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Major Islamic massacre by twin suicide bombing in Iraq – Diyala province with the capture of Leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq: Abu Omar al-Baghdadi

April 23, 2009

Major Islamic massacre by twin suicide bombing in Iraq – Diyala province with the capture of Leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq: Abu Omar al-Baghdadi

Iraq Suicide Bomb Attacks Kill or Injure Almost 200 (Update1)

By Caroline Alexander and Ali Sheikholeslami

April 23 (Bloomberg) — Two suicide bombings in Iraq left almost 200 people dead or injured, including Iranian Shiite Muslim pilgrims, as Iraqi security forces announced the arrest of al-Qaeda’s leader in the country.

There were at least 105 casualties among six busloads of Iranians targeted at a roadside restaurant in Diyala province as they traveled to a shrine in Karbala, Iran’s state-run Fars news agency said without providing details. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said 70 were killed or wounded, while Agence France-Presse put the death toll at 45.

While violence has ebbed in the country as a whole after a surge in U.S. troops and as Sunni Muslim insurgents turned against al-Qaeda, the bombings highlight the fragility of the country’s security. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for today’s attacks.

In Baghdad, 31 people died, including 10 police officers, and 51 were hurt in a bombing in a square in the center of the capital, Fars said, citing the city’s police commander. A female suicide bomber carried out the attack, detonating her explosives belt in a crowd of civilians and Iraqi security forces in the Karradah neighborhood, the PUK said.

The al-Qaeda leader was captured by Iraqi security forces in Baghdad’s al-Risafa district, the PUK said on its Arabic- language Web site, citing security spokesman Major General Qassim Atta, who declined to provide further information.

Sunni Insurgents

Shiite pilgrims have frequently been targeted by Sunni insurgent groups, in incidents that Iraqi government officials say are aimed at stoking sectarian violence. Today’s attack on pilgrims is one of the deadliest assaults on Shiite worshippers in Iraq since 149 people were killed in March 2007 while heading to Karbala in buses and on foot. That was among the worst attacks since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Iraqi security officials identified the al-Qaeda leader captured today as Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the PUK said. The Interior Ministry said in March 2007 that its forces had arrested al-Baghdadi, a claim it later retracted. In July 2007, the U.S. military said al-Baghdadi never existed.

Analysts have said Abu Omar al-Baghdadi may be a title invented by al-Qaeda to give any non-Iraqi leader of the group in Iraq an identity that would promote acceptance in the country. Last year al-Arabiya television identified al-Baghdadi as Hamid Dawoud al-Zawi. Fars today identified him as Abdullah Rashid Saleh, saying he was born in Baghdad in 1947 and went to Afghanistan in 1987 to meet with Osama bin Laden.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aIiojGZgFYEU&refer=home

75 Killed in Iraq Blasts
Voice of America – April 23, 2009‎
By VOA News Two major suicide bombings in Iraq have claimed the lives of at least 75 people, one of the most violent days in the country in more than a year.
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-04-23-voa35.cfm

Suicide Bombers Kill More Than 70 in Baghdad, Diyala Province
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/04/23/ST2009042302380.html Washington Post

Omar al-Baghdadi, head of an al Qaeda umbrella group called the Islamic State of Iraq, was seized in Baghdad during a major military operation, according to Gen. Qassim Atta, spokesman of the Baghdad Operations Command. advertisement. ISI encompasses most Iraqi insurgency groups, including al Qaeda in Iraq. …
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/04/23/iraq.violence

At Least 75 People Are Killed in Two Attacks in Iraq… Mr. Baghdadi is the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group of Sunni militant forces believed to include Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. … New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/24/world/middleeast/24iraq.html?hp

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Arabs’ man, ‘corrupted Arab-oil man’ in Obama’s admin. ‘Pro – Dictatorship, ‘ARABIST – BIGOT’ C. Freeman attempted appointment for the CIA

March 11, 2009

Arabs’ man, ‘corrupted Arab-oil man’  in Obama’s admin. ‘Pro – Dictatorship, ‘ARABIST – BIGOT’ C. Freeman attempted appointment for the CIA

Alarming appointment at the CIA by Steve Rosen Thu, 19 Feb 2009 at 3:55 PM

Readers of this blog know that I have been generally quite positive about the appointments the new Adminsitration is making for Middle East policy positions. Today’s news is quite different. According to Laura Rozen at the Foreign Policy blog, Chas W. Freeman, Jr., the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, will become chairman of the National Intelligence Council, and may at times participate in daily intelligence briefings to President Obama. This is a profoundly disturbing appointment, if the report is correct. Freeman is a strident critic of Israel, and a textbook case of the old-line Arabism that afflicted American diplomacy at the time the state of Israel was born. His views of the region are what you would expect in the Saudi foreign ministry, with which he maintains an extremely close relationship, not the top CIA position for analytic products going to the President of the United States.

