Iraq tops for unsolved murders of reporters:
The CPJ’s Impunity Index “calculates the number of unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of a country’s population” for the years 2000 through 2009 and ranks them accordingly.
Twelve countries made the list with five or more unsolved cases.
Iraq was number one with 88 unsolved journalist murders, or 2.794 unsolved murders per one million inhabitants.
Read in full:
The Day In Quotes:
- Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa deputy director on the "secret jail" being run by Nouri al-Maliki’s office:
"The existence of secret jails indicates that military units in Iraq are allowed to commit human rights abuses unchecked,".
- Kamil Amin, spokesman for Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry on the "secret jail" being run by Nouri al-Maliki’s office.
"We found judges and representatives of the public prosecutor installed inside the prison, which means the prison is not a secret one"
Same source as quote No: 1 above
- Iyad Allawi on the ruling that Baghdad’s ballots should be recounted:
"The List does not object the judicial authority’s ruling to recount ballots in Baghdad although it does not serve interest of the Iraqi people,"
- Charles Tripp on on Iraq’s political future to David Tresilian:
"Quite a few of the Iraqis who will come to power are people who are deeply mindful of the role America has played in getting them into power, so the question is will they be able to establish themselves as something other than American puppets, especially if they are competing with others who are saying that they weren’t the ones who were parachuted in on the back of an American invasion."
Iraqi secular leader says votes recount must be under strict international monitoring | Xinhua
"We respect the latest measures (of appeals panel for manual recount for votes in Baghdad), which must be under international strict monitoring," Allawi told news conference.
However, Allawi warned that such recount should include areas that his bloc submitted complaints about alleged manipulation other than Baghdad, otherwise, his bloc would take decisions which he refused to name.
"If such measures (manual recount) would not cover other areas that we have submitted complaints, the Iraqia bloc would take a decision which I don’t want to disclose now," Allawi said.
Read in full
Vote recount double-bladed sword for Iraq to end political deadlock: by Li Laifang, Jamal Ahmed : Xinhua
BAGHDAD, April 19 (Xinhua) — An Iraqi appeals court in charge of reviewing alleged electoral frauds ordered a manual recount of votes in Baghdad on Monday, raising possibilities of a change in the initial results of the country’s pivotal national poll last month and a delay of government formation.
Iraq’s electoral authorities did not specify the scale of recount in the capital, a key province with the largest share of 70 seats in the new 325-member parliament.
In response to fraud allegations, a recount is one of the steps needed to end the political deadlock, as all blocs should accept the final results approved by the country’s Supreme Court.
A recount may change the seat ranking of the two leading blocs with just a gap of two seats. And any change in seat numbers is likely to bring about more subsequent political rows.
Thus the bitter fight between Maliki and Allawi will not end soon, as long as both are eyeing the prime minister post and the right to form a coalition government.
It may take months for Iraq to have a new government. Allawi has warned that Iraq will see chaos if there is no new government when the U.S. troops in the country are cut down to around 50,000 by the end of August.
Read in full:
كونا : Iraq launches operation " Leap of the Lion " to hunt down Al-Qaeda – Military and Security – 20/04/2010 -الدفاع والأمن:
Operation "Leap of the Lion" still in motion and will continue to hunt down Al-Qaeda elements in Iraq, said the Iraqi government on Tuesday.
Major General Qassem Atta told KUNA that the campaign aimed at dismantling Al-Qaeda operations, saying that such operations, which began in March 11, succeeded in the arrest of several Al-Qaeda leaders.
In accordance to intelligence information and USF-I backup, the operations lead to the capture and death of several Qaeda operatives such as Abu Suhaib, leader of Al-Qaeda in northern Iraq.
The slain terrorist known as Ahmad Al-Obaidi was in charge terrorist operations in Kirkuk, Nineveh, and Salahuddin governorates, but the Iraqi forces managed to end his reign of terror, said Attah.
كونا : Qaeda leader for northern Baghdad operations killed – الدفاع والأمن – 20/04/2010:
The leader of Al-Qaeda terrorist group for operations in areas north of Baghdad Ahmad Al-Obaidi, known as Abu Suhaib, was killed by US forces, a leading Iraqi military commander told KUNA Tuesday.
The source said the militant was killed in an operation separate from the one which led to the killing of Abu Ayoub Al-Masri and Abu Umar Al-Baghdadi, but would not give more details.
