A Discussion with Dahr Jamail about sectarian violence in Iraq, Ministries of death, and instability in the Middle East.
Dahr Jamail Returns to the Middle East
Produced by Dori Smith at Pacifica Affiliate WHUS at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT Total Running Time: 29:22
Transcript of March 5, 2007 interview with Dahr Jamail
Welcome to Talk Nation Radio, a half hour discussion on politics, human rights and the environment. I’m Dori Smith
Journalist Dahr Jamail joins us for the half hour. I spoke with him on Monday March 5th by phone to California where he is readying for another trip to the Middle East to cover the results of US policy in the region. In Dahr Jamailâ€™s case that means focusing on what is happening to the civilian populations and getting at the underreported stories. He has been covering civilian casualties in Iraq and pointing out desperate conditions at hospitals there. If you go to his web page dahrjamailiraq.com you will find his blog his many hard news stories, and multimedia links as well as pictures taken in Iraq during his eight months of coverage there. Photographer Jeff Pflueger will accompany him on his next trip.
Dori Smith: Dahr Jamail welcome to Talk Nation Radio.
Dahr Jamail: Thanks Dori
Dori Smith: I know that you evaluate the violence in Iraq on a daily basis as you continue to report for Inter Press News Service and other outlets. Just start out her by commenting on the corporate reporting on the level of violence in Iraq today.
Dahr Jamail: Itâ€™s status quo there really when you talk about the US press coverage of Iraq and the current situation. Iâ€™m actually working on a new story on that for Foreign Policy in Focus that will come out somewhere around the upcoming four year anniversary of the occupation. But really itâ€™s a status quo essentially where the US press does not show what the war looks like. They do not show the fact that according to the Pentagon we are up to almost 200 attacks per day by resistance groups and militias against US and Iraqi security forces. Thatâ€™s almost 200 every day! This is the highest level of attacks against US and Iraqi security forces ever in the occupation. So that said we would expect a dramatic increase in US coverage showing many more bombs, many more dead people, wounded people, but instead we have the opposite. Instead of a media thatâ€™s done their job and shown the true face of war and its escalation as it is occurring on the ground we have actually less coverage today in Iraq than ever before.
Dori Smith: They do cover bombings on a fairly daily basis where we hear about an isolated case or two. Today we heard about a bombing in Baghdad that left roughly 28 people dead. The death toll hasnâ€™t been calculated yet but AP reported that this attack came on the heels of a major push by nearly 1200 US and Iraqi troops into Sadr City. This is as we know a Shiite militia stronghold. Would you say thatâ€™s an indication that the situation is both escalating and also just repeating itself in terms of a spiraling violence where the US does something then the Iraqis do then the US and so on down the line.
Dahr Jamail: That really is true. This is not the first time the US has had a big incursion into Sadr City and this one really, itâ€™s kind of funny to watch this happen because Muqtada al-Sadr no matter what the criticisms are against him you have to give him credit for not being a stupid strategist. He was forced into a situation politically where the US had to come in and make a show of going through Sadr City to quote unquote â€˜root out his militiaâ€™.
So this is Sadr City, letâ€™s be real clear, this is an area of three million people. This is half the population of Baghdad and theoretically the US is going to go house to house? With the troop shortage that all of us know is the case on the ground in Iraq this is just not going to happen but they have to make this show, the al-Maliki Government has to make a show and so they are letting the US Military go in and try to put a halt to the sectarian killings and the Mahdi Army Militias that everyone knows now are primarily responsible for the massive number of killings. And so of course Al-Sadr ordered his militia to just stand down, put your weapons away, and act like civilians, and let them come through your house and everyone is allowed one Kalashnikov and thatâ€™s how it is. Thatâ€™s whatâ€™s happening. So yes you see the media very obediently giving the Pentagon line, look at the good job the US Military is doing they are going to do away with the Mehdi Army.
Thatâ€™s really a bit of a joke because the Mehdi Army is a civilian populated militia of course. These people basically have their normal lives and then when they are called upon to go and fight they pick up their Kalashnikovs and go out and fight. And thatâ€™s what the US Military is up to in Sadr City which will accomplish approximately nothing.
