16 Bodies found in Baghdad
Anbar Tribal Model Questioned
The ‘Anbar Model’ of arming Sunni tribespeople to fight religious extremists is being queried by many experts.
Sawt al-Iraq reports in Arabic that the Da`wa Party, the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, and the Kurdistan Alliance, have made a new compact, in an attempt to support Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
McClatchy reports on further political violence in Iraq on Monday, beyond the horrific bombings in Baghdad, Hilla and Baiji. Police found 16 corpses in the streets of the capital. Major incidents excerpted below:
– Around 10 a.m. a road side bomb exploded in Zafaraniyah neighborhood. 2 civilians were injured. . .
– Around 1 p.m. mortar shells landed in Al Saidiyah neighborhood injuring 3 residents.
– Iraqi police source said that seven civilians were killed and 2 were injured near Al Dujail when a U.S. military helicopter opened fire on a mini bus but U.S. military officials denied the incident occurred.
– A road side bomb exploded targeting a police vehicle on the main road near Al Dujail north of Baghdad this morning. 1 policeman killed and 3 were injured. Basra
– Police found the dead body of the assistant of the intelligence head of the 10th Iraqi army division in Basra in Al Fersi area central Basra last night. LC Fares Mohammed was kidnapped yesterday. The kidnappers released his bodyguards and his driver. ‘
‘ More than 800 of them have lost an arm, a leg, fingers or toes. More than 100 are blind. Dozens need tubes and machines to keep them alive. Hundreds are disfigured by burns, and thousands have brain injuries and damaged minds. These are America’s war wounded, a toll that has received less attention than the 3,500 troops killed in Iraq. Depending on how you count them, they number between 35,000 and 53,000. ‘
The International Crisis Group draws attention to failing security and government institutions in Basra, and worries that the failures in Basra will afflict the whole country.
The USG Open Source Center paraphrases items in the Iraqi press for June 25:
‘ Al-Zaman publishes on page 3 a 400-word report entitled “Tikrit Residents Criticize Prosecution of Former Iraqi Army Commanders Regardless of National Reconciliation Project.”
Al-Zaman runs on page 3 a 450-word report entitled “US Forces Hand Over Further Security Responsibilities in Iraqi Governorates; Washington Counts on Military Operations To Begin Withdrawal.”
Al-Zaman runs on page 4 a 200-word report on the appointment of Ammar al-Hakim as deputy chairman of the Iraqi Islamic Supreme Council.
Al-Mashriq runs on the front page a 120-word report saying that the Unified Iraqi Coalition blocked some political blocs from increasing the Presidential Council’s authority.
Al-Mashriq runs on page 2 a 600-word report citing the Iraqi List demanding to postpone the implementation of article 140 of the constitution about Kirkuk and keep Mahmud al-Mashahdni as Speaker of the Iraqi parliament. The List hopes that a new political block, which includes all parties participating in the political process, will help ameliorate the current situation.
Dar al-Salam on 24 June publishes on the front page a 140-word report entitled “Governmental Forces Arrest 12 Wanted Al-Mahdi Army Elements in Al-Nasiriyah.”
Dar al-Salam on 24 June runs on page 4 a 1,300-word report entitled “Children, Victims of Sectarian Violence, Abduction, Extortion; 6,800 Children Killed Since Beginning of This Year.”
Ishraqat al-Sadr on 24 June carries on the front page a 400-word report on a statement by Ayatollah Kazim al-Ha’iri accusing the “occupation” of the Samarra bombings to fuel sectarian sedition between Shiite and Sunnis and loot Iraq’s resources.
Ishraqat al-Sadr on 24 June carries on the front page a 500-word report citing Shaykh Usamah al-Tamimi, during the Friday sermon in Al-Kazimiyah, urging Muslims to visit the holy shrine in Samarra.
Al-Da’wah on 24 June carries on the front page a 450-word exclusive report entitled: ‘Dissolved Ba’th Party: Requests Leaders to Return to Iraq, Join Tribes To Receive Weapons According to US Decision.
Al-Adala runs on page 2 a 140-word report saying that Maysan tribes [in Shiite South Iraq] refused to be armed by US forces’