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Camp Falcon Attacked, Hundreds of Casualties
(GlobalResearch.ca, 22 October 2006)
The first live reports were aired live on US network TV: We're getting some amazing pictures, some very dramatic pictures coming out of Iraq to us from Baghdad. You can read the lower third there. "Explosions rock Camp Falcon just outside of Baghdad." It is 11:28 p.m. there right now. . . . MSNBC News bureau in Baghdad, the bureau chief said there have been a series of explosions near the Camp Falcon area located just outside of Baghdad, and CPIC is confirming that there was an explosion at an ammo dump, which would explain these amazing dramatic pictures in the night sky of Baghdad. It exploded at Camp Falcon. The U.S. military base is south of Baghdad. (MNSBC, 10 Oct, 2006) . . . Following these earlier live reports, there has been a virtual media blackout on the casualties and losses resulting from this attack on the ammunition holding area at Forward Operating Base Falcon. Click to see the Video of Camp Falcon Explosions . . . The official DoD report emanating from US Central Command (Release Number: 06-01-01PS, Oct 12, 2006) casually dismisses the attack by the Iraqi resistance, describing the explosion as having minimal impact with no reported casualties . . . Several reports suggest that the attack had the features of a major military operation, which does not fit the pattern of media reporting out of Iraq, which invariably presents an "insurgency" involved in isolated and uncoordinated guerrilla attacks by socalled "terrorist" groups. . . . There are indicaitons that the official reports are hiding the truth. . . . Given the nature of the blast, which generated a mushroom type explosion, there is reason to believe that the losses and human casualities were substantial. . . . The attack suggests that the protected International Zone (IZ), the socalled Green Zone is no longer secure and that US forces are no longer in control. . . . The Herald, 15 October 2006, provides a different version of what happened: "LAST Tuesday night in Baghdad the Iraqi skyline was lit up. In what was believed to be one of the most sustained and ferocious mortar and rocket attacks in three years, there was widespread fear among senior US military personnel that the protected international zone (IZ), formerly the "green zone", was about to experience a direct assault. Major gun battles were being fought in two of Baghdad's districts - Doura and Mansoor. Doura has a large oil refinery, Mansoor is technically an affluent area close to the IZ. Gunfire and explosions were louder than normal and then, at around 7pm, the first large rocket landed inside the IZ itself. Another hit came after 10 minutes, then another two minutes later. . . . Then a series of different to the daily "normal" rocket attacks, were felt. For those in the IZ, the explosions were so close and so fierce that, even for experienced military personnel, "you could taste the cordite in your teeth". The sustained attacks lasted for two hours, during which Camp Falcon, a major US ammunition and storage dump, was hit. . . . The attack resulted in what one security official called "a fireworks display". But the display wasn't put on for entertainment. Immediate military feedback pointed to casualties. With the IZ in blackout mode, specific troop and tanks movements were ordered, said to be a precautionary defensive measure. But there was highlevel concern that the fireworks would be followed by something the US military fears - a large-scale assault on the IZ itself. Helicopters were all over the place trying to figure out what was happening and where the attacks were coming from. Tuesday in Baghdad wasn't a good night if you needed to sleep. . . . The official US military line on Tuesday night was that fire had broken out at the weapons dump in southern Baghdad and that "ammunition cooking off" had caused the explosions." . . . There were no official reports of casualties. The Iraqi interior ministry added little, saying only that neighbourhoods close to the Falcon forward operating base in Doura had been "shaken". Copyright The Herald 2006
ALSO SEE: 300 Soldiers Killed And Injured In The Falcon Base Attack
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posted by Lorenzo 7:42 AM
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield, and Rice guilty of 655,000 murders
(BBC, 11 October 2006)
An estimated 655,000 Iraqis have died since 2003 who might still be alive but for the US-led invasion, according to a survey by a U.S. university. . . . Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health estimate that the mortality rates have more than doubled since the invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein, causing an average of 500 deaths a day. . . . The Johns Hopkins researchers argue their "cluster sample" approach is more reliable than counting dead bodies, given the obstacles preventing more comprehensive fieldwork in the violent and insecure conditions of Iraq. . . . Of the 629 deaths they recorded among these families since early 2002, 13% took place in the 14 months before the invasion and 87% in the 40 months afterwards. . . . Such a trend repeated nationwide would indicate a rise in annual death rates from 5.5 per 1,000 to 13.3 per 1,000 - meaning the deaths of some 2.5% of Iraq's 25 million citizens in the last three-and-a-half years. . . . The researchers say that in nearly 80% of the individual cases, family members produced death certificates to support their answers. . . . While critics point to the discrepancy between this and other independent surveys (such as Iraq Body Count's figure of 44-49,000 civilian deaths, based on media reports), the Bloomberg School team says its method may actually underestimate the true figure. . . . "Families, especially in households with combatants killed, could have hidden deaths. Under-reporting of infant deaths is a widespread concern in surveys of this type," the authors say. . . . "Entire households could have been killed, leading to survivor bias." . . . The survey suggests that most of the extra deaths - 601,000 - would have been the result of violence, mostly gunfire, and suggests that 31% could be attributable to action by US-led coalition forces. . . . The survey is to be published in a UK medical journal, the Lancet, on Thursday. . . . In an accompanying comment, the Lancet's Richard Horton acknowledges that the 2004 survey provoked controversy, but emphasises that the 2006 follow-up has been recommended by "four expert peers... with relatively minor revisions".
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posted by Lorenzo 2:47 PM
Bush Calls Iraq War Insignificant
(The Japan Times, 8 October 2006)
[COMMENT by Lorenzo: As a combat veteran of the American war in Viet Nam, I find it appalling that Bush thinks that the sacrifices of our troops are insignificant. He thinks the American war on Iraq will take up only a single comma in the history books of the future. Is this what our brave troops are dying for? Is this the kind of leadership the military deserves?]
Hitting the campaign trail in the past few weeks in the runup to midterm U.S. elections, the president has found himself on the defensive as the news from Iraq suggests that the beleaguered country is edging daily closer to civil war. . . . Not so, says Mr. Bush. This difficult period may seem protracted now, a tunnel without the remotest glimmer of a light. But, he said on CNN last month, "when the final history is written on Iraq, it will look like just a comma." Apparently liking the way that sounded, he proceeded to air the comma analogy at least twice more on subsequent campaign stops, most recently last Tuesday. . . . On behalf of bereaved coalition families and Iraqi civilians alike, many immediately interpreted the phrase as a revealing slight, trivializing the tens of thousands of military and civilian deaths incurred in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003. . . . How, they railed, could Mr. Bush call such a bloody, intractable conflict a "comma," a mere squiggle on time's page? Barely a soul dissented: The president had either finally exposed the basic callousness that took him into Iraq in the first place or lost his grip on the language altogether. Perhaps both. . . . "That the president of the United States is describing a war that has caused so much pain and suffering and opened a Pandora's Box in the Middle East with the words of a ditzy comic is bad enough," one American newspaper editorialized. "That he manages to mangle the phrase in the process is appalling."
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posted by Lorenzo 9:22 AM