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twaddler01 Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:23 PM
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Iraq Says Winning War on Terror as Polls Near
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 01:24 PM by twaddler01
By Andrew Marshall (Reuters)

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Insurgents bent on wrecking Sunday's election in Iraq (news - web sites) killed 10 Iraqis and two U.S. troops on Friday but the government said it had caught three al Qaeda lieutenants and insisted guerrillas were on the defensive.

The government imposed extraordinary security restrictions to try to safeguard the polls. Land borders were closed and travel between provinces was banned. An extended curfew was imposed in most cities from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (11 a.m.-10 p.m. EST).

Iraqis began voting abroad. In Australia, exiles danced in the streets, proudly displaying blue ink on their fingers which showed they had cast the election's first votes.

"When I look at the ink on my finger -- this is a mark of freedom," said Kassim Abood, outside a polling booth in a disused furniture warehouse in Sydney.

Security was tight at polling venues in Syria, Jordan, and Turkey and police kept traffic away with roadblocks. Guards with metal detectors searched everyone going into the stations.

Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has vowed to kill anyone who votes in a poll he says is designed to bring Iraq's "infidel" Shi'ite majority to power.

Iraq's minister of state for national security said two of the Jordanian militant's aides had been captured, including his alleged chief of operations in Baghdad, seized on Dec. 31.

"His organization is crumbling," Kassim Daoud said.

In a statement, the government said the Baghdad operations chief, named as Salah Salman Idaaj Matar al-Luhaybi and also known as Abu Sayf, had met Zarqawi four times in December.

It said the second captured Zarqawi lieutenant, Ali Hamad Ardani Yasin al-Isawi, had met Zarqawi 40 times in the past three months and was caught west of Baghdad on Jan. 20.

Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih later told a news conference that a third Zarqawi aide, Inad Mohammed al-Qais, had been arrested. He said Qais was a member of al Qaeda operating in Baghdad as a military adviser.

The government says several Zarqawi aides have been captured this month, but some officials cast doubt on the significance of the arrests and said the announcements have been timed to boost public confidence ahead of the elections...
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:26 PM
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1. Now I've heard it all! Give me a break...this public service
announcement brought to you by... Shameless propaganda! Ouch!
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twaddler01 Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:27 PM
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2. Hence it begins...
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 01:27 PM by twaddler01
We will see more images that everything is going well for the Iraq vote...

Here's one already:

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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:28 PM
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3. Ahh Yes! Trust Us! It's Safe To Vote! Just Wander Around For A Little
while until you bump into a polling place because we can't tell you where they are! Oh, and don't worry about little things like actually knowing who the candidates are! That doesn't matter, as long as you're fingerprinted!

But it's safe! We swear! The terrorists are on the run!
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:42 PM
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4. Yes IRAQ is winning...America sure is not.
But then the terrorists are AMERICAN as far as Iraq goes.
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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:11 PM
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5. This is one Bush can't spin.....
The Iraqis have promised fireworks and big action, and they're going to deliver it on Bloody Sunday.

Bush will desperately try, but the farce is just a little too phony. He'll be in the news constantly, cheering and blustering.

If this were a small country like Madagascar or Sri Lanka, he might be able to pull it off. Iraq is too big; there are foreign journalists on hand to film.

They're expecting about 10% voter turnout. That's the problem with Bush. He always gets himself into situations where he has to rely on others' good will. And they don't deliver for him.
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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:55 PM
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6. Welcome to the alternate reality known as Bush World
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