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Iraq War News Updates
Robin's Iraq Report: Feb 9/04: "Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from Iraq that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday.
Our " Winds of War " coverage of the global War on Terror is a separate briefing today, and both are brought to you by Robin Burk.
  • " Going postal " - it's not just for the home front! Looks like some Iraqis are learning the hard way that American postal types can be ornery.

Other Topics Today Include: Stryker's trial by fire; Committee formed to investigate pre-war intel; Arab League nervous about democracy; Support the troops; Cards captured; Toy drive recognized by President Bush.
Read the Rest?

In Command Post: Irak

Iraq Fighters Seek Religious War: "A memo from an Iraqi insurgent to al Qaeda leaders calls for help in fomenting strife between Shiites and Sunnis as a way to prolong the guerilla war."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis

Iraqi Shias press UN on elections: "A leader of the country's largest group rejects the US view that conditions are not yet right for a national vote."

In BBC: Conflict with Iraq (UK Edition)

Court hears case over West Bank barrier: "The Supreme Court heard petitions from two Israeli human rights groups against the West Bank separation barrier Monday, a day after the government said it would change the route to minimize hardship for Palestinians."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Two U.S. soldiers killed in explosion: "Two U.S. soldiers were killed and six wounded Monday during an explosion while troops were trying to dispose of explosives, a U.S. officer said."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Report: Iraqi aims to spark sectarian war: "An anti-American operative in Iraq appealed for help from al-Qaida leaders to help spark a sectarian war between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in an effort to drive the U.S. out of the country, a newspaper reported Monday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

U.S. seeks to be more sensitive to Iraqis: "The U.S. military will be more sensitive to Islam and intrude less into Baghdad's neighborhoods when a new Army division takes control of the Iraqi capital on April 15, Army commanders said Monday."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

'War President' Defends Iraq War: "In a televised interview, President Bush said he makes foreign policy decisions "with war on my mind," and defended his decision to invade Iraq despite no evidence Saddam Hussein had illegal weapons."

In CBS News: Iraq Crisis


NYT Reports Al-Qaeda Link: "From the New York Times, via Yahoo News :
An anti-American operative in Iraq appealed for help from al-Qaida leaders to help spark a sectarian war between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in an effort to drive the U.S. out of the country, a newspaper reported Monday.
The alleged plan is outlined in a 17-page memo that U.S. forces confiscated from an al-Qaida suspect in Iraq, The New York Times reported. The paper said its reporter viewed the Arabic document and a military translation on Sunday.
The Times says the document is the strongest evidence to date of contacts between extremists in Iraq and al-Qaida.

Apart from the Al-Qaeda material captured in a terrorist training camp by the Kurds during the war, that is?
The document expresses frustration over efforts to force the United States out of Iraq and suggests that attacks on Shiites would prompt Sunni retaliation and a cycle of widening violence, the Times said.
" It is the only way to prolong the duration of the fight between the infidels and us ," the document says. " If we succeed in dragging them into a sectarian war, this will awaken the sleepy Sunnis who are fearful of destruction and death at the hands " of Shiites.
U.S. authorities believe the memo was written by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian who is suspected of having ties to al-Qaida, the Times reported.
The paper said that American forces arrested a man who had the document on a computer disc and was taking it to Afghanistan to get it to al-Qaida's senior leaders. U.S. officials did not identify the man who had the document.
The author of the document claimed he had directed about 25 suicide bombings inside Iraq, but said the resistance against the U.S. occupation was struggling to recruit Iraqis and to combat American troops.
The memo even offers a kind of praise for U.S. forces, saying " America, however, has no intention of leaving no matter how many wounded nor how bloody it becomes. "

Unless Kerry wins in November.
Hat Tip: Reader Jeffers

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