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Iraq_invasion : amer alkubaisi

الكاتب: عامر الكبيسى

2014-12-14
حجم الخط

1-My sight was fixed towards Saddam…I saw Saddam who He was only 400m away from me. He was shooting over people’s heads. I looked at him surprisingly. He looked like a creature from another planet. # Iraq_invasion

 

2- During my entrance to the civilian military parade before the war, I watched thousands of people in groups and formed military and civilian battalions #Iraq_invasion

 

3- Before reaching the celebration square in Baghdad, hundreds of people used to be  put in buses previously used to transport food #Iraq_invasion

 

4- We, as University students were not told that Saddam was there. We thought we were only going for fire arms training and military marches #Iraq_invasion

 

5-Before reaching the square, our rifles were inspected and their needles were removed rendering them useless #Iraq_invasion

 

6- Many tanks broke down on the street. We knew the tanks were decrepit and cannot work. Military jets and helicopters flew over our heads #Iraq_invasion

 

7- We were told helicopters &tanks had security and intelligence officers fearing anything could happen. The assassination of Saddam was then a possibility However; he remained calm, sharp and collected #Iraq_invasion

 

8- The live broadcast continued for 10 hours and time passed without incident. The celebration was a success enjoyed by Iraqis abroad but our evaluation of the situation was different. #Iraq_invasion

 

9-It was confirmed to us during the parade that the decrepitude of our troops.  and we also had no freedom to speak up They used to lock up the college gates and take our names before we leave #Iraq_invasion

 

10- The Baathists and the students’ union affiliated with Uday Saddam used to take our names and our absence may lead to persecution and they might track us and harm us if we were not there. #Iraq_invasion.

 

11 –The dean of our college stood at the outside gate and refused to let students go out but hardly allowed female students. He never accepted any excuse except those with medical excuses #Iraq_invasion

 

12-Days before the war I met someone very close to Saddam. He had just met him and carried a photograph had been taken to him standing in front of the president#Iraq_invasion.

 

13-The secretary had told him that Saddam never take except group photos because his eyes can no longer tolerate the camera flash but he requested  him for a picture with him because he loved him  #Iraq_invasion

 

14 The picture was stunning and so important to me and for the first time I saw Saddam as an old person and his face wrinkles and hands were exhausted#Iraq_invasion.

 

15-A fixed photo is entirely different from a TV picture. Saddam’s eyes were really tired. I won’t reveal the man’s name who talked to me but he was educated & wonderful #Iraq_invasion

 

16-He told me things were hard. I asked about our defense preparations and the chemical weapons Saddam would kill the Americans with He said that the United Nations had reduced us to nothing #Iraq_invasion

 

17-We were close because he lived nearby.  I was not to talk with him about litreture or architecture or Islamic law or calligraphy . We discussed all sorts of things he could not find someone to discuss them with him #Iraq_invasion.

 

18-Baathists launched a fierce campaign to find out those youth who frequented mosques and those youth who attended early morning prayers. They used to  watch out for any gatherings there #Iraq_invasion

 

19-I had friends who were summoned by Baath groups & forced to pledge they’d never become ‘wahhabis’ or gather after prayer#Iraq_invasion

 

20-Iraqis knew history has chosen Baghdad to be once again a meeting point for US global project & other horrifying projects#Iraq_invasion

 

21- Projects coming with America were locally originated and international. They fluctuated between support and opposition to the US but they all meant we would be in big trouble#Iraq_invasion

 

22- Iraqis, especially in Baghdad, suffered a lot and Iraq became a testing ground for the world to test its political and military theories and testing its weaponry on us#Iraq_invasion

 

23 Baghdad was the focus of the world and was waiting for uncertain destiny. We feared an unknown future which became clear later on. What was to come was a fraction of what we had imagined to happen#Iraq_invasion

 

24-In Baghdad provinces there are intellectuals, family heads, Mosques’ leaders (imams) and exhausted government employees all worried about where things were headed. What are we going to do then? #Iraq_invasion

 

25- As for women and mothers, their plan was to leave Baghdad ASAP if a war breaks out, a step that requires money and a place to migrate to 

#Iraq_invasion

 

26- Women were busy preparing for their families’ departure outside Baghdad. They’d take only what was dear and light plus some food and medicines #Iraq_invasion

 

27- Parents are worried about their families. We exchange our families’ concerns. The inhabitants’ eyes were unsettled. I never look to anyone but to see                                                                                                                                      fear and anxiety#Iraq_invasion

 

28-In mosques, hands are raised in prayer , supplication fear and hope. Supplication increases with every family head. There is wide-spread fear of the unknown. What can  we be able to do? #Iraq_invasion

 

29-All families are in crisis. What about children, women, and especially young women. What a disaster makes the youth really grow gray hair #Iraq_invasion

 

30- We are scared of the poor might attack the middle-class areas or that subversive elements might wreak havoc. so we  must be well-prepared #Iraq_invasion

 

33-We’re worried the US army might turn out to be like Hulagu Khan’s army. We don’t know . we don’t know . Life became hard. Death might be easier#Iraq_invasion

 

32-A question as big as our religion and country is on our minds. It was a psychological struggle reveals itself in form of discussion s and arguments with close friends, the trustworthy and families #Iraq_invasion

 

33- The question they try to hide from the secret agents; Are we who will fight the US? What is our religious, national  & moral duty towards our country#Iraq_invasion

 

34-The question is caught up in another psychological dilemma which meses up the situation: will we fight with Saddam & under the flag of the Baath party? Will there be other fighting choices #Iraq_invasion

 

35-Some reply heatedly especially the youth that they (The Baathists) declared Jihad against the invaders. A real but endless and heated discussion is going on with whom we should fight #Iraq_invasion

 

36 To the best of my knowledge the opinion of majority of people -, both the practicing   Sunnis and Shiites, believe the war is inevitable and we should not support Saddam because he doesn’t represent us#Iraq_invasion

 

39-We all know that Saddam is of grat value to Arabs and and outside Iraq but we the Iraqis inside the country have suffered a lot under his regime. We held our breath #Iraq_invasion

 

38- We had no internet service, no cell phones, and no satellites. We were in a big prison continued for  so long. They were destroying and exhausting #Iraq_invasion

 

39- Employees get paid pittance, some salaries reach the price of 20 eggs or 5 kilos of meat#Iraq_invasion

 

 40-At the same time, Baathists and Saddam’s friends salaries are 10 times or 20 times their regular salaries given under the name of ( Saddam’s bonus) . People felt oppressed #Iraq_invasion

 

41- Increasing support for the idea that we are not fighting a war Saddam dragged us into yet we have to be prepared for any emergency  for the record I will a very important piece of information , and this will answer for the true reason behind the strength of Iraqi resistance after the invasion  of Iraq and their weakness during the invasion #Iraq_invasion

 

42-I would declare confidently that the first initiative for the formation of Iraqi resistance outside the framework of the army, the police and Baathists started before the war and the invasion in about two months #Iraq_invasion

 

 

 

43 The -Sunni Islamists got together and discussed how to form the non-official nucleus of resistance to fight the Americans under an Islamic flag#Iraq_invasion

 

44- Baath members &the police arrested a resistance group in Fallujah a month before the war for meeting in secret &stocking weapons#Iraq_invasion

 

45-The group was among scores mostly from Fallujah which became and its suburban a training ground for the nascent resistance#Iraq_invasion

 

46-Most Iraqi youth  were either in the army or are weapon-trained so training them was easy with live ammunition in areas outside Fallujah#Iraq_invasion

 

47- Leading the resistance and being the gate of resistance 

Fallujah was at the forefront of Iraqi resistance two months before the invasion#Iraq_invasion

 

48-A number of young men trained before the war told me all the details. They wanted to fight the Americans but not under the Baath banner#Iraq_invasion

 

49-Fallajuah is the city of mosques & the biggest school of the Sharia (Islamic law) scholars. It is the cradle of half the Iraqi Sunni scholars and activists #Iraq_invasion

 

50-Young Muslims groups in all areas meet  to explore the future of Iraq and the US army  presence and decide what to do and what are our relations with the

Religious scholars#Iraq_invasion

 

51- A month before  the war exchanges of thoughts in Baghdad was candid. For the 1st time Islamic groups discussed their visions & future approaches#Iraq_invasion

 

52-Baathists were active in getting training and they trained many university and school students but it was more of a routine training aimed at implementing orders more than believing in the importance of training to defend the country #Iraq_invasion

 

53-Someone I trust told me persecuted Shiite groups gave their leaders sealed envelopes but he was not privy to their contents#Iraq_invasion

 

54-Strict orders were given; those envelopes shall remain sealed till the regime falls. I learned later they contained dangerous and confidential instructions #Iraq_invasion

 

55-There were orders for seizing all departments of information and documents and whoever be able to stock up weapons to do so and take control the police, security and Baath headquarters#Iraq_invasion

 

56- Baath party has branches in all Baghdad neighborhoods w/ a wealth of info. It is a landmine for those who report and spy on others #Iraq_invasion

 

57-Party headquarters are usually evacuated in case of a threat but this time they resembled weapons warehouse and a gathering spot for security personnel #Iraq_invasion

 

