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The Perpetual War on Humanity
"This is basically
an assassination programme. That is what is being conceptualised here.
This is a hunter-killer team. It is bonkers, insane. Here we are -
we're already being compared to Sharon in the Arab world, and we've
just confirmed it by bringing in the Israelis and setting up
The Guardian - Dec 9, 2003
Israel trains US assassination
squads in Iraq
Israeli sniper team in action
Julian Borger in
Tuesday December 9, 2003
Israeli advisers are helping train US special forces in aggressive
counter-insurgency operations in Iraq, including the use of
assassination squads against guerrilla leaders, US intelligence and
military sources said yesterday.
The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has sent urban warfare specialists to
Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the home of US special forces, and
according to two sources, Israeli military "consultants" have also
US forces in Iraq's Sunni triangle have already begun to use tactics
that echo Israeli operations in the occupied territories, sealing off
centres of resistance with razor wire and razing buildings from where
attacks have been launched against US troops.
But the secret war in Iraq is about to get much tougher, in the hope
of suppressing the Ba'athist-led insurgency ahead of next November's
US special forces teams are already behind the lines inside Syria
attempting to kill foreign jihadists before they cross the border, and a
group focused on the "neutralisation" of guerrilla leaders is being set
up, according to sources familiar with the operations.
"This is basically an assassination programme. That is what is being
conceptualised here. This is a hunter-killer team," said a former senior
US intelligence official, who added that he feared the new tactics and
enhanced cooperation with Israel would only inflame a volatile situation
in the Middle East.
"It is bonkers, insane. Here we are - we're already being compared to
Sharon in the Arab world, and we've just confirmed it by bringing in the
Israelis and setting up assassination teams."
"They are being trained by Israelis in Fort Bragg," a well-informed
intelligence source in Washington said.
"Some Israelis went to Iraq as well, not to do training, but for
The consultants' visit to Iraq was confirmed by another US source who
was in contact with American officials there.
The Pentagon did not return calls seeking comment, but a military
planner, Brigadier General Michael Vane, mentioned the cooperation with
Israel in a letter to Army magazine in July about the Iraq
"We recently travelled to Israel to glean lessons learned from their
counterterrorist operations in urban areas," wrote General Vane, deputy
chief of staff at the army's training and doctrine command.
An Israeli official said the IDF regularly shared its experience in
the West Bank and Gaza with the US armed forces, but said he could not
comment about cooperation in Iraq.
"When we do activities, the US military attaches in Tel Aviv are
interested. I assume it's the same as the British. That's the way allies
work. The special forces come to our people and say, do debrief on an
operation we have done," the official said.
"Does it affect Iraq? It's not in our interest or the American
interest or in anyone's interest to go into that. It would just fit in
with jihadist prejudices."
Colonel Ralph Peters, a former army intelligence officer and a critic
of Pentagon policy in Iraq, said yesterday there was nothing wrong with
learning lessons wherever possible.
"When we turn to anyone for insights, it doesn't mean we blindly
accept it," Col Peters said. "But I think what you're seeing is a new
realism. The American tendency is to try to win all the hearts and
minds. In Iraq, there are just some hearts and minds you can't win.
Within the bounds of human rights, if you do make an example of certain
villages it gets the attention of the others, and attacks have gone down
in the area."
The new counter-insurgency unit made up of elite troops being put
together in the Pentagon is called Task Force 121, New Yorker magazine
reported in yesterday's edition.
One of the planners behind the offensive is a highly controversial
figure, whose role is likely to inflame Muslim opinion: Lieutenant
General William "Jerry" Boykin.
In October, there were calls for his resignation after he told a
church congregation in Oregon that the US was at war with Satan, who
"wants to destroy us as a Christian army".
"He's been promoted a rank above his abilities," he said.
"Some generals are pretty good on battlefield but are disastrous nearer
the source of power."
West Bank East: Americans in Iraq make war the
If the US militaryís escalating war against insurgent forces in Iraq
is starting to look more and more like Israelís campaign to crush the
intifada and the Palestiniansí hope of an independent state itís
probably because the Americans have been increasingly turning to their
Israeli allies for advice on how to conduct just such a conflict.
US denies using Israeli tactics in Iraq
The US military has adopted tough new tactics against
guerrillas in Iraq, arresting relatives of insurgents and destroying
houses used to plan attacks against American troops, defence officials
said on Monday.
