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Media Again Gets Story Wrong About Killing of 263 “Insurgents” in Iraq

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on January 31st, 2007 10:49 am by HL

US ‘victory’ against cult leader was ‘massacre’

The Independent U.K.
Excerpt
There are growing suspicions in Iraq that the official story of the battle outside Najaf between a messianic Iraqi cult and the Iraqi security forces supported by the US, in which 263 people were killed and 210 wounded, is a fabrication. The heavy casualties may be evidence of an unpremeditated massacre.

A picture is beginning to emerge of a clash between an Iraqi Shia tribe on a pilgrimage to Najaf and an Iraqi army checkpoint that led the US to intervene with devastating effect. The involvement of Ahmed al-Hassani (also known as Abu Kamar), who believed himself to be the coming Mahdi, or Messiah, appears to have been accidental…

The cult denied it was involved in the fighting, saying it was a peaceful movement. The incident reportedly began when a procession of 200 pilgrims was on its way, on foot, to celebrate Ashura in Najaf. They came from the Hawatim tribe, which lives between Najaf and Diwaniyah to the south, and arrived in the Zarga area, one mile from Najaf at about 6am on Sunday. Heading the procession was the chief of the tribe, Hajj Sa’ad Sa’ad Nayif al-Hatemi, and his wife driving in their 1982 Super Toyota sedan because they could not walk. When they reached an Iraqi army checkpoint it opened fire, killing Mr Hatemi, his wife and his driver, Jabar Ridha al-Hatemi. The tribe, fully armed because they were travelling at night, then assaulted the checkpoint to avenge their fallen chief.

Members of another tribe called Khaza’il living in Zarga tried to stop the fighting but they themselves came under fire. Meanwhile, the soldiers and police at the checkpoint called up their commanders saying they were under attack from al-Qai’da with advanced weapons. Reinforcements poured into the area and surrounded the Hawatim tribe in the nearby orchards. The tribesmen tried – in vain – to get their attackers to cease fire.

American helicopters then arrived and dropped leaflets saying: “To the terrorists, surrender before we bomb the area.” The tribesmen went on firing and a US helicopter was hit and crashed killing two crewmen. The tribesmen say they do not know if they hit it or if it was brought down by friendly fire. The US aircraft launched an intense aerial bombardment in which 120 tribesmen and local residents were killed by 4am on Monday.

Najaf battle sign of Iraq’s chaos and clash of loyalties

Azzaman
Excerpt
Truth is perhaps the main victim of Iraqi atrocities which exacerbated following the U.S.-led invasion itself based on lies and allegations.
And as the dust settles over the battle of Najaf last Sunday, it emerges that the official story had no grain of truth.
Iraqi officials said 263 members of a little known group they identified as the Soldiers of Heaven were killed. They and U.S. officials who sent in helicopter gun ships and tanks to back Iraqi forces were pleased of their ‘victory’.
But who were those Soldiers from Heaven? And how could both Iraqi and U.S. officials persuade U.S. troops to market a story wholly based on lies?
The ‘victory’ was short-lived and its impact has already backfired and it could not have come at a worse time for the United States as it is on the verge of launching a new military offensive to retake Baghdad.
Now it appears that Iraqi troops had attacked a huge procession by Shiite tribesmen on their way to take part in the Ashura ceremonies.

H.L.s Take
Of course the press pumped this up as another great victory in the war on Terror, when it looked like it was just another few hundred deaths chalked up to the murder monkey.

3 Responses to “Media Again Gets Story Wrong About Killing of 263 “Insurgents” in Iraq”

  1. Mark Says:

    I can assure you as one who was there during thirteen hours of the fighting that the Soldiers of Heaven were not some innocent pilgims that just showed up for Ashura. They had an established compound that didn’t simply materialize overnight. Their compound was well developed; it had double trenchlines around the majority of the site, 10 mortar emplacements, weapons caches, tunnels, dug in fighting positions, a field hospital with plenty of medical supplies, etc. Fliers found at the site identified them as the Jund al Samaa and explained their philosophy of attempting to expidite the return of the Hidden Imam. Their objective was to kill Shiite religous leaders and attack IP stations throughout An Najaf on the final day of Ashura. I’m happy to inform you that you are wrong on all counts regarding this incident; however, that happiness is tempered by the knowledge that you won’t accept the truth. The truth is, US and Iraqi forces prevented a major massacre of law abiding pilgrims celebrating Ashura.

  2. Buzz Says:

    And his buddies in congress the repukelican and donothingacrat that authorized them going over there.

    Somehow the murder monkey is the guy pulling the trigger. Funny because I thought the donothingacrat’s were in control now??

  3. HL Says:

    Mark,
    Thanks for the report from the front. If you would be interested in providing us with more first hand accounts of whats going on over there, please email me and let me know. I am interested in finding out the truth. Please give me a little more information. What unit are you with, how do the men in your unit feel about the war, things of that nature. If you are interested in becoming an HL correspondant, email me mail@thehollywoodliberal.com