Dori Smith: We heard Robert Fisk explain to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now Monday March 5th that the incidents where we hear about Iraqis in police uniforms committing attacks against police stations, or he said, the kidnapping of Margaret Hassan, he said itâ€™s not as if people can obtain fake uniforms readily but rather that the people committing these acts of violence are Iraqi soldiers and security forces. So we are looking at a problem thatâ€™s internal, thatâ€™s within the Iraqi Government. Just discuss how much of the violence is being perpetrated by people who are closely involved with the Government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Dahr Jamail: Well Fisk is exactly right and I would be very hesitant to disagree with him on most things but especially this situation where we have the US media consistently reporting of men wearing Iraqi police uniforms went and carried out this assassination or went and carried out this kidnapping and everyone is familiar with that type of headline and questioning US media. The reality is if you just scratch half a millimeter below the surface you see that it is men in these police uniforms and Iraqi soldier uniforms carrying out these things because the militia are the security forces or if you flip it around the security forces are the militias. And it doesnâ€™t take a genius to figure it out because there was so much political wrangling in the Iraqi government over who was going to get control over which ministry. The Ministry of Interior which controls these security forces along with the Ministry of Health, for example, are controlled by Shiite political groups, particularly the Interior Ministry is controlled by the Dawa Party. So thatâ€™s why we have members of both the Mehdi Army and the Badr Organization, the two biggest Shiite militias in Iraq that are going around populating the Iraqi police forces and the Iraqi Army.
Just to give you an idea of how this works since the Ministry of Health is now controlled by a politician loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr you have to go get the graces of the Sadr political movement if you are going to get a job within that ministry. Well itâ€™s the same way that it works with the Ministry of Interior. It certainly is going to help you get a job if you are already a member of one of these Shiite Militias to go apply for a job at a ministry controlled by essentially a Shiite Militia. So thatâ€™s why we have Iraqi security forces that rather than them being loyal to the state of Iraq they are loyal to which ever militia their members belong to and this has of course translated into exponential violence on the ground where these people can run around with total impunity now to carry out whatever acts they want to carry out and they are answerable to no none because they are the state security force.
The US Military, of course, now we see again this ties right into what we were just discussing, OK we are going to go through Sadr City now and go after the Mehdi Army. Well again the Mehdi Army is the Iraqi Security Forces. So who are the Iraq Security Forces going around with the US in Sadr City now are the Mehdi Army. So how many Mehdi Army people or militia members do you think the Military is going to find in Sadr City during this raid?
Dori Smith: Dahr Jamail we did hear that Muqtada al-Sadr had gone into Iran. Did you hear any reports about what went on there and is he back in Iraq at this point, do you know?
Dahr Jamail: It does appear as though he did go to Iran but it is not clear whether he has returned or not. The reports Iâ€™ve been getting is that he is definitely in fear for his life and rightly so. Iâ€™m sure the US would be happy to take him out any chance they got. He does feel that his death is imminent. He is fully prepared to return a martyr so he doesnâ€™t fear it, he wants to do it in fact, but he is on the run and will have to keep moving if he doesnâ€™t want the US Military to catch up with him. But thatâ€™s very easy to do in a situation where the Military doesnâ€™t have control over anything; they cannot even provide security for themselves. But I canâ€™t say with any authority whether I know that Sadr is in Iraq or Iran, but in regards to how that affects the policy on the ground regarding the Mehdi Army and their attacks against US forces particularly in Southern Iraq; their attacks against the British increasing by the week so I donâ€™t think it really matters whether Muqtada al-Sadr is in the country or not those attacks will continue.
Dori Smith: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told AP about a new policy of arresting and prosecuting Iraqis with quote â€˜suspected ties to extremist groupsâ€™. Now apparently this came in response to a question al-Maliki was asked about whether or not lists were being made; so these would be targeted folks who might be in what we might call the resistance or what have you; there have also been reports of more house to house searches and arrests going on. So is this political, more of an effort at containment of bad news about death squads? How do you interpret that information Dahr Jamail?
Dahr Jamail: Again its how are we going to spin this particular topic of the day of this catastrophic situation in Iraq. The reality is that security operation in Baghdad is at least the third that I have reported on myself and there may well have been others before these three that didnâ€™t get quite the publicity that these have. This one particularly has gotten so much attention because there is so much political pressure now in the United States growing against this failed occupation. And I think we can expect that trend to continue the longer the occupation continues. It will of course get worse over any amount of time and never better but again letâ€™s just kind of talk about what arrangements of the deck chairs on the Titanic do we want to have today? Do we want this row in front or this row or maybe we should talk about the third row. Thatâ€™s really how I see this rhetoric. Itâ€™s interesting I did hear Robert Fisk talk not just today but at other times about this circular motion of reportage about the occupation and I have experienced the exact same thing. Sometimes it seems like I just keep doing the same stories over and over but adjusting the numbers of dead upwards and the numbers in financial ruin upwards whether it be to the taxpayers here or the Iraqi people.
