posted on Mar, 20 2004 @ 01:01 PM
Here is an eyewitness that lives in Iraq and is an Iraqi and a girl. For some reason I believe everything she has said. It is excellent writting and
should be a book.
Ever since the occupation there have been 400 females abducted in Baghdad alone and that is only the number of recorded abductions. Most families
don’t go to the Americans to tell about an abduction because they know it’s useless. The male members of the family take it upon themselves to search
for the abducted female and get revenge if they find the abductors. What else is there to do? I know if I were abducted I’d much rather my family
organize themselves and look for me personally than go to the CPA.etc....
The looting and killing of today has changed from the looting and killing in April. In April, it was quite random. Criminals were working alone. Now
they’re more organized than the CPA (Coalition Provisional Authority) and the troops combined. No one works alone anymore- they’ve created gangs and
armed militias. They pull up to houses in minivans and SUVs, armed with machineguns and sometimes grenades. They barge into the house and demand money
and gold. If they don’t find enough, they abduct a child or female and ask for ransom. Sometimes the whole family is killed- sometimes only the male
members of the family are killed.
For a while, the men in certain areas began arranging ‘lookouts’. They would gather, every 6 or 7 guys, in a street, armed with Klashnikovs, and watch
out for the whole area. They would stop strange cars and ask them what family they were there to visit. Hundreds of looters were caught that way- we
actually felt safe for a brief period. Then the American armored cars started patrolling the safer residential areas, ordering the men off the
streets- telling them that if they were seen carrying a weapon, they would be treated as criminals.
Most of the gangs, at least the ones in Baghdad, originate from slums on the outskirts of the city. ‘Al-Sadir City’ is a huge, notorious slum with a
population of around 1.5 million. The whole place is terrifying. If you lose a car or a person, you will most likely find them there. Every alley is
controlled by a different gang and weapons are sold in the streets… they’ll even try out that machinegun you have your eye on, if you pay enough.
Americans don’t bother raiding the houses in areas like that… raids are exclusively for decent people who can’t shoot back or attack. Raids are for
the poor people in Ramadi, Ba’aquba and Mosul.