Iraq: 13 dead 'elite police' or 'Salvador Option' Wolf Brigade killers?
Also see below clip of Mike Whitney report "The Rumsfeld Solution; Liberating Iraq, one journalist at a time"
ITN: Baghdad bomb kills 13 police officers
A suicide car bomb has killed 13 elite police officers in eastern Baghdad.
A further ten were wounded in the attack which came after an incident in which US troops clashed with militia fighters loyal to a rebellious Shi'ite Muslim cleric.
They said US forces entered the poor Shi'ite district of Sadr City seeking to detain a group of militia members suspected of carrying out guerrilla attacks.
Separately a suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up in a busy marketplace in Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing at least three people and wounding more than 30.
Violence has been on the increase head of a referendum on a new constitution for Iraq on October 15. Link
"The Rumsfeld Solution; liberating Iraq, one journalist at a time"
"The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is calling on the United States to investigate 3 new cases of journalists killed in Iraq in the last week.This brings to 17 the number of journalists and media staff killed by US soldiers." Iraq Press
Last week, Yasser Salihee, a reporter for Knight Ridder news agency, was assassinated in a perfectly executed gangland-style hit a few miles outside of Baghdad. He was struck by a single bullet to the head by an American sniper. Salihee's murder resulted from his extensive coverage of the torture and murder of "suspected insurgents" by US-backed death-squads.
Many readers will remember Donald Rumsfeld rushing-off to Baghdad a few months ago to ensure that the "newly elected" Iraqi government didn't fiddle with the new regime he'd installed in the Interior Ministry. With the help of former CIA-operative Iyad Allawi, Rumsfeld put together a cadre of thugs who operate under the rubric of "The Wolf Brigade". ( also referred to as "Rumsfeld's Boys") Salihee had uncovered the gruesome details of how this counterinsurgency unit really works; roaming the countryside in white Toyota Land Cruisers, dressed as police, rounding up anti-occupation suspects and either killing and torturing them as they see fit. These special units are similar to the death squads that were used by Ronald Reagan in El Salvador during the 1980s. Now they are thriving in Iraq under the auspices of the Defense Dept; operating freely behind the facade of a democratically elected Iraqi government.
The Wolf Brigade has enlisted members of the Republican Guard as well as former members of Saddam's feared secret police, the Mukhabarat. Both groups are intimately familiar with torture and the other instruments of state terror. Since the elections the Brigade has played a major role in the crackdown throughout the Sunni Triangle that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of innocent Iraqis. Salihee was following these developments when he was gunned down.
He discovered that corpses, which were being dumped off at the Baghdad morgue, showed the signs of being killed in a "methodical fashion. Their hands had been tied or handcuffed behind their backs, their eyes were blindfolded and they appeared to have been tortured. In most cases the dead men looked as if they had been whipped with a cord, subjected to electric shocks, beaten with a blunt object and shot to death, often with single bullets to their heads."(Free Arab Voice) Eyewitness accounts said that many of the victims had been apprehended by people dressed as police who bore all the hallmarks of the Wolf Brigade.
There's been a steep increase in the number of murders since the elections. "Before March 2003.the morgue handled 200 to 250 suspicious deaths a month, about 16 of which included firearm injuries." Now there are "700 to 800 suspicious deaths a month, with some 500 having firearm wounds." Many of these have been killed execution-style with a single bullet-wound to the head.
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