58-Baath centers attracted junior military officers and Baath volunteers who converged on them to coordinate security and intelligence efforts#Iraq _invasion

 

58- All Friday Sermons must include a supplication for Saddam or whoever refuse could be banned from sermons or risk imprisonment. Sermons call on people to prepare life sustenance stuff and dig water wells#Iraq_invasion

 

59-Doctors advised people to take water samples from these wells  dug in yards to a lab to make sure it is fit for human consumption which we did#Iraq_invasion

 

61-We were told to secure homes with sandbags and stock up some basic foodstuffs like flour, rice and lentils in the biggest amounts possible #Iraq_invasion

 

62-The ministry of trade issued every family a six-month supply of food rations, the biggest in ten years and proved so useful to people later on #Iraq_invasion

 

63-People were advising each other to make copies of personal documents, IDs and documents, and keeping them in fire proof files and on  floppydisks#Iraq_invasion

 

 64- I remember that many people did not know how to backup documents electronically and went to the mosque which had a computer and copying machine #Iraq_invasion

 

65- A 16-item leaflet was distributed detailing the necessary medications we should buy, the first aid items we need & ways of safely stocking up fuel#Iraq_invasion

 

66-The atmosphere was rife with a sense of finality in all aspects of life. We began preparing ourselves psychologically and materialistically for the worst days of  lives#Iraq_invasion

 

67-Away from the ppl, Saddam was holding meetings with his army chiefs and spoke w/ a sense of faith punctuated with philosophy. People were listening and eager to hear#Iraq_invasion

 

68- I did not feel, at this time, that anyone believed Saddam’s words and slogans or even his exaggerated expressions of faith#Iraq_invasion

 

69 The gap between Saddam and people was extremely huge. The injury of Saddam entering Kuwait without their consent is still deep#Iraq_invasion

 

70- The last 13 years were very hard, killing and destruction. We were like the living dead and endured the worst kind of economic sanction. We were dying slowly#Iraq_invasion

 

71-I ate the contaminated flour . Even my experienced grandmother did not know how to bake it. It tasted like animal fodder. We used to eat this bread and was very bad#Iraq_invasion

 

72-Children had not had candy in years. Bananas, apples and soft drinks were among the impossible. They even never came to us in our dreams#Iraq_invasion

 

73- Dates are the alternative companion of children. Dates are their apples, bananas and chocolates. Dates were mixed with horrible and unbearable dark biscuits#Iraq_invasion

 

74-We used to drink what is called ”unsweetened Pepsi”  b/c sugar was very expensive. Sometimes dates were used instead of sugar to sweeten tea#Iraq_invasion

 

75- Families would go for months without tasting meat. Children as young as 5 didn’t know what the word meat or chicken is . Medicines were scarce, difficult to get, missing & expensive#Iraq_invasion

 

76-People blamed Saddam for everything. These feelings were aggravated by his projects of building mansions and castles. They were built in front of our eyes and we were starving #Iraq_invasion

 

77-I didn’t notice any real preparations for the war. The street has its own way of sensing those preparations and was sensing the preparations#Iraq_invasion

 

78-Before each preparation, party headquarters and government departments would be evacuated and the army put on high alert and personnel won’t let to go home. We have tried seeing that many times#Iraq_invasion

 

79- But this time, there was no sense of getting ready for a war or even half or quarter a war. Things were too secret, mysterious and relaxed#Iraq_invasion

 

80-People were amazed seeing Saddam’s secretary Abid Hmoud and his family in (Saddamiate Atharthar) a tourist area west of Bghadad#Iraq_invasion

 

81- How can Saddam’s primary confidant come to this place and enjoy himself when the whole world is talking about Iraq and say the war is coming soon #Iraq_invasion

 

82-Even Saddam was busy organizing his birthday party weeks in advance. He wanted the Iraqis to celebrate it in Azzawra’ in the middle of the capitol (Baghdad)#Iraq_invasion

 

83- Azzawra’city is a name called with reference to Baghdad Azzawra’ I.e. the river is “Yazwar “which means goes around it, it is the biggest park of entertainment in Baghdad and adjacent to the presidential palaces,#Iraq_invasion.

 

84-Department of Planning at the Presidential palace worked day and night to fulfil the desire of Saddam and have Azzawar’ ready in time for the party#Iraq_invasion

 

85-Saddam visited those three weeks before the war and ordered them to have the park ready for his birthday in a few weeks#Iraq_invasion

 

86-Saddam wore out the Rep. Guards & “Fedayeen Saddam- Saddam redemptioners ” when he placed them under the command of his sons ( Qusay and Oday) who lacked any knowledge about military or war or any experience. However, they were decision makers#Iraq_invasion

 

87- The inner world of the army was shrouded in mystery. Its outside is different from its inside. There were many internal struggles over power and fight over authoroties#Iraq_invasion

 

88-An army officer told me the army was receiving conflicting orders from army chiefs on the one hand & specifically Oday & Qusay (Saddam’s sons) on the other#Iraq_invasion

 

89-The Iraqi army was falling apart from inside. A soldier’s salary was completely worthless or below zero if you consider cost of food and transportation#Iraq_invasion

 

90-I saw a number of soldiers loitering around begging people for some change to buy food because they could not go back home#Iraq_invasion

 

91-Soldiers’ appearance and uniforms were threadbare and their boots worn-out and injure their feet. On top of being lonely and stripped of their dingity#Iraq_invasion

 

92-The army was only appearances without real substance. Years of economic sanctions and corruption torn it apart and the old war had destroyed its weapons and Saddam approved the destruction of its missiles #Iraq_invasion

 

93- Corruption was rife in the army. The rich were allowed to  buy their  way out of conscription. The sense of nationalism disappeared .The army was for the poor only#Iraq_invasion

 

94-The army forces suffered leadership crisis because of the interference of Saddam’s sons’ (Oday and Qusay) in the army affairs . The army got a media shock by the American military propaganda#Iraq_invasion

 

95- The army was dealt yet another blow at the hands the US war propaganda machine. It exaggerated the power of the US military forces coming to invade Iraq and the solider became comparing his power with the American power#Iraq_invasion

 

96- Many families started leaving Baghdad to safer locations after Bush issued his 48-hour ultimatum to Saddam. Hundreds of thousands people left  Baghdad to other provinces on the same day to escape to a less dangerous places Iraq_invasion

 

 

 

97- Unprecedented waves of human beings leave Baghdad in one day. Some had relatives to go to and others went randomly escaping death#Iraq_invasion

 

98- I can’t see women anymore in Baghdad except rarely and even children became rare. They all left along with the elderly #Iraq_invasion

 

99- Before the ultimatum given by Bush to Saddam, Oday and Qusay the first strike took place and after that more families flee Baghdad immediately to the unknown, #Iraq_invasion

 

100 - Baghdad belongs to the Tigris, the muddy-colored  river, which runs thru it bestowing upon it AlKarkh & AlRasafa  built by Almansoor dating back  to Al-Mansour’s ‘round city’#Iraq_invasion

 

101-The ‘round city’ is historically located in AlKarkh west of Baghdad which has always prided itself , until the invasion, on its Abbasid past#Iraq_invasion

 

102- From the most scarce information, the biggest mosque in the world was to be built on the location of the round city is the location of Al-Muthanna airport  now but the location now belongs to the Americans#Iraq_invasion

 

103-Abbasid monuments were destroyed and deliberately targeted the most amazing of which is Al Mustansiriya school, the oldest university in the world. I will put you on a journey before the war#Iraq_invasion

 

104-I walked along the bridge feeling nostalgic for Tigris and its distinctive smell. I saw an old man, standing in the middle of the bridge, bowing of respect to the river#Iraq_invasion

 

105-I’d never seen anyone express his love for  the Tigris like this by lifting his head cover ( Arakcheen). I liked his love to the Tigris. The old man passed by breezily like the river’s silent water#Iraq_invasion

 

106- Went down to the river bank where hundreds of young men fishing for  remains of gold in the water which is close to the gold market. The ‘gold game’ was a great time #Iraq_invasion

 

107-It was one of the most beautiful days of my life & most sentimental. I don’t know why I was crying then laughing and walking. The Tigris then had made me half insane#Iraq_invasion

 

108-I go a lot to the Iraqi & the Baghdadi museums. I badgered my friends to go again. I had a feeling that everything in Iraq is going to change forever#Iraq_invasion

 

109-Friends still feel grateful for the visit. Some had never been to the museum. The museum was later looted and forever changed and won the benefits of the visit and the explanation#Iraq_invasion

 

110-Al-Shorja market is close by. A feet are racing with each other.. People are stocking up for the months ahead not knowing what will things be. Prices are up. I can smell the distinctive scents of Al-Shorja #Iraq_invasion

 

111- Prices are up; the dinar loses its value by the day. People carry notes they later discover are forgeries and find out prices had changed and the forged notes spreading out#Iraq_invasion

 

112-Rumors leaked out that Saddam had been killed. The rumors market is booming. I doubt anyone believed them but we all know that his hometown has been targeted#Iraq_invasion

 

113- A heated debate among us; is the new bombing the same as the one we have  been used to for a decade or it is the beginning of a war#Iraq_invasion

 

114-We the residents of Baghdad are used to missiles since the Iran war then America’s war since the nineteenth. In every season we had a batch of death. #Iraq_invasion

 

115- Missiles in this war were different & v. scary. Reporters who’d been to Afghanistan said they’d never seen or heard anything like them#Iraq_invasion

 

116- The ground shakes when missiles hit. Glasses fall off the table before we hear the sound of missiles. Totally horrifying and strange#Iraq_invasion

 

117- Evening is beautiful and romantic. When night falls, bombings start lighting up the sky with pretty colors but   scary at the same time #Iraq_invasion

 

118-Surface-to-air missiles light enjoy us and as much it breaks the night darkness  but is also the harbingers of death, a conflation of beauty and fear come sometimes together.#Iraq_invasion.