So we can talk about this security operation or what these people are trying to do to rein in the death squads. But the reality is it is the United States that formed these death squads to begin with. They armed them. They set them up. They have backed them. They gave them the intelligence they needed and they sent them out after the Sunni Resistance so at this point it doesnâ€™t seem likely that they are going to be trying to rein them in too too much because itâ€™s one of the only weapons they have against the growing resistance. And then particularly in light of what Seymour Hersh reported that it is now policy within the Bush administration to sort of redirect their efforts and start supporting more radical Sunni groups to go after Shiite groups since they have lost control of Iraq primarily to Iran and Shiite groups related to Iran, as well as other countries, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and other powerful Shiite groups in other countries as well. So I see that in relation to Iraq as sort of a stepping up of a process of funding Sunni radicals and other death squad type of groups to go after the Shiite. So rather than bringing down a process of death squads and sectarian violence I see an escalation but now from the other side.
Dori Smith: And then the Sunni Resistance is targeting higher profile government workers which is also a form of escalation right?
Dahr Jamail: Thatâ€™s right. As I said before attacks particularly on occupation forces are at higher levels per day on an average than ever before seen and then of course we have the military with their ongoing giant operations, one in Baghdad right now, others going on in different parts of the country, for example, as you know, Anbar Province; you can rest assured there is usually at least one major military operation going on at any time usually more than that. So yes, basically itâ€™s just violence coming from both sides on ever increasing levels.
Dori Smith: Mahmoud Amandinijaid visiting Saudi Arabia, what is the meaning there? Is that going to strengthen the hopes at least of the Iraqi Sunni Resistance.
Dahr Jamail: Oh you know itâ€™s so complex. We have the President of Iran now visiting Saudi Arabia on the heels of Cheney who was over there relatively recently, you could kind of interpret it politically as potentially erasing whatever Cheney went to set up. There was Amandinijaid of course meeting with King Abdullah the most powerful person politically in Saudi Arabia. It is a bit of a show of force. I think that if nothing else it warns the United States that any attack on Iran could even have consequences of affecting the US oil supply out of Saudi Arabia which would have devastating impacts on our economy.
It seems a bit of a mixed message. It is interesting because it was King Abdullah, one of his foreign ministers, who talked about possible support for the Sunni Resistance in Iraq and that idea actually was I think probably followed up on by Dick Cheney.
Then we have the President of Iran go over and we are getting quite different signals coming out. It sends a very clear message that this probably would affect the US economically; to attack Iran if Iran and Saudi Arabia are making some deals behind the scenes. So itâ€™s very very complex. Definitely mixed messages and at the end of the day no one is going to know for sure what kind of alliances are there and how this will affect the United States until the bombs begin to fall on Iran which I still remain quite certain that this is going to happen sooner rather than later.
Dori Smith: We have not heard much about the Kurds but you did tell us that Kurdish forces were in the streets during the election and they were influencing who got to vote. What is the influence and strength of the Kurds or Kurdish militias now and to what extent are they engaging in violence as well?
Dahr Jamail: Yes the elections of January 30, 2005 really did bring the Kurdish North closer to independence in economy. But at the same time itâ€™s a very precarious situation because the closer they come to autonomy and independence, and they have even taken closer steps towards that with the recent drafting of the oil laws. They are making damned sure that they are going to have significant portions of the profits and even more importantly control of the oil fields in Kirkuk.
They are willing to play ball with western oil corporations but they are definitely negotiating very well for themselves in that process. Ironically, the closer the Kurdish North gets towards autonomy or even independence the closer it also gets to coming head to head with the Turkish Government which is loath to the idea of a Kurdish State. There are attacks almost daily between rebels in Iraqi Kurdistan into parts of Turkey and vice versa. Just last year alone Turkey had 400 troops killed by the Kurdish rebels who are consistently launching attacks out of Northern Kurdistan. The PKK Party is actually considered a terrorist group by the US State Department. Yet, that said the US is doing everything they can to avoid a direct confrontation of the Turkish Military and Kurdish Iraq because the Government of Turkey has been very clear from the beginning that if Kurdish Iraq does try to go totally independent that they just wontâ€™ let that happen. They have not ruled out military force. There are well over 100,000 Turkish Military troops right there on the border of Kurdish Iraq. So it tends to make things a little bit dicey whenever the political authorities in Kurdistan start talking about independence.
