[FoRK] Nerve

Owen Byrne owen at permafrost.net
Fri Apr 30 20:08:24 PDT 2004


How else can I describe it. What F*cking nerve.

> Abizaid said a central figure in the insurgency in Fallujah is 
> Jordanian extremist Abu Musab Zarqawi who has been linked with al-Qaida.
> "I can't tell you that he's there now, but I can tell you that he has 
> personally been responsible for the killing of thousands of innocent 
> Iraqi citizens," Abizaid said

As in "We dropped bombs on every neighbourhood in Fallujah trying to 
kill this guy. A thousand or so Iraqis died. "Collateral Damage"
Owen

>
> U.S. commander: Send 'more Muslim troops'
>
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> *By ROBERT BURNS*
>
> <http://salon.com/news/wire/2004/04/30/troops/print.html> 
> <http://salon.com/news/wire/2004/04/30/troops/email.html>
>
> April 30, 2004 | WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. military commander in 
> the Persian Gulf area said Friday he needs no more American troops in 
> Iraq, but he pointedly urged Muslim nations to send forces.
>
> Gen. John Abizaid, chief of the U.S. Central Command, also disclosed 
> that about a dozen Iraqi security battalions, which failed to perform 
> in recent weeks of anti-occupation violence in central and 
> south-central Iraq, are being reorganized and retrained. As a result, 
> he said, those units will not be ready for any major challenges until 
> at least November, a delay of two months from previous schedules.
>
>
> In a video teleconference with reporters at the Pentagon, Abizaid said 
> from his Persian Gulf headquarters that despite a rising death toll 
> and other recent setbacks he remains confident that the U.S.-led 
> military coalition in Iraq will bring stability.
>
> He urged the American public to be patient and to understand that 
> results will come slowly.
>
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> "We are not in any military danger of losing control of the 
> situation," he said.
>
> Asked about the debate in the United States over whether more American 
> troops are needed in Iraq, Abizaid said if the security situation 
> should deteriorate further he would not hesitate to ask for more. For 
> now, he said, he is satisfied that the 138,000 troops he has are enough.
>
> "I do favor the inclusion of more international troops, especially 
> more Muslim troops," he said. "For example, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia 
> – they all have very capable and very professional forces that could 
> be added to the stability equation" once Iraq regains its political 
> sovereignty. The target date for the partial turnover of power to an 
> interim Iraqi government is June 30.
>
> The key to progress in Iraq, he said, is getting more Iraqis to defend 
> their country.
>
> "I think Iraqis will second me on this: This needs to be less of an 
> American occupation and more of an international military activity 
> that includes Iraqis, international forces and Americans," he said.
>
> The Bush administration has been unable so far to persuade more 
> countries to send troops to Iraq, and the surging violence and 
> mounting death toll have further complicated the matter. Spain, the 
> Dominican Republic and Honduras are pulling their troops out. 
> Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov said this week that his country's 
> contingent, which is operating in the southern Iraqi city of Karbala, 
> has found itself in "a real war it was not prepared for."
>
> Abizaid cautioned against expecting quick results from a new 
> arrangement with Iraqis to quell violence in the besieged city of 
> Fallujah, and a major battle for Fallujah may not be avoidable.
>
> He described the a "step-by-step effort" to train an Iraqi force for 
> Fallujah, which others said is being called the Fallujah Brigade, 
> under leadership of former senior officers of deposed President Saddam 
> Hussein's army.
>
> The outcome will depend on the actions of the insurgents inside the 
> city, he said.
>
> "It may be necessary to have a strong fight in there," he said, if the 
> insurgents don't cooperate, he said.
>
> Problems have been festering for months in Fallujah and escalated 
> after the March 31 killing and mutilation of four American private 
> contractors. Abizaid saw evidence of it when he visited there in 
> mid-February and his party came under attack by rocket-propelled 
> grenades and small arms fire.
>
> He said Friday that eventually the fate of Fallujah will rest with the 
> Iraqis.
>
> "While it is difficult for them to stand up to some of the challenges 
> and the intimidation of former regime elements, it is, nevertheless, 
> important for all of us to understand that ultimately the battle for 
> Iraq will be won by Iraqis," he said.
>
> Abizaid said a central figure in the insurgency in Fallujah is 
> Jordanian extremist Abu Musab Zarqawi who has been linked with al-Qaida.
>
> "I can't tell you that he's there now, but I can tell you that he has 
> personally been responsible for the killing of thousands of innocent 
> Iraqi citizens," Abizaid said.
>
> Separately, his operations chief, Maj. Gen. John Sattler said, told 
> reporters that the Marines in Iraq recently received 14 extra battle 
> tanks and the Army's 1st Infantry Division has received 23 of the 28 
> extra tanks it requested.
>



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