άλλους στρατηγούς πριν την εισολή των Αμερικανών και τους καλούσε να
λιποτακτήσουν και να ενταχθούν στον αμερικανικό σχέδιο για το Ιράκ.
Ο σουνίτης στρατηγός τέθηκε πριν λίγο καιρό επικεφαλής μιας ομάδας
που στόχο είχε την δημιουργία καταστάσεις διάσπασεις και διχόνειας
μεταξύ των αντιστασιακών σουνιτικών οργανώσεων δειλιάζοντας τους με
πληροφορίες όπως ότι οι ΗΠΑ θα αποχωρήσουν από το Ιράκ μόνο όταν
απομονωθεί και εξοντωθεί η Αλ-Κάιντα.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
(New York, New York)
For Immediate Release
September 14, 2000
MADELEINE K. ALBRIGHT, SECRETARY OF STATE
ON MEETING WITH IRAQIS
New York, New York
September 14, 2000
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I was pleased to meet today with a
distinguished and diverse delegation of Iraqis who are here in
New York to advocate the interests of the Iraqi people during the
United Nations General Assembly. We hear so many around the
world expressing compassion for the Iraqi people. Anyone who
really cares about the Iraqi people, and the recovery of their
once-great country, must listen to free Iraqis like these who
bravely speak the truth. It is sad that some, instead, listen
only to representatives of the regime that oppresses the Iraqis,
that misrepresents them, and that threatens and insults their
The United States listens carefully to the Iraqi advocates.
Today, they proposed ways to hold the Baghdad regime accountable
to this world body, and to the people of Iraq. They offered
ideas to ease Iraqi suffering, while making the sanctions work
better against the regime that defies its international legal
obligations. And they again emphasized the central importance of
Security Council Resolution 688, which condemned Baghdad,s
oppression of its own people as a threat to regional stability.
This group includes real heroes. The courage of one of these
Iraqi visitors is particularly exemplary. General Najeeb
al-Salihi refused to submit to the unspeakable blackmail of the
Baghdad regime, directed not only at him, but also at his family,
because he has written and spoken the truth about the causes of
Iraq,s humiliation. He stands for the millions of Iraqis who
have sacrificed beyond human comprehension as they refuse to
submit to oppression.
The United States salutes the courage of Iraqis everywhere in the
Opposition. I wish them success in presenting to the world the
true hopes and needs of the Iraqi people, and ultimately in
bringing democracy and the rule of law to their country.
Former army officers asked to report to volunteer centers
By Ali Khaleel
The government has reversed a previous order banning former army officers from joining the new army.
Minister Nouri al-Maliki has instructed the Ministry of Defense to accept
applications from former army officers. The move
comes following a pledge he made earlier this month to repair damage to the
country’s security due to a U.S.’s disbanding of the former army. But
Maliki’s instructions only cover officers up to the rank of major. Officers
with higher ranks are not covered.
The Ministry of Defense is working to implement Maliki’s orders and has called on the officers to report to army volunteer centers. The fate of the members of the former army has become a sticky issue in Iraq and the government is apparently willing to solve as part of a national reconciliation drive. Maliki has set up a new committee under Najeeb al-Salihi to present ideas on how to settle the issue.
There are currently about 7,000 volunteers who were one members of the former army. But most of these were selected under a vetting system which leaned towards sectarian affiliation rather than talent and loyalty to the country. Under the new guidelines the number is expected to double.