Baghdad, Iraq Wants U.S. to Pay $1 Billion For Damage to City
Feb 17, 2011
Iraq's capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
The city's government issued its demands in a statement on Wednesday that said Baghdad's infrastructure and aesthetics have been seriously damaged by the American military.
"The U.S. forces changed this beautiful city to a camp in an ugly and destructive way, which reflected deliberate ignorance and carelessness about the simplest forms of public taste," the statement said.
"Due to the huge damage, leading to a loss the Baghdad municipality cannot afford...we demand the American side apologize to Baghdad's people and pay back these expenses."
The statement made no mention of damage caused by bombing.
Powell Demands Answers over WMD Informant's Lies
February 16, 2011
Colin Powell has called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain why they failed to notify him of unreliability of a key source who claimed knowledge of Saddam Hussein's bio-weapons capability, reports The Guardian....
U.S. secretary of state during the Iraq invasion, Powell said U.S. agencies involved in compiling case for the war should be questioned in response to the newspaper's revelation that the source, Rafid Ahmed al-Janabi or "Curveball" as his handlers called him, admitted to fabricating evidence of Iraq's secret weapons of mass destruction program.
"It has been known for several years that the source called Curveball was totally unreliable," Powell told the Guardian . "The question should be put to the CIA and the DIA as to why this wasn't known before the false information was put into the NIE sent to Congress, the president's state of the union address and my 5 February presentation to the UN."
Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi: AKA Curveball
Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war
15 February 2011
• Man codenamed Curveball 'invented' tales of bioweapons
• Iraqi told lies to try to bring down Saddam Hussein regime
• Fabrications used by US as justification for invasion
How the US was duped --
Curveball and the manufacture of a lie
'Curveball': I Lied About Iraq WMD To Help Topple Saddam