Saturday, June 28, 2008

A personal loss for Nouri

Outraged Iraqi officials demanded an investigation into an early morning U.S. military raid Friday near the birthplace of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, saying the operation violated the terms of the handover of Karbala province to Iraqi security forces.
Karbala Gov. Oqeil al Khazaali said U.S. forces killed an unarmed civilian and arrested at least one person in the raid in the southern town of Janaja. The governor's brother, Hassanein al Khazaali, said late Friday that the Iraqi killed in the operation was a relative of the U.S.-backed prime minister.

The above is the opening of Hannah Allem's "Iraqi officials outraged by U.S. raid in prime minister's hometown" (McClatchy Newspapers) and quoting officials, such as Karbala's military commander Raed Shakir Jowdet, Allem reveals it was a US operation involving US helicopters and at least one US plane with US forces on the ground while the governor of the region (Oqeil al Khazaali) wants answers and points to "faulty intelligence" on the part of the Americans.

Big question, will it matter more -- that an Iraqi civilian was killed -- to the puppet of the occupation (Nouri al-Maliki) that the dead civilian is a relative?

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