Dori Smith: Haaratz have reported that three Arab Nations have told Washington they would allow overflights in the event of an Israeli and US air attack on Iran. NATO asked Turkey for the same rights. This sandwiches Turkey square in the middle again between the US and the Kurds if the Kurds help the US in an assault on Iran.
Dahr Jamail: Thatâ€™s right. If that happens then it definitely opens them up to military attacks from Iran. We have already actually seen the same threats, I mean much of what I just said regarding Turkey I can basically just repeat regarding how Iran would respond to Kurdish compliance with US Military attacks against Iran. We have already had ongoing attacks again between Kurdish rebels into Iran. The US is working very closely with Kurdish militias and Kurdish special forces and training them to go into Iran and carry out attacks and engage in destabilization efforts. So this is another situation where the Kurds are playing a very dangerous game. They are in bed with the US on so many levels including economically and any attack on Iran is going to I think inevitably spell bad news for the Kurds where this Iranian Military is concerned particularly with the capability they have with rockets. And not only is every single US base in Iraq already targeted but you can rest assured that the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Kurdish political system and the economic system is going to pay severe consequences when this attack begins.
Dori Smith: We have seen an increase in downed US helicopters in Iraq and Iâ€™ve wondered if any of the old weapons provided to the Mujahideen through Pakistan back in the 1980s when people like Gulbadin Heckmaytar were receiving massive quantities of arms and aid including Stinger weapons that often went missing.
Dahr Jamail: We donâ€™t know exactly for sure how these helicopters in Iraq have been brought down. In the past it has been by simply RPGs, they have been used by the Mujahideen there to bring them down. But there is grounds for that and I think it would be worth looking into as a news story of what exact type of weaponry are being used to bring these down. That possibility definitely exists; I mean there are people coming into Iraq from all over the Middle East, from Afghanistan, from Pakistan, from Libya, from Sudan, from Yemen, I mean everyone now who has a score to settle with the US Government is making their way into Iraq and joining the Iraqi Resistance to fight against the big imperialist, the big beast of the United States of America whose foreign policy in the Middle East has brought nothing but violence and suffering to most people who live there. So it is certainly not out of the realm of possibility to say that we are looking at some of these military aircraft being brought down by weaponry provided to either Mujahideen in Afghanistan that the US backed against the Soviet Union or numerous other groups. I mean blowback is a very real phenomenon and it certainly would not be out of the realm of possibility to see this type of thing happening in Iraq. And in fact I am pretty certain that we already are.
Dori Smith: Competition for power is intensifying particularly in Afghanistan. I read a report that the former Afghan Prime Minister who is also known as a warlord and Mujahideen fighter, Gulbadin Heckmaytar, now an apparent enemy of the US has reached some sort of an agreement with the current President Hamid Karzai. But itâ€™s difficult to know at any given time who is on which side.
Dahr Jamail: It would be humorous to watch all of this go down if it wasnâ€™t costing human lives but yes we have on one hand the US running around putting their fingers in the dike with various political officials in various countries and then on the other hand the next day we will see these officials turning around and making deals with other people that are so-called US â€˜enemiesâ€™.
For example, what we just talked about earlier with the President of Iran going to Saudi Arabia and meeting with the King, this type of thing happening with what you just mentioned between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and it is a bit funny to watch people like Cheney and Rice and other US officials, high ranking government officials, going around doing really what I see as acts of putting their fingers into the dikes and then as they leave whoops another leak just sprung out right where you had your finger there Mr. Cheney or Miss Rice. And it is kind of funny to watch that happen and I think that this is indicative of how this is an empire that is on the decline.
Of course, all empires through history when they have to start using their brute force in using their military to kind of hold the empire together, that is the final stage of empire that usually precedes economic collapse or some other type of downfall. And I think that is what we are seeing today. They are going around doing everything in their power to hold this thing together to hold the hegemony together to try to keep expanding their power and control over resources in other countries and itâ€™s just not working. It is a total failure. And then if you throw into that the state of our economy, the fact that we are about to go into a rather large recession if not much worse. It really just shows to anyone that is not paying close attention to that things are going to start changing very severely here at home. I think most people are going to be in for a rather rude awakening.