U.S. Adopts New Tactics in Iraq Guerrilla War
The U.S. military has adopted tough new tactics against guerrillas in
Iraq, arresting relatives of insurgents and destroying houses used to
plan attacks against American troops, defense officials said on
Concrete, razor wire,
Analysts say security tactics in Iraq echo West Bank, as US general
forecasts more violence.
Tons of Depleted Uranium Polluting Iraq
U.S. forces unleashed at least 75 tons of toxic depleted uranium on
Iraq during the war, reports the Christian Science Monitor. An unnamed
U.S. Central Command spokesman disclosed to the Monitor last week that
coalition forces fired 300,000 bullets coated with armored-piercing
depleted uranium (DU) during the war.
Skin Disease Strikes U.S. Troops in Iraq
The disease is known as "Baghdad Boil" to U.S. soldiers in
Iraq, and can leave disfiguring lesions on the skin for months.
U.S. Launches Major Afghanistan Offensive
The U.S. military launched its largest postwar offensive
against Taliban and al-Qaida insurgents Monday, sending 2,000 soldiers
into a lawless swath of Afghanistan to put down a wave of attacks. The
operation began as Afghan and U.N. officials warned that one of the
military's most tragic blunders - the weekend killing of nine children
in an airstrike - could drive more Afghans into the arms of the
Annan: Afghanistan Needs Int'l. Forces
The international force in Afghanistan should be
expanded to reverse the deteriorating security situation and improve
prospects for peace, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday.
BAD-COP BUSH'S GOOD-COP FAKE OPPOSITION SAVIOR CANDIDATE
KUCINICH PUSHES FOR THE ORIGINAL HEGELIAN PLAN TO HAND OVER POWER TO
Kucinich: Turn Iraq governance over to U.N
Rep. Dennis Kucinich said Sunday that he is the only
presidential candidate with a plan for withdrawing U.S. troops from
Iraq and turning the administration of the country over to the United
WHY NOT? IT IS ALREADY A DICATORSHIP
Scholars say Iraq could slide into dictatorship
Iraq could slide into dictatorship if U.S. efforts to
transfer control to local authorities failed and regional powers like
Iran increased their influence in the fractured country, experts
meeting in Kuwait said on Sunday.
POWELL: NO CAUSE FOR ALARM. NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. EVERYTHING
GOING ACCORDING TO NEW WORLD ORDER PLAN.
Powell Not Alarmed by China-Taiwan Stress
Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday there is no cause for
alarm over signs of increased tension between China and Taiwan.
Army Force Stretched After War in Iraq
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken a toll on the Army, but
the soldiers who are due home next spring are fit to return to a war
zone if called upon, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Sunday.
US bombing kills nine Afghan children
The US sent in an A-10 'Warthog' after receiving intelligence
US forces have admitted mistakenly killing nine children when they
bombed a target in southern Afghanistan.
CARLYLE GROUP'S BAKER TO HANDLE IRAQ DEBT RESTRUCTURING
Bush names former US secretary of state as Iraq debt envoy
US President George W. Bush has named former secretary of
state James A. Baker III as his envoy to tackle the issue of Iraqi
debt, the White House announced Friday. "In response to a request
from the Iraqi Governing Council for assistance, I have appointed
James Baker III to be my personal envoy on the issue of Iraqi debt,"
Bush said in a statement read by White House spokesman Scott
McClellan. "Secretary Baker will report directly to me and will lead
an effort to work with the world's governments at the highest levels
with international organizations and with the Iraqis in seeking the
restructuring and reduction of Iraq's official debt," the statement
Georgia Asks Rumsfeld for Aid
Georgia's new leaders appealed to Defense Secretary Donald H.
Rumsfeld on Friday for U.S. financial aid to help pay the salaries of
the country's military, which played a critical role in the peaceful
overthrow last month of Eduard Shevardnadze.
Powell Calls for Increased NATO and U.N. Roles
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on Thursday urged NATO to consider
expanding its activities in Iraq, in the Bush administration's most
pointed appeal for international help since it went to war in the
spring. He also called for more involvement from the United Nations.
"Secretary Baker will report directly to me and will lead an effort
to work with the world's governments at the highest levels with
international organizations and with the Iraqis in seeking the
restructuring and reduction of Iraq's official debt," the statement