03/11/2011

The so called no-fly zone is a preparation for War

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In fall 2002, the United States of America began preparations for a second war against Iraq. Part of the strategy was to increase the number of flights over the so-called "no-fly" zones.  The Iraqis were aware of the increased surveillance and met it by targeting Coalition aircraft with radar and occasionally firing anti-aircraft artillery or missiles toward the aircraft. This caused an escalating chain reaction. As the Iraqis fired on the aircraft, more aircraft dropped warning leaflets against such actions, which led to increased anti-aircraft fire. This led to the bombing of such sites and continued escalation.

By October 2002, there were 46 strikes by U.S.and British aircraft during the course of the year. Thirty-six of those were in the southern zone. The strikes increased, as it became clear that President Bush was considering ordering an invasion to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

 

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American invasion and democracy in Iraq

BAGHDAD - At least 19 people were killed in Iraq on Friday as tens of thousands defied an official curfew to join a nationwide "Day of Rage," echoing protests that have roiled the Middle East and North Africa since January.

Despite pleas by the government and Shiite religious leaders for Iraqis to stay home, demonstrators gathered by the hundreds and thousands from Basra in the south to Mosul and Kirkuk in the north.

Protesters expressed anger and rage at local leaders as well as at Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, storming provincial government offices in several cities and calling for more jobs, electricity and clean water, better pensions and medical care.

Security forces used tear gas, water cannons, sound bombs and at times live bullets to disperse the crowds. Fatalities were reported in Mosul, Fallujah, Tikrit and a town near Kirkuk, when security forces opened fire on demonstrators who were surrounding--or in some cases storming--government buildings. There were also clashes in Ramadi.

In the southern province of Basra, about 10,000 demonstrators forced the resignation of the provincial governor. In Fallujah, protesters forced the resignation of the entire city council.

In Baghdad, where Maliki imposed a curfew that banned cars and even bicycles from the streets, people walked, often many miles, to reach the city's Tahrir Square. Several thousand had gathered by early afternoon.

Surrounded by hundreds of police, soldiers and rooftop snipers, with military helicopters buzzing overhead, protesters waved Iraqi flags and signs reading "Bring the Light Back" (a reference to the lack of electricity), "No to Corruption!" and "I'm a Peaceful Man."

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad downplayed the protest-related violence and the impact of the curfew, saying that Iraq's security forces "generally have not used force against peaceful protesters."

February 25, 2011
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m75338&hd&size=1&l=e&fb=1

Posted by: Yves | 03/11/2011

About the leaflet-actions in the Iraqy no-fly zone which were used to start the war against Iraq:

On 3 October 2002 an American A10 "Warthog" fighter-bomber was fired upon by an Iraqi air defense command center in the "no-fly" zone in southern Iraq as it dropped 120,000 leaflets warning the Iraqi military and Baghdad against continuing to fire missiles and artillery at American and British jets. The front of the leaflet pictured a drawing of a warplane firing missiles at a radar site and anti-aircraft battery on the ground. Arabic text read, "Iraqi ADA Beware! Do not track or fire on Coalition aircraft!" The back of the leaflet was all text: "Attention Iraqi Air Defense. The destruction experienced by your colleagues in other air defense locations is a response to your continuing aggression toward planes of the coalition forces. No tracking or firing on these aircraft will be tolerated. You could be next." Due to the anti-aircraft fire against the A10, the Coalition bombed an air defense and operations center near Tallil, about 160 miles southeast of Baghdad. There are at least three versions of this leaflet. The first version was probably an early experimental design and showed the jet, radar and SAM site as an outline drawing with no shading, texture, or depth. The rocket path appears as a single line. It is black and white. The propaganda text was directly over the illustration on this version, and the difficult in reading the message was probably the cause for rejection of the design.

Posted by: Yves | 03/11/2011

About the leaflet-actions in the Iraqy no-fly zone which were used to start the war against Iraq (2):

The second version was nearly identical to the first as far as shading depth and texture, but the text is now in the clear areas at the top and bottom of the leaflet. This version was coded ADA1a, (also IZD-1a) and might have been the first leaflet dropped since it was illustrated on the official Central Command (CENTCOM) site, though without comment.

The final version of the leaflet illustrates the jet, radar, and SAM site with shading, depth and texture. The colors seem to have bluish and gray tinges and the rocket contrail is white. This is certainly the final version of the leaflet. It is unknown if it was dropped on the first raid, but it is definitely the one that was dropped on later air strikes. It is coded IZD006.

The front of the leaflet pictured a drawing of a warplane firing missiles at a radar site and anti-aircraft battery on the ground. Arabic text read, "Iraqi ADA Beware! Don't track or fire on Coalition aircraft!" The back of the leaflet was all text: "Attention Iraqi Air Defense. The destruction experienced by your colleagues in other air defense locations is a response to your continuing aggression toward planes of the coalition forces. No tracking or firing on these aircraft will be tolerated. You could be next."

It is interesting to see the difference between what the military states was the official message, and what the target audience actually read. An Iraqi translation of the leaflet reads, “Air Defense Forces be warned! Do not attack the Alliance’s forces and do not follow it with your radars. The destruction that fell upon your comrades in other air defense sites is the answer to your continued aggression against the Coalition forces. Do not follow or fire at the coalition forces or you will be the next target.” The leaflet was originally coded ADA1a, later versions IZD006. Due to the anti-aircraft fire against the A10, a strike was launched against an air defense and operations center near Tallil, about 160 miles southeast of Baghdad.

Posted by: Yves | 03/11/2011

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