THIS DAY April 17
Posted by Shiva on April 16, 2009
April 17 2009: Baghdad, Iraq — Execution-style killings, not suicide bombings, have been the leading cause of death among civilians in the Iraq war, a study released Wednesday shows.
The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, point to the brutal sectarian nature of the conflict, where death squads once roamed the streets.
Estimates of the number of civilians killed in Iraq vary widely. The study was based on the database maintained by Iraq Body Count, a private group that uses media reports.
The authors concede the data is not comprehensive. But they maintain that the study provides a reliable gauge of how Iraqis have died over the past six years in attacks, including bombings, shootings and mortar rounds.
The new details also provide further evidence of the sectarian cleansing and retaliatory violence between Shiites and Sunnis that pushed the country to the brink of civil war before ebbing a year and a half ago.
A credible minimum
The study covered the period from the March 20, 2003 invasion through March 19, 2008, during which 91,358 violent deaths were recorded by Iraq Body Count.
The total number of civilian deaths in Iraq is widely disputed, but the count by the London-based group is widely considered a credible minimum.
Iraq Body Count also uses figures from morgues and hospitals.
However, the authors focused on only 60,481 deaths linked to specific events, excluding Iraqis killed during the weeks following the U.S.-led invasion and the 2004 U.S. sieges of the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
The study found that 19,706 of the victims were abducted and killed execution-style, with nearly a third of those showing signs of torture.That compared with 16,922 who died in bombings, most of them suicide attacks.
Death squads at fault
While the study didn’t assign blame for the killings, death squads largely run by Shiite militias were believed to be behind many. The squads were seeking revenge for the deaths of Shiite civilians at the hands of Al Qaeda and other Sunni extremists in suicide bombings and other attacks.
Thursday March 2, 2006, The Guardian
Faik Bakir, the director of the Baghdad morgue, has fled Iraq in fear of his life after reporting that more than 7,000 people have been killed by death squads in recent months, the outgoing head of the UN human rights office in Iraq has disclosed.
“The vast majority of bodies showed signs of summary execution – many with their hands tied behind their back. Some showed evidence of torture, with arms and leg joints broken by electric drills,” said John Pace, the Maltese UN official. The killings had been happening long before the bloodshed after last week’s bombing of the Shia shrine in Samarra.
Mr Pace, whose contract in Iraq ended last month, said many killings were carried out by Shia militias linked to the industry ministry run by Bayan Jabr, a leading figure in the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri).
Mr Pace said records, supported by photographs, came from Baghdad’s forensic institute, which passed them to the UN. The Baghdad morgue has been receiving 700 or more bodies a month. The figures peaked at 1,100 last July – many showing signs of torture.
Reports of government-sponsored death squads have sparked fear among many prominent Iraqis, prompting a rise in the number leaving the country. Mr Pace said the morgue’s director had received death threats after he reported the murders. “He’s out of the country now,” said Mr Pace, adding that the attribution of the killings to government-linked militias did not come from Dr Bakir.
“There are other sources for that. Some militias are integrated with the police and wear police uniforms,” he said. “The Badr brigade [Sciri's armed wing] are in the police and are mainly the ones doing the killing. They’re the most notorious.”
Some Iraqis accuse the Mahdi army militia, linked to the radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, of seizing and killing people.
But Mr Pace said: “I’m not as sure of the Mahdi army as I am of the others.”
I have had doubts about publishing the the rest of this, because the pictures are very disturbing. But “if the mainstream media would publish photos of the real war, and what is really going on in Iraq and the rest of the Islamic world, nobody would support this evil ideology , so I have decided decide to make the the truth public.
If you Google images ” Iraq torture” you will get page after page of pictures of the terrible things that where happening in Abu Ghraib prison
His name was Khalid Waleed Ahmed. He was Sunni,36 years old, married and having three kids, the youngest one was only 4 months years old. He was an engineer, working for a private company, and he lived in the Ur area in Baghdad.
Thursday 23 February 2006 at 6:00 pm when he was having dinner, his house was raided by several men dressed in black. They came with many cars, they took him away.. After three days they found him in the morgue in Baghdad.His name was Wa’ad Jajim Mohammed, Sunni, 46 years old, married and having three kids. He lived in the Cairo area in Baghdad. On 25 February 2006 he was taken from his house at 4:45 am. His family found his dead body in the morgue after two days.
December 11 2005 In the poor popular district of Abou-Deshir where ordinary people live, agents of the “Maghawir” Police, of The Ministry of Interior, committed a terrible crime, which could be added to the crimes of sectarian militias working as undercover Security Forces and under full American protection.