 

119-They warn us not to go up to roofs to avoid being hit by missiles or the fall of shrapnel on our heads. No one heeds warnings at those historic moments. We used to go up and the neigbours as well. Baghdad was living rare historic moment #Iraq_invasion

 

120-Nighes like a 3D film. A dark/lit-up image& bangs of missiles then silence. Love & fear.  a wall of shrapnel. The movie of life is more truthful#Iraq_invasion

 

121-A week into the war, one night we heard the sound of a huge explosion that shook the ground .It may be a different bomb or missile. It caused a huge earthquake. I learned the communications tower had been hit#Iraq_invasion

 

122-In the morning, I used to go out to see what had become of everything. Few beautiful things remain the same after a night of bombing#Iraq_invasion

 

123- I recall the area of Saddam Tower, a long monument next to my relative house. Many feared it might come crashing down on homes nearby. My relative was suffering strongly from illness #Iraq_invasion

 

124- A relative of mine in his last days although he was in his 40s his wife refused to leave him. His 5-membered family stayed with him. When he died, his family could not bury him for two days#Iraq_invasion

 

125- Saddam Tower is the tallest structure in Baghdad. It was 200m of height. In the nineteen’s it was astonishing Iraqis.  Most Iraqis had never seen any building this tall#Iraq_invasion

 

126- A restaurant sits at top of the Communications Tower in Baghdad affording customers a wonderful view of the city. One could clearly see the presidential palaces and the intelligence services building from the top of the tower #Iraq_invasion

 

127- The location of the tower and its upper restaurant posed a security problem for the regime. When going up windows ordered to be closed and customers were banned from looking in the direction of the palaces and the intelligence services #Iraq_invasion

 

128- Intelligence services manage the rotating restaurant at the top of the tower. Workers are not allowed to look in the direction of the presidential palace or the general intelligence building#Iraq_invasion

 

129-The intelligence services building is a few meters away from the tower and occupies an area the size of a neighborhood. Everyone is scared to stop or even look in its direction #Iraq_invasion

 

130-Adjacent to the tower stands Al-Mamoun Building. After been bombed I cycled to see what had become of it after it was bombed to see its new shape#Iraq_invasion

 

131-Rumors have it that Saddam Tower was not built up to standards of buildings and has an invisible tilt. For so long I used to stand before the structure stunned by its sheer size#Iraq_invasion

 

132- I doubt the tower had an accurate tilt. It remained standing with its broken windows even after e the adjacent building was destroyed and remained as a hallow structure #Iraq_invasion

 

133- Simply by looking at the military or speaking to them, it is evident that the soldiers on the streets are absolutely clueless. How they behave, defend the country and what they defend with #Iraq_invasion

 

143-They don’t know what the future holds, how they are supposed to fight or with what they are going to fight#Iraq_invasion

 

134- We wonder if they would last longer than a few minutes in the face of the US army. Will their decrepit rifles or barricades be of any use? The gap was so huge#Iraq_invasion

 

135- The sight of soldiers, trenches & barricades was propagandist rather real. Maybe the purpose is to maintain domestic security rather than stand up to the Americans #Iraq_invasion

 

 

136- Someone close to Saddam who was recently met him came to visit. A rare opportunity to speak to someone who had seen him recently#Iraq_invasion

 

137-He told me ten days into the war that it was all over and that the Iraqi government was simply posturing. Nothing was there could be a possible victory#Iraq_invasion

 

138-He said the Americans were able to contact senior figures through landlines to urge them to ditch Saddam Hussein#Iraq_invasion

 

139-The Americans failed to  convince any senior figures to dissent because  all communications were monitored by the intelligence services But the message was clear; we got to you #Iraq_invasion

 

140- Most communications ended afterwards. Electricity and water became scarcer. Services were in deep crisis#Iraq_invasion

 

141-A week into the war, a red-yellowish sand storm hit Baghdad. I had never seen anything quite like it before. It was strange sand storm #Iraq_invasion

 

142- I walk in Baghdad streets as like a person walking in a ghost town. Trees are pale and red. The street is sad, silent and full of red and yellow tears #Iraq_invasion

 

143- I breathe in the clean and quality air opposite to the yellow dust of the sandstorm. I stand and before my eyes a dreaming deserted scene had fallen on earth and horrified it #Iraq_invasion

 

144- I remember I stopped then sat down. I looked on and tried to figure out where I was. Was this a surreal painting by deranged artist #Iraq_invasion

 

145- I cannot describe the street or how I felt that day. I was swimming in a sea of red color. Was this the beginning of the end? Were we all going to die? Baghdad was holding its own funeral and the whole world is watching#Iraq_invasion

 

146- Several army platoons from the Republican Guards were mobilized during the sandstorm night which was under the command of Saddam’s son Qusay and receive commands only from him#Iraq_invasion

 

147- It was rumored that the US had halted its ground operations in the southern provinces on account of the sandstorm despite advancing 200km into Baghdad#Iraq_invasion

 

148-Qusay Saddam thought wrongly the US wouldn’t spot the platoons during the storm & mobilized them towards the South of Baghdad but he was obviously wrong#Iraq_invasion

 

149-I learned later from close friends and army officers that half the soldiers had abandoned their posts after being bombed & lost all contact with their army leaders#Iraq_invasion

 

150- Soldiers saw B52 bombers drop containers. Army chiefs said: Iraqi soldiers morale was very low due to endless miscalculations of digging in #Iraq_invasion

 

151-They used to dig lengthwise and sideways Here they dug in the shape of a cross because the aircraft’s fissionable projectiles necessitated running in different directions #Iraq_invasion

 

152- The first ten days went by very quickly. At night we would watch the sky show and inspect the damage of the bombed targets the following morning#Iraq_invasion

 

153-We didn’t care much for big news, Bush’s statements or Iraqi politicians’ meetings outside the country but something else caught our attention#Iraq_invasion

 

154- We feared hordes of Iraqis were to arrive  by air under the leadership of Ahmed Chalabi. What would they do to us? #Iraq_invasion

 

155- Our concern was our future. We see the regime gradually disintegrating & hear the Americans advancing from the south towards Baghdad#Iraq_invasion

 

156- We were familiar with the State-owned media which is the only party prepared songs praising Saddam and urging Iraqis for Jihad (to fight) and resist the invaders#Iraq_invasion

 

157-The songs were of a less quality compared to (Al-Qadisiyah) the Iraq-Iran war songs. Days of Iraq-Iran war were more popular and of a better quality at least internally#Iraq_invasion

 

158- These songs were produced in a hurry. Some like (Foot Beeha wa alzilim khalliha” and “Fawwat Beeha” became the essential food of the radio and television and until everyone knew them by heart#Iraq_invasion

 

159-The most exciting and the funniest line was “we shall wipe the US off the map” but the melody was great http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twC_C8X1mrs#Iraq_invasion

 

160- A farmer named Mingash became very popular. According to official media he was able to down a US fighter with a ( Barnaw) rifle which was true. The fighter was actually downed#Iraq_invasion

 

161-Over the next few days, we started seeing a different day. Clouds of smoke from burning oil wells covered all directions of Baghdad skyline. The idea was to disturb flying of fighters and make it impossible#Iraq_invasion

 

162- I watch carefully Baghdad sky. It is a mix of black and blue skies or between dreams &death. The Black Death walks with the wind, drawing maps & dancing its goodbye #Iraq_invasion

 

163- We race with friends to discover maps in the sky. This one looks like a house or a car. Our lives drawn by black smoke in the sky#Iraq_invasion

 

164- To me It was all very exciting. During the day we see darkness with light and at night we see light with darkness. In the morning the oil smoke and at night for missiles #Iraq_invasion

 

165-Friday was quite eventful as Saddam was spotted walking in Al-Mansoor area; I was three kilometers from where he showed up#Iraq_invasion

 

166-Saddam’s appearance meant we needed to be extra careful. The area became important for the US intelligence and it was not easy to move around#Iraq_invasion

 

167-Therefor, Saddam would remain touring the area for a few days. As he moves around the Americans and their agents would be actively following and pursuing him#Iraq_invasion

 

168-Saddam was spotted near the 14th of Ramadan Street in Al-Mansoor. The whole area was extremely important and a mere 10km away from the palaces#Iraq_invasion

 

169-In the afternoon the 1st airport battle began after 3pm, to a great extent it was an illusory battle; before it started the Americans had already landed in Baghdad#Iraq_invasion

 

170- It was a trick that led to the defeat of all Iraqi troops. I headed that day to Al-Jihad neighborhood close to the airport highway#Iraq_invasion

