Iraq: BlogIraq is Dead


I am sad to report the death of Ahmed the writer of the blog BlogIraq who was murdered in the Al-Mansour district of Baghdad. May he rest in peace. Iraqi bloggers are a close-knit community and we mourn the death of fellow bloggers as if it is from our own family. There is not one family in Iraq that has been untouched by the violence that gripped our country and Iraqi bloggers are no different. His friend, Mohammed Alani, who helped set up the blog, wrote on BlogIraq:

Ahmed (BlogIraq) is dead. He was killed in Baghdad on April 11th, 2008… He had an appointment that day with a guy he knew. This guy was supposed to get him some documents that prove corruption in some USAID office back in Baghdad. I don't have complete details about it. Anyway, he and the guy bringing the documents were killed at their meeting place in Mansour district in Baghdad…

His brother in-law found him dead with his friend in Mansour district in one of the small streets there. Thank God his body was found, unlike many of our friends who were killed or just vanished without a trace.

When I first setup this blog for him, he gave me the admin password of his blog and I gave him the password of mine. We agreed that whoever dies first, the other should write about it in his blog. Its just my bad luck that he died first. I can only think of his 20 months old daughter. Shes about the same age as my daughter, Aya.

May God take revenge of those who killed him and orphaned his lovely daughter.

Abbas Hawazin adds: “I am feeling so much anger boiling, I tried to cry but I couldn't.”

If you read no other post this week read this one:

The media is increasingly making noises about how the modern world is creating a new environmental crisis. Yet scant attention is being paid to the environmental disaster that is befalling iraq as a result of five years of war. Last of Iraqis takes a look at all aspects of the crisis:

year after year it's getting hotter, I remember before the war and two years after it when I used to sit in my room the fan was enough…

but in 2007… I remember when I got back to my house and opened the door, I swear to god it was like opening a door to hell although the house was left for only 36 hours without air cooling! … one can feel that the weather got crazy here, this year we were punished by the several sand storms and the swinging temperatures…

Deterioration in agriculture was the reason behind the climate change as I think; people say that what used to be farms became a desert now in the south middle and west of Iraq and that's one of the main reasons behind the sand storms that we suffer from now because there are no trees and plants to hold the sand storms, Iraq is suffering and it's transforming, I know people are dying in Iraq and they can't be even counted but what will we inherit our children even if the situation improved and Iraq became free again and everything is settle? What will we inherit them? A destroyed land? A desert? a community filled with hatred?

Waiting for the war to come in Mosul


Empty streets in Mosul
by Mosul is in Heart

The Iraqi president, Nouri Al-Maliki has made a big noise about reclaiming the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Like the massive Basra offensive he moved to Mosul to personally direct the army. Iraqi bloggers give their impressions of a city about to be at war.

Najma is bored of being locked up at home because of endless curfews:

Hatred, such a strong unhealthy feeling.. but I just can't help but hate it here.. I hate it, I hate it, I HATE IT.. I want to shout it at the top of my lungs so everybody can know that I just can't stand it here.

The curfew that started at 9 PM last Friday was only temporarily stopped at 6 AM today and is going to start again at 6 PM until further notice.

And Sunshine writes about life in the war zone:

Everyone knows the new operation may starts in every sec , and the curfew may last for few weeks probably, so my dad bought every thing we need, rice , flour, eggs, cheese ,oil, meat , vegetables , fruit, etc. but there are many families can’t buy all those stuff , and live day by day, so when the national guards allowed the citizens to walk , many people started to do shopping, but this time, the prices were doubled or got higher 30-50% ..It breaks my heart to see my people living under hard circumstances, there are many issues need to be solved, like economy for example, and many other things, but who cares ?!!…

On the third day … a fight started in far away neighborhood, dad immediately harried to carry Yosif inside , as soon as he carried Yosif a bullet hit the pavement where Yosif was standing !! I am so thankful it didn’t hit Yosif ..

The situation today is not good, we heard many explosions and shooting.. and there were sounds of helicopters since the early morning, as well as many tanks

She concludes:

I really hope Mosul will be free of terrorists, I don’t mind spending 3 months stuck in the house, if there’ll be a happy end, we want to live in peace, we are tired of the continues fights, kidnapping, and killing. all Iraqis want their lives back, I want to go back to my room and sleep there, and I am eager to the day we’ll fix our house and be aware it won’t be damaged, whenever I look at our walls or my closet and see the bullets and shrapnel, my heart breaks, each damaged corner in the house has a painful story ..

I want to be able to walk freely in the streets without being afraid of terrorists, many times I wonder, god created us all equally, and gave us mind to think , and feelings to sense, everyone like children because they are so innocents, why some of those children grew up and became evils ? why people fight each other ? I can’t understand that, why someone wake up in the morning and his attention is to kill ? I can’t understand the reason that motivate people to kill, sometimes they kill because of nationality!, religion!, race, some times I wish everyone can remain a child to keep the innocence!

And finally

Given the – for want of a better word – unique experiment of democracy in Iraq, where does the young intelligent Iraqi look to for a role model in a world leader? Marshmallow26 tells us:

I was watching on TV with dad of course… Any way Dad was pointing at Medvedev, I said dad is that the new Russian president?

