US Iraq MOSUL atrocity 5 Oct 2008
NEW YORK TIMES reports on MURDER and Imperial bombings of "lesser people"...
MOSUL Psy-Op damage control, what is NYT more likely to report?
1) Military blows up house, women and children die.
2) Iraqi kill their women and children.
In war, the first casualty is truth.
NEW YORK TIMES
11 Die as U.S. Force Raids House in Iraqi City and Man Detonates a Suicide Vest
By ALISSA J. RUBIN and SAM DAGHER
Published: October 5, 2008
BAGHDAD -- Eleven people died after Americans raided a house in the northern city of Mosul at dawn on Sunday and one of the residents detonated a suicide vest while others engaged in a gunfight, the American and Iraqi militaries said.
The Americans said that after they entered the house in pursuit of a known insurgent, his companions opened fire and the insurgent detonated his vest. Three women and two children died during the raid, though it was unclear whether they were killed by the gunfire between the Americans and the insurgents or by the explosion.
Neighbors said they heard an explosion come from inside the house between 5 and 6 a.m. They said the local morgue had received 11 bodies and that two children had survived, with at least one child taken to a hospital in Mosul on Sunday evening.
"This is just another tragic example of how Al Qaeda in Iraq hides behind innocent Iraqis," said Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll, a military spokesman. "The terrorist exploded his suicide vest in close proximity to women and children, and in a house full of explosives and weapons."
The violent episode, one of two in the Mosul area on Sunday, served as a reminder that Sunni extremists continue to operate there despite several months of intensive efforts by American and Iraqi forces to remove them from the city.
On the west side of Mosul, in a rough, crime-ridden area known as Zanjeli, two Sunni militants attacked a mourning tent in pursuit of an Iraqi military officer on Sunday. Some of the mourners returned fire. Two mourners were killed and three were wounded, including the military officer, said Brig. Khalid Abdul Sattar, the police spokesman in Mosul. He said the gunmen escaped.
A witness who was in the tent said four people were killed, three of them brothers of the person being mourned -- a woman who had recently been caught in the cross-fire between the Iraqi police and insurgents.
Meanwhile, an American military official said Sunday that a collision between two helicopters in Baghdad on Saturday that killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded five other soldiers appeared to have been an accident. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media. Earlier reports left some doubt as to whether the collision occurred because one of the helicopters was attacked and the pilot lost control.
The crash occurred in a neighborhood near Sadr City, which has often been hostile to the American military presence.
In other developments, signs that campaigning for provincial elections had begun were evident in a visit Saturday by two prominent Shiite leaders to the Sunni province of Salahuddin. The Shiite leaders -- Amar al-Hakim, the heir apparent to the leadership of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, one of the country’s two most influential Shiite parties, and Hadi al-Ameri, a member of Parliament who is also from the party -- met with local leaders in Tikrit, including the deputy governor, Abdullah Jabarah. Tikrit is the provincial capital and the hometown of Saddam Hussein.
At the meeting, which was televised on Sunday, Mr. Jabarah told the Shiite leaders that if they wanted to achieve lasting reconciliation with Sunnis, they should ease rules excluding members of the former ruling Baath Party from government jobs and grant amnesty to army officers associated with Mr. Hussein.
His request highlighted the case of Sultan Hashim, the defense minister under Mr. Hussein, who has been awaiting execution since June 2007. Mr. Jabarah is a former military officer who worked alongside Mr. Hashim.
"There must be a total amnesty for him and the army chief of staff," Mr. Jabarah said in a telephone interview. "It would be a huge step toward reconciliation and national unity."
Mr. Jabarah likened the trial of Mr. Hashim to prosecuting American military officers for the role of their soldiers in killing Iraqi civilians in the course of conducting operations in the country.
"Putting him on trial in the first place is equivalent to trying the whole Iraqi Army," he said.
Also on Sunday, Egypt’s foreign minister and oil minister made an official visit to Baghdad. It was the highest-ranking Egyptian delegation to visit Iraq since the kidnapping and murder of Cairo’s envoy to Baghdad, Ihab al-Sharif, in July 2005.
The Turkish military said Sunday that it conducted airstrikes Saturday against Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq. It gave few details, saying only that Turkish warplanes had safely returned to their bases, and that the strikes were aimed only at military targets.
Tareq Maher contributed reporting from Baghdad, an Iraqi employee of The New York Times from Mosul, and Sabrina Tavernise from Istanbul.