 

185171-An unprecedented number of missiles were fired at the airport. Most resident remained in the airport area fled the area fearing to be hit by the missiles#Iraq_invasion

 

172-I rode with a friend leaving my bike at his place (I am yet to retrieve it) & headed to Al Ameriyya, then to Alkhadra and Al-Yarmouk#Iraq_invasion

 

173- We learned that four  US armored vehicles were delivered from the air  on the airport road where most of the Iraqi special forces were#Iraq_invasion

 

174-They were un precedent, very fast, and very advanced unmanned armored vehicles enveloped in a magnetic field to protect them against RPGs#Iraq_invasion

 

175-The speed of the Iraqi tank on the street was very slow and never exceed the speed of a slow-speed car and usually carried on trucks. However, the American tanks were something different#Iraq_invasion

 

176-Iraqi soldiers watched as US Abrams tanks sped by like a very light cars on the highway destroying every other tanks on their path#Iraq_invasion

 

177- US tanks entered Baghdad and sped along the road connecting the airport & presidential palaces on the Tigris near Al-Harthia province where the palaces gates are#Iraq_invasion

 

178 he element of surprise was the reason the Americans sent in their tanks for which the fire machine (Bakata) fired non-stop in all directions#Iraq_invasion

 

179- Tanks were meant to frighten Iraqi soldiers to force them to withdraw and that’s exactly what happened. Many soldiers decided to withdraw because what they saw of force meant certainly America won the battle#Iraq_invasion

 

180-Iraqi soldiers weren’t aware there were only four tanks (double the number  came later). They assumed it was the end of the battle in the most dangerous area, the airport highway#Iraq_invasion

 

181-The armored vehicles halted a few kilometers away from the palace’s gates at the end  of  Alyarmouk province  near Bilal mosque roundabout then withdrew slowly causing the shock and the awe #Iraq_invasion

 

182- The Iraqi leadership thought the airport had actually been taken over by the Americans. A decision was made to dispatch troops and missiles to the airport to contain the defeat #Iraq_invasion

 

 

183- Among the dispatched to the airport were Almujahidoon AlArab (The Arab fighters)  and Fedayeen Saddam ( . Rumors flew they had terrorized the Americans and decapitated their heads#Iraq_invasion

 

184- The first airport battle was one-sided; US tanks targeting and disintegrating Iraqi troops on the airport highway#Iraq_invasion

 

185 The battle was between the Iraqis and the Americans-When the US tanks withdrew, the Iraqis entered the airport and the leadership was basking in the euphoria of victory#Iraq_invasion

 

186-It was rumored that Saddam participated w/ a medium-sized weapon. Were this true, they’d have published photos of him during fighting but everything is possible #Iraq_invasion

 

187- Almujahidoon AlArab ,as an armed forces, were fighting for the first time. Here is the surprise. They discovered majority of their weapons were mostly faulty#Iraq_invasion

 

188- The firing needles had been removed by the security forces from their rifles rendering majority of them practically useless when they tried to fire them#Iraq_invasion

 

189- Almujahidoon AlArab wrapped the end of RPG launchers with  a piece of cloth to offset the effect of the tanks’ magnetic field#Iraq_invasion

 

190- Four days before  the end of the war, I  used to see Almujahidoon AlArab & Fedayeen Saddam  but the army personnel had all but  disappeared. Everything started collapsing #Iraq_invasion

 

191-Fedayeen Saddam and Ashbal (Lions of) Saddam were more resilient, their appearance still capable of inspiring awe and fear . Half of them cover their faces. I think it is the last power would stand the conflict.#Iraq_invasion

 

192-The Fedayeen are very crazy and well-trained, tall, slim with serious eyes & rarely made an appearance. Their presence signaled danger#Iraq_invasion

 

193. -Contrary to Almujahidoon AlArab who befriended people and frequented mosques, the Fedayeen remained distant & aloof. They stand away from people and nobody would approach them#Iraq_invasion

 

194- Almujahidoon AlArab were mainly from Syria, Egypt and Tunisia. The youngest of the Syrians is called Kanjo Mohammad Kanjo who was arrested but later released by the Red Cross#Iraq_invasion

 

195-The real airport battle started on Sunday the 6th of April after dusk. The Iraqi plan was to increase the missile fire#Iraq_invasion

 

196-US troops, tanks and fighter jets took over the airport. They considered their presence as the true sign for the war to end #Iraq_invasion

 

197- AlSahhaf (The Minister of information) announced there would be a big surprise & that the American were in for a big shock and they would be vanished.  He was talking confidently but  we never believed him in all what he said #Iraq_invasion

 

198- It emerged all his plan that surprised the media was but a trick and unfounded proclamations and never came true #Iraq_invasion

 

199- AlSahhaf succeeded in deceiving the public opinion into believing that a resounding defeat awaited the Americans soldiers at the airport and Iraq would do the unexpected#Iraq_invasion

 

200-We thought the airport would be totally destroyed killing everyone there, presuming that this was the plan, thus reestablishing the awe and fear against the Americans #Iraq_invasion

 

201- The other possibility was bombing the airport with medium-range missiles which strangely enough still have not been used. Not using such missiles was raising questions #Iraq_invasion

 

202-  Iraq remained  possessing  some missiles, although Saddam had approved the complete destruction of 10s of 1000s of missiles#Iraq_invasion

 

203-When missiles aimed at Israel in 1991 they were launched from the western region where I lived at the time, a student in primary school#Iraq_invasion

 

204-I recall seeing huge trucks of huge and many wheels carrying covered things which turned out to be the missiles fired at Israel#Iraq_invasion

 

205-  America never allowed  to hit Israel with missiles again  because  the UN, with a trick from Israel , convinced Iraq to  destroy its long-range missiles#Iraq_invasion

 

206-Destroyign Iraq’s missiles was the second biggest strategic mistake made by Saddam, the first being the invasion of Kuwait and the second is the destruction of the missiles#Iraq_invasion

 

207-The Iraqi people were against the invasion of Kuwait but Saddam forced the army to invade. Even Saddam didn’t intend to invade Kuwait but he was tricked by the US#Iraq_invasion

 

208- Iraqi Islamists issued  fatwas forbidding anyone from taking or  buying any piece of furniture, or even a piece of cheese  brought in from Kuwait and considered it “religiously forbidden” and had to be returned to their owners#Iraq_invasion

 

209- History attests to the noble stands of Iraqi Islamists vis-à-vis the invasion of Kuwait which they considered a huge mistake committed by an Iraqi leader from the establishment of the state of Irq#Iraq_invasion

 

210-US troops entered the airport and met with little resistance. The Iraqi army was in deep trouble & needed to do anything to survive#Iraq_invasion

 

211- AlSahhaf deceived all of us. He was smart then and cheated all listened to his statements and among them the press corps. He deceived the Iraqis into believing that Iraqi victory at the airport was inevitable#Iraq_invasion

 

212- Alsahhaf told the press Iraq was going to crush the Americans in a battle that will go down in history books and it would become a school of thought that all generations and military schools would learn from and all we need only to be patient #Iraq_invasion

 

213-In the end it emerged that the plan was clever but difficult to implement and ultimately failed or was made to fail by traitors. No one really knows the reason behind not implementing that plan#Iraq_invasion

 

214-The secret plan put by the Iraqi leadership was to flood the whole airport with water , mainly the place of the American troops to drown both US troops and their tanks and equipment#Iraq_invasion

 

215-Once the whole airport is submerged; they would send a very strong electric current to electrocute US soldiers#Iraq_invasion

 

216  All this story was but speculation. -It is true that we were skeptical of AlSahhaf’s  but whatever covered by the regime  would become clear by nightfall#Iraq_invasion

 

217-The anti-Iraq Iranian channel Alalam was the only station we managed to get. That night, Alalam inundated us with all kinds of news #Iraq_invasion

 

 

218- This TV station was active in bombarding us with news about the exaggeration of the airport war and the undercover activities to transfer thousands of soldiers with Ahmed Chalabi#Iraq_invasion

 

219-The station spoke about Kurdish preparations to attack Mosul and exaggerated the size of the Peshmerga. It mixed things over in professional way #Iraq_invasion

 

220- Alalam station focused on Mohamed Baqer Alhakim, leader of the supreme council, whom they claimed was coming to establish a new free Iraq as they claimed#Iraq_invasion

 

221-Alalam station unnerved the inner body of Baghdad which was an excepted punishment to the regime since we were not allowed to watch Aljazeera, Alarabia or Abu-Dhabi TV stations#Iraq_invasion

 

222-On Monday the 7th of April and before noon, the city was deeply shaken by a fresh batch of missiles shock up the area like earthquake #Iraq_invasion

 

223-I drove my new bike to survey the damage this time, which was of 2 km away, but before I could reach the hardest hit places, the bombings were resumed#Iraq_invasion

 

224-I learned Saddam was in a house behind Assa’a restaurant, that was bombed in Al-Mansoor. He had recorded a speech that couldn’t be aired before he left the house#Iraq_invasion

 

225-I later watched an unedited version of the speech. It was so strange Saddam was asking the cameraman to hurry up and at the end he says “Is it OK, yes, it is OK” .and then he leaves#Iraq_invasion

 