Yes daughter. Dad said

Wow he looks hot!! haha I mean he is really cute and young and above all he is taking the responsibility of leading his country…

As he took the oath he stated:

I believe my most important aims will be to protect civil and economic freedoms; We must fight for a true respect of the law and overcome legal nihilism, which seriously hampers modern development.

Waw “to protect civilians”!! that is a very important thing, now days in Iraq we miss hearing this phrase from our leaders, as a matter of fact there is a conflict amongst them which is about how to get rid of civilians and fight them to death!!…

I hope there will be rightfulness in our next elections, I hope that Iraq finds and elects the honest person who cares about his people and his country first.


  • Janice M. Paulden

    Global Voices! We, the people of the world, must rise up against injustice in any form anywhere in the world to hold the flow of obscene political corruption!!
    We must raise a howl of protest against the underworld thugs who are supposedly `governing` our collective countries to this very day.
    None of us are above the other anywhere on earth, and we, the people, are our brother’s keeper.
    Let us raise our voices in Righteousness, Truth & Justice for God in Heaven & our Mother Earth.
    For the people,
    Janice M. Paulden

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  • Janice M. Paulden

    In response to Iraq: BlogIraq is Dead as we know this grieves the whole world that another freedom fighter is silenced to death by the corrupt, evil people in the shadows of our global Eden. May Almighty God intervene in this message from the people for justice for BlogIraq and all patriots everywhere regardless of ethnic origin.
    For the people
    Janice M. Paulden

  • Moroccan

    The whole world does not grieve…the war-criminals in the US government (and their millions of supporters in the US) are satisfied with the outcome of their invasions and “freedom operations”. It is just one less haji…let the bastards die. Anyone who does not appreciate America’s noble causes deserve to die…this haji should have joined the glorious US military to fight his own people (ie kill them) so they submit to the occupation for their own good.


    People of the world! let us join hands and hearts for the people left in this sad world. Let us open our eyes, hearts, ears and minds to hear the truth spoken by our brothers in all lands.
    Love is the strongest most magnetic energy in the universe dissolving anything unlike

  • Our own silence gives consent to the abomination of the lie, which will be broken without hand by our Word of Truth. We are controlled by the Organized Crime ring (One World/One Bank/One Church) of Germany/Italy/Sicily/Britain/Japan.
    Revealed is a graven stone reading shown along the banks of the Nile in beautiful Egypt empowering Libya to speak truth through Egypt, but Italy still speaks the abomination of the lie through Sicily.
    Truth is life!
    To lie is death!
    Truth WILL prevail at the end time being resurrected from the stone sepulcher book in Egypt graved along the banks of the Nile, which writings were graven with an iron pen and lead in the stone forever. Truth, being the Messiah dwells in all mankind as the inner Light of our Conscience. “Christ is Truth in YOU, the people”. Amen.xx

  • This is absolutely disgraceful news concerning America’s underworld involvement in terrorism to date! Blackwater “Mark of the Beast”, is a blight on the civilized world and should never be lauded by any government anywhere on earth. It is wrong! But at least US officials have now provided fresh details about Raymond Davis, the CIA agent at the centre of a diplomatic stand-off in Pakistan, including confirmation that he had worked for the private security contractor Xe, formerly known as Blackwater. They also disclosed for the first time that he had been providing security for a CIA team tracking militants.
    Davis was attached to the CIA’s Global Response Staff, whose duties include protecting case officers when they meet with sources. He was familiarising himself with a sensitive area of Lahore on the day he murdered two Pakistanis.
    The New York Times, and Washington Post reported FOR THE FIRST TIME that Davis is a CIA employee. They said they had been aware of his status but kept it under wraps at the request of US officials who said they “feared for his safety if his covert involvement with the spy agency was to come out.” I, Janice M. Paulden, thank Almighty God that at least now, some truth is coming out through the airwaves to the people. Amen.xx

  • Libya, a beautiful land, will now suffer the terrible lock-stepping boots of approaching Nazi/Mafia/Fascism as the full-scale terrosim of deliberately planned western war escalates, and Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Blair, etc., will now reap the profit of their former ground-laying Mafia take-over of others lands. But I warn you, gentlemen! Your time is coming! No crime goes unpunished, and what you reap is what you have ignorantly and cruelly sown. You will reap the reward of the true under/Underworld, being the unknown place, but a place that you will become familiar with in your due time.
    You shold have spent your years doing good in the earth instead of destroying the air, water, and people. May God forgive you in your lustful greedy gluttony for other lands and the poor people who are innocent of your crimes.

  • Our own silence gives consent to the abomination of the lie, which will be broken without hand by our Word of Truth. We are controlled by the Organized Crime ring being One World Politics/One World Bank/One World Church of Germany/Italy/Sicily/Britain now understood to be the New World Order where Germany and England are wedded as one and Italy and Sicily are wedded as one.
    This is revealed in graven stone presentation along the banks of the Nile in beautiful Egypt, and Libya being empowered to speak truth through Egypt, while Italy speaks the abomination of the lie through Sicily.
    Truth is life!
    To lie is death!
    Truth WILL prevail at the end time being resurrected from the stone sepulcher Bible book in Egypt revealed in full view along the banks of the Nile, which undeciphered writings were graven with an iron pen and lead in the stone forever.
    Truth, being the Messiah dwells in all mankind as the inner Light, our Conscience, revealing our whole lives to God at the judgement. Happily “Christ is Truth in YOU for the people”.

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