The militant was the group’s official responsible for Ninawa, Kirkuk, and Salahiddeen regions.
The official added the son of Al-Baghdadi and the assistant of Al-Masri was killed in the same operation in which the two leaders were killed. Another 16 aides and militants were also arrested, the source said
Children of Anti-Qaeda Militia Chief Beheaded in Iraq Asharq Alawsat Newspaper (English):
TARMIYAH, Iraq (AFP) – Five family members of a local chief of an anti-Qaeda militia were gunned down in their homes in Tarmiyah, north of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, with the children also beheaded, police said.
"The wife, a daughter of 22 and three boys of between 12 and 16 were shot dead, with the assassins also beheading the last three," said Colonel Tawfiq al-Janaabi, police chief of Tarmiyah, 45 kilometres (28 miles) from Baghdad.
He said the local chief of the Al-Sahwa militia, identified as Abu Ali, was on duty at a checkpoint at the time of the attack.
Read in full:
Senior police officer killed in Iraqi bomb attacks:
Two people, including a senior police officer, were killed and four others wounded on Tuesday in bomb attacks in Baghdad and Iraq’s western province of Anbar, an Interior Ministry source said.
A roadside bomb struck the convoy of Colonel Raheem Omer, deputy police chief of Anbar province’s Hit city, some 160 km west of Baghdad, killing him, his driver and wounding two policemen, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Read in full:
Soldier Charged in Iraq Slayings Back in Court | 13WMAZ.com | Macon, GA:
A Fort Stewart soldier charged with slaying a superior and a fellow U.S. soldier in Iraq is due back in a military court.
A military judge is scheduled Tuesday to hear defense motions in the case of Army Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich. The judge may also rule on requests from both prosecutors and defense lawyers to delay his court-martial on murder charges.
Read in full:
France24 – China’s CNPC to boost Iraqi oilfield output:
China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), the country’s top oil producer, aims to boost output at a giant Iraqi oilfield by 10 percent this year, a newspaper owned by the company said Tuesday.
CNPC and Britain’s BP in November signed a deal with Iraq to nearly triple production from the current one million barrels a day to 2.85 million barrels at the Rumaila field over the next six to seven years.
The consortium will fully take over work on the oilfield by June 30 and plans to increase its output by 10 percent by the end of this year, said a report by China Petroleum Daily, a newpaper owned by CNPC.
Read in full:
Oil services giant set to tap Iraq:
As energy companies scavenge for hard-to-extract sources in oil sands or deep water, Iraq is one of the last, and least exploited, sources of old-style cheap oil. Assuming Iraq can hit the targets set in last year’s round of oil contracts, the nation will be gushing close to an additional 10 million barrels a day by the end of the decade, according to the Energy Policy Research Foundation.
Even getting half the way to this goal — a more realistic assumption –would eclipse other historic surges in supply, such as those from Russia in the mid-2000s and Mexico in the early 1980s. The stingy fee-per-barrel structure of the contracts oil companies have signed in Iraq means they benefit from volume, not price, giving them a powerful incentive to pump at full speed. And all this is before allowing for new finds, which some geologists believe could more than double Iraqi reserves.
Read in full:
Commentary and Analysis
IRAQ: Imam Assassination Sparks Fears of Violence – By Abdu Rahman and Dahr Jamail – IPS ipsnews.net:
BAGHDAD, Apr 20, 2010 (IPS) – The assassination of Sheikh Ghazi Jabouri, a prominent Sunni Imam in the Al- Adhamiya district of Baghdad, has raised fears of renewed sectarian violence in the wake of the Mar. 7 elections.
Tensions have been reported in the area following the assassination Wednesday last week. At least two gunmen killed Sheikh Jabouri, 42, as he walked home after completing morning prayers at the Rahman Mosque.
His brother Sarmad Faisal Jabouri, like many Iraqis in Adhamiya district, blames the government. "We hold the government fully responsibility for the killing of my brother, because they are supposed to be in control of security at the entrances and exits to the area," Jabouri said.
The attack came on a morning when a high-ranking officer in Iraq’s anti- terrorism police was killed by a bomb planted in his car. The attack also killed two nearby policemen.
The violence comes amidst a wave of increasing attacks across the capital, and amidst political instability in the wake of last month’s elections, that have yet to yield a clear winner.
Read in full: