November 09, 2006

Iraqi Death Squads: Made In The USA

So how to stop the violence in Iraq? The first thing might be to work out who's behind it. Here's an interesting report from Dahr Jamail:
The Facilities Protection Service (FPS) created after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 has become the principal set of death squads in Iraq, senior leaders say.

"The first accomplishment of Paul Bremer (former U.S. administrator in Iraq) in Iraq was dissolving the Iraqi army and all security establishments," a consultant with an Iraqi ministry told IPS on condition of anonymity. "The man was granted the highest decoration by his President for a job well done."

The U.S. occupation authorities and the Iraqi leaders working with them set up new army and police forces under supervision of the Multi National Forces (MNF). It was decided that each ministry could establish its own protection force away from the control of the ministries of interior and defence.

Under Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Order Number 27, the FPS was established on April 10, 2003, the day after the fall of Baghdad...

When sectarian violence spread across Iraq after the Shia shrine in Samarra was destroyed in February this year, "the FPS appeared to be the main force that conducted assassinations in Baghdad, and there is evidence that they did it for money."


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