On Friday 11th of December 2005, The Police arrested 11 young men at 10 A.M. and drove them from their homes to a nearby place used as headquarters, a place which became a house of torture and execution, inspite of its outer look of a mosque.
The very next day, the 12th of December, four of the bodies of these prisoners were found at 11 A.M. These four persons were: Mohammed Hamid Abdul-Rached, his cousin (Saad Hamza Nayef), Soheil Nijm Elwan and his brother (Hamid Nijm Elwan). They were found only 8 hours after their arrest, near the headquarters and in the same area.
Their bodies had been mutilated with electrical drills, the eyes of one of them had been gouged, they had been severly beaten, their bodies were covered with blue bruises, some of them were ironed and burned with an electric iron, ropes had been used to strangle them or hang them from the ceiling. Some clearly sectarian expressions were written on their bodies and then they had been shot dead.
I do not apologize for having to publish such painful pictures, but this is necessary for a clearer understanding of the role played by moslems who wear police uniforms, while torturing the sons of other Iraqi moslems, because their Allah is better than the un-believers allah
The eyes of one of them had been gouged out ,
Ropes had been used to strangle them or hang them
Burned with an electric iron,
Mutilated with electrical drills,
Well it could have been worse
WE ALL HOW BAD WATER-BOARDING IS
April 17 2008: Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi security forces have found more than 100 bodies in two mass graves, military officials said on Sunday.
Fifty bodies were found in a mass grave in central Iraq on Sunday, a military source in the area said, and another team said it had discovered more than 50 bodies in a grave south of Baghdad . The grave found on Sunday was in the village of al-Guba, 80 km north of Baghdad, in the troubled Diyala province, where al Qaeda Sunni Arab militants have regrouped after being driven out of other parts of the country.
Most of the bodies had their hands bound and gunshot wounds in the head. Some were decomposed, according to the military source, who declined to be named.
A senior security spokesman in Baghdad, Major-General Qassim Moussawi, said police and Iraqi military had uncovered 51 bodies in a grave on April 17 in Mahmudiya, a town 30 km south of Baghdad. “We received information from some citizens that there are bodies in the al-Askari neighborhood in Mahmudiya.
We searched the neighborhood and found the bodies,” Moussawi said. He added that security forces had taken them to the morgue of a local hospital and some families had already identified the victims as their relatives.
April 17 2009: Oslo, Norway. The Oslo Police have over the past three years investigated 41 cases of aggravated sexual assault, which resulted in rape. All of them were carried out by non-western immigrants to Norway.
The police now urge that more efforts be put into preventive measures among men with immigrant background.
The police have investigated all reported cases of aggravated sexual assault over the past three years, and have gained a clear imprssion of the offenders:
Most of the rapists have a Kurdish or African background, NRK reports. The cases of aggravated sexual assults all have one thing in common, namely the use of gross violence.
April 17 2009: Norwood, Australia. An Irainian refugee tried to set fire to a man in Norwood as a result of racism-related depression after September 11.
Kayvan Zarei, 30, of Marden, was found guilty of assault and endangering life in the District Court late last month after he tried to punch a woman and set fire to a witness outside the Norwood Centrelink office in 2006.
The court heard that Iranian-born Zarei, who migrated to Australia with his family in 1999, developed depression and a heroin addiction following a backlash against Muslims in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Judge Rauf Soulio said Zarei felt he was being persecuted for his religion and was often called a terrorist by his workmates.
The court heard that, in June 2006, Zarei was waiting in the queue at Centrelink when a woman wrongly accused him of stealing her bag. Zarei followed the woman to her car to demand an apology, then tried to punch her before hitting a witness who intervened.
He splashed fuel over the man’s jumper and started flicking a cigarette lighter metres from him. After that, he went to light some fuel which had spilled onto the ground but the lighter failed to work. In his sentencing remarks, Judge Rauf Soulio said the incident had a “significant impact” on the witness and was also a “frightening experience” for the woman.
“The offence was committed in circumstances where you had lost your employment,” he said.
“You were suffering withdrawal psychosis from drugs, you were having difficulty coping with the stressors of your life and you reacted erratically, inappropriately, and in what was, on all accounts, a bizarre manner.”
However Judge Soulio said Zarei, now 30, had undergone psychological therapy since the incident and was drug-free.
After pleading guilty to one count of endangering life and two counts of assault, Zarei who has undergone therapy and is drug free was given a two-year suspended sentence.
Migrant Resource Centre chief executive officer Eugenia Tsoulis told the Eastern Courier that refugees who had been “traumatised” in their home countries could develop depression if they were not supported by their new communities.
“If they don’t have access to an appropriate settlement program, they could easily become more isolated and very, very depressed and feel that the world is against them,” she said. “It’s not common but it does happen and it could send that person over the edge.”
Refugee Council of Australia chief executive office Paul Power said racial discrimination was built on fear and misunderstanding. It was crucial for people to learn about other groups.
April 17 2008:
Iraq, Mahmudiya. – A mass grave containing the tortured remains of 51 Iraqis is discovered.
Iraq, Tuz Khormato. – Fifty-one mourners at a funeral are blown to bits by a Fedayeen suicide bomber.
India, Doda. – A civilian is murdered by Mujahideen gunmen.
Afghanistan, Zarang. – A Fedayeen suicide bomber strikes a crowd of civilians leaving a mosque, killing two dozen.
Thailand, Yala. – A 55-year-old man is shot and killed by Muslim radicals while running errands.
Thailand, Pattani. – A villager on his way to work is shot to death by Muslim terrorists.
Thailand, Yala. – Islamic radicals kill a local soldier in a bomb attack.
Pakistan, Baytha. – Fundamentalists kill a female health worker at her clinic.
Somalia, Mogadishu. – Islamists attack three foreigners collecting water, killing them with a rocket.
April 17 2007:
Thailand, Narathiwat. – Muslim radicals kill two Buddhist plantation workers with a shotgun, then cut the head off of one.
Nigeria, Kano. – A woman is among thirteen people torn apart by Muslim fundamentalists in a mob attack.
Thailand, Pattani. – A Buddhist police officer is gunned down by Muslim radicals. 2007.04.17 Iraq Ramadi. - Seventeen people are kidnapped and brutally executed by Islamic terrorists.
Iraq, Abu Saida. – Muslim gunmen attack a displaced family, killing two members.
Iraq, Hawija. – Jihadis car-bomb a gas station, killing three patrons.
Iraq, Baghdad. - A university professor is among fifteen people gunned down in at least three Jihad attacks.
Afghanistan, Kandahar – The Taliban bomb a UN vehicle, killing five occupants.
Sudan, Sires Umm al-Qura – Government troops of the Islamic republic massacre over seventy African villagers in at least eleven separate attacks over three days.
Afghanistan, Heart. – Four children are killed by a bomb planted by religious extremists at their school
April 17 2006:
Chechnya, Nozhai-Yurt, – The Mujahideen kill a young boy with an IED.
Pakistan, Kandahar. – One truck driver is killed, and three others injured when Taliban extremists attack their oil convoy with rockets.
Israel, Tel Aviv. – With the blessing of Hamas, Islamic Jihad sends a teenage suicide bomber into a restaurant and massacres at least nine innocents. More than sixty others are injured.
India, Tral. – Muslim militants attempt a political assassination, killing one and injuring four. Ethiopia, Gedo. – Three people are killed when a Muslim radical hurls a grenade into a market.
Iraq, Baghdad. – Four terror attacks leave four innocents dead, including a mosque guard and a shepherd
Thailand, Narathiwat. – A 50-year-old man is gunned down by Muslim fanatics.
Pakistan, Datakhel. – al-Qaeda kills a local tribesman for supplying food to Americans.
Pakistan, Madakhel. – Islamic fundamentalists kidnap and behead a civilian.
April 17 2004:
Israel, Erez. – Hamas takes credit for a suicide bombing that kills a 20-year-old border guard then complains loudly when it’s own leader is taken out with a missile a few hours later.
Kosovo, Mitrovica. – Jordanian shoots two American women to death who were working as prison guards. He also injures ten others in the attack.
Algeria, Baghlia. – Bomb planted by Islamic fundamentalists explodes on a road, killing two Algerian security personnel and injuring seven.
April 17 2003:
India, Hassanwani. – A man is yanked from his home and shot to death by Islamic radicals.
India, Udhampur. – Muslim militants attack a police station, kill one and injure two.
India, Magam. – Muslim militants kill one and injure eight civilians in a bombing.
