Release And Detain
With the shrinking movement of the journalists in Baghdad due to the frantic security situation, media coverage find itself focusing on Baghdad more than any other towns in Iraq but still with the help of mobiles and cameras news of other remote areas could be heard and get their share of reporters interest.
I can say within the last three years of the US invasion to Iraq and the arrival of the Arab and foreign journalists here, now Iraqis began to recognize the importance of media, in a way they themselves started to shoot events take place in their towns and contact to report about it.
Latifiyia is a town part of Hilla province, south of Baghdad, yesterday was a theater for a US show, early in the morning people woke up on sounds of aircrafts and US patrol.
They know that means that there will be a raid but they did not know that US plans would shoot randomly their houses and burned their farms, “ Isra Abdulla Attiyia” a female killed due to the air strike, “ Hiyam Muhammed Attiyia” another female who was wounded and detained and then to be released, in addition to the wound of two babies who were only two months old, an eye witness brought even a video tape for this crime.
The story reoccurred in Yousifiyia town which is close to Latifiyia, but this time by US soldiers not by planes.
Again the town was incurred by tens of the US soldiers who came to check the houses in
“ Sayed Abdullah” village and detain tens of its men, always such kinds of raids rarely passes peacefully without bloodletting.
The US soldiers stormed the houses there by kicking the doors with their shoes and shooting in random to spread panic among women and kids.
In one of the houses, a 27 year woman ran to open the door for the US soldier but she immediately received a bullet in her head and her brother in law who is 44 received another but in his chest.
Most of the men in “ Sayed Abdulla” village were detained in the wake of the Iraqi premier Al-Malki ‘s decision yesterday of releasing 2500 detainee in US and Iraqi prisons.
“It is really amazing this empty circle we are moving in, the government declares that it would release 500 detainee, the second day 1000 person will be detained, so what is the meaning of that?” a man commented on the news of freeing 2500 detainee.