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Friday, November 19, 2004

Nazis R Us--Today's Report On Protecting Zee Faterlant by Blowing Up Mosques in Baghdad

** Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches **

November 19, 2004

As U.S. Forces Raided a Mosque

Dahr Jamail

BAGHDAD, Nov 19 (IPS) - An eyewitness commentary to IPS through a U.S.
raid on a Baghdad mosque Friday gives a vivid picture of what a
'successful raid' can be like.

U.S. soldiers raided the Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad during Friday
prayers, killing at least four and wounding up to 20 worshippers.

At 12:30 pm local time, just after Imam Shaikh Muayid al-Adhami
concluded his talk, about 50 U.S. soldiers with 20 Iraqi National
Guardsmen (ING) entered the mosque, a witness reported.

”Everyone was there for Friday prayers, when five Humvees and several
trucks carrying INGs entered,” Abu Talat told IPS on phone from within
the mosque while the raid was in progress. ”Everyone starting yelling
'Allahu Akbar' (God is the greatest) because they were frightened. Then
the soldiers started shooting the people praying!”

Talat said he was among a crowd of worshippers being held back at
gunpoint by U.S. soldiers. Loud chanting of 'Allahu Akbar' could be
heard in the background during his call. Women and children were
sobbing, he said.

”They have just shot and killed at least four of the people praying,” he
said in a panicked voice. ”At least 10 other people are wounded now. We
are on our bellies and in a very bad situation.”

Talat gave his account over short phone calls. He said he was witnessing
a horrific scene.

”We were here praying and now there are 50 here with their guns on us,”
he said. ”They are holding our heads to the ground, and everyone is in
chaos. This is the worst situation possible. They cannot see me talking
to you. They are roughing up a blind man now.” He evidently could talk
no further then.

The soldiers later released women and children along with men who were
related to them. Abu Talat was released because a boy told him to
pretend to be his father.

Other witnesses gave similar accounts outside the mosque. ”People were
praying and the Americans invaded the mosque,” Abdulla Ra'ad Aziz from
the al-Adhamiya district of Baghdad told IPS. He had been released along
with his wife and children. ”Why are they killing people for praying?”
He said that after the forces entered ”they went to the back doors and
we heard so many bullets of the guns -- it was a gun bigger than a
Kalashnikov. There were wounded and dead, I saw them myself.”

Some of the people who had been at prayer were ordered by soldiers to
carry the dead and wounded out of the mosque, he said.

”One Iraqi National Guardsmen held his gun on people and yelled, 'I will
kill you if you don't shut up',” said Rana Aziz, a mother who had been
trapped in the mosque.. ”So they made everyone lie down, then people got
quiet, and they took the women and children out.”

She said someone asked the soldiers if they would be made hostages. A
soldier used foul language and asked everyone to shut up, she said.
Suddenly, she laughed amid her tears. ”The Americans have learnt how to
say shut up in Arabic, 'Inchev'.”

Soldiers denied Iraqi Red Crescent ambulances and medical teams access
to the mosque. As doctors negotiated with U.S. soldiers outside, more
gunfire was heard from inside.

About 30 men were led out with hoods over their heads and their hands
tied behind them. Soldiers loaded them into a military vehicle and took
them away around 3.15 pm.

A doctor with the Iraqi Red Crescent confirmed four dead and nine
wounded worshippers. Pieces of brain were splattered on one of the walls
inside the mosque while large blood stains covered carpets at several

A U.S. military spokesperson in Baghdad did not respond to requests for
information on the raid.

Dahr Jamail is one of the only "unembedded", Independant journalists the USA Has not either killed or imprisoned in the rush to make Iraq safe for Democracy and freedom. HEIL! HEIL! ZIEG HEIL elBUSHKO


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