"In the early hours of an October morning, a security detail for Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi was racing down a mostly empty street in the capital's Karrada neighborhood when it came to a checkpoint set up by the Iraqi army. The soldier at the checkpoint yelled and motioned for the vehicles to stop, according to Iraqi and American security forces who described what happened. But the convoy, which consisted of four or five vehicles carrying 30 men
, (emphasis added) did not respond. The soldier fired a warning shot into the air.
That's when the trouble started, said Lt. Col. Robert M. Roth, commander of U.S. Army Task Force 4-46, which is helping train the new Iraqi army.
"The vice president's PSD grabbed the Iraqi army soldier and took him to the vice president's house," Roth said, using the abbreviation for private security details. "They said he tried to assassinate the vice president and refused to hand him over" to proper authorities.The Iraqi Defense Ministry intervened and ultimately persuaded Mahdi's men to let the soldier go, 48 hours later.
Mahdi could not be reached for comment."Private Security Crews Add to Fear in Baghdad
November 28, 2005These 30 men are foreign mercenaries whose salary is being paid by the Iraqi government to the tune of $1,000 per day per each mercenary...
(see previous posting Contract Killers … and fight to the death
December 12, 2004,
and also Ahmad Al-Chalabi's complaint
".. you know, each one of those 22,000 [mercenaries] makes $1,000 a day. This is $22 million a day, or $7 billion a year. Why is that necessary? They are not answerable to anyone and move around bearing weapons in a provocative manner.’ "'Provocative' is a bit mild for the British Aegis murderers.This is one antidote
. It is a documentary on the work of one Iraqi resistance sniper named Juba.See this for background on the songs in the video and on Juba.This is a previous posting (February 22, 2005) on Snipers in Iraq, where Juba is first referred to.
And this is a Liberator