226-Our neighborhood was bombed again in the evening.  A missile fell about 10s meters from me flinging me against the window & injuring my head #Iraq_invasion

 

 

227-I still have the scar from that night. The impact of missile almost ruptured my eardrum &I fled the house in a cloud of dust#Iraq_invasion

 

228- A missile hit a friend’s house very close to my house and I ran towards it while the dust was in the air and my head was still bleeding. I reached the house in minutes#Iraq_invasion

 

229-The missile had fallen between two houses and everyone in the neighboring houses were injured but no one died. There is a terrifying story there that cannot be absolutely erased from my memory#Iraq_invasion

 

350-I rushed into the neighbor’s house to help & the father gestured me that his weeks-old baby was stranded in one of the rooms and they didn’t know what happened to her#Iraq_invasion

 

231- Rubble was everywhere blocking all doors but I managed to squeeze my way into the room towards the bed losing hope and never heard any voice but I saw the bed. #Iraq_invasion

 

232-She was alive!  She didn’t know what was going on. It was a miracle since every inch of the room walls was covered in shards of glass and shrapnel#Iraq_invasion

 

233- She was like a glimmer of hope in the midst of all the darkness. A Happiness in a dry land. She was the most beautiful creature those days. My dear, I have since lost all track of her#Iraq_invasion

 

 

234- New info revealed the airport battle. The battle took place in Alradwanyya a few kilometers away from the Airport and not at the airport.  Alradwanyya is near the presidential headquarters#Iraq_invasion

 

235-The US used internationally banned weapons such as Napalm, Phosphorus bombs &bombs never known before that only burn human flesh#Iraq_invasion

 

236Later on no one dared demand an investigation into the airport battle and the weapons used by the Americans. The airport battle became distant memory #Iraq_invasion

 

237-soldiers of the republican guards went in close to the airport did not make out of the airport alive. The airport was covered in a strange black dust while the US crazily used the air arms t#Iraq_invasion

 

238-Saddam was in touch w/ army chiefs at the airport & met with the political leadership the night before the war ended to tell them he may become martyred #Iraq_invasion

 

239-Saddam cleverly said to a republican guards officer “the ship has steered towards Hillah & we should turn the residents” meaning the helm#Iraq_invasion

 

240- The statement was very accurate but not about Al-Hila, rather other areas near Baghdad where troops had moved away from Baghdad but was too late#Iraq_invasion

 

241- What happened before that was the secret. This made Saddam to say “the ship had steered away” because of  traitors & those who failed to perform their duty which was very important and negatively affected the war #Iraq_invasion

 

242- I see it as treason while army chiefs see it as failure to perform duties. I shall tell you what happened and you judge whether it was a treason or failure to perform duties#Iraq_invasion

 

243- Take note of me that Baghdad fell on the 1st of April by an act of treason. It was not April lie but was a dangerous truth which destroyed the army and Baghdad#Iraq_invasion

 

244-Take another note of me that Baghdad fell because of a major strategic mistake committed by Qusai who had little military experience and he defied his father’s  “Saddam” vision Iraq_invasion

 

245- Every word &promise uttered by Saddam that “they would make a suicide on the walls of Baghdad” was on the basis of a carefully-drawn up plan but none of these plans ever materialized. It was so strange and exciting#Iraq_invasion

 

246- Early April, orders came from the Rep. Guards to blow up the small bridge in Jurf Alsakhar. 100s of soldiers remained there with an engineering brigade to do so#Iraq_invasion

 

247-Meanwhile Qusay rejected all army chief requests to send troops back to Baghdad insisting on keeping them outside the capital#Iraq_invasion

 

248- The US troops lunged forth with a vengeance once they learnt Iraqi troops were stationed outside Baghdad. US troops crossed the strategic bridge of Jurf Asakhar and arrived at Alyusufia juncture #Iraq_invasion

 

249- The arrival of the Americans neutralized what was left of Iraqi troops which were outside Baghdad and behind the American troops supported by air cover#Iraq_invasion

 

250- Jurf Alsakhar Bridge was never blown up despite the presence of soldiers and engineers under strict orders to carry out the task. Why the bridge remained intact is yet among the war’s big secrets #Iraq_invasion

 

251-I consider it a form of treason that ruined the army. The Americans crossed the bridge without resistance. Hours after crossing the bridge, the fighting took place but it was over #Iraq_invasion

 

 

252- When Saddam was informed about the situation he said to the leadership ‘the real battle starts now.’ He didn’t know the troops he prepared were outside the time#Iraq_invasion

 

253-Troops in Hillah, Suwiera & Ba’kouba were not involved in the battle because Qusay refused to dispatch them back to Baghdad despite of all request #Iraq_invasion

 

254- The plan of defending Baghdad was to surround Baghdad with some troops  &  a second  line of defense protecting the city and its streets intended for  a 6-month battle#Iraq_invasion

 

255-All expectations indicated that  the fight would continue for six months with the army handing out food rations to  the troops to last them that long and weapon was supplied too#Iraq_invasion

 

256- During a meeting in April, the 2nd, Qusay did not propose to his father the army be redeployed to the second line of defense cont. after the US troops advanced from the direction of Jurf Alsakr.#Iraq_invasion

 

257- The meeting stuck to the details while no one proposed to Saddam that troops be redeployed for another 24 hours. When the orders arrived to redeploy the troops, it was already too late #Iraq_invasion

258- When troops failed to return and protect Baghdad, it was natural the city would fall in a few days#Iraq_invasion

 

259- History will one day recall it was Qusay’s fault Baghdad fell so quickly because  he failed to give the right orders when needed and the army had two chiefs not on good terms#Iraq_invasion

 

 

260-Quasi’s troops disobeyed Saddam’s orders by moving to west of the Euphrates near Karbala. This mistake neutralized the troops and exposed Jurf Alsakhar to enemy combatants #Iraq_invasion

 

261- Saddam had issued strict orders not to mobilize any troops west of the Euphrates. No troops were stationed in the desert all the way from the west of Iraq to Al-Najaf #Iraq_invasion

 

262- The lack of communication between Qusay and some army chiefs led them to improvise &send troops to face the Americans in the South causing then big military mistake #Iraq_invasion

 

263- Uday was the best among leaders and the most daring. Under his leadership, the Fedayeen remained steadfast till the end with no leakage out or any setback#Iraq_invasion

 

264-On the eve of the end of the war, Saddam met again with army chiefs in Al-Mansoor province and specifically at a highly class street of Al-Ameerat#Iraq_invasion

 

265- Saddam said ’We only need a rifle, a piece of bread & dates to fight them.’ There were no preparations after the fall of Baghdad#Iraq_invasion

 

266- Army and the Republican guards’ chiefs did not draw up plans for upcoming long-term resistance. The army and its leadership soon disbanded and never met with their colleagues or soldiers #Iraq_invasion

 

267- There was nothing planned after the defeat but plenty of weapons. There was eleven hundred known weapons warehouses  around Baghdad and tens of secret ones#Iraq_invasion

 

268-These warehouses contained 80 million mortar bombs and tens of millions of various ammunition, light and medium weapons which became a source of weapons to the resistance #Iraq_invasion

 

269- The only silver lining from this military fiasco was those warehouses which launched the popular resistance to the US troops. Here I will elaborate on a very important portfolio later#Iraq_invasion

 

270- Prior, in the midst and after the airport battle, 10s of thousands of young Iraqi mosque goers wished to be armed to defend their regions against the possible American existence#Iraq_invasion

 

271- Al-Baath party refused until the last days to arm them but a few days before the end of the war, orders were issued to arm them but that never happened#Iraq_invasion

 

272 For the history, -Any weapons obtained by the resistance movements were acquired after the fall of Baghdad and not related to any coordination with anyone. The Mosques goers took the initiative of resistance on their own#Iraq_invasion

 

273-After the fall, mosque goers went to Baathist homes but found no weapons with them. The former had fled and weapons remained ink on paper#Iraq_invasion

 

274- Only 2% of weapons stored around Baghdad were used during the airport battle and Al-Kifel battle. This has got special story #Iraq_invasion

 

275-Jews claim ownership of a temple in Al-Kifel area, named after prophet Al-Kifel. I had been there and the temple contains some writings in Hebrew. The Americans wished to take control of it#Iraq_invasion

 

276- The US troops bombed the area with more than 1000 missiles in one night but failed to control the area & returned to Najaf#Iraq_invasion

 

277-I suspect the US had recommendations from Israel to rapidly take over the area but they failed. The resistant was strong but later they succeeded#Iraq_invasion

 

278-The night before last was colorless except for a lame crescent trying to light up the skyline. It resembled elephant tusk not yet fully developed #Iraq_invasion

 

279- My eyes were not impressed of anything on that night. Only my ears remained quite alert holding out for the sound of sorties and the incessant din of bombings#Iraq_invasion

 

280-Total darkness prevails and there was no glimmer of light there. People are too scared to light up even a candle thinking it might attract the fighter pilot in our sky #Iraq_invasion

 

281- It was a mysterious scene. Whoever didn’t see that or was not there in Baghdad, ever seen such darkness previously. On the horizon, Baghdad is like a piece of charcoal. (of total darkness). #Iraq_invasion

 

