Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on May 20, 1986 · Page 43
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(gazette WORLD Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - Page 13 SCO Iraqi 'confession' show under fire Security officials accused of abuse "IF YOU don 't say what we fell you, I will rip your clothes off and leave you naked in front of everyone. " claims one interrogator told her i> By MARIAM FAM ^'Associated Press Writer fr" BAGHDAD, Iraq — As she tells i^:it, security forces put her in soli- 'jfetary confinement for days on V,i?end, Whipped her with electric ••§ cables and accused her of having •- : sex with a stranger. Humiliated ;' and fearful for her life, the 46- year-old "Iraqi housewife went before a TV camera and "confessed" to helping insurgents. It didn't matter that her confession was a lie, Khalida Zakiya said. : "If you don't say what we tell . you," she claims one interrogator (D told her, "I will rip your clothes off and leave you naked in front of everyone." Another threatened to sodomize her with a bot- ,,. tie, she said in a phone interview ^.Tuesday from her home in .,,,Mosul. J: ; Zakiya appeared on a much; touted Iraqi TV program that airs ., confessions of alleged insurgents. The show has won the .; praise of security officials who , J( [ ( credit it with boosting Iraqis' £ i f confidence in security forces, ? ; .hurting the insurgency. - .But the program, has come . under criticism from Iraqi v lawyers, former detainees and families of suspects who accuse , security officials of abusing sus- f - pects to extract the confessions, ,j,. : a practice reminiscent of Sad., dam Hussein's era. Iraq's acting human rights min;,-, ister, Nermine Othman, said she was aware of the allegations and has written to the interior and justice ministries about them. Laith Kuba, spokesman for p-prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaa- I fari, acknowledged there have j been "cases of detainees subjected to pressure." But Kuba said there also were cases "where judges confirmed that these were real and complete confessions." The program, which airs nightly, began in February. Officials say they don't know exactly how many alleged confessions have In summary A state- sponsored TV station in Iraq has won praise for a program that shows alleged insurgents confessing to crimes. \ TWBTEB TRUTH: Security officials credit the program with boosting cont«Jence in Iraqi security forces. But some suspects • say their "confessions" were extracted by torture and are based 'onfear- :..•.'•/: ../;•;•.->•:;.,'•;'.•- :,'-- PAttHJL MBMjKS: The Iraqi • lawyers association says such practices are a throwback to the days of Saddam Hussein; whose prisoners were often abused. • * been televised, and some episodes have been repeated. But they believe the number is in the hundreds. The Iraqi lawyers association, however, has criticized the show and suggested the purported confessions are based more on fear than oh fact. In a recent report, the association named 27 people it'says are alive despite televised statements by people claiming to have killed them. The report claims that the show's interrogators "have twisted the truth and limited their work to words extracted under duress," practices it says are a throwback to the days of Saddam when torture was widely used against opponents of the regime. Iraqis who watched the show in February might have seen Zakiya, her pale face framed by a black veil, claiming to have given insurgents money and explosives. She said the elite Interior Ministry force known as the Wolf Brigade arrested her to try to force her brother to turn himself in. He is now in detention on suspicion of being a high-level insurgent in Mosul, but she claims he is innocent Downtown Baghdad was shrouded by a sandstorm early Tuesday, disrupting air travel, slowing traffic and blanketing the city in a gritty film. (AP photo) Gunmen kill four policemen M-Qaida leader says security forces fair game in Iraq By MARIAM FAM Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq — Gunmen killed four policemen and wounded at least nine more in separate attacks today. The reputed leader of al-Qaida in Iraq purportedly said the country's security forces are as great an enemy as the Americans. The latest'attacks occurred one day after two more diplomats from Muslim countries were ambushed in suspected kidnap attempts in Baghdad following the weekend abduction of-Egypt's top envoy in the country. • Bahrain's chief diplomat here was slightly wounded; the Pakistani ambassador escaped injury. Both their governments said the envoys would leave the country. In Baghdad, gunmen killed Capt. Hazim Jabbar, a member of the police special commando brigade, in die west of the city, police said. Jabbar had worked as a bodyguard for a consultant to. former interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, police said. Three other police, including two commandoes, were killed in separate incidents in another west Baghdad neighborhood, police said. Nine police, including a brigadier general, were injured in a series attacks throughout the capital, officials said. A U.S. senator who criticized President Bush's Iraq policy at recent congressional hearings was in Baghdad on Wednesday for meetings with politicians, officials said. Sen. Carl Levin, the Senate Armed Services Committee's .senior Democrat, was accompanied by several members of his staff, U.S. Embassy spokesman Adam Hobsoh said.. Also Wednesday, a member of the biggest Shiite militia, the Badr Brigade, was killed in an ambush in south Baghdad, police said. An Iraqi civilian who had been "cooperative" with the Americans was shot dead on his way to work north of Baghdad near Tarmiya, police added. . . A U.S. soldier was killed Tuesday and two were wounded by a roadside bomb northeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. One Iraqi soldier died and three were injured when a suicide car bomber struck their checkpoint late Tuesday 20 miles south of Kirkuk, Iraqi officials said. ' Iraqi security forces have been increasingly targeted by insurgents to shake public confidence in the new government elected in January. That has led to public criticism from some Iraqis who support attacks against Americans and other foreigners but not their fellow citizens. ••:.'