Category Archives: Iraq

More Oil Than ANWR, Faster Than An OCS Scam

Mr. Cheney’s Energy Task Force, I presume?

BAGHDAD — Four Western oil companies are in the final stages of negotiations this month on contracts that will return them to Iraq, 36 years after losing their oil concession to nationalization as Saddam Hussein rose to power.

Imagine that.

This ought to drive the price of gasoline down to $2.50 toot sweet.

al-Sadr Punts

Update: Much more here.

Report: Iraqi security forces preparing operation against Mahdi Army in Maysan

The Iraqi government is expanding its operations in the South into the Sadrist and Mahdi Army stronghold in Maysan province, according to reports.

“Maysan witnessed on Thursday the arrival of large numbers of national police forces from Baghdad and Iraqi army troops from Basrah,” a source in the province told Voices of Iraq. “The operation includes pursuing person wanted for judiciary authorities, removing all excesses, searching for medium and heavy weapons and evacuating government buildings” illegally occupied by political parties and movements.

Sadr forms new unit to attack US forces

Muqtada al Sadr, the leader of the Mahdi Army and the Sadrist political movement, has ordered the formation of “cells to resist the occupation,” according to a statement read at Sadr’s mosques on Friday. The news comes as US forces continue to target the Mahdi Army command structure and Sadr’s planned demonstrations against the status of forces talks draw few protesters.

This sounds like a call to the dead enders or uber-Sadrist militia to regroup, and avoid the AQI error of attacking the base of its’ support, Sons of Sadr

The U.S. military is conducting another experiment. It is allowing Sadr City residents to form groups analogous to the predominantly Sunni “Awakening Councils” and “Sons of Iraq” (SoI) groups. According to the Washington Post:

It sounds to me like Muqtada has been out manuevered in almost every instance on this. How heavy a lift the next operation will be for the Iraqi Army in Maysan will be has a lot to with who is really in charge of the resistance, and what the long term political calculus of the participants may be. Someone coming out of a river is not afraid of the rain. The stalling of the SOFA may indicate that the Iraqi factions have re-arranged their priorities.

Update:Experts disagree.

58 Bases Ain’t Baseball

War in Iraq, 2003-??

But unbeknownst to the press, the public, and most of the Army itself, the clues to an American military occupation of Iraq — that could last for years and even decades to come — can be found inside Fort Monmouth. What is happening within that facility suggests that the White House continues to mislead the world about its ultimate intentions.

You Try To Take What’s Mine I’ll Sure As Hell Retaliate

Indulge me for a second. Two years ago I shopped around a deeply-reported piece about U.S. plans for permanent bases. No one wanted it. Print and TV. Seriously. Too shrill, too conspiracy-theory, too hot. Mike Tomasky was the only editor I could interest, and I’m proud of the result.

So lets cut out the soft shoe shuffle,

The CIMS project has a simple objective: to connect the sprawling U.S. base outside of Baghdad, known as Camp Victory, with the rest of the U.S. bases in Iraq. Three aspects of CIMS are especially noteworthy: First, it’s a land-based network of huge communications towers and underground fiber-optic cables, rather than a comparatively costly but temporary system reliant on satellite signals. Second, it won’t connect every base in Iraq to Baghdad — just the bases that the United States plans on keeping far into the future. Finally, its completion will connect Baghdad to the other U.S. military installations in the Middle East, from Qatar to Afghanistan.

When a company called Galaxy Scientific Corp., which has a branch near Fort Monmouth and is now part of the defense conglomerate SRA International, received a $10 million contract to build CIMS in late 2004, savvy defense observers knew exactly what the deal represented. “This is the kind of investment that is reflective of the strategic commitment and intention to continue a military presence in Iraq,” Thomas Donnelly, an Iraq hawk at the American Enterprise Institute, told Eli Lake of The New York Sun. “This is one of the indicators of an intention to stay, these kinds of communications networks.”

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

BBC Finds Missing Billion In Iraq

BBC uncovers lost Iraq billions

A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq.

For the first time, the extent to which some private contractors have profited from the conflict and rebuilding has been researched by the BBC’s Panorama using US and Iraqi government sources.

A US gagging order is preventing discussion of the allegations.

US Seeks Rent To Own Bases Property In Iraq

US officials have struck out on a bold plan to take advantage of declining real estate values in the Iraqi desert, and have offered to rent to own up to 58 properties.

“This will, we hope, alleviate the fears and concerns of many misguided people who do not understand the threat of post colonialism to American hegemony.”, according to an unidentified gangster official of the Bush administration speaking off the record and wall, in an interview at Fort Exxon Mobile, exclusive to Woofing.