WHAT WAR BRINGS: shattered families
Nearly every family in
A Terrible Legacy of Hatred and Death
….. This, of course, is the hell we have bequeathed to all the Arab peoples of
Killings shattered dreams of rural Iraqi family
The beautiful, dark-haired girl in the photograph stands near a wall in pre-invasion
…. Al-Janabi family members testified at the guilt and sentencing phases of Green's trial, telling jurors through an interpreter about the al-Janabi family — Kassem, Fakhriya, Abeer, and Hadeel, who were killed in the attack, and two boys, Mohammed and Ahmed, who weren't home during the slayings. The family was close and dreamed of owning a home, sending the four children to school and living in peace, said a cousin, Abu Farras.
Kassem al-Janabi, a thin man whom jurors saw in a photo from his wedding day wearing a slightly too-large suit, was so fond of his sister Ameena's children he named his own girls after them. He called the oldest Abeer, which means "fragrance of flowers," and the younger girl Hadeel, which means "sound of the water," Ameena said.
….. Mohammed and Ahmed returned from school the afternoon of the attack to find smoke billowing from the windows. After going to their uncle's home, they returned to the house to find their father shot in the head, mother shot in the chest, Hadeel shot in the face and Abeer's remains burning. Since then, Mohammed and Ahmed said, they haven't gone to school. "I refuse to go," Mohammed said. "I don't have the mood to study."
Abeer, the “fragrance of flowers” and her sister Hadeel, the “sound of water” had their lives snuffed out that day in a horrific manner by US troops. The ones responsible did receive some punishment, but only the ringleader got life in prison. Let’s hope he never gets a parole.
In Haditha, Memories of a Massacre
Then one of the Marines took charge and began shouting, said Fahmi, who was watching from his roof. Fahmi said he saw the Marine direct other Marines into the house closest to the blast, about 50 yards away.
It was the home of 76-year-old Abdul Hamid Hassan Ali. Although he had used a wheelchair since diabetes forced a leg amputation years ago, Ali was always one of the first on his block to go out every morning, scattering scraps for his chickens and hosing the dust of the arid western town from his driveway, neighbors said.
In the house with Ali and his 66-year-old wife, Khamisa Tuma Ali, were three of the middle-aged male members of their family, at least one daughter-in-law and four children -- 4-year-old Abdullah, 8-year-old Iman, 5-year-old Abdul Rahman and 2-month-old Asia.
Marines entered shooting, witnesses recalled. Most of the shots -- in Ali's house and two others -- were fired at such close range that they went through the bodies of the family members and plowed into walls or the floor, physicians at Haditha's hospital said.
A daughter-in-law, identified as Hibbah, escaped with
Ali took nine rounds in the chest and abdomen, leaving his intestines spilling out of the exit wounds in his back, according to his death certificate.
The Marines moved to the house next door, Fahmi said.
Inside were 43-year-old Khafif, 41-year-old Aeda Yasin Ahmed, an 8-year-old son, five young daughters and a 1-year-old girl staying with the family, according to death certificates and neighbors.
The Marines shot them at close range and hurled grenades into the kitchen and bathroom, survivors and neighbors said later. Khafif's pleas could be heard across the neighborhood. Four of the girls died screaming.
Only 13-year-old Safa Younis lived -- saved, she said, by her mother's blood spilling onto her, making her look dead when she fell, limp, in a faint.
Townspeople led a Washington Post reporter this week to the girl they identified as Safa. Wearing a ponytail and tracksuit, the girl said her mother died trying to gather the girls. The girl burst into tears after a few words. The older couple caring for her apologized and asked the reporter to leave.
Moving to a third house in the row, Marines burst in on four brothers, Marwan, Qahtan, Chasib and Jamal Ahmed. Neighbors said the Marines killed them together.
Marine officials said later that one of the brothers had the only gun found among the three families, although there has been no known allegation that the weapon was fired.
Yet more children killed inside their own homes by the
But it is not just the
Victims of the death squads: One family's harrowing story of kidnap and murder in Iraq
Anyone who believes that the American-led "surge" in
…..I learned what happened next in a phone call from Nadia in April this year. Her voice was flat, emotionless. The family had been kidnapped by an armed gang, she said. She and the two children, Dahlia, eight, and Abdullah, 10, had eventually been freed, but Mohammed had been kept captive, despite the payment of a ransom. It was not until this summer, when I saw Nadia and the children in
"Do you remember how it was, even a few years ago?" asked Nadia. The confident, articulate woman I remembered had gone, and the trauma of recent months was written on her pale, drawn face. "We thought things couldn't get worse, violence will ease off, things will get better. How wrong we were."
The mother and two children were released by the kidnappers, after a harrowing ordeal. They returned home and paid a $10,000 ransom, but never saw or heard from the father of the family again. The mother and two children fled to
The greatest tragedy is that the story of the Hayalis is far from unique. No police report was ever made on Mohammed's kidnapping and probable murder, so it is not included in the figures purporting to show that the "surge" is working. The same is true of vast numbers of deaths, because going to the police, infiltrated and dominated by militias in many districts of
And there are thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of stories like the above – stories of US troops shattering families, of armed gangs kidnapping and murdering families, of human destruction on a vast scale. But some of the stories do not even make it into the news.Photo: An Iraqi woman, right, grieves for her husband and his brother, with her mother-in-law, left, at a hospital morgue in Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007. The women say the two brothers were killed in an overnight raid by
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