-• In an audiotape found Wednesday on the Web, a speaker said to be Al-Qaida in Iraq chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi insisted that Iraqi troops and police were as legitimate a target as the Americans. Islaniic extremists resurging in Syria? By ALBERT AJI Associated Press Writer u; .* DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria's re- H* cent clashes with militants have Noised the prospect that the ^country — under U.S. pressure ;r-v?fb keep insurgents out of Iraq — £*vmight also be facing a resurgence S; 'of Islamic extremists within its i^'- own borders. . r'.~ Long-dormant Islamic-based | groups that oppose the Syrian \ .regime appear to be taking ad! van tage of the government's tight | spot to reassert themselves, r some political analysts and put- '^f'Side experts believe. Iff "The more you weaken the *"••: regime, the more you give the •-f chance for opposition groups, '' "including Islamic extremists, to regroup," said Nizar Hamzeh, a political science professor at the American University of Beirut who is an expert on Islamic political movements. Syria has gone on the offensive recently, announcing measures ftp crack down on foreign fighters ^slipping into Iraq from its territo- 'ry. The initiative appears to be an _. attempt to relieve some pressure "' -Tram the United States and Iraq, ~"!who claim Syria has not done - fi i rr . • . . " .-"enough. (Sf;: g ut ^g ^^65 of recent clashes J! 'has also highlighted that the ex- Captain Ghassan al-Harithy was interviewed by Syrian television after he was wounded in a clash between militants and Syrian security forces Monday. (AP photo) tremist groups hold longtime hostility toward the Syrian regime too. Abdulrahman al-Rashed, the general manager of Al-Arabiya satellite channel, said the clashes show that al-Qaida "has indeed started its war against Syria." Writing in the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper Monday, he noted the irony that the Syrian government and Is- lamists have cooperated in the past. But such cooperation was only "a marriage 'of convenience" to achieve certain goals such as confronting U.S. troops in Iraq, and groups such as al-Qaida consider Syria to be an "infidel" regime that needs to be changed, he noted. ""They may have slept in the same bed to fight the Americans but what's important for al- Qaida is that it has entered the bedroom and secured a foothold there," he wrote. There is little question that the militants seem willing to fight the Syrian regime. On Monday, the Syrian govern- ment said its security forces had clashed with a band of militants — including former bodyguards of toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein — on a resort mountain overlooking the Syrian capital, Damascus. During the clash, security forces captured a Jordanian suspected militant, Sharif Ayed Saeed al-Smady, and the "wife of -his brother, said a Syrian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, as officials here routinely insist on. In an interview with Syrian Television, the wife, Rihab Shahab, said the group was planning terror attacks in Syria and also was preparing to travel to Iraq using forged passports. The al-Smady brothers, both wanted in Jordan in connection with an armed robbery, are linked to the Jund al-Sham militant group, authorities say. The group is a well-known organization that was set up in Afghanistan by Syrian, Palestinian and Jordanian militants and has links to Abu Musab al-Zar- qawi. AAMCO TRANSMISSIONS Rebels attack U.S. med team Thursday, July 7th Formal Ribbon Cutting 2 PM Live Broadcast on U-92 FM 1-3 PM Refreshments World's Largest Transmission Specialists State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Tools Lifetime Nationwide Warranties Available Major Credit Cards Accepted bhBy DANIEL COONEY ^Associated Press Writer 3V/ E x ' ' KABUL, Afghanistan — Rebels ^attacked a U.S. military medical , I > .-team as it was helping villagers in v;-the same region of eastern -x. Afghanistan where a U.S. airstrike that killed up to 17 crvil- H* ians sparked sharp criticism ••>. from the government, the mili- ,.;; tarysaidVNfednesday. tift\ No one was wounded in the as- v, a $ault Tuesday on the medical V <eam near the town of Asadabad -vin Kunar province, a military 'i. • statement said. U.S. forces used mortars to respond and the in• surgents fled. "It's incredible to us that the enemy would attack our forces white we are providing innoctnt Afghans "with health care," U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O'Harasaki. The airstrike last Friday also was in Kunar and targeted a known terrorist base, the U.S. military said, but an Afghan government spokesman said the deaths of the civilians, including women and children, could not be justified. . It marked unusual criticism from the government of President Hamid Karzai, often viewed by critics as an American puppet. The United States provides security for the president as well as hundreds of millions of dollars a year in aid to Afghanistan. The reprimand also highlighted Afghan government'concern that deadly mistakes could erode public support for the U.S. presence here. In the past, Karzai's government has expressed interest in a long-term U.S. military presence in the region as Afghanistan recovers from nearly a quarter-century of war. At AAMCO, we thoroughly explain pur service before we start doing the work. For a job done right, guaranteed, at a price that's right! Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 1669 Oakland Avenue, Rt. 286 S., Indiana 724-465-0392 i.l

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