Thursday, August 17, 2006

News from Mosul.

On 15 August, I took my Daughters Najma, and Aya's mother with me to the hospital, in order to make the medical examination for Najma prior to present her paper to the college.
About 10 AM we hear a loud sound of explosion, but we can check each other by cellphone we didn't know where the explosion.
On returning home we have to cross the bridge to the other side of the city, we did so, but ofter that we face a block in all the roads leading home.

I became an expert in the side ways and detours, but all the efforts failed to take us home. We took our lunch in an popular restaurant and then spend the time in one of my brothers house. The problem was with my older daughter who is still breast feed her second baby Mo'men, three months old Aya's brother.

Later and before the dark we managed to go home.
The reason for this problem is in the following report.


15 August 2006 via INA

- A major explosion in Mosul this morning just before noon. This was the result of a car bomb in a trailer driven by a suicide bomber before noon today targeting the headquarters of the Kurdish National Union in Al-Ta'meem district east of Mosul. This resulted in heavy casualties with some 20 to 30 people injured in addition to a large number of dead. The severity of the explosion, which hit a nearby petrol station, led to the collapse of several nearby buildings in the neighborhood, hence the large numbers of bodies, many are still under the rubble. At least 17 cars were burnt whilst queuing at the petrol station, queues now are a normal occurrence given the fuel crisis which has been biting hard over the last few months in Mosul .


Next day I went to the hospital as usual, but this time all the five bridges of Mosul were closed in front of vehicles, so we have to cross the bridge on feet, it was very hot day and the distance was to long but we did it.
Again there was a reason for that and it is in the following report.


16 August 2006

- Several parts of the right bank of Mosul witnessed arm confrontation between gunmen and the police this morning. The clashes lasted about 2 hours in Al-Amel, Mosul Al-Jadida, Souq Al-Ghanem and other areas. A source in Nineveh police constabulary stated that the local authority closed the 5 bridges across Tigris in Mosul as a precaution. The police was able to kill 5 gunmen and arrest 6 others in addition to destroying several of the gunmen cars and confescating large amount of arms and ammunitions.
- In Al-Nabi Younis (Profit Jona) district, left bank of Mosul, an explosive device went off targeting an American Convoy. The area was soon surrounded by US forces sealing the area, hence the inability to know the number of causalities and the amount of damage caused.


Today afternoon A Doctor whose clinic are opposite of mine, are kidnapped in the middle of the day from his clinic. The kidnapper put him in the rear luggage box of the car and run a way, fortunately the door open accidentally while the car was very fast, he jump from the car and injured his head and may be some of his ribs.


Those are not a typical days of our life, but samples of what the Americans Freedom and Democracy brought to us.

19 comments:

madtom said...

Yes the evil Americans, but what are you doing to change the situation. Why are you sitting there waiting for someone to do it for you. When are you going to take a side, or have you already sided silently with the killers and kidnappers.

waldschrat said...

madtom -

Truthteller continues to serve his patients when many doctors have fled the very real dangers of Iraq. If the ignorant people who make Iraq a hell of bombs and bullets could turn their efforts to something even half as useful to the people of Iraq as truthteller's work, Iraq would be a paradise in a very short time.

I do not agree with his contention that it is all America's fault, but I believe he has every right to say anything he wishes to anyone who will listen. His actions speak more loudly than his words in my opinion: he is on the side of his family and his patients, and I think it would be unfair to ask more of him.

dancewater said...

I will post your article tomorrow on Today in Iraq blog.

Madtom, your question is very stupid. He is not supporting the Americans, that is clear.

Truth Checker said...

I guess 'Freedom and Democracy' only works with civilized people.

Note to Bush and Blair: Make sure that the nation you want to help gain freedom through democracy has enough civilized people living there before you risk the lives of those you send to help liberate them.

madtom said...

We all know that this war is a war of the minds as much as a war of bombs and knives. Doctors are usually trusted and respected members of a community, people look up too and respect doctors. TT silence will not protect him nor his family, as a matter of fact his silence directly puts his family at risk.

There are many ways to work for change. TT could create a group of piers, of local doctors and scholars that could speak out against the violence. The could do much to bring the community together while forces try their best to tear it apart. They could form a group and gather donations for the widows of those that die fighting for the community, they could publish letters of support for the local government, they could give out certificates of recognition to the local police, or even to the Kurdish forces to bridge the gap that separate these communities.

There is a vital role that the local civil community could play to turn the rising tide of sectarian violence that has griped the country. Silence kills.

TT's silence will not protect him or his family, it will only make it easier for the enemy's of Iraq to kill him and his family.

waldschrat said...

Madtom, as far as I know, rather than being viewed by terrorists as "trusted and respected members of the community" doctors are viewed as attractive targets for assassination, kidnapping and extortion.

If you want some perspective on the problem, try following this news link:
link to article

Albatroz said...

Madtom,

A lot easier than all that would be for the Americans to leave Iraq as soon as possible. I'm sure Iraqis would solve their problems a lot quicker without Americans around.

madtom said...

Really the Shi'a and the Kurds are gust going to voluntarily go back to being dominated by the sunni minority. It's just all going to be as it was absent the Americans.

Doesn't the story of Pandora's box come to mind.

madtom said...

Hi TT,

I was just thinking of you as a read report after report of the Hizbollah leader admitting that he was the one that ordered and attack on Israel that started the last war, and remembering that thought that it had been Israel that had started it. I assume you have been reading the same and are no longer under that illusion.

If by some chance you have not seen these many reports I will post links.

madtom said...

TT, I just read that you went out of the country without permission from the Ministry, and I was just wondering what it felt like to breathe. Were you nervous? Do you fear any reprisals now that you did it.

waldschrat said...

In times like these it's worth while to consider the value some folks place on peace. September is supposed to be the U.N.'s "International Day of Peace".

http://www.un.org/events/peaceday/2006/
http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/
http://www.worldpeace.org/peaceday.html
http://www.idpvigil.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Peace
http://www.peaceoneday.org/

Pamela said...

It always amazes me when America gets blamed for suicide bombers, kidnappers, people beheading innocents, murdering militias, et al.

Amazing.

I do admire you for not fleeing the country, when so many of your fellow citizens have left. That takes courage.

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