Dori Smith: I understand that there are tens of thousands of refugees perhaps four million in total according to UNHCR, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, but where are these people coming from? What parts of Iraq? And where are they winding up?
Dahr Jamail: One in eight people in Iraq have had to leave their homes because of violence and instability in the country since the US invasion began. One out of every eight people has had to flee their homes. There are over four million refugees now that have been generated from this totally failed invasion and occupation. It is the biggest displacement of people, the biggest exodus we have seen in the Middle East since the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 when Palestinians had to flee their homes.
So we are looking at the fastest growing refugee crisis on the planet according to the UN. The most conservative estimate I have seen, again provided by the UN is 1.7 million internally displaced people in Iraq, people who have had to flee their homes, thatâ€™s usually people who donâ€™t have the money to be able to go to a different country to seek refuge. The most conservative estimate I have seen regarding people who have gotten into Jordan; at least 800,000 Iraqis have gone to Jordan, now over 1.2 million have gone to Syria and a sizeable percentage, well over 100,000, and I think the most conservative estimate I have seen is over 150,000 have gone into Lebanon, we donâ€™t know how many have gone to Saudi Arabia, we donâ€™t know how many have gone to Iran. We do know that at most 466 have been generously welcomed into the United States by the Bush administration. They recently said they are going to now allow in 7,000, but of course without letting anyone know how they are going to do that and who is going to be chosen to be allowed into this country. So 7,000 out of over 4 million isnâ€™t exactly going to change a whole bunch but thatâ€™s the situation with the refugee crisis. Itâ€™s yet another catastrophic situation and I have seen little to no coverage of that, particularly on television stations. I mean this is giant news. This is history in the making. We have talked about what happened in Palestine in 1948 and we are seeing a similar type of situation as far as the severe level of crisis that we are looking at that has impacted the Iraqi people as a direct result of this US occupation.
Dori Smith: Do you see any chance that China, Russia, France, Germany, any of the leaders from these parts of the world, could have an influence on the US Government to stay the guns against Iran?
Dahr Jamail: If China and Russia really wanted to stop this from happening they could and they may well at some point, whether itâ€™s before, during or after the attack has been underway for quite some time. Economically they could make it totally unviable for the US to continue in their policies and I think that will eventually happen because at some point they have to step in because the oil and natural gas and economic ties that Russia, specifically and China to a large extent, have with Iran, will dictate that they step in and take some actions. How they do that is up for argument. I think itâ€™s a wait and see how they will do it. We can only speculate at this point whether its militarily or economically or in some other way but I think its inevitable. It definitely is bringing the crisis to a head of a US empire ambitions going up against Russia and China and their natural gas and oil needs, and economic needs and their aspirations for increasing their power in the world. This is why just over the weekend China announced a huge increase in their military budget I believe it was something like 16 or 18 percent, just a phenomenal jump or increase of spending but of course that still pales in comparison to the United States but itâ€™s a statement. They are posturing now, sort of showing their muscles that well if the US is going to keep going down this path then we are going to start beefing up our security. Russia has made similar political postures very recently as well, talking about US meddling in affairs that it shouldnâ€™t be meddling in, that sort of thing. So we are starting to see these reactions coming out of Russia and China and I think as the US attack on Iran approaches and starts to look more and more inevitable I think we should see more of those same type of gestures if not even more overt gestures like some of them starting to move around their military in a way like the US has been moving around theirs.
Dori Smith: Dahr Jamail I understand that you have travel plans again. Would you care to share them with us and talk about the message thatâ€™s up on your web site right now, on your blog, talking about your latest plans?
Dahr Jamail: I do have plans to return to the Middle East. I am in a fundraising mode right now because Iâ€™m trying to raise enough money to bring over Jeff Pflueger. He is the person who has been running my web site. Jeff is a professional photographer. He wants to go over and give people more of a multimedia experience of what it looks like on the ground over there. We are making plans to go to Syria and Lebanon and there is an outside possibility of obtaining an Iranian visa. We are going to be going over there within the next couple of months to stay for at least a month, probably somewhere right around that time frame depending on how much funding we are able to raise.
Dori Smith: And listeners can learn more about that trip that is about to happen online at Dahr Jamail Iraq.com. Dahr Jamail thanks so much for joining us again on Talk Nation Radio.
Dahr Jamail: My pleasure Dori.