282-Were not for some stars and moonlight, both the blind & seeing would’ve been in the same boat. I open my eyes on the roof of our house and they are like closed. I’d never seen Baghdad like this#Iraq_invasion

 

283- At any moment, any given house could become like a piece of cake (his  evening meal and we were the ingredients) for a fighter jet pilot. We were simply awaiting death#Iraq_invasion

284-Streets were quieter and empty on Tuesday morning except for some cars transferring weapons to resistance fighters and the Arab fighters ( Almujahideen)#Iraq_invasion

 

285-I met a number of Arab Mujahideen that day in the university region the day before the last day of the war. Their work had just started#Iraq_invasion

 

286- They had just returned from the airport battle having discovered a new act of treason. Most of the RPG’s they were given had been divested off their needles on purpose #Iraq_invasion

 

287-The bullets of death were chasing the Arab mujahideen. They were targeted by those happy to see the regime fall & wanted to help the US get this over and done with. Some mujahideen received deliveries of poisoned food. They became wary of the food and the faulty weapons. They would trust no body #Iraq_invasion

 

288- The number of Mujahideen fell from 6000 to 1000 many of whom remained without weapons or were killed. Some remained in Baghdad. Some of their pockets were in Baghdad junctions#Iraq_invasion

 

289- Arab Mujahideen were not particularly religious but were groups reached Iraq believing  in the cause of defending Iraq against invasion#Iraq_invasion

 

290- While riding my bicycle on Wed. going from Al-Shurta tunnel to “Almursilat towards Abu-Ghraib, a car carrying a man in his 70s stopped suddenly and he raised his arms signaling surrender#Iraq_invasion

 

291-It was an eerie scene as the car came to a standstill and the man remained seated behind the wheel and his arms hanging outside the window. I had never seen like that in my life#Iraq_invasion

 

292-I initially thought he was drunk or needed help. He put both his hands on the roof of the car. I didn’t understand what was going on but I headed towards him with my bike Iraq_invasion

 

293- I was about to witness something I had never before seen in my life. It was the first time I had heard an American soldier speak. He shouted out to everyone on the street “stop or shoot” #Iraq_invasion

 

 

295-He kept repeating the phrase as if he was issuing orders. Stop…or…shoot, repeating that over and over#Iraq_invasion

 

296- I was in the presence of a US soldier even if by voice only. He appeared from the top of the road followed by terrifying tank. It was real death #Iraq_invasion

 

297- The tank was big… very big. It was  as big as a small house and drove along like a car, totally silent. I was shocked to see it in a side street#Iraq_invasion

 

298-He kept saying Stop or Shoot but my friend (S.A.) & I turned our bikes and entered a side road then heard shots being fired#Iraq_invasion

 

299-I never found out whether the shots were aimed at us or the chest of that old man or simply fired into the air to scare people and I don’t know until now why this happened#Iraq_invasion

 

300- We walked into the home of a stranger who welcomed us. He was alone and all the other occupants had fled Baghdad. There were beautiful and distinguished paintings on the walls. #Iraq_invasion

 

301-He told us he had painted them himself. I like them although I was trembling of fear. I resisted the urge to discuss them with him. All the atmospheres would call to preserve life#Iraq_invasion

 

302- I was so scared and the words Stop or Shoot were still ringing in my years and my heart was beating high hearing that. Two very grave words!!. What shall I do?

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303-The sentences never left my ears.  In the painter’s house my eyes were appreciating the paintings while my ears were hearing the words. The two sentences were echoes and reality at the same time#Iraq_invasion

 

304-I couldn’t talk to the painter. The sounds of semiautomatic rifles filled the air. They had enough bullets to kill the whole neighborhood. Would it be a neighborhood with no survivors#Iraq_invasion

 

305- The owner was calm and collected. He offered us generously some food and water in an attempt to calm us down. He did good but our fear stayed the same #Iraq_invasion

 

306-The sounds of the bombings were unlike anything I had heard before. It says dzdzdzdz, breathing then ddddddddddd the letter d keep repeating for half an hour. It was horable#Iraq_invasion

 

307- It sounded as if the missiles were taking souls from bodies or separating arms and legs from bodies in a last farewell, those innocent bodies die and die with no sins they committed. #Iraq_invasion

 

 308- The sounds stopped suddenly and life returned outside. I had to leave to continue going to my friend’s house (H.B) on the street where the tank was#Iraq_invasion

 

309-It seemed the whole thing was over. Upon my return to the street, I found some men and the car still parked in the middle of the road and never moved#Iraq_invasion

 

310-I could not see any traces of blood anywhere in the car but the tires were flat. They let the tires air to go freely away but apparently, they shot the tires flat#Iraq_invasion

 

311-The bullets embedded in the tires had let out all the air; freedom for the air and shackles for the Iraqis. It was the beginning of a new era that would imprison all of us and put us in American framework #Iraq_invasion

 

312-My friend’s house (H.B.) on the corner of two streets resembled a map. There were bullets literally everywhere. It was a corner of two streets in front of an area of shooting#Iraq_invasion

 

313-It was a few meters away. I thought at first that everyone in the house must have been killed. It turned out they had fled just in time and the whole neighborhood as well#Iraq_invasion

 

314-I had never seen a house with so many bullets. Like soldiers standing in line. Once when I was young, someone shot a single bullet at a wall and the bullet stayed inside it#Iraq_invasion

 

315-I recalled how a policeman drew a red circle around the entry point of the bullet. How many circles would he need to draw now? 20,000? Or more #Iraq_invasion

 

316- On the other side of Al-Murasalat neighborhood where I was, Al-Mansoor was witnessing the Iraqi army leadership breathing its last#Iraq_invasion

 

317-Upon Saddam’s orders, the command center in the Ameerat Street was moved from one house to another in Al-Mansoor and of less number of officers#Iraq_invasion

 

318- Army chiefs realized the end is close but obeyed the orders to remain where they were till the end even though they had no soldiers to command#Iraq_invasion

 

319- Qusay joined the remaining army chiefs in Al-Mansoor. Most of the Republican Guard chiefs were there as well#Iraq_invasion

 

320-Special forces were deployed to protect Saddam & Quasi in the substituted center of  Alameerat St. It was the last meeting between Qusay, the chief of the battle, i and army chiefs#Iraq_invasion

 

321-In an attempt to give army chiefs some hope, Qusay confidently told them to expect political victory at least. He appeared full of hope and this how people said later on#Iraq_invasion

 

322-On his last day in power, Qusay issued some routine orders like making a list of exceptional soldiers  stood fast  in the war to reward them later#Iraq_invasion

 

323-Qusai requested a new plan to bring back the soldiers who lost contact with their units or fled the army. At the end he seemed to be in good mood and spirits#Iraq_invasion

 

324- At the end of the meeting, Qusay gifted the Rep. guard chief a Cuban cigar while the Americans were cooking a plan for the last day#Iraq_invasion

 

325- Qusay bade his companions a farewell in AlKarkh & left with Saddam. Meanwhile in Alrasafah, the media broadcast iconic images of Saddam’s statue being pulled down signaling the day of fall down#Iraq_invasion

 

326- Our neighborhood was in a state of confusion & apprehension. Life became so pressed, the regime had fallen and we had nothing to lose except our neighborhood and people’s live#Iraq_invasion

 

327-On the 9th of April, tanks lay siege to Alfardows square in the middle of Baghdad in historically unprecedented scene #Iraq_invasion

 

328-While US tanks were surrounding Alfardows square; three cars drove away carrying Saddam, Qusay and their security guards#Iraq_invasion

 

329- The three white cars crossed Al-Iskan Bridge heading towards Al-Adhamia, in the North of Baghdad on Al-rusafa side #Iraq_invasion

 

330-Al-Adhamia was thus named after Al-Imam Al-Adham Abu Hanifa, Adhamia developed into Adhamia and has always been a cradle of knowledge everywhere in the city #Iraq_invasion

 

331-Saddam headed towards Al-Adhamia and Abu Hanifa mosque, upon arriving in Al-Adhamia but the presence of US troops prevented him from entering. He stopped under the shadow of Eucalyptus tree #Iraq_invasion

 

332- When residents learned of his presence, they gathered around him as he stood on top of a car for ten minutes#Iraq_invasion

 

333-He had 15 men in his security guards. His secretary Abid Humood  was carrying a gun for the first time ever pushing people away to prevent them from coming closer to Saddam #Iraq_invasion

 

334-People spontaneously flocked to see Saddam. A man gave him white prayer beads. The jostling made him lose one of his upper suit buttons#Iraq_invasion

 

335-Saddam used to be protected by thousands of men, close and far away from him, and now he had less than 20 with him#Iraq_invasion

 

336- The cars left 10mins later and Saddam managed to reach the heart of Al-Adhamia opposite Imam Abu Hanifa Mosque#Iraq_invasion

 

337-He was facing the Imam’s forum street on the opposite side of Abohanifa’s mosque. Climbing on top of his car, he greeted the crowds and his eyes were gazing to the sky#Iraq_invasion

 

338-One of his security men pleaded with him to come down because he was left vulnerable and exposed to danger but Saddam ignored him#Iraq_invasion

 

339-Saddam spent 20mins with the crowds then left the area headed towards a building close to the famous Qasim Abul-gass restaurant #Iraq_invasion

