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Iraq Report, June 06/05

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Welcome on this 61st anniversary of D-Day edition of the Iraq Report! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from Iraq that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. This briefing is brought to you by Joel Gaines of No Pundit Intended and Andrew Olmsted of Andrew Olmsted dot com.


  • American troops have secured a complex of bunkers in western Iraq they claim insurgents were using to hide and resupply themselves. The complex was apparently empty when it was secured, indicating that the insurgents could have been tipped to the raid.
  • The Iraqi government admits it is may have targeted innocent Sunnis in its latest bid to restore some measure of security to Iraq. While perhaps understandable given where the insurgency finds much of its support, this admission may heighten tensions between Iraq's ethnic groups and bring the country nearer to the dangers of full civil war.
  • Meanwhile, Bill Roggio provides an update on Operation Thunder (aka. Operation Lightning) - and al-Qaeda's even more disastrrous Sunni "hearts and minds" policy. Anbar provinces's leading Albu Mahal tribe is not happy with the insurgents, and intends to do something about it.

Other Topics Today Include: another Al Qaeda leader captured; 38 dead in a day; shutting down infiltration routes; Operation Lighting; Zarqawi's health; helping Iraqi business; Hussein's trial approaches; Carnival of the Liberated; Syria, the U.S. and the EU.


  • Operation Lightning has been called a huge success by the Iraqi Interior Minister - netting "627 "suspected terrorists," eleven "suspected foreign fighters," and 82 others who are classified as "wanted by judicial authorities."


  • The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, will provide a $12 million loan to support lending operations to small business enterprises by the National Bank of Iraq.


  • Saddam Hussein will face twelve charges of crimes against humanity when his trial begins. Although prosectors claim he could face more than 500, they are seeking to move quickly to get Hussein's trail underway as soon as possible.


  • President Bush's outlook on the Iraq War is being challenged (link requires registration) even by members of his own party who fear that the President's view of the war is overly rose-colored and may undermine the war effort by raising unrealistically high expectations.


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Excerpt: JUN 06/05 TOPICS INCL: Bunker complex seized; Sunnis targeted by Iraqis; another Al Qaeda leader captured; 38 dead in a day; shutting down infiltration routes; Operation Lighting; Zarqawi's health; helping Iraqi business; Hussein's trial approaches; Ca...
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Excerpt: Monday's Winds of War Iraq Report and Briefing have been posted at Winds of Change....

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Seems we're not the only member of the coalition feeling the pinch. It seems that Iraq is trying to cut back in one of the only areas offering employment to the populace: 'BAGHDAD Iraqis, who are already dealing with food shortages, daily power blackouts and a deadly insurgency, on Sunday received another dose of bad news: Their newly elected leaders may slash budgets and government jobs.'

Sorry, my source is one I'm not real fond of,,0,5312194.story?coll=la-home-headlines - My brother, an Angelino, disses the LATimes.

But: Concerning that with a 60+% unemployment rate, 'As many as half of Iraq's 6.5 million-strong workforce is employed by the state'.

Good roundup of facts, AO.

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