Journalist Dahr Jamail. And we look forward to his reports from wherever he lands next. You can log onto his web site at Dahrjamailiraq.com He also writes regularly for Inter Press Service and many other publications.
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In the time since this interview CNN news reporter Kyra Phillips provided several reports on refugees. In one report she provided old statistics on Iraqi refugees, claiming there only 600,000 internal refugees in Iraq. In a subsequent report CNN’s Michael Ware reported that “some insurgents are becoming U.S. allies”. His report showed footage of ‘insurgents’ recruited by American forces. And al-Sadr has issued a call to his militias to demonstrate against the occupation. In spite of what we have just learned from Dahr Jamail about the true nature of the Baghdad security forces, CNN’s news team wrote: “Members of al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army are believed to be involved in fierce sectarian battles and killings. The Baghdad security crackdown has been targeting such armed Shiite groups. ” –Clearly Dahr’s reporting continues to be vital.
We were able to raise approximately one-third of the amount we need to support a return trip to the Middle East reports Dahr Jamail on his blog. He and photographer Jeff Pflueger are fundraising for another trip to the Middle East. While many people know that I’ve been interviewing Dahr Jamail ever since his first trip to Iraq in 2003 to report on the U.S. invasion and occupation, not that many people are aware that Dahr has provided his many telephone reports for us from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and other places, totally free of charge. He has provided up to the minute news reports and analysis of U.S. foreign and military policy without ever sending Talk Nation a bill. That’s because we produce the show at a non-commercial radio station, WHUS, and provide it free of charge to any and all radio stations that will air it. Contact email@example.com for information on how to air the program.
Throughout the time we have received Dahr’s reports we have seen one example after another of his ability to get at the facts and his commitment to truth and justice. The list of stories he has done that have later become lead stories out of Iraq by other news sources include: torture in US run prisons in Iraq, Bechtel’s failure to make good on contracts by providing clean water to the people of Iraq, the U.S. Military’s use of depleted uranium munitions throughout Iraq as well as the use of White Phosphorus in Fallujah, the destruction of over 60 percent of the city of Fallujah during two seiges and the deaths of thousands of Iraqi civilians in Fallujah, Baghdad, and other parts of the country.
While other reporters fell in step with the corporate press in terms of presenting Middle East news in the context of what the White House and Pentagon press corps were saying, Dahr has stood his ground to cover the stories he thought were most vital, the stories Americans needed to hear about in order to be able to come to just decisions and just actions at home.
We treasure Dahr’s reporting and hope you do too.
Here are some relevant links to this week’s broadcast:
http://www.antiwar.com/jamail/?articleid=9652 US Losing Control of al-Anbar Province, September 6, 2006
http://www.rense.com/general75/morr.htm Russian Intel Sees US Military Buildup On Iran border From Webster Tarpley http://en.rian.ru 3-27-7
http://www.rense.com/general75/bite.htm General Ivashov Calls For Emergency Session Of UN Security Council To Ward Off Looming US Aggression
By Webster G. Tarpley 3-25-7
http://infolive.tv/infolive.tv-israelnews-ahmedinejad-visits-saudi-arabia-clinton-speaks-out-possible-us-strike-iran-0 Scenes in the streets of Saudi Arabia as Ahmadinejad visits Saudi Arabia, includes comments from former President Bill Clinton on a strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. Urges talks with Iran.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/syria/story/0,,1690447,00.html Ahmadinejad visits Syria. Staff and agencies Thursday January 19, 2006 Guardian Unlimited
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Special_Report_Iraqs_growing_refugee_crisis_0313.html Video: Special report on Iraq’s growing refugee crisis, David Edwards, Tuesday March 13, 2007 The Raw Story
http://www.theirc.org/what/iraqi-refugees.html The conservative IRC, International Rescue Committee, also reports â€˜Nearly 2 million Iraqis have fled to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkeyâ€”another 1.8 million have been displaced within their country’s borders.â€™
http://www.swans.com/library/art13/ga227.html Four Years of Remarkable American Achievements in Iraq March 26, 2007 by Gilles d’Aymery
http://dahrjamailiraq.com/multi_media/ March, 2007 – Dahr Jamail on Free Speech TV Show “SourceCode” March, 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhKNGnpHEYw Robert Fisk on Democracy Now, You Tube, video featuring Amy Goodmanâ€™s interview March 5, 2007.
www.theotheriraq.com Slick web page for ‘The Other Iraq’ Iraqi-Kurdistan.