Provoking Civil Unrest

[Photo| Iraq Palace-03: lainey]

"This latest mortar attack, during the Palace 'turnover' to Iraq's new provincial government this morning, makes it obvious that (amidst the carnage of bombings and kidnappings) Islamic militants continue to create setbacks and delays, to provoke civil unrest amongst the Iraqi people."

~According to Zaki Mahmoud; Newsday:

AP: Mahmoud; Insurgents Fire Mortar at Iraqi Palace

November 22, 2005, 4:30 AM EST

TIKRIT, Iraq -- Insurgents fired a mortar at a ceremony attended by top U.S. officials on Tuesday to hand over a presidential palace in Saddam Hussein's hometown to local Iraqi authorities, sending the U.S. Ambassador scrambling for cover but causing no injuries.

"The planned turnover of the complex to the Iraqi Ministry of Finance and the provincial government will be a landmark event highlighting the increased capability of the Iraqi government to administer and govern itself," Col. Billy J. Buckner, Multi-National Corps-Iraq spokesman, said in the statement."

"According to AP writer: Nasrawi, all of the tribes are eager for the removal of US troops"...

AP: Salah Nasrawi;Iraqi leaders call for pullout timetable

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 • Last updated 4:11 a.m. PT

CAIRO, Egypt-- Reaching out to the Sunni Arab community, Iraqi leaders called for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces and said Iraq's opposition had a "legitimate right" of resistance.

The communiqué - finalized by Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni leaders Monday - condemned terrorism but was a clear acknowledgment of the Sunni position that insurgents should not be labeled as terrorists if their operations do not target innocent civilians or institutions designed to provide for the welfare of Iraqi citizens.


re: Since it was taken over by U.S. troops in 2003, this Palace has served as a division headquarters for U.S. forces based in the region. Photo:03; lainey

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