 

340- An officer based in Al-Mansoor said the supervisor, meaning Qusay, wanted cars to take him to Al-Adhamia they were sent with difficulty#Iraq_invasion

 

341-When Ali Hasan Al-Majeed arrived at the command center, he was asked to join Saddam in Al-Adamia immediately and he did#Iraq_invasion

 

342- The camouflaged cars head from Al-Kadhimia in the direction of Samarra’ then turned towards Al-Tharthar carrying the leadership #Iraq_invasion

 

343-Udai joined the motorcade between Al-Tharthar and Falluja. Al-Anbar still had not fallen in the hands of the Americans like Baghdad#Iraq_invasion

 

344- Udady was spotted near Al-Ramadi on the afternoon of the 9th of April in front of Saddam’s motorcade#Iraq_invasion

 

345-Saddam’s remote motorcade wasn’t as important as his statue which G. Bush was enjoying watching as it was torn down in Al-Fardows square which has its own story#Iraq_invasion

 

346-The square faces two of Baghdad’s most important hotels and a mosque boasting the most beautiful Baghdadi dome in the city. Only the Tigris stood between the square and the Green Zone #Iraq_invasion

 

347- This vital  sq. stood in the middle of Al-Karrada all the way to the end of Sa’doun  two km from Al-Tahrir sq. & one km from Abu-Nawas st. #Iraq_invasion

 

348- Before Saddam’s statue occupied the heart of the square, it held a secret which epitomized how similar the US plan was to the Iranian #Iraq_invasion

 

349- In a story, I will publish soon, it will become evident why this square is so historically important and why Saddam’s statue was torn down in this particular location#Iraq_invasion

 

350- A structure built according to the Persian style of the Arch of Kisra in this square. It was built by “Alchadarchi” to resemble a lady lost her son and bent to him. Her one leg was in the dirt and her hand was on the other side of the dirt which formed an arch like Kisra.#Iraq_invasion

 

351- This was time ago before the statue of Saddam stood instead of Al-Chadarchi which was called “The tomb of the unknown soldier” and then demolished by Saddam &replaced with his statue. This explains Iran’s (Persian) interest in the square #Iraq_invasion

 

352 - This photo proves the existence of The Arch (Taq-) Kisra before Saddam’s statue in the squarepic.twitter.com/loh4OIWOnK#Iraq_invasion

 

352-Although the old structure was known as Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, it resembled the Arch (Taq) of -Kisra a lot so it became a target pic.#Iraq_invasion

 

353- When US soldiers surrounded Alfardows square statue, things were confusing but they diffused the tension through their good training and skill #Iraq_invasion

 

354- Things suddenly changed when they heard the sounds of 5 gunshots in the distance and many US soldiers rushed to their armored vehicles amid a great deal of  confusion #Iraq_Invasion.

 

355-The destruction of the 4/9 statue came later before it was the burning of a huge mural of Saddam on a wall between two big hotels #Iraq_Invasion

 

356- Unknown individuals were busy taking down the mural of Saddam, most probably hotel guests or some of those who came with the Americans #Iraq_Invasion.

 

357- The mural had been erected on a steel platform, so big and difficult to take down. When they failed to remove it, they burnt it but the frame resisted the fire#Iraq_Invasion

 

358- Burning the mural was a statement that rounded up the scene. Soon, others who had come with US tanks rushed to the statue, this confirmed the doubt that this was done by people who came with the Americans#Iraq_Invasion

 

359- Undoubtedly they had come with Al- Chalabi to implement a US agenda entrusted to the leader of the National Congress #Iraq_Invasion

 

360- The fall of the statue was fraught with significations that weren’t originally intended but were inadvertently created by this event and other events were also interpreted similarly#Iraq_Invasion

 

361- One signification was that only the Americans could help topple Saddam and that they would indeed do that. Majority of commentators believed that America would help Iraqis later to topple Saddam#Iraq_Invasion

 

362- The US flag draped over the statue signified the US victory over Saddam and replacing him with  US-controlled regime #Iraq_Invasion

 

363-  I must say that  the draping of the US flag wasn’t deliberate & that US soldiers had no idea history was pointing in their direction #Iraq_Invasion

 

364-The man who draped the flag claimed he was merely after a photo of him with the flag on the statue. He claimed it was a spontaneous act to commemorate that historic moment but this was not enough evidence of mere intention #Iraq_Invasion

 

365-The media was focused on Saddam’s face behind the flag as the US realized this was its most poignant message to the world #Iraq_Invasion

 

366- The US flag was replaced with an Iraqi one without the “Allahu Akbar” emblazoned across it by Saddam. The absence of “Allahu Akbar” constituted another symbolism of that day https://www.facebook.com/moulayabdalla?hc_location=stream #Iraq_Invasion

 

367- The new flag was definitely brought by some Iraqis outside the country  who were with the American army  and made such a strange flag  since all Iraqi flags had the Allahu Akbar emblazoned on them #Iraq_Invasion

 

368- Removing ‘Allahu Akbar’ had a political significance and was as Bush’s saying: The new Crusaders wish to remove all Islamic symbols from the country #Iraq_Invasion

 

369- The other symbolic message was the presence of an Iranian-American soldier whose father was killed in the Iraq-Iran war and the soldier was seeking revenge for the death of his father #Iraq_Invasion

 

370- An Iranian channel interviewed him capturing that piece of news but decided not to broadcast the interview for reasons related to the Iranians because this constitute a scandle  #Iraq_Invasion

 

371- The Iranian station kept this interview secret but some Ahwazi Arabs from Iran got hold of the interview and posted it on Youtube #Iraq_Invasion

 

372- The fall of the statue is still fraught with symbolism and the followers should watch that carefully. When locals failed to bring the statue down, a US tank helped to do so #Iraq_Invasion

 

373- The sight of the statue being pulled down by a chain would become reminiscent of the sight of Saddam Hussain,  as shown in some leaked clips, being executed years later #Iraq_Invasion

 

374- As the statue fell down, people thought the statue would fall down; the two legs remained buried in the steel platform. Seemed removing Saddam was going to take some time #Iraq_Invasion

 

375- When the statue felt down the situation was over, and the game changed from invasion into occupation and the authority felt down and the invaders controlled everything.#Iraq_invasion

 

 376- It was a historic moment, as significant as the moment those planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the International Trade center. It is a moment that cannot be described #Iraq_Invasion

 

377- Baghdad was brought to its knees by that event. The regime collapsed quickly and horrifically due to a litany of mistakes regarding the war and other mistakes #Iraq_Invasion

 

378- Baghdad fell because important military decisions were entrusted to the militarily inexperienced and weak decision maker Quasy Saddam Hussein #Iraq_Invasion

 

379-The Islamic world was traumatized by that moment. The moment of Baghdad fall was tantamount to the fall of Jerusalem for its inhabitant’s #Iraq_Invasion

 

380- They were witnessing a rare moment in history as the US humiliated their nation with the help of blindly obedient Arab leaders to the White House #Iraq_Invasion

 

381- A moment that allowed the US to sit on top of the world to say: my army is invincible. Rambo putting on a show and the spirits of Muslims’ nation collapses #Iraq_Invasion

 

 

382- Iraqis were overcome by feelings of despair. Our country has been stolen, our dead about to decompose around us. Our cities were exposed and have to be protected. Such horrible moments!! #Iraq_Invasion

 

383- Full of fear, we felt time going by slowly. I was possessed by myriad conflicting feelings especially our remote families know nothing about what is going to us #Iraq_Invasion

 

384- Whoever has relatives in Baghdad was not able to connect with them. .  Communication was lost. We were waiting for a horrible nigh .That night we stayed up awaiting the first battle #Iraq_Invasion

 

385- Those who remained alive gathered after evening prayers without the Imam to plan our next move and how to overcome the pain of that night #Iraq_Invasion

 

386- We predicted that buildings with valuables like furniture and documents would be robbed and decided to protect them before reached out by looters #Iraq_Invasion

 

387- Some were assigned to protect the mosque and reassure residents no harm would come to them since we are ready to protect them in that difficult night #Iraq_Invasion

 

388- Makeshift checkpoints were set up near all entrances to inspect all cars coming into the neighborhood and not allowing anyone without the approval of the guarding committee #Iraq_Invasion

 

389- Unbeknown to each other, many neighborhoods around the city did the same without any coordination and every group was responsible to protect itself waiting for what may happen in the days to come #Iraq_Invasion

 

390- Many government buildings were looted in addition to other buildings we didn’t expect to be looted like hospitals, schools, government offices and homes #Iraq_Invasion

 

391- A number of mysterious robberies known as “Al-Hawsim” occurred without anyone ever finding out what they were all about and who initiate it and for what purpose. What was the publicity function of such robberies?  #Iraq_Invasion

 

392- Before the fall of the statue of Saddam, US troops arrived at the warehouses complex in Abu-Ghraib and ordered people to loot them before setting them into fire #Iraq_Invasion

 

393- The instructions were clear: either you loot them or we burn them down. When the looting started, the media was brought in to film it and immediately published the films #Iraq_Invasion

 

394- The message was clear: the US occupies easily and the Iraqis unashamedly steal their country’s wealth. That’s the message the US wanted to send to the rest of the world #Iraq_Invasion

