For "Operation Lightning" or "Barg" in Arabic
all of Baghdad’s 23 entry points will be controlled by
675 checkpoints along with mobile checkpoints.
Baghdad will be divided into two sectors,
Karkh on the west bank of the Tigris river and Risafa on the east,
Karkh to be divided into 15 sub-districts and Risafa into 7 sub-districts.
Police and emergency personnel will operate in Baghdad
24 hours a day.
IRAQ HELL BAGHDAD BRACELET
Most Iraqi police officers joined up for the higher pay
– at $300 a month - their salaries are triple the average wage...
The Iraq Ministry of Interior gets support from 160,000 foreign troops,
including 138,000 from the United States.
40,000 troops to circle Baghdad "like bracelet"
by Patrick Quinn, AP, May 27, 2005
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq announced plans Thursday to deploy 40,000 police and soldiers in the capital and ring the city with hundreds of checkpoints "like a bracelet" in the largest show of Iraqi force since the fall of Saddam Hussein. In a reminder of the difficulty Iraqi security forces face in stopping insurgent attacks, violence claimed at least 15 lives Thursday in Baghdad including a car bomb that exploded near a police patrol, killing five people and wounding 17. An American helicopter was shot down Thursday night while supporting coalition forces near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, while another was hit but returned safely, the U.S. military said. There was no word on the number of people aboard the downed downed aircraft or their conditions. The statement said an OH-58 Kiowa carrying two people was damaged but landed safely.
In Baghdad, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari told a small group of Western reporters that next week's planned crackdown, dubbed Operation Lightning, was designed "to restore the initiative to the government".
Insurgents have killed more than 620 people since his government was announced on April 28. "We will establish, with God's help, an impenetrable blockade surrounding Baghdad like a bracelet surrounds a wrist", Defense Minister Saadoun al-Duleimi said. Iraqi authorities did not say how long the crackdown would last, and it was uncertain whether the Iraq security services are capable of mounting a sustained operation.
Except for a few elite units, most police officers are believed to have joined up for the higher pay the job provides – at $300 a month, their salaries are triple the average wage. Iraq has 89,400 security personnel attached to the Ministry of Interior, according to the U.S. military. This includes police, highway patrol and some commando units, although the figure might include some who have deserted. An additional 75,800 forces are in the country’s military, most of them in the army. Al-Jaafari said his government was working hard to recruit, train and equip its police and army but still needed support from 160,000 foreign troops, including 138,000 from the United States, to deal with the raging insurgency. American forces will back the Iraqis with logistical aid and air cover during Operation Lightning, according to the U.S. military.
Al-Jaafari said all of Baghdad’s 23 entry points would be controlled. Interior Minister Bayan Jabr, who helped announce Operation Lightning, or "Barq" in Arabic, said there would be 675 checkpoints along with mobile checkpoints to try to deter assailants around the city and in areas where attacks are frequent. The government said Baghdad would be divided into two sectors, Karkh on the west bank of the Tigris river that separates the city, and Risafa on the east. Karkh would be divided into 15 sub-districts and Risafa into seven sub-districts. Police and emergency personnel would operate in Baghdad 24 hours a day.
"We have the absolute belief that there is no place for the terrorists, there is no place for those who give shelter to the terrorists, or those who provoke terrorism," he said. "We will stand solidly against anyone who tries to shed a drop of Iraqi blood, against anyone who tries to kill any Iraqi." But it was unclear whether the large concentration of security forces in the capital would cause a surge of violence in the rest of Iraq, where car bombs, kidnappings and shooting are a day-to-day occurrence.
Northwest of Baghdad, in the city of Haditha, more than 1,000 U.S. troops continued a sweep for insurgents responsible for attacks against coalition troops. They ordered at least one air strike Thursday against a suspected militant position. At least 11 insurgents and one Marine have been killed since Operation New Market began Wednesday.
Sunnis object to Berlin Wall in Baghdad (screen people entering & leaving to 'protect' from surrounding Shiite) & & Zionism equals colonization (building huge concrete wall cuts West Bank into fragments; gates open/close at Israeli whim). AHN/BruneiTimes, Apr 22, 2007. Go to JFK ICH BIN EIN BERLINER ("Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free") & LISTEN TO JFK'S VOICE
Iraqis cry - "When will this stop?" ("Where is the government?"). KhaleeTimes, May 20, 2006. Go to IRAQ AFGHANI PHONY WARS
IRAQ A MAGICIAN'S TRICK and BAGHDAD PLUNDERED and WHERE'S THE ENEMY'S ARMY?
3.Surveillance and 20.Thought Police and 12.Ministry of Peace and TERROR BILL IS TERROR
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