Report From the Arab Press

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June 15, 2004

Jordan should be cautious of Interim government

Taher al-Odwan, editor of the Jordanian daily al-Arab al-Yawm, said in an editorial that as Jordan's government deals with the Allawi government, it should also deal with the Iraqi popular situation He added that those who will rule Iraq in the future are not Allawi and the other politicians who came along with the occupation and were registered in the Governing Council or the parties cooperating with occupation. "Those who will never rule the new Iraq are those people have surprisingly quickly brought about their national leaders," said the Jordanian editor, adding that it's in Jordan's interest and its future relations with Iraq that it should open its doors to Iraqi patriotic groups, because business is not everything.

al-Odwan explained that Iraq is now witnessing a great transformation leading to freedom and liberation, so much so that we can surely say that the occupation and it's collaborators are on the move out. "Iraqis are going ahead in their peaceful as well as resistance to achieve a new Iraq whose first character is that it will be its own master and free and will not tolerate the presence of one single foreign solder or an American High Commissioner," he said.

Reports of Iranians massing on Iraqi border

Islamic News Agency reported large-scale Iranian military moves towards Iraqi borders in the southern area. It said Iran moved four army divisions including the elite 'golden' division towards the axes of the southern provinces of Basrah and Ammara, adding that Iranian authorities had already sent several thousand of its intelligence agents into Iraq. Since the American-led occupation, many Iraqis have had growing doubts about Iranian involvement in Iraq's instability, through financial, military and logistic support to some Iranian-sponsored terroristic groups, such as the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution, which was established in Iran by Rthe evolutionary Guard secret service in the early 1980s. This is a paramilitary group, also called Badr militia, which many Iraqis accuse of launching a murder campaign against scores of Iraqi pilots who took part in bombing Iran during the Iran- Iraq war and killing many other former officials and anti-occupation religious leaders.

Objections to the trial of Saddam Hussein

The newly-installed prime minister, Ayad Allawi, made another blunder which further undermined his already fragile credibility when he announced that the American occupation authority would hand over former President Saddam Hussein to his government by the 30th of June. Not only his' friends, the Americans refuted his announcement, denying any intention of handing him over to Allawi's authorities, but also there were other negative reactions from the International Red Cross Committee and the Arab Lawyers Committee for Defense of Saddam Hussein. AlJazeera TV quoted Nada Domani, Red Cross envoy in Iraq, as saying that it's a violation of international law to keep Saddam and other POWs in jail after June 30 without formally filing charges against them. She said the American occupation authority "should either formally make an accusation against Saddam before June 30, so as to put him on trial or release him". Jordanian lawyer Mohamad al-Rushdan, head of the Arab Lawyers committee for the Defence of Saddam told al-Arabiya TV that Iraqi government cannot put Saddam on trial because it's illegal since it has been established by an illegal occupation. LBC Lebanese TV quoted Lebanese lawyer Bushra al-Khaleel, member of the the Committee, as saying the trial issue is not as easy as portrayed by some. She explained:

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