 

395- The most unfortunate is the image of the Iraqi youth, and specifically the Mosque goers which wasn’t focused on.  All the focus was on the US army &the statue in the square. #Iraq_Invasion

 

396-The good side of protecting the country, possessions, properties, Mosques, by the youth and mosques goers was deliberately and systematically obscured to paint Iraqi youth  in a bad shape #Iraq_Invasion

 

397- Cameras did not film the looting of the national museum including murals depicting the Babylonian capture of the Jews. It was carefully planned #Iraq_Invasion

 

398- The director of a renowned clinic near the museum told of how he begged the Americans to spare his Heart-diseases’ center the looting or the burning to no avail #Iraq_Invasion

 

399- According to the doctor, looting the center would mean the death of hundreds of patients who were there. The US soldiers said: everyone must leave the clinic before we burn it down there#Iraq_Invasion

 

400- The center was offered by them to be looted while the brave director was watching. He later gave an interview to Al-Jazeera documenting what happened to serve as a historical document that the invaders destroyed his center #Iraq_Invasion

 

401- It wasn’t only the governmental properties only. There was a potential danger of some buildings housed huge amounts of weapons that could  ignite a civil war for many years to come #Iraq_Invasion

 

402- Luckily for the resistance movement, these weapons were distributed all over Bagdad in areas that later became hotbeds of resistance. These areas included Abu-Ghraib, Al-Radwania and Al-Taji. All became incubators for resistance #Iraq_Invasion

 

403- We came across a huge warehouse half the size of a football stadium packed with food supplies for the army #Iraq_Invasion

 

404- We came up with a quick plan to distribute these supplies to local homes and invited families through Mosques’ microphones to go to the warehouse #Iraq_Invasion

 

405- We asked local shopkeepers to fetch us scales and tools to help in the distribution of the supplies. We were worried that US troops would show up to burn it down or facilitate looting it #Iraq_Invasion

 

406- It was really a great and fast job. More than fifty young men of the neighborhood from a marvelous combination of all ethnic and religious backgrounds took part in this great endeavor #Iraq_Invasion

 

407- A sign at the door read “All rations are free” and every woman came to take a share we were helping her by carrying her stuff on our backs and  deliver anywhere she goes to” #Iraq_Invasion

 

408-We would trade places. No one was in-charge of this job. . Things went very smoothly and people worked together in a collective and outstanding brotherly manner which will be remembered all life  #Iraq_Invasion

 

409- We distributed rations to 8400 families over four days. Each got a share of oil, rice, flour, lentil and some canned food ration #Iraq_Invasion

 

410- Friday, 2days after the war, was one of the hardest most distressing, and deeply influencing day. We got news from Yarmouk Hospital of an impending attack there #Iraq_Invasion

 

411- Medical doctors informed us through mosques that electricity was cut off the death cold stores and we had to bury the dead in the hospital morgue to avoid a health disaster in the neighborhood #Iraq_Invasion

 

412- The hospital was not offering any medical services. Patients were without doctors. I saw some patients dying in front of me and I couldn’t offer any help. Horrible scenes #Iraq_Invasion

 

413- I had to wear a mask meant for protection against chemical weapons which was distributed widely during the war and found it in the hospital. We had to do it and got ready and started burying the dead #Iraq_Invasion

 

414- Allah gave me some strength. I and my friend (M.M.S.) and skip describing the details for the readers not to be frighten. We started transferring the death and I must have moved around 40 bodies. #Iraq_Invasion

 

415-We buried them in the hospital’s garden in two huge graves which 10 men helped us dig. I and Dr. M.M.S. carrying the dead wearing masks against bad smell #Iraq_Invasion

 

416- A group of criminals arrived to loot the hospital as we buried the bodies. We tried to stop them but could not. They insisted on robbing the hospital and promised to leave us to get on with our business of burying the bodies#Iraq_Invasion

 

417-They were armed and a shoot-out ensued when they entered the hospital. I was not sure what happened or who fired the shots but they managed to get away #Iraq_Invasion

 

418-Minutes later, fire broke out in various wings of the hospital. We had finished our work by then. We saved the area from a crisis of disintegrated dead bodies#Iraq_Invasion

 

419- We could see the plumes of fire and inhale the heavy smoke filling our chests. We could hear the sounds of gunshots as we got away from the hospital. I wonder in whose body they had settled #Iraq_Invasion

 

420- It is very hard to be caught between the demands of the mind which says “don’t listen to body orders”. It is something I cannot explain to you but happened to me and those of the mind #Iraq_Invasion

 

421- It happened when I could not offer help to someone carrying part of his body just left his body. The eye is just watching, but legs cannot move to help and rescue #Iraq_Invasion

 

422- The coming days will be equally exciting , painful, wishing, watching and carrying hope for some future things to come , marking the beginning of a new era in situations rarely to happen #Iraq_Invasion

 

423- It is the dear Baghdad on a Friday, two days after the invasion. The Friday speaker (Imam) chose to ignore what happened as never happened when he delivered his sermon. He is worried like the rest of us.  We heard that Friday prayers were not held in Al-Imam Abo Hanifa Al-Nu’man mosque. Baghdad never witnessed such situation except on time when the Mongols entered Baghdad in 656 AH (lunar year) 1258 AD). Are both situations similar? #Iraq_Invasion

 

424- Await more tweets to be published in a new book about the new Iraqi map, the latest battle of the Arab Mujahideen and the formation of the nucleus of resistance #Iraq_Invasion

 

425-It has been a long journey I lived with very closely. I was Al-Jazeera reporter who was very close to engines of events; I was privy to so much, especially the rise of the resistance movement. Catch you again soon #Iraq_Invasion

 

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  • محمد العراقي 2
    2014-12-16

    Mahmood Raad I saw Saddam who He was only 400m away from me. He was shooting over people’s heads. I looked at him surprisingly. He looked like a creature from another planet لماذا هذا التشويه للحقائق للحقائق لماذا الكذب .. تقول انك رايت صدام فقط عن مسافة 400 متر ويقتل الناس . اذن انت كنت احد اسلحة صدام للقتل لانك الظاهر كنت جدا قريب من صدام .صدام لم يقتل الناس كان اعدل الناس كان يعاقب كل مسيئ سواء سني او شيعي وحتى مع اقاربه . القضاء كان مستقل بزمن صدام..ولا احد يستطيع ان يتدخل فيه حسب معلوماتي ..يااخي استحي تشوه حقائق صدام حتى امام الغرب .. العرب تفتخر بضدام وانت عراقي وتطعن به عيب عليك .. صدام تم اعدامه من المحتل وهذا شرف له . ولم ياتي مع المحتل تم داس المحتل على راسه مثل قائدك محسن عبد الحميد ,اعرف انك تكره صدام لانه اعدم الاخوان المسلمين الذين حاولو الوصول للحكم باسم الحزب الاسلامي والان وصلوا للحكم هل ممكن ان تعطيني منجازاتكم لقد افلستم وكل العراقيين يلعن اليوم الاسود الذي جاء بكم للحكم قتل وسرقات وعقود نفط .. لم نسمع الى اليوم صدام عنده شيئ شخصي لاطياره ولاعقار.. تم تقول انك كنت تراه مخلوق من غير كوكب ياترى ماذا تقول عن الجعفري والمالكي وصولاغ ابو الدريلات هل هم من كوكب الارض ياترى.. الحياء نقطه لاتجعلها تسقط من جبينك

  • محمد العراقي
    2014-12-16

    Mahmood Raad I saw Saddam who He was only 400m away from me. He was shooting over people’s heads. I looked at him surprisingly. He looked like a creature from another planet لماذا هذا التشويه للحقائق للحقائق لماذا الكذب .. تقول انك رايت صدام فقط عن مسافة 400 متر ويقتل الناس . اذن انت كنت احد اسلحة صدام للقتل لانك الظاهر كنت جدا قريب من صدام .صدام لم يقتل الناس كان اعدل الناس كان يعاقب كل مسيئ سواء سني او شيعي وحتى مع اقاربه . القضاء كان مستقل بزمن صدام..ولا احد يستطيع ان يتدخل فيه حسب معلوماتي ..يااخي استحي تشوه حقائق صدام حتى امام الغرب .. العرب تفتخر بضدام وانت عراقي وتطعن به عيب عليك .. صدام تم اعدامه من المحتل وهذا شرف له . ولم ياتي مع المحتل تم داس المحتل على راسه مثل قائدك محسن عبد الحميد ,اعرف انك تكره صدام لانه اعدم الاخوان المسلمين الذين حاولو الوصول للحكم باسم الحزب الاسلامي والان وصلوا للحكم هل ممكن ان تعطيني منجازاتكم لقد افلستم وكل العراقيين يلعن اليوم الاسود الذي جاء بكم للحكم قتل وسرقات وعقود نفط .. لم نسمع الى اليوم صدام عنده شيئ شخصي لاطياره ولاعقار.. تم تقول انك كنت تراه مخلوق من غير كوكب ياترى ماذا تقول عن الجعفري والمالكي وصولاغ ابو الدريلات هل هم من كوكب الارض ياترى.. الحياء نقطه لاتجعلها تسقط من جبينك

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