Iraqi people hit by targeted killing

The US military and their political supporters in the Australian government and defence forces are claiming that it is the surge in troop numbers that has ‘pacified’ the country.

The evidence suggests otherwise.

A spate of targeted killings inside Iraq by dirty ops sections of the US military is designed to silence the resistance to the US occupation.

Recently this was revealed by people on the ground in Iraq.

This has happened elsewhere at various times in history when the US war machine has been under the hammer:

  • Against the civil rights movement in the US [wasn’t the assassination of Martin luther King a targeted killing?
  • In Vietnam [at Mai Lai],
  • in Latin America [assassination of Salvador Allende, Victor Hara and thousands of others who supported democratic rights in Chile].
  • The French military were particularly adept as this kind of dirty war. Algeria was the place of massacres by the French military from the end of World War II onwards until independence.
  • The Africaans apartheid regime used targeted killings against activists like Steve Biko .
  • In the Congo in the 1960s,  the african leader, Patrice Lumumber, was assassinated by firing squad orchestrated by the CIA.

There are responses to such inhuman acts. They are not pretty. In South Africa the resistance used burning tyre rings to expose and punish informants who tipped off the military of the movements of activists in the resistance.

In Gaza, the sections of palestinian resistance in Hamas punish informants. They target Israeli soldiers for capture and death. In Southern Lebanon Hezbollah uses such methods. All sides have their ‘dirty ops’ groups.

The US military and their supporters have propelled Iraq down the path that Algeria took in the 1950s and 60s.

Misery, death and fear await many, lives and psychological torture will ruin another generation of young people unless strong steps are taken to prevent US and coalition governments from continuing down this path.

Ian Curr

September 2008

Confession: Ordered Assassinations, Sectarian Bomb Attacks Targeting Iraqi Civilians

An Iraqi who asked not to be identified had disclosed some of the US activities such as assassinations and bombings in markets that aim at sparking sectarian fighting among Iraqis so as to facilitate the partition of the country.

The former Iraqi collaborator says; “I was a soldier in the Iraqi army in the war of 1991 and during the withdrawal from Kuwait I decided to seek asylum in Saudi Arabia along with dozens of others like me. That was how began the process whereby I was recruited into the American forces, for there were US military committees that chose a number of Iraqis who were willing to volunteer to join them and be transported to America. I was one of those.”

“In 1992 I was taken to America, specifically to an island where most of the establishments were military. I was with a number of other Iraqis, one of them the former governor of an-Najaf, ‘Adnan adh-Dharfi. We received military training and intense courses in English and in how to carry out tasks like assassination,” he added.

Ian Curr
September 2008

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    The “First International Labour Conference in Iraq”, called by a range of Iraqi trade-union organisations for February 2009 in Erbil (in Kurdish northern Iraq), has won support from Australian and US union organisations.
    The Teachers’ Federation, the Fire Brigades Union, and the Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union in New South Wales have all agreed to donate to the cost of the conference and to consider the possibility of sending delegates.
    Australia-Asia Worker Links, an influential and active union-sponsored body based in Melbourne, has also agreed to back the conference.

    Worklife, the union-rights group in Brisbane, has agreed to publicise it.

    Apheda, the international arm of the ACTU (Australian equivalent of the TUC), has written a letter to all Australian unions saying:

    “Unions, though still in the main illegal in Iraq, are one of the only hopes that the different political, ethnic, and religious groups can come together peaceful to democratically exercise national self-determination… “

    The AusIraq group [an activist group in Sydney initiated by members of Workers’ Liberty Australia] has been raising funds for the three larger [union] federations in Iraq… You may have recently met with Kathy Black from the US Labor Against the War organisation [when she toured Australia]… USLAW are among groups in many countries raising funds for a First International Labour Solidarity Conference in Iraq”.

    The call for the conference states that unions in Iraq can be bulwarks for the peoples of Iraq against both the US occupation and the “sectarian gangs”.

    “We believe that the workers of Iraq can form a strong front for social justice and peace if supported by our brothers and sisters in the region and around the world”.

    It is signed by Hassan Juma’a, president of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions; Subhi Albadri, president of the General Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions in Iraq; and by leaders from dockworker, engineering, service employee, rail, construction, teacher, and electricity worker unions. The conference is scheduled to take place in Erbil, in the northern part of Iraq, where conditions are relatively safe and there is no serious sectarian violence; regular scheduled flights are available to Erbil from Dubai.


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