Here is a sample of his views on Israel, from his Remarks to the National Council on US-Arab Relations on September 12, 2005: “As long as the United States continues unconditionally to provide the subsidies and political protection that make the Israeli occupation and the high-handed and self-defeating policies it engenders possible, there is little, if any, reason to hope that anything resembling the former peace process can be resurrected. Israeli occupation and settlement of Arab lands is inherently violent. …And as long as such Israeli violence against Palestinians continues, it is utterly unrealistic to expect that Palestinians will stand down from violent resistance and retaliation against Israelis. Mr. Sharon is far from a stupid man; he understands this. So, when he sets the complete absence of Palestinian violence as a precondition for implementing the road map or any other negotiating process, he is deliberately setting a precondition he knows can never be met.” Here is another example from 2008: “We have reflexively supported the efforts of a series of right-wing Israeli governments to undo the Oslo accords and to pacify the Palestinians rather than make peace with them. … The so-called “two-state solution” – is widely seen in the region as too late and too little. Too late, because so much land has been colonized by Israel that there is not enough left for a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel; too little, because what is on offer looks to Palestinians more like an Indian reservation than a country.”

According to Foreign policy blog, Freeman has told associates that in the job, he will occasionally accompany Director of National Intelligence Adm. Dennis Blair to give the president his daily intelligence briefing. His predecessor, Thomas Fingar, wore a second hat as deputy director of national intelligence for analysis.
http://www.meforum.org/blog/obama-mideast-monitor/2009/02/alarming-appointment-at-the-cia.html

I repeat: if there are serious financial conflicts of interest, Freeman should withdraw. I also find some of Freeman’s realist statements, even as contrarian, a little too brutal for my taste. But I also believe that someone whose views push the envelope against recent US policy in the Middle East is an important asset for the United States right now. And I find the hysterical bullying of this man to be repulsive.
http://cgis.jpost.com/Blogs/rosner/entry/freeman_is_about_views_not

Freeman under fire for ties to [Brutal regime of the] Chinese, Saudis
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=91357

GAFFNEY: Garbage in, garbage out Washington Times – ‎Mar 2, 2009‎ For example, Mr. Freeman has viewed the Middle East through the prism of one of Foggy Bottom’s most successful Arabists. He justifies Arab enmity towards us …
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/03/garbage-in-garbage-out/

Freeman: Jewish Dems and Republicans weigh in Jewish Telegraphic Agency – ‎Feb 26, 2009‎ … NJDC executive director Ira Forman said Freeman, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia who has been critical of Israel, appears to be a “strong Arabist” …
http://blogs.jta.org/politics/article/2009/02/26/1003311/freeman-jewish-dems-and-republicans-weigh-in

Doc’s Talk: CHAS FREEMAN: ‘HELP THE SHIITES (IRAN) WIN FAST …CNOOC is a State owned enterprise , controlled by the Chinese government. … Chas Freeman proved all too willing to serve another brutal dictatorship. …
http://docstalk.blogspot.com/2009/02/chas-freeman-help-shiites-iran-win-fast.html

Obama Administration’s Pick for Top Intelligence
http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/556484.aspx

Tibet and Chas Freeman
Washington Times – ‎Mar 9, 2009
We have always deplored China’s ongoing, brutal occupation of Tibet. The Tibetan people have suffered three-score years of Chinese communist rule, …
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/10/tibet-and-chas-freeman/
Top US intelligence pick under fire for Saudi, China ties – Mar 5, 2009
They noted that Freeman served on the board of the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), which has done business with Iran. “Ambassador Freeman’s …
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h9DAC14gGSXodN8JURBDDhM7e9oQ

ANOTHER MAN DOWN… Furthermore, researcher Ashley Rindsberg recently revealed Freeman’s pre- and post-9/11 “business connections” with the bin Laden family, which have donated “tens of thousands of dollars a year” to the MEPC. Rindsberg also discovered donations to Obama’s presidential campaign by Freeman’s Projects International, “a company that develops international business deals.”
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=BE07A5C1-7D97-486A-89DD-52ACDC145319

US intelligence candidate pulls out after objections Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE5296QZ20090311

Side note, as we see the “supporting posts” by infamous ‘Anti Israel nazi’ mondoweiss, it is already alarming enough, ’nuff said.

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