But before they left, they identified themselves. "We are the Special Forces. The dirty brigade...."
In Sadr City opposition to the Iraqi government and the US occupation is strong. There is no longer any visible militia presence, but pictures of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr still stick to the US-built concrete walls that enclose the city, and calls to prayer end with a demand for the hastened exit of "the enemy." There, the ISOF [Iraq Special Operations Forces (9 11 6 11)] uses a policy of collective punishment, aimed at intimidating civilians, charges Hassan al-Rubaie, Sadrist member of the parliamentary Security and Defense Committee. "They terrorize entire neighborhoods just to arrest one person they think is a terrorist," he says. "This needs to stop."
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"He [UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon] noted that 13 percent of Iraqis have a monthly per capita income of less than US$51, including 26 percent in rural areas, 71 percent of Iraqis have no municipal garbage collection, and only 12 percent of household water connections are considered reliable."
"Five current and former Oregon Army National Guard soldiers filed suit Monday against a war contractor that they say knowingly exposed them to a cancer-causing chemical in Iraq."
Well, that's the "news" from Iraq: The Great Satan continues to run with the Eighth Sphere agenda, with adjustments based on the research conducted at Guantanamo and similar facilities created around the world in the Orwellian "war on terror."