as Shi'ite militias such as the Mahdi Army and the Badr Organization, recently is has been revealed that they link to and work with al-Qaeda.

Al-Qaeda and Saddam Baathist alliance blamed for Baghdad truck bombings that kill over 100 on august 19th 2009. Two truck bombs that killed over 100 people in Baghdad on Wednesday appears to be the handiwork of al-Qaeda, according to U.S. military specialists. But Iraqi’s Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki took it a step further by pointing the finger at an unholy Sunni alliance between al-Qaeda and Saddam Baathist loyalists as the culprits of this most recent carnage.

Iraqi forces in the province of Salah al-Din, north of Baghdad, conducted raids targeting an auto theft ring whose activities were allegedly providing vehicles for use in bombing attacks in the governorate. Police in the al-Duz district, about 50 miles east of the provincial capital Tikrit, targeted the four individuals on Thursday who were reportedly selling stolen vehicles to groups linked to the al-Qa'ida in Iraq organization for use in vehicle-mounted bombing attacks.

The raids, which were launched after Iraqi police obtained intelligence information as to the site of the theft ring’s activity, led to the arrest of the four men, who were transferred to the local police headquarters for interrogation.
Police also seized three stolen vehicles from the site.

FROM SHIITE USED CAR DEALERS IN TAMPA, FLORIDA TO IRAQ VIA DUBAI; CARS TO FUND TERRORISM. There are numerous used car dealers in Tampa from Iraq and Gaza (Shiite) who are sending vehicles to the Middle East (Dubai) and then into Iraq in what appears to be in support of terrorism. The car smuggling appears to transcend Sunni and Shiite lines as both the Mahdi army and al-Qaeda in Iraq rely heavily upon profits from the vehicles to continue with their terrorist activity.

August 22, 2009 DAMASCUS // In a high-rise apartment block in a smart Damascus neighbourhood, there is a room with a portrait of Saddam Hussein on one wall and on another a photograph of the former dictator smiling as he receives a medal from Izzat Ibrahim al Douri, his old right-hand man and the current figurehead of the Iraq insurgency.

The room is used for meetings by the Iraqi Baath Party, still fighting against US troops in the country, and members of other militant groups involved with the Supreme Leadership for Jihad and Liberation, a network of more than half a dozen insurgent organisations.

The Baathists, now led by Izzat al Douri, a red-haired senior aide to Saddam, have continued to play a role in the Iraq insurgency, according to the US military and the Iraqi authorities, although exactly how much power they actually wield on the ground is unclear.In Iraq the Baath Party remains outlawed and, officially, Iraqi government policy is not to negotiate with active members or insurgents fighting under Baathist control.

Insisting that the Baathists and their allies had a strict policy of targeting only US troops and not shedding Iraqi blood, Abu Mohammad said that if insurgent groups were able to capture Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki now, they would "sentence him to treason with an appropriate punishment" – under Iraqi law that means execution."We are at war; there are dead on both sides, as is natural in war." If the US occupation has ended, however, Abu Mohammad said the current Iraqi prime minister would go before a national court. "The charge would still be treason but he would have a fair trial," he said.

Abu Mohammad also explained that after six years of war, the Baathists are beginning to look beyond the conflict with the United States. "The Americans are going to leave Iraq, that is now clear," he said."And make no mistake, they would have stayed longer if they had not been forced to leave by the resistance. When the Americans have gone, the next war will be against Iranian influence in Iraq. For that reason we are urging the Arab nations to support us in defending the unity of Iraq, the Arab identity of Iraq and to protect all the Arab countries from the Iranian project.

"During the 1980s Iraq and Iran fought an eight-year war that resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. Baghdad, under Saddam, received backing in the conflict from the Arab states, except Syria, which sided with Iran. The United States also supported Iraq.

Iraq’s current ruling Shiite parties, including Mr al Maliki’s Dawa and the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council, opposed Saddam’s regime and were heavily backed by Tehran. Since taking control of Iraq after the US-led invasion they have been widely viewed there by many nationalists as following Iranian orders, a charge they both deny.

US troops are scheduled to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2011, under an agreement between Washington and Baghdad.

Violence has continued and, in the first 10 days of August alone 157 people were killed, mainly in car bombings targeting civilians.