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U.S. soldiers liberate Uja

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Dick Quickwood, Oct 31, 2003.

  1. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    U.S. Soldiers Seal Saddam's Home Village
    59 minutes ago

    By SLOBODAN LEKIC, Associated Press Writer

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - American soldiers on Friday sealed off the village where Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) was born and ordered adults to register for identity cards, while insurgents mounted a series of harassing attacks on U.S. military and Iraqi government targets in the northern city of Mosul.

    Starting around midnight Thursday, U.S. soldiers, Iraqi police and civil defense forces moved into Uja, a small dusty village about 10 miles southeast of Tikrit.

    Soldiers stretched concertina wire around the perimeter of the village and established checkpoints. Residents over the age of 18 will be required to have registration cards to move in and out of the village, U.S. officers said.

    The New York Times reported Friday that senior U.S. officials believe the former Iraqi leader, who is believed to have been on the run since U.S. forces took over Baghdad in April, is playing a major role in coordinating and directing attacks against American troops.

    "This is an effort to protect the majority of the population, the people who want to get on with their lives," said Lt. Col. Steve Russell, commander of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division.

    Russell said he did not know whether Saddam was directing parts of the insurgency, but the village is the family home of many former Baathist regime members.

    "There are ties leading to this village, to the funding and planning of attacks against U.S. soldiers," Russell said.

    The U.S.-led coalition has been fighting a guerilla-style insurgency for months. So far, 117 soldiers have been killed by hostile fire since May 1, when President Bush (news - web sites) declared major combat was over.

    A total of 114 soldiers were killed in the active combat phase that began March 20.

    Meanwhile, a roadside bomb exploded near a U.S. foot patrol on the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul and unidentified gunmen sprayed the city hall with automatic fire, officers said Friday. Nobody was injured in the attacks.

    The violence in the north came after a bomb late Thursday rocked a row of shops in Baghdad's Old City, killing two people, and another exploded near a military police convoy north of the capital, slightly wounding two Americans.

    In Baghdad's neighborhood of Salhiya, Iraqi police and U.S. troops on Thursday blocked a major street after residents informed authorities about a car parked under a pedestrian bridge fearing it is booby trapped. Bomb experts checked a white Mitsubishi parked a few hundred yards from the U.S. occupation authorities headquarters in Baghdad.

    "At dawn, some people from the area came and told us there is a car that had been left in the street. We called the Americans and until now we don't know if it is booby trapped or not," police Sgt. Mohammed Tariq said.

    In Washington, the House of Representatives approved a massive aid package requested by the Bush administration for nearly $65 billion for military personnel and operations in Iraq (news - web sites) and Afghanistan (news - web sites), and an additional $18.6 billion for reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

    The Senate was expected to follow suit quickly.

    The U.S. administration has been less successful in persuading international organizations — including the United Nations (news - web sites) and the international Red Cross — to remain in Iraq. Prompted by Monday's attacks on three police stations and Baghdad office of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the organizations announced they would reduce staff and review their presence in Iraq.

    Separately, the U.S.-installed Iraqi Governing Council said it was moving forward with setting up a war crimes tribunal to prosecute those accused of atrocities during Saddam Hussein's regime.

    The decision to form the court was taken several weeks ago, council member Mouwafak al-Rabii said "but now we are taking practical steps to implement this decision and to create those war-crimes tribunal." He did not elaborate.

    Human rights groups estimate several hundred thousand people were killed during Saddam's three decades in power. Multiple mass graves have been found throughout the country since the U.S.-led coalition deposed the dictator in April.

    The U.S. administration repeatedly has stated that it wants past abuses to be prosecuted under an Iraqi-led legal system instead of an international tribunal akin to those for Rwanda and former Yugoslavia.

    The United States currently has in custody dozens of high-ranking officials from their list of most-wanted Iraqi figures — many of them being held at the high security prison at the Baghdad International Airport.

  2. heavyLox

    heavyLox Veteran Member

    Joined: Feb 2, 2002 Messages: 7,196 Likes Received: 17
    More troops, will solve that problem. Oh and more money. And Nobody
    in saddams home town is gonna talk. The ID thing will do the trick in
    side three days im sure.

    i forget where but some country already instituted a national 'smart' id cards, that hold 64mega bytes of info; prints, social, driving and criminal records.

    after 911 they, the man, the gov, have been looking into it, Iraq is gonna be the test pilot.
  3. phism

    phism Member

    Joined: Mar 20, 2002 Messages: 735 Likes Received: 0
    heh, "liberate"..
  4. PedroHammers

    PedroHammers Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 24, 2003 Messages: 403 Likes Received: 0
    so true, so true.
  5. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 235
    i wish someone would 'liberate' me some donuts.
  6. gfreshsushi

    gfreshsushi Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 21, 2003 Messages: 2,244 Likes Received: 1
    this is bullshit. fuck iraq. it's all about macedonia!
  7. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 235
    that's what your mom kept telling me, but did i listen? NNNNnnnnooooo... now look what i've got?
    little bastard step child.
  8. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 235
    and we know how you be catching e-feelings too....hand lotion and gay porn.

    sks/top is roc, you know the rest...
  9. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
  10. One_in_Ten

    One_in_Ten New Jack

    Joined: Mar 11, 2002 Messages: 2 Likes Received: 0
    im not sure hes gay people but there are str8 idiots too.
  11. Fugazi

    Fugazi Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 17, 2001 Messages: 1,298 Likes Received: 1
    When the fuck are they gonna "liberate" me some cheap fucking gas. This $1.79 a gallon shit is ridiculous. I thought the whole point of this fucking war was to save me a few bucks....