Lets Talk About The National Guards
Finally the water is beginning to get stronger, it appears that the terrorist attack on main water pipes was more devastating than it first appeared, because they anticipated that it wouldn't take them more than two or three days to get it fixed, this has affected most of Baghdad, even the meeting of the National Assembly has been postponed because of it.
Getting to the point of the post; A friend of mine was arrested a few weeks ago by National Guards, and especially by the wolf regiment or as called in Baghdad (Loa' Al-zeeb), which is the unit that usually makes all the raids of houses suspected of terrorist actions. So they raided the house of a friend of mine a few weeks ago, although the poor guy didn't have anything to do with terrorism or anything, but the raid was made as result of some information given by an anonymous person. It seems that whoever informs about terrorist locations gets $1000 if it was true, which is the good part. But the bad part is if it is false he gets $300, which made many people give such information regardless of it's credibility, because he still gets the money whether it is right or wrong. The NG personnel searched the house and one of them searched the computer thoroughly, even when they didn't find anything they took him with them, it seems that whoever is caught cannot be released unless by a judge, which is something we are not used to in Iraq, could say that a few years ago my friend would have been dead.
One other thing, did you know that the uniforms of the National Guards and Police forces in Iraq are being sold in certain areas of Baghdad, especially Bab Al-Sharjy, which is almost a market of everything, anything can be found there. For example right after the war there, a friend of mine tells that he did see a commercial written by hand on a wall saying (Solve your problems for just 1500 Dinars) which is a little less than a dollar, guess what you will by that, a HAND GRENADE. Anyway I guess I drifted off point, back to the National Guards, anyone can get their uniforms, Imagine the chaos that could create, it has been known for some terrorist groups to mimic national guards units and do whatever they please in their name, which isn't exactly what we can call popular in Baghdad. This is mostly because of their brutality, too rough in doing everything, they have developed the idea that they have the right to do what ever pleases them in order to get their missions done, even if it meant random fire.
I noted a few interesting posts this week, first one I noted was made by Mad Canuck. The post is titled Us army In Iraq Police As the Target. The post is talks about what problems the US soldiers are facing especially since they are the most targeted people in town. Second post is has been made by Cile the post is titled Declaration of Revocation. The post is a letter from England to the US, which is not intended againt anyone so let's try to be mature about this. Finally Raghda wanted to tell that she is back with more cats pictures if you are interested. This is starting to sound like a TV commercial so I guess I'll stop here.
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