April 17, 2001: In the Philippines, gunmen attacked a candidate for governor of the Maguindanao province, killing three supporters and wounding five others. Unidentified gunmen killed the mayor and kidnapped four other candidates in Agusan del Sur.-
April 17, 2001: In Kosovo, a large bomb exploded outside of the Yugoslav government offices in Pristina. It killed one Serb and injured four others. It was the second such attack in which Yugoslav civil servant in Kosovo were targeted since the United Nations took over the administration of the province in 1999.April 17, 2000: Borrowing a page form Hitler’s playbook, in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden urged Muslim youth to join his anti-U.S. jihad movement.April 17, 1995: A Turkish sports club in Backnang, Germany was bombed as was a club in the Ditzingen. Turkish Kurds were suspected.
April 17, 1992: Turkish agents, in their continued assault on the Kurds, killed 11 Kurdish men in a series of raids in Istanbul.
April 17, 1991: Armed Palestinian terrorists infiltrated Israel from Jordan and entered a kibbutz. They shot and killed a farmer and wounded three others.April 17, 1988: A bomb destroyed the Saudi Arabian Airlines offices in Frankfurt, Germany. Authorities suspected pro-Iranian Shia militants.
April 17, 1988: AMAL Islamic terrorists in Germany used a bomb blast a Jewish Cultural Center in Frankfurt. Police said that this bombing and that in the Saudi Arabian Airlines office eight minutes earlier were related.-
April 17, 1988: Another bomb was detonated in the same weapons dump in Pakistan where an explosion had killed 100 people and wounded 1,100 a week earlier. One more person was killed and seven more were wounded.
April 17, 1986: A pregnant Irishwoman was apprehended at Heathrow Airport while attempting to carry a concealed bomb aboard an El Al flight. Authorities said the woman had been duped by her Arab Muslim boyfriend into carrying the bomb and that she actually knew nothing of the plan.
The “boyfriend,” Jordanian Nezar Hindawi, was arrested a few days later and charged with attempted murder. (Imagine being stupid enough to have a bomb strapped to one’s body and being clueless to its intent. Imagine being so immoral, you would knowingly sacrifice your unborn child and its mother to murder hundreds of innocent people.).
Hindawi was said to be from a prominent Jordanian family. However, while Hindawi was being charged in London, his older brother Ahmed Nawaf Mansour Hasi was being detained by West Berlin police in connection with the April 5th bombing of the discotheque filled with American servicemen.Hindawi’s stooge/girlfriend, Anne-Marie Murphy had passed through all three security checks at London’s Heathrow Airport and was about to board the El Al flight to Tel Aviv when the bomb was discovered by a member of El Al’s own security team.
Police believe the bomb almost certainly would have killed all 387 people aboard. Israeli investigators determined that Syria was behind the attack.-
April 17, 1986: In retaliation for British aid in the U.S. attack on Libya, British cameraman John McCarthy was kidnapped in Beirut by Islamic jihadists as he was driving to the Beirut airport in hopes of leaving the country.
This kidnapping occurred shortly after the bodies of two British professors were discovered, and only hours after the residence of the British ambassador was hit with a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades. The Arab Revolutionary Cells, an Abu Nidal brand, claimed credit. Although claimed to have executed McCarthy, he was released on August 8, 1991.-
April 17, 1986:A Muslim man was seen throwing a gasoline bomb into the car of an American diplomat in Tunis, Tunisia. The action was in response to Libya’s appeal to Arabs to attack American interests.
April 17, 1985:Kurdish Islamic terrorists in Iraq kidnapped a Jordanian engineer to protest Jordan’s support of the secular Iraqi government. The same day, Kurdish jihadists kidnapped two Japanese employees of NEC. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan released two of their three victims in September 1985 on “humanitarian grounds.”.
April 17, 1984: Anti-Qadhafi protests in the United Kingdom drew gunfire from the Libyan Embassy, killing a police-woman, and wounding 11. The United Kingdom broke ties with Libya.
April 17, 1980: Armenian guerrillas shot and wounded the Turkish ambassador to the Vatican and his driver in a campaign to remind the world of the genocide of Armenians in Turkey in 1915. A group called the Justice Commandos of the Armenian Genocide telephoned Reuters news agency to claim responsibility. The caller said, “Our only aim is to strike against Turkish diplomats and Turkish institutions all over the world.”
April 17, 1979:Israeli troops suffered casualties in a border clash with Palestinian terrorists following a firefight on the Israeli side of the Lebanese border. The IDF patrol intercepted and wiped out a six-man death squad after a fierce exchange of grenade and machine gun fire. One Israeli soldier was killed and six others were wounded.
The suicide squad entered Israel near a farm settlement in Zarit and was discovered by the IDF patrol a mile inside Israel. It marked the third Palestinian terrorist attack foiled by Israeli security forces in less than 48 hours.