This AP story did not appear in the NY Times or the Washington Post, today (that I could find). There was a crackdown in Baghdad which began last Sunday, 29 May. The US named it Operation Lightning. 40,000 Iraqi security forces hit the streets of Baghdad. Riverbend of Baghdad Burning was worried that there would be house raids. She wrote on May 30,
And there were, shown on tv that night. Women and children crouched on the floor, pressed up against walls of their homes, while the men in the family were handcuffed and pushed out the doors. There has not been much news from my usual sources like, Baghdad Burning, Occupation Watch, al Jazeera in the last week. I found this story in the
Jeffersonville Evening News: The Tribune. More below the fold.
The biggest mistake was arresting and temporarily detaining “the leader of Iraq’s largest Sunni Arab political party.” Let’s give the person a name, and a face.
Abdul-Hamid is a moderate Sunni. He is a man the Occupation should want on their side in order to secure the participation of Sunnis in the new government. He refused the US apology and said that he had to lie on the ground with a soldier’s boot on his head for twenty minutes. Since this leader was well known to the US Occupation, there is some doubt that this arrest was really a ‘mistake.’
These raids are meant to secure Baghdad for the trial of Saddam Hussein. This trial is supposed to quell the violence but many think it will be divisive. Time will tell as residents of Baghdad, especially Sunnis, live in fear of more house raids, looting, and unjust arrests in addition to the drive-by shootings and bombings from the insurgents. Operation Lightning has cut down on the bombings within Baghdad so far. Unfortunately the violence from Iraqi insurgents continues all through other sections